Skip navigation menu

Everyone's posts

Sign in or sign up to write a post.

First garden in years!

Yay! I just recently moved to a new place where the landlord doesn't care what we do and so theres two plots 240sqft and 380sqft (620sqft total!) My coworker is going to help me with everything and we will share everything. So far we dug up the lawn, tilled it, layered some chicken poopy straw and some soil we found from the small garden beds before. Now we need to get more soil! Probably going to get a big load of it in the next few days. We are making a seedling box from scrap wood and three old saved windows. It's like a tiny greenhouse yay! I also discovered the Olympia Seed Exchange. It is a magical thing. There are hundreds of seeds for vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc. you can take as many as you want for free and then you save seeds from your garden and bring them to the seed exchange for next year and for others to enjoy! It is so beautiful! So we got a lot of seeds ready. Just a few more days of preparations and we can get some starts sprouting! We are both very excited. We are going to make a fire pit and a picnic area near the garden too! fun! This is the first time I have posted on here. I just discovered GrowStuff half an hour ago. I am so excited to be a part of this community and learn from all of you and share our adventures in the soil!

Getting ready for spring!

I've got seeds either on-hand or ordered for just about everything I'm starting from seed this year. I've been working out what I want to plant, and this is the plan I've come up with for the 72 square feet of my backyard raised beds:

garden plan

Key:

Beets are fast enough (only 2 months) that I figure I can safely interplant them with the squashes.

I also picked up some chamomile seeds yesterday. I like chamomile tea, and it'll help attract pollinators. I have what I intend to be a food forest further back in my yard, past the raised beds, and I think it can go in there, around the berry bushes I intend to plant this spring.

Aloe vera

aloe vera is rapidly becoming my favourite unkillable plant, taking over from spider-plants because not only does it seed everywhere, survive me forgetting to water it for weeks, survive me over-watering in guilt when I remember, and not appear to care whether it has sun, shade, accidentally left on top of a radiator or shoved in a utility room with no heating, but unlike the spider plant, it also does something useful other than providing greenery in your house. Top spas keep advertising aloe vera beauty products, but I have the pure stuff whenever I want, just by breaking off half a leaf. It's very soothing on burns, which was useful after I dropped half a saucepan of boiling water on my foot the other week.

Compost and raised beds

Dug out half the compost heap again -- the fruit trees (apple, fig, cherry) and grape vines all need a good feed.

When I made the first four raised beds (3 years ago), I mis-measured a bit, and while one of them fits neatly into the available gap between the paving slabs, the other three do not. Time (finally) to fix this; so this afternoon I sawed chunks off the south-east bed, and tomorrow I will screw it all back together again. The other two will wait until the new patio is in, next month.

Starting off the garden

I share most things publicly on Google Plus, so I think that you'll be able to see everything if you want to by clicking below:

(https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SereneVannoy/posts/T1jRiEBFa8x) - Photos of the backyard and what's already there, before I put the new plants in. Also, bonus kitty photo.

(https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SereneVannoy/posts/XYnTc4Z5h9k) - Video tour of the yard, with narration by me.

And here, have a photo of my counter at work:

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-bHruWiGalWE/VNrXHd25YoI/AAAAAAAABks/WbZ2XXfB-Cw/w1344-h756-no/20150210_173533.jpg)

Garden start, 2015

Dusting off my Growstuff account and getting ready to put things out in the garden. I don't have an especially green thumb, and I know nearly nothing about gardening, but I so want to grow food. And pretty things.

Yes. Food and pretty things. My life story.

Anyway.

At work, I have a pot of paperwhites, a pot of amaryllis, and two mystery pots of stuff. At home, I have an amaryllis that's almost spent. And I love having things growing around me.

Last week, there was a plant sale at work. I bought two salvias, a jade of some sort, and another succulent with spikes. I'll take photos later. Need to take them outside to harden off before I put them in the ground, which gives me a few days to plan where they'll go. I should probably make a diagram.

