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Subject: What Kinds of gardens???
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:44 PM ET
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Hi all .......was wondering what kind of gardening do you all do.......I only do vegi gardening.....and I am new at that....

Today I got a pot maker I had ordered from burpee......Now I just have to wait 2 more weeks to start my onion seeds!

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 10:03 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/4/2008 10:12 PM ET
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I have a large Veggie garden and three flower gardens. I want to do a rock garden this spring. I also have all kinds of shrubs around my house. How many days till spring??? I'm itching to get my hands dirty.
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 10:07 AM ET
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We have a huge veggie garden, then several flower beds all over our 10 acres. Plus, we have several plants growing wherever they want from when his mom planted some bulbs years ago. I can't wait till spring either, so I'm going to try my hand at winter sowing. See my post for free seeds.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 10:50 AM ET
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Our gardens are currently a blank slate. It's a 20 year old house and the overgrown, unkempt, 20-yo plantings have been ripped up. Now I just have to fill that space!

My veggies, this year, are going to be containerized, so I'll be able to concentrate on getting the rest of the yard together.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 4:22 PM ET
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I have a vegetable garden and several smaller beds around the yard that hold flowers. I mainly want to focus my limited energy on the veggie garden.  We are expanding it this year, and i will add my blueberry and bushes and maybe some raspberry to it too.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 12:01 PM ET
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We don't have much, although we used to do vegetables. 

I can't care for very much and DH kind of plants things randomly and doesn't weed them.  I'm trying to get a few areas under control right now. 

Also - I know this is going to sound weird - but I'm focusing quite a bit on trying to get the cemetery plots so they don't need much care.  This isn't much fun since I do need some help from DH and he's a big pain there.  I suspect I got stuck with two more graves and I don't quite know what I'm going to put on those.  I think I have a few years to try things before I can't do any more. 

I do like to take things from home there if I can because it's cheap and if they die, I didn't lose anything, lol. 

I  have one bed at home that I'm trying to straighten out and keep the weeds down in.  It has mostly perennials that you can't kill.  Thymes, some lavender, various salvias, catmint, a couple of yarrows... I like to put violas in there and maybe some petunias, there was a heliotrope last year.

We have quite a few hostas around here and there too.

I do wonder what will have died this winter. 

Oh, I seem to have order many, many cherry tomato seeds.  I think I needed 1.

ETA:  we have some blueberries we've had for a long time.  For some reason, DH put raspberries in the middle of the yard.  The dog picks his own, lol.

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Date Posted: 2/6/2008 6:26 PM ET
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We live in an apartment, so I'm resigned to container gardening on the balcony -- flowers!  There are lavender plants, hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, and lilies, mixed in with some persistent Johnny Jump-Ups, which grow like weeds!

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 8:49 PM ET
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My daughter has been doing all kinds of container gardening.  Of course, I think some of her stuff is kind of goofy, lol.  She had to insulate them for the winter.

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Date Posted: 2/8/2008 9:12 PM ET
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I'm doing stuff mostly in pots because we have about 40 trees in coastal soil and you can't grow a lot in that except azaleas, lantana and other tuff stuff.

But I'm container crazy. I like goofy stuff too. I just tend to keep it out of site. If my pots get any bigger my deck will collapse. Last year I bought a blueberry bush and I'm hoping to get a cup or two of berries just for fun.

Tommorrow I going to go dig up the circle around my mailbox. That's about the only sunny place I can dig easily. I'll probably have to put some garden soil in that place, since it all seems to filter down thru the sandy soil and disappear each year. Then I'll get some pansies and maybe snap dragons. We have about four seasons of planting her since it gets so hot quickly and we go thru annuals fast. I've learned to keep the perennials in big pots and save that little garden space for stuff I can change out when it gets past its prime.


Date Posted: 2/9/2008 9:31 PM ET
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I don't think my daughter has tried blueberries - yet!  She had a yard in VT and now she just has a deck.

I do have a basket thing I want to try and plant this year and I'm not sure how to do it.  Well, what to put in it, I guess.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:08 PM ET
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I cram everything and anything into containers. I saw a great book in an antique mall yesterday on containers, but it was marked $7.95. Crazy prices after PBS.  I meant to put it on my wish list, now if I could just remember that guy's name that wrote the book..... he's got a tv show, southern guy, ......hmmmmmmm

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:46 PM ET
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I garden quite a bit. We raise a large veggie garden every year and I can tons of beans, corn and sweet potatoes. I also have several flower beds, one of lillies, one of iris and one just for for borage every year.  I have two herb beds, where I grow a little of everything and we have been building up our orchard for several years, we have apple, plums, peach and pear trees. I have to replace two cherry trees this year and am hoping to plant blueberries, grapes and strawberries this year, as well.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:03 PM ET
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Marcy, you have 10 acres!? I am SO jealous.

Our gardens are a 15 x 40 plot at the community garden and a 18 x 23 foot plot at home.  We grow veggies in those.  We also have flowers; DH is big into wildflowers and we have a nice patch of those.  We dream of acreage.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 6:52 AM ET
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Though we have lots of acreage, I hadn't done more than a few cherry tomatoes and a pepper or two in containers for years.  Then 3 years ago I was given a copy of the book, Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza, and now I'm an avid gardener!  I'm doubling my veggie garden size this year (again!) and adding more flower beds.  Last year we had several types of tomatoes and sweet peppers, eggplant, summer squash, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, green onions, cucumbers, basil, dill, mint, catnip, rosemary, cilantro, and edamame (soybeans).  This year I'm adding leeks, corn, okra, cauliflower, radishes, tomatillos, watermelon, muskmelon, strawberries, amaranth and several flowers.

