We'll build our house and chop our wood July 3, 2008 1:48 PM   Subscribe

Is there are gardening wiki, or do we have enough gardeners here to have a garden.metafilter.com?
posted by nax to Feature Requests at 1:48 PM (46 comments total)

Crap, it cut off the end of my title-- "and make our garden grow." Too literary for my own damn good.
posted by nax at 1:49 PM on July 3, 2008

Is there are, or is there ain't?

Don't nobody never know.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 1:52 PM on July 3, 2008 [1 favorite]

Better yet - cheese.metafilter.com
posted by Ragma at 1:53 PM on July 3, 2008 [2 favorites]

We should probably start with gardening.metatalk.metafilter.com first so we can know if there's enough of an interest.
posted by c:\awesome at 2:01 PM on July 3, 2008

Here you go.
posted by carsonb at 2:06 PM on July 3, 2008

I am in favor of this. I wonder, however, if it's something that should be taken off site in the manner of sportsfilter, metachat, and travelfilter.

Did I do that? Ooohhhh, snap! Seriously though, what does it cost to host either of these sites?
posted by stet at 2:13 PM on July 3, 2008

I say no. I tried to grow heirloom tomatoes this year and after all that work I been eating the damn things and you know what they taste like? Damn tomatoes. No better, no worse. I thought that being homegrown and non-hybrids that they would be awesome and taste amazing and way more tomatoey than store-bought tomatoes, but they don't. They just taste like tomatoes. They are exactly like regular tomatoes except they are really small and different colors. I done dug holes and watered and fertilized and all that other jazz and I have no sense of satisfaction or accomplishment from picking and eating these tiny tomatoes. I got nothing but a bunch of ugly average-tasting but really small tomatoes. So fuck gardening I say. I am going to eat at McDonald's.
posted by ND¢ at 2:28 PM on July 3, 2008 [9 favorites]

I am not in favor of yet another neglected subsite that nobody ever looks at. "Music" is of a rather broader appeal (I think most would agree) and yet, it's kind of a running joke that no one goes there. Travel likewise. Jobs. Sorry, but I think this is feature/mission creep. It might be a neat idea for your own website though. Gardenfilter.com, .org, and .net are all available.
posted by synaesthetichaze at 2:29 PM on July 3, 2008 [1 favorite]

I'm actually working on a gardening site right now. Whenever I finish I'll stick it into Projects. (Though, at the rate I'm going, this will probably be some time in 2018)
posted by quin at 2:42 PM on July 3, 2008

I agree that it's mission creep, but I would totally patronize a site like that. Is there a boilerplate *filter installation?

Data point: my one askme question about gardening got a ton of favorites, so the interest is out there...
posted by jtron at 2:44 PM on July 3, 2008

casonb, thanks-- I've been finding stuff by going through tags (although that house-garden thing is good too), but it's really cumbersome. I'm not in on the various running jokes; all I know is that Metafilter is the first place I look for stuff (and yes, travel and jobs as well as various of the wikis), since it is a, um what's a good word? Like, I know a filter.
posted by nax at 2:48 PM on July 3, 2008


c'mon, let's do it.
posted by fire&wings at 2:59 PM on July 3, 2008 [2 favorites]

Not that gardening isn't great and all that, but, uh, I have two Basset Hounds at home and yet have managed to refrain from requesting bassethound.metafilter.com so, you know, there might be a smaller/better solution for your gardening needs.
posted by kate blank at 3:06 PM on July 3, 2008

do we have enough deadites here to have a brucecampbell.metafilter.com?
posted by zennie at 3:07 PM on July 3, 2008 [2 favorites]

nax: "I'm not in on the various running jokes; all I know is that Metafilter is the first place I look for stuff, since it is a, um what's a good word? Like, I know a filter."

Filters block things. It's their primary function. Thus it is our honor-bound duty -- nay, our very purpose -- to shoot down this idea.

