[LMB] OT: Gardening

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Wed May 19 04:28:19 BST 2021


I still have yet to clear last years rose bushes from the back of the
house. Or my garage or trimming the bushes out front. I'd like to blame the
rain but in reality it's just plain ole procrastination.

On Tue, May 18, 2021, 9:28 PM Elizabeth Holden <alzurite at gmail.com> wrote:

> I started gardening last year, something I haven't done since I was a
> teenager, and that was a long time ago. It seemed like a good kind of thing
> to do with COVID around us. I had very little idea of what I was doing or
> how to do it, so last year was mostly devoted to weeding, pruning, and
> nurturing a tiny herb patch. And in the autumn, I planted bulbs, fought
> with the squirrels over their safety, and was thrilled this spring to see
> the tulips appear, all colourful and lovely.
>
> I failed to do a lot of the diligent research I had planned over the
> winter, and now I'm struggling to keep up with the season. I'm guessing at
> things, and I'm guessing wrong. I planted a bunch of seeds in egg cartons
> and set them in the laundry room to hopefully be ready for planting in a
> while - and watered them. Just learned today (via YouTube) that I shouldn't
> be watering seedlings, because it rots them.
>
> And I planted some tomato plants, brought to me by a very kind friend. And
> then I put the sprinkler on to water them, and learned today, on another
> YouTube vid, that one shouldn't use a sprinkler with tomato plants, but
> water only at ground level, and not get the leaves wet.  Am I doomed to
> always guess wrong?
>
> Rhetorical question, that.  It's so complicated. Ever plant has its own
> needs and vulnerabilities, and right now it all seems infinite.
>
> I wish I had Ekaterin for advice.
>
> Failing that, can any of the well-informed people here suggest a book, or a
> YouTube channel, or other resources, that give good advice to a fledgeling
> gardener? (Bonus pints if it relates to zone 5, Eastern Ontario.) Best I
> can say so far is that my intentions are good.
>
> namaste,
> Elizabeth
>
> Elizabeth Holden <azurite at azurite.ca>
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