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3/1/14 8:58 P

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What are you planning to start?
I enjoy looking at the new plants and equipment/tools.
I just dream of Spring!
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Just about time to start this year's seeds. emoticon

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I enjoyed working in the garden as a child with my Father.



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emoticon YES!



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what made me a gardener? ever tasted a grocery store tomato? 'nough said!

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What keep you excited about your garden?



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2/9/11 3:20 P

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JSpeed4 -
If you try out the camelias for smoking meat, PLEASE share with us how it goes!! I have some of those but hadn't ever heard of using them that way. What fun!

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Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
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Hunger. Most of my permanent plantings are fruit or nut-bearing, with a magnolia vine for tea, and camellias for the flowers and flower buds--which I have read are great for smoking meats. A sugar maple for emergency winter "water." I have a few White oaks and Chestnut oak trees for the acorns for me/chickens. emoticon

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Some of my earliest memories are from being in the gardens my parents kept when I was very young - from watching seedlings and trees grow up to a very memorable experience with the garden snake when I was 3.

Last year my husband and I bought a house on a half acre of land and our weekly "entertainment" money consisted in going to Lowes on Friday nights to search for bargain plants. My husband also enjoys taking cuttings of trees and plants and using them to supplement our clearance buys. We're really looking forward to watching our plant-babies come back this spring!

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Chattiegirl-
I agree knowing that my veggies are pesticide free is a big reason to garden for me too.

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
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After my husband died the fruits and veggie that come back each year had to be taken care of. So of course I wanted a few other things in the garden and now where he cut the garden back I have open it up more so I have a big garden and love it. Every year I put something different in adding to what I have. I put in about 20 different fruits and veggies and love being able to eat what I have grown and also no preservative or other things on them. Love, love it and I am not young but as long as I can get out there and do it I will have fresh food. Love Spark people.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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1/14/11 5:15 P

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I didn't get into gardening until I bought my house. The first year after I bought my house I didn't have a lot of extra money. I did not splurge on things like going out to eat, movies, fresh vegetables, milk, etc. I did have people that looked out for me. Thankfully. But after I got used to my mortgage, I started to think about gardening. I had never wanted to dig in the dirt for free before! But all of a sudden a friend of mine and I put in for raised beds in my backyard each 40 square ft. They were great. Before I knew it I took out my front lawn. Now around my house I have about 450 square feet of vegetable garden. If that wasn't enough, this year I'll finish my greenhouse 8' x 12'. I can't wait!

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
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Gardening runs in my blood. When I researched my roots I discovered that my Great grandfather Mosier and other relatives lived on large farms. My husband and I visited the area recently. There is only one farm that still stands but that too has been sold to "progress." I have enjoyed learning about my Great grandparents. Their place included the highest peak in the area called Mosiers Knob. They charged admission for tourists to picinic and climb a tower for a terrific view. Great grandmother Mahala would also sell cakes and pies at the bottom of the tower.

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8/29/10 7:58 A

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Growing up in apartments in Queens, I didn't have a yard that I could use. When I was young my landlady had a garden and she would explain things as she went along working on it. I always had a black thumb but when I moved away and was able to have a yard of my own I started to grow vegetables and have house plants. All my neighbors garden and my mother in law is a master gardener and my sister in law has a substantial garden as well. I have a lemon tree, bearded irises, I have plants that have leaves similar in size to elephant ears but the leaves have fingers, I forgot what they are called. I also have cacti and spider plants in the greenhouse. I learn as I go and my neighbors chuckle as to what the city gal is doing now lol.

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I love to grow things and see them after. My Mom loved flowers so I followed her. Garden not good this year sun to hot but next I will win. Smile

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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7/23/10 11:00 P

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I hope you can get some parts and get it fixed before the first freeze. I don't know what happened to your hothouse (I hadn't heard that term since I was young and living in Ohio) but I know mine is really hot during the day. I have the door wide open, automatic openers on my top vents and a fan that comes on if it is over 75 degrees. In spite of this the temperature gets as high as 110 during the afternoon. Needless to say, things are growing like crazy in there.

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Repairs I made to the hot house last night didn't last. Will try a order new parts. Have a beautiful Saturday.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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Mother was always working with flowers, so I love flowers and indoor plants. Husband died and we had a garden he took care of so I had to learn how to do things fast. We had fruit trees, grapes, strawberries and asparagus when he died and that had to be taken care of. Then I added all kinds of permanent fruits, cherry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry bushes to name a few. Then their are all things that get planted every year. City gal turned country farmer. I have about 40 different things in my garden, it is a little big. That's the history, love the outside and smile.

