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Weeding definitely IS considered gardening, and there's always lots of that to do.

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Well, if WEEDING is gardening, then yes I did that today! LOL

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Heal quickly, CB! What a bummer, right at the start of when things really get going outside.

I've taken 30 pounds of greens and peas to the foodbank so far, and looks like much more to come. We can't begin to keep up! All the rank growth on the veggies has mostly choked out the weeds, so now it really is salad days for us. Strawberries, peas, lettuces, collards, kale, first raspberry yesterday. Looking at the green tomatoes and blueberries in anticipation. First artichokes look almost ready! Fava beans any day now, too.

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Hi. I live in west central Illinois, and for us right now it's weeding, weeding, weeding! Doing an acre with several different garden beds, by hand.

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Surgery was Wednesday (5 days ago) so my ankle can now start to heal. Hubby picked more strawberries but they are about done for the year. At the moment all I can do is look out the windows and scowl at the weeds that need pulling, but it doesn't seem to have any effect on them! Maybe when it dries up more I will try and venture out and see what I can do about them.

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Ooh, CB, thats such a shame. Hope you heal that break quickly. emoticon

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Not today....the Good Lord helped my out by watering the gardens today

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No more gardening for me for awhile. Just broke my ankle yesterday. Hubby and daughter are going to be taking care of things until I'm able to get around enough. Bummer!
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Update: saw the doctor today and they have to do surgery to fix my ankle - probably Thursday or Friday. I hope everyone else has better luck this season than I am at the moment.

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Finished planting my garden plots today. Noticed the beans that were planted earlier are starting to come up, and I have some tomatoes on my vines too. Can't wait for a fresh picked tomato!

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I just have a simple feeder that holds about a cup of nectar. has 4 ports for the birds to drink out of, but no perches (I had others, but they broke over time and I have to get new ones). I took a spray can top and cut a hole in the center and threaded it through the wire on top of the feeder, then I fill that with water for an ant mote. It works as long as I keep it filled, but sometimes I catch the goldfinches drinking out of it and have to remember to fill it again. Male hummingbirds like to claim a feeder all for themselves and will chase others away, so I try to have a few feeders set up in different places in my yard. Fortunately they don't seem to fight over the flowers in the planters, so the others can drink nectar from my flowers in peace.

Today I almost finished planting the plots we rent from the park district. Left a few packets of seed at home, so have to finish up in the morning. Also ran out of pea seeds so will be running to the store for more.



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Hi CB, What kind of hummingbird feeder do you have?

Gosh, doing lots in the garden every day, I forget to come check in here. Today I hilled my potatoes with straw and all the bolted arugula I pulled up. Shame, the arugula was loaded with lady bugs. Hope they find other places to stay and hang out in the garden.

Started laying out the stone for my patio, placed the green cone, set out little flower pots to edge the pallet-potato bin which is so stuffed with hay and potato plants bursting out the top that it's getting kind of homely. Pulled weeds, put down grass much, put the extra tomatoes I grew from seeds in pots in sunny places in the garden--might as well see whether I get some extra because you can never have too many!--put the hose on the new reel and started prepping for drip and soaker hose irrigation, watered, picked and ate some peas and daylily blossoms, yum... still so much I didn't get to!

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Yep. Tree trimming, then planting seeds this evening. And this time I am going to remember to use bug spray before I go out. Got eaten alive on Tuesday when transplanting tomatoes - have 30 bites to prove it.

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Baskets and planters all done. Hummingbird feeder also filled today, just in time, as I saw my first hummingbird earlier. It has already visited the feeder.

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Just a wander through this evening.

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Actually got to weed the strawberry bed a bit. Unfortunately the weeds are the type that are just going to keep coming back, so I have to eventually move the plants (after they are done producing this spring) to a different location. Still wet, but it did help some of the weeds pull easier.

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Other than thinking about it and wishing I could, I haven't been able to because it keeps raining off and on and it is too wet outside to do anything. Still need to buy some plants, which will count, but again, not going to the garden center to try and pick these out in the rain either.

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I just watered and pulled a few weeds after it cooled off a bit. Lost most of my strawberries in this week's heat.

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We have doves that like to gobble up our corn seed as soon as it starts sprouting. One thing I do for a large area is to pound in stakes along the outside and then use string back and forth in a random pattern from stake to stake. I also tie some cloth to the string at some points. Supposedly to birds this looks like a cage and they tend to avoid it. Sparrows are small enough that they probably wouldn't pay attention. We do get bird netting (the kind that you can drape over a fruit tree) and fasten that to the stakes too for large areas. We put some stakes in the center to keep it off the ground, and try to drape it over the outside stakes in order to keep the birds from just going under it. (that's also what I do for my strawberries, to try and keep the greedy robins from getting all of them). I use logs or stones to help weigh it down along the outside as well.

