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lovemydoggiesx2
03-09-2012, 02:03 PM
Itīs that time again...well, at least where I live. What is in, or going to be in your Garden this year? What type to do have (traditional, raised, potted, ect.)?

So far Iīve got going;

Purple and Green Lettuce
Spinach
Artickokes
Peas
Celery

and soon I will put in some;

Zucchini
Cucumbers
Tomatoes


Last year my garden was so big with all this and Potatoes, inions, pumpkin. Just too much so a little smaller this year.
I also have a green and a purple fig tree, apple tree, yellow and purple plum trees, blackberries and blueberry bushes.

To me Gardening is the best summer activity. It is so relaxing, and I love to know exactly where my food came from.

So, what about you?


astrophe
03-09-2012, 02:10 PM
Raised beds.

I have herbs still in from winter -- parlsey, thyme, rosemary. They survive fine here.

Took out the collard and brocc. Have to put in sugar snaps peas and tomato in.

Still thinking about what I feel like doing though.

A.

berryblondeboys
03-09-2012, 02:12 PM
I am beginning to get the itch too! However, no veggies this year as we are going overseas for 3 weeks right when the crops would start to really roll in AND I don't want to have to burden neighbors or pay someone with watering. Lastly, we have a resident groundhog who ruined my mood last year as he devoured my tomatoes - even eating through a fence to get to it! Argh!

I saw the little devil this morning - I guess hibernation is over. His hole is in someone elses yard, but he goes where he wants... grrr...

Anyway, right now I'm watching the crocuses I planted this winter begin to pop up! Yay! And I see most of the tulips I planted this winter are beginning to pop their lazy heads too.

For this spring, I'll be planting a new flowerbed to the side of our house and maybe expanding the one in the front yard. And, if I'm really ambitious, I'll pull up the 3 layers of weed barrier cloth I discovered while planting in the HUGE side flower bed. I planted all the perennials last year and while planting I discovered they would never be able to spread because of all those layers of weed cloth - UGH. I foresee a very dirty and dusty spring! But gardening burns TONS of calories, so I'm all over it!


lovemydoggiesx2
03-09-2012, 04:47 PM
I understand pesky rodents. Last year I had a little unkown guy eat EVERY single Zucchini...talk about annoying. He would wait until they were a few inches long and dig in!! This year I am putting them off the ground into big pots.

We are Army and in a rental here, so I donīt like to do too much planting, or spending money on things like shrubs or trees (that are seriously needed). I did put in over 100 bulbs though!. I canīt wait until I can buy my own house again and really gig into the yard! Oh, the life of an army wife!!

SnowAngel72
03-09-2012, 04:54 PM
This will be our first garden in the new house. So we will be building a flower bed. I can't wait to start. We still are buried in snow up in the U.P. though.

I bought some seeds already though.
tomato
squash
lettuce

suetalks
03-09-2012, 04:59 PM
I am getting the itch to dig in the flowers. Hubby is itching to work the garden. Last year was our first garden in several years. We put it in at daughter's farm since our home is in a wooded area and gets little sun.
I canned for the first time in many years also. Green beans, potatoes, carrots and lima beans. This year I would like to get enough tomatoes to can 2 years worth. That is what I did with green beans...so don't need them this year. It won't be long until time to plant potatoes. Hubby can't wait.


Edit: P.S. traditional garden space....no varmints last year so we hope for clear sailing this year also.

caryesings
03-09-2012, 08:46 PM
Raised beds, half of them inside a cage for the items that the critters would "share" us out of. One of the outside of cage beds is half full of the garlic we planted last fall. The rest of that bed will be beet greens, snow peas, green onions. The other outside bed will be potatoes. The inside cage beds will be strawberries, tomotoes, peppers, basil.

Plus big pots of herbs on the deck, many carried over from the winter and we'll be getting a few new ones at the Herb festival here in April.

Edit to Add: My avatar is from when we reclaimed lumber from industrial pallets last spring to build the beds.

berryblondeboys
03-09-2012, 09:04 PM
I caged in my tomatoes last year, and the herbs. However, I didn't think far enough. The groundhog looked at that nylons fence and said, "lunch!" and cut a whole through. I stopped taking care of the tomato plants aftere I only got 11 and he got like 30. I'm not growing them this yer but next time I do, it will be enclosed in some serious wire and tall enough to keep the deer out.

