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link: Ten Mistakes New Herb Gardeners Make (and How to Avoid Them!)

by wrdnrd,

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 Them!)](http://skinnygourmet.blogspot.co.uk/2008/05/ten-mistakes-new-herb...

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So it's spring for real finally, and the compost is still frozen.

by carene,

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 mostl...

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Can you grow other stuff in a lavender bed?

by Skud,

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, th...

squash lavender sunflowers
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Do tomatoes ever overwinter and go for a second year?

by Skud,

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 containers. ...

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Transplant Ho!

by melannen,

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 ...

squash zucchini
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Into bed with you!

by gotica,

I finally got frustrated enough to establish one of the raised beds the other week, using a combination of enriched coir and compost. I've sown Purple Haze carrots, brussels sprouts, purple broccoli, peas, turnips, english [spinach](crop) and have transplanted two [zucchini](crop) plants and t...

strawberries spinach zucchini
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seedlings!

by SporkyRat,

I have [tomato](crop) seedlings! I need to see about transferring them to a larger pot than the little seedling pot they're in. I have several trays that I need to sprout some seeds in as well for other things.

tomatoes
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Raised bed help

by maco,

I think it would be nice to have raised beds tall enough to not need to bend over constantly. For building them, I'm thinking about cinder blocks, since they're pretty cheap. Has anyone here done waist-high cinder block raised beds? Did you need to mortar the blocks together, or did you use somet...

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Garden trouble!

by oakandsage,

Something's skeletonizing my [carrot](crop)s and [dill](crop). It did a number on the sweet basil I planted, and is taking out the kale plants one by one. I haven't caught it in the act yet, though I've seen a couple big fat grasshoppers around; they're pretty likely culprits. My [blueberry](...

carrots sweet potatoes cauliflowers blueberries dill
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Achievement: Tomato plants!

by neotoma,

I came home from work yesterday, and I had three inch-high [tomato](crop) plants of the [Abraham Lincoln cultivar](http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=lincoln_tomato.html). I came home today, and they're two inches tall! Yay! Now, hopefully the oth...

tomatoes
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New features: search nearby members, and some other small stuff

by Skud,

Hey everyone, I just pushed a few new things to production. The biggie is that you can now [search for members near you](http://www.growstuff.org/search/members/nearby). It's very basic at present but we have some improvements in the pipeline, including being able to specify the radius to se...

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Hurrah!

by SporkyRat,

I've got buds on my [grape](crop) plants!

grapes
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