SparkPeople Gardening In A Protected Area-Home/Greenhouse Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=28020 Group for people who grow plants inside a structure- home,greenhouse, garage,balcony or on your desk at work . This team is also for people who are still dreaming of garden. SparkPeople Gardening In A Protected Area-Home/Greenhouse Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=28020 Did you huddle with your team today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x56322793 Please huddle with your team. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:32:04 EST Trying to garden with a brown thumb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x55680046 HI! I'm Cathy (or Cat) and live in Southern Oregon. Our property is forested which doesn't give the best conditions for gardening. <BR> <BR> I've just set up 4 full spectrum grow lights and am hoping to grow sprouts to supplement winter salads. <BR> So far, I have some nice chard, sage, thyme and a number of houseplants going. <BR> <BR> I had several types of lettuce but I couldn't control/get rid of the white flies so I gave up. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to learn a lot! Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:51:11 EST Name a plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x55587198 Name a plant. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:33:11 EST Organic gardening in Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8824x28020x55136369 <em>524</em> it's October 4th and still in the upper 80's (almost 90) so I am still unable to go outside for more than a few minutes due to heat intolerance due to multiple sclerosis. By now normally would have a full patch of beautiful sunflowers I could enjoy but was unable to get out and plant them. My strawberries went to the birds, literally. Luckily my mint survived as well as the beauty berry and lantana and of course you cant kickoff the potted spider plants! So , I am hoping that o... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 07:52:40 EST Hello new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x54976364 Hi everyone I'm Marion, live in Ar. & love love love plants & dogs, started growing plants as a teenager but started teaching myself names & more info around age 26, still learning, my favorite house plant is over 30 yrs old..look forward to learning more. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:26:17 EST Harvest questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x54533496 Post your harvest questions. <em>374</em> <BR> <BR> My first question follows: <BR> Who has lavender? <BR> I cut the flowers to dry. Do I trim the foliage? Some does not look very nice - I know I will need to trim some of it. I never harvest my lavender before; this year I want to use it. <BR> Thanks for any help! <em>304</em> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:43:15 EST Post a Herb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x54390275 Post the name of a herb. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 09:41:21 EST Name an annual http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x53924351 Name an annual. <BR> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:29:41 EST My Greenhouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x53856921 My greenhouse is attached to the back of my house and is actually heated by the house or the sun when it appears. I grow houseplant all year round and coming up to Spring I grow lots of seedlings for my outdoor summer garden...In the Fall, a lot of plants from my garden and patio are put back inside the G/H so I can enjoy them in our cold Canadian winters. I have had my greenhouse since 1984, so I am an oldtimer at my hobby. Looking forward to meeting and learning from other greenhouse own... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:50:57 EST List a natural fertilizer or soil amendment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x53820459 List a natural fertilizer or soil amendment. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:55:21 EST List a mulch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x53651369 List a mulch. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 22:10:07 EST Name a perennial plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x53514374 Name a perennial plant. Perennial plants live for more than two years. Tue, 28 May 2013 20:39:51 EST Gardening Term http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x53284958 Keep gardening on our mind. Post a gardening term. Thu, 9 May 2013 20:05:44 EST Possums in OZ. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18119x28020x52652458 Has anyone here in Australia have any tips on getting rid of possums? They are eating my rosebuds and the new shoots on many of my plants. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:14:41 EST Hi! Just joining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x51803449 Hi! Just saw this team when looking for one centered on growing plants. Nice to meet you all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Elaine and my "gardening" is done inside my apartment and on my patio. My ideal living space would be a close to a dome-like conservatory as possible with the rooms necessitating privacy on the inside of the home and the rest of the home being an open layout with plants everywhere. I think I could live quite happily in a big greenhouse as long as the interior core wer... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:44:14 EST Planning for greenhouse overwintering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x49604775 So I was so late getting the greenhouse put together this spring that I didn't get much use out of it until now. And I guess that's the beauty of a greenhouse-instead of having the mindset that as fall approaches, I must resign myself to all the dead plants, I am now planning more fun things! <BR> <BR> So I cleaned up a bunch of 4" pots and 6 packs that I've had around. I got some potting soil and I've been preparing for the fall by gathering as much information on a bunch of my landscape ... