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Monday, October 8th, 2012
1:40 pm
Milkweed Questions

Are any of you familiar with Milkweed?

I have harvested hundreds of seeds from my very healthy plants and I wanted to get them started. My thought was to get them started indoors now so I would have established plants for spring. I live in NE FL so that means Spring is mid March at the latest. Seeds off the plant seem to have about a 30% success rate from what I have seen. My thoughts were to start them indoors in trays. I plan to pull soil from my garden to do this – it is fine soil, and a little sandy.

Anyone have any advice?

Current Mood: busy
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
3:07 pm
Plant ID
I need a little help. Can anyone identify this?

It is North East Florida

Current Mood: hot
Monday, May 31st, 2010
1:20 pm
Alien Flowers
These are Buttonbush tree flowers

I have never seen them before - CRAZY looking things...  I think I might need to cultivate some of them.

Current Mood: good
Monday, December 7th, 2009
2:36 pm
Here are some beautiful calla lillies l have in a pot, they are an even richer, darker burnt orange colour than the photo shows.

Monday, September 7th, 2009
3:35 pm
Tomato's in the tropics
Ah, the Kekei are headed back to school, the bee's are buzzin' and the plants are are a producin'!

Tomatoes!Collapse )

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, August 28th, 2009
5:41 pm
Tips on growing Sweet Peppers
I have a F1 Redskin Sweet Pepper Plants, that i bought as a plant a few years ago. However, since then I have only got small green fruit. Although some have started to darken and a few turned red, they have still been small.

Any tips on how to get bigger fruit next year?

It is in its original pot, lives outside May/June to September, and inside the house over winter on a sunny windowsill. The window sill does have a radiator nearby but there is no other wide enough windowsill to use.

We don't have a greenhouse either and no suitable place for a plastic greenhouse to be secured. It get occasionaly general plant food feeding.

When outside the is no real sheltered spot, so it normally sits next to the backdoor or a more sunny position which can get windy, and is moved to a slightly more sheltered spot when i gets really windy, which we haev had a fair bit of this summer.

I'm Midlands, UK based Garden faces roughly east to west, with little full South Sun due to other houses.

Should I be feeding the plant with anything in particular?
Should I be trimming it back?
Would I be better keeping it in doors all year around?

Suggestions welcome. I want fruit like it had when i boguht it!
Sunday, June 7th, 2009
11:11 am
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
3:11 pm
I was able to get my Red Burgundy beans up and producing... they look cool (purple with green flesh), but taste, not so much a bit too tough. Oh Well back to the drawing board. I ripped out the Burgundy's and replanted with four varieties: Bush: Gold Wax & Burpee Tenderpod__Pole: Emerite & Yardlong 'Dark green purple tail' (local Hawaiian varieties).
Burpee Tenderpod, Emerite, and the Yardlong are up and going, no pods yet, but I'll keep everyone posted.

Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, February 13th, 2009
10:31 pm
I'm going to cross post this to a few different communities so I hope I don't bombard your lsit with duplicates of my silly question.

I am trying to produce more and more of my own food with my garden, and I'd like to expand this year with more beans. The thing is I only know of a few varieties I'm sure I like, Lima beans, Black beans, English peas, and black-eyed peas.

I am interested in trying a snap bean variety, but the thing is I rather dislike green beans, and while I would donate them to a food pantry if I did end up growing a whole mess of beans I detested I am trying to avoid this. Are there any good snap beans that don't taste anything like green beans?

I really liked the colorful purple ones I've seen has anyone tried these?

Thanks in advance.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
3:18 pm
container gardening
Hi all,

I live in a loft and have a very small patio. I would love to set up a gothic container garden but don't know where to begin. I need to know what will grow in small, medium and large pots. I have been looking at trying to do half flowers (black red and purple) and a half herbs for cooking and medicinal use and fruits.

I would like to try and do it organically.