GardenMe would essentially be "AskMe for gardens". Matt has repeatedly agreed that "AskMe for x" is a bad pattern. The power of AskMe is that everyone sees everything, even stuff they aren't necessarily experts in (or even interested in) but might have experience with and answers for. I know things about gardening, and I have a garden. I'd be very shocked if I were interested enough to make GardenMe a part of my daily surfing.
posted by Plutor at 3:10 PM on July 3, 2008

do we have enough deadites here to have a brucecampbell.metafilter.com

*raises hand*

It'd be a good place for Burn Notice posts as well. Though we'd have to cross post that to burnnotice.metafilter.com and usanetwork.metafilter.com. Hrmmm. And spiderman.metafilter.com or would that just live in samraimi.metafilter.com?

(As has been pointed out already, tags are a much better way of filtering for this information, be it a post to MetaFilter about gardening or a question about gardening in AxMe or a song about ND¢'s lackluster experience with heirloom tomatoes on Music [cortex?] or a website about gardening on Projects.)
posted by eyeballkid at 3:18 PM on July 3, 2008

So fuck gardening I say. I am going to eat at McDonald's.

You're not doing it right.
posted by telstar at 3:43 PM on July 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


The way I see it, this might marginally increase the chances that Bruce would get an account here, and that is the single greatest thing that could ever happen. Ever.

I say we do it.
posted by quin at 4:13 PM on July 3, 2008 [3 favorites]

Has anybody ever tried just writing to Bruce Campbell and saying, "hi, Bruce. You are awesome and I have a bunch of friends who agree with that. Here is five dollars, please come say hello"?

Because he seems like the kind of guy who might bite.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:36 PM on July 3, 2008

piercedpenisfilter. catfilter. shouldieatthisstufffilter.
posted by waraw at 4:36 PM on July 3, 2008

nax: learn2grow.

I would like to also extend my personal invitation to Bruce Campbell and agree that ND¢ is doing something wrong. I think jamaro is too though.

Has anyone ever invited Alton Brown?
posted by Tehanu at 4:39 PM on July 3, 2008

Nope, jamaro is correct.
posted by oneirodynia at 4:45 PM on July 3, 2008

If there was a "garden" subsite, I would look at it and occasionally comment. However, when I need gardening wisdom I usually turn here first.
posted by Robert Angelo at 4:53 PM on July 3, 2008

I'm absolutely sure we have enough boozehounds for drunks.metafilter.com. Its 'grey' will be MetaYouTakeThatBackMotherfucker.
posted by jonmc at 4:53 PM on July 3, 2008 [1 favorite]

Can't, jamaro. No yard, and everything I try to grow in containers on the sidewalk outside my apartment (except the hardy spearmint and lovely lavender) dies a terrible death. Trust me though, I am the only person in my family who is not very very fond of the tomato, but that never exempted me from helping in their obsessive growing of them. Much watering takes place at home, and those tomatoes get rave reviews from people other than me.

That said, I just re-read your post and noticed the finer details more this time. Sorry, I think we're on the same page after all. My parents live in a scorching hot place so I bet they accomplish what you're describing even though no one there would think of it as keeping the plants on the dry side. It's just what happens. I think we're talking about the same ideal conditions in different climates.
posted by Tehanu at 4:54 PM on July 3, 2008

Can we have furries.metafilter.com, too?

Did I post that out loud?
posted by empath at 4:58 PM on July 3, 2008

Did I post that out loud?

Yes. Yes, you did. And now I have to go wash my eyeballs. Again.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:20 PM on July 3, 2008

I'd plant that.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:59 PM on July 3, 2008 [1 favorite]

I'd cultivate it. But I'm a hoe.
posted by jonmc at 6:08 PM on July 3, 2008 [3 favorites]

I'm huge into gardening. But I don't really see this working here.
posted by Stewriffic at 6:24 PM on July 3, 2008

So help me Jebus if we get GardenFilter (GarFi? or would that gum up the works with Garfield fanatics) before BookFilter (or BooFi! as I like to call it... as in: Boo Yah!) I'll... I'll...

