does anyone have any allotment/ vegetable planting advice they can give me? I have a small patch in my garden (~6m2) by a fence with ~6-8 hours of full sun in the summer and it is a clay soil. Ive been adding some mulch to rot in over winter and I want to grow potatoes, onions, tomatoes, brassicas and some other stuff and want to know how best to make use of the small amount of space to get a good and healthy yieldzylphide
this got kinda long i'm sorry, i'm a plant biologist jksdfsd
clay soil is dense and needs to be aerated somehow to introduce air into the soil and improve drainage. mulching might be enough, but i would look into it some more to make sure.
certain plants HATE being planted next to each other, for a variety of reasons. either they produce compounds that another plant can't tolerate, or they attract similar/the same pests and you'll get a horrible infestation that hurts both plants. (look up companion planting and maybe allelopathic plants if you want more details)
recommendations for the plants you've listed:
since your available space is not that big, i'm not sure you can follow all the reccomendations and still plant all the crops that you want. you can definitely try, but i'm not sure if you can space antagonistic plants far enough apart to avoid the adverse effects.
each plant has its own reccommended spacing between rows. bigger plants will generally need more space.
to grow potatoes, you probably want to grow them "upwards." idk how to properly explain it, but the potato part of a potato plant is actually a modified stem, so what you want to do to get more potatoes out of the plant is to plant the initial tuber into the ground. after that, as the plant grows taller, you need to add more soil around the stem. you can use something like a canvas bag with holes cut into it to keep the soil in place (the holes are to check the tuber growth status/harvest the tubers). this vertical farming helps to maintain empty space for other plants.
highly reccomend any kind of tomato cage for tomatoes to grow on, which may take up some extra space depending on the type of cage you buy.
Shelf is great for photos in the morning.
I'm finally gonna yell about Pony Boy!
(feat. pictures of his progression)
Long story short, my precious babe like 3 years ago got left out for a frost and I was like, half convinced he was gonna die. But he didn't! He lived!
But he had all that dead growth.... It seemed drastic, but I knew what I had to do. Big boy needed a haircut something awful. (circa. March 2018)
Look at that handsome boy.
iirc, he lived in this window for quite a while. He would end up getting ate by one of the house cats a bit. Which led to more hair cuts and the death of one of the three main offshoots. But he sprung back suprisingly well. I was honestly just happy to see him still alive (any amount of green-thumbery I posess has been hard earned...) and suprise suprise, that dead shoot we cut? Two more sprouted from it! (circa Aug. 2018)
So it hasn't been complete smooth sailing from there, but I didn't take pictures of him for a long time. He lived in the window sill. I think he spent some time atop the fridge (any way to keep him away from the feral plant moncher). Eventually we cleaned out the sunroom and he got to spend some outside.
Following picture is stole from Witchesflower's post (circa Sept. 2019)
Finally getting some solid length on those leaves! Here's him today (Dec 2020) after moving him inside for winter and trimming his dead ends:
For better or worse, this guys been with me for 3+ years at this point. He's gained an inch or two here and there, but despite the fact that ponies grow slow, he has new growth all the time! If I don't watch it, his leaves will curl around anything within reach.
He's done quite the turn around and I look forward to having him around for many more years to come~
Finished gift for my sister! Features a mockingbird and three white azalea flowers.
Another pic of the pothos in its new location along with the succulents I replanted during yesterdays festivities.
So for once in like, a billion years, I actually crochetted something and finished it. I'm very happy with how it turned out and I really needed a hanger for this plant since I'm trying to expand my bathroom collection (and will probably need to move some inside for the winter).
Finishing this hanger snowballed into a few things, like finally drilling some holes in this pot to be able to put the pothos in it and then after that I had to put in the effort to drill a hook into the ceiling. Overall I'm extremely pleased with how it all went.
Here's a link the ravelry project I made for this which details the materials used and links to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/star0rice/monstera-leaf-plant-hanger
Housemate is crowd funding mushrooms again and I'm extremely excited bc #1 - hnnnng psychedelics but also #2 - watching the growth process of mushrooms is legit so fucking cool and interesting.
Wanted to focus on creating depth within a piece and it really expanded into this study of hue and saturation. Spend only about a hour on this bc its something I did before jetting off to work.
