secret's picture

OT / gardens

I have a large veggie garden out back - I grow stuff in my front yard too, by the house... doesn't look too tacky, thankfully..

I planted a bunch of stuff all this week, and last night kid wanted to "help" me.. he made a mess of everything and was wayyyy too overzealous for my taste... but it was cute to see him excited.

We have, so far:

watermelon
cantaloupe
pumpkins
cucumbers
zucchini
carrots
radishes
potatoes
tomatoes
peppers
chili
licorice
basil
parsley
dill
oregano
broccoli

This weekend I've got plans for strawberries, and various greens like spinach, kale and regular lettuce in my recycled rain gutters wired to a chainlink fence... soooo tacky, but very functional lol

SO is going to be building a large box planter garden up the hill in my yard... it's something I've wanted for a long time, but never really got around to doing it because of all the work involved...it's a big hill...useless space... so he's going to build it this summer so I can use it next year.

I use old tires for some of it... I've spray-painted them funky colors, though, so at least they're kind of pretty to look at... and raised beds for most of the rest, I've got some trellis against the front of my house so I've got a few things there, and I've got these spiral sticks for cherry tomato plants in my front garden - when they're full they kind of look like topiaries, to be honest. Pretty impressive to see an 8 foot cherry tomato plant full of little bite sized deliciousness!

DO you grow fruits/veggies? What do you grow?

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oh dear.... I use to, now I'm

oh dear....

I use to, now I'm too lazy and I buy Evil Evil Evil

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Echo's picture

No fruits or veggies. But we

No fruits or veggies. But we have tons of peonies, roses, hydrangeas and 80+ varities of Hostas from all over the world.

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Acratopotes's picture

hostas - I had to look it up

hostas - I had to look it up and what a surprise it's not a weed..... it's an actual plant?

grows like weed on Marsh I pull them out allot of times, I just keep the ones with the purple spots and dark green leaves.... guess I'm not pulling it out any more....

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secret's picture

Actually in Asia the shoots

Actually in Asia the shoots from hostas before the leaves unfurl are cooked up much like asparagus... the leaves aren't terrible in salads, chopped up like coleslaw...

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Interesting...

Interesting...

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https://www.hostasdirect.com/

https://www.hostasdirect.com/blog/hostas-are-edible/

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Acratopotes's picture

dammit - now I've wasted food

dammit - now I've wasted food for years...

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secret's picture

lol

lol Eye-wink

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renewal 11-11's picture

Echo my first peony is just

Echo my first peony is just showing its color this morning.

Echo's picture

I'm jealous, renewal ! Ours

I'm jealous, renewal ! Ours are all still tight little balls. I can't wait for ours to open. I bring in huge vases of them (with some lilacs mixed in) and put them all over the house. Love !

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Echo, lilacs and peonies. The

Echo, lilacs and peonies. The simple things in life that bring such joy.

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Yo, Echo, Our peonies are

Yo, Echo,

Our peonies are ready to pop. I tried bringing them in the house a few years ago but they were full of ants! Our lilacs are also beginning to bloom. I've always loved having fresh flowers in our home; when I was little and visited my wealthy, wonderful Auntie J, I promised myself that I would have cut flowers in my home as an adult, just like her.

Auntie J also had a crystal candy dish filled with bridge mix and chocolates that she would pass around at least 3 times during a visit. To me, the flowers and candy were the epitome of gracious living.

Echo's picture

Stop rubbing it in. LOL

Stop rubbing it in. LOL Ours are still tight little marbles.

I bring Peonies in all the time ! Vases of them ! The secret? Fill a super large bucket with water and plunge those blooms into it for about 60 seconds. Pull the flowers out, gently shake the water out of them and all the ants are gone !

Do you have Hostas ?

My Grams candy dish was a footed Fenton...cut crystal and red glass ! It always had hard candy in it. When she died, it was one of the only things I wanted. It sits on the entertainment center and while it doesn't often hold candy anymore, just seeing it brings back precious memories of innocent times, filled with love. xo

I totally agree with you about having fresh flowers in the house. Our three guest rooms always have fresh flowers and they are rarely occupied rooms ! LOL I just love vases of fresh flowers everywhere.

