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By OnTheRopes ·
Reading the Friday Yuk gave me the idea to start what I'm calling TR's Garden Club. You can see how it started here: (scroll down) http://preview.tinyurl.com/yq7uda <br><br>
Some of you may be wondering WTF but I think having a discussion where we can post pix of garden-related stuff is a good idea seeing as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are moving into Spring and Summer and, chances are, we'll be turning our attention outdoors to our yards and gardens.<br><br>
Currently my yard and gardens are a mess. A BIG mess. Half my yard is under six inches of water. It's the worst flooding in 29 years worth of memory. If it hadn't flooded I'd soon be planting flowers and plants in a garden box I made last year and doing other much-needed yardwork when it warms. Since we are flooded I changed plans and am finally going to focus on working in our long-neglected rose garden.<br><br>
Here's what you have to do to belong to TR's Garden Club. Participate with anything other than a flame. Flames will be graded for original content and/or ignored.<br><br>
This is a chance for everyone to put that digital camera to some use. Take pix of a growing project and post 'em here. For those of you who don't have a garden post pix of your favorite houseplants. For those of you who have neither consider getting started with a plant or post pix of the first flowers you see this Spring. Or post pix and commentary of whatever floats your boat.<br><br>
I'm going to put serious effort into keeping the tone of this discussion light. Y'all feel free to laugh at my effed up garden. That's fine. I know it's not too long and it'll look much better. It won't turn this place into Shangri-La but it'll make it just a little bit nicer outside.<br><br>
Before we get started I want to say that I'm po' folk so don't expect to see me putting in fountains and ponds and whatnot. I'm going to focus on growing nice flowers. If they look cool and I'm not over-run with weeds I'll figure I'm successful. Now, if you want to see something horrendous, take a look at this:<br><br>
<img src="http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj4/sharewhat4/RoseGarden3-11-2008a.jpg" br><br>
Seriously, you <i>gotta</i> be humble to post a picture like that. That is what I see out my back window. I hate the way it looks so I'm going to fix it as soon as the weather allows. Right now there's a blanket of leaves covering the roses so they'll survive the winter. I'm going to tear out the fence, rake it all out, weed out everything that's not a rose and mulch the entire thing for weed-control.<br><br>
Surely if I can post my gardening nightmare you can post yours.<br><br>
Why not do this, if you've never grown anything, grab some seeds, throw 'em in a pot with some soil and take pix of what grows. It's been my experience that growing something (homegrown?) <cough> excuse me </cough>, growing something relieves some of the stress in my life and God knows we all need a stress reliever.<br><br>
What's any of this have to do with IT? Nothing. That's the point. Gardening/growing plants is supposed to be relaxing. Why not take a small break from the stress of your job in IT and become a Garden Club participant. <br><br>
Further, I'll bet that no one has pix of a garden in worse condition than mine. Dead people have better looking gardens.<br><br>
Post your pix or just check back to see if this discussion died on the vine. (I got a million of 'em.)

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Davette have you never thought of Companion Planting?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Oh schizoid one... re: s ...

This is where you plant something close or around what you want to protect from the nasties like Slugs & Snails to stop then crossing the line that you have drawn in the sand.

I have a very old Companion Planting Book written somewhere around 1836 that tells me to grow Indian Hemp around Strawberries and the like to stop the Snails & Slugs getting to them. Not quite sure how it works either the Snails & Slugs get stoned off their tiny little skulls and keep munching on the Cannabis or after they have had their fill they crawl away so that they can lay on their backs watching the sky.

When you harvest the Hemp you can turn it into Rope so it's a useful plant to have. Well that's what the book says at least. :^0

Col

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You mean like garlic around roses...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Davette have you never th ...

to help keep the pests away?

Nope. Never thought of it...

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But I really liked the idea of

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to You mean like garlic arou ...

Indian Hemp grown around things to protect them.

The Wifes Tobacco would benefit from this I assume but I'm not quite sure how the police would take to it.

But as it's in a Book it must be right shouldn't it? :0

Col ]:)

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Hmmm...

by OnTheRopes In reply to But I really liked the id ...

There's been a few times I've thought that you HAD some Indian Hemp around ya'. :^0 <br><br>
No disrespect intended Sir!

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Now lets see shall we? :^0 :^0

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Hmmm...

I'm not the normal type as I asked the Curator of the Botanical Gardens here if I could grow some Concrete Seeds to replace all that problem area that needed constant attention like mowing. I'm not sure that he really believed me as he saw my plants and really thought that I was into Gardening. Poor boy then came out to my home and found leaking Racing Motors parked on the ground killing everything in site and the day that he came over I was pruning some Trees with a Chainsaw to the ground. I don't think that he ever understood why I grew Carnivorous Plants and didn't like anything else that was green though. But on the up side he remembers me even after 25 years so I must have left a impression on him. Maybe it was all the plants that I donated to the Garden when I left for up north.

<a href="http://s271.photobucket.com/albums/jj121/HAL9000_photo/?action=view&current=MyWeeds.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj121/HAL9000_photo/MyWeeds.jpg" border="0" alt="A few of my plants at a show"></a>

Col

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I rather like that idea too...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to But I really liked the id ...

but my neighbors are too close and one of them is a dreaded YARD NAZI. Before I became a suburbanite, I planted hemp with corn. Worked out rather nicely, I might add.

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Well then maybe a suggestion as to what to plant with this

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I rather like that idea t ...

To stop the Grass Hoppers eating it out too quickly.

OH I've added a few more Photos but no good ones just some Happy Snaps to Photobucket. Who needs flowers when you have Pitchers to look at all year round?

<a href="http://s271.photobucket.com/albums/jj121/HAL9000_photo/?action=view?t=SWMBOPLant.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj121/HAL9000_photo/SWMBOPLant.jpg" border="0" alt="Companion Planting Suggestions"></a>

Col

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Rumor has it that grasshoppers...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Well then maybe a suggest ...

don't like cilantro. Come to think of it, I don't find them in the lemon balm either.

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I only have a window box

by neilb@uk In reply to TR's Garden Club

So I'll just post some wildflower pictures as spring progresses and the flowers change. These were out on the chalk Downs last weekend. They are tiny and I have NO IDEA what they are! I will, however, try and find out.
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<a href="http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l243/neilb_uk/Flowers/IMG_0138.jpg" target="_blank">
<img src="/a>">http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l243/neilb_uk/Flowers/th_IMG_0138.jpg"></a>

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Looks like viola to me

by The Scummy One In reply to I only have a window box

except the ones that I grew (like weeds) had yellow inner
leaves. But the shape and color look very similar.

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