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In and Out of the Garden He Goes...

So after getting a fairly gratifying amount of long-overdue yard work done over the holiday weekend, I am getting a big kick out of the fact that decades' worth of chance-acquired plants are starting to look like they belong together. And then in another topic JurassicBlueberries was holding forth on the care and feeding of blueberry plants, and what with one thing and another, I bet we've got gardeners here. Let's talk!

(PS: Folks, this should probably go without saying, but if your gardening efforts involve the cultivation of plants illegal in your jurisdiction, please do not post about them here. For all practical purposes, everyone in the world can read what you post here, and that definitely includes your local law enforcement. Or your not-so-local law enforcement. Or your mama. Silence is golden.)

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worms

this is only our second year with the garden... i am concerned that i don't see any worms around....i am thinking of introducing some to the garden...what is your opinion on this?....good idea, bad idea?.. i am new at this so looking for some advice.

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Black fly

my broad beans have aphids any way of getting rid of them WITHOUT pesticides

Bob

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Spanish Jam

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Love wisteria, planted it at

Love wisteria, planted it at my former house back in the 80's at each corner of the front of the house and twisted the shoots together when it started to grow. It was so beautiful,grew up to the roof line with it's twisted trunk, and across the whole front and side of the house.
Just beautiful. Always one of my favorites.

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buds everywhere!

it's a freakish 40 in indiana-- 40 degrees, 40mph winds... but i have been able to go out, pick up sticks and junk, deadhead the stuff the birds cleaned, and- and most importantly- check out all the new green buds poking out of the mulch! i know i have to wait a few more weeks- i'll wait. i'm patient...

if winter comes, can spring be far behind!

caroline

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well hey

if it made you think of Lowell George it's gotta be good.

I'll take a pic when they're a little further along.

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mysterious wisterias

Nice story Marye. Made me think at once of Lowell George (much missed) and one of my all time favourite songs

"I've got mysterious wisterias hanging in the air
The rocking chair I was supposed to fix
Well it came un nailed
And all the things that I let slip, I found out quick
It comes from moment to moment, day to day
Time seems to slip away

But I've got twenty million things to do, twenty million things
And all I can do, is think about you
With twenty million things to do"

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reawakening the garden topic

well, we had this little faux spring last month here in Oakland, and now we're in the midst of winter storms and the plants are a bit confused. But the rain is coming at a good time for their growth spurts, pretty much.

I was out in back seizing the moment to toss some flower seeds on the hillside when to my great astonishment I noticed lots of incipient blooms on the wisteria. The astonishment being because this wisteria has never shown the slightest inclination to bloom in the decade and a half it's been in the ground. It started as a bonsai prospect when it was a tiny little thing at the nursery 20-odd years ago, and no doubt its stunted childhood had an impact, because while it grew quite vigorously it's never flowered once. Till now. I don't even remember what kind it's supposed to be!

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now there's a fine tradition!

I have really fond memories of the days when I was a kid and we grew corn in the back yard. Where I live now there's not enough sun. Alas! But luckily we have the farmers market.

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Corn coming out of my ears ~

Not too long ago it was time to harvest the corn in my Nannie's garden. It's a family tradition. We all get up at the crack of dawn & Pick, shuck, de silk, wash, boil, de cob ~ finally..bag & freeze. 687 ears later & lots of sweat & laughter it's time for supper.... yep, Corn on the Cob :)

PEACE

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garden

Given that we've got, like, fires and water rationing and all kinds of weird stuff going on here at the moment, I have not been so gung-ho with the outdoor gardening this year and just worked on sustaining what's already out there with a minimum of water. Switch from the sprinkler to hand watering. Etc.

Luckily last year I had a binge of buying cacti on ebay, and they're not too thirsty. After being essentially dormant since I got them last year, they've finally had enough sunshine and warm weather to start waking up, and since most of them are of assorted mutant varieties, they're pretty interesting to watch. E.g. one from Florida that looked like a melted candle is now apparently bursting forth with four branches and looking a lot like one from Sonoma County that it formerly didn't resemble at all.

Meanwhile, inside the house, the houseplants are taking over. I am astonished to report that the baby maidenhair ferns mentioned last year sometime survived in significant numbers and are now about half an inch tall -- and surrounded with a new crop of barely-visible babies. The parent plant, which is looking better than it has in its life, has managed to colonize about half a dozen adjacent flowerpots with the darn things, which of course puts me in a quandary because most of those pots have rooted cuttings of other things that I'd like to give away, but do I trust J. Random Freecycle Person to adequately nurture baby maidenhairs? No I do not. And I'm reluctant to disturb them at this vulnerable stage. So while on the one hand I am being aggressively consoled for every maidenhair fern that ever died on my watch, and there were a lot of 'em, I am also being overrun a bit. Still, it's a nice problem to have.

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