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Hey Echo, Thanks so much for

Hey Echo,

Thanks so much for the tip on de-anting peonies! Your suggestion makes perfect sense and I'm looking forward to that grand aroma throughout the house.

No Hostas but DH is a fanatic rose gardener; we're able to have roses arranged with home grown ferns and sweet William in our home from late spring until Halloween.

I remember those footed Fenton candy dishes! Were they also called 'depression glass'? I treasured the one that I received as an heirloom years and years ago. My SD 'accidentally' dropped and broke it, one of a few items to meet a similar fate.

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secret's picture

I've got a few hostas in my

I've got a few hostas in my front, as well as a peonie bush. I've got tiger lilies as well as some random small wild type flowers... and nasturtiums. I've got an ivy plant running up my wall, too.

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renewal 11-11's picture

I do love peonies. I have a

I do love peonies. I have a row of them that is about 20 feet long. When they are is bloom the color and smell is fantastic.

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Wow that is a awesome garden.

Wow that is a awesome garden. My step dad had a veg. garden years ago. Not sure where you live but I have a lot of wildlife that would eat my veg garden. I do have flower gardens though. I try to plant things that I know the deer will not eat. Plus I stray to keep them away. I do have a lot of mint. Does that count? The mint is great for summer cocktails. I love the idea of spray painted tires. Eye-wink

secret's picture

There's a decent amount of

There's a decent amount of wildlife here too... but small wildlife, racoons and rabbits, groundhogs, squirrels... but I have a fenced property.

By the way, I think marigolds keep deer away.

I don't have mint - I'm too chickensh!t that it will take over... lol

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Acratopotes's picture

mint around the house and

mint around the house and under the windows keeps the critters from not coming into the house...

oh and you only have to reach from any window to have some mint leaves..... for a mix with vodka, to chew on before opening the front door with a alcoholic smelling breath...... tell the skids to eat it, saves on toothpaste.... which they never use in any case at least their breaths smells better

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renewal 11-11's picture

Oh mint does spread fast. But

Oh mint does spread fast. But my flower gardens are my biggest hobby this time of year. I tend to them almost everyday. I pull the mint out when it goes wild.

Gimlet's picture

We are just planting some

We are just planting some herbs and tomatoes this year as most of my focus is on other landscaping.

I'm landscaping with all native pollinator plants and trying to turn my yard into a bee and butterfly habitat. Lots of coneflower, milkweed, and monarda, along with some native shade plants like bleeding heart and columbine.

My one concession to non-native plants will be a peony bush. My daughter loves them and I promised her I would plant one.

We have lots of squirrels and rabbits in the neighborhood so my hopes for unmolested veggies are not high.

Oh and catmint for the kitties! It's native too Smiling

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secret's picture

Awesome! Bees enjoy lots of

Awesome!

Bees enjoy lots of fruit/veggie flowers too...

mints, basil, sage, thyme, borage, oregano, lavender, chives, buckwheat, berries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cucumbers, tomato, winter squash, pumpkins, melons, watermelons, flowering broccoli, crocus, snowdrops, jonquils, tulips, sunflowers, asters, dandelions, clovers, lilacs, wisteria, cosmos, black-eyed susans, gaillardia, cup plants, goldenrod, loosestrife, bachelor’s buttons, bee balm, sedum, peony and honeysuckle

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Gimlet's picture

PSA: please do not plant

PSA: please do not plant Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica). It's a horribly invasive plant that is crowding out native plants and is almost impossible to eradicate. It evolved in a highly competitive ecosystem and when introduced into North America no longer had that environment and is spreading like crazy, much like kudzu in the American South.

Lonicera sempervirens is native to North America and does not present the same issues.

More here: https://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/loja1.htm

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If you do plant it, call my

If you do plant it, call my sister. She can kill ANY plant. Even kudzu doesn't stand a chance with her.

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LOL, anyone who can kill

LOL, anyone who can kill kudzu has some skills!

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FruitSalad704's picture

Live plants, fake plants.

