Mary's Mom's Outdoor Garden

Since I don't have an outdoor garden and not much of a gardener, I live percariously via my Mom's Garden..   Some I have a hand in so will feature a few things here.

When I went to Denver in 2002 for a conference, I brought back a pack of Columbine seeds for my Mom and several grown and survied.  She now loves Columbine.

She also has Pink and White Bleeding Hearts and I am wondering if they would grow in an AG?

Red/Yellow ColumbineMauve ColumbineBlue Columbine - No flowers yetBleeding Hearts - Pink

 

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Depends on the berry.

Depends on the berry.

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Kristian (not verified)
i would love to have berry

i would love to have berry collections in my back garden! if i plant some berries, how many years do i have to wait for them to fruit?

MaryH (not verified)
When I was home this weekend,

When I was home this weekend, the first harvest of the cape gooseberries / ground cherries were there :D  They have slight pineapple taste and fairly sweet and juicy.  I had them before and liked them and my sister and her family came over and my brother in law really liked them. 

They don't grow well from seeds but better from cuttings but if someone wants to try, I can ask my Mom to save a few fruits for seeds and send it forward.

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Yum.  How do you like the

Yum.  How do you like the cape gooseberries?  I thought they were pretty good - but didn't get many - the squirrels LOVED them.  Then I couldn't keep up with watering the pot twice a day.  What do the goji berries taste like?

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MaryH (not verified)
Yes.  Both fresh off the vine

Yes.  Both fresh off the vine (which I have been picking a bit myself) or mom's frozen bounty of raspberries and goji berries for smoothies. 

Soon there will be earth cherries / cape gooseberries and Mom bought a Saskatoon berry (somewhat blackberryish with some traits of other berries) plant that probably would not produce till next year.

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Ditto re the berries.  I LOVE

Ditto re the berries.  I LOVE berries.  I'm sure you'll enjoy them too Mary.

 

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I envy your Mom's berry

I envy your Mom's berry collection!!!

Dumb Question: is mushroom compost that which one grows mushrooms on? Or made by composting mushrooms? I've never seen this product.

Yeah, in-ground soil gardens are a stunning amount of work. Containers aren't quite so bad...

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With my Mom feeling still a

With my Mom feeling still a little weak from her 3 week stay at the hospital, I have been spending some time in her outdoor garden.

She had lots of spearmint, cilantro, dill that came up by themselves from dropped seeds last year.  She pulled all the spearmint, leaving the other mint type and the majority of the cilantro and dill. 

Her 2 year old rasberries have exploded and bearing well and so are her goji berries.  I did not realize until I went into a health food store in Orlando that Goji berries are regarded along the line of Acai, and are very expansive if one purchase as supplement.  Mom likes it and it is suppose to be good for eyes, and other health regimes.  The cape gooseberries in 5 gallon pots are doing very well too.  When I can, I help her harvest the raspberries and goji berries.

I help her improve her soil by dumping bags of mushroom compost, some coarse vermiculite and some bags top soil into the soil.   They are so much better after the improvements.    I never knew how much work an outside garden is.

The tomatoes I help her transplants have set fruits now and some small mini lebanese cucumbers and a mad melon plant that is going every where which she does not know what type of melon.  The scarlet runner beans are also doing well but tall.  The greens from the original sowing back in May and the more recent one late July are producing and I helped her to harvest some of the chinese greens and bok choys.   She had not eaten much of the arugula since she is trying to let them go to seeds.   An interesting addition of Swiss chard seems to be doing well.

Will try to post some pictures later.

  

MaryH (not verified)
I think Columbine is not a

I think Columbine is not a good candidate since Mom said that the seeds I brought back did not flower the first year.  A shame since there are lots of small  plants, some of which she will pull and throw away.

The bleeding heart can be small first year.  I know some perennials are grown as annuals in cold climates and same might apply for AG.  That pink Bleeding heart is only about 8 inches high but it is start of the seaon lol

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I don't think the AG is right

I don't think the AG is right for the bleeding heart lifecycle. Kinda like a small herbaceous shrub, isn't it? Around here, after a few years, a happy bleeding heart is waist-high.

I love columbines. I had some at my last place. They seem to grow better in a colder climate - the ones in Alaska were gorgeous.

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