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Bean mosaic virus?   4

Posted by oakandsage on May 19, 2013 at 04:41" and edited at May 27, 2019 at 05:09

I never have good results growing beans here (SoCal, not too far from the high desert). Few ever sprout. Those that do never grow above 4-6" high and product 1-3 podseach, if they live long enough. (Note - I use legume inoculant on most, but not all, seeds of each type of [bean](crop). I always... Read more
bean pea
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Posted by oakandsage on May 14, 2013 at 02:34" and edited at May 27, 2019 at 05:11

My [raspberry](crop) are flowering! Anyone whose english [pea](crop) plants yield spherical peas must be a saint. I only get spherical peas if I miss a pod. In the evening I sit out in the garden and eat peas until there is nothing worth eating left on the plant. Then I am done until... Read more
raspberry pea asparagus chard kale melon rhubarb carrot dill basil squash cherry nectarine apple pomegranate blueberry
Replacing lawn - need ideas   8

Posted by competentgirl in Sustainable Living on May 08, 2013 at 06:11"

I'm buying a house with a big lawn and basically no other plantings. I'm not a fan of lawns and am looking for ideas for killing the grass and something to replace it. The newspaper and mulch method is not a good option as if anything there is too much soil (ie the house is too close to the... Read more
Repotting houseplants   3

Posted by attlebish in Growing Stuff on May 08, 2013 at 00:32"

I live in a small apartment. I like to have a bit of green around the place, and for the last two years I've not been able to successfully grow much except aloe vera, which is very forgiving and currently thriving! It's grown so much since I got it that I've been thinking it probably needs... Read more
First strawberry!   2

Posted by neotoma on May 07, 2013 at 23:26" and edited at May 27, 2019 at 22:22

I had the first tiny strawberry of the season today! I'm looking forward to many more. Also, I transplanted a lot of seedlings into the community garden today: 2 [cucumber](crop)s, 3 [green bean](crop)s, 2 tongue-of-fire beans, an ornamental [sweet potato](crop), and an... Read more
cucumber green bean sweet potato artichoke lettuce radish carrot parsnip sunflower strawberry
New features: search nearby by distance, connect to twitter and flickr, etc

Posted by Skud in Growstuff Feedback & Support on May 07, 2013 at 10:38"

We've just pushed a bunch of new features, so please try them out and let us know what you think! * Search nearby members: specify distance and units (km/miles) -- when you go to "search for nearby members" you will see options to select a distance, where previously it just defaulted to 100... Read more
Tomatoes!   3

Posted by melannen on May 06, 2013 at 23:57"

I think I have tomatoes! Last year we planted four cherry tomato plants from the local nursery/produce stand (one flat worth) and three of them just sort of spindled along, sickly-looking and not growing much, putting out one fruit here and there. The fourth one became The Tomato Plant That Ate... Read more
link: Ten Mistakes New Herb Gardeners Make (and How to Avoid Them!)   3

Posted by wrdnrd on May 01, 2013 at 21:59"

This is a nearly-5-year-old blog post, but i just ran across it and it addresses just about every mistake i've made/had in my little balcony garden. Really useful! [Ten Mistakes New Herb Gardeners Make (and How to Avoid... Read more
So it's spring for real finally, and the compost is still frozen.   2

Posted by carene in Growing Stuff on April 28, 2013 at 14:12"

We made a blunder last year and packed the compost layers in too tight. Oh, and the main brown material was straw. I used to read about people making icehouses in this area with straw packed around the ice blocks and still having ice in July. Now I believe it. The compost has been... Read more
Can you grow other stuff in a lavender bed?   4

Posted by Skud in Growing Stuff on April 28, 2013 at 07:02" and edited at May 27, 2019 at 22:23

Our landlords tried to make our rental property's garden low-maintenance by filling it the beds with all kinds of perennial shrubs and small trees. Unfortunately they planted everything really close together and it's caused all kinds of problems -- things under trees not getting enough light,... Read more
lavender sunflower squash
Do tomatoes ever overwinter and go for a second year?   3

Posted by Skud in Growing Stuff on April 28, 2013 at 06:51"

It's autumn here. A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning up brown, dry, dead-ish tomato plants and started by cutting them off a few inches above ground level with the secateurs, meaning to come along later and pull out the root balls and deal with the remainders of the soil in the... Read more
Transplant Ho!   1

Posted by melannen on April 25, 2013 at 00:18" and edited at May 27, 2019 at 23:43

Most of the rest of my seedlings came up last week all together - I had forgotten how *violently* beens and [squash](crop) can grow - so I did a bunch of transplanting. All but two of the seeds I started came up, and I think one of the other two is about to - I am gratified! Although if I end up... Read more
squash zucchini

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