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    Branching Out's Seeds and Sprouts

    Last year I tried growing a perennial called Fama Deep Blue Scabiosa from seed. It turned out to be trickier than expected but one lone seedling made it through the winter and resurfaced this spring. We are now enjoying the most remarkable 3" blossoms in varying shades of blue on tall, willowy...
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    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    Would it be possible to start them indoors and then grow them in a hoop house to extend the season? If so, I would be willing to try growing out one of these next year. These are Lima beans, right? By the way I am growing out Grandma Rivera's Pole Lima network beans this summer, my first...
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    Picture Of The Week (POW) Information & Submissions

    How nice-- thank you! :)
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    Your Weather, 2024

    It's interesting how rain can be a blessing or a curse. Around here we are growing very appreciative of showers during the hot summer months.
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    Your Weather, 2024

    Heat wave arriving that will last about five days or so. Vulnerable plants have been protected, including covering the lower portion of a few pole bean plants with a white sheet to cool the roots (Yellow Sunshine, Herrenbohnli, and a couple of Blue Jay bush bean plants too). I would really...
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    A Seed Saver's Garden

    I just tried uploading a photo and it worked, so the glitch must be fixed. Yay! :weee
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    Hello from rural West Virginia

    Welcome from British Columbia! How interesting that you are growing geraniums from seed. I love growing flowers from seed, but have yet to try those. Are there any that you would recommend?
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    A Seed Saver's Garden

    Are you getting a response that the file that you are trying to upload is too large for the server? That's what I have been getting for the past week, so I too am blocked from uploading photos. 🤔
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    Hello forum members! I'm Wayne, a passionate indoor growing enthusiast.

    Welcome to the forum! Growing vegetables indoors has proved challenging for me, so I am curious to hear about your strategies for success. In my experience they quickly outgrow my light setup, and fungus gnats infestations frustrate me too. Do you keep your plants indoors exclusively, or are...
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    Ranunculas

    One patch of Ranunculas has finished blooming and the leaves have turned yellow. You're supposed to wait for the leaves to turn brown before you lift and store the corms, but I wanted to flip the bed to pickling cucumbers and tomatoes so I removed them from the ground anyway. There was an old...
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    Branching Out's Seeds and Sprouts

    Our Pacific Northwest climate is one of extremes, with very wet weather for half of the year and the potential for very dry conditions from May until early October. With the wild climate swings that we have seen over the past few years we kind of need to be prepared for anything-- especially if...
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    Your Weather, 2024

    About 1/2" of rain fell over the last 24 hours, so I was able to spend the day bumping up plants instead of watering the garden. What a bonus! Not a lot of heat in the forecast once the showers let up, but I suspect that it will be near ideal temperatures for vegetative growth. I am expecting...
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    Tomatoes for 2024

    Yesterday I picked the first ripe tomato of the season, a small yellow cherry called Honey Nail that has its roots in Siberia. Kind of made me wax nostalgic for a moment there, savouring that sweet flavour. My seed source indicated that it was the earliest and most productive tomato that they...
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    Branching Out's Seeds and Sprouts

    I moved it around easily until the end, when I was so exhausted that I could hardly even move me. LOL. 2300lbs is a lot to schlep over the garden. Thankfully my hubby came home and shovelled the last ten wheelbarrows or so, and a neighbour brought her wheelbarrow over for a load as well. We...
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    What are You Eating from the Garden?

    After I have my morning coffee I fill my mug with cereal, and then I head out to the garden to pick fresh raspberries to go with it. I'm not sure which variety of raspberry this is, but it clearly has enjoyed the rainy weather that we had for a month beginning in May. The canes have lush green...
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    Branching Out's Seeds and Sprouts

    This week it feels like every corner of the garden is in need of attention all at the same time. We picked up a load of compost at our regional composting facility so I've been weeding the beds and top dressing. The compost looks really nice this time. They had their huge sifting machine...
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    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    Very little of what I grow is in a traditional vegetable garden. Mostly things are all mixed together in a very eclectic fashion. Here is Tinkers'Fire, with some of last season's raspberry canes poked in for support. In front is liatris, cosmos, Swiss chard, and four different varieties of...
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    2024 Little Easy Bean Network - Growing Heirloom Beans Of Today And Tomorrow

    Here is my 2024 planting list, with beans growing out in four different gardens. I am still poking in seeds as well, as summer hasn't really arrived here yet. This may be overly optimistic-- but if we get a summery September late plantings still might make it. Also, I am quite certain that I...
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    Your Weather, 2024

    We are expecting a daytime high of 17C(63F) for a couple of days this week, which is chilly. I have only planted out two cucumbers so far; the rest will have to hit the dirt soon. Thankfully temperatures will be closer to 22C(72F) going forward. That is my preferred temperature for gardening...
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