Mike Lafay

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Thanks, that's some good information for a start.

Just seeing that photo makes me even more eager to be in spring. Sometimes I wonder how I have been able to live this far without all those plants around.

Just for clarity, I have two rebar grids, about 4 feet by 8; I plan to have then forming some kind of arch trellis, meaning that it'll be about 4 feet tall, but it would be twice that length. Or perhaps I should put those rebar grids vertically ? This would be quite a sight, but I'm not sure if they'd hold up against each other.
Hello everyone, I tried last year growing luffas, but as a beginner, I didn't know that they would need much more compost than what I gave them, and what space they would need.

So this year, I want to try again; however, I don't want to have a bed JUST for luffas. If they don't do well, I'd have an empty bed, and if they have company, they'll probably fare better too.

What plants would be good as companion for them ? I plan to have a 4 feet tall trellis (probably in a triangle shape, so that would be about 8 feet of surface; what other plants could I add there, to help them grow and protect them from aphids, and other insects who'd want to eat my luffas ? Would companions that goes well with cucumbers and squash in general be goods ?

I've found a list of companions online, but would they really go well with luffas ? Here's the list: Beans, (Pole), Onions, Catnip, Oregano, Corn, Peas, Marigolds, Radish, Marjoram, Sunflowers, Nasturtiums, Tarragon, Okra.

The luffa variety is luffa acutangula; I want to produce vegetables sponges.
You sure have a lot of questions ! As far as I know, Cinchona, which the trunk contains quinine is effective (a synthetic drug, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are similar); artemisia annua is also used.

But then, it depends if you're trying to prevent malaria, are treating it, already caught it in the past...
1 month ago
Stretching can help; however you need to deal with the emotional issues behind PTSD, so therapy is a must. I'd recommend EMDR, as far as I know it's efficient to deal with PTSD in a few sessions. Of course, your mileage may vary.
1 month ago
Hello. A few months ago, a squash literally sprouted from underneath my terrace. The only squash I personally planted where Butternuts and Sweet Dumpling, and so this can't be from seeds I've dropped.

Since some squash are inedible, I don't want to die killed by one of them. I'd rather be killed by a bear, that make a far better story; but here is a photo of said squash:

This beauty weight about 3kg.

So, do you think it is edible, or will I meet my ancestor if I try to cook it ?
1 month ago

A few weeks ago, I have sown a few seeds of clary sage in a pot, indoor. About a week ago, three seeds sprouted, but something seemed to have cut the seedling, without even eating any part of the plant. I've done a few research, the problem could be cryptogamic or from cutworms; what do you think happened, what should I do to protect my seedlings ?

Here's a photo of one of the seedlings :

I'm clearly not an expert on these plants, but if you get some occasional flooding, perhaps you need to plant them on top of mounds or something.
Well, I live in a 8b zone; the soil is decent, as in stuff grow in it, but it's not yet rich, dark humus.

I am 45N, so much more warm than Denmark ! I'll probably try that shady spot for a few of them.

As for pollination, I have no clue. I never had blackcurrant, and basically followed what was said on the website where I bought the plants. Apparently at least one variety is auto-sterile. They are not the same varieties, yet one of them doesn't have auto-sterile in its description, so maybe this one can be used to pollinate others, but will self-pollinate. I honestly don't know.

Anyway, growing from seed would be something fun to try, but at least for red current, they spread by themselves, and cuttings seem to be effective. It probably work too for black currants.

So far I've thought a little more about this, and I'll try a few different spots, and see what goes best. I tend to forget that where I am living right now is just an experiment, I don't intend to be self-sufficient in two months.

A few weeks ago, I went nut, and bought about 9 plants of blackcurrant, and 9 plants of raspberry. There's two variety of blackcurrants (so they can pollinate each other) and 3 variety of raspberries, so I can get raspberry more than once a year.

Now, I have a few about where to plant them, but I am not sure if it's a good idea.

As far as I know, they like part-shade, and hate full sun, I basically have a few spots where I might put the plants. As far as I know, blackcurrant will stop most other plants from growing around them; I plan to plant absinth next to them to protect them from fungal diseases. As for the raspberries, I might add marigold and tansy to help them far better, but as far as I know at least marigold need full sun.

I basically have 5 spots where I might plants those:
- In a light slope, where there's some sun in the afternoon but barely in the morning as a tree is casting its shade; I had planted cornfrey there but had to move them as they were just drying up.
- Under said tree; I had planted strawberry but they had few flowers, probably not enough sun
- In a very shaded part of the garden, where I am currently dumping my compos toilet
- In a part-shade spot, next to my vegetable garden; wheat grew there last year
- In a sunny spot, where I grew tomatoes this year

What do you think, what would you do ? I do plan to bury some good stuff with the plants too (nettle, cornfrey...), really I just have no idea about the best location.
Shouldn't you feed something back to the soil ? Potatoes take a lot from the soil, and since you plan to have garlic and then squash, it wi get exhausted fast, unless you add some compost or something else (green manure ! ).

More on subject, this year I'm trying no-dig, have good and bad result (the bad being birds digging up the plants). When did you plant your potatoes ? I might try to do a no-dig for them, but I guess it's getting too late for this year.Beside, I've just started harvesting my potatoes, however they are from a yes-dig garden. What's interesting though is that there was next to no "weeds" in the patch, and that the exact spot they were in didn't get compacted with the rain, it was sandy.