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5/23/15 6:40 P

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Hi! Just found this team. I have been on Spark since January and love it, and have been gardening for years. I keep a large vege garden, several perennial flower gardens and annuals all over the porch and deck. I also like to make fairy gardens and houses. Try to garden as organically as I can. Just finished most of my planting today (live in Minnesota). Whew!

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Hi, Everyone! I'm new but then not new. I once was a part of this team and Sparks but then didn't have access to the web anymore so I left. Now I'm back, thanks to smart phones and other things. (Like a new computer) Anyway. I am a homeschool mother of three teens, my fourth child is leaving for Australia in July emoticon to get married. He's been over here 3 times and we've spent a lot of time with the young man. Anyway, I also have a part time job, and I garden. Well, I haven't done well since the move, but last year I bought a very nice raised bed and got it ready, but never did plant anything last year. This year I've bought plants, and then when I went to deposit some stuff in the mulch bed found 6 nice healthy tomato plants growing in it. Don't know what type they are but we'll see, (so much for trusting the kids to turn the mulch emoticon )
Well, I'm glad to be back. I always enjoyed this team. Looking forward to posting and reading others posts!!

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4/23/15 5:49 P

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Hi guys!
My name is Val and I'm returning to Sparkpeople after about 5 busy years and wanted to join some new teams. I'm a once and future organic farmer-- I farmed veggies in Chicago area for a few years and am planning on starting a vegetable farm here in Washington again next year where I'll have a market stall and a CSA. It's been fun visiting the different markets in the area to scope for my future spot and experimenting with tons of different varieties to see what works best out here. When doing my seed order this year I aimed for a ton of red and purple heirloom varieties, too so hoorah for flavenoids! I have about 60 varieties in the ground already and am anxiously awaiting the early green things (Hurry up, arugula!). I'll post some food/ garden/ cooking blogs on my sparkpage in the near future, too!

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Welcome to the team Sandi.
Two places I know of are to check a store that sells bait (red wigglers are the worms they sell for fishing). Not sure what stores are in your area, but most hunting/fishing stores will sell them in season as well as stores like Walmart (that's where hubby bought some to go fishing with last year).
Another place you can get them for free is if you know of any horse farms. The well rotted manure is usually loaded with them (and is a great addition to the garden and compost pile too)! We went to a stable to get some manure (they were happy to have us take as much as we wanted) and the old piles were loaded with them, so I insisted we bring home a 5 gallon bucket of them to add to the compost pile - the rest of the manure went on the garden plots we rent from the park district. We had worms in the compost for years because of that until the shrews took up residence in our bin and ate all the worms!

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Hello! My name is Sandi and I live in Niagara Falls Ontario. I'm an Urban Gardener and try to grow as much of our food as I can. I'd love to be more organic

Does anyone know where to get Red Wiggler worms???? Can't seem to find where to purchase them!!!

Anyway, I live on a corner and have an area of my yard designated just for fruits and veggies. It's not very big but last year I grew:
grapes
rhubarb
cucumbers (but not very well)
zucchini (but not very well)
butternut squash (but not very well)
tomatoes (3 varieties)
spinach
kale
beets
beans
potatoes
raspberries
garlic
red, green, yellow peppers
brussel sprouts (but there were none to harvest)
green onions
gooseberries
strawberries
apples
blueberries

It's still cold out and the ground is still frozen solid, but I can hardly wait for the growing season to begin!

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Welcome to the Organic Gardeners team Terry and Karen!
Karen - I've grown sweet potatoes in large planters for the past 2 years. The sweet potato vines are very decorative and it's easy to water, weed, and harvest the sweet potatoes (and they get really long too). I'm sure that if you ask on the discussion forum about growing veggies vertically, you'll get plenty of suggestions. I actually saw something where someone used old wood pallets vertically, putting boards across the bottom to help hold the soil, and used them for decorative plants on their patio. But it would also be a great way to grow herbs and leaf lettuce or spinach - any plants that normally don't get too tall or have deep taproots.