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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1/3/10 6:23 P

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I have always loved gardening. I had some pretty severe withdrawal during periods when I rented apartments. I have always had indoor plants but missed getting my hands in the dirt and harvesting what I grew. I still talk about a garden I had in North Dskota. I am a gardening addict and I love it.

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Hi LARISSAJO
Welcome to this topic. It sounds like you grew up gardening like I did. I love the taste of really fresh fruits and veggies and enjoy just getting outside and working with the plants.

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12/27/09 6:43 P

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I have very early memories of my uncle's yard where I picked raspberries and cherries and apricots and my grandmother had a huge bartlet pear tree and my mother had lilly-of-the-valley and four-o-clocks and I helped her can fruits and vegetables. I learned to grow the things I loved to eat and always found great pleasure in the process. I loved learning about nature and take great pleasure being out in forests and by lakes and streams and now in my own yard.

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Thanks. I said one but know better. I did apples and peaches in twos of course and try to get male and female for the pollination. They do much better that way and produce better also.

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It doesn't have to be really shady, they will take a number of hours of full sun. Mine get full sunt from about 9 to about 2-3 each day. It is best to get 2 however that way you will bet much better pollination.

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Hi Shar
Thanks for sharing that. I actually looked them up on the web. I haven't quite decided to get one cause I don't have a shady place to put it. I'm still thinking about though.

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If you are interested in getting papaw trees, here are a couple of sources. www.starkbros.com/access?action=cate
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How neat. I didn't know all that. I would probably like paw paw bread cause I love banana bread. I make it a lot, especially at holidays.
I have finished working up all my veggies and shelled 5 lbs. of pecans. My freezer is so full. I have been truly blessed this year. I can now start my canning!

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Papaws are a native American fruit that grow from the east coast through the mid-west. They are small trees, 25 ft. If you want to grow them it's best to have 2 or more trees so they pollinate better. The fruit is about 6 inches long and shaped similarly to a papaya. When ripe the inside is kind of a custardy consistency and the taste is a combination of banana and citrus. There are dark colored seeds inside that are easy to remove. They do not store well (which is why they don't tend to be commercially grown) but you can scoop out the pulp and freeze it and use it later on to make papaw bread (like banana bread).
My trees when I transplanted them from the pot just kind of sat there for a couple of years, barely growing, then took off quickly. I was told that is because they have a tap root and don't like transplanting very much so take a while to settle into their new spot. They are considered understory trees so can take partial shade.

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I meant to ask you about paw paws. I have always heard about them but never seen one or eaten any. What are they like?
I have gotten green beans, squash and okra, plus berries in the freezer. I also made apple and grape jellies, blackberry jam, peach and strawberry preserves, and apple butter.
I am going to work on canning peppers and tomatoes and making pickles and salsa.

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I forgot about the herbs.

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Hey Shar
That sounds really good. I have apples, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, wild blackberries and would love to have raspberries.
I have a small veggie garden with squash, okra, green beans, onions, tomatoes and two kinds of peppers; jalepenoes and sweet banana.
Then there's the herb garden. I love cooking with fresh herbs.

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Thank you. I currently have strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, lignon berries and 2 Pawpaw trees for fruit. Growing fruit as foundation plantings, ground cover in the perennial beds and as shade for the shade garden helps include all of that in my small lot. I also use gardening as a teaching tool at the facility where I am a special ed. teacher.
Shar

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Hi. I'm so glad to see you posting and your story was absolutely wonderful.
I grew up on a farm here in Georgia, so gardening is second nature to me. I just love beautiful fresh flowers and yummy fresh veggies.


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When I applied for the Master Gardener program, in the interview they asked my first memory of gardening. After thinking for a minute, I told them about sitting under a shade tree at a wash tub with a hose running into it while my sisters and older brother lugged baskets of potatoes my parents where digging up from the garden for me to wash. I got the job of washing because I was too small to carry the baskets. So basically I grew up gardening. I did take a few years off when I lived in apartments but even then I had lots of indoor plants.
Currently I have large perennial gardens, plus a small veggie garden along with several kinds of fruit all growing on a lot 50x150 ft.

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Post anything here that brought about your decision to become a gardener. What you like to grow, your specialties or even memories and first experiences.
Let's make ths the best gardening team!

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