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The Official ConCen 2010/2011/2012 Gardening Thread
09-24-2010, 07:29 PM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread
Nice work growers,

This thread is the kind of thing that keeps my cynicism in check...
10-13-2010, 11:03 PM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread
How to grow herbs indoors during winter

Want a fresh supply of herbs all winter long? It's simple to grow them indoors.

Purple Ruffles basil, lemon thyme, Kent Beauty oregano, and chives are happy growing together in a large planter, because they have similar cultural needs.
(Courtesy of Doreen G. Howard)

By Doreen Howard
posted October 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm EDT

I’m potting up herbs this week to bring indoors so I’ll have a fresh and steady supply throughout my long winter. Pots of chives, thyme, and tarragon turn meals into gourmet fare and my kitchen window into a green view. They save money, too.

All you need are containers, the right potting mix, good light, and herbs that require similar growing conditions.

A word of caution about selecting them; not all herbs grow well indoors. Cilantro and dill, for example, decline rapidly, even in a sun-drenched window. Both need to be started from seed every few weeks, because they don’t regenerate new growth after being cut.
Best herbs for indoors

The hardiest herbs indoors coincidentally provide the widest array of flavors for cooking. Five herbs that thrive in a sunny window -- oregano, chives, mint, rosemary, and thyme -- will flavor everything from soups, salads, meat, fish, and poultry to teas and Italian foods.

I like to group all of them, except mint, together in planters for windowsill display and ease of care.

Mint does best in its own pot, because it needs extra nitrogen to build aroma and flavor in the leaves.

Basil does well for me, too, in intense light; I grow it under plant lights with my orchid collection.

Give all herbs as much light as possible. A south-facing window provides enough for most. Many east- or west-facing ones do, too.

Add a grow light or fluorescent fixture hung above plants to supplement light in dimmer windows. Leave lights on 14 to 16 hours daily in winter months to compensate for the weaker sun of the season. Use an inexpensive timer to turn them on and off.

Plant herbs in a lightweight potting mix, with added perlite or coarse sand and add a pinch of lime. Most herbs prefer sweet soil with a higher pH. Sage is the exception. Because it likes acidic soil, add extra peat moss to its potting mix.

Check plants every day, and water when soil is dry a half inch under the surface. Feed every two weeks with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer at the recommended rate listed on the package label.

Indoor herbs grow slowly in winter months, so reduce fertilizer amounts to a quarter of normal from Oct. 15 until March 15.
Tips for Success

* Start with herb plants. Seeds take time to sprout and mature into usable-size plants.
* Don’t allow plants to touch cold windows. Foliage will freeze, and plants may die.
* Plant herbs with the same cultural requirements in a single container. If they have different needs, pot them up separately.
* Pinch back branching herbs such as rosemary to keep plants shrubby rather than leggy. Regular harvesting of leaves and stems also forces plants to stay shrubby. Never trim more than a third of the plant, though.
* Remove flower buds from plants to keep them growing.
* Mulch containers with coarse sand, small pebbles, or aquarium gravel to avoid gnat infestations. The insects will not be able to burrow into potting mix to lay eggs or rest.


Doreen Howard, the Edible Explorer, is one of nine garden writers who blog regularly at Diggin' It. If it’s edible and unusual, Doreen figures out a way to grow it in her USDA Zone 4b garden. She’ll try anything once, even smelly Durian. A former garden editor at Woman’s Day, she writes regularly for The American Gardener and The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s Garden Guide. To read more by Doreen, click here.
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10-14-2010, 10:54 AM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread
My tomatoes froze in September Sad

Potatoes, chives, onions .. all good

Any good seed sites that ship to Canada?
There are no others, there is only us.
10-14-2010, 05:48 PM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread
I still have radishes, potatoes, lettuce, carrots, peanuts, hyacinth beans, broccoli, peppers, and snow peas growing. Grin Almost tuckered out though...

My basil and tomatoes are showing signs of disliking the change of weather...

I've already brought all my herbs inside... set them up last week and moved the lights yesterday... and am going to attempt to keep them going through the winter.... which would be great if it works out. Geek

11-02-2010, 08:38 AM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread
Just in case you missed it this was recently upped to the tracker.

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening - William Woys Weaver
There are no others, there is only us.
04-01-2011, 11:56 AM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread
hello all,
Hope your gardens are all thriving.
in case anyone wants i have
spinach, chard, chinese cabbage, pepper, lemon and carob.