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:02:33 EST First fall with a greenhouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x49321416 I'm trying to plan now for the fall. This is the first year I have a greenhouse to extend my gardening season. <BR> <BR> My corn is almost done so I'll have 1/3 of a bed to devote to a fall crop once those are done. And I think my peppers are not far behind. And my basil is bolting almost faster than I can pinch the flowers off so they're almost done-another 1/6 or so of a bed, but I think I'm just going to plant some new basil in their place. <BR> <BR> For those who have greenhouses, how d... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:33:55 EST Foundation is going in this weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x46431989 I've been digging the foundation for my greenhouse kit this weekend. I'm digging 3" down which will be mostly grass and top soil, and I'll put down some weed barrier and decorative rock or bark dust to keep the weeds and grass from creeping in, but I think I'm going to use preserved 2x6's as the base instead of the 4x4's that are in the instructions. I can tell from the instructions that the lip on the base is less than 2", so if I put 2, 2x6's side by side, it will work and I will add anothe... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 14:05:56 EST Anyone Else live in the Midwest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x46336296 We are from California but we moved to Illinois last March. We want to have a garden this year. My mother got me a little plastic greenhouse. I think out's still way to cold to pot anything out there. But I brrrrrr I could start some seeds inside. That do you think? Go you have any ideas for planning my garden? End definitely want vegetables a and flowers too. Thanx. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:03:44 EST Hardening off winter starts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x46302006 I am planning to start some cool weather seeds next month to get them started. I know you have to harden off summer things so they don't get burned or stressed when you take them from greenhouse to garden, but do you need to harden off, say broccoli or cilantro when the spring temps won't be as hot or the sun as bright? Is the possibility of stress as much a factor with spring plantings as later in the summer? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:15:34 EST Orientation of a greenhouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x44451566 I am planning for my greenhouse next year and have staked out the area, but I am wondering which direction the door should face, north or south, or opposite the direction that storms flow? I think for the best operation I should put the door on the north wall so I can open it to cooler air in the summer, but that would put it facing the back fence, whereas for aesthetics it would look best on the west side, but the west wall faces the incoming winter weather where I live! <BR> <BR> Just curi... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 00:38:00 EST New to the board, but not new to gardening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x44042280 Hello. I joined SP and some of the forums a few weeks ago. Not a total SP fan, but I love the interactive nature of their set up and it's been a great tool to keep track of my goals and nutritions. <BR> <BR> I live in SW Washington state with my college age daughter and 5 year old Springer Spaniel. We love to walk and my dog has also lost some weight this summer from all the walking we're doing! I love plants in general and swing back and forth between being passionate about ornamentals and ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:02:22 EST Going to try http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x43914205 I have decided that I am going to attempt to grow fresh veggies this winter. I'm currently working on getting a small greenhouse to put in the back yard. If that falls through I have already found plans to build one myself for very little cost. <BR> <BR> I have grown fresh veggies outside during the normal summer months but never in the winter. I am quite excited to give this a go. <BR> <BR> I know I need to do some reading up on what is the better/easier items to grow during a southwest oh... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 11:52:44 EST White fly and zebra finches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18119x28020x43441179 I get white fly every year in my greenhouse, I have tried everything, sticky pads, lady bugs, white fly parasites, etc. one of my students read that zebra finches will eat them even if they are in a cage, has anyone tried this? Mon, 8 Aug 2011 21:57:29 EST Watermelon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8825x28020x40688584 Watermelon flesh and seeds help clean the kidneys. There are "banks" of frozen watermelon juice that some kidney-pestered people buy from. However, the seeds also have this action, so drying and saving the seeds for off-season eating works well. <BR> <BR> I tend to eat the seeds with the watermelon. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 03:29:36 EST Slugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18119x28020x39912675 Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area ~ so I am trying it this year! Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:53:47 EST Dandelions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8825x28020x39860627 Roasted Dandelion Coffee: Roast cleaned dandelion roots on a cookie sheet for 4 hours until the roots easily snap and the insides are brown. Use a coffee grinder to grind the roots. For interest, add cardamon before brewing the dandelion coffee. <BR> <BR> Euell Gibbons’ Dandelion Wine: “Gather 1 gallon of dandelion flowers on a dry day. Put these in a 2-gallon crock and pour 1 gallon of boiling water over them. Cover the jar and allow the flowers to steep for 3 days. Strain through a jelly c... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 21:13:19 EST Nasturtiums http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8825x28020x39807516 Pick the flowers. Set them in water to draw out any creature that may be hiding. After a while rinse them off gently. <BR> Fill center with cream cheese that has been mixed with a little black pepper. <BR> Top cheese with a caper. <BR> <BR> You have your appetizer ready to serve. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 15:25:11 EST Challenges for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x39699357 I like to have these be fun challenges. For February 2011,since most of us are burdened with cold and snow outside our door, let's compete for something that will let us exercise indoors. This month the top two people who make the most posts in greenhouse gardening will receive resistance bands valued at 100 Goodie points. <BR> <BR> As a leader I will bow out of the goodies, I feel it's kind of like being the one who picks the winning ticket out of the basket. Good luck to everyone. Sat, 5 Feb 2011 02:39:34 EST Deer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18119x28020x39537837 These are my biggest issues. <BR> <BR> The best way to keep deer out of a garden is by using a fence that is at least 6 feet high. If it's a small garden that may be feasible but for large gardens or yards, the cost is prohibitive, or possibly not practical. <BR> <BR> So the only other choice is deterrents. <BR> <BR> Deer don't like the smell of raw eggs, fish products, kelp, or ammonia. Any spray made from these products can be used. Just mix the product of choice in water and spray the p... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:24:10 EST Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8824x28020x39537645 I am making some exceptions this year to my normal rule of: "if it does feed me, I am not planting it". <BR> <BR> This year I am digging up the cala lilies that have been there before I started gardening. And transplanting them along the front of my yard along the sidewalk. And then along the 4' fence I share with my neighbor I'm planting hollyhocks -- ok yes they are pole bean supports ... but they are flowers. :) <BR> <BR> What flowers are you growing? Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:10:04 EST Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8825x28020x39372838 My kale is 'red winter' so it is very frilly, light weight and tender to eat. I heat a pan with nothing in it then add the kale and as it cooks down a little I sprinkle hot pepper powder and nutmeg. I set that on top of a cooked tortilla with a little melted cheese on it. <BR> It is a great to tide me over till my next meal or in the evening if I am hungry but don't want to eat a meal so late. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 01:28:48 EST Cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8825x28020x39276464 1 medium head cauliflower <BR> 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened <BR> 1/4 cup grated Parmesan <BR> 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish <BR> 3 tablespoons unsalted butter <BR> <BR> Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat. <BR> Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pa... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:51:02 EST Fungus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18119x28020x39276411 Cinnamon powder sprinkled around plants and soil controls fungus. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:45:47 EST Insects in general and a warning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18119x28020x39260361 Diatomaceous earth consists of vast amounts of microscopic fossilized, broken down diatoms. It looks like flour and is harmless to animals and humans. It kills small insects and bugs by cutting into their surface, thus causing dehydration. <BR> <BR> Be careful where you apply DE, it will kill the ants BUT also kills the ladybugs!!! Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:11:12 EST Aphids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18119x28020x39259913 a tea brewed from rhubarb leaves poisons smaller critters, such as mites, white fly, caterpillars etc. Pour boiling water over crushed rhubarb leaves then leave to soak for several days. Strain, add a good squirt of detergent and dilute enough so that it looks like weak tea and spray over pest infested plants. Repeat every 10 days or so. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:54:33 EST Ants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18119x28020x39259772 What are your tricks for dealing with these tenacious buggers? Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:49:17 EST Brussels sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8825x28020x39164472 Brussels sprouts are had a fun vegetable to grow. If you have kids they seem to love to pick the sprouts off the stock for you. Please post recipes and ideas for it's use here. <BR> <BR> Let's start a new topic for each different fruit or vegetable we are getting from the garden Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:28:12 EST Swiss chard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8825x28020x39164367 Swiss chard is an easy choice to grow for greens. And is one of those happy vegetables that is a perennial in most places. I love things that I don't have to replant! Please post recipes and ideas for it's use here. <BR> <BR> Let's start a new topic for each different fruit or vegetable we are getting from the garden Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:21:41 EST Borage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8825x28020x39164095 Borage flowers and new growth are edible. Please post recipes and ideas for their use here. <BR> <BR> Let's start a new topic for each different fruit or vegetable we are getting from the garden. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:09:33 EST Any Florida greenhouse gardeners? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x34126788 We've just ordered a 6x8 greenhouse kit. Not sure exactly how to use it here in Florida, so looking for advice & suggestions. Right now we are growing mostly in earthboxes (green beans, grape tomatoes, peppers), but are tired of having to share produce with our squirrel population, even though we feed & love to watch the squirrels. We would also like to grow all year & aren't sure how the greenhouse will work in the summer. We've ordered shade cloth, but need lots of advice. Help? Thu, 13 May 2010 22:17:30 EST Spit or Swallow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x32734627 Here's an interesting new game. You name a food, anything at all, any category, or mabe something you grow in your garden. The next person tells if they would spit that food out or swallow it. Then that person names a food for the next person. So on and on.... Let's give it a try and see what popular foods are out there! <BR> <BR> Would you spit or swallow: <BR> <BR> Okra Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:41:56 EST Soil blocking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8824x28020x32022737 Have any of you guys tried this? Basically, it involves packign soil into a mold, and then you don't need to use the plastic seed trays. The advantages are no plastic trays or peat pots to mess with (or buy), you can just plant the whole soil block without disturbing the roots, the roots that touch air naturally prune themselves so they don't get pot bound, and all your watering can be done from a capillary mat with bucket of water, so no real labor involved. Sounds great to me, and I trie... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 08:35:14 EST Cold frames? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8824x28020x31332463 Well, I don't have a greenhouse yet, but I've got a nice seed starting warm chamber. Now, I'm thinking about building a cold frame to use for harding-off started seeds before I can get them set out into the garden. What designs have you guys used before, and which ones worked the best? Ideally, it would be simple and cheap to build, may be able to be fitted with some sort of auto-venting, etc. Help, please? Fri, 22 Jan 2010 22:53:45 EST Hi new team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x31306270 Hi guys! I'm located in middle Tennesee, I love gardening, and I'd really love to have a greenhouse someday. About the closest I have is a 2'x4'x2' high seed sprouting box that I made, with fluorescent lights, a sand base for under the seed trays, and a heating mat under the sand. Works great, but it's not a greenhouse! Some day, I'd love to grow some orchids again! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:13:41 EST Veggie Gardens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x30578270 Does anyone plant a veggie garden every year? <BR> Are you planning it out or do you just plant as you go? I actually make a blue print of last year and do crop rotation as not to deplete soil nutrients. <BR> What are your plans? What do you grow? Are you organic? <BR> Share with us all your ideas and plans. We would love to know and maybe even learn something. <BR> Happy Gardening----Friends! Tue, 29 Dec 2009 10:34:50 EST Bugs, Diseases and Pests A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x30384309 Same game/different catagory. How many do you know? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Aphids Thu, 17 Dec 2009 11:18:13 EST Daily Log In Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x30061523 Start posting yor daily log in point from the wheel here. Let's all post our points team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 5 Tue, 1 Dec 2009 09:34:08 EST Another Game - Gardening Terms A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x29585537 We are doing Gardening from A to Z. Let's do Gardening Terms A to Z. Anything that relates to gardening is acceptable. <BR> These are fun ways to earn your Spark Points. Please join in and support your team. <BR> <BR> <BR> Agriculture Sat, 7 Nov 2009 10:32:11 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x28021099 HI my name is nic! I'm a professional grower for a garden center/greenhouse company. I spend more time in the greenhouse than I do at home. This group looked right up my alley. I've been on sparkpeople for one month now and am having ok results. HOpe you're all doing well Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:20:08 EST Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8824x28020x26927116 I thought this might be a good place to discuss seeds and maybe have a seed swap. <BR> I garden iris' and have rhizomes a plenty if any one is interested. I would gladly swap for sunflower seeds. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 14:20:17 EST Daily Garden Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x26927025 Here is where we can post anything you would like to talk about. Exercise, weight loss, what's on your mind or just to pop in and say hi to the team. <BR> Hope to see each of you posting soon. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 14:13:53 EST Veggie Gardens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8824x28020x26883102 This year has been very productive. I already have green beans, yellow squash and okra in the freezer. Plus with all the abundant fruit, I have strawberries and blueberries frozen. Does anyone can or freeze their harvest? <BR> Next I am planning on canning peppers, tomatoes and making salsa. Thu, 9 Jul 2009 13:22:05 EST New Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28020x21985242 Hey Im Kelly,37, Female, single, High School Agriculture teacher in N.E. TX. Interested in losing weight, making friends, talking horticulture with other dieters. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:39:54 EST Tips, tricks & how-to's in your greenhouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x21037311 Soils, bug issues, types of vegies and flowers. Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:34:43 EST Greenhouse Anybody? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28020x21037246 What is everyone growing right now? Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:31:42 EST