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Sollie 02-20-18 08:29 PM

What's your 2018 Garden Like?
 
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I figured it'd be fun to start a thread for our garden's this year.

Last year was the first year we attempted a garden, and did alright, but towards the end of summer it got a bit uhm, what's the word I'm looking for?

Neglected. (whoops...)

So I have my work cut out for me this year. We have 5 garden beds, so that each of our kids (though the youngest is really too young to do much) have their own and can do whatever they want for it.

I'm gonna attempt to attach a picture...

I'm thinking dig up what weeds I can, put down cardboard, and then soil and keep it weed free this time.

Still deciding what to plant in it, but I've got a little bit of time to decide.

What about you guys?

October 02-21-18 11:06 AM

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I need to get you a pic of our garden too, it is a nightmare. The cauliflowers, of all things, have claimed it as their own, and all others kneel before them.

I think the first thing we need to do is put down nutrients because we've had two years now of fruits getting half ripe, then just hanging on for weeks before rotting. I think we got three tomatoes total out of last year's crop. I also want to shut off the automatic watering system because it tends to flood and then the weeds take over and we can't reclaim them fast enough. Didn't help that we went on a 3-week vacation last year at the height of summer.

But we usually the plant the same things: tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplants. I enjoyed out oak leaf lettuce we had last year, and we attempted spaghetti squash, which will be fun if it works. We also tried 3 Sisters farming, but nothing ripened. So hopefully, this year, we can stay on top of it.

Sollie 03-04-18 09:11 PM

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Cleared out the gardens today! There's still some work to be done, but most of the overgrowth and old cornstalks/sunflower steps got dug out. I'm gonna lay down either cardboard or newspapers and put some more dirt on top to finish it up, and then try to stay on top of the weeds this time.

Still not sure what I'm gonna plant so far, but I have a little bit of time to figure it out. I know mint and maybe lemongrass in a pot, but not sure what in the garden.

http://78.media.tumblr.com/d5cb465c8...bvffm_1280.jpg

October 03-12-18 12:24 AM

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It looks amazing ^_^

feranaja 05-15-18 01:31 PM

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The Thing is putting in raised beds for me; he also keeps bringing home flat after flat of flowers. I've started some herbs - one f the hardest things for me to leave when I moved, was my big, long developed herb garden. Knowing that the people in that place will mow over/poison my beloved Betonica, Self heal, Elfwort, Blue-eyed Grass, Mugwort and all the rest just wrenches my heart. But I knew it was going to be important to carry on, so I've started seeds, put in flowers, and am building a sanctuary here. Nothing is forever, and the fact is that I called those herbs, sang to them learned them and used them - and that's a sacred in itself, whether it's "forever" or not.
And the devas remember....

Sollie - how is your garden going these days? I'll take pictures of mine as we get underway, too.

Flailing Idiot 05-16-18 09:28 AM

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a few years ago, I had the front dug up and the grass removed. Grass is useless unless I guess, you want to I dunno play soccer, or something I guess. I planted all kinds of things, lilacs, lavender, and a number of other items I don't remember the name of. I also planted in the centre, a large Japanese maple. At first I liked it, but then began to think perhaps I had fallen victim to the Toronto hipster look at my wee tree thing. I began to envy another house's clump birch they planted. But, either side of me, are 2 huge silver maples and there isn't enough room for another huge tree to compete. It's in its 6th year now and it's now reached 10 feet or so, and about the same in spread, it looks glorious, so I'm certainly going to leave it. The back, needs a lot of work, but I haven't been well enough to dig it up last year, hoping this year I might be able to do something.

feranaja 05-16-18 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Flailing Idiot (Post 328362)
a few years ago, I had the front dug up and the grass removed. Grass is useless unless I guess, you want to I dunno play soccer, or something I guess. I planted all kinds of things, lilacs, lavender, and a number of other items I don't remember the name of. I also planted in the centre, a large Japanese maple. At first I liked it, but then began to think perhaps I had fallen victim to the Toronto hipster look at my wee tree thing. I began to envy another house's clump birch they planted. But, either side of me, are 2 huge silver maples and there isn't enough room for another huge tree to compete. It's in its 6th year now and it's now reached 10 feet or so, and about the same in spread, it looks glorious, so I'm certainly going to leave it. The back, needs a lot of work, but I haven't been well enough to dig it up last year, hoping this year I might be able to do something.