My seed order came yesterday. I limited myself to one 36-slot seed-starting kit; any more is silly overkill for a starter garden. The backyard is huge, but I need to limit myself to a small space in it at first. I bought seeds for zucchini, fish peppers, cilantro, onions, basil, and a bunch of pretty flowers. In March, my tomato starts will arrive. So that's plenty for now; maybe more than I should've gotten, but I'm sure gardeners know how that is.

Excited!

When can I plant Asparagus bulbs Hardiness Zone 8b

I want to plant asparagus bulbs that I just purchased. The hardiness zones says to plant for a spring planting Jan - Mar. The package says to plant after the last frost. Which one is right?

It was a long winter

I have dodged my garden for a year. The sorrel and kale have survived being completely ignored and unwatered over winter but for rain. One little spring onion has hung on in the tiniest form. Bless. The flat leaf parsley went to seed productively. The passionfruit vine tried to grow into the tree. The tree tried to grow into the fence. (Actually, it's been a bit successful as getting in to next door's backyard loo. The courtyard is a forest of rose geranium. (That plant is rugged.) It might be time to go in. Remember me.

Herbs

My herbs are all dead again. I can't figure out if it's lack of water, if they don't like the semi-shade, if I need to give them more food or compost or what.

:(

At least the aloe vera is flourishing. And, in true Murphy's Law, I haven't burned myself since I got it, so I haven't needed to use it at all.

New website features (release 7)

We just pushed a whole load of new features, bugfixes, etc to the website, including:

Major features:

  • Massive crop upload including brassicas, squashes, mint familiy (Lamaciae) and more.
  • Follow other members. You can now follow other Growstuff members. (Note: there are still some improvements to be made to the email notifications related to this.)
  • Send out regular planting reminder emails to members (although this has been ready for a while, we'll finally be switching this on in production with this release!)

Minor improvements:

  • Some changes to the layout of the homepage -- we've moved what was in the sidebar down into footer links, and given the rest of the homepage a little more breathing room.
  • Started to use and manage plural versions of crop names, eg. "tomatoes" rather than "tomato". This is more complex than it sounds because many food crops have irregular pluralisation!
  • Small improvements to the crop detail page to make it easier to find via search engines.
  • Added Facebook contact link to footer (alongside Twitter etc)
  • Rearranged titles on RSS feeds to make them display better in browser tabs
  • Made it easier to specify the date on which a planting was finished, via a popup calendar on the planting detail page
  • Improved the flow for signing in, if you try to do something you don't have authorization to do.

Bugfixes:

  • Improved display of crops on the "Browse crops" page, especially making sure that the text of crops with long names doesn't overflow and mess up the alignment.
  • Show finished date correctly on plantings index page
  • Prevent the creation of a garden with a negative number for its area
  • Remove unused photos -- if a photo is removed from all the plantings/harvests it was being shown on, the photo is now deleted from the system entirely.

Technical improvements:

  • Upgraded our underlying platform to Rails 4! This is a big change, and very welcome, as it brings us up to date technologically. Also bumped our Ruby version to 2.1.5.
  • Fixed problems installing libv8 on OSX (much appreciated by our developers!)

Enjoy!

(Note: we're going to try and number our releases more consistently going forward. This is release 7.)

Optimism is... planting butternuts at Christmas

Like I said in my last post, everything has been late and disorganised this spring. However, I'm trying to get some stuff planted juuuusssssttttt under the wire for December, and hopefully they'll have time to grow before things cool down in the new year. Last year I was pretty amazed how long things lasted, to be honest; I had chilli peppers still kicking around through most of the winter, for example, albeit mostly just because I'd been too busy/lazy to pull them out. Still, I think I can rely on decent weather at least up through April, which is to say 4 full months.

