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Shall we foregather in the Garden....?

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  • howhow Veteran Veteran
    edited April 10


    My strawberries all got munched before we could try them last year. Snails, slugs, mice, & rats are the most likely suspects. This is my latest moat-building attempt at least eliminating a couple of those raiders from their nighttime snacks. I guess putting an inverted bowl halfway up the pole might also make it more rodent-proof. Of course, that might just give the local raccoons a nice seating dining platform.
    Dammm.
    Just observed a squirrel eating off the new buds on my ornamental maple tree for the first time. My list of veggy marauders is growing.

    FleaMarketKotishkalobsterVastmind
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    They obviously feel safe knowing that you’re a buddhist…

    Kotishkahowlobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    It is hard @how.
    I only grow weeds, herbs and flowers. Some weeds double up as wild flowers. Today a magpie was dismantling a coconut husk lined hanging basket for nesting material. I like magpies, they belong to the crow family. Slugs and snails rather like my primulas but I try and provide alternative munchies. My one squirrel visitor turns up with peanuts to bury.
    The garden Buddhas are guarding some geraniums, which should start flowering soon …

    Buddha Nature and nature is change/impermanent/transitory …

    howrocala
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    Hi everyone…..I’m keeping it simple this year. Basil, cilantro,dill,chives and cherry tomatoes. You all better pray for me. The same damn bugs tried all the patience I had last year. Rose garden is a work in progress. Nice place for morning coffee. =)

    Kotishkahowlobster
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    My garden is a mess. The grass is in desperate need of a good cut, there are plants growing where I really don't want them and should have moved them ages ago; I have plants in pots that need a space to grow; I have shrubs that need pruning, and a hedge that needs clipping. If anyone feels like giving this old bird with a gammy leg, a hand...!

    KotishkaJeroenVastmind
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Here are two of my garden helpers, bird and rodent controller and Buddha who is very popular with the cats for some reason …

    Kotishkarocala
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    @federica said:
    My garden is a mess. The grass is in desperate need of a good cut, there are plants growing where I really don't want them and should have moved them ages ago; I have plants in pots that need a space to grow; I have shrubs that need pruning, and a hedge that needs clipping. If anyone feels like giving this old bird with a gammy leg, a hand...!

    Its a bit of a ways from the Netherlands, otherwise I might have come a-visiting…

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    You'd be very welcome, @Jeroen !

  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran

    Spearsley, Feebriel, and The Spires of Snek Point. Part of my indoor garden.

    Kotishkalobster
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I have 70 houseplants... Kew Gardens ain't got nuthin' on me!

    FleaMarket
  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran

    @federica said:
    I have 70 houseplants... Kew Gardens ain't got nuthin' on me!

    Lemme see. Mine need penpals and don't get out much.

    lobsterVastmindShoshin1
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Shoshin1
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited May 6

    My focus is crap, but I took the pictures quickly....

    TBH, I actually have 107, if you count the plants individually...

    VastmindFleaMarket
  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran

    Yours are quite nice. It feels like nature is in there with you rather than being borrowed from outside like here. I may need to re-evaluate my capability for a few more. I think after my herbs died on my countertop I took a step back to make sure everything else lived.

    federica
  • howhow Veteran Veteran


    My moated barrel now producing as much slug free lettuce & kale as we can consume.

    FleaMarketlobsterVastmindKotishka
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Outstanding @how

    I hope for doing similar in the future god buddha fate willing. At the moment I rarely have a few minutes to garden. Slugs are happy eating my flowers, nasturtiums … and mexican marigold seeds sprouting. I do have a few herbs growing. Parslay, thyme, hyssop, white horehound, some exotics mints (Thai and lemon), chives, garlic etc …

    I am also keen on wild flowers aka weeds … geraniums flowering.
    How wonderful.

    🦞

  • rocalarocala Explorer

    A few years ago I was with a small group staying at a house on the island of Iona in the Inner Hebrides. A part of the agreement was that we did some work in the garden. Everything is organic and all waste is composted.
    A lovely aspect of the task was that where ever possible we incorporated garden produce into our cooking.
    This is a corner of the garden at sunrise.

    KotishkalobsterFleaMarket
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Found a dark corner to host my hostas …

    FleaMarketrocala
  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran

    My strawberries keep getting sick. Brownish leaves starting at the tips...ah!

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    My garden is a disgrace. It's become too much for me to manage single-handed, and my H. isn't in the slightest bit interested in gardening, apart from cutting the lawn (I hate lawns. They're a waste of space. I'd get rid of mine altogether if I could, but it really is too much for me to contemplate.)
    H is away at the moment, so my wonderful daughter, who already has a F/T job, has been round the past couple of afternoons, to help me try to establish some kind of order...
    It's overgrown and FULL of pernicious, persistent and pestilent weeds - particularly nettles (not too hard to get rid of) and Alkanet (I swear it has its roots in hell; you need mining rights to dig them out completely! Leave one piece in there, and the devil sends up two shoots to replace the one you pulled)

    When H comes back, I'm going to plead with him to let me employ a gardener for a couple of hours a month, to come and help me make some sense of this mess.

    While we're all fearful of the damage being done to the Amazon Forest, I think my garden currently comes a close second....

    lobsterJeroenKotishka
  • rocalarocala Explorer
    edited May 25

    You cannot have too many houseplants. I get very attached to them. I have several that originated in my grandmother's house thirty years ago.

  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran

    Lots of happy plants and lots of good ideas. Mine told me they were lonely so I got them some company today. Two newbies on what is apparently becoming an incense table. I've not named them yet though.

    lobsterShoshin1
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited May 27

    Nettles eh? @federica - delicious. I grow alkanet due to its bee friendly flowers and hell based rooting system. I also liked wild geranium and dandelions.

    Eh wait … I may just have a weed patch with a few flowers thrown in … :3

  • NugaiNugai Ireland New

    I enjoy growing orchids as they are sometimes quite challenging. I'm hoping to start overhauling my garden this summer :)

    lobster
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @FleaMarket said:
    Lots of happy plants and lots of good ideas. Mine told me they were lonely so I got them some company today. Two newbies on what is apparently becoming an incense table. I've not named them yet though.

    I have 2 ZZ plants, @FleaMarket I water them twice a year.

  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran
    edited May 27

    @federica said:
    I have 2 ZZ plants, @FleaMarket I water them twice a year.

    Ah thanks for the heads up. I actually thought it was a rubber plant til you said that. If I get a few more green friends I might start grouping them based on how often they prefer to be watered. Right now I just kinda wait til they're 2-3 days of being droopy and everything indoors gets the same soil mix which isn't exactly ideal yet.

    @rocala Those must be quite the focal point after 30 years of growth. I've seen a few pictures of long-lasting house plants and I like how they sort of just take over their respective area of the home.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    my weed patch …

    federica
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited June 24


    I now have a tortoise. So what once were pernicious and invasive weeds, are now excellent fodder and essential nutrients for my little Shelley.

    JeroenShoshin1lobster
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    @lobster said:
    Eh wait … I may just have a weed patch with a few flowers thrown in
    my weed patch …

    You bloody pot head @lobster ;);)

    My weed patch

    lobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    I place the pots on weeds. If I have the time weeds composted and pot plant, planted.
    … meanwhile Rasta buddha bees are attracted by my presently flowering lavender …

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