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I have some exciting gardening news. Two items actually. The first is that some seeds I had saved from my agapanthus last year have germinated. There’s something rather special about nurturing a plant into flowering, saving the seeds and then seeing them germinate. I dutifully put two seeds into each of the three pots I planted and all six have sprouted. These are destined to be very special plants for my best people. I wonder how long it will be before they flower and what colour they will be?
The other is that I now have a front garden gate after my friend spent his Sunday fixing one for me. It means I can now open the front door without fear of Noodle running into the road, I can enjoy the garden and sitting on the bench strategically positioned to catch evening sunlight. Now that’s what I call quality of life
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I am unaware of any US flower show that could even begin to compare to the Chelsea Flower Show, wow, thanks for sharing the photo, it is
Im attaching photos of my AeroGarden after harvest, my wilted lettuce salad that I made from the AG and a photo from the front garden peas and one of the sunflowers.
Hugs to all,
Lovely photos, all in beautiful Californian sunshine . Your salad in the top photo looks so appealing, set on a lovely plate too. The pea pods look to be well filled, ready for popping out into a pot to be cooked. Don't know about you, but not all of my peas hit the bottom of the pot, some of mine get diverted into my stomach! Fresh peas, whether raw or cooked and eaten half an hour after pulling from the plant, or indeed immediately after pulling, have a fresh taste that is unequalled.
I haven't explored the world of AG much, save the occasional article in a gardening magazine or tv programme. It does look interesting and of course has the advantage of giving a crop in an apartment with no garden. It's amazing to see a large unit in a 3rd floor of a building in an industrial estate. I've seen the terrific results achieved in say, tomato growing.
I'd love to run a side by side blind taste test experiment with a crop of peas and also compare the financial cost between the two methods of production. Of course I have always had, and still do have, a series of compost heaps in various stages that come from all of our domestic green and brown waste, something that I am very proud of. I can only imagine the horrendous smell that would arise from adding outer cabbage leaves to the water of an indoor AG garden! Doesn't bear thinking about. Yuk!
Thanks for sharing your lovely photos Millie and also the AG idea. You have placed a spark into my gardening life that I would like to follow up. It's very early to talk about the C word but should my wife ask me what I would like for Christmas, I know what my answer will be
Stay safe everyone and good gardening.
Hi Millie What great photos of healthy plants, I will have to look into this Aerogarden myself! Hi Tvman, I would say if it is something you'd really like to have, just let your wife know that you'd like it for Christmas but you'd like it now, so you can have fresh veg on Christmas Day! A ploy! Do you think it will work! Lol! Oh talking about class sizes, I think in the Glasgow schools the classes can be between 25-30 but here, we are very lucky!
Have a good day everyone!
Love Annette x
Hi fellow gardeners and other friends of course
Well, well!, In spite of horrendous pain at times that almost brought me to tears and thoughts of quitting that lasted a few milliseconds, I, with my wife's help and encouragement, have at last completed the final raised bed. The high five we did brought a brilliant smile to our faces.
There's a little tidying up to do for which I would like to apologise in advance and the small question of digging the founds for the hoops of the polytunnel, the construction of which may or may not be done this year. I know what's involved because I've done it once before but then with the strength of a man with few pains and no cancer diagnosis. Then I didn't have to level up the ground from side to side which also requires attention!
I've yet to transplant leek seedlings (leekings? lol) into the last empty bed that I intend to do today, after a couple or more hours sleep. There are 2 photos below and I don't want anyone asking which is which, grrr, lol.
For a modest fee, I'll answer questions lol.
Take care everyone and stay safe please.
Well tvman I am really impressed, what a transformation WOW! A definite Hi 5 & a gold star from me to you both! It looks amazing! Now let me ask the first question to the Gardening Guru; How much would it be and when could you manage to come to Scotland to do
a bit (lots) weeding, trimming and sorting out my garden for me??? I spent about 45minutes off and on last week gardening and filled
2 large green bins (which were collected yesterday!) Then spent almost two whole days in bed, in pain!
So that's it for me, 15minutes maximum in future!
Once you have planted your seedlings, have a well earned rest!
Sorry this is all over the place with spacing, but it kept disappearing off the page, so I had to press 'return' select all, then paste to retrieve
It 5 times! Hoping this works now!
Hello anndanv, tvman and daloni.
LETTUCE GONE WILD
I think I have solved my lettuce problem, grow my own. Now at day 24. the AG has gone wild.Having a large salad tonight with home grown peas. Yes tvman, my peas rarely make it to the kitchen table, but the granddaughters have not come by, so I am adding peas to my salad! the largest leaves are now 9.5 inches long had the light is now at its highest level In the back 2 slots are the cherry tomatoes that are also getting taller- have not started blooming yet.
Off to the kitchen to make my salad, hope I remember to take a photo before I eat.
Love to all,
Wow! MCLkid can I come for lunch?
My agapanthus seedlings. They bring me joy.
Hi Annette anndanv
Annette, re the offer of going over to sort out your garden, I have given the matter a lot of thought and as it's you, I will only charge half price of my normal rate but you still wouldn't be able to afford me lol.
Oh Annette, what have you done to yourself! Who is it that's always telling me to take it easy, and not to do too much and exhaust myself. If only you could listen to your own advice lol. Gardening is addictive and it's so easy to carry on weeding or feeding, splitting up congested plants, dead-heading. The list is endless.
Please be careful Annette, I can't suggest a period of time to work and then to rest because you know your own capabilities. It's lovely to sit back after working and admire your work. Just don't divert your gaze to an untidy area and give in to temptation.
Whatever your choice Annette, enjoy your family and especially those little grandchildren, they're a reason for wanting to stay safe.
Glad to hear that there's still joy in your life, but am I surprised? Nah, not at all
You've just reminded me that should you have restricted space then get hold of something like a pallet and with a little imagination, anyone can grow a living wall and you seem to be ahead of the crowd lol.
Good wishes for your new chemo journey, stay safe and take care.
Wow, as soon as I saw your lettuce leaves a smile came over my face .
You'll be able to fit a small amount of something on a massive leaf and roll it up inside the leaf and munch away at it.
I can't wait to see how your tomatoes fare in your AG, keep us posted all the way. The company who made your AG should be paying you for your great work regards publicity! Only joking, admin.
Our weather here has taken a bit of a downturn and over the next day or two there are gusts of wind forecast of 50-60 mph so I must get my large onion bed wrapped with thick, high plastic because they took a hammering 2 weeks ago and I wasn't expecting so much damage. This time I'll be prepared. It's unusual for such high winds at this time of year but hey, the weather is so unpredictable these days. How is it for you, Millie? More or less wall to wall sunshine every day I presume?
Take care and stay safe
Those raised beds look marvellous,as do the crops. Well done TVman.x
These look great & so fresh My husband has grown some cut and come again salad leaves in pots,which have proved very useful of late & after cutting they soon re-grow which is good.
Keep up the good work.xx.
These look lovely Daloni,& so healthy, so well done. I love agapanthus especially the pale blue. It shows what can be achieved from your own seed.xx
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