JudgeDread
03-11-2012, 08:56 PM
I'm a bit weary to start a garden here in NM. I don't seem to have the green thumb down here being from MN originally. Things have to be watered a LOT here..and in reality the produce is really cheap here too....I would like to grow some tomatos for sure..as they are always better garden fresh....but first thing is first FINISH THE PORCH!

puneri
03-11-2012, 09:09 PM
Hi,
I am in louisville KY. I do not have any gardening experience. I want to plant cilantro from seeds. Also all other herbs from seeds. I also plan to go out of town for 15 days in April.
I would prefer to get advice from all of you. Pl help.

konfyoozed
03-11-2012, 09:22 PM
i am so jealous of all you gardeners! it is my dream to one day have enough yard space (and stay in one place long enough) to have my own garden that i can baby from seeds. i remember the huge garden my mom grew every year when i was little. we always had string beans, squash, tomatoes, a variety of peppers, corn, zucchini, and cucumbers. can't wait to be able to have a raised bed of strawberries (nothing like fresh strawberries!) and a little herb garden i can just walk outside and grab a bit of when i'm cooking.

good luck to those of you with green thumbs!

Serval87
03-12-2012, 07:04 PM
I bought stuff to garden last year, but chickened out of doing it. I'm still afraid of failing at it, but I'm going to actually give it a shot. I've gardened only a little, and it was with my parents' garden at the time. They decided they don't want a garden this year, so if I want fresh veggies, it's up to me. I'm going to be using a kiddie pool on my back porch. I'm going to drill some holes in it (still working on this part), and set it on top of an old tire I got from my dad, so it isn't right on top of the porch, and can "breathe". I might also make an herb bed, and get another one of those hanging gardens for tomatoes. I have one already, but I might use it for bell peppers. I'm going to try my hardest to be organic, and have already decided to use my Dr. Bronner's magic peppermint soap for an insect spray, which will be safe.

If my parents' permit, I may use a small patch of their ground to grow some root vegetables. My kiddie pool will be too shallow for them. I'm going to try my hand at some spinach, lettuce, arugula, bell peppers, tomatoes, and some other stuff.

I'm still a bit nervous. If anyone has any suggestions, or if it looks like I might be doing something wrong, let me know please. :)

KatieAlyse
03-12-2012, 11:14 PM
I'm in Texas and right now I'm starting the seeds in egg cartons and then will transplant them into a large pot...due to a dog who LOVE to run stuff over! I'm planning on doing squash, cucumber, dill, rosemary and parsley. If this stuff survives then I'll move onto a fall garden! I've also got some pepper seeds but they haven't come up yet so I don't think they are going to make it. But at least I tried! I'm used to planting everything in the ground so we will see how the pot thing works out!

ValRock
03-12-2012, 11:21 PM
I have a South facing apartment patio and started my container garden last month. Yay for living in a hot climate :).

I've got cherry tomatoes, strawberrries, yellow peppers, orange peppers, yellow squash, mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, and various flowers going. It's fun to work out there with the kids. Everything's really started to take off this week! We can't wait until we can start picking and eating!

LeilaJey
03-12-2012, 11:24 PM
Yay! I'm so happy to see this thread..

So far I've planted onions, garlic, potatoes, lettuce, more salad (the one that you cut bits and keeps growing), tomatoes should start coming up themselves! Hmm.. Wanna grow courgettes this year and a few more things. Maybe some peas but they got bad mould last year. I'm gonna plant lots of parsnips and carrots though.

Serval87
03-13-2012, 01:47 AM
Great idea, KatieAlyse! I didn't think of starting seeds in an egg carton. Do you use dirt, or just sprout the seeds with water? I dabbled with making sprouts a while back in a jar, and it's super easy. I'm going to get some more jars so I can have a variety of sprouts going at once later.

ValRock, I plan to grow some strawberries too. I have a long, wooden bed my husband and I "made" lol that I will be using for a strawberry bed. I thought you started them in the Fall, though? I'm a little dense on gardening at the moment, though, so I could be wrong.

ValRock
03-13-2012, 02:17 AM
Great idea, KatieAlyse! I didn't think of starting seeds in an egg carton. Do you use dirt, or just sprout the seeds with water? I dabbled with making sprouts a while back in a jar, and it's super easy. I'm going to get some more jars so I can have a variety of sprouts going at once later.

ValRock, I plan to grow some strawberries too. I have a long, wooden bed my husband and I "made" lol that I will be using for a strawberry bed. I thought you started them in the Fall, though? I'm a little dense on gardening at the moment, though, so I could be wrong.

Lol, you're probably right about the strawberries. Those were a new venture. I plan to move them inside into the window if they start to get angry. I've already got 4 berries turning pink, though! I'll see how long I can keep them happy outside.

PrincessSophia
03-13-2012, 02:29 AM
hello! I have several fruit trees in my garden - permissions, cherry and peach. And 3 dwarfs mandarin and one lemon trees. In the middle of harsh Moscow winter It used to be my most precious dream - to have own house and garden with own mandarins and cherries and big ocean nearby.

Also, I love amaryllises and have them in the garden and indoor:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-c4dThynqFsM/SnuoJR7x3jI/AAAAAAAAAFg/LAr3BIpwD38/s640/IMG_0313.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-dEUhBNykZAg/TYGhxgyR0eI/AAAAAAAAAV0/MHsqi5QKWbE/s640/2011-03-08%252021.04.54.jpg

KatieAlyse
03-13-2012, 10:42 AM
Serval87 I actually use dirt in them. I let them grow to about an inch or two and then transplant them to larger containers. But I've never done the method you're talking about. I do have a glass jar...where do I go from there?!

sacha
03-13-2012, 12:39 PM
I need help!

