2024 gardening thread. What are you growing in your garden this year?

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iRONic

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Awesome thread! I’m mainly a landscape, hardscape, and flower hobbyist.

Our current home had been neglected for at least 4 to 5 1/2 years before we moved in. I've been working on it steadily ever since.

This is one of my most passionate endeavors… The wisteria walkway.

Entryway to my back yard patio from the driveway. This plant had to be hard pruned the first two years I lived here and I didn't know if it was gonna make it.

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This variety is lavender. It will smell like a perfume factory for the next four days! The pollinators are feeding like crazy also.
 

Charmonium

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@iRONic - my visual memory is mostly non-existent but that looks like wisteria. If so, I hope you never want to kill it because . . . . . you can't. It's also incredibly invasive since it sends up new vines from underground. If you don't keep it controlled, it can easily kill small trees in just a few years.
 
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GodisanAtheist

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Fuck every chipmunk on the planet! I had a brand new asphalt driveway poured at my house in CT when we built an addition. The contractors finished in late fall, by June of the following year there were tunnels under my driveway. It was cratering in those places where vehicles would roll over them!

The wife insisted we try all those humane solutions also. DrowningBucket™ was the only solution that worked!

-Shhhhhiiiiittttt you just reminded me that my Gopher hawk snapped on Friday and we left town for a week on Saturday and I never cleaned and disarmed the trap.

Curious to see what kind of decomposing sludge I return back home to.
 
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jmagg

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We put in spinach, peas and Zinnia yesterday. The Zinnia give cut flowers all summer and fall. Never got the little bastard chipmunk, it rained and filled the drowning bucket up sob..
 
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bbhaag

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Awesome thread! I’m mainly a landscape, hardscape, and flower hobbyist.

Our current home had been neglected for at least 4 to 5 1/2 years before we moved in. I've been working on it steadily ever since.

This is one of my most passionate endeavors… The wisteria walkway.

Entryway to my back yard patio from the driveway. This plant had to be hard pruned the first two years I lived here and I didn't know if it was gonna make it.

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This variety is lavender. It will smell like a perfume factory for the next four days! The pollinators are feeding like crazy also.
That looks beautiful! The way you have trained and trimmed those wisteria over the years is amazing!
 

iRONic

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That looks beautiful! The way you have trained and trimmed those wisteria over the years is amazing!
Thanks! It was a lot of work to hard prune not knowing if it would be worth it the next spring.

If you look close up on the flagpole pillar, that's where it originally was when I moved in 3/2018. To save the pergola first I stained around that. lol

That growth was molded, falling apart, with a shitload of gnarled limbs the size of a child's wrist across the top of the pergola.

Cut that all out and put the wooden lattice across the top of the pergola. That spring as the runners started popping out I picked the best ones from the ground and rooted them in some rooting powder and soil.

That summer I picked the strongest one and put them at the base of that left hand pillar. This is three years later growth!

This is where I had my coffee this morning!

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iRONic

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Awesome thread! I’m mainly a landscape, hardscape, and flower hobbyist.

Our current home had been neglected for at least 4 to 5 1/2 years before we moved in. I've been working on it steadily ever since.

This is one of my most passionate endeavors… The wisteria walkway.

Entryway to my back yard patio from the driveway. This plant had to be hard pruned the first two years I lived here and I didn't know if it was gonna make it.

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This variety is lavender. It will smell like a perfume factory for the next four days! The pollinators are feeding like crazy also.
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Check out the last pic in that post. Same plant ~4 weeks later!!! This is how I approach it, the flowers have dropped and today we trimmed the vines just slightly over the edge of the pergola just so they grow and hang. That's where next year's flowers bud.
 

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Between bought and volunteers about 14 tomato plants. Lost my touch last few years, don't know why. Used to be all did well. So far, none dead, but a couple looked to be dying, then rebounded.

Borage, to supply bees for kabochas, which as always are coming along.

Cilantro aplenty, they always bolt eventually.
 
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My purple tree collard plant (perennial) is so robust it's taken over a substantial area of my back yard. I cut off some leaves occasionally to put in stew or soup. I just don't need such a giant plant. It's usually propagated from cuttings, is difficult to grow from seeds, I think principally because the flowers get pollinated by who knows what and the seeds won't produce PTC's. I have some seeds from earlier plants (I've been growing PTC for over 5 years), but my original plant was from a shoot given me. I decided to start a new plant, so I have a couple of cuttings set in small plastic pots of maybe 1.5qt size. After 4-8 weeks either should be ready to plant and I'll hack out and uproot the almost 9 foot tall plus sprawling side shoots PTC. They require staking. I have a tall piece of rebar tied to the back fence for that.
 

akugami

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Purple tree collards look interesting, but it may not be ideal for the wife's garden. We're right along US growing zone 6/7. Wonder how they taste in a stir-fry.

The figs don't look like we're going to get a good crop this year. There was a cold snap that killed off the initial tiny figs that grew out. The wife loves to dry any that we don't eat fresh. Dried figs that we grew ourselves make a nice sweet healthy snack.
 
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