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I'm Karen. I've been on Spark since 2007. We have a 10' x 10' plot in a small organic community garden across town. We don't garden in our back yard because we have 2 dogs. My new challenge is that I am recovering from back surgery so I have to think about using the air rights over our plot so to speak. I'm interested in ^up^ not only to maximize the output of our 100 square feet but also to give my back a bit of a break. I've found some really interesting ideas on pinterest. Our garden went to shambles last year and psychologically I felt like it was a year without a summer because I was confined to a wheel chair due to the pain. I'm still recovering from surgery so I really want to think about this garden before I do something I can't maintain. Plus, its organic which for me is no big deal, we wouldn't do it any other way.

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Hi...I'm Terry and excited to learn more about organic gardening...
My son got me started last year, did some container gardening and did very well! I want to learn more about gardening without chemical pesticides, fertilizers and how to keep the world a bit healthier...

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Welcome to the team. I can't wait for Spring so I can get planting again. Hopefully it will warm up for both of us next week!

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Hi! I'm from Iowa and have lived in the same house all my life, so I know we have great soil in my backyard. :) My family always had a garden. My husband and I have grown a variety of things over the years, but this is the summer to get SERIOUS! I hope to implement lots of healthy and frugal ideas. emoticon

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Hello. I am also from Sunny Florida and I've been container gardening (organically) for many years. Being so close to the beach my soil is essentially sand and it's impossible to grow much in the ground.

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Welcome to the team! So glad to have you. I know we have some other Florida people here, so hopefully they can pass along some tips. Here near Chicago, our growing season is winding down. Though it's nice to have a break, I know that in a couple of months I'm going to be longing for the taste of home grown produce, instead of the stuff they sell in the stores.

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Hello all,
I live in hot, humid Florida and since moving here a few years back I have found summer isn't the best time to grow. The farmers markets shut down in the summer! I've learned to wait till late September to plant and even then I'm not having the best of luck:P But it's fun and I enjoy the journey! I have 2 4x8 garden boxes that I use so far.
Hoping to learn more and have better success in the future!

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Thank you....I hope so too...lots to do and too little Spring-Summertime to get it all done in

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I hope you start feeling better soon Golddusttwin.
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Welcome to the team Michelle. No matter how long we've been at it, we can all learn something new from each other. Best of luck with the farmer's market.

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Hi everyone, my name is Michelle. I have been interested in local and organic for a while, but didn't start gardening in earnest until I met this crazy guy with long, curly red hair and beautiful blue eyes who was building a geodesic dome out of bamboo. I was hooked. Three uncompleted geodesic domes and dozens of chickens, ducks and geese later we are finally selling at the local co-op and farmers' market. Oh, and I've lost 30+ and counting doing it, because we garden by hand. We're broke! Sank everything into it and are pretty close to living off the land, lol. There you have the last 2+ years in a nutshell. Always open to new ideas about how to mulch, permaculture, etc. Glad to meet you all!

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Welcome to the group Steph. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Since he loved gardening and was great at it, from what you said, I'm sure that your efforts in gardening will also bring back fond memories and make you feel closer to him.

We all had to start somewhere. And we're happy to share what we've learned with others. We have a container garden topic here where you might find some ideas and can ask questions. Most vegetables can be grown in containers. Some only need small containers, while others do require large ones. And kids too enjoy growing their own containers of veggies.

I had lots of success last year growing sweet potatoes in my large planters - one plant per pot. Some of the sweet potatoes were over a foot long and big enough to feed 4 people. And the plants themselves were very decorative.

