The HF Gardening Thread - The Horse Forum
 366Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Toledo, Spain
Posts: 1,130
• Horses: 0
The HF Gardening Thread

Do you garden? Try to ? Would like to?

Many of us who frequent @SueC 's thread are fascinated by her Australian native plants, reforestation endeavours, fruit trees and vegetable garden. So as not to overtake her thread with our gardening questions and commentary about our own gardens, we have proposed creating a space to be able to discuss our gardens from around the world, comparing climates, species and growing methods. For newbies and experts alike, it's fascinating to see what other people are doing in their gardens.

And, let's face it, most HF members have some pretty awesome compost available! (now, where is that poop emoji when you need it?)
tinyliny, AnitaAnne, SueC and 4 others like this.
Spanish Rider is offline  
post #2 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Toledo, Spain
Posts: 1,130
• Horses: 0
OK, first up: my garden in Spain.

We live on the plateau in central Spain, at 2300 feet, in the continental Mediterranean climate of La Mancha. It is dry and windy here, and we are a couple of towns over from where Don Quixote jousted with the windmill "giants". The soil in these foothills is mostly a thin layer of orange clay (think: terracotta) over a granitic base, and almost everything is on a drip system. PITA.

My garden is completely chemical-free, except for the insecticide I put on the biting-ant hills near the seating areas.

The front garden was created with clean fill bermed around the house. It is mostly herbs and roses, with a tiny Spanish oak tree and a larger fraxinus rubra that I had hoped would do better and give us more shade. It has not.

The back yard is still a work in progress, and we are trying to create more shade with climbers like wisteria and trumpet vine on pergolas around the house, because there is not enough soil to support tree growth. Behind our property is conservation land, which is quite barren. Several people have told me that it reminds them of Arizona or Southern California.


Photo 1 is contruction in 2010, before retaining walls and berms were created.

2 is the front garden now.

3 is the back yard.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Construction.jpg (122.6 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg DSC_0019.jpg (238.3 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg End of Month, 10-2018a.jpg (183.4 KB, 1 views)

Last edited by Spanish Rider; 05-28-2019 at 04:09 AM.
Spanish Rider is offline  
post #3 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 08:14 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Australia
Posts: 7,137
• Horses: 3
I am really glad you started this thread, @Spanish Rider , because I'd love to see pages and pages and pages of what everyone else is doing in their gardens all over the world - and lots and lots and lots of photos!

I am tremendously impressed what you have managed to do in your incredibly arid environment, and with little water available, and poor soils. Your rainfall isn't much higher than that of Australia's Nullarbor Plain... Do you have any tank water from your rooftop? Any bore water? Are you connected to any sort of municipal supply, or entirely self-catering for water?

It's lovely how you're living surrounded by nature. How much of that land is within your own boundaries? You don't seem to have any visible neighbours - what's the zoning that allows you to live as you do - near all that conservation land?

I love love love that decorative garden, and the natural-looking paving! It looks like it would be useful for birdlife and lizards too. Are many critters attracted to your garden? Are you a sort of oasis in the landscape for them? And do you make pesto with your herbs?

You started constructing the year we bought our small farm... we started constructing late the following year, in 2011... basically, we've gardened on our places for about the same time!

And...too right about the ready source of manure for composting, with horse people! If you want a poop emoji, you could try requesting one, the technical people are very helpful! The last request thread for new emojis was here:

https://www.horseforum.com/horse-for...emojis-795229/

You could tag your requests onto that, or start a new thread in the same section.

I'm not sure if they're going to give you realistic poop, but I'm sure they would at least do a reasonable metaphor like Mr Whippy Soft-Serve Icecream... (is there also Mr Whippy in the US?)

SueC is time travelling.
SueC is offline  
post #4 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 08:58 AM
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 32,892
• Horses: 3
We had a good gardening thread but it was ages ago so I’m glad to see a new one
AnitaAnne, egrogan, SueC and 2 others like this.

Just winging it is not a plan
jaydee is offline  
post #5 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 09:09 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vermont
Posts: 5,991
• Horses: 3
We have so many house renovation projects going on right now that sadly I don't think this is going to be the year I get a garden started at our new place. Not to mention the fact that there were still frost warnings this past weekend, and it's already nearly June. Everything is so far behind this year. I'll probably do a few potted herbs, but nothing more exciting than that. So, I'm posting here to follow you all vicariously this year and hope to join in the future!

I'm interested in hearing more about people who have a good rain barrel set-up. Has anyone watered horses or small animals with rain barrels, in addition to their gardens?
egrogan is online now  
post #6 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 10:24 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: California
Posts: 848
• Horses: 2
Since moving to an apartment I have been confined to a balcony for gardening, besides the houseplants... We have potted herbs that tolerate it as well as natives, and a few others. Boyfriend here used to work at a native plant nursery so we collect those rare hard to find ones, and also just have fun with some more common ones. Our balcony is basically full shade so we have had to stick to plants that grow under the canopy. Blue eye grass, heucheras, strawberries...

We recently started a few bonsai as well.

Inside we have pothos, climbing philodendron, anthurium, orchids, sansevieria...

