Outside Kids - the thread where we talk about gardens and nature and stuff

Just harvested our pumpkins.

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Ever the enthusiast of niche products here's my new calamansi bush, which will hopefully become a calamansi tree in due time. Gotta get it in the ground soon.

Outside!? Nice try, Satan.

re-potted my now ~ 5 foot high false aralia and it promptly shed all the lower leaves for some reason. IDK what I did wrong, it was too big and needed a new pot!

Also, planning a short backpacking trip with a first-timer/bug-hater so trying not to go overboard. Should be fun though!

Anyone else a hiker/backpacker jerk?

Love to hike and love to camp! But I have never combined the two into a multi-day hike. We keep saying we want to try, but it would require my hiking group to actually sit down and do the research as to where/how, and then we‘d probably need to get some proper backpacks/equipment, and it just hasn’t happened yet. We tend to camp by the seat of our pants and have become competent through trial/error, but I feel like camping on a trail rather than a campsite requires a lot more effective planning.

@“wickedcestus”#p70237 yeah safety and getting the right gear is crucial, but it's doable. Whereabouts are you located regionally?

@““I thought lethal weapon was safe…yeah.””#p70249 I‘m in Vancouver, so there are a ton of great mountain trails nearby, either going north along the coast or east into the interior mountains. This summer is kinda jam-packed since my fiancee is doing a practicum and we’re also planning our wedding, but I have a feeling next year we‘re gonna put aside some money to gather up some gear and give it a good shot. There are quite a few trails we’ve gone to for day hikes where we've seen the signposts for further and further peaks and felt that itch.

One of the people we hike with is doing EMT training so that gives me extra comfort when it comes to safety, but yeah, it really comes down to getting the right equipment.

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@“wickedcestus”#p70264 you‘re in a great spot for hiking yeah. I’d encourage you to try some overnight trips - the backcountry sites are always nicer than busy campsites. I like the athletic side of thru-hiking as well. It's fun imo

@““I thought lethal weapon was safe…yeah.””#p70234 almost all plants will go through a stress period when repotted, or moved from a pot to the ground, etc. it'll adjust and be happier pretty soon!

I hike around though I'm not like "into" it. Just like to go out with the partner and the dog and look at stuff. I don't think I'd enjoy it as much without the dog, he loves being off leash and hanging out. He's good on trails and doesn't chase after stuff, he just sticks with us and sniffs things. Last time we saw a bunch of "manroot" which is a vining plant with a cucumber-like gourd that is inedible by humans (people use it as a loofa-like thing though), and a big as heck celeriac-like root.
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There were notes at the start of the trail to look out for them, not eat them, not cut them, because they're native and inedible and need to be left to thrive, so we just took that as an advisory to go on a little hunt for them, and saw a bunch!

These tomatoes are the first thing I’ve attempted to grow and the first one is coming in!!

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I’m also not a hiker as a hobby but I do go out and hike when it’s nice! Now that it’s getting warmer it’ll be good to get out. The Bay Area is a blessed place because, especially if you have a car, you have easy access to a ton of different hikes. Misty redwood forests, rolling hills, paved trails in urban centers, bike trails. Lately I’ve been driving to Concord and biking the entire Iron Horse Trail out and back. It’s nice!


@“sabertoothalex”#p70412 biking

My wife is the gardener. Neither of us are campers. But I am the road cyclist. And I just got a new-to-me Bianchi and ... wow. Can't wait for rainy season to actually finish up here in a few weeks.

@“sabertoothalex”#p70412 we got a free tomato plant popping through the fence here (in addition to the tomato plants we planted elsewhere on purpose) [upl-image-preview url=https://i.imgur.com/fSmRTUw.jpeg]

@“Syzygy”#p70438 oh no, tiny baby!! hopefully it does okay. I guess it's too late to grab it and call whatever your wildlife rescue group is nearby… sure is a tiny cutie even though bunnies are demons

(these photos are at the base of an avocado tree that we brought back to life btw)


@“treefroggy”#p70444 wow. I had no idea how big avocado trees got. We have a couple growing from pits we threw outside. Probably won‘t come to anything, but it’s fun.

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I don't do it anywhere near often enough to count as a hobby, but I do enjoy a hike. With a good friend of mine we try to get out as much as we can, which for a whole bunch of reasons (covid pandemic, he has kids, etc) is not really all that often.

There are a bunch of really nice trails and such where I live (Victoria, Aus). We did one not all that long ago which is a 13-15km (8-9 miles?) trail up and down some interesting terrain. A few creek beds, a minor rock scramble, a bunch of bushland. We've also gone over to the Blue Mountains in NSW a couple of times to do some pretty cool all day, multi-pitch abseil hikes.


These days I live in an apartment, so have no garden to speak of. If/when I move, that will be a factor I consider. I want to at the very least grow some tomato and a few types of lettuce, just to have nice produce for daily salads.

It's winter here, but we can still grow some things.

I picked up this fejoa tree the other week. Still need to get it in the ground. Will probably fruit in a year.

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We also have lemon and lime.
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Had a nice fire in our backyard last night

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