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HI everybody. My name is Steph and I am a total newbie with patio garden and I've recently started cucumbers and red peppers in crappy beginners kit pots. I plan on planting some easy veggies and strawberries and maybe some herbs. I love plants and outdoors in general. My father had a green thumb from out of this world. Sadly, he passed March 3rd from a massive heart attack. It is one of the many things that help me be closer to him. I also am tired of being completely reliant on grocers for my veggie and fruit supply where especially at farmers market where they can be expensive.I have a little family with a 10, 8, and 5 year olds and my dear husband so I am on a definate budget. So any advice is appreciated and I look fwd to talking to you guys. :)

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Welcome Sharon. I too am here for the 2nd time around. Can't remember exactly when I left or why, but at least I found my way back. Glad you did too.
I hope you are able to get your chickens soon. We currently live in the suburbs, so chickens and other livestock are out for the time being, but when we move back to the farm I am definitely going to be raising those, as well as renovating the orchard, planting grape vines, and trying to grow as much of my own food as I can.

Glad to have you here.

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Hi, my name is Sharon. I have been a Sparker since 2008, but left for a short time and re-joined after gaining. My RA and MS have been a challenge for me, so I stopped working my job to take off for a awhile. Well, now it is very difficult to find a job. So I work whenever I can find a job. Money is tight, which I think many people are experiencing, so I am growing as much food as I can, making most of my cleaning products, and our cat and dog food. And hopefully will be raising chickens soon. But my two teenagers still love fast foods, soda pop and chips. However, they are eating much more healthy and do like my homemade chips, sweet potato fries and herbal ice tea popsicles.

I enjoy arts and crafts. Love making paper bead jewelry, paper flower arrangements, greeting cards, stenciling, decorative throw pillows and knitting. These crafts come in handy when I start brightening up a room in our 1800's old farmhouse. Believe me, this old house is a true catalyst of creativity for me. My goal is to try to keep things looking within the time period the house was built. Being able to make my own things helps me do just that plus keep things affordable.

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Welcome Ruby!
I hear you on killing plants. I'm not too good with houseplants myself! If it can grow OUTSIDE, it's all good, but inside? UGH! lol! How cool that you live in Arizona! Always wanted to visit there! I love your memorial garden idea! Make it happen! emoticon

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Welcome to the team Ruby. There are lots of great tips on this team forums as well as many helpful members that can answer your questions.
Cacti and aloe vera are easy to kill if you overwater them, which many people do, so don't feel bad. They thrive on neglect. I've been having trouble keeping lavendar alive, and just lost the last of 3 holly bushes this winter too. Not sure why either. Guess I have to do some more research before attempting either of those again.
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Hi! My name is Ruby, and I have a black thumb! If it's not a ficus or philodendron, chances are that I should probably stay far away! :( Somehow, I've managed to kill aloe vera, cacti (yes, plural), a bonsai tree (How the heck? I thought they were supposed to live to be over 100!), countless varieties of flowers, and even a pine tree. Who knows what else. Waaaah. I took a free germination class last month at my local co-op that was taught by a horticulturist with 20+ years of experience. I got some great tips, but I have yet to try them out.

I live in Arizona. I lost my job in January. I qualified for food stamps in February. Even so, I still try to use coupons whenever possible! I hope to find a job by next month. I saw a greenhouse on sale at Big Lots for $99. Seriously thinking about getting it after I start working again. I already have seed packets for chives, dill, tomatoes, cucumbers, and organic peppers, okra, and watermelon. I was also thinking that I'd like to start a memorial garden on our property for friends and family who've passed on, so I have poppy seeds, zinnia, and African daisies. Anyway, I hope to make some sweet friends and to get some neat ideas on how to get all these plants growing without dying on me!! :) Glad to be here.

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My name is Monica and I've been a member of SparkPeople since September 13th, 2013. I'm happy to be part of your Organic Gardeners group! I've grown to be passionate about gardening and learning all I can about it. I'll be stopping by to learn from all of yous and sharing when I can.

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Welcome to the team. If you have any gardening questions, we do have a questions and advice forum where you can post them for other members to help with. And with all your experience, I'm sure you will have learned things to pass along to others as well.
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I've been gardening for 20 some odd years. I can and freeze foods for Winter time. I'm thinking about starting a herb garden this year, so I have a lot to learn in that department.

