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FerriswheelBueller

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #210 on: June 06, 2021, 02:23:40 AM »
Tell me more about the pucks.

The black one is a professional tier job, found it under the deck. Inglasco manufactured, ~6oz and covered by vulcanized rubber, looks like it was used in an NHL game before being repurposed as a chew toy by a previously resident dog. Scrubbed clean in the sink, we roll it off things and go “ooh!” before it hits the ground.

The orange one was in a neighbour’s driveway down the street that my boy ran down and refused to leave until he knew what the orange thing that caught his eye was. As our neighbours are very elderly (on both sides, bless them) they agreed that he could have whatever he wanted as long as he left their property and didn’t give them a novel coronavirus[1].
 1. they are, of course, much nicer and kinder than this pastiche paints them (I think they gave it to him unasked for); but funnier this way innit? Or is it? I’ve lost my touch

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #211 on: June 23, 2021, 03:56:16 PM »
Well the hop bines are fucking massive.

I can’t get a good photo of them all, but I have 4 bines that are ~7ft long, and a couple more in the 4-5” region. I’d guess all of them are growing 2” a day? But it’s hard to tell. Early May I cropped a couple of earlier bines that looked a bit yellow and shit and weren’t growing very quickly. I’m very glad I did because everything that’s come up afterwards has been lush and green.

They overran my existing 4ft trellis so I trained the more enterprising bines onto a neighbouring green bean trellis and they’ve taken over that as well. We’re past the solstice now, so they should switch from growing tall to producing flowers in the next week or so.

I have some buds that I’m pretty sure are flowers emerging already (photo below). Those flowers turn into hop cones at each leaf branch/node, so on that basis I’m on a one way trip to Hop City.

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Weirdly, the second rhizome of the same species I bought from the same place and planted at the same time (and treated in the same way) has only managed about 20cm of growth total. Glad I got two.

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #212 on: June 23, 2021, 03:57:48 PM »
After pruning off some leaves from my sage last week, it's grown back with a fucking vengeance. I let my mouse roam around in the pots just to see something knew and he did a shit in it. I wonder if that gave the plants some extra oomf!

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #213 on: June 23, 2021, 04:17:34 PM »
If I was a plant I’d want to grow as tall as possible to get away from mouse shit. Could be a gamechanger.

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #214 on: June 23, 2021, 05:37:57 PM »

 ~7ft long, and a couple more in the 4-5” region. I’d guess all of them are growing 2” a day?

 4ft trellis


 (and treated in the same way) 20cm.


Obviously unequal treatment, the imperial ones are flourishing.

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #215 on: June 23, 2021, 05:42:38 PM »
If I was a plant I’d want to grow as tall as possible to get away from mouse shit. Could be a gamechanger.

Mouse shit is perfectly fine, it's mouse piss that's 'angin.

Still, poop is fertiliser right? Fuck it.

Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #216 on: June 23, 2021, 05:45:28 PM »
You could make a compost bin from a yoghurt pot to let it rot down first.
I think fresh dung takes nitrogen from the soil as it breaks down. Hopefully someone with actual gardening credentials can advise you better.

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #217 on: June 23, 2021, 07:53:26 PM »
Obviously unequal treatment, the imperial ones are flourishing.

This was done on purpose. If you say something is “about 7 inches” on CaB (or anywhere on the internet to be fair), you get a supply of low effort knob gags. Switching to metric below 2’ seems to negate that.

There’s method to the madness.

My phone changed a single quote mark to the double one though, so for clarity the shorter bines are still 5 foot or so.

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #218 on: June 25, 2021, 07:52:53 PM »
Been building railings this week and looped some lights around it like people do in magazines. Does look nice actually



I unwound the hops from the other trellis and re-wound them around the deck hand rail which has sort of worked? You can see the “sunny side” of the potted garden as well - onions, tomatoes, garlic, and the herb garden up top there.

Anyway I am fucking KNACKERED because what you can’t see is the amount of ironstone and soil I’ve moved to make the lawn flat and dig up all the hostas[1] and other shitty uncared for plants to make everything more habitable.
 1. I FUCKING HATE HOSTAS NOW

Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #219 on: June 25, 2021, 09:37:22 PM »
The most ridiculous storm shat down on us earlier, been clearing hail and logged water out from the pots for half an hour. Tomato plants appear to have collapsed. Gonna deal with the fallout properly tomorrow. Fucks sake!

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #220 on: June 25, 2021, 10:25:07 PM »
Ah that’s a bollocks. My broad bean plants have been beaten to fuck, think it was a similar storm a few weeks back and I didn’t notice.

Are tomatoes hardy or not really? I can’t tell but mine have grown so poorly it’s not easy to say if that’s down to me or the environment (or a happy combination).

Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #221 on: June 25, 2021, 10:32:06 PM »
Hopefully your garden bounces back while you sleep.
In my limited experience tomatoes are extremely vigorous and want to grow like buggery so can recover very well given half decent conditions, unless they are runts to begin with. Getting decent fruit ripened off them is a different matter.

Our chillies have done extremely little in the way of growing. Monkey face. Different seed supplier required for next year.

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Re: Gardening thread 2021
« Reply #222 on: July 20, 2021, 06:40:18 PM »
First hop flowers





The flower petals broaden and turn into hop cones, you can see they’ve started at the edges already. They’re about 5mm long at the moment but will likely get to ~3cm or more before harvest time.

You can see I’ve had issues with mysterious hop-eating pests also. I found an ungodly amount of aphids on a lupin plant nearby which may be the source, but I haven’t found anything on the plants themselves so who knows.

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