So in keeping with that optimistic theory, I planted out butternut squash (or butternut pumpkin as we call it here) and potimarron (which is a smallish squash with a chestnut flavour), with a frame for the potimarron to climb up as they seemed to like that last year and it looks nice to have a bit of something vertical going on. I chucked a bunch of sunflower seeds in the gaps between them, along with some nasturtium and some cosmos, because the more bees/pollinators in the general vicinity of my squashes the happier I am. I just tossed a heaps and heap of seeds all over the place really, and I'm planning on thinning them if lots come up. I've come to realise that a packet of seeds only really lasts two years so there's no point in planting less than half a packet in any given year, and that if it's the last year you may as well plant them all. Right? (I mean, apart from those I swap and so forth.)

I pulled out all the arugula that's gone to seed; to be honest it came and went so quickly and I was travelling so much in the spring that I hardly ate any! Oh well. Any pods that were dry, I popped open and saved the seed (it's sitting on a plate on the back porch for a few days to dry fully before I bag it), and any that weren't quite dry I left on the stalks then tossed the stalks into parts of the garden where I wouldn't mind some chance-sown arugula next year.

Yesterday S from the local permaculture guild dropped off a little pot of purslane that had come up unintentionally in her greenhouse. There was a hilarious thread on the guild's facebook page with half the people going "ick, weed!" and the others going "yum! food!" I was on the "yum, food!" side, as it's great in summer salads and has a really nice lemony taste. We used to have purslane growing all over the place in Thornbury (where I lived before moving to Ballarat) but it doesn't seem to be common here. On the other hand there is lots of nettle at my current place which I would have loved in Thornbury but never saw a single one. Anyway, the purslane... I'm not sure where to plant it as I've never actually grown it. The internet suggests it's pretty hard to go wrong with it, but those are exactly the plants I tend to kill! Oh well, we shall see I suppose. Maybe I'll plant it under the clothesline; that area's mostly chickweed in winter but it really dies back in summer, while purslane's more of a summer thing, so maybe they can work in shifts. I guess I'll try it and see how it goes!

Meanwhile, in Growstuff-the-project news...

  • tygriffin has done some sterling work upgrading our platform to Rails 4, which now needs testing if anyone's got some time to spare
  • I'm still working on the notifications system, updating it to handle multiple types of notifications (such as "X is now following you") which will come in the new year
  • I posted a bit about the project's season arc for 2015 i.e. what we should be focusing on at different times of the year
  • Also I'm looking for suggestions of what people would like to see on the Growstuff blog next year

Off to Melbourne for Friendsmas tomorrow; I hadn't originally planned to do anything, but I realised I needed people and would just be mopey if I stayed home alone. I hope those who are celebrating have a delicious one full of home-grown and home-made food!

A slow start to summer

I'm so very, very behind on my gardening. I was travelling heaps and had lots of other commitments through October/November, which is peak spring planting time here, and nothing got done. I've come to the realisation that if I'm going to do work that involves that sort of travel, I need to cut myself some slack on the garden front, and not expect to eg. raise tomatoes from seed. Instead, I can buy seedlings. Which is what I did, in the end. I also hired someone to mow my lawn, which was blocking me from doing a bunch of things because I wanted to lay out more no-dig bed but the grass was so high and my lawnmower so useless (it's a little electric one, and I now have a large and triffid-like "lawn") that I couldn't even get started.

Anyway. Current status:

