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Jess
Posted 2010-04-01 12:29 PM (#42494)
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For the first time ever, I am finally planting a small vegetable garden. I took some horticulture in college (wish I had majored in it!) and I have been wanting to do this since. Anyway, in my search for brocc and cauli plants yesterday, the children and I visited Home Depot and Lowes twice, and two seperate nurseries. I also got a tire place to hook me up with 6 tires to grow my potatoes in. Sammy and I are going to paint the outsides of them so they aren't eyesores!!

Anyway, on my last visit to lowes (at 15 to 8) they had just put together huge racks of surplus and fading plants. The entire rack was $30. Hmmm. That was $780 plants for $30. I took one! Here is a pic of them in my garage.... I don't even kinda have this many flower beds and I totally sold all my planters in the last garage sale! Well, not all of them, but lots of them. Okay, so now to get creative and nurturing.

How many of you will spend your Good Friday beautifying the outdoors?





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Gerda
Posted 2010-04-01 1:08 PM (#42496 - in reply to #42494)
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Jess, that's a great haul!!! WOW! Just make sure little fingers can't reach that Dieffenbachia I see in the foregroung - majorly poisonous (yes, I know, poor English LOL).

Have fun planting - maybe give Sammy a couple to look after? Never too young to start!

I know he'd rather cut grass with Daddy, but learning to care for and identify plants is good. My Dad loved to garden - Mom told him what to plant, and he did it and looked after it all. DH, when mowing, didn't really look where he was going - I've lost rose bushes and lilacs and potentilla bushes to his mower - grrrrrrr!! And what he didn't cut down, the pup chewed up LOL

Gerda
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Gerda
Posted 2010-04-01 1:10 PM (#42497 - in reply to #42494)
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Hey, Sammy Joe, I see you peeking around back there!!

Hi, bud!

Gerda
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laura
Posted 2010-04-01 6:04 PM (#42506 - in reply to #42497)
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Jess, I think the first order of business is identifying all of your finds and drawing a plan. Good thing you have the big truck! I'd never get all of that home in our ion.

I got a great article in one of my magazines this month on how to do a vegetable garden quickly using bags of soil as the beds; I'll see if I can find it for you (it's somewhere in the pile of magazines and books!). I bet it would work as a way to start flowers, too, with less digging up of beds. Let me know if you want some help.

I would be outside planting my flowers tomorrow (new coreopsis with sunny yellow flowers), but we don't have the day off. Students don't have class, but staff still has to be at work. So, they'll have to wait until after work or Saturday.

grins, Laura
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-04-01 6:46 PM (#42507 - in reply to #42494)
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Jess, what a deal! Looks like you have your work cut out for you....the good news. is that they already have some soil around them.

Plant the largest items first, then if you need to, you can transplant some of the other items up into larger pots until you get your areas ready.

Having run a garden center for 6 years, I know that if well watered and cared for, most plants can make it all season, and even year round in pots outside the ground.
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buggalugs
Posted 2010-04-01 6:49 PM (#42508 - in reply to #42506)
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Hi Jess

I had planned on a little more planting out this weekend but the weather and other things are sort of getting in the way

I have tomato plants which need putting into position, I have other tomato plants that need potting on. I need to pot my chilli and sweet pepper plants on.My Blue Lake beans are trying to rival Jacks Beanstalk  but they are too tender to put out yet. I have just had to cover my onions with fleece tonight against the frost and snow which is forecast again .

I have basil and coriander that needs potting on and I have already got flowers on my strawberriews. you watch this frost will kill them all off!!!

I have carrots and parsnips need sowing but i have to wait til the ground warms up some first. My potatoes are chitting nicely, there again waiting for warmer soil.

On the flower front I have set seeds for Marigolds, polyanthus and gaillardia which have all germinated . I am soo happy :)

The fruit trees have all got buds.. again biting my nails in case the frost gets to them :( and my blackcurrant is full of leaves!!!

Oh please let the good weather come lol

Have fun in your garden hun, Sammy Joe will love heloping his moma :)

Jacqui

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SallyC
Posted 2010-04-04 12:54 AM (#42593 - in reply to #42508)
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Roses, roses everywhere! Wasn't it nice of them to have a show just for my return! Peas, tomatoes, assorted lettuces, stawberries--munch my way through the garden today. Nice to be home but I miss the kids already!
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Jess
Posted 2010-04-05 1:03 PM (#42621 - in reply to #42593)
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Hi Ladies! Crazy weekend, trying to do all the Easter stuff and the yard. While I was pregnant last summer I didn't really do anything in the yard. It needed some TLC!