Live plants, fake plants. She can kill em all. One of her friends gave her a plastic fern "planted" in M&Ms. I walked into her livingroom to see the plastic fern lying on the floor, but the planter still on the table. It had jumped out of the M&Ms and committed suicide.

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renewal 11-11's picture

LOL Fruitie I have a neighbor

LOL Fruitie I have a neighbor who watered my inside plants when I went on vacation. She watered by fake ones. WTF I still laugh about that.

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Sooooo, I guess it's safe to

Sooooo, I guess it's safe to say your neighbor isn't the brightest crayon in the box.

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renewal 11-11's picture

Common Milkweed will bring

Common Milkweed will bring many butterflies. I used to belong to a garden club and we traveled to a monarch butterfly seminar. At the end they gave all of us milkweed seeds.

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Did you plant any of these to

Did you plant any of these to attract butterflies? They love them. Very fragrant ,too.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/448816196/butterfly-bush-buddleia-davidii-n...

Also the common milk weed is wonderful to grow along hedge row and semi or full sun space~ BF LOVE them, too!

Your landscaped flowering garden space sounds like a mini heaven on earth to me.
A lot of work but I am sure it is a colorful and peace filled place.
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We have two bee hives in two different trees on the property .
Amazing creatures to watch.
And propitious when the vegetable garden requires their little busy bee pollination assist.

They love the tall zinnia patch I've planted and maintained the past 5 years.
Oh ,all and any flower is their game but the open face and riotous color seems to readily attract them .

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So far this

So far this year:
cucumbers
tomatoes
peppers
eggplant
peas
swiss chard
garlic
turnips
carrots
yellow beets
red beets
zucchini
yellow squash
Chinese chives
basil
lemon basil
parsley
thyme
pineapple
cilantro
strawberries
grapes
fig tree

I think that's it.... Eye-wink

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secret's picture

Oooh pineapple. How do you

Oooh pineapple. How do you cope with them taking 18 months to grow?

I tried growing one off a top one year...after 6 months the plant just stopped growing and it eventually died. Haven't done it since.

I am looking into getting a dwarf lemon tree, though.

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Acratopotes's picture

ah the off the top

ah the off the top growing....

you wash the top with a brush..... it washes the food bits out and looks like small vanes, only then do you plant it.... my mum puts it ontop of a stocking filled with potting soils and she keeps it watered

after about 3-4 weeks straight into the ground but it takes longer for these to make fruit

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secret's picture

Yes, it was growing well for

Yes, it was growing well for about 6 months...then fizzled out. Not sure what happened.

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I just enjoy it as a tropical

I just enjoy it as a tropical plant. It's about 2 feet across. I'm hoping it will produce, but I've seen no spike yet. At least it's prickly enough that the cats won't chew on it! Smiling

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It sounds fun and you're

It sounds fun and you're being creative with your containers. Cool.

Only herbs and also tomatoes and peppers for fresh salsa for me anymore in the 'veggie' department. I cottage garden and I'm out of space except for my beloved flowers. Daylilies are a passion of mine along with clematis vines. I do some annual vines from seed starting in my greenhouse every year. I also still keep up my cutting garden which has reseeding annuals along with flowers for drying.

Veggies, I buy out on the edge of town at the local farm market. Learning to garden in a wheelchair was a challenge for me. Hubby made me raised troughs for my herbs.

I'm glad you've discovered the joy and peace in keeping a garden whether it's flowers veggies or both. Digging in the dirt for years has been my sanity keeper. Expanding the garden, beds and boarders is why some people are still living LOL.

secret's picture

I LOVE daylilies. Do you eat

I LOVE daylilies.

Do you eat them? I only eat the flowers... you can eat the leaves too, but too much of them can be a toxic hallucinogenic.

Clematis are so pretty!! I love the big beautiful flowers... I wore one in my hair last summer lol

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not2sureimsaneanymore's picture

The flowers are quite tasty

The flowers are quite tasty but you're missing out on the tubers! They're like finger sized sweet potatoes! You can wash them and then steam them.

secret's picture

oooh, tubers. Might do

oooh, tubers. Might do that.

By the way I deleted your asparagus picture.

I PM'd you.

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Thanks secret - there is

Thanks secret - there is another one down the thread.

