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It's been a flurry of activity this week - we've been hosting a friend who's here to build out his photography portfolio. As part of that, there were a number of chores and tasks I had to delay in order for him to get some of the shots he was looking for, followed by mad dashes of activity and pausing for shots while in the doing. He ended up with some ~1200 photos and maybe an hour or two of drone footage:

(I am the blue/gray dot)

I definitely tend to see the work left to do in the gardens instead of what's been accomplished unless I'm showing things to people, so let me just say this:

I'm really impressed by the work you're putting in for your gardens, and how they're coming along!

What's growing on with you all?

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[โ€“] cheesymoonshadow@lemmings.world 2 points 6 days ago (1 children)

I recently moved from Illinois to Connecticut. A friend of mine gave me a pot with 3 pawpaw seeds. All of them germinated and had a nice taproot going when I finally put them in the ground last Saturday. Something dug them all up. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

My plan is to buy a couple of pawpaws already sprouted in a pot and cage/fence them until they're bigger.

If y'all have never tasted a pawpaw fruit, you're missing out.

[โ€“] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 2 points 5 days ago (1 children)

That's such a bummer! I've not met many New Englanders who know about pawpaw, so I hope you have an easy time finding some locally adapted ones. Or is there a nursery you're planning to order from?

I was planning to place an order online, but now that you mention it, I think I should say least check around locally first. Connecticut is teeming with nurseries. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜

[โ€“] GreatTitEnthusiast@mander.xyz 2 points 1 week ago (1 children)

My small porch container gardens has a whole bunch of strawberry plants. They weren't super productive this year but I love my....bushes? What are strawberry plants?

[โ€“] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 2 points 1 week ago (1 children)

Hah we've got some crazy tall varieties too, some are about a foot high. It's a shame you didn't get much off of them this year, can I ask how you fertilized them?

On the off-chance that the question is not rhetorical, they're classified as an herbaceous ground cover, usually growing between 5 to 12 inches/ 12.5 to 30.5 cm depending on species and cultivar

[โ€“] GreatTitEnthusiast@mander.xyz 2 points 6 days ago (1 children)

I just sprinkle some berry food on top. I don't fertilize much. I'm not sure they get enough sun since they're on a covered porch. They know get a few hours each day I think

[โ€“] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 1 points 6 days ago (1 children)

That sounds right, ours don't generally need much feeding so you're probably spot on about the sun access. IME they need around 6-8 hours for a decent fruit set but I can imagine that might be tough if they're under cover

Yup. Wish I could encourage throwing runners because they'd get more sun that way but I just enjoy having them. They're hardy little dudes

[โ€“] navi@lemmy.tespia.org 2 points 1 week ago (1 children)

Blueberries! It's hard to pick them faster than the birds can eat them.

[โ€“] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 1 points 6 days ago

It's next to impossible! We have a neighbor who picked up a half bolt of tulle for netting hers, but ours are all mingled with other plants which make netting difficult

[โ€“] xylem@beehaw.org 2 points 1 week ago (1 children)

The garden is struggling a bit in the heat (mostly I need to water more) but I'm still getting a lot of good stuff! Six cucumbers, a zucchini, and my first tomatoes of the season today!

Accidentally knocked off the green one, but it'll probably ripen on the shelf

[โ€“] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 1 points 1 week ago (1 children)

Look at those chonkers! Great job! If you've got apples or bananas and a paper bag, you can put one of them into the bag with the unripe tomato and the ethylene from the other fruit will help it to ripen

[โ€“] xylem@beehaw.org 2 points 1 week ago

That's a great idea, I'll stick it in the fruit bowl!