At work we have a garden full of veg, stuffs been blooming, we should have food out there soon!
AnitaAnne, egrogan, SueC and 3 others like this.
Filou is offline  
post #7 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 10:28 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: NC
Posts: 100
• Horses: 0
I like to garden! This year I've got a good start on my vegetable garden... I would take pics but it's not near as pretty as what was posted and I need to do a little weeding now so once I get it under control I will post some. I've got Jalapenos, tomatoes(different kinds), red and green bell peppers, zucchini, green beans and herbs.... I want to plant spaghetti squash, haven't planted those before so hopefully they will do good. Anyone got any other suggestions? It's a small garden, I've tried corn but they didn't do good.

For a few years I canned Salsa and jalapenos, I would love to can the green beans because they all come in at once and it's just me so I eat all that I can then not sure what to do with the rest.

Glad you created this thread!
AnitaAnne, egrogan, SueC and 3 others like this.
lb27312 is online now  
post #8 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 10:36 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vermont
Posts: 5,991
• Horses: 3
@lb27312 - since you like canning, I'd definitely throw in some pickling cucumbers. These have done really well for me in prior years:
https://www.rareseeds.com/boston-pickling-cucumber/

This is the pickle recipe I've been using lately (though it's for refrigerator pickles vs. "putting up" pickles):
www.thekitchn.com/small-batch-recipe-cucumber-pickles-urban-preserving-with-marisa-mcclellan-173303

Mmmm....or this recipe for when your tomatoes and cucumbers are ready at the same time: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/...nd-onion-salad
AnitaAnne, SueC, LoriF and 1 others like this.
egrogan is online now  
post #9 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Toledo, Spain
Posts: 1,130
• Horses: 0
Hey, I don't want to be the only one to upload photos!

@SueC , please upload something from your veggie garden.

@jaydee , what about you? Connecticut is lovely this time of year.

@lostastirrup , how about some balcony garden photos? That is how I first started eons ago, and it sounds like you're having better luck than I ever did.

@Knave ? I know you've got a good garden going, too.

@tinyliny , you also said you were interested in a gardening thread.


@SueC , right now we are just using municipal drinking water. I had mentioned that we were looking into having a grey water system installed, but it is illegal here. In the end, I am glad we did not. Since we have such little rainfall and it is very windy, the municipal waste system pipes can dry out in our area, and the wind pushes the smells into the house. We have traps, of course, but when those get dried out, ewww. So, yes, grey water (laundry and shower water) go down the drain to move things along.

Like @egrogan , I am also interested in installing a rainwater catchment system with gutters on the less windy (south) side of the house. @SueC , you have an enormous cistern don't you?

Quote:
It's lovely how you're living surrounded by nature. How much of that land is within your own boundaries? You don't seem to have any visible neighbours - what's the zoning that allows you to live as you do - near all that conservation land? Actually, we have very little land, not even 1/2 an acre, because land here is ridiculously expensive (€250,000/acre). There are also very strict zoning laws for building homes (cannot build a home on agricultural land here). The conservation land behind us protects a waterway for drinking water that comes down from the mountains (2 streams & a reservoir), so no one will ever be able to build directly behind us.

I love love love that decorative garden, and the natural-looking paving! It looks like it would be useful for birdlife and lizards too. Are many critters attracted to your garden? Are you a sort of oasis in the landscape for them? And do you make pesto with your herbs? The paving is natural, a granitic rock quarried nearby, but it is not uniform in thickness, color or texture, so it is not used in urban applications (but I like the variation). An older friend of ours is a master bricklayer & paver, so that was all Pedro (his name means "rock"!). The "decorative" garden has lots of edible bits - sort of like an English cottage garden - with roses, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, spearmint, bay leaf, strawberries and lavender (basil is giving me a hard time). I think the only thing not edible are the irises and the fraxinus tree. The Spanish oak gives acorns, which are edible, and the dogs love those. Since I use no pesticides, it is a haven for pollinators, birds and lizards (and those dang shrews). We also have lots of small game here, so my back yard is often visited by rabbits, hare and grouse/partridges. On the conservation land, there is also larger game, such as deer & jabalí (a very large, aggressive wild boar), and we have seen foxes, otters and mongeese. But, our favorites are the birds of prey, including several types of eagles, falcons and owls. It's a special place.
As for the poop emoji, isn't it suprising that HF doesn't have one? I mean, you have to admit that horsey people have a special relationship with poop!

Speaking of which, I need tips for dry-climate composting.
AnitaAnne, SueC, LoriF and 1 others like this.
Spanish Rider is offline  
post #10 of 83 Old 05-28-2019, 10:42 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: NC
Posts: 100
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by egrogan View Post
@lb27312 - since you like canning, I'd definitely throw in some pickling cucumbers. These have done really well for me in prior years:
https://www.rareseeds.com/boston-pickling-cucumber/

This is the pickle recipe I've been using lately (though it's for refrigerator pickles vs. "putting up" pickles):
www.thekitchn.com/small-batch-recipe-cucumber-pickles-urban-preserving-with-marisa-mcclellan-173303

Mmmm....or this recipe for when your tomatoes and cucumbers are ready at the same time: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/...nd-onion-salad
DOH! I do have pickling cucumbers planted also.... thank you so much for the recipe I'll definitely try it... I'm also looking for a spicy dill pickle recipe. A local produce stand cans their own and it's soooo good! but at $10 (no kidding) a jar I'm looking to do my own.

Thanks again!
AnitaAnne, egrogan, SueC and 3 others like this.
lb27312 is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome