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milesofsparks
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« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2008, 09:53:01 PM »

urban farming is so cool.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/07/dining/07urban.html


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« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2008, 10:23:39 PM »

or this...

http://www.guerrillagardening.org/
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milesofsparks
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« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2008, 11:03:54 PM »

nice, clare--I didn't know about them.  there are also these people in NYC, but they're not so scrappy anymore I think (though still good):
http://www.greenguerillas.org/


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« Reply #28 on: May 27, 2008, 07:17:39 PM »

me and sassface bought a basil plant from trader joes. not quite gardening, but it solves the problem of never being able to find fresh basil (no idea why) and is about all that can fit in our studio apartment with no balcony/outside.
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« Reply #29 on: May 27, 2008, 07:28:05 PM »

Ha! I just put rosemary and lavender into pots for my studio apartment with no balcony/outside. I don't really have any culinary plans for them yet, I just decided I needed some house plants and double points for ones that smell nice.
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« Reply #30 on: May 27, 2008, 07:52:44 PM »

Finally put a bunch of stuff in the ground yesterday, about every herb under the sun, some nice cheap annuals, a new grape vine and a few lilies for posterity.  The perennials are coming in nicely, too.  We put in a few clematis and peony bushes three years ago (from bulbs) and they're finally going crazy.
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« Reply #31 on: May 27, 2008, 08:02:06 PM »

It's funny that upthread everybody was talking about how easy tomato plants are--we've fucking demolished our poor tomato. It's still fruiting but the leaves are all burned up. It gets plenty of water. Too much sun?
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« Reply #32 on: May 27, 2008, 11:37:53 PM »

Sorry about your tomatoes! Mine have been doing well on my balcony despite being in the shade for a chunk of the day--blossoms on both so far and they're holding up to the wind pretty well (I used chopsticks and a string to secure one that came without a stake). Each is in a large square planter with herbs planted in each corner. The rosemary, parsley and lemon thyme are doing gorgeously, and the "hot and spicy" oregano (it is indeed spicy) and the sweet basil and chives are doing pretty well too, though my purple basil not as much and of the cilantro I transplanted from a friend's garden, only a little is still surviving so we'll see.

I also bought one of those strawberry pots with all the pockets on the sides, and planted plants from said friend's strawberry patch, though only the ones on the top part seem to be thriving and the rest are pretty shriveled up--they didn't seem to make the transition so well. Might have to get some more.
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« Reply #33 on: May 27, 2008, 11:45:31 PM »

Oh man, there's this giant strawberry plant in my garden that I definitely did not plant, that came outta nowhere.  I'm stoked.
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« Reply #34 on: May 28, 2008, 11:39:01 AM »

Make sure they're not "Fool's Strawberries", blucas!  You don't want to catch a case of the shimmins!

my lemongrass is kicking ass

I am completely enamoured with this phrase.
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« Reply #35 on: Jul 06, 2008, 11:32:36 PM »

the tomatoes are coming!  the tomatoes are coming!





I cannot put into words how excited I am for this.
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« Reply #36 on: Jul 06, 2008, 11:41:33 PM »

Yay tomatoes! I have green ones on my plants too. Also, made scrambled eggs with homegrown parsley and chives the other morning. Mmm.
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« Reply #37 on: Jul 07, 2008, 12:07:41 AM »

tomatoes grow on trees?......

huh.
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« Reply #38 on: Jul 07, 2008, 12:23:04 AM »

the tomatoes are coming!  the tomatoes are coming!

Anyone else have the theme song from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes running through their head?
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« Reply #39 on: Jul 07, 2008, 08:14:02 AM »

tomatoes grow on trees?......

huh.

Tomatoes grow on plants/vines, not woody trees. You usually need to stake the vines to support them. Also, the vines smell wonderful imo. I love the scent of my hands after I've been handling the plants.
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« Reply #40 on: Jul 07, 2008, 08:44:05 AM »

Also, the vines smell wonderful imo. I love the scent of my hands after I've been handling the plants.

yes, such a good smell.

You usually need to stake the vines to support them.

mine are in cages, cause:

Anyone else have the theme song from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes running through their head?
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The_Tourist
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« Reply #41 on: Jul 07, 2008, 12:38:00 PM »

herbs/edible things that can be grown in pots in partial sunlight?

it's a west facing porch sort of thing in front of my new apartment.

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« Reply #42 on: Jul 07, 2008, 01:02:13 PM »

My balcony faces pretty much due west and also has a lot of exposure to wind. Things I've had luck with so far: parsley, rosemary, oregano, tomatoes. Things that have done ok, but not awesomely: basil (many varieties--the cinammon is doing the best, the one with the small purple leaves is the worst), chives, strawberries (though those aren't producing much yet), cilantro. My lemon thyme was doing beautifully but then it suddenly died one day, so it may just have succumbed to one of the recent intense thunderstorms somehow.
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« Reply #43 on: Jul 07, 2008, 01:51:05 PM »

The smell of tomato vines evokes the feeling of summer for me like nothing else can.  The scent is enough to make my skin feel sticky with humidity, conjuring up memories of heat and black flies and the sound of the sprinkler going "chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-shhhhhhhhhhhhh, chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-chk-shhhhhhhhhhhhh" while the sound of whiffle bats clicking against whiffle balls comes from the neighbors' backyard.
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« Reply #44 on: Jul 07, 2008, 02:07:40 PM »

http://www.demeterfragrance.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=969
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« Reply #45 on: Jul 07, 2008, 02:09:55 PM »

Neat!  I have their "Grass" smell, and like it very much!
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jess
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« Reply #46 on: Jul 07, 2008, 03:39:56 PM »

Ooh. I've been saying the scent would make a really good handsoap, especially for use in the kitchen.

Also, now I'm curious as to what Demeter's scent "Pruning Shears" smells like.
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« Reply #47 on: Nov 25, 2010, 05:23:14 PM »

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Water restrictions got relaxed here for the first time in 7 or 8 years, so I've planted vegies! Yay! Lots of tomatoes and basil, and I just bought a spaghetti squash seedling.

Question time: what makes the stems of my basil seedlings go all thin and brown at ground level for about a centimetre? (and then the top goes all limp and sad)?
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« Reply #48 on: Aug 19, 2011, 10:57:18 PM »

So my fire-escape tomatoes turned out great!

However: I just reorganized my kitchen, and am starting to wonder how feasible it is to keep my worm-composting bin.
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« Reply #49 on: Aug 20, 2011, 06:47:20 AM »

Can it not go on the fire escape? I guess not so much in winter... they're pretty good to have though....
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