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Garden Update

Discussion in 'Garden Talk' started by The Hammer, May 2, 2021.

  1. The Hammer

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    So my garden seems to be off to an OK start this season.

    Wife's garlic is coming in pretty nicely, the Strawberry plant appears to be taking root, as is the Sage and Bell Pepper. And the potatoes are absolutely thriving.

    ...... I murdered my herbs though. Ugh.

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  2. Vinayaka

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    Looks good. I'm trying potatoes in a bucket this year. Still too early to plant much here. All my roses are alive.
     
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  3. ChristineM

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    We did potatoes in buckets last year, once ready its surprising how quickly they disappear and tasted wonderful too.
     
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    This year is my experimental year. 2 buckets. If it works that'll go to 10+. I don't have enough space in the backyard. Thinking of putting in a brick patio thingamajob. I have way more time this year as I retired from the temple landscaping. Besides driving Boss nuts, I need something to do.
     
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  5. The Hammer

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    I didn't realize how fast and big the potatoes would get. I am looking to replant 4 of them into 5 gal buckets, as they are only in a one or two now, and I can tell want more space.
     
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    We had no trouble with the potatoes, very easy to look after with decent compost and regular watering. We are very limited for space and wound up with them everywhere in buckets and plant pots. In the courtyard, on the veranda, even on top of the wall. I don't see any reason why you won't be enjoying home grown potatoes in October.

    This year we are trying tomatoes again (failed miserably a couple of years ago). Fingers crossed.

    One great success is our strawberry tree. Its a length of 6 inch plastic drainpipe with holes cut into it at 9 inch spacing, filled with compost and strawberries planted in the holes. It takes up about a square foot of floorspace but has produced crops enough for 5 people to enjoy once or twice a week from mid May to October. The only problem is watering, we have to really soak it for the water to work its way down to the bottom plants.
     
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    The foliage takes up a great deal of space.
     
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    My easiest and most successful are kale and swiss chard. Just last week we finished off the last frozen bag of kale. Usually I freeze 30 bags or so. The best garden we ever had was in a small town where the soil was really sandy. The carrots were like a foot long. My mother, as with all other farmers of that era, was an excellent gardener. But she had an acre or so of land to work with. With 5 kids, they'd did about 4 cubic meters of potatoes. We washed them on old bed springs. I got sick of shelling peas, Dad's favourite veggie.
     
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    I was raised on a dairy farm but mom fenced off about an acre for growing fruit and veg. I think for this reasoni have never been impressed with shop bought fresh food.

    The last couple of homes we had in England had reasonable gardens but we were too busy to do much with them.

    Here in France, although living the rural, small village life the only land we have is a small courtyard. The 6ft by 2ft area that is not paved is reserved for flowers. So veg and fruit is grown in pots.

    We have a couple of grape vines, a fig tree and an apple tree in large permanent pots. And the strawberry tree. Other than that we are still feeling our way with growing veg in pots.

    We've tried peas and failed, lettuce, reasonable, potatoes were our best annual success and tomatoes, also a failure. Hopefully our new batch of tomatoes will di better
     
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    Ahh... experimentation, too bad we only get one experiment per year. My daughter in law had great tomatoes in pots on her balcony in Vancouver.
     
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    So I took the chance and planted most of it yesterday and today. Only +6 C most nights, but there are a couple of +1s predicted in about 8 days. I can always replant. Stuff grows fast here because of the long hours of sunlight. (16 + for about 2 months)
     
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