Not having knowledge of your seasns there where you are(how hot,how cold) it's difficult to offer advice about this. Do they have Zone designation's there? I am in a semi tropical climate,designated Zone 9b or 10a by the USDA. We have long summers (like 6mos. or more) followed by a brief fall/winter (NOV.-MAR) and a really brief spring(MAR-MAY).
Back when my grandparents and parents had a vegetable garden in the east of France, it was very clear that you don't get the same results every year. Some years are spectacular and others are really bad. That's just the way it goes.
Post by happytraveller on Feb 10, 2009 14:01:48 GMT
No idea, I've never heard of that. Yes, they love beer. What also helps is to put broken egg shell around the veggie patch. It cuts the slugs when they try to get across. You need a hell of a lot of egg shell though.
"When life gives you lemons, ask for Tequila and salt and give me a call."
I just harvested some beautiful radishes of both the red and white varieties. The carrots are coming along. We planted a variety called "Purple Haze". My helper and I played Hendrix air guitar while planting them. I think they liked it.
If you're in the USA use the map put out by USDA. I can see some disparity occurring e.g. sometimes mine is 9b or 10a but 3,17?!.I'd be baffled too. Are you sure they weren't referring to YOUR zone,after all you know how some of those Californians think! Wood ashes will also deter slugs
I've got rocket on the go like wildfire, my beetroot is starting to look fab - from the top... as are the carrots. Swiss chard is taking a beating from the wind but going ok. Tomatoes have taken a while but the were grown from seed outside and I've learnt a couple of lessons 'bout that for next time, yet to get fruit but have flowers. Brinjal plants are going out this weekend - we've had our yard paved so I've had to wait for them to be finished, so they've been stuck in pots. All the basil I planted to deter pests from the tomatoes growing beautifully with no chewed bits and the ones in pots are being eaten. I'm a complete novice this is my first year. I'm also fighting with grass roots from the neighbour and our own so I might try something different with the plot next year.
One thing palesa is I find it hard to find books dedicated to organic veg gardening here, most I see in shops/library are european or discuss veg gardening briefly.
In a city like Paris, people do have a few small urban gardens and sometimes even windowbox gardens. However, I am wondering if it is a good idea. Compared to being out in the real agricultural areas where there are lots of health verifications and everything is strictly controlled, urban gardens are chock full of all of the street pollutants, pigeon droppings and who knows what else?
So, even though it is great fun to grow things in an urban setting, it might not be a good idea to consume any of it. I guess we city folk should just stick to flowers.
Casimira...my neighbour conducts a hate campaigne against me because her cats preferred me to her...I have posted about it on TTR (She Broke Both her Wrists)... her cats have been locked in her house for 3 years now...poor pussies.
Keep flinging those slugs.I'll send some cat's claw tubers(the invasive vine we have here),plant that around her house,make a small opening for the kitties to escape and she's done.The cat's claw will take no time in covering the house.
Missalaska, if you can get your hands on (perhaps mail order) a book : Rodale's All New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, ISBN # 0-87857-999-0 or you may be able to order it directly online through Rodale Press. Excellent reference.
Many years ago I knew a newly married couple who lived on Ursulines in New Orleans, across the street from Brocatos. (right in the French Quarter). The boy had grown up in the Quarter and the girl was from Mississippi. She planted a vegetable garden in the teensy back patio, a garden that included corn. Her husband used to just stand there and marvel at the sight of corn growing.
Brinjals take a while palesa. I had to wait for our paving to be done but I've now transplanted the brinjals into the main bed. Thanks casimira I'll take a look, although from what I've read on reviews again it is for cooler climates, will see if I can see a copy in a shop somewhere.
This morning took out the last of the turnips,arugula and winter lettuces and planted:cantaloupe,summer squash,filet beans,a couple tomatoes although I said I wouldn't,okra. Also some epazote and perilla, and upon hw's recommendation bitter gourd.