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Friday, July 19

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kate / July 24, 2006 12:08 AM



Andrew / July 24, 2006 12:42 AM

We've got a small garden, where we're growing tomatoes, basil, some peppers and arugula. The arugula went to seed almost immediately, which sort of sucks.

We've also got some wild mint, some lemon thyme and a rosemary bush.

I've been growing some ginger in a pot in my office, too -- not to eat, just because. It sends up nice green shoots a couple times a year.

Oh, and we planted a couple garlic cloves and an onion that all sprouted before we were able to use them. I'm looking forward to harvesting those this Fall.

vit / July 24, 2006 7:50 AM

Just my houseplants, but I really like them.

Marilyn / July 24, 2006 7:57 AM

I have a large balcony. I grow:

An assortment of annuals.

Bell peppers.

Onion chive and garlic chive.





mary / July 24, 2006 8:19 AM

silver bells and cockle shells.

or... your average indoor garden plants... unfortunately i wasnt born with a green thumb and the 4 plants i had a month ago have dwindled down to 2.

slb / July 24, 2006 8:19 AM

Up. And when I look at you I throw up!

Har har.

I have been too busy to garden. But i do have a huge ivy plant that pretty much grew itself - i got a tiny little ivy plant at target 4 years ago, and i keep having to repot it because it's HUGE! sometimes I think it's trying to take over the whole living room...

i do miss gardening, though. maybe next year i will finally make my back porch the vegetable growing area of my dreams...

printdude / July 24, 2006 8:25 AM

The wife, she grows the decorative stuff.
This year's garden is featuring Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes and tomatoes. With Jalapeños, Habeneros and Cayenne Peppers. Red Onions and Sugar Snap Peas (which never made it into the house last year - eaten off the vine by us!). Yellow Squash has been pouring out already, and I don' think the brussel spouts are going to make it any more. We have some healthy Romaine too.
The herbs are mostly part of the decorative lot, but the dill, it grows wild in the alley.

velo / July 24, 2006 8:44 AM


in many different ways for many reasons good and bad.

and one sturdy houseplant that has survived a year of my absence with a plant killing friend and a drastic "haircut" courtesy of the boy.

paul / July 24, 2006 9:06 AM

tried to grow many things this year but the only thing that survived the killer rabbits was the tomatoes...

anne / July 24, 2006 9:08 AM

Finally, I have a porch with plenty of sun to grow vegetables. This year I've got three kinds of tomatoes, two hot peppers, basil, thyme, oregano, parsely, spearmint and lavender. Inside, I have some very ambitious aloe plants going.

Leelah / July 24, 2006 9:12 AM

Roses, black-eyed susans, echinachia (purple and white),oriental lilies,tiger lilies, tickweed... no veggies... the dogs used to get them.

And random weeds mingle happily in my barren, dog-gestroyed lawn...

Carrie / July 24, 2006 9:34 AM

plants. I have 2 very bright green thumbs, so I've managed to have my impatiens last a few years indoors and my bamboo grew from just a wee baby to probably a couple of feet tall. He took the recent move pretty hard, so I had to get a new baby to grow.

In hs my tomato plant and green peppers were just about the only ones to survive and I got to take them home. They grew fantastically in the garden.

Also, when I take my vitamins, my fingernails grow real good.

Brandy / July 24, 2006 9:41 AM

Succulents near my workspace.

jen / July 24, 2006 9:47 AM

some basil, working on the rosemary, and a HUGE aloe plant (purchased at Ikea a mere 2 years ago. i have no idea what i did to make it grow so crazy large.
my friends joke "what are you going to do if that things gets any bigger?"
me: "move out.")
two rubber plants, one peace lily, and a handful of other $1.50 Ikea "tropical plants" which have doubled in size since I purchased them. the sole plant purchased at home depot succumbed to some sort of bugs a few months back.

Justin / July 24, 2006 10:03 AM

Tomatoes, green peppers, green beans, and basil.

paul / July 24, 2006 10:04 AM

A goatee, a beer belly and older.

I have this corn plant that's been in my apartment for ten years that I can't kill no matter how long I neglect it. I wouldn't say I grow it.

I now enjoy having access to a yard where I keep some sage, basil, rosemary, parsley and a tomato plant. The yard is chuck full of other growing things ranging from orchids to cacti to grapes.

Felix Heredia / July 24, 2006 10:20 AM

I'm a shower, not a grower.

spook / July 24, 2006 10:25 AM

Cacti and Jade and of course the green, brown, blue grey mutation that I have come to fear that grows in my Vegetable ben

eep / July 24, 2006 10:33 AM

I have a little bamboo plant at the office that's thriving. This is a big accomplishment for me, seeing as how I don't have a green thumb at all. (I've killed cacti before.)

I can't have plants at home because my cat will eat them and then throw up on the carpet. I'll sacrifice plants for a clean rug.

Blagg the Axman / July 24, 2006 10:48 AM

I grow restless, waiting for the opportune moment to raid the knights’ fortress.
I grow worried, and wonder if retrieving the still-seeing Eye of the hag M’yrrgh is the right thing to do.
I grow tired of sharpening my ax, and the constant anticipation of combat--ever nearer...
I grow weary of journeys and battles, but I know that I shall never find peace until the Dark Lord Kayne is driven from these lands.

Carrie / July 24, 2006 10:50 AM

I also grow mushrooms in my aloe plant. Does that happen to anyone else? They're a bright yellowish green. They live for a few days and then die. Apparently they're normal, they just scared me at first. My aloe likes to sprout babies all the time, too. I've given 4 or 5 of her babes away and she keeps sprouting more for me.