I for one would love some pictures. Japanese maples are GORGEOUS. I think any and all tree planting is good! We're getting a lilac this weekend, something I feel I can't live without. When we get our land, I am for sure planting a silver maple and a whole lot of poplars and cottonwoods.

Flailing Idiot 05-16-18 09:38 AM

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Lilacs, are simply wonderful. My neighbour has one, the shorter (by shorter I mean 6-8 foot) I think it also may be referred to as a Japanese lilac, I planted one in front, it's currently only about 2 1/2 feet high, I think, I may get a bloom finally this year. Across the street from my favourite gardening centre a house has a very large array of the full size lilacs and when they're in full bloom it's just beautiful, and pungent! I need to replenish the mulch and do a little work yet before I take a picture but I will. The maple has really come out this year and looks just stunning. It was rather anemic when I first bought it and planted it, the trunk was so think I had it staked, now the main trunk is quite thick and is doing well.

feranaja 05-16-18 12:37 PM

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feranaja 05-16-18 12:40 PM

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I'm juts trying to figure out the site SunSister posted - I managed to get a picture up(of the glorious lilacs at my old house) but you have to click on it to get the full effect....

Flailing Idiot 05-16-18 02:33 PM

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that, and being pummelled by dating ads...

Those lilacs are quite mature, man they get big. Thats why I got the smaller ones, unfortunately while my front yard is larger than many Toronto fronts, its still only 20x20.

I did plant a smoke tree against the front porch last year. This year its really hopping.

feranaja 05-16-18 02:42 PM

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Smoke tree as in one of these?

https://s31.postimg.cc/nd4hgavhz/66_028.jpg

Flailing Idiot 05-16-18 02:43 PM

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yep. We had one in the first house, and after a couple years the 'smoke' blooms were just incredible.

feranaja 05-16-18 03:00 PM

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I have a story about that thing. The picture I attached is from 2005, my first summer there. I was in Heaven (despite inner Hell, as john had just died a year earlier) with all the flowers - white roses, salmon coloured poppies, the lilac, HUGE wild rose bushes, peonies - amazing. And so every spring I started bringing flowers into the house - first lilacs and then peonies and finally roses, with wildflowers all summer. Now, in my attempts to make everything beautiful, I looked for greenery to add a- nd one day got the idea to use some of the deep burgundy foliage from the smoke bush. The arrangements looked gorgeous! I was so pleased, fulfilling my love of beauty was and is a healing thing for me.


The next day, I noticed some foul stink in the house...I mean, Godawful. It was a very odd stench too, not something you could identify like cat-peed-on-the-rug, dead mouse behind bookcase, or canine anal gland episode...not moldy, not bodily stuff, but horrible. I was under heavy cursing back then so I started to get a little worried it was related (as weird smells can often be, especially with hoodoo). Two days f looking and finally I realized,it was the bloody smokebush. As pretty as it was in those arrangements it was just evil-smelling. In the remaining 11 years I lived there, trust me I never brought it in again.


Just a word of caution...looks lovely, smells like a hoodoo curse with a bit of burning hair and some snake poop attached.

Flailing Idiot 05-16-18 03:32 PM

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Huh. All the years we have had one, we’ve never notice anything smelling bad... but then I don’t think I’ve ever stuck my nose on it to sniff nor brought any of it in. I just enjoy it from 5 feet away.

feranaja 05-16-18 03:38 PM

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I know - it doesn't seem to stink outside, it was just when I brought it in.


Or, you know,maybe it was all the hoodoo....

Flailing Idiot 05-29-18 03:49 PM

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here's a quick shot of the lilacs beginning to bloom, the Japanese maple and a eunonmous in the bgd. There's more including a nice lavender thats beginning to establish etc. The backyard will be a big big project that will probably take a while.

satanubis 05-29-18 05:46 PM

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We have a townhouse. So we have our plants in big pots and such. I am growing an aloe vera plant. I think that they are so beautiful. It's doing well so far.

Flailing Idiot 05-29-18 07:27 PM

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This is really, the first time I’ve ever gotten this involved in gardening really. Our first place we had a handful of plants that looked nice but there was a much smaller space.