  • most winter/spring crops are finished, still have some cavalo nero ticking along surprisingly well considering the cabbage moths
  • my broad bean crop was late-sown but delicious; will definitely plant more, and earlier, next year
  • I have self-sown sunflowers, which are now considerably taller than I am; next year, I will make a point of scattering the seed intentionally in places where I want them.
  • I've been tossing arugula and sorrel seeds all over the place down the back of the yard, as I pull out or cut back plants that have gone to seed. Hopefully they'll grow in abundance next year!
  • I've planted half a dozen tomato plants, some from friends and some from the shop and a couple that actually made it from seed -- I am honestly not quite sure what I have but I think there's a tommy toe, a couple of jaune flammes, a wild sweetie, a lemon drop, one other biggish red one that I forget the variety of, and I have a few San Marzano tomato seedlings (raised from seed) ready to go in when I do get the new no-dig beds sorted. They'll be late but better than nothing.
  • I bought eggplant seedlings as my seeds didn't make it, and planted half a dozen "black beauty" and one "bianco rosso" or something (those beautiful pale ones)
  • I planted a habanero pepper (bought fairly advanced from the nursery) and some kind of Thai chilli, and I have a range of others coming up from seed which will be ready to plant out when the aforementioned no-dig bed is done.
  • Haven't planted a single zucchini or any other kind of squash yet, argh! But I planted them late last year too, and that was fine.

In short it's all a bit of a mess but it's sort of getting there, and it's better than nothing.

With regard to the development of Growstuff itself, I'm delighted with our move off the mailing lists and over to Growstuff Talk and would definitely love to invite anyone who's interested in how Growstuff is built, or just generally what happens under the hood, to come over and chat with us. We have an Idea forum where it'd be great to get more people's input!

Some recent discussions that you might like to weigh in on:

Also new: the other day I did some work on updating our README on github and making a better Get Involved page on the wiki. Hopefully they make it easier for people who aren't necessarily coders to see how they could be a part of this :)

This afternoon, I'm going to try and get some of that no-dig action happening and maybe even plant some squash. Wish me luck!

New Growstuff features

We just pushed a new production release to the website, with the following changes:

Features:

  • Support for alternate names for crops was added. Look for search to come soon.
  • Added many tomato varieties
  • When you mention a crop in a post, that post shows on the crop page
  • We will soon be sending reminder emails to update your plantings
  • You can post photos of your harvests as you record them
  • You can now mark a planting as "finished" and give it a date for that
  • Member profile pages have had a visual refresh

Bugfixes:

  • You can now go up to a month before you have to log in again
  • Fixed an issue with selecting a set/album from Flickr
  • Fixed a Markdown-related bug with linking to crops and external links in posts

Other (mostly of interest to developers):

  • Created backend infrastructure for localised/translated versions of the website
  • Moved to Ruby 2.1.2
  • Improved code generation with "rails g scaffold"

Check it out and let us know what you think! And thanks @maco for the help with the release :)

New feature - crop mentions!

So we have this new feature where if you mention a crop like tomato or lemon or dill using the Markdown syntax (like: [dill](crop)), your post will show up on the crop page. Click through to any of those crops, scroll down, and take a look!

Blooming lemon tree

What the everliving what. My lemon tree is blooming in November. Is this common in lemon trees?

Brickwork!

Surprise! I got home from work yesterday and discovered my husband had finished the brickwork around the veggie garden. He says he'd started moving the bricks from their pile to get them off the driveway, and well the logical place to put them was where they belong, and then halfway through he realized this wasn't the task he'd intended, and then he figured "well, I can surprise maco with it being done!"

Untitled

4 cubic yards of mulch will be dumped on my driveway tomorrow afternoon, and the orchard trees should arrive this weekend.

Fall bed prep

ARGH I got logged out while writing this post, and there was so much, and now I have to type it all again :(

In my area, spring only lasts about 2 weeks. It goes from too cold to be outside to over 80F in about that time, so as soon as you can be outside, it's time to have the plants in the ground, which leaves no time to build beds.

When last I posted about making the veggie garden a bit neater, I had just put edgers around the beds, to try to hold back the weeds and slow erosion.

Brick-edged beds

But I realized I needed to get the lawn/weeds out of the paths in the garden, since I can't lift the lawn mower over the chicken wire that keeps out rabbits, and I didn't want to use the string trimmer so close to my stuff. So, I had a fall project!