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secret's picture

Got that one too.

Got that one too.

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LadyFace's picture

We are putting is a raised

We are putting is a raised garden this year. I'm so stoked! We would have had it planted already, but it has been raining nonstop for a week. My dad started the plants in his greenhouse, so at least we won't be behind. We have:

Tomatoes
Peppers (jalapeno, Hungarian, chili, banana and bell)
Cucumbers
Spinach
Lettuce
Carrots
Onions
Garlic

I have my year round, indoor herb garden with

Basil
Oregeno
Mint
Cilantro
Dill
Margaram
Parsley
Rosemary
Thyme

I landscaped this spring with tulips, bagonias, impatients, calalilies and hostas. We have three huge lilac bushes around the yard. Dh made a little succulent garden and he's working on a gnome garden (think fairie garden, but "like, for a dude" in his words Cool )

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secret's picture

lol, for a dude.... SO is

lol, for a dude.... Laughing out loud

SO is more excited about what he's building for me than I am... and I'm pretty darn excited...

something like this is what we've discussed:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=garden+on+a+hill&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=...

He wants to integrate some sort of water feature, too, after seeing the slide in that one... he wants to put in a pond. Whatevs, dude, if it makes you happy.

I hope it doesn't look ridiculous lol

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That would be awesome! Half

That would be awesome! Half of our yard is on a big ass hill.

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secret's picture

Yes!! Initially he was a

Yes!!

Initially he was a little against it, because it's a nice hill to slide down in the winter... and building this would mean no more sliding on it in the winter... oh pooh pooh poor kid... I reminded SO there's an empty lot 2 houses down, because that's where the river runoff runs underground in big pipes... walk 50 feet and go sliding there... hahaha

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That's amazing! Love it.

That's amazing! Love it.

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Going to try straw bale

Going to try straw bale garden this year planting several varieties of tomatoes, cukes, peppers, rosemary, several types of mint and basil. Am going to work on landscaping the backyard by planting native grasses, hostas & ivy. We also have roses, hibiscus, iris and day lilies, and varieties of plants that attract butterflies. Going to pop in some Black-eyed Susans in front bed. I am not going to do container plants with annuals this year. I love all the color but too much work, water and they just can't take the heat.

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secret's picture

I've only ever done potatoes

I've only ever done potatoes in straw bales. I do store veggies in cold storage in straw, though.

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Acratopotes's picture

secret - and all the other

secret - and all the other tomato planters...

have you tried up side down? I've tried it and it works wonderfully, no hassle at all... also works for beans and cucumber plants......

the cherry tomato's really does well this way

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secret's picture

Yes, in 2 litre soda

Yes, in 2 litre soda bottles.

I prefer putting them up on the spiral spikes - can get way more that way, and it looks a bit like a topiary. You just wrap the vine around the spiral as it grows

https://www.google.ca/search?q=cherry+tomatoes+on+spiral+spike&source=ln...

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Melons love a lil sand!

Melons love a lil sand! Planting in the cracks in concrete will get you an awesome thriving crop.

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Acratopotes's picture

now I know what will happen

now I know what will happen in the garage lol....

why closer to the copper kettle as well....

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thisisnotmocking's picture

You know it lmao watermelon

You know it lmao watermelon crawl!

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secret's picture

hahah are you

hahah are you her?

http://www.candgnews.com/news/woman-finds-fruit-growing-cracks-driveway

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secret's picture

She claims she's growing

She claims she's growing cantaloupe... and says the inside is more peachy-pink and sweet than cantaloupe...uh...lady, that's a watermelon.

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thisisnotmocking's picture

You'd be surprised.

You'd be surprised. Canteloupe can be very sweet.

And after you've eaten your fill, given away & frozen 100 of them... you come up with an amazing canteloupe pie recipe!

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secret's picture

I meant in the picture

I meant in the picture lol

Cantaloupe pie?? Do share!

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Lololol awesome story! I'm

Lololol awesome story! I'm not quite *that* old...

However, I was born & raised a farmer with (at least) a 1 acre garden every year until 2 years ago Sticking out tongue

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not2sureimsaneanymore's picture

Don't do this to me! DH will

Don't do this to me! DH will KILL me if I start planting melons in the sand between the brick walkway!