Reflection under the cut
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So this was what I went on to do after writing the anti-capitalism post which honestly? The time constraint I think helped a bit. I really really wasnt expecting to get something far enough to show off! I had a hard cut hour to work on what I was gonna work on and for the large part did not get distracted at all.
This was all done free hand off the reference. I loved the red and purple hues in the dirt. Thats what drew me in after I realized I love the atmosphere in piece. So I kind of started there. It was so fun realizing where I needed to push the hues to get them to look as vibrant as they are. The foreground greenery with the deep shadows needed to be pushed very blue. Most of the piece gained a lot of saturation in those shadows. The warmer colors needed to be pushed cooler but not in a way I was used to? I usually just push the saturation down if I need something relatively colder but with the entirity of this piece, that usually meant wiggling the hue more often than not. And the piece imo still turned out very very warm? Green is one of those colors I can never really think of as cool since it has so much vibrancy, especially when its used in such a highly saturated manner.
One thing that I very slowly realized was how I was using contrast in the piece. The foreground is so much darker than the farther back layers and sure, now that I'm thinking about it "of course it is! thats how you create atmosphere" but when you're essentially recreating an already excellently composed piece of art (ie, decisions have already been made for you) you don't quite realize that until you're doing the thing (which is why you study like this). And i'll just be forever in awe of that process.
I could have spent probably 2 full hours detailing. I had plans in diff places to add more or do this that or the other stuff, but Im extremely happy with how this turned out. I'm incredibly pleased with the variation in tree color that ended up in there. I thought this might look careless of me (bc it spawned from me not color picking as much (which is good)) but the variety goes so far in breaking any monotony that might have settled in. I wish I would have extended this to the greenery more than I did (its all mostly the same base green with not too different shadows).
Overall this was such a fun thing to do. On a personal level i always feel like its so hard to find that place where you can objectively work on a piece. So often I'm stunted by anxiety or lack of energy. Its hard to ease yourself into that middle ground where "we are working and this is that process" in which you can let negative feelings and thoughts fall to the side if they happen to come up.
Stepping back from this piece and immediately having to go to work was weird, but honestly? I was so fucking caught up in how good it felt to have something I wanted to show off (because god am I happy with it. Im impressed with mysel and its one of those moments where you remember "oh yeah this takes skill and practice and i have come so fucking far in my life" ). I walked away from it feeling like I could breathe again? As if somehow I couldn't before? Maybe thats a sideeffect of me working on it so feverishly, but it felt way more like I'd found my proficiency in art again? I thrive off that shit, feeling capable and proficient, like I can tackle anything thrown my way. Backgrounds have always scared the shit out of me and, dont get me wrong, I'm nowhere near able to handle anything in that regard, but its like I found the path to lead me in that direction.
At the very least, studies like this are like adding a tool to your box. You can always pull from past experiences to help inform a new piece. Have enough and you can generally mix and match and create some crazy shit thats just a fussion of previous pieces. The cherry on top is if you can reach past that surface level and be even more transformative with your skills (theres absolutely no hard line between the two).
I feel like this was a kinda easy way to start getting into background practice. This was by no means a stress test. It felt more like flexing muslces I hadn't employed in a long while in a way I was mostly familiar with. Still I learned a lot and there was so much more that I remembered and pulled to the forefront of my brain (mostly color theory, composition, etc etc)</div>
Today has been a fucking weird one lemme tell ya.
So I work at a gas station and it's not incredibly rare for someone to come to me with a story about how they can't pay for gas bc they either broke down a ways up the road or their card declined or whatever else.
A man walked up today holding a plant, explained her needed gas and this was what he had. It hada literal price tag on it declaring the retail price of 9.89, not that it really mattered to me. He wagered it's worth at 5 dollars.
There's nothing I can do ok behalf of the business I'm representing, but i can do whatever the fuck I want given I have no supervision, so I mull it over and offer him the gas in my personal gas can in my car. There's only a gallon in it, so the plant was totally worth it and I absolutely should have given him more but my brain was too busy considering the gas can as potential collateral just in case he ran off with it. Tbh, the plant was worth the story and the gas and the gas can.
His story for not being able to pay for gas btw was that the night previous he had been piss drunk and lost his wallet. Relatable, negl. He was presumably on his way to the next town over to find it.
