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Shenanigans Friday: April 13, 2012.

6:15 pm - 04/13/2012
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13chapters 13th-Apr-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
I haven't actually planted anything yet, I still have to dig the fuck out of everything and treat the ground, but I'm going to grow tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, basil, and maybe some other stuff that I haven't thought of yet. I still have parsley and kale and swiss chard from last year that survived the winter.

For easy stuff you won't kill...idk, I guess it depends on where you live? Everything takes a certain amount of effort, though, I don't know there's anything so hardy that it can survive any kind of care. If you live somewhere it rains in the summer (unlike here), probably it's easier.

Anyway, I recommend gardening if you have the land! Also, you can set up a compost pile for your organic waste that is a. good for your garden and b. a good use of leftovers (ie, eggshells, apple cores, melon rinds, orange peels, etc.) It is really fun and good exercise, and it's rewarding to eat the veggies you grew yourself. They really do taste better!
perthro 13th-Apr-2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
<3 I think last years' issue was the weird weather we're having. We'd water things two or three times a day, and by mid-day, the ground would be baked hard and dry by the sun. Then in a few weeks, we'd have an out-of-season cold snap, so it'd go from 100F to 40F in about 48 hours. O.o Or weeks of rain followed by a month or so of nothing. We're having all kinds of crop problems in FL this year because of weather like this. This week, a shortage of peppers because it's too warm for them to grow well. Last month, a huge overstock of strawberries for the same reason. x.x

It looks like the 'rules' of gardening down here is changing. I'll have to do some research!
13chapters 13th-Apr-2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
oh okay, i'm way on the other side of the country from you, so I really don't know how things work in FL. I only water once a day...if I watered more than that, it would totally be overdoing it!
fenris_lorsrai 14th-Apr-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Okra. It's amazingly hard to kill and puts up with being sun baked and frost snapped. I;ve grown it as a landscape plant at my store for several years because it puts up with being utterly abused. and it has beautiful flowers. They look similar to rose of sharon, if you crossed it with something with big showy leaves. they're actually really good looking.

Zuchinni also has a reputation for being really easy to grow, but if you don't have bees, you may get nada. They'll grow really well, produce flowers, no squash. doh. you may have to hand polinate 'em with a Q tip if you don't see bees around 'em.
perthro 14th-Apr-2012 01:07 am (UTC)
... considering that my mom's house is infested with bees, I might start growing zucchini in her yard and see if that draws them out. I don't want to just cement them into the wall to die, considering how short on bees we are... but I don't know what else to do about it. Can't afford an exterminator.
hinoema 14th-Apr-2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I put in okra and squash for the lulz, basically ignored it other than an occasional water and had tons of the stuff.
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