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5/11/11 9:58 P

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Too funny Jen! That is one healthy vine!!! emoticon

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5/11/11 8:47 P

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Saturday some friends came over and we were standing next to one of the grapevines chatting. We must have been standing there about 10-15 mins - when I turned to walk down the path - I felt a little tug. A tendril had started to twine in my hair!! I actually broke it when I turned. My friends and I looked at each other, then Ericka said, "back slowly away from the grapevine...."

LOL!

What if the garden considers me "just another nutrient from the compost pile"???? Uh oh.

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5/11/11 8:00 P

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I had the same problem with squash plants last year! If you stopped too long they would start climbing up your legs.


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5/10/11 4:58 P

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LOL - Those plants may be spawn of Audrey!! Unfortunately it's not just one plant - but 2 dozen!!

I was actually pulling out some spent calendulas that had reseeded at the ends of the rows from last yr. My dad was working on the gazebo and called for me. I shouted that I was in the tomatoes. Even though he was elevated, he couldn't see me bent over under the tomatoes! It's like the tomato patch that time forgot.....

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5/10/11 3:46 P

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Jen, you didn't name that tomato plant Audrey, did you? (Like on Little Shop of Horrors)

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5/10/11 3:14 P

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Gee a new fairytale...
Jen and the tomato stalk!

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Scary garden moment: The cherry tomato plants that were shoulder high on me this Saturday are now taller than me (Tues). I may have created a monster. Eep! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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In our area the temperatures have finally warmer enough to work in the garden! Rah! I worked for two hours outdoors each of the past two days...it was great!!!

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5/10/11 2:16 A

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Ladies in the Midwest.....Enjoy your spring...Ours has been kind of crazy. Warm, cold, warm, cold. So the crops are kind of confused as to what they should be doing. Hot days this week and the plants are beginning to really pop up and grow. Joan



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5/9/11 6:27 A

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I spent some time planting yesterday, but there's still so much I need/want to do. The ivy has overtaken the shade garden (as it usually does) so I want to get out there and tidy things up and plant my imptiens. Wish I had scheduled a few vacation days this week.

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5/8/11 9:24 P

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Wow, I'm just now checking back in after a super busy weekend of yard work and gardening. Wish I didn't have to work for a living. I love this season of the year and hate to miss 8 whole hours of it at work each day!!

Sounds like a lot of you hit plant sales. I feel like a kid in a candy shop when I go and did buy some things I have no idea WHAT I'm going to do with ....

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5/8/11 8:33 P

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If you plant tomatoes try wall-o-water teepees. they really work and give you a jump on the season. Technically our frost free day is around Memorial weekend, but half of mine are going in tomorrow.

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5/8/11 6:47 P

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we got a taste of the garden weather this weekend too, but it will still be a couple of weeks before we are completely safe

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5/8/11 3:54 P

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Jen...I understand there is a netting that you can put over your fruit trees to protect your fruit from the birds. I haven't tried it yet. I hope to add fruit trees this year to my back yard. Some peaches, apples and maybe a grape vine. It is getting hotter here in SC. The last few summers have been really terrible for the extreme heat. I have changed my plants to heat tolerate ones. They do better here.

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5/8/11 8:20 A

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emoticon All you folks where spring is springing!!

I harvested my first crops of cherry tomatoes this week and have peppers and eggplants starting to form. Carrots are still going like gangbusters.

Today I'll be out on the side of the house where I grow my deciduous fruit trees. The fruit is starting to color on some of the early peaches and apricots and I've caught the birds sitting on the fence casually taking a peck out of each fruit on that side! Now I don't mind sharing - I just ask that the birds pick a fruit and stick to it instead of ruining dozens of them! I'm armed with paper bags and a stapler to cover unpecked fruit. This could be a big job. And yes - I'll still leave more for the happy birds!

I will need you guys in cooler climes to keep me motivated this summer when everything her in Phoenix withers under our hot, dry conditions. We've already had a few 100 degree days.

Enjoy playing outside everyone!

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5/7/11 8:30 P

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I never grew Queen of the Prairie but yipeee garden season finally hit NY! Today it didn't rain, it was fairly warm and I went out and got compost/manure for a day preparing beds tomorrow! I broke down and bought two heirloom tomato plants at Lowe's even though they were $3.98 apiece because they were soooo much bigger than my seedlings. I am bound and determined to harvest a tomato by the 4th of July - with the big plants and the walls-o-water I just might do it this year!!

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I have never grown Queen of the Prairie, only seen it in catalogues. Are you familiar with it?

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I bought a Filipendula/Queen of the Prairie today.

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I went to the Citizens for Conservation native plant sale in Barrington IL. So many gorgeous plants that are native to this area (NW IL). Of course they only took cash so I couldn't get everything I wanted. Have to go back and get some Trillium and Queen of the Prairie!

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Oh you're so lucky! I'm still in a zone that won't be free to plant until mid-may. Just the other night we had a frost advisory. emoticon

I'm itching to get sowing.

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5/7/11 12:34 P

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I just got back from the Master Gardeners' plant sale & will be heading out to put my new plants in the grounds in a few minutes.

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Sounds like my day! Enjoy...

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5/7/11 10:58 A

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Today promises to be a sunny day in the mid 70's in Iowa. I'm off to the garden centers and will try to control myself and my purchases. Then home to dig in the dirt for the rest of the day. Hope y'all have similar experiences!! Enjoy!
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