I didn't get a story for why he had a plant with him. I wish I knew more about that.star-rice
Anyway, here's the plant with a standard water bottle for size.
first big (kinda) garden harvest of the year!!
there'll be a second harvest possible off the same plants, and depending on whether or not we like these enough, I'll either let them mature and harvest the seeds for next year, or I'll just pick 'em young and try another type next year!
one of my more etoliated succulents ended up rooting itself into the pot of the succulent right next to it without me noticing asdfghjkl
looks like these two are together forever now! (or at least until transplanting time :P)star-rice
fun fact of the day the california poppy reproduces by making these really long seed pods when theyre done flowering and then the seed pods explode scattering their seeds everywhere
i think theyr neat
Hnnnng, this really makes me wanna grow larkspur like my mom used to when I was a kid.
We'd spread the seeds all fucking over the side yard. They'd grow up to my chest (I was tiny then) and when they'd go to seed, we'd collect the pods and pop in all open into a bowl and do it all again. I'll have to ask mom when they grow best (or, worse comes to worse, look it up).
I know I'm pining for nostalgia nowanddays, and that's not always super healthy, but it's things that are familiar enough not to be scary but I'm doing then on my own as an adult for the first time so I have all the room in the world to make mistakes and learn.
ooh that sounds fun! larkspur is a lovely word...i don't actually know much about the plant but that sounds like a really nice memory you have
i used to plant irises with my dad but i was too young to remember it now
It's heavily related to delphinium. I actually picked up a pack of seeds today while at Wal Mart for car shit. They're apparently planted right when you get your last heavy frost and they bloom in spring (we're in Texas, so that was a long ass time ago), so I might see if I can get them to sprout indoors or something.
However, if I act fast, I can put down some zinnia (another annual favorite of mine who seeds easy and you can repropagate each year).
Idea spawned from this post. I have a little concrete pad that is surrounded on three sides by my house. This is where we're keeping a good portion of our plants but I've been so paranoid about my plants getting to much or too little sun because the sun will since very brightly here for a good amount of time, but it didn't really occur to me that I can look up how much my plants like and I can actually quantify how much sun this area gets, and even more than that, since the sun creeps it's way across the area, I can adjust where to put each plant depending on what it prefers (ie, classes to the building = more shade, farther away = more sun).
All I need is a free day, probably best near or on the solstice, and some chalk. By just marking on the concrete where the sun is at any given time, I can absolutely tell you how much sun this area gets.
Plants I was taking about in that last post. I really hope they stay looking this good, but the we'll see.
Sometimes taking a chance on a 2.50 discounted orchid that has already bloomed and you expect to die is worth it. This dude has rebloomed so we'll. All thanks to @UnidentifiedBlog for taking good care of this fella.
I forgot to show you guys! My roses bloomed right after battling a small fight with some white mold! Our orchid also rebloomed!star-rice
Awe fuck! I hadn't seen the rose in a few days and those blooms got so big. Holy shiiiiiit. Grats on the big babes~ they're so pretty.
HI HELLO MANY THINGS HAVE HAPPENED THIS DAY
I don't know why all of a sudden people are going 'hey you want some spare plants' lately but I am living, my shelves are full and I am blessed.
we were expecting maybe like... one or two baby aloes. because isn't that normally what you should expect?? 'we have a few spare aloes we're trying to get rid of do you want them' means a few, right?? right???
as you can see, that is clearly not what happened
look at those aloes. look at those ridiculously huge aloes. and the three agave plants, and that cactus I don't know the ID of, and those cute little purple flowers-!
I love them, they're beautiful, they're all my children now. my shelves are full of greenery again, like they so rightly should be.
there's four baby spider plants- apparently somehow descended from the one my other late great grandpa grew??- one unidentified succulent that I had to stick in that pot real quick, and two plumerias (one of them's super tiny)!!
I didn't?? even realize you could grow plumerias in pots but I'm looking up how to take care of them now and I'm very cautiously optimistic that I can manage it!!
oh my fuck the baby spider plants are so cute ;w;
there's not enough succulent/cacti/plant content on WF for my tastes so I guess I'm just going to have to make some more!!
this is my favorite plant child, I have no idea what she is but I shamelessly dote on her more than all the rest. whatever she is, I've managed to get some tiny leaf props going off her that have itty bitty rosettes forming!! very excited abt that!! :D