We've lived in a condo all our lives and now I have a yard.

I have no idea what to do

Can you all suggest a book/guide/pictures??? I want to take care of the flowers outside (came iwth the house) and maybe a tomato garden.

I AM CLUELESS!!

jules1216
03-13-2012, 01:48 PM
spring fever has hit and I am ready for some dirt therapy!!

jules1216
03-13-2012, 01:50 PM
I need help!

We've lived in a condo all our lives and now I have a yard.

I have no idea what to do

Can you all suggest a book/guide/pictures??? I want to take care of the flowers outside (came iwth the house) and maybe a tomato garden.

I AM CLUELESS!!

Maybe start with some container gardens. Or a small salad garden, lettuce, tomato & peppers. Herbs are easy to grow. Do you have a local farmers market or greenhouse?...they are usually very helpful.

FatToFitWife
03-13-2012, 02:05 PM
SnowAngel, I'm in the U.P., too :-)

jules1216
03-13-2012, 03:53 PM
I need help!

We've lived in a condo all our lives and now I have a yard.

I have no idea what to do

Can you all suggest a book/guide/pictures??? I want to take care of the flowers outside (came iwth the house) and maybe a tomato garden.

I AM CLUELESS!!

here's something...

http://www.flower-gardening-made-easy.com/

SisterFunk
03-13-2012, 04:52 PM
I'm so excited for planting season to begin!

We do one raised bed for veggies and we use the square foot gardening method. It works really well for smaller spaces and raised beds.

This year we will grow tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, onions, garlic, peppers (bell and hot), broccoli and some herbs.

We are getting a very early spring this year and it is so tempting to be outside and working the beds but usually we can't plant here until late May.

mandalinn82
03-13-2012, 05:21 PM
Sasha - are you trying to do flowers or vegetables?

The easiest method I've found for veggies is Square Foot Gardening. There is a book that lays it all out, and I got great results my very first year (and they've only gotten better since).

http://www.amazon.com/All-New-Square-Foot-Gardening/dp/1591862027/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331673644&sr=8-1

jomatho
03-13-2012, 05:58 PM
I bought the square foot gardening book a few months ago after the recommendation of someone on here and I want to try it out this year. It is a very good book, easy to follow and makes a lot of sense.
I may just start with one or two beds and see how it goes.

Serval87
03-16-2012, 02:40 PM
Serval87 I actually use dirt in them. I let them grow to about an inch or two and then transplant them to larger containers. But I've never done the method you're talking about. I do have a glass jar...where do I go from there?!

Thanks, I just got some egg cartons and plan to do that soon once my dirt is ready. I washed my kiddie pool out in a rainstorm this morning. Now, all I have to do is drill holes in it, and fill it with dirt.

Oh, it's really easy. Buy some organic seeds especially for sprouting (like alfalfa). The seeds have to be whole. Make sure you have a mesh lid on your jar. Cover the seeds with water, and let them soak overnight or for 6-12 hours. Drain them, and position them upside down at an angle so to let the air circulate and for the remaining water to drain out (I place them in a dish-rack). Just rinse and drain 3 times daily, and they should be ready to eat by the 4-6 day (well, alfalfa at least). Here's a video that explains it better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRwzQYq6dOs&feature=fvsr

Hey, I'm in TN. Does anyone know the best time to start my garden? It looks like I should do it now, but I'm not sure. We keep having weird weather. One day it's fairly cold, one day it's nearly 80. Typical TN weather. lol.

I've read that growing spinach is fairly difficult. The only place I can have my garden is on my back porch in a kiddie pool, and it's full sun. Does this sound like a bad place to grow it? I have read different things about spinach, and some say it's something you plant in the fall, and that it likes medium-sun, or something.

konfyoozed
03-16-2012, 03:05 PM
can't wait til i get my own place (instead of moving annually) so i can plant a few luna hibiscus bushes! they are so pretty and did so well at my old place...

http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/9936/0719091225a.jpg

Serval87
03-16-2012, 10:52 PM
Those are beautiful, konfyoozed!

konfyoozed
03-16-2012, 11:33 PM
i babied those flowers like nobody's business! i was sad when i had to move and couldn't take them with me. hopefully the new resident at my old duplex takes care of them... i will be getting more of them in the future! only $15 for a bush at lowe's and they grow so fast!

kuchick
03-16-2012, 11:52 PM
Thank you for posting that pic Konfyoozed! I have some of those hibiscus and your pic was just the thing to make me realize that that is the perfect plant that my dog can neither dig up nor run over easily! I know what's getting planted in their favorite digging spot now :D