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Welcome to everyone who joined this group. We are all here to help each other. No matter how long some of us have been gardening, we can ALWAYS learn something new. So glad to have you all here.
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I'm an organic gardener in the Southeast, Zone 2. My church has blessed me with a community garden, 100x60 feet. We grow produce and give away through local food pantries. Last year we passed the ton mark, woohoo! It's been a blast learning to grow, and helping volunteers learn and serve others in the community. This year we're trying a cold frame, and building children's programs for the groups that visit. Glad to join the team!
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Hi all! I've been growing backyard veggies organically for about 10 years in the Pacific Northwest. Last April we moved into a new house after fixing it up and making it energy efficient, and since then I've been installing what I hope will become a self-sustaining, edible landscape. I have lots of experience and knowledge, but I'm still on the steep part of the learning curve for growing my own food web in my yard.

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Hi ; ) I'm Debbie. I absolutely love to dig in the dirt - food, flowers, whatever. It provides some of my food plus hours of enjoyment. I have moved this year - into my aunt's old home. Much of this year will be spent figuring out where I have sun, where I have shade, where she has plants. Her flowers have begun to bloom - daffodils are beautiful. The house had been empty for a couple of years so many things need to be divided, drainage improved, etc. I have been disabled for 17 years so I do a lot of container gardening. I would like to do some raised beds and start a compose pile and about a dozen other things ; ) I was so excited to find this group. I believe I can learn a lot from you.

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Hello, Maggie here. New to gardening, but I do have a compost pile. I think it's the coolest thing ever - and it actually steamed when the temperatures outside got cold, so I think it's doing what it's supposed to. I'm here to learn.
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Hi I'm Liz. I've always loved gardening. Some of my earliest memories are gardening with my Grandmother. I moved in with my boyfriend a year ago. He inherited his mother's house. She was an avid gardener and kept an organic garden in the backyard. We've spent the last year repairing/organizing the house and decided to tackle the yard and garden this season. I've been an apartment dweller my whole adult life so an actual ground "garden" is new to me. We've decided to have an heirloom organic garden this year. Seeds are started and our tiller JUST got delivered. I live in Texas so we will have a long season to work with. Hello Everyone! Looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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Hello,
I'm Bill. I've been gardening organically for probably 15 years now. I was introduced to organic gardening by an elderly gentleman who was a member of my church. He taught me about natural insect control, the use of organic matter in a compost heap, he even made his own organic fertilizer. I raised my children on organically grown vegetables and now am teaching my grand daughter about growing your own food organically. She's only 5 but as I remember I was about that age when my grandfather took me out into his garden and cut a piece of raw broccoli from a plant and gave it to me to eat. I loved it and recall that experience nearly every time I go out to work in my garden.

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I'm Taz. Tried my first raised garden last year with dismal results, did container herbs that did pretty well until i moved them inside for winter and then they died ! so i am hoping to pick up some information so i can do it right this year.

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Hi...I'm Terry and I love gardening...with my newfound love of juicing and developing a more vegetaritian diet, I want to grow more of my own veggies and get into canning ....I'd love to learn from all of you

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Hi, team! I am a 60 year-old woman living in Sanford, Florida. I am a paralegal by trade, and since I bought my house 3 years ago, have been gardening whenever I can. I'm originally from Virginia, and grew up in a poor family that survived by hunting, fishing, gardening, canning, preserving, and knowing what wild fruits and berries were edible. Gardening in Florida is a lot different than it was in Virginia. We pretty much have a year-round growing season, and some world class bugs down here. I'm now learning organic gardening, Florida style! I've been lucky enough to have a University of Florida extension office with master gardeners here, so I'm a very willing student!

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Hello everyone! My name is Kristen and I am from Nova Scotia, Canada. I love where I live! We just moved to a rural area that feels like we are in the middle of nowhere! It is fantastic living in a place like this compared to when we lived in town.

I have wanted to garden for a few years but never had the opportunity to have a garden before. Now I am super excited to have the opportunity to have my very first garden! It's a little late in the year to get a garden under way but I am certainly making all kinds of plans for next year and looking to get my garden plots planned and prepared before the snow falls this year.

