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    Posted: 04 April 2010 at 12:26
Allrighty...nice weekend overall and got a head-start on spring planting for the garden. Anyone else?
 
Planted 5 pots each of Bhut Jolokia seeds, Rutgers Jersuey Tomatoes and Anaheim Peppers. Got some habaneros and bells to go in too, just ran out of peat pots.
 
Tilled up the two vegetable garden areas, raked up the last of the stubborn leaves from the flower beds and picked up about a million sticks from the yards. Plus, managed to mow two of the three lawn areas of the house. The way-back yard is still a swampy morass.
 
Mrs Rivet sprayed the roses and set up the flower beds in the front/side of the house. Our Cherry trees are in full bloom, looking perfectly beautiful in the front yard making joggers slow down to look. That is nice and sure makes the effort for the past five years or so worthwhile.
 
Any of you all been able to kick off the season?
 
 
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My Echinacea plant begins to bloom in the spring, continues to spread joy throughout the summer, and lasts into to fall months.  And it’s a hardy plant.  It can survive droughts and very hot summers.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kiwi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 September 2010 at 19:11
Time to be planting out my salad stuff for spring now. I'm going to space out some salad juniors throughout my 'raised beds'. Well, they're not really raised beds, but massive plastic tubs I picked up very cheap and filled with soil. Cheaper than actually building the beds, and kinda portable! Ideal for me, I move around a lot but still appreciate veges home grown and fresh.

After I space out the juniors, I'll sow mesclun seed mix through the gaps. I'll be eating bits and pieces of the juniors in a few weeks, and the rest will be ready in a few months, perfect for summer. I like to stagger my plantings like this, it makes me happier than seeing whole beds lying fallow and getting weeds. Sucks to be leveling my spinach and rocket and so on that have kept me from scurvy all winter, though.

Also planting some herbs - heaps of corriander, various types of basil (sweet, lemon, spicy, thai), chives. Mint and wormwood grow rampantly around the place so that's taken care of, and I have many lifetimes worth of bay leaves on the bay tree.

I'm also planting out some chili plants of an unknown variety that I picked up for free. Should be interesting? My poor apache plant perished in a frost (I thought we wouldn't get frosts here but turns out I was wrong), so something will need to fill the gap.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kiwi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 October 2010 at 18:20
I am now the proud owner of what seems like a forest of peppers / chilis. 6 'wildfire', 6 cayenne, 8 Anaheim, 3 target, 1 midas, 3 yellow habanero, 3 red habanero. The cayenne's already have an intimidating amount of flowers and immature fruit. I'm planning on just letting them do their own thing for the most part, we get a fair amound of heavy downpours in the summer time, so I imagine that will take the heat down a notch.

Also got in some tomatoes, moneymakers, beefsteaks, and an unknown cherry/cocktail variety. Something tells me I'm going to have to learn pressure canning this year.

for herbs, there is various types of mint (lemon, chocolate, spear, common), basil (sweet, lemon), corriander, oregano, lemon balm, rosemary, neptia.

Also some corgettes, two yellow, one green (the yellow plants were much more mature, I got suckered into them even though I've had better results from green in the past).

My salad is going well too, mesclun mix, cos, and rocket.
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We just had a water bore done,was finished on Friday.So will have water for a change,can finally start planning a garden and put in some fruit treesBeer
Will be good to have our own vegies
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I just buckled and bought another three pepper plants - var. chocolate. They're just going so cheap! mature, flowering plants $4 for 3.
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hey rivet, how tall did you anaheim's get when they were mature?
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Originally posted by kiwi kiwi wrote:

hey rivet, how tall did you anaheim's get when they were mature?
Let's see...they were shorter than the marconi's, so I'd say between 2 and 3 feet. The smaller "slackers" stayed at just over 2 but fruited some, the normal ones about a good 3 feet.
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