25 October

I went down to the tool rental place and picked up a manual sod cutter. This is the kind you kick, not the gas guzzler kind. I had it for the weekend for less than $20. The guy at the counter chuckled a bit, telling me it's hard work. I said I could use the exercise.

I pulled up the chicken wire, moved the edgers, dug up the sweet potatoes, mowed the grass low, and got to work.

Starting to cut sod

I couldn't carry rolls of sod by themselves. They're too heavy and fall apart-y. Happy I had picked up a large tubtrug, I shoved the roll of sod sideways into the top of it (with it on its side), and used the handles to get the sod to the compost heap. Back and forth, lots of stopping to pant and chug water. I got paths around the tomato bed and cleared space to add another bed. Newspaper hadn't been enough to stop the old sod coming up on the other beds.

Cleared for new bed

Around sunset, I went to Home Depot to get wood to edge the beds and for building a new one. I got rebar and conduit for eventual trellises. They were sold out of 1/2" 90° corners for conduit though. When I got home, I cut the wood and tried to eat enough food to make up for the day's work.

26 October

My grandmother's (now-late) sister went into the hospital the Sunday prior (get your flu shot! Pneumonia is bad shit!), so I decided I needed to go see her after Meeting for Worship. I got up extra early Sunday to get some more sod cutting done. After the hospital visit, I assembled the beds. I put on just two short sides and one long, leaving one long edge open so I could cajole the wood into place around the misshapen beds before screwing the last side in.

20141026_163807

Then there was some more work with the sod cutter to make sure the paths were wide enough, including the brick edging.

When I returned the sod cutter the next morning, the guy at the counter goes "see, it was hard work, eh?" and I agreed that it was, and showed him what I'd done. He seemed pretty surprised and commented on the "tree" in one bed. He meant my tomato plants.

2 November

This Sunday I put down landscape fabric in the paths to keep them weed-free and started arranging bricks, but it hurt. Somehow in the weekend's activities (went to an SCA event Saturday), I got gamekeeper's thumb. Oops. Home Depot was sold out on garden staples, so I had to lay edgers down to keep the wind from moving the landscape fabric. Mulch would hold it fine, I just didn't have any yet, and couldn't pour it in until the bricks are in place anyway, which means moving them out of where they're holding... I needed garden staples.

There weren't many bricks yet. I can only push a cart of about 30, and that makes slow going.

Starting to lay bricks

7 November

I came up with a brilliant plan. I ordered 175 bricks from Home Depot for in-store pickup (they don't deliver bricks). They had me pull my car right up in the garden center, and loaded my trunk from a pallet on a fork lift. Thankfully, my thumb was feeling better at this point.

9 November

I laid bricks around about half the bed, then determined I both needed more edgers and needed to be able to use the ones that were holding the fabric down. I also found I hadn't removed sod far enough out from the beds for the paths on all sides. It takes 34" to fit 24" of path, 2" of edger, and 8" of paver. I used the shovel to do a little more sod removal as I laid bricks, measuring each one's placement.

Then I visited a garden center that's only 5 minutes from my house, that I saw on a listing of places to go for native plants. I'd never been there. I didn't know if I'd find anything useful, but they had two packages of garden staples left!

Starting to lay bricks

I went over to Home Depot to get the remaining edger bricks and see what it'd take to cut them for where the corners needed only 4" and not their full 12" length.

Here's what happened:

Me goes to Tools department What do I use to cut this? Hoping one of the saws I've already got'll work

Guy 1 what do you have?

Me Sawzall, track saw, mitre saw, hack saw...

Guy 1 to Guy 2 mitre?

Guy 2 7.25 or 10 inch blade?

Me 10 I think

Guy 1 know what? Check in the Tool Rental department. They know this kind of stuff

Me goes there

Me how do I cut one of these?

Her Sawzall

Me masonry blade?

Her Yep

Me Thanks. Was hoping I wouldn't need to use the hack saw

Her Nah, that'd just make a mess

Me goes back to Tools She said Sawzall

Guy 2 Sawzall?

