Not doing community garden either, once is enough for me. Drives me crazy to see the ill kept boxes and the rules/conditions not being enforced. I'm afraid I would end up being the manager over time, the handwriting was on the wall. Nope. Not happening.
Post by SpringRain on Dec 24, 2020 23:00:12 GMT -5
lilolpeapicker, 3' high is a really good height. I might ask for some advice when it comes time to construct the beds, as I really need to have something to avoid bending over too far. I'm been mulling over how to raise the bed w/o doing a lot of work, or perhaps that's an inconsistency.
tom, that's interesting. Do they provide produce at all with their meals?
gardendmpls, sounds like your mulberry could be an advantage. I hope the tree consultant can find a way to make tree situation work for you.
Wheelgarden, it's barely even Winter here! But I am looking forward to Spring, especially if January is as frigid as it usually is.
They cannot possibly prepare things like salads. When I was there early, there were three guys in the kitchen and a crowd of about a hundred already outside waiting to be fed. Another hundred could have been coming. Preparation time is everything.
All our problems would be solved if only we would change our ways.
This is what I am doing as well. More flowers. Lots more flowers. I grew extra veggies this past year, and it was great. I gave away a lot to the neighbors and people walking by on the street, but it was a lot of work - more work than these old bones want. I thought with the pandemic things in the stores might be limited, but they have not been. So the coming year, it's going to be extra flowers not food.
The veggies in the garden were essential for food supply for us... And I'll plant our favorites again. But extra space will be for blooms. And I've been buying seeds to an extreme already. (Please tie my hands down...) It's not as necessary to be as careful with flower seeds vs veg seeds that one eats. If a flower doesn't work out, so be it. But if a squash doesnt taste very good, it seems more of a loss.
I started sowing old flower seed in Aug or Sept. (?) Germination was good, and currently have two nice beds of blooming snapdragons, and lots of Iceland poppies in pots, with sweet peas and bachelor buttons coming along. The birds seem to like nibbling on the pea vines...
Inside and protected outside, I've also got an array of seedlings going. Experimental Zinnias (will they do well enough in our no-frost winter?), bread seed poppy, yarrow, bright-lights cosmos, scabiosa, and a few more. If things don't work out, no big loss. I have lots of time these days. Oh, and lots of sunflowers from birdseed.
For Christmas I was able to pick 5 nice bunches of very lovely flowers for the neighbors. Very satisfying.
Coastal Southern California, zone 10, avocado belt, still in a drought.
Post by heirloomfan on Dec 28, 2020 12:22:12 GMT -5
Like Binnylou and some of the others, will be planting more flowers. I'm testing the method of planting some of the hardier annuals in the fall to see if they will stratify and come up in the early spring. The flowers not only feed our souls but also great for the pollinators - they are such fun to watch when they forage the pollen and nectar. We are getting so much development around us for all of the available land that it is so important to give the bees and butterflies a place of safety and food.
As for vegetables, will try to add a few new ones and stay with the old favorites. We had such a streak of very hot weather in the summer that it really stressed out even those that like the warmer weather, so I am also going to test some shade cloth this summer. We are at the higher elevations here and the sun can get intense too. This year our master gardener group wanted people to grow and donate a lot from your garden, not a bad plan but I just couldn't get enough surplus to donate. One thing though was one of the young women who was heading the program told us to print and post a sign in our front yard saying we had a donation garden. Figured that would cause people to think it meant come and harvest from my garden, so I skipped that sign!
Well, there are always the beautiful vegetable flowers- Okra (hibiscus), peas, mustard family (nice yellows) etc. Also the edible ones like pansies, borage and cauli. Sure we can think of more for anyone wanting to convince their neighbors that their front garden doesn't have vegetables, just flowers.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
I woke up thinking about removing some perennials from the garden area to free up space for more food crops. I won't have the neighbors garden area to use this year as the house is going to be sold. Yikes, I'm turning into my Dad. He won't plant a flower since you can't eat them. He wouldn't even if he knew which ones were edible. Step mom does have some nearer the house but they are not well kept. It's a PIA every Spring to clean it up.
Things to go would be oregano, or at least move it. Most of the Thyme bed which ends up taking over quickly. Obedience plant, it's taking over and I have another bed of it elsewhere. There are white Asiatic lilies out there that need to go. The purple globe allium will get to stay since it's so pretty and bees love it. A bunch of the tall Garden Phlox needs to go and there's a perennial Saliva to move. Several day lilies of various colors will remain. Any new purchases will be in large deck pots.
Well Mumsey , if I were a bit closer I'd happily take the excess off your hands.
But seriously, when I first moved here 30 years ago my first love was flowers. Yes we had a garden too, but if I spent money on improving the soil or mulching, it was in the flower beds. They flourished the first few years and were well tended until the 60-70 hour work weeks started. By then it was all I could do to keep up with the garden which was getting more and more overgrown. I still have several of the flowers but many couldn't survive the neglect and moved on to the great flowerbed in the sky.
Now I spend my time mentally calculating just how much I can squeeze into a 4' x 8' bed with out sacrificing quality and looking at the ever-expanding variety of plants under the grow lights and wondering if adding another 32 square feet will be enough?
Post by centralilrookie on Mar 7, 2021 16:11:00 GMT -5
With the garden expansion at sweethearts comes the need for fence and a gate. Also the need to envision where the rubarb, berries and asparagus will go. Then there’s the matter of the chicken house and it’s placement. Obviously it will be a work in progress.