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I'm huge on permaculture so

I'm huge on permaculture so I've been turning my backyard into an edible forest for some time now. I do have a small plot that I dedicate to annuals like tomatoes, beans, and basil, but everything else is perennial and hardy to USDA zone 6 (I'm in zone 7 but can't be too careful.)

I have muscovy ducks to control pests and weeds and for fertilizer and eggs (goose egg size eggs, yowza!)--I don't use pesticides or herbicides at all. Had chickens but they smell and are not as calm as ducks in general.

So here's what I have on my 3/4 acre that come up every year:

Peaches, Apples, Plums, Persimmons, Pears (Asian and western), Cherries (Korean Bush and regular) Rhubarb, Jeruselum Artichoke, Hardy Kiwi, Haskap (honeyberry), Blueberries, Myoga ginger, Raspberries, Blackberries, Wintergreen, Goji Berry, PawPaw, Figs, Grapes (Moscata and table), Edible chrysanthemum (chrysanthemum nankingnese), Currants, Jostaberries, Gooseberries, Alpine strawberries, Daylilies, Horseradish, Lovage, Akebia, Asparagus, Shiso, Mint, Lemon balm, Bee balm, Onion and garlic chives, Ramps, Oregano, Thyme, Scallions, Saffron, Rosemary, Hazelnut, Serviceberry.

I put in some cinnamon vine tubers and some groundnut tubers this year but haven't seen them come up yet. Worrying me a little but I'm sure once the weather warms up they'll start coming up.

I just keep adding more and more layers to it and DH is a bit horrified at it. The best present anyone could give me these days is a plant from that list because I WILL find a location for it.

Oh I also have hostas and regular oriental lilies, but forgot to mention them as edibles since they are more commonly used as ornamentals (lily bulb stir fry and roasted hosta shoots with an asian miso sauce is de-li-cious.)

I keep dandelions since my ducks eat them and dandelion pesto is pretty good. Sauteed is okay too, but it's a bitter green with a bit of a peppery kick so best used with something creamy like dandelion pesto spread on a baguette with melted brie cheese.

...now I'm getting hungry.

secret's picture

Mmmm.

Mmmm. Cool

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Gimlet's picture

Yes, yes, yes to

Yes, yes, yes to permaculture! I love this. I wish we had the room for ducks! They are legal where I live, but our yard is pretty tiny.

We had a serviceberry at our last home but never got any berries because the birds cleaned it out fast. Planning to plant more at the new house.

Paw paws are awesome!! DH and I know of a secret grove of them and get some every fall when they ripen.

I"m hungry now too Smiling

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not2sureimsaneanymore's picture

They really don't need that

They really don't need that much space and they are SO cute. When I'm working in the garden, they come and pick around me (even snatching mosquitoes off of me) because they know I might disturb some creepy crawlies. They'll even give my pants and pockets a little shake down because they know I usually keep some treats there. They don't need a pond (just a bucket deep enough to rinse their nostrils.)

Yeah, the birds LOVE serviceberries so I imagine they must be pretty tasty--mine are still too small to bear fruit but come a few years... Ahhh pawpaws--I've had a close relative (cherimoyas) in Costa Rica and LOVE it. I'm trying to nurse mine back to health after the darn deer stripped the leaves off of them last year. I might buy more as a just in case...

Gimlet's picture

Are Muscovy duck males as,

Are Muscovy duck males as, um, aggressive as mallards?

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not2sureimsaneanymore's picture

I have one male and 3

I have one male and 3 females. Do you mean aggressive towards people or... their uhh... rapey nature towards the females? My male is a bit young so he doesn't really... know which end is the business end. But towards me, sometimes he will threaten me but I just grab him and give him a hug. (Not because he wants a hug but because it shows him dominance and then he'll run off indignant.)

secret's picture

Awww, now I want me some

Awww, now I want me some quackers.

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Gimlet's picture

Now that you called them

Now that you called them quackers, I really want some. Awwwwww.