Me reciprocating saw...

Guy 2 I know what it is

Guy 1 the blade'll just jump around

Me she said to use a masonry blade

Guy 2 but they're only for metal or wood

Guy 1 yeah, there is no masonry blade for Sawzall, see? leads us to the blade display

Me points there's one

Guy 1 well, I'll be damned. I still think it'll jump around.

Me I'm not going to hold it still with my hand! I have C-clamps!

Next

The next thing to do is going to be putting the chicken wire back in place and ordering 4 cubic yards of mulch. Between these paths and my soon-to-exist orchard, I need 2 cubic yards, and I'll need another 2 cubic yards for the front garden and on top of the veggie beds come spring, so I might as well take advantage of the $18/cu-yd sale the local place is having and only pay one shipping fee, then keep the extra wrapped in a tarp on the driveway.

Spring in Adelaide

Hullo It is October in Adelaide Planting vegies for the summer and trying to find a balance between sun and shade for the hot months. Are there other folk planting for AU Spring?

Feature Request and Hello

Hi Grow Stuff, I love the work you are doing and would like to get involved as a coder volunteer and tester on a casual basis. I have a IT Background but not a coder Would also like to request if Grow Stuff is planning to enable the following features

1)Moon Planting 2)Visual Garden Designer ( i.e using HTML5 Canvas ) that will allow Gardners and/or small hobby farmers to setup there garden plots and drag and drop veggies/fruit from the catalogue

thanks Jabir

Pūhā for dinner

There are so very many edible weeds in our garden.

Pūhā galore of course - which can we draped over roasting meat (too much work) or steamed to remove the bitterness and then pretend it's spinach for eggs bene. It's been "what's for dinner" in our suburb since well before european got here.

Mint and peppermint is everywhere, which makes tea.

There's Dead Red, that is too bitter to use much - a few leaves in a salad. (The "dead" refers it being a nettle without a sting - but for some reason dinner guests don't like eating weeds with "dead" in the name, so i call them "red nettles")

and there's a giant spread of Violets in a corner of the house that faces south and never gets sun. This has sugary leaves that cancel out the bitterness of dead red nettles.

Submitting comments on website itself

Just started using website and finding various niggles it would be nice to log (I know once you get used to these things you forget they were ever there, but they can put off new users). For example, when entering my first garden I typed in the details, then clicked on 'add location'. This took me to a new page, losing everything I'd just typed in for the garden... Can't see where to put comments like this - github doesn't have issues enabled, and talk.growstuff.org wants a facebook/google etc login (I don't have them), or to create a new login - I tried this but in spite of getting the popup saying a confirmation mail had been sent nothing arrived ( the process worked fine with the main growstuff.org site).

So in lack of anywhere else to write them here's some suggestions:

  • if someone's entering a new garden and clicks on select location do the location as part of the same page, or even as a popup, don't send the user elsewhere

  • add a new function to allow users to enter suggestions ('this site is under development - if you find something that doesn't work how you like it, suggest an improvement here')

  • Share logins between growstuff.org and talk.growstuff.org

  • A personal request: There's no single site for diabetics to look up carbohydrate content of foods. Add that kind of thing to the database, when it's more developed

  • Don't restrict plants just to food. I have comfrey and nettles, not as food, but to soak to make liquid fertiliser for the food plants..

