gardening

Last pic I was able to get of my dad's garden before he retired and moved overseas. Makakilo, Hawai'i.

Last pic I was able to get of my dad's garden before he retired and moved overseas. Makakilo, Hawai'i.

How come he retired and moved away from this sanctuary?

My guess? This paradise is $$$$.

Nice photo.

Tal veeez

My local park has some glorious snapdragons

My local park has some glorious snapdragons

Do you mean Snapdragons? If so, it's because you can pinch the sides of the flower to make the dragon's jaw open and close. Favorite pastime of children.

I love those colours! Eye candy

So nice! I love making them talk.

These are Orange Wonder snaps, I got mine through Selected Seeds. You can save the seed and replant each year!

My back is dead from moving dirt but I couldn't be happier!

My back is dead from moving dirt but I couldn't be happier!

Never say dirt you heathen! That is sacrilege! Dirt is what you find in the dust broom or in your boots!

IT'S SOIL, and it's the most important component of the gardening endeavor!

Also, nice work bud!

Haha, sorry, soil. Or more specifically, it's labeled as "vegetable garden mix, compost+sand+sandy loam."

After you've been hauling it all day, it becomes dirt.

Close. Seattle.

Such a happy sight after a very long winter

Such a happy sight after a very long winter

I had Japanese knot weed, and it looks exactly like this. I cut it all down, I poisoned my entire yard to the point that my grass turned grey, I took a horse hypodermic needle and injected Roundup directly into it's root ball, I put 4x8 sheets of plywood on top of it for the summer... nothing even slowed it down.

I finally rented a large rototiller, tilled my entire yard had a team of people come behind me with pitchforks pulling up all the rhizomes, stalks and roots, and threw them in garbage bags, then tilled again, and again, until it was all gone. Took an entire weekend. The city wouldn't take an invasive species, I just kept the trash-bags in the garage for about a month before I decided to burn it. When I opened the bag? It was still green, and growing, inside black trash-bags in a garage 30 days later.

Despite all this, it still kept coming up in my yard for 3 years. Every time I'd see one of these little shoots, I'd get a shovel and dig everything around it up and burn it. 10 years later, its out of my yard but in some of my neighbors yards. I go over and take care of it for them because I don't want it coming back... ever.

Ever seen that Movie Aliens? Japanese Knotweed is the plat version of that.

I have some similar looking things popping up in my yard but I know they are NOT asparagus... Lucky you

This is always such a good feeling. I always forget the level of joy I feel when my tulips finally bloom.

They might be Japanese Knotweed, depending on where you live... watch out, if so! It's extremely invasive, grows like crazy and is almost impossible to kill.

My echeveria in bloom!

My echeveria in bloom!

Milk eggs lettuc

I have never seen one in bloom! Lovely!

Guess what Ill be buying tomorrow?!

Not romaine though

I’m a good renter.

I’m a good renter.

"Unfortunately, We are going to need to keep your damage deposit in order to restore this to the way it was before you moved in." 😋 Looks fantastic though, you did a great job!

Says no actual landlord ever.

Damn, you ARE! That looks awesome. Want to come rent my place for a month or two?

I've also heard of landlords raising the rent after the renter made improvements because the property is now worth more.

Brilliant idea to raise your little chicks???

Brilliant idea to raise your little chicks???

Hawks

I've seen the damage they do when they attack an bird on the ground. It's like dynamite in a down pillow.

This would be great until they poop all in it and then you have to move that huge contraption.

Looks pretty damn smart

first bloom for my roses this year!

first bloom for my roses this year!

Looks like 'Rock N Roll' Grandiflora

Or a “Neil Diamond”. A friend has one that looks just like that.

Where can I get some of those? My girl would love those.

You've painted the roses red!

My first orchid bloom opened this morning, I was so happy!

My first orchid bloom opened this morning, I was so happy!

I’ve learned a few tricks. They like bright, indirect light. Temps should be 70-75 during the day and 60’s at night. Basically they like a 10 degree difference in temps. I’m still getting the watering down to a science but I run them under the water faucet for two minutes every couple of weeks and I give them orchid food once a month. Some people water them using ice cubes once a week. Mossy soil holds more moisture than bark so the ones in bark dry out a lot faster. If the plant is too wet or too dry the leaves will curl upwards. So if your pot has mossy fill make sure it gets good airflow so it doesn’t stay too wet. The soil should stay just slightly damp. Like I said I haven’t gotten the watering science down perfectly.

Do you have any tips/recommendations on how to keep orchids indoors?

This is my first bloom since buying it but I keep mine in the window where they get the setting sun, and soak them in water 1x a week for about 10 mins and let them drain.

My mum is the reason I love plants so much. I laughed my head off when she sent this to me the other day!

My mum is the reason I love plants so much. I laughed my head off when she sent this to me the other day!

It's Sideshow Bob!

Big dum dum

I always wanted a chia pet when I was younger. something about the hair being plants really is hilarious. great pic!

I know right! Thank you :) I must admit I cropped it, mum took it a bit lopsided haha

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