Rihilism, avatar

My ground phlox (possibly Phlox subulata/moss phlox) has achieved blanket status.

I'm a sucker for mass blooms. A friend of mine has large swaths of this phlox & was kind enough to borrow me a cup 2 yrs ago. A cup that was 1.5' x 2' chunk that I then plopped down in a 1.5' x 2' space.

Easy peasy phlox carpet squee-sy.

junesim63, avatar

Lovely article on Birmingham allotments and the people who tend them.

‘The courgettes were so good last year, I got a tattoo of one’: life on a Birmingham allotment | Allotments | The Guardian

lionelb, avatar


On their arm. One hopes. Ahem.

junesim63, avatar

@lionelb ooh matron...

tiamat271, avatar

Three good things for today, 4/13/2024:

  1. Finished and filed my taxes, and will be getting a refund! 💰

  2. Found another teeny tiny seedling sprouting in my flower garden. 🌱

  3. Surprised and delighted to discover that my day lily from last year seems to have survived the winter (with no help from me) and appears to be coming back to life! ☀️

#3GoodThings #ThreeGoodThings @3goodthings #Gardening

lionelb, avatar

@tiamat271 @3goodthings

Day-lilies are very tough. Oddly, they are closely related to hostas.

lynneverson, avatar

Garden despair: I have been battling weeds now for 10yrs, putting down barrier paper and mulch even spring and fall. I am losing the battle with grass and thistles...thistles are buckling last year's paper, growing happily underneath. Plus I had an ill-advised herbal tea area that invaded everything (escaped mint, bee balm & lemon verbena). I think I may rip out everything and try some well contained raised beds. Wont keep out the deer, but neither did fences (or planting mint!)

The disaster that is my garden, already choked with thistle and grass growing through straw mulch. We've only had a few days above 60, but it's going gangbusters already and I haven't planted anything but peas yet. 🙁

compost, avatar


If I were in your situation, what I would do is to make a radical decision and use a tarp over the areas that are affected. It will solarize it and kill all the weeds.

It is how some market gardeners start new gardens, they tarp it for about 6 months to 1 year. Then they remove the tarp and add a lot of compost to do their beds. It works very well. You can even if you want to plant cut some holes through the tarp.

MostlyTato, avatar

Finally a warm and sunny day on the allotment. A bit of planting and Comfrey Corner is starting to flourish.
The pond just isn't clearing due to silting from all the rain. I need the vegetation to grow a bit around it to absorb some of the run-off.
I found a skip full of compost and old decking, exactly what I needed to finish the beds!
Also scored some railway sleepers I might use to make extra mini terraces down slope.
#gardening #allotment

Looking down the allotment onto the terrace, the beds are filled with soil and compost. Above the terrace in the foreground is a garden area, just starting to green up, and below the terrace you can see the bottom of the area, woodchipped and used for storage.
A shady corner of the allotment where the comfrey and borage is growing strong.

levampyre, avatar

@MostlyTato This is an interesting garden, you have. Is it in the middle of a city?

richrollgardener, avatar

Ok, so now my little greenhouse is full to capacity with tomatoes, peppers, Jalapeños, eggplant, lettuce, snapdragons, parsley, basil and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting about. Weather outside is currently 46⁰F (8⁰C) and dropping, and the wind is gusting to 42mph (67kph) and it's raining again. How am I supposed to get this all planted out? All that's in the ground so far are some unhappy onions and frazzled lettuce plants.

juc, avatar we reached the record temperature of 28°C
Which is... absolutely crazy this time of year.

Next week temperatures will drop to 14°C max...
They say there will be strong winds and hailstorms.
I was going to plant tomatoes tomorrow... maybe I'll wait...👀

#Gardening is hard work. 😮‍💨

dnc, avatar
Pollinators, avatar

@dnc. No. These are good seed potatoes.

Irisfreundin, avatar

@dnc There are no "white hairs" - these are roots already. The potatoes should be placed carefully in potting soil so that nothing breaks off.

It is more the case that the seed potatoes are not good without such sprouts.

clarebee, avatar

The daily check of the seeds I'm trying to grow on my one sunny windowsill. It always seems so completely and utterly improbable that anything will grow at all from those tiny dried-up specks.

And then that first green nub appearing in dark soil. A tiny miracle.

dnc, avatar
Irisfreundin, avatar

@dnc The farmers in the cucmber region (Spreewald) in Germany do.

levampyre, avatar

@dnc Nope, I usually grow them on obelisk trellises.

dnc, avatar
Irisfreundin, avatar

@dnc What plant is that?

dnc, avatar

@Irisfreundin pumpkins / zucchini

msquebanh, avatar
msquebanh, avatar

Ornamental crabapple tree blossoms, columbine flower buds & strawberry flowers & baby strawberries growing in front & side gardens.

LoraHughes, avatar

First foxtail has made an appearance. #gardening @gardening

Irisfreundin, avatar

@LoraHughes @gardening
I'd like to know which plant that is. Do you have the Latin name?
Foxtail in German is this plant:

dbc3, avatar

Finally used up the last of my habenero crop from last year. These were frozen: some during the high yield period in early fall, some just prior to first killing freeze, picked green & ripened in containers. I fermented 9 days, processed last evening when rain drove me off from landscaping. Pure habenero is the BEST hot sauce. Flavorful, leaves you with a warm glow all over. I also grew tabascos last year, but birds ate most. I'll try again but protect with wire mesh.

derthomas, (edited ) avatar

Good morning people of the Mastodons!

Now look at that, some apricots survived the frost nights we had some weeks ago!

I hope that we'll have some nice 🍑 to harvest later this year.

derthomas, avatar

@manon eine Marille ist besser als keine Marille 😊

manon, avatar

@derthomas Das ganz sicher. 😊

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