We aerated the lawn and fertilized. We bought a couple of yards of dirt and lots of mulch and fixed up my flower beds. We transplanted a couple of bushes and an oleander. We straightened and staked a wayward rose bush. Billy built me a small above ground garden for my veggies (that is why I was at lowes in the first place, to get some seeds). I still have to plant the veggies and over half the flowers, but most of the hard work is done.   I will definately have impatians left, since they are full shade flowers. I have three hanging pots in the shade, but I think that is the limit of my shade plant space. 

My veggie garden is 10x4 but I have enough seeds to plant the entire yard I think! I got tires to plant the potatoes, and Sammy and I are going to paint them up to be pretty! I have some hanging tomatoes, peppers, and strwberries. Have any of you done the hanging plant thing? 

I have identified all but one of the plants I got, and planned out the proper places in the yard. I did get several perinials, which was fortunate. 

I can't wait to get back out there, but Sammy and I are a bit under the weather today.

Most of these plants I have had success with in the past, so I am fairly confident about them! The garden is a new adventure, but Mom is coaching me and I am excited to use some of what I learned in horticulture at A&M.
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buggalugs
Posted 2010-04-05 1:12 PM (#42622 - in reply to #42621)
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Jess how exciting that you have laid the groundwork and are ready to get growing

You got a fantastic haul there, your garden will be productive AND pretty :):)

I grew strawberries in hanging baskets last year and they did ok, the slugs couldn't get them !!! you just have to watch out for our feathered friend... and of course they need more watering as there is less soil around their roots.. though I am sure you already knew that!I haven't tried the hanging tomatoes, but I am not a great fan of cherry type tomatoes so that sort of put me off..

The peppers are not something I have seen over here, the hanging type I mean.

You and Sammy get better soon and keep us up to date on your adventures in the garden :)

Jacqui

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SallyC
Posted 2010-04-05 10:20 PM (#42629 - in reply to #42494)
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Dorian
Posted 2010-04-06 9:02 AM (#42641 - in reply to #42494)
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OHHHH, AHHHHHH Beautiful roses Sally!!!! How cool you have some eatables there too.

I noticed yesterday that I have strawberry blossoms, 2 purple iris's blooming, lavender about to open, climbing rose in full bloom, more iris's about to open, and more roses too.

Our walking onions are doing well, potatoes are ready to be planted, tomatoes coming up in the indoor box along with a variety of herbs.

Our problem now is this, should we go ahead and plant our veggies and just leave our stuff if we end up moving, or should we not and hope that we get out of here real soon??! lol

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Gerda
Posted 2010-04-06 11:05 AM (#42653 - in reply to #42494)
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That is a conundrum, alright! I don't know what to tell you, Dorian! Sorry! - well, unless you plant everything in movable planters, but that's not easy to move, either. Are you going to split some of your perennials, so you can take some, at least, with you?

Gerda
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Gerda
Posted 2010-04-06 11:06 AM (#42654 - in reply to #42494)
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Jess, I sure hope you and Sammy are feeling better today!

Sally, what gorgeous roses!! Wow!

Gerda



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Jess
Posted 2010-04-06 1:42 PM (#42656 - in reply to #42654)
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Sam has a tummy bug.

Dorian - hmmm... I agree, portable planters.

Sally, beautiful!

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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-04-06 4:00 PM (#42657 - in reply to #42494)
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Jess, you got lots done! I would plant your seeds in progression. Plant a 1/3 of row now, leave the rest, and plant another 1/3 in 3 weeks, and the last third 3 weeks after that. that will spread your crops out, especially the stuff you want to eat fresh. I don't know about you, but we can only eat so many veggies a week.

Dorian - I vote for portable containers where possible..... and yes, divide your perennials too! I know you do a lot of canning etc. You could start a small batch of most seeds in planters, and hope that you get possession early enough to get a second planting in the ground when you move... Are you taking small fruits such as berries with you? Or will you repurchase?

Sally - WOW! we don't get roses like that here until mid-may or early June. We are of course the city of Roses, and have the Rose Festival the second week of June. full bloom for most all varieties. some of mine are well leafed out, others are still poking along.....

We have hit a rainy spell. Too muddy to get much done last week and this week. I hope it dries up a bit for our auto swap meet this weekend!



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