I live in Atlanta and its 7-8 planting region depending on the map i look at.

thanks for the advise!

x-posted to gothicgardening
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
5:55 pm
Here in Melbourne (Australia) we are suffering from a record breaking heatwave (we have had 3 days over 43 C that's 110F). We are also on severe water restrictions. Whilst we have all changed the way we garden and  use water because of  the drought over the past 3 or 4 years, the last few days will be the breaking point for many gardeners. Even if we could have watered our gardens, the heat and wind simply fried many plants. Here is what is left of my camellia.

Current Mood: sad
Saturday, October 25th, 2008
12:40 am
Today I came upon the most fascinating concept, a mossery.
Me being a big fan of about every moss ive ever seen, this idea really intrigues me and I was wondering if anyone of you has ever heard of it?

The definition according to a website I found is:
A passing fad for moss collecting in the late 19th Century led to the establishment of mosseries in many British and American gardens. The mossery is typically constructed out of slatted wood, with a flat roof, open to the north side (maintaining shade). Samples of moss were installed in the cracks between wood slats. The whole mossery would then be regularly moistened to maintain growth.

Unfortunately besides this definition I have not been able to find anything about mosseries, or about moss growing (I know you can collect moss samples, put them in a solution of beer sugar and water, and spray them on stuff to make them grow there, but how for example would you keep them growing there? I don't have a garden and moss doesn't out of its own visit my balcony unfortunately)

Also I can't really envision the type of construction talked about in the description, slatted wood with a roof? according to google image slatted wood is just a bunch of planks with a little bit of room in between, at least thats how much i gather from it, I don't quite see how you could "insert" the moss in between it.. hrm.

Saturday, October 18th, 2008
10:13 am
A work colleague was doing house extensions and needed a new home for lots of purple irises. I have just had my first flower, here it is :

Current Mood: satisfied
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
8:35 pm
Are there any other goths in this com that are interested in things like homesteading or ecovillages?

I thought this would be the prefect place to ask 'cause even gardening seems like its too "ungoth" for most of my friends and at least you all get that aspect of my personality, but I'm just curious if I'm totally alone when it comes to having a dream of a self-reliant, self sufficient, simple living kinda life?
Friday, August 8th, 2008
7:45 pm
This photo really doesn't do my  Dracunculus vulgaris (Dragon arum) justice, the purple is actually much richer. I was lucky enough to find this growing where l used to live, and of course, some came with me to this house.

And l don't know the name of this plant, as a kid my family always called it snake plant, luckily l was able to get some from a garden of a house a friend was renting a number of years ago.

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, July 21st, 2008
11:43 am
Grim Garden

Grim Garden has birdhouses shaped like skulls (birds feed out of eyesockets) and gloomy incense garden gnomes: http://www.grimgarden.com/.

Current Mood: impressed
Sunday, May 25th, 2008
4:44 pm
Garden in danger
Aphids are running amok
Need ladybugs STAT!

Any ideas where I can purchase ladybugs in NYC?
Saturday, March 8th, 2008
11:44 pm
The Poison Diaries
Hasn't been much content on here lately, particularly from me, which I apologise for, but I thought I'd mention Cabinet of Curiousities review of The Poison Diaries, which is a story about a boy called Weed by the Duchess of Northumberland who keeps a Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle.

With thanks to txtriffidranch for originally posting about this :)
Monday, December 31st, 2007
4:07 pm
For x-mas my mum gave me six oriental lilium plants. It's my favourite flower! I love them!



They're suffering a bit in the heat (39! AHH!), I hope they don't die.

Should I move them inside when it's ridiculously hot? I know they like full sun but recently they've only been getting sun til about midday then shade, but with the heat they're getting a bit sick-looking anyway. I don't want to leave them in the sun like that.
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
5:15 pm
What exactly is a 'lifestyle' plant?
Today l saw plants labelled as 'lifestyle plants'.. now what they REALLY meant was 'strappy and or grassy foliage, drought tolerant, low maintenance, trendy plants', but of course that's too long to put on a label, so the shorter 'lifestyle plants' was used.

Current Mood: amused
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