misadventured-piteous-overthrows asked: Hi! I just wanted to say I like your blog and I actually modeled aspects of my blog after yours. Happy gardening!
Nice, complete with experiments and everything! Fully approved!
I’m super intrigued by the aquatic plants. I’ll definitely check back in to see how those are doing.
commandogardener asked: I really enjoy your blog. I'm new to blogging and well, started the other day about our garden and my kids excitement about gardening. I'm always open to suggestions, would you mind taking a look at what we're working on and maybe suggest something or give us a little advice?
Thank you! It’s great to see other Pacific Northwest gardeners out there. Do you have a greenhouse? I always have to basically stop growing this time of year so it would be really cool to hear about what you’re able to grow in the greenhouse during the region’s “off-season”. All of those home-grown salad ingredients look delicious, by the way.
jellyfish-hime asked: How do you grow egglings for the outcome to be like yours?
My basil Eggling turned out awesome, and I attribute its success to watering it A LOT. The soil dries out very quickly, so I often found myself watering it as much as twice a day toward the end of its life. I kept mine in areas where it received filtered sunlight and not too much heat (i.e. a windowsill or outside on my balcony), and it thrived under those conditions.
So far I have only tried the basil one, so I cannot say if the same tactics hold true for all of the other kinds. The Eggling is one of my all-time favorite little gardening knick-knacks though so I really wish you the best with it! Their official site is here, by the way.
mermarbro asked: HELP! My aloe plant has little fungus gnats (?) and I have tried a few different things: dish soap in water, organic insecticide spray, completely repotted with new soil, vacuumed them up, swatted at them, lets the soil dry out completely, you name it I have pretty much done it. I am looking for some more advice? My aloe is pretty big and very healthy and green; so the flies have not affected aloes health. Hope you can help! -Mer
Your question and the question from beammeup-scotte have convinced me that I should do a new experiment at some point related to testing effective methods of pest control. Regrettably, this area is something I don’t have a ton of experience with and often struggle with myself.
This may be entirely unhelpful as all I did was consult Google briefly, but Colorado State University has an article on their site that mentions a few different ways to deal with fungus gnats. It sounds like you’ve already tried at least some of the things they suggest, but their biggest recommendations that don’t involve pesticides seem to be letting the soil dry out between waterings (sounds like you have done this already) and to removed any decayed plant matter near or on the plant. The article also suggests using sticky cards to trap them and repeat insecticide treatments if they keep popping up.
Hope this is in some way helpful! This is definitely an area I plan to keep researching.
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anti-social-caveling asked: do you believe that a 'weed' isn't a weed if you like it?
Good question! My gut answer to this is “No, any plant you enjoy and like seeing in your garden is not a weed.” After all, Garden Science let a weed grow in experiment 8’s instant garden until it was sort of gigantic for the sake of identifying it, so I’d be a bit of a hypocrite if I said otherwise.
That said, I’d say keep careful tabs on any plants you’re growing that are traditionally classified as weeds, as they sometimes earn that dubious categorization because they can be invasive and/or a pain to get rid of later. If you’re fond of other stuff growing in your garden, you may want to do your research to make sure the plant in question won’t spread like wildfire and take over either this season or the next.
As a side note, I think thistles, dandelions, clovers, and other plants of the sort are quite beautiful in their wild habitats. Despite this, I would pull them up in my own garden just because I wouldn’t want them to take over. For me, the time and place for enjoying many species traditionally deemed weeds is in the great outdoors, where they are wild and at home.
beammeup-scotte asked: Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. I woke to find my wild rocket had been devoured by a green catapillar. But the other herbs where untouched. How has this happened/where has it come from? Thanks. Love the blog by the way :)
Thanks for writing! I’m sad to say I don’t know a ton about wild rocket or about pests (still something I’m struggling with myself) but I did find this article on smartergardner.com that may help you out. Abridged version: Sounds like some types of worms may like the wild rocket and nothing else in the vicinity, and that hand-picking them off and encouraging the development of predatory wasps may be the way to go.
Hope this helps!
tumblrbot asked: WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST HUMAN MEMORY?
Wow, this is the first question Garden Science was ever asked and I declined to ever answer it just because a robot sent it to me. How rude! So that this isn’t totally off-topic, I’m going to choose to answer the question from a gardening perspective.
We had a garden consisting mostly of corn when I was little. It wasn’t a giant garden or anything, but since I was a lot shorter back then it really seemed magnificent. The corn leaves arched over my head like cathedral vaulting as I’d run down the aisles. Every once in a while my footing would slip and I’d put a big shoe mark into the soft mounds of gardening soil… oops. Even though we weren’t supposed to mess with the dirt in the garden, I seem to remember that soil was satisfyingly crunchy on top and then soft underneath, like a crumb cake.
There was also one time we noticed something kept digging up the garden. We pressured my little sister about it, thinking it was her, and eventually we bugged her enough that she broke down and admitted to everything. We were all embarrassed to find out shortly thereafter that a scrub jay had been digging up the garden, and it wasn’t my poor sister at all! She had simply told us she did it so that we’d ease up.
Q&A with Garden Science!
Even though I read every question, note, and piece of mail that’s sent to me, I’m often quite bad at responding in a timely manner. This morning I am going to go through and post responses to your questions and comments, and if you’d like to get in on the fun you can ask me a question here!
If you would rather, I’ll also be answering questions I receive on twitter. Tweet me @GardenScience if that’s what you’d like to do! All answers will appear both on Tumblr and on Twitter.
As always, please note that any questions that I deem off-topic or inappropriate may be ignored. Enjoy!
Experiment 3 - Christmas trees in a can approaching their second holiday
Today I continue checking in on all the plants I have on my shelves
Last year, Garden Science got an awesome Christmas Tree in a Can grow kit that yielded two incredibly miniature spruce trees. The trees are now about to turn one, but… well, they don’t exactly look their age.
Don’t get me wrong, having two trees of any size to show for this experiment a year after its debut is an awesome thing. I am somewhat surprised they’re still tiny elf-sized, but that won’t keep me from celebrating a very miniature Christmas this year.
This tree actually looks like it’s about to bust out another crown of needles sometime soon, but it’s looked that way for months. I can’t be sure of anything, anymore.
The other tree does not look like it’s about to explode, but it does look healthy.
Given what time of year it is, I’m sure there will be at least one or two more updates before and during the holidays. In the meantime I’ll be looking for some very small ornaments and presents.