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Friday, December 31st, 2010
1:34 pm
In the news , there are big moves to make virtually all medicinal herbs (so think your St Johns Wort, Echinechea, Vervain, Aloe Vera etc etc etc) , illegal, in spring 2011 across the European Union.

If you disagree with these plans, please see
If you have any concerns about this, sign the petition here: and Contact your MEP here
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
7:04 pm
I am growing wild water mint, but over the winter the uses of water mint, as opposed to traditional garden mint has escaped me. Do any of you use water mint, and if so, what for? I have a lovely big tub of it sprouting... :)
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
6:30 pm
Green things appear!
My garden has green things in it now! I'm so excited!Pics under cut!Collapse )

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, March 5th, 2010
12:00 am
My friends and I are trying to start a community organic garden in our town. We've even already had land donated by some local farmers. The problem is, from that point on we have no idea what to do, especially during these still wintry months. Everyone is so disorganized and there's not really good communication going on... the boy whose brainchild this is tends to be really busy with school and can't give the project a lot of attention. Since it was his idea, we kind of assume he's the boss- no one wants to rob him of that. It's just that without any really organization, I'm afraid nothing is really going to happen, and the local generosity will go to waste.
Has anyone out there put together a medium to large scale community garden before? How do we really get this ball rolling? What should we be doing while it's still cold?
Please help!
Monday, March 1st, 2010
11:34 am
I just finished up my spring planting, and have taken some pictures to share.  This year we have Bell peppers, jalapenos, broccoli, kale, okra, black beans, chick peas, snow peas, green runner beans, corn, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, chives, lavender, oregano, basil, tarragon, sage, thyme, peppercorns, cloves, as well as the pineapple plants my mom gave me when she moved, and I started an Avocado tree as well.

pics behind cutCollapse )

For those wondering, The 2 ltr bottles are for my "compost tea" it's a homemade liquid fertilizer, and the bike wheel I found and gave it new life as a vine trellis (it works wonderfully for that).  The rug I crocheted myself using clothing too worn/holey to wear or pass on or donate.  took me months to make, i'm so proud of it.
Friday, January 1st, 2010
5:36 pm
Interesting link I found- how to make your own container garden (ideal if you only have a small garden!)


Friday, June 19th, 2009
12:59 pm
Noob question: fungus on newly-started seeds?
Hi, noob here and apartment-dweller. I've grown herbs and tomatoes before, on roofs and balconies, as well as houseplants galore. This year I'm busy with school so I scaled back and decided just to grow some arugula on my windowsill. This is my first time growing food from seed.

I got some paper disks with pre-embedded arugula seeds and planted them in a box on my windowsill. They sprouted within a couple of days, but today when I checked them for the first time in bright light I saw that they had a little white fuzz growing on them. At first I thought it might be wisps of decomposing paper, but no, it's pretty clearly a fungus.

Can my seedlings be salvaged? I refrained from watering this morning and placed the box in a sunnier spot. Is there anything else I can do to help these little guys?

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
10:37 pm
Country????? Me?????

Well, it's a mini garden. I didn't have a rototiller to use, so all the ground was turned using people power! The land hasn't been worked in a decade, since my dad died. It took me all day to do this, if you will believe it. Breaking the ground, ripping up the weeds, picking out the big rocks, mixing in the fertilizer. I have the nastiest blister on my palm from it all. So I only did half of the box. HA! My dad used to do a whole quarter acre of stuff, and used the box just for small things like radishes, carrots, green onions, etc. But he DID have a rototiller. So...yeah.

I know it's really not anything super interesting, but I'M DAMNED PROUD OF IT! It's my first go at something of this nature, & I'd been wanting to do it for a long time. SO THERE!

Before... kind of. I'd already kind of started tearing at the grass there...but you get the idea.
Awe! Look at the baby veggies!
And yes, that is a hydraulic car hoist in the back.

....so this year....if it all works out, I should have:

Pickling cucumbers
(Yes, I plan to try to make my own pickles.)
Crookneck squash
Green Bens
Sweet Basil


Monday, May 18th, 2009
8:32 pm
New to growing
Hi all, I've never grown anything before but I'm ready to start. I live in an apartment so any growing I do will have to be in containers in a window or on my back porch. I have a large back porch but there's a lot of wildlife in my area especially rabbits. I have a cat but she usually doesn't gnaw on plants. So does anyone have any tips for a complete newbie?
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
5:04 pm
Patiofarmers' Guild
Hi all,

I hope that this is allowed and if it isn't, please let me know and I'll delete it ASAP.

I just wanted to let you know about my new website, http://patiofarmersguild.com for anyone who is interested in organic gardening/farming and self-sufficiency in small or unconventional spaces. It's part blog, part forum, part resource guide and hopefully much more. It's very new but it's worth a look and I'm hoping that it'll keep growing with time. I'm also always looking for contributors, so if anyone is interested in writing an article or essay, passing on a tip or idea, reviewing a relevant book or even just adding pictures of your own patiofarm, I'd love to hear from you. My email is pfarmer@patiofarmersguild.com

Again, I'm not trying to break any community rules, so please forgive me if this isn't allowed. I'll be happy to delete it. Thanks so much for your time and I hope to see you on the forums!

Kelly the PatioFarmer

x-posted a bit.

