Friday, April 28, 2017

Bedroom Gardening

Gardening is a hobby, it has to be, because if it depended on any expertise, we would definitely starve to death. I just like to play and see if I can get things to grow. After a real hack job on the lavender, it appears it might make it. The mint is getting carried away, sending runners everywhere. It is starting to look as if it wants to escape. I sent one of the Tiny Tims home with Ruth, this one has grown over 3" this week! I hope the weather warms up good, so we can find somewhere to move the squash plant. It's just going nuts. The leaves are bigger than I had anticipated and it wants to lie down. It's not very strong. My thoughts of putting it on a support around the window have been crushed. Would have been cute though ... The 'extras in the bowl are the ones I started the first of March, they are alive and that's about it. I got the Tiny Tims out of the bowl and replanted them the first part of April. Am seriously thinking of re-potting Tim, re-homing the squash and just let the mint and lavender have at it. Plants are plants, you know? 
 Maybe next year, I'll put in petunias or something. Who knows?

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  1. Lol I'm with you
    Although in days gone past I needed the garden to supplement our groceries as we were living close to the bone
    With two children, a mortgage and being self employed. The money was never guaranteed and always in short supply
    So I would buy the seeds and grown the seedlings and plant them out and I would be oh so good at looking after them
    These days the children and the mortgage are gone.
    Well except for the one that has come back bringing a wife with him lol
    So if the plants produce. That's great. If not. Well I'll just pop down to the shops
    But I know if I haven to. I can grow enough to feed my family
    But the family will have to help me now lol

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    1. Yep, the days of canning and freezing hundreds of quarts of fruits and vegetables is over for me too, and gardening to produce it. I kind of miss it - having the energy to do it all. :-)

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  2. I am curious about the chocolate mint. Never heard of that one. I only ever tried to grow mint.... other herbs bit the dust, so to speak. Other than that I planted very little because our garden was/is so huge. It's more like a wild life garden.

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    1. It's a mint with reddish brown stems, although the color seems to be fading a bit as it is growing. Smells minty when I brush the leaves. :-)

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  3. My garden consists of one tomato plant and it isn't doing too well. I can grow Ivy, does that count?

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    1. Of course it counts! I'm growing to grow something - anything I can consume is a plus! I hope your tomato gets better. :-)

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  4. Squash does like to roam, I believe it is in the same family as pumpkin and you've probably seen pumpkin plants that spread over an entire yard.
    I knew the lavender would make a comeback :)

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    1. I guess I was swayed by the thought of 'small' squash. I got the seeds from Ruth and only planted one to see if it would grow. Ruth said the squash were only the size of a grapefruit. I had my dreams ... It needs to go out in the yard somewhere, I want some squash! :-)

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  5. I don't find lavender very responsive to hacking! They all look pretty in that tub though. I'll follow the progress of your squash with interest!

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    1. I hacked my lavender for six or seven years and it always came back, although I took this one back to half an inch of the dirt. Think it will make it okay. I'm looking forward to the squash and hope the move outside doesn't kill it! :-)

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    2. I should make my ex read this. he insisted our (my)lavender died from the heat reflected off the fence. The same lavender that had stood up to that heat for years and years. I know he killed it on purpose so he could plant a daisy bush with yellow daisies.

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    3. My old lavender took a lot of abuse (neglect) and stayed alive. Can see why he's an ex.

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  6. Mint will take over the world if you give it half a chance.

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    1. I believe I am going to find that out, haha! I want some outside too, thinking of the smell when he mows! :-)

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  7. I can't have many plants in the house, I tend to forget to water them. HAHA...but outside I am great. They grow and do amazingly. My mint is spilling over the pot outside and running all over too.

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    1. Having them in my bedroom - it's my last thing to do at night - watering them. I have a moisture tester so I don't give them too much. :-)

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  8. I'm just hoping to get a tomato or two this year. Fun watching them grow.

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    1. Good Luck, Joe! Get something to deter those nasty hornworms and you should do well! :-)

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  9. Same here, with not relying on The Victory Garden, to supply much produce. As we have grown older, our food garden has shrunk. ,-) Now, I am glad that he only tries to grow some flowers. Even a few tomato plants, seem to be more work, than they are worth.

    Only 2 of us. We can buy a couple of tomatoes, when wanted.

    Different stages of life.... :-)

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

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    1. Oh, but garden-fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes are the best! DH has his outside. I hope it does something wonderful! :-)

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  10. Our season is so short we just get a fewstarter plants at the end od May. Hubby loves to grow some tomatoes and herbs and lately chillies. Buddy and I just water plants in planters. We love the ready made ones now as we keep moving. In ground gardening is in our past. Mint is a pesty plant yet makes great tea. Lavender and I are foes. Hives :(
    Have fun with your planting.

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    1. If I had more room, I would have more planters. If it wasn't for the grow-light, I don't think it would work here in my room. Yes, the mint is for tea and I want to propagate it for planting in the yard. Sorry lavender is a problem for you. I loved it when I had one in the front flowerbed. I would brush my hand through it every time I went outside. Smelled so good!
      Have thought about some banana peppers, myself. Peppers make pretty plants. :-)

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  11. We planted six tomato plants this year, I planted them in pots trying to keep the gophers away from them, this way I don't kill the plants trying to control the gophers ha ha

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    1. Good idea, Jimmy! Good luck with them. :-)

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  12. My mint lived through our Michigan snow. I was so happy to see it come up this week. Love your experiences. Reminds me of when I used to play with plants back when I worked at a greenhouse.

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    1. It must be some pretty tough stuff. Wonder how it can handle the southern heat.
      Dream job ... working in a green house - or having one. :-)

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