Like Marcy, I'm trying the wintersowing this year.  And I already have broccoli and cauliflower sprouted and somehow surviving outdoors in their mini-greenhouses (plastic milk jugs and ice cream tubs) through recent ice and snow and temps below 20.  And today I will start my pepper seedlings indoors.  Nothing like seeing those green baby sprouts to help chase away the winter blues!

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 10:00 AM ET
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We have a large vegetable garden, a raised bed herb garden, and lots of theme gardens. My parents are planning to have a hosta and shrub nursery when they retire so we have lots of young plants. They counted the hosta plants last year and there are over 500 of them. We have 5 acres with a one acre pond. We may be putting in a greenhouse this summer it all depends on my dad's health. I'm kind of afraid that by the time he does retire he's not going to be healthy enough to carry out his retirement plans.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 12:07 PM ET
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I have six flower gardens here.  One is a shade garden with a few native plants.  I also have an annual garden planted in the bed of my old truck.  That one is kind of my favorite, all the neighbors comment on it when I run into them in town.  Last year I put in a vegetable garden at my father's house, because I ran out of space here! 

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 12:49 PM ET
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We live in a mobile home park, so we have a pretty small yard.  Nevertheless, we've managed to squeeze in a raised bed garden, and lots of containers scattered around.

We have a mandarin orange in a (large) container.  It needs lots of water and sun. Also a large potted avocado plant that has never borne fruit....yet.

Seven large containers for various kinds of tomatoes. I keep them next to the fence so they can have some support (and so the neighbors can have a few, if they want)

The raised bed hasn't seen much action lately, since the cats keep digging it up and pooping in it....sigh.  Chicken wire only keeps them out *sometimes*. Anyone have any good suggestions for keeping the cats away?

I plan to start an herb garden indoors, then move it outside when the weather's warmer.

Our house came with ivy and camellias out front.  Love the camellias, hate the ivy.  It takes over everything!

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 1:51 PM ET
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Ivy is very invasive.  Of course my husband had to bring it home.  Grrr.  He's done that with several things without checking.  Those freaking stars of Bethlehem or whatever. 

Anytime anyone is giving you something, just be cautious.  Sure it was my MIL (the "stars") but it doesn't mean you have to take it!  She has some nice plants.

I admire all the energy here!

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Date Posted: 2/19/2008 2:45 PM ET
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I like container gardening best, but haven't done veggies.  I love to have lots of potted flowers on my deck.  My absolute favorite are hibiscus.  I love the tropical look and feel!  I have a big yard, but I don't do well planting things in the yard.  I'm too lazy to pull weeds.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 7:00 AM ET
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Last year I started a raised bed garden.  It was mostly tomatoes - and they were terrific.  Right now I have cabbage, sugar-snap peas and brussels sprouts and I started some Early Girl tomatoes in containers.  Please see my other posting about up-side-down tomatoes.  I'm going to plant lots of beans for freezing this year.  Home-canned spaghetti sauce is in the planning stages also.


Date Posted: 3/4/2008 4:59 AM ET
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due to physical conditions almost all of mine are limited to containers now due to you do not have to weed! but I can't resist bringing home plants just unable to to the physical digging etc that I once used to be able to do; but I have grown fantastic tomato plants like the sweet 100's; I combine walla walla's with flowers & put ivy over cement only as well as mints which I love but cement is the only way for these guys! no hope of ever reaching open earth! It has worked very well, I have trees, (small growing) 1 is about 5 foot something now after 6 years & it is the tallest; love the maples; love honeysuckle, jasmine, pansies of course!, put a lot in containers & put sweet alysum (spelling is wrong) in with them & it just spills out over the sides & looks fantastic in containers; some of the trees I put baby tears in; but really love the sweet allysum; sometimes pop some purple basil in just for contrast; the only thing to be aware of is that with container gardening in hot weather may need to water twice a day if super hot; i used to keep all my plants in pots for a while anyway until I found the spot they loved b/4 popping them in the ground; I grow my strawberries in hanging pots as well; found at the $1 store here fantastic pots & at 1 time a store was breaking down & throwing out whiskey barrels cuz they had not stored them upside down & kept them watered so they were starting to come apart; I got a bunch for free; tear up old newspapers in strips (not glossy) & use popcorn (used for packing things) in the bottom of large containers; once earth & water added the whiskey barrels were fine & in fact I had to have a neighbor drill holes in them after a year! B/4 that they were loose enough didn't need to drill holes; so it doesn't have to be expensive to use containers; have used wooden boxes & even one time an old boot! There is a lot of great info on container gardening on shows on tv; don't be afraid to try it; You can put tulips in one, after they have had their day trim dried green off & plant impatients or begonias or whatever on top of the tulips (an annual); then once they are done wait for the tulips to come back the next year!

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 10:53 AM ET
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Is there a half-a$$ed gardening category? ;) 

I am trying to decide when to start my seeds (it's hard when it snow and then it warms but we still have snow).  I also need to find a place to start my seeds <sigh>.  And then the ambition to start my seeds. 

PA weather has been so weird the past few years.  I know last year we kept thinking it would frost again and it didn't, but other years everyone would put things out, it would frost and then you couldn't find anything to replace them.  It got hot early last year too and the greenhouses had a lot of too big things.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 2:01 PM ET
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I have a backyard habitat garden.  Lots of native plants and things to attract wildlife.  Especially birds & butterflies.  I have one section that is planted just to attract hummingbirds.  Another to attract butterflies and the rest is for various birds and other wildlife.  It is ready to be certified but I haven't gotten around to it.  I started a few years ago and I love it.  I can't wait until the weather gets nice and I can sit out there and watch nature work.  It's therapeutic. Nothing like it when I'm sitting out there with my book in a swing and enjoying the beauty. 

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 7:46 PM ET
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