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Justforthis's picture

I grow blueberries,

I grow blueberries, strawberries, brazzleberries & raspberries, 6 different types of peppers, 4 varieties of watermelons, pumpkins, I have a lettuce "wall", 3 varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, 6 in 1 espaliered apple trees, a huge spice garden, potatoes, beets & then a bunch of varying plants & a monstrous aloe vera plant that I love in a very odd way & spend time talking to... Not a huge fan of flowers, love growing food, makes me feel like I "accomplished" something. Weird but makes me feel good.

Salems Lot's picture

We planted ours too. This is

We planted ours too.

This is what we have so far:

swiss chard
shallots
hubbard squash
purple cone flowers
tiger lilies (triple bloom)
lavender
zinnias
morning glories
hot peppers (Carolina Reaper LOL)
hostas
roses
geraniums
violets
columbine
raspberries (all the canes from last year died over the winter Sad )
and some flowers which I have no idea what they are.

OHH and dandelions... not that I want those.

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thinkthrice's picture

I've moved from veggies to

I've moved from veggies to mostly flowers in my old age. I still have an asparagus patch, a few young pear trees, a cherry tree and a plum tree. I have TONS of red raspberries. I planted strawberries last year so we will see what happens. I also have two currant and one gooseberry bush. I have three blueberry bushes that don't do much (I have alkaline soil even in my raised beds; I sulfur them but whatever)

I have several roses bushes, hostas, ostrich ferns, bleeding hearts, astilbe, amd some muguet de bois, clematis, honeysuckle, peonies, poppies, a small magnolia and various bulbs.
I usually plant tomatoes, ancho or cayenne peppers, cukes (mini), lettuce, spinach, kale, beets, pumpkins and watermelons every year. Oh I have one Lenten rose, lots of bee balm and coral bells.

I feed birds year round; just saw an oriole, indigo bunting and rose breasted grosbeak. And of course hummingbirds.

I still have a few red buds to plant as well as something called "swamp oak" trees. I also have a few lupines.

Needless to say I will be spending this weekend weeding and mulching.

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Salems Lot's picture

OH asparagus! I forgot about

OH asparagus! I forgot about that! We have 3 little sprouts... LOL have been trying to get it to grow for the past 2 or 3 years!

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not2sureimsaneanymore's picture

You need peat moss for the

You need peat moss for the blueberries. They last much longer than sulfur and blueberries LOVE them. I put a 1 inch layer down and then a layer of mulch. I get berries up the wazoo with that.

secret's picture

Also, adding wood ashes to

Also, adding wood ashes to the soil around them is really good for them.

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not2sureimsaneanymore's picture

I thought wood ash (I have a

I thought wood ash (I have a wood burning stove and spread it around the garden) was alkaline? Blueberries need super acid (like 4) to bear fruit. Everything else seems to adore the wood ash though.

secret's picture

you might be right - just

you might be right - just looked it up...

I was going by my farmer grandfather - he always said blueberries only grow where there's been a fire.... lol

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not2sureimsaneanymore's picture

Maybe blueberries are

Maybe blueberries are secretly arsonists? Like they don't grow because of the fire but the fire occurs because they like to light it up? LMFAO who knows. I'm sure maybe depending on the wood or something it could be acid or alkaline. Wood ash is GREAT no matter what.

secret's picture

LMAO burn baby burn

LMAO burn baby burn

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granny goose's picture

OMG, thinkthrice, We just

OMG, thinkthrice,

We just welcomed a visit from our very first oriole couple and the return of our rose breasted grosbeaks and ruby throated hummingbirds. The orioles are devouring oranges and also try to eat from the hummingbird feeder. What gorgeous birds!

CLove's picture

Secret - that sounds

Secret - that sounds enchanting and eclectic - two of my favorite garden styles!

I have a lot of succulents in pots - we rent - but I do have some gorgeous in ground roses, a few artichoke plants, a cherry tree, an Angels Trumpet tree, a fig tree, a Monterey Cypress, 2 Italian pines and a redwood, along with some other things. I collect old teapots, so I have those scattered around too. And shells and windchimes and driftwood. Some orchids and a maindenhair fern. We are in a neighborhood, so it is potted gardening for us!

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