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Old 03-20-2016, 10:17 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Has anyone had much success with an indoor herb garden? I've looked through the gardening forum, but haven't found much advice about indoor gardening, only posts about starting seeds inside for transfer to outside during warmer weather.
The first year I had a basil plant on my west-facing windowsill, it worked well. But in years after that, we always had fruit flies hanging around the indoor herbs and didn't know how to get rid of them.

Currently DH buys basil plants from the produce section, repots them, and keeps them going for several months at a time. But that's outside on our front walkway. We also bought a mixed-herb pot from the local garden place that we take with us when we travel in the trailer (to have fresh herbs is divine!). In that pot, though, the rosemary is taking over all the space and crowding out everything else.

For a few years we rented a community garden plot. That was fun, learning how (and how not) to grow stuff. It can get expensive if you let it, though. We gave up the plot when we decided to travel more, since we wouldn't be there to take care of it and none of our friends was that interested in sharing it with us.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:29 PM
 
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Did you take cuttings or did you keep the original plant then just cut it back? I used to keep geraniums over the winter but never really quite knew the knack of it. But it's nice not having to say good bye to them in the fall and still having them there in the spring.

jim9512, That sounds like a decent size garden. It's great exercise and so much fun to see the plants develop. Then they become food--amazing! Memorial Day always seems so long to wait and summer is so short. Oh well. I'm sure we'll enjoy it while we can.


No, I took the each plant, cut off leaves/flowers that were left and then place a few in a paper bag and hang them in a cool dark place. Once a month I take them out and give them a good soak and cut off anything that is dead and put then back for another month.


They were so incredibly full and gorgeous that I just couldn't let them die.
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Old 03-21-2016, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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It's normal to talk about our successes but I will admit to one of my failures, namely my failed attempt at a career as a song writer. I seemed to be a day late and a dollar short - for example I wrote one song entitled "75 Trombones". Many of my titles were apparently too long, such as "Don't fall through the screen door, mother; We don't want you to strain yourself".
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Maine
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It's normal to talk about our successes but I will admit to one of my failures, namely my failed attempt at a career as a song writer. I seemed to be a day late and a dollar short - for example I wrote one song entitled "75 Trombones". Many of my titles were apparently too long, such as "Don't fall through the screen door, mother; We don't want you to strain yourself".
Gee, you were so close with "75 Trombones"!

You have a wonderful sense of humor. I am so glad to know that there are young students who get to have you in their school lives! Thank you for making me smile this morning.
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Old 03-21-2016, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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The first year I had a basil plant on my west-facing windowsill, it worked well. But in years after that, we always had fruit flies hanging around the indoor herbs and didn't know how to get rid of them.

For a few years we rented a community garden plot. That was fun, learning how (and how not) to grow stuff. It can get expensive if you let it, though. We gave up the plot when we decided to travel more, since we wouldn't be there to take care of it and none of our friends was that interested in sharing it with us.
Well I hope I don't encounter the fruit flies - geesh I hate bugs One of the gentlemen at the senior center was talking about a community garden. I told him I was interested...but I think that's about as far as it went
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:10 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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Well I hope I don't encounter the fruit flies - geesh I hate bugs One of the gentlemen at the senior center was talking about a community garden. I told him I was interested...but I think that's about as far as it went


Our senior center got a grant last year and had several raised beds built and planted. Sadly, no one was interested.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Our senior center got a grant last year and had several raised beds built and planted. Sadly, no one was interested.

That makes no sense. I would think it would give the folks there something to do outside. Well after a dust storm yesterday with 45-50mph sustained winds, gusts at 74mph, I awoke to snow this morning.


Taking the hounds out for their morning romp. At least the wind isn't blowing.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Maybe the dirt in TN is SO GOOD that the seniors don't need raised beds and just plant stuff in their own yards ?? I think the grant people should have surveyed the peeps before submitting a grant proposal.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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I got a Basil plant from Sprouts that I don't have to plant in dirt - I just have to water it every other day. It is doing well. I will spend some time this weekend working on the outside garden.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:58 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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Maybe the dirt in TN is SO GOOD that the seniors don't need raised beds and just plant stuff in their own yards ?? I think the grant people should have surveyed the peeps before submitting a grant proposal.

These raised beds are waist high for easy access. The grant person is a master gardener/grant writer from the local university.

There is quite a bit of produce sharing during the growing season, so I think members who are still interested and able do garden at home. People dress up to come to the center here. Even the ones who come to exercise often have lunch and play cards later.

Someone's good idea gone wrong. Maybe this year will be different.
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