I look forward to meeting my fellow team mates and learning from everyone's experiences!

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Hello everyone,
I live in inland Southern California, where pretty much anything will grow! I had an organic veggie garden about 30 years ago and due to various circumstances, stopped growing food plants. Over the years, I've grown a few things off and on... herbs, peppers, onions; but never really got serious about it until recently. I'm currently planning my new gardens - just received the heirloom seeds I ordered - which will go into about 400 square feet of raised beds which have been sitting empty for about 3 years! I'm also going to start composting, but since I work full-time, have a husband with terminal cancer and a 10-year-old to raise, I need to make things as efficient as possible. I'm going to buy a compost tumbler as I don't have the time or will to turn a pile regularly and was looking at one of the Lifetime models. Any advice in this area?

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Welcome to the team Sharsue! Glad you are able to garden again. We're all learning from each other. Feel free to ask if you have any questions or chime in on the discussions.

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Hello everyone. I just stumbled across this team, and am so happy I did!

I'm just getting back into gardening this year, after being forced to take a couple of years off due to life circumstances.

I'm so excited to be gardening again, and excited about getting to know everyone here and sharing gardening experiences.

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Welcome to the team! On the farm, most scraps went to the chickens as well. Now that we live in the suburbs, the compost pile gets them. There are some stables in the area, but the one we used to get manure from closed down. Need to contact the others to see if they would be willing to let me have some. The well rotted stuff was loaded with earthworms, so I put a bucket in my compost bin and had them for years (until the shrews moved in every year and nested in my compost bin - they like earthworms too).

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I have been on the organic gardeners spark team only a few days now. I have really enjoyed looking at the subjects and comments. One can always learn something.
I have been gardening since I can remember. I have been organic gardening for about 6 years. I bought a Mantis tiller and recomended it to my Mom and she bought one so Mantis sent me an offer for $100 off my next purchase. I had looked at their double composter. So I bought it and started making compost for my garden. I use my egg shells from the chickens I raise. I use any garbage that my chickens won't eat, like Citrus peelings. And any thing else that will make compost. I also have been using Llama manure. My Brother worked on a Llama farm and I got alot of the manure to use on my garden. He doesn't work there anymore so I will have to find a new source for manure. There is a cow farm nearby. Will have to check that out for next year.
I like organic gardening. I use things that most people would throw away and use it as fertilizer. Since I got my chickens not as much makes it to the composter. The weeds and most of my house hold garbage now go to the chickens.
But I use the chicken manure in the composter, so either way I get compost for my garden.
I grow alot of varieties of veggies in my garden. I like trying new things in the garden each year. I have tried over 100 varieties of Tomatoes. I know what I like the best now.
I also have Raspberries, blueberries, Strawberries, peaches and Apples in my Orchard. So I am busy all Summer long with gardening and canning all my produce. I love to can. It is so good to go to the cellar in the winter time and get some jars of food and remember the fun I had raising it in the garden. I also like to admire the shelves lined with goodies.
So now you will all know I am a gardening NUT. My husband says he never sees me during gardening season. LOL.
Happy organic gardening all!!

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Welcome to the team, Fancyqtr. Don't really know what to advise at this point since I don't know what you are doing to start with. One thing you do need to remember when starting seeds is that the pots do need to be cleaned to prevent any fungus diseases from affecting any new plants. Damping off is a big problem when starting seeds, especially if you don't have the seedlings in a warm place. Check the different topics and threads on the group to see if there are any issues you recognize that you've dealt with in the past. And let us know a few more details about what you have been doing so we can possibly offer a few suggestions.

Under the section for "Gardening Advice, Ideas, questions" the 2nd topic is a good place to post any specific gardening questions or problems you've dealt with in the past. We've got quite a few experienced gardeners here and hopefully someone will be able to help.
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Hi all. I just joined this team mainly to find out what I am supposed to be doing to get my garden to grow. I started several seeds in the house and they are all either dying or not big enough to put outside. I have several transplants that I will be putting out Monday or Tuesday. Normal planting time here is usually Memorial Day. I have been trying to grow some of my own veggies for several years and have only succeeded in getting about 2 small tomatoes each year (those were expensive tomatoes since I had gotten large plants a couple times). I also grow herbs in containers and they do well until winter and I can't over-winter them. I would like to grow my plants organically.