...well... I'll be really peeved... you wouldn't like me when I'm peeved

because really... it's not like I'll ever leave this place
posted by Kattullus at 6:44 PM on July 3, 2008

I'm frankly amazed nobody's done a pothead version. HiFi seems like a no-brainer.
posted by jonmc at 6:45 PM on July 3, 2008 [2 favorites]

Shouldn't there at least be PornoFilter (pron.metafilter.com, MetaPr0n). Think how much easier it would be to find the best porn on the web! Right now, digging all day in the porn mine is killing me! And the comments are even worse than YouTube!
posted by KokuRyu at 8:07 PM on July 3, 2008

Shouldn't there at least be PornoFilter (pron.metafilter.com, MetaPr0n). Think how much easier it would be to find the best porn on the web!

For a moment I thought you were suggesting a site for pics of naked mefites. I don't think we want to subject eachother to that.
posted by jonmc at 8:12 PM on July 3, 2008

A google search for "gardening" and "wiki" pulls up several results.
posted by Eideteker at 8:14 PM on July 3, 2008

You people are all idiots. Brandywines are crap. Mortgage Lifter and Black Krim are where it's at, and Mr. Stripey grows a bunch of bulls. Do you really think Alan Greenspan lowered rates for 6 years just so you could grow your goddamn Aces and Early Girls and Better Boys? Personally, I welcome my new heirloom overlords.

Yeah, Stewriffic is right, this wouldn't work.
posted by ikkyu2 at 8:17 PM on July 3, 2008 [2 favorites]

I'm not a Mr. Stripey fan, I have to say. This year I've got Cherokee Purple, German Queen, Brandywine, Better Boys, Sungolds, and Pink Beefsteak. And they're RIPE. Yum.
posted by Stewriffic at 8:20 PM on July 3, 2008

posted by rabbitsnake at 8:40 PM on July 3, 2008

Forget the tomatoes. You need some habaneros.

Just don't touch anything .... sensitive after handling them, okay?
posted by Ostara at 9:43 PM on July 3, 2008

Oh crap, the secret inner cabal of metafilter let slip the plan to bring everything except the best of the web under metafilter subdomains to invert the whole Internet. Now we need a doubly secret innermost cabal (not on probation).
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:11 AM on July 4, 2008

Oh, and I'd read about gardening even though I have a greenwilting thumb.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:12 AM on July 4, 2008

Yes please to garden.metafilter

(my luxuriant squash plants, full of blooms, have produced a total of one squash)
posted by francesca too at 7:05 AM on July 4, 2008

I have a garden, and I wouldn't visit a MeFi garden subsite. I still do want an EatMe for recipes, though.
posted by orange swan at 10:17 AM on July 4, 2008

I'm with orange swan- EatMe would be awesome. A garden subsite, not so much. I make my living as a gardener, I'm a horticulture student, and I would never visit because gardening arguments are teh suck. Too much voodoo in the gardening world. Science just can't compete.

PS: Potato leafed tomatoes for the foggy Bay Area are where it's at. Less surface area to host pathogens. Baia Nicchia is a local breeder of toamtoes that will ripen and taste good in San Francisco.

PPS: francesca, your squash is a) in need of pollinators, b) infested with nematodes, or c) only producing male blossoms (some squash are genetically predisposed to this). For a), at you may need to hand pollinate with a paintbrush; b) and c) aren't anything you can solve at the moment.
posted by oneirodynia at 11:54 AM on July 4, 2008 [2 favorites]

Actually, an EatMe with all aspects of food covered, not just recipes but restaurants, growing edible plants, comparative sausagology, you name it... that might be kinda cool.

I still want my BooFi! though.
posted by Kattullus at 12:14 PM on July 4, 2008 [1 favorite]

I'm going with Kattullus's suggestion, but only if we actually call it EatMe
posted by empath at 12:48 PM on July 4, 2008 [1 favorite]

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