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Southpacific 4 months ago

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EvilferretMini Peppers!

I’m getting my own house in a few weeks. Next year I plan on planting a garden in the spring.

The peppers that I planted in 2012 flowered, and I artificially pollinated them and ended up with four small but tasty peppers this year! The plants are still growing and doing well.

The avacado has turned into a small tree, but isn’t likely to produce fruit anytime soon. Maybe in another 5 to 10 years?

The pineapple never took root. Oh well.

Excited to have my own place and get moving on this one. Raspberries, tomatoes, lettuce! 14 months ago

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Warren WilkinsonBeen working on compost.

Been working on compost. Took a while to learn how to do it, but I think I’ll need to take up worm composting for a small apartment.

That way I can keep the real compost outdoors, because it does tend to attract fruit flies. 2 years ago


Well, I attempted this. I had a garden going quite well for a while, and then some nice stranger decided to burn down the house. As I wasn’t living there for a year and a half, the garden got a bit neglected. Somehow it still managed to produce some tomatoes that year!

Now I’ve settled for an indoor garden in my rental house. Not so much a garden as some potted plants that are unlikely to every produce fruit. I have an avacado tree growing quite nicely, some peppers, and a pineapple growing at the moment. 2 years ago

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Currently I have herbs in pots (basil, sage, thyme, oregano), some organic tomato seedlings, and some organic squash sprouts. 2 years ago

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MatthewThe Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The Grapes

Well I’ve had some success and some failure with this. So far the most successful thing in my garden is the bok choy. I have several heads that look like they may be ready to pull. The onions look great. And a few heads of lettuce and spinach turned out okay. The two plants I was looking forward to the most, the peppers and tomatoes, are healthy but aren’t really growing very well. They sprouted right away, and then did nothing. Just recently they have begun to grow some more, though. They have probably just been waiting for summer to actually show up.

I planted two zucchinis with enough room to let them crawl up a trellis, but have found out that they are not the vine type of plant. They are HUGE. I had to transplant the larger one to a separate pot because it was invading the other plants.

And my potatoes… They were doing fantastic all spring. I was using a stacking planter filled with hay to give the vines ample volume to produce roots. Then one nice sunny day a few weeks ago, it died. I saw it in the morning, looking great. Then checked later that afternoon and every leave had completely wilted. The sun scorched my potatoes within a matter of hours and in never recovered. So sad.

Oh, and my grapes! They have already begun producing fruit. This may be the year I get some edible grapes! I’ll have to post some pictures soon. 2 years ago

Warren Wilkinson 2 years ago

nina and jamesVegetables, and flowers, too!

love growing plants from seeds. have an egg carton lined up with hollyhocks, a zucchini, carrots and arugula… 2 years ago

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