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Post  Mimi2 9/29/2016, 8:21 am

Kelejan- Your post was a very interesting read indeed. It always feels like we've had a little visit over a nice cup of tea- and I have had a glimpse of your life through your eyes. And it is lovely Smile In between there are good tips, that remind me things like "Oh yes, I should be planting my bulbs (including garlic)." Thanks for injecting some small town charm, warmth, and gardening nuggets into my daily commute to cubicle town.
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Post  trolleydriver 9/29/2016, 9:04 am

Mimi2 wrote:Kelejan- Your post was a very interesting read indeed. It always feels like we've had a little visit over a nice cup of tea- and I have had a glimpse of your life through your eyes. And it is lovely Smile In between there are good tips, that remind me things like "Oh yes, I should be planting my bulbs (including garlic)." Thanks for injecting some small town charm, warmth, and gardening nuggets into my daily commute to cubicle town.

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Post  Kelejan 9/29/2016, 12:35 pm

Mimi2 wrote:Kelejan- Your post was a very interesting read indeed. It always feels like we've had a little visit over a nice cup of tea- and I have had a glimpse of your life through your eyes. And it is lovely Smile In between there are good tips, that remind me things like "Oh yes, I should be planting my bulbs (including garlic)." Thanks for injecting some small town charm, warmth, and gardening nuggets into my daily commute to cubicle town.


Mimi, I am enjoying all this writing stuff considering when at school I used to look at a blank page in my exercise book and have to write an essay on some subject and a couple of times I actually turned in a blank page.  I suppose when there is something that interests me I have no problem filling a couple of pages. I would not be any good on Twitter as I believe one is limited to 140 words?  I do have a FaceBook account and I am inclined to be a bit verbose on there as well as here.

I know that this Forum is about gardening so I do try and inject a few words about that subject, as bolded in your comment above. I am not the most knowledgeable of gardeners but I try not to say something if I do not know what I am talking about.  As a Host I feel it is my job to welcome people here and get them to feel at home and ask questions so that others more knowledgeable can answer them.

When I was asked to be  a Hostess here in late 2014 I delayed my answer until January 1st 2015 as I felt that I did not understand enough compared to all the experts here and I thought maybe some would look down on me but everyone, without exception, has never made me feel a lesser gardener.  This Forum is now one of the important things in my life.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 9/29/2016, 8:19 pm

I love your posts, too, Kelejan!  And for me, my climate can be more like Ontario than some of my own region, depending on the year/season.
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Post  Mimi2 9/30/2016, 7:56 am

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Here is my indoor herb garden planted in MM and transplanted from my SFG. I reverse hardened the plants by leaving them outside for a couple of days to get them used to being in pots, and the warmer, and more sheltered conditions of the house. Before coming inside they were waiting in their pots next to a warm brick wall in the car port. And when I brought them in last night- I left the window open for a few hours...until Chris said: why is the window open? Why is it so cold in here? I'll keep you posted if this experiment works.

Question: do you think the herbs will get enough natural light- or should I rig up some artificial lightening to help them out?
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Post  Kelejan 9/30/2016, 2:55 pm

Is your window facing south? Then I think they may have sufficient light, otherwise supplementary lighting would be good.

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Post  trolleydriver 9/30/2016, 4:08 pm

Kelejan wrote:Is your window facing south? Then I think they may have sufficient light, otherwise supplementary lighting would be good.

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Looks good Mimi. I agree with Kelejan concerning the light from a south facing window.


The following website article is good and there are many others. Note in particular, "This technique works best for perennial and biennial herbs, such as chives, mint, oregano, thyme, parsley, and rosemary. Annual herbs, such as basil, tend to tire after a few weeks indoors. Annual herbs are best started from seed indoors under grow lights and grown as new plants for a winter harvest."

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Post  trolleydriver 9/30/2016, 4:32 pm

I finally finished trimming all of the cedar hedges. On two sides they are quite high which requires the use of a step ladder to allow me reach on top. As well, they are quite wide which means I am at full stretch to reach across the top to trim the parts on the neighbours' sides. Two of the three neighbours are not keeping their sides trimmed so eventually these hedges are going to look awful. For the most part I just left the trimmings on the ground where they fell except if they fell onto lawn areas in which case I gathered them up and used them on paths near the SFG. I saved about $400 by doing this myself. As well I got lots of exercise, although I have to spread the work out by doing about 1 to 3 hours per day over a few days. I'm no spring chicken.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 9/30/2016, 6:44 pm

Mimi, I have never been able to keep any herbs alive over winter except Rosemary.  Tried dill, basil, and maybe cilantro?  But I only have an east facing window big enough to handle the plants....keep us posted.  Love your set-up!

TD, my lists are way longer than my capacity to get them completed in the time I personally alot them!  Grrr!  At least I can do them at a pace I can handle!
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Post  Mimi2 9/30/2016, 8:40 pm

trolleydriver wrote:
Kelejan wrote:Is your window facing south? Then I think they may have sufficient light, otherwise supplementary lighting would be good.

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Looks good Mimi. I agree with Kelejan concerning the light from a south facing window.




The following website article is good and there are many others. Note in particular, "This technique works best for perennial and biennial herbs, such as chives, mint, oregano, thyme, parsley, and rosemary. Annual herbs, such as basil, tend to tire after a few weeks indoors. Annual herbs are best started from seed indoors under grow lights and grown as new plants for a winter harvest."

http://garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=201009-how-to

Thanks for the tips and ideas friends. I think the lighting situation may not be too bad for now. The window is South-ish (southeast). I think I do have a few biannual and perennial herbs in the mix. I'll let you all know how it goes.
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Post  sanderson 10/1/2016, 1:47 am

Mimi2 wrote:Kelejan- Your post was a very interesting read indeed. It always feels like we've had a little visit over a nice cup of tea- and I have had a glimpse of your life through your eyes. And it is lovely Smile In between there are good tips, that remind me things like "Oh yes, I should be planting my bulbs (including garlic)." Thanks for injecting some small town charm, warmth, and gardening nuggets into my daily commute to cubicle town.
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Mimi, The stand is so cute!

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