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
1:26 pm
Intro & question

I live in WV. We just moved to our current home last September. 
We never had a big back yard before, now that we do I'm trying to get a little more self sufficient. 
We just got our first chickens, and I started a compost. 

I eventually plan to have a garden. My dad was REALLY into his garden. He was a chemist, and that was his hobby/passion. 

He passed away in 1990. 
I recently came across some envelpes of seeds that he had put up. He would hand cross polinate certain plants. 
Like his tomatoes were the BEST ever. Then he would save the seeds from those plants for the next year... etc. 

So these seeds are over 20 years old. What do you think the chances are that they will still germinate? 

And what do you think would be the best way to do so?
Being able to grow from my dad's seeds would be... Well, I'm sure you understand. I'm not counting on them being viable, but it would be nice. :)


Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, March 8th, 2009
11:40 pm

Pineapple Plant!

I got this adorable Pineapple plant for my birthday today! Anyone here ever grow one or know any tips? I've been reading about them tonight, but it's always nice to "talk" with someone about these things!

Also, I'm so ready for the garden to grow! My heirloom seed order gets here soon and I can't wait to get 'em in the ground! What fruits, veggies, herbs, plants are you looking forward to growing this year?

Hope your weekend has been wonderful!
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
12:18 pm
good news

This is excellent and an example to all.
The National Trust is creating 1,000 allotments for people to grow their own fruit and vegetables. As part of the initiative the Trust is also turning over the back garden of its central London office in Queen Anne's Gate to be an allotment for staff to use. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20090219/tuk-national-trust-launches-allotment-sc-dba1618.html. More companies should follow that example with staff allottments. :)
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
3:13 pm
Keeping extra seeds?
What do you do with extra seeds/eyes? I plan to plant all of my tomatoes and give away the extras as gifts, but for things like potatoes, corn, broccoli, bell peppers, etc.. what do you do with the extras? How do you keep them, if you do?

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, February 14th, 2009
10:30 pm
Cloche and polytunnel versus greenhouse?
Greetings All,

I am running a communal allotment in the South West of England, currently with 4 of us who are all learning together! I would like to bring some seedlings on at home (we do not yet have a greenhouse) but I currently live in a basement. I have access to a garden, although it is small I am sure I could have a cloche or two set up.

Could anyone suggest good seedlings to rear in a small cloche arrangement and when to do this? I am interested to try herbs or novelty crops for salad, chillis or anything really...! But as I am new to this I don't want to try anything too risky or demanding.

Secondly, in our allotment we currently have a bit of a debate regarding poly tunnels versus greenhouses. We have secured some funding but can probably only afford one. I expect the size will be limited (I need to check allotment rules, but greenhouse / sheds are limited to 8' x 6' so I am assuming something similar for a polytunnel). Advantages or disadvantages of both? Longevity and versatility?

I'm interested to hear your thoughts. Thanks All!

Current Mood: curious
Friday, February 6th, 2009
9:29 am
Co-op CSAs
I heard about this on the Farm & Garden show on KZYX&Z Monday. They interviewed a farmer in Oregon, a very smart and eloquent guy (great radio!), and one of the things he does is a cooperative CSA with several other farmers. They each decide in advance what they will grow and provide for the subscriptions, and the result is a box with several kinds of produce, plus meat, eggs, jam, etc. I'm really intrigued by this idea. Anybody here participate in such a scheme, on either end of the deal?

x-posted to organic_farms and pollanesque
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
1:15 pm
A vast resource of PDF versions of books  on every imaginable thing - includes farming, blacksmithing, stagecoach building (!), soap making, horse-shoeing, etc etc etc etc, mostly over or around 100 years old.

Could be very useful!

(link thanks to rialian , and swiped for the use of this comms members, hope its OK)
Friday, January 30th, 2009
4:58 pm

On the growing of mushrooms....
And, I hasten to add, I refer to the small button mushrooms for cooking, not the sorts that do interesting things to your mind *grin*.

Anyway, having clarified that point, my question is, If I get the seed/ spore stuff for growing these (which have just appeared in a local shop), can I grow them on damp shredded paper/ teabag mix, or indeed normal compost, as I dont think I would be allowed damp straw or manure (that the packet suggests) in the house, by the parental entity, which is where all the dark warm spaces are. :) 

Xposted a couple of places.
Sunday, January 11th, 2009
3:32 pm
Gardening this month
(Devon / UK)

- starting off early tomato plants on windowsill in trays of compost....
- checking what other seeds need planting when....
- starting to save shredded paper to put at the bottom of the big plant tubs ready for putting compost on top later in the spring for the big plants like potatos... (that, mixed with swept up leaves etc all rots down and helps extend the compost supply
- washing out the second hand plant tubs i bought recently.
Thursday, January 8th, 2009
10:28 pm
Que the Banjos!
So, there has always been that huge bit of land between Mom's house and mine.  When Dad was alive we used the space as a kitchen garden.  After he died the land went flat and has been unused.  I am hopeful that I can use it again as a kitchen garden.  I don't know what I need to really do though.  I mean, it's not like I'm doing a small bit of ground for flowers..... It's quite a piece.  I'd say you could park a few trucks in the space I have to work with. I've ordered this book for one...

An old rototiller was purchased from a yard sale a few years back, so I have that. I also plan to talk to a family friend and ask what to do.  Perhaps do any of you have any ideas?

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