Watson » July 12th, 2015, 1:17 pm wrote:Maybe this village compost is not such a good thing. Very few of the seeds I planted came up. And want is growing is doing it more slowly than I would have expected. Last year I bought a couple of 4 inch tomatoes, planted them in this mixture and they died almost immediately. Now this? Maybe the compost is not the healthy medium I was expected.
If someone is using lawn chemicals to have the beautiful weed free lawn, and the clippings go into the compost, would that contaminate what I'm putting in the garden? If so, will it dissipate.
I also started fertilizing it yesterday, hoping that may add to the growth of what is there.
Watson » July 13th, 2015, 1:12 pm wrote:The fertilizing seems to be working well, most noticeably on the squash and in such a short time and 3 tomatoes look to be growing and something else has popped up. It could be weeds at this point but they are in a line right about where I planted swiss char. This is all good to know for next year.
Watson » July 15th, 2015, 2:08 pm wrote:The tomatoes in a large bucket (with good soil) are getting very tall with tomatoes happening down low and new flower in the taller areas. So far seems like the right balance of fruit to leaf. Two have grown out of the cages so I'll have to get some taller support. It is a bottle attachment that I fill the bottle with a high concentration of fertilizer, but it only feed a limited amount into the watering stream. So I don't think that will be a problem, but the lower leaves are turning yellow, so I may be giving them to much water.
Braininvat » April 17th, 2015, 10:10 am wrote:Haha! I like the mental picture "rogue potato" gives me. Yeah, I have tried the biodiversity rationale for not weeding and mowing, but some anonymous neighbor narked on me to the city and I was given one week to mow or they would send a crew to do it and charge me a hefty price. Fascists.
seriously, I would like to someday, as time permits, rip up the non-native fescue and establish some hardy native groundcover (semi-arid climate here) that knows how to take care of itself.
Darby » September 20th, 2015, 1:46 pm wrote:Id love to plant heirloom beets and turnips, but my yard is tiny and my soil is sandy, shallow and poor quality, so its planters or nadda, except for herbs with shallow roots.
Faradave » February 28th, 2016, 12:13 pm wrote:My neighbor bought some milkweed plants to supplement the dwindling wild population, upon which monarch butterfly larvae feed exclusively. He gave me a few of the seed pods and I'm now distributing hundreds of seeds in suitable patches along my jogging trail. I also planted a dozen in my own flower beds. Some seeds benefit from freezing to trigger later germination.
Monarch caterpillar on milkweed pods.
The eggs should not be mistaken for aphids, which they can resemble. Milkweed has its own natural defenses, which benefit the monarchs. The caterpillars are big, creepy (literally) things but the result is well worth it.
Watson » February 29th, 2016, 6:33 pm wrote:This just got twitted my way, and sounds encouraging for the Monarchs.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/f ... ign=buffer
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