Interested in any swaps please! Just pm me for address.
04-01-2011, 01:52 PM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread
I had considered starting up a seed thread again this year but I'm always dissappointed with the intrest. Now that the forums are full of tracker dorks, I'm even less inclined to start one. Anybody else wanna start a 2011 thread?
04-01-2011, 08:27 PM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread
(04-01-2011, 01:52 PM)ToddTraf Wrote: I had considered starting up a seed thread again this year but I'm always disappointed with the interest. Now that the forums are full of tracker dorks, I'm even less inclined to start one. Anybody else wanna start a 2011 thread?

please do this is a very nice thread to have specially with the rising food prices and shortages coming this year

just bought a new place and have a nice garden and com-poster

will add some pics and review of how things are going once the snow leave us up here in northern canada Smile

please do this again this year!!!
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04-02-2011, 03:46 AM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010/2011 Gardening Thread
Looking good Inheritor.... oops! April... I see you dropped your nickname.
06-26-2011, 07:02 AM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010/2011 Gardening Thread
hey! here's some pics of what i'm up to in my backyard!
this year we're doing more pole beans, and speckled lima beans
heres's a close up of some bean flower:
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I also planted some native california poppies look how pretty!
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our oranges are doing well too. I love flower closeups in case you haven't figured that out yet:
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some volunteers (aka intentional weeds) from last years mezcal mix joined us this spring:
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cherimoya is maturing nicely, we had good fruit set this year, hopefully my "tongue" method of pollination is a good one?
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my neighbor's echium:
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right now we got cukes starting to ripen, red heirloom corn, the lima and pole beans, some brussel sprouts, cauliflower, green emerald melon, watermelon, crook neck squash, some italian summer squash, heirloom and roma tomatoes, and the citrus, avocado, loquat, cherimoya trees.
06-26-2011, 09:20 AM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010/2011 Gardening Thread
I love this thread! Ok

Fabulous update with photos al_uh_looyah.... Great to see the productivity! Good for you guys!

(06-26-2011, 07:02 AM)al_uh_looyah Wrote: right now we got cukes starting to ripen

Lucky you.
Mine (which were sent to me via seed trading with toddtraf) have a good month at least to go before they are fruiting.

It's been in the low 70's all week here... which is really chilly for this time of year.

We've done a lot of things differently this season. I'll take some photos and make an update some time this coming week.
06-26-2011, 04:56 PM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010/2011 Gardening Thread
We are in the high 50's Fahrenheit here in Edmonton. Good thing it is summertime now.
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06-26-2011, 07:59 PM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010/2011 Gardening Thread
my "farm n' garden" album on d'facebook...
06-26-2011, 09:18 PM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010/2011 Gardening Thread
Nice thread!

The day before mothers day I planted several varieties of tomatoes, carrots, spinach, cilantro, basil, zucchini, chamomile Anaheim peppers, red peppers, cayenne peppers, and jalapeno peppers, all from seed. My strawberries and Kale made it through the Colorado winter so :thumbsup: I have some fairly mature asparagus plants, this is their 5th year so hoping for a good yield.

It was a little rough going though as winter kept hanging around (obviously because of 'global warming' :lol: ) but so far everything looks great and established and growing fast. I can't wait to start eating from my 'organic' garden. I usually give plenty away too
06-29-2011, 05:52 AM,
RE: The Official ConCen 2010/2011 Gardening Thread
I am companion planting everywhere this year according to this chart. Also... I was using straw before in all the beds... but the ants seem to like it too much. They have practically decimated my strawberries... and were having away at my broccoli and snow peas. So we replaced all the straw with mulch and a bunch of my plants are in rehab but coming along much better already.

Took all but one of these shots this afternoon...

First off... here's that dog I've been growing! Grin

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This is a Red Garnet


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I wanted a lot of broccoli this year. Here's a photo of my largest and smallest ones.

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Our mulberries are ripe right now. They'll all be gone in 2 weeks though.

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My young cucumbers

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Snow peas... They are about 5 feet tall already.

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This bed has lettuce, carrots, chives, and leeks

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And some pole beans..

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I have three varieties of tomatoes... all which are about two feet high... with peppers growing in between them. I'm also growing basil, rosemary, parsley, ground cherries, cantaloupe, watermelon, peach vines, and some of hilly7's banana melons. ( I'm sure I'm leaving out a few things )

I already harvested my first set of radishes and the second set is just coming up. I tried arugula for the first time, and disliked it so much, I ripped it all out and composted it already.

I planted some trees also... but don't expect them to do any fruiting for a year or two. Got a goji berry, a jostaberry, two gooseberries, two cherry trees, two pear trees, and a blueberry tree... all dwarf.

Because of how I planted my morning glories last year... they are coming up all over the place, and I'm letting most them. I put cosmos all over the yard also, in hopes that I'll have a serious turn out of butterflies. I'll post more photos soon. Smile

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