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Hi everyone,

So happy to find this team. I have been gardening since I can remember. This is our 1st year growing organic and using only heirloom seeds. Have been taking classes given by Master Gardeners in our area. Starting composting 3 bin system very soon. Have planted approximately 60 tomatoes and 70 cucumbers so far. My green peppers are too tiny to put in the ground yet but will be adding squash, zucchini and green beans. Thinking of starting mushrooms in the house too.

I will soon be certified in natural health, strongly oppose GMOs, MSG and aspartame. Will be Marching Against Monsanto this Saturday. Hope this isn't too much. Wanted you to get a general of sense of who I am. I am excited to learn much from this group.

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Thank you:-) :-) :-)

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Welcome to the team! If you check under the first discussion box and click "more topics" you will find 27 pages of threads about different gardening issues, including dealing with all sorts of pests.
Making the ground hard to crawl on will help as a deterrant, but won't solve the problem. Still, surrounding your plants with a band of crushed eggshells, pine needles, or any other coarse rough matter is worth a try. Make sure it is thick enough that they can't just crawl in between the stuff.
Another article that was mentioned was this one:
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I found these suggestions under one thread about snails and slugs eating someone's rhubarb. I'm sure there are plenty of other suggestions, but I didn't go very far back.

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Welcome to the team - I have the same problem with slugs & I understand it can take several years to rid yourself of them. Somebody here suggested yeast & sugar water to trap & drown them - it's like beer but without the price. I also ordered (from Johnny's) some "Sluggo" which is natural, it has iron phosphate in it & says it is safe around pets/wildlife. Apparently, the slugs ingest it & then stop feeding. I wish us both luck with those gross slimy critters!

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New to the team and gardening.:-) The slugs are eating my lettuce ...help!!! Gag..the really gross me out..lol I tried Epsom salts around the bed but it doesn't seem to be working.

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ICANLOSEMORE, I live in Palmer Alaska (about 40 miles North of Anchorage) but usually this time of year we are beginning to acclimate our plants to the outside a few hours of the day, weeding gardens, raking the grass, etc, but this year is so very unusual! It's still snowing - lightly but it is snow!

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Welcome to the team! We're all learning from each other. Lots of great ideas floating around here. Not sure where you live now, but many people with limited yard space are doing container gardening in the meantime. You can grow lots in containers, even tomatoes.

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Hello all! I am happy to have found this group, as I am new to gardening and trying to learn as much as I can before we move to the Carolinas this fall...I will finally have a yard where I can grow our own food and hopefully cut down on our grocery spending (organic produce is expensive where we live now)!

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Where do you live that you are still having snow? I thought we had a long winter this year in Minnesota, with snow the first week in May.

We are going to try to put my raised bed boxes together in between rain storms today. Hope it stops raining long enough. Can't wait to start watching my plants grow.

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Welcome Joe, can't wait until we are all learning from each other!

Oh - horse dung! It started snowing yesterday & we didn't think it would stick but this morning we have about 3 inches & my poor peonies are drooping!

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Welcome to the team. We're all learning from each other. Lots of great ideas being shared by everyone.
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Hello from Iowa. How exciting to find this team. I been gardening most of my life. About 6 years ago I started using only organic methods. I am looking forward to learning new things from my fellow organic gardeners. Joe

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ICANLOSEMORE - your raised gardens will be awesome. I have seen some that are that high, they have legs on them to make them counter height.

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Hi, I haven't gardened in years. My husband is building me a raised bed garden so maybe I can garden without causing more problems for my back. I'm having trouble visualizing it but he says it will be almost counter height. I really have been trying to eat clean so need to be organic in my garden as well. I have a lot to learn here so may be asking many questions.

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