  • Make it easier to add new crops, maybe by linking to a wikipedia page (I've got some [http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couve-galega] growing - much quicker just to point to the page than try to explain it)

  • Add a 'preview' function to the posts

That's enough for now ;-) Thanks for the site

Graham

Autumn planting

We are planting salads for winter

sweet potatoes

I planted these sweet potatoes on 5-26-14. Could someone tell me when they can be harvested? I've read that the vines need to look dry on the ends. However, I don't thinkg they are ready yet. I also read that they need about four months in the ground to mature. That would mean they won't be ready till sometime in October. This is the first time I've planted sweet potatoes and I don't know what variety they are because I rooted the slips from three potatoes that I bought last fall at the farmer's market.sweet potato

This year (2014)

This year wasn't a particularly good year in my garden. Due to my ill health through spring and summer, the only things that got planted were the potatoes, onions and elephant garlic, all of which were planted either late last year or early in the spring. I'm refusing to view this too negatively, however, as all three crops have been good, and the plots that didn't get used - the two main plots where I would have put the beans and courgettes - have lain fallow, which can't hurt.

I'm looking forward to trying again next year, and planning what to plant.

Requesting new crops.

Could you please add Silverbeet and Beetroot. Thanks!

Search by area?

I just signed up. It would be good to be able to search by location or climate rather than crop type. I live in Darwin, Australia and most normal crops and crop varieties just will not grow here at all. It's be good if I could search for what people here or in similar climates have had success with.

Companion Planting Database

Does Growstuff have a database of plants that can be 'companion planted' for optimal soil health? I understand that many plants can help feed and protect each other if put in the soil in the right combinations. Knowing what plants do next to each other and why would be an awesome resource to those wishing to plant food forests.

Requesting new crops

Couldn't find French Beans of any kind and would like to request them to be added. Went to request page, found lots of comments but where it says 'request them here', there was no link. Am new to the site, so if I double on something, please forgive.

Introduction from Wendy

Hi! I'm Wendy and I live in Livermore, California, USA. I live in the suburbs and have been learning about permaculture for two years now. Right now my project is slowly converting my lawn into a food forest, one module at a time.

I began with a 10x20 starter garden on the north side of my house. I wanted to practice these ideas in private, so no one could see the results if I was a failure at permaculture gardening! Because I was such a novice, I didn't realize how shady this fenced in, northern patch would be. I also didn't realize what a difference that would make!

That first year, I planted a peach tree and a nectarine tree that I found at a local discount store. I also planted apple mint, thyme, oregano, potatoes, strawberries, and thornless blackberries. What I should actually say is that those are the crops that did fine and ended up giving me food. I planted a ton of other things as well, but they didn't flourish and I've forgotten them.

In April of this year, I ripped out the hedges and landscaping plants from my east-facing front yard garden and replaced them with edibles using food forest methodology. That went well, so in July I installed another module of food forest directly in front of it, separated by a stone border. I plan to continue in this fashion every few months until my front lawn is entirely food forest.

To keep my neighbors happy, I am handing out food right and left to my neighbors and to the people who go for walks in my neighborhood. I'm also trying to disguise my front yard food forest as a cottage garden by installing statuary, paths, and benches to make all of the mess seem intentional.

I am so excited to find Growstuff; hi! Say hi back and tell me who you are and what's going on in your gardens!

New features, as of September 3rd 2014

Today we updated the Growstuff website and have a bunch of great new features, including:

  • A crop "suggest" widget, instead of an unwieldy dropdown, when you are planting, harvesting, or saving seeds
  • We now show the most popular crops on the crop browse page, by default, rather than showing them in alphabetical order.
  • For those of you not on the metric system, you can now record your harvests in ounces
  • A couple of features for the benefit of our volunteer crop wranglers: we've made it easier to add scientific names to crops, and provided a list of other crop wranglers on the crop wrangler homepage.

We also have a couple of bugfixes:

  • Fixed a bug with harvests where "pints" were being recorded as "pings"
  • Fixed a broken link on the contact page

And under the hood, our developers have improved our code by:

  • Upgrading to Bootstrap 3.2 (this is our front end CSS library, that makes the site look and feel the way it does)
  • Improved our test coverage by about 6%

Lots of good stuff here! Huge thanks to the many developers, testers, and other contributors who helped out with this release.

Subscribe to the Growstuff posts RSS feed or comments RSS feed.