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Plants and Gardening
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Plants and Gardening

1 Name: Anonymous : 2017-03-10 22:58
I recently visited my Grandmother's flat and the series of potted plants on the window sill were just delightful. One, she said that wouldn't grow for years, had finally started producing vines climbing up the rope on the blinds. Do any of you guys here grow plants in your spare time? Seems like such a peaceful hobby.
2 Name: Anonymous : 2017-03-10 23:46
Man I wish I could. If I had my own place with a yard. That's my dream, getting some land in the mountains and spend my days harvesting opium.
3 Name: Anonymous : 2017-03-11 04:46
>>2
Maybe you could get some window boxes like OP's grandma.
When I lived in an apartment many years ago, we grew tomatoes and peppers in a couple of window boxes.
4 Name: Anonymous : 2017-03-11 08:12
>>3
Would work in theory but I only have one window and the roof hangs over it so there isn't much sunlight at all coming through it.
5 Name: Anonymous : 2017-03-12 03:21
>>4
There are plants that prefer indirect sunlight. Keep that in mind.
6 Name: Anonymous : 2017-03-12 15:32
There's a small patch that I used to garden back home, but while I am at college it isn't taken care of and the plants suffer so I stopped planting things. I'm hoping this summer to grow something like roses when I can actually care for them.
7 Name: Anonymous : 2017-03-13 18:45
>>6
I'm a uni student who used to garden a tiny patch like you; I find keeping a rainforest's worth of houseplants inside my room helps. People always seem to like them too which is nice - when I was in halls the cleaning staff even came around to knock on my door and chat about gardening!
8 Name: Anonymous : 2017-03-14 13:05
I have a row of big leafy plants by the window in my room and they make me so happy whenever I come home!
9 Name: Anonymous : 2017-03-17 03:53
I have two basil plants I got from the Wikipedia store that make my room smell great.
10 Name: Anonymous : 2017-04-21 18:50
It's almost time to plant vegetable gardens! We usually have tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. We've tried corn in the past, but it didn't work out all that great.
11 Name: Anonymous : 2017-04-22 16:01
>>10
I've been gifted some giant pumpkin seeds (Dill's Atlantic), so I'm hoping for a lot of pumpkin soup this fall!

What sort of peppers do you grow? My attempts there have ended in aphids and disappointment.
12 Name: Anonymous : 2017-04-22 21:44
>>11
Jalapeños usually.
I don't think I've ever had pumpkin soup. Pumpkin pie is great though, and you can roast the seeds to make a tasty snack. Depending on how "giant" your pumpkins end up, you could have some great Jack'o'lanterns.
13 Name: Anonymous : 2017-04-23 09:07
>>12
Hmm, I'll give them a go next year then - thanks for the recommendation.
It's nice, usually end up making it just after halloween when pumpkins are cheap in store. It's a lot like butternut squash soup (one of my favourites). I've never tried roasting pumpkin seeds though; are they like sunflower seeds?
And yes, the neighbourhood shall quiver in fear at the mighty pumpkin!
14 Name: Anonymous : 2017-04-23 19:45
>>13
I love butternut squash, but again, I don't think I've ever had it in soup. I bet that would be a really smooth-textured soup.
Yeah, pumpkin seeds are kind of like sunflower seeds. They're crunchier and more like seeds but less like nuts, if that makes any sense.
15 Name: Anonymous : 2017-05-08 20:22
I've been growing some tomato plants on my windowsill. I forgot the smell they make when they're moved or touched; one of my favorite in the garden!
16 Name: Anonymous : 2017-05-08 22:27
>>15
I love the smell of tomatoes. It smells like summer.
17 Name: Anonymous : 2017-05-10 15:19
I bought one of those living herb pots of basil and have re-potted it, does anyone have any recommendations for helping it last? It sits on my windowsill at the moment.
18 Name: Box of Pasta : 2017-05-11 12:08
Gonna start truly gardening when I graduate and can actually place things outdoors.