This is a whole lot of learning for me, there’s been a few mistakes and some dead plants along the way. One that’s coming in really nicely this year which is anfav is the smoke tree that I have right against our front porch.

The back yard is my next big project. My neck/shoulders are in bad shape and pain so I have to go slow, but I have plans and a whole bunch of flag stones (and plans of a small running pond...) so I don’t know how much I’ll get done this year. The front took about 4 years of planting and trial and error. I think my small lilac might be a bit too close to my maple but I’m afraid to dig it up and put it in another location.

feranaja 05-29-18 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Flailing Idiot (Post 328646)
here's a quick shot of the lilacs beginning to bloom, the Japanese maple and a eunonmous in the bgd. There's more including a nice lavender thats beginning to establish etc. The backyard will be a big big project that will probably take a while.


Oh wow, Timluck that's really beautiful!!

Brigidrose 05-30-18 04:25 PM

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https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net...29&oe=5B7A1EB5
https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net...14&oe=5B78D00D
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So far from the garden in back...I just wish Lily's of the valley would last longer.

feranaja 05-30-18 09:17 PM

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Totally gorgeous - and a sumac too??

Brigidrose 05-30-18 11:46 PM

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Yes, stag sumac I think its called. They grew bigger than we expected.

feranaja 05-31-18 11:25 AM

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Staghorn sumac! Very medicinal - I have a large tree in my yard too, the first time I've had one since I moved to this area 30 years ago. <3 Beautiful, and magical - as befits the home of a FaerieWoman.

Brigidrose 06-08-18 09:25 AM

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I found a recipe for Sumac Lemonade:
Makes 1 quart
If you are collecting fresh sumac berries, break off the stems at the joint, just below the seed clusters. Before brewing, separate the fruits from the clusters. Or, start with dried sumac berries. Fresh berries will produce the best flavor. This recipe comes from discussions with a military man who made this drink during his travels and the website www.ediblewild.com/sumac.html.
  • 1/3 cup dried sumac berries or 1 cup fresh sumac berries
  • 1 quart boiling filtered water
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, or to taste
  1. Add the sumac berries to the boiling water. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, then turn off and remove from heat. Allow to steep for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the liquid using a double thickness of cheesecloth to remove tiny hairs. Taste, dilute as desired, then sweeten with honey to taste. Chill, serve over ice, and refrigerate unused portions.

Flailing Idiot 06-08-18 10:11 AM

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hmmm. I should think about the few bushes I will plant in my backyard. Its a big project, likely take me the next few months to dig up, and using the huge pile of nice flagstone I have, create a nice peaceful space, and an area for birds and bees (etc) to feed as well.

feranaja 06-09-18 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Brigidrose (Post 328700)
I found a recipe for Sumac Lemonade:
Makes 1 quart
If you are collecting fresh sumac berries, break off the stems at the joint, just below the seed clusters. Before brewing, separate the fruits from the clusters. Or, start with dried sumac berries. Fresh berries will produce the best flavor. This recipe comes from discussions with a military man who made this drink during his travels and the website www.ediblewild.com/sumac.html.
  • 1/3 cup dried sumac berries or 1 cup fresh sumac berries
  • 1 quart boiling filtered water
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, or to taste
  1. Add the sumac berries to the boiling water. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, then turn off and remove from heat. Allow to steep for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the liquid using a double thickness of cheesecloth to remove tiny hairs. Taste, dilute as desired, then sweeten with honey to taste. Chill, serve over ice, and refrigerate unused portions.




YOu know what, Rosie, I have that recipe too and I've never made it. If you try it,let me know!

Flailing Idiot 06-11-18 09:31 AM

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I finally was able to finish cleaning up the front Gard and replace all the mulch, the lilacs bloom was short, it seems. I have this sense perhaps I should move them to the back but I'm afraid of digging them up will kill them.

I'm about the start the horror that is my back yard, currently, 4 foot weeds. It's my project for this summer. But, there is 3 nice hydrangeas back there on the side which was done a number of years ago with stone, andI spotted a handful of climbing red roses we didn't know were there (because they never bloomed...) and I see piles of red roses. So, there hope in amongst the huge weed problem. I'll start with whacking it all down, placing fabric over after a good soaking with vinegar to start I guess, and spreading the digging it up over a few weeks not to kill my shoulders. Its really only a 25' by 15' section, not huge, but it all has to be dug up.


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