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Green Gardening

Can't wait to start digging in the earth? Spring is around the corner so it's time to start planning your new garden. New enthusiasts or seasoned gardener, let's share our green gardening tips and joys.

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Gardening for Health - Totnes Healthy Futures.

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I expected more from the Canadians. This is something that should be encouraged, not deterred.Illegal Front Yard Garden: Canadian Couple's Kitchen Garden Targeted By Authorities…Continue

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Cactiphilia

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Although I have mixed feelings about arid landscapes such as the southwestern region of the US, I do really like cacti and succulents. There is just something about the uniqueness of their forms, their ways of adapting to their environment, and…Continue

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Comment by Daniel W on February 13, 2019 at 3:34pm

Thanks Chris.  My old CFL fixtures worked great for plants.  They were just normal "daylight" bulbs.  LEDs are more specific.  I'm not sure, but I think some of the marijuana growers use strong LEDs and get good growth.  Their's are more powerful than mine. 

There are community gardens at the community center in my town, Vancouver WA.  Our Kaiser clinic also had them but I haven't looked recently.  I had actually suggested that to the many years ago, but I don't know if it was my suggestion that led to that.

I was planting some old tomato seeds - from 2015 - and thought about old seeds.  Most last 5 to 10 years depending on the type.  There was an old article about adate palm, grown from a 2,000 year old seed found at an archeological dig in Israel.  It grew, turned out to be a male palm tree.  The pollen was used to pollinate some modern female palm trees, and those seeds were planted.  I could not find info about whether those have fruited yet.  Probably not yet.  Apparently it takes about 6 to 10 years for a date palm to bear fruit, grown from seed.  So maybe, soon.

Comment by Chris on February 13, 2019 at 7:39am

I've read about community gardens in the United States, the UK and Africa.  That's a great idea.

Comment by Chris on February 13, 2019 at 7:35am

Gardening is what keeps me somewhat sane.

For many years, I have used a fluorescent light fixture, made from a cheap ceiling light fixture,an electrical cord, CFL lights, and a metal chimney liner. At the moment, there are geranium starts and a couple of orchids under that. Later I may move those to a window to make room for tomato starts.

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Daniel I understand that there are some 'full sprectum' led's that work for green houses.

Might be looking into.

Comment by Chris on February 13, 2019 at 7:33am

Have you heard of those upside down tomato baskets that can be grrown off a balcony?

Here is the first link I came across I know there are others that are likely less expensive.

Comment by Mrs.B on February 12, 2019 at 2:49pm

At least its a productive crazy.

Comment by Stephen on February 12, 2019 at 2:04pm

Daniel I'll always remember the name because it made me and my sister laugh, they were called Big boy bush Tomatoes. I had a couple of grow bags on my balcony and my sister had the same. We both faced south she was a few stories below me. She always managed to beat me in the size of the crop.

Comment by Daniel W on February 12, 2019 at 1:07pm

Stephen, I grew stuff even when I had a one-room apartment with just a window.  Im a little crazy about growing things.  Actually, a lot crazy :-)

what types of tomatoes worked for you on the balcony?

Comment by Stephen on February 11, 2019 at 9:15pm

The colours do look weird Daniel but as you say what works works. I live on the fourteenth floor and have only a small balcony where I  have been known to grow toms.

Comment by Daniel W on February 11, 2019 at 8:33pm

Gardening is what keeps me somewhat sane.

For many years, I have used a fluorescent light fixture, made from a cheap ceiling light fixture,an electrical cord, CFL lights, and a metal chimney liner. At the moment, there are geranium starts and a couple of orchids under that.  Later I may move those to a window to make room for tomato starts.

I also had some kitchen fluorescent light tubes which are getting old. So I bought some LED plant lights from Amazon. I really don't know the best strength and wavelengths, so I guessed. I think this one is 30 watts, mixed colors. I started Tabasco and and Thai peppers first, because they grow very slowly for me in my Northwest climate. I want those for making hot sauce. I also planted onion seeds. Those can go into the ground here long before other plants, so this is a good head start. i did the same thing last year. So far they are all growing pretty well.   The colors look weird under the LEDs,  but in daylight the leaves are a normal shade of green.  

Next I may start some Echinacea and Rudbeckia which are perennials but some bloom the first year if started early.

I like that we can use science, and understanding what wavelengths work, and the experiences of others to grow our plants.  Since peppers were grown bt Aztecs, I would like to make offerings to Quetzalcoatl but Im  not sure if that is the right god for them.

Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 10:00pm

Broken concrete makes good retaining walls as tire walls, but  isn't typically architecturally, or asthetically pleasing.

Why do you think cremation results in more pollution?

Why do many of the living think their dead relatives  must be burried in a graveyard?

Why do many think the remains of dead ones have to be found before there is 'closure?'

 

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