For now, I'm happy with a few succulents. They look so cool and are easy to take care of.
19 Name: Anonymous : 2017-05-11 15:31
>>17
You're off to a good start! The only thing I can say is to make sure it's draining well and don't overwater it; they're a dry-conditions plant despite the appearance, so just water when the soil is dry to the touch.
20 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-17 21:36
I live in an apartment so there isn't much space to grow plants, even though I really want to. Any tips on plants that I could grow in my bedroom? Preferably one that could serve as a decoration, too.
21 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-18 02:57
I'm not sure if this is truly gardening but I've been making a pavilion where the roof is made out of tree branches. To be able to guide the branches I made 2 square wooden beams where I attached some lines on. The tree is still fairly young (4 years)so I also intend to do "walls" on one side. In the end I hope to put a table and a few chairs under it for some comfy times.
22 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-18 09:19
>>20
There's a bunch, so it'll be useful to have a little more detail; does the room receive direct sunlight, bright diffused light, or little light? Estimate of dry vs humid conditions?

A peace lily (Spathiphyllum floribundum) is a classic recommendation, easy to find in stores and fairly easy to keep alive. Prefers shady/indirect sunlight and moist-ish soil.

Spider plants (Chlorophytum) do well in direct sunlight (they actually need it to maintain their coloring, like most variegated plants) and are easy to replicate off of the spiderlets.

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) does well in shady/diffuse lighting and grows, uh, profusely. It's a trailing vine so I use it to cover the edges of bookcases and such - it'll keep growing out until whenever you cut the end of a vine.

>>21
That's cool, like a living canopy?
23 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-18 09:38
>>21
That sounds wonderful. What kind of tree is it?
24 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-18 20:06
>>22
It receives diffused light and it's pretty dry. Thanks for the tips, I'm going to look for a peace lily or a Pothos.
25 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-19 06:48
I tried during the previous gardening thread. I even ordered the seeds and everything but nothing really took and since it was too close to winter I put it off and never picked it up again. It seems nice but I guess I don't really have a green thumb.
26 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-19 06:48
I tried during the previous gardening thread. I even ordered the seeds and everything but nothing really took and since it was too close to winter I put it off and never picked it up again. It seems nice but I guess I don't really have a green thumb.
27 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-26 20:24
I killed a cactus by not watering it enough. Trying again with an orchid. My ambition is to eventually be able to maintain a herb garden.
28 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-27 03:58
>>27
I killed a cactus by not watering it enough.
I didn't even know that was possible. I have some really small cactus (±7cm height), how often should I water them?
29 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-28 12:35
>>28
'bout once a week depending on season, just make sure the soil dries down to ~2-3cm between so they don't get waterlogged.
30 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-29 06:43
>>28,29
Also, put sand or perlite or something in the soil medium, like 50%+, to make sure it drains well. Many cacti are nearly impossible to underwater to the point of actually dying but easy to overwater and stunt/damage roots.
31 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-29 10:39
>>30
Thanks for the tips! I guess I won't be killing any cacti for a while.

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32 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-29 10:41
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34 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-02 23:29
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37 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-19 07:52
Anything growing this season?

Still nothing outside here, but a few cuttings taken to replace houseplants after the Great Christmas Holiday Drought (pothos and peperomioides as they grow really fast). I want to give a simple hydro setup a go this winter, but it still seems to be a challenge to track down appropriate light fittings in the UK...
38 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-19 10:50
My sweet mint I've planted last year died, and I don't know why. Melissa shrunk down to just several branches. But peppermint has spread out wildly, almost out of control, I daresay.
39 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-19 22:30
>>38
Sorry about your sweet mint. Is Melissa also some kind of mint?
Yeah, peppermint is super aggressive. I've heard you should always keep it in pots, even outside, to keep it from spreading and taking over your garden. I have a couple pots of it that I like to dry and make mint tea.
40 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-20 07:47
>>39
I once kept a mint plant in a pot, but when I went to pick it up it turned out it had grown roots right through the drainage holes and made its escape to the soil!
41 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-21 05:06
There was a nursery (or a greenhouse or whatever you call it, a place that sells plants) near me but it either closed down or moved. We were supposed to get a couple cherry trees from there. They were there for at least 20 years, but they just disappeared. They were also the only nursery around for who knows how far...

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