Sara / July 24, 2006 11:15 AM

I grow a little plant named Emily. It's called that because my friend's name is Emily, and she once told me how when she was a kid, all her dolls were named Emily. Why? "I didn't know any other names," she said.

So when I asked her what to name my plant, she said Emily. Fair enough.

Terminal Verbosity / July 24, 2006 11:27 AM

What I planted: tomatoes, onions, cukes, peas.

What has sprouted: grass.

And not the smokable kind. Do kids still call marijuana grass? I think I done showed my age.

emyduck / July 24, 2006 11:49 AM

basil (we've named him Luigi), and some house plants (mother in law tongues, aloe...).

i tried tomatoes on our roof, but i kept forgetting to water them and they expired.

Sarah / July 24, 2006 12:37 PM

Inside: an orchid and a few typical house plants, one dubbed "the love plant" by my boyfriend, who bought it for me. If it ever gets sick, I think he will be devastated.

Outside: lavender, golden oregano, peppermint, and dianthus.

Benjy / July 24, 2006 1:03 PM

Basil and mint, both indoors.

Strawberry / July 24, 2006 2:12 PM

We aren't allowed to have personal plants in our workspaces. Isn't that lame? And doesn't it infringe on some sort of inalienable right? Ah well.

xcv / July 24, 2006 2:24 PM

Tomatoes and morning glories. I haven't seen either flower yet :(

Paula / July 24, 2006 4:38 PM

I have about 10 tomato plants of different varities, loads of basil, enough mint for me to get drunk on mojitos every night for the rest of the summer, and a vareity of other cooking herbs.

Everything is coming along just dandy, but I can't get the lawn to grow in certain spots despite mulching, peating, fertilizing and reseeding. Sigh. I guess we'll always be 'those neighbors' in the perfect lawn game.

april / July 24, 2006 8:29 PM

-radishes [best darn hot radishes I've ever had!]
-what was supposed to be jalapenos, but turned out to be some sort of miscellaneous flaming hot pepper thing that almost blinded me
-green onions
-basil, oregano, thyme, cilantro: all got fried just as they started to sprout...booooo

BONUS: some random blackberry bushes took over our fence this year...not sure where they came from

vit / July 24, 2006 9:30 PM

I love ya Blagg

d. / July 25, 2006 1:02 AM

Blagg, you grow the seeds of justice in the palm of your calloused and war weary hand.

Too bad you can't eat it, cause I think it'd make a pretty good sandwich.

lara / July 25, 2006 1:57 AM

love, specially the open-ended, non-possessive, unconditional variety

Meg / July 25, 2006 8:25 AM

There's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes.

Also, some purple peppers and lots of herbs.

Carlos / July 25, 2006 10:58 AM

Weeds, but that really doesn't require much work. Just drench your back yard from emptying your pool and wait two weeks. You should have a jungle of weeds in your backyard by then.

jb / July 25, 2006 12:41 PM

more and more homesick everyday.

fluffy / July 25, 2006 1:00 PM

weary. of men in general.

Baldeesh / July 25, 2006 1:33 PM

Suspicious for a while now, but he's always lied.

Also, I have a bunch of geraniums going in my kitchen.

Hal / July 25, 2006 3:40 PM

In addition to some flowering baskets (which I do not so much as grow as not kill), I have a huge sweet basil plant, dill and three varieties of rosemary. My goal is to keep those last ones alive long enough that I can make skewers for shishkabob from the stalks. My brother gave me some from his yard (in Texas, where they don't die over the winter) and they're fantastic.

Jay / July 25, 2006 4:41 PM

Dieffenbachia, Aloe Vera, Aeonium...
Mildew on shower curtain...
My finger nails, my hair...
Somebody stop me!

bam / July 25, 2006 5:32 PM

4 types of trees (I like digging up clay), 5 types of shrubs, 39 types of tough perennials so as to not be a slave to the watering, and plenty of annuals to fill in various planters and whatnot. Just need a larger yard.

As to edible stuff, 2 types tomatoes, plus basil, parsley, rosemary, sage, mint, etc., nothing too exotic.

Harvested first two tomatoes yesterday - wow! A little drizzle of EVOO, a few drips of 12 yr old balsamic, my heavens!! Must be the 68 days of anticipation since they went out of doors.

And some scrappy old houseplants that just won't die, I much prefer outdoor gardening.

Sam / July 25, 2006 10:12 PM

Sorrel: A lemony leaf vegetable. Makes a good omelet. Excellent in potato soup. Crazy easy to grow.

emmy / July 27, 2006 1:37 PM

Snapdragons & A red vein named Cat.

jokers / November 3, 2006 12:32 PM

so theres this girl in my biotech class.... i really wish she would wash her clothes.... she wears the same skirt every day and its making the tomatoes die.
it makes me wanna set her on fire.

Cathy / February 15, 2007 1:50 PM

6-foot tall dieffenbachia, a smaller dieffenbachia, croton, ivies, philodendron, pothos, corn plant, rubber tree, aglaonema, peperomia, jade plant, african violets, amaryllis, snake plants, peace lilies, baby palm, catgrass...

hostas, stone crops, iris, day lilies, garden mums, mini-rose, ivies, 8 baby juniper trees and nice perennials my sister-in-law gave me but I don't know what they are...

in my wishlist:
mint, thyme, ginger, aspidistra, schefflera, more mini-roses, some more philodendrons and pothos and a dwarf banana tree once we get the house renovation done...

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