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GYPSY LADY and CBRINKLEY, that definitely counts!

Whether or not I am out doing serious gardening, every day I pull out a few dozen big leaf maple seedlings on my way to my car in the morning.

The robins ate all my collard and kale seeds, and the sparrows stripped my turf area of the shade-wildflower mix I planted there. So I'm going trying the kale and collards again, and I will cover them with mini-cloches this time.

Any ideas how to keep the sparrows from stripping off the wildflower seed? It's an area about 20 X 30 feet.

The squirrels dug up the few dozen peas I had planted and ate them. It took me awhile to figure it out, but when only 2 of my first planting came up, I replanted a few dozen more. This time I watched the squirrels climb down the fence, and calmly start digging and eating.
I ordered 5 pounds of cayenne. Hope it gets here fast: I would really like some peas this spring.


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No, But I went to the local feed store and picked out the fruit trees that I want Dear Hubby to buy for our orchard. I also priced the plants I want for my garden, and I went through Tractor Supply's catalog and lusted today.
Does any of that count?
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Planted 2 rows of potatoes 3/13 and 3/14. Today I just cleaned out oak leaves from flower gardens and fertilized the spring bulbs coming up. I'm in zone 5B. Also emptied the compost into the garden, tilled it in and started a new compost with things I've saved all winter in the freezer. Fun day!

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The snow banks outside my door are still higher than me (that's 5' 5") but I did set up my propagator today just to make me feel a little better.

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Does spreading the piles of snow over the lawn to help them melt count?
Of course, even planning a garden, reading articles or catalogs, or purchasing seeds counts as gardening on this thread!

My spring bulbs are coming up so soon I will actually be able to WORK in the garden instead of just dream about it and plan!

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I have some new stone pathways that I planted out with creeping thyme. And a new small bed that had been looking very bare got 60 gallons of compost, and now there is a large rosemary bush there, which I had been growing in a pot for years. Hope it doesn't mind the transition to the new spot, because it's pretty lovely right there.

Anyone know how much rosemary plants resent transplanting? I lost over half of its root system, sadly.

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CBRINKLEY, I lived in Boston and Buffalo for awhile, and while I enjoy the milder climate of the northwest, I do miss those amazing springs, where everything burst into green and then flowers, like 2 weeks of fireworks.
I also envy that you're guaranteed some warm weather in June for those tomatoes you're starting. Summer usually starts on July 5 around here--very hard to get ripe tomatoes.
What kinds are you starting?

Today was mostly spent futilely shooing away the birds from my newly seeded wildflower garden. (My husband requested some turf, and I don't have much use for grass, so I went with meadow flowers. He won't care as long as he can put a hammock on it.)

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So glad you are able to work in your garden. Ours here near Chicago are still covered in snow. Supposed to be warmer for the next week or so, and temps should actually get up in the 50s tomorrow! Looking forward to seeing the ground again, even if the grass is still brown and the dirt is bare. But crocuses and daffodills should be poking through the soil soon.
Waiting for my compost pile to thaw enough so I can sift it. At least I can start my tomato/pepper/eggplant seeds tomorrow (didn't get that done last week) in anticipation of planting them in the ground the end of May/beginning of June - weather permitting of course!

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Yesterday: mulched the blueberries with pine bark, added compost to veggie beds, and put some more bark down on one of the paths. Today: transplanting some more from my friend's garden, and another quick nursery trip. If I can find my creeping thyme seed packet, I'm going to sow that around the stepping stones. If there's time, I'll seed some chives, crocosmia, and plant onion bulbs. It's been a very dark, wet spring, so I'm pleased the equinox is just around the corner.

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Wow, Laraby, blueberries already! You must be somewhere nice and warm. Mine are just budding up.

Today I started garlic chives and cherry tomatoes in pots. The tomatoes stay in under lights, and the chives go out in the "sun." My garden peas are now up! And yesterday I put in lots of transplants from a friend's yard: raspberries, bluebeard, choysia "Aztec pearl", and more.

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Harvested a little lettuce and admire the blueberry blooms!

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Does feeding chickens and refreshing pine chip bedding and alfalfa in nest boxes count? Too early to get eggs. None lain yet. So bitterly cold out there and wind is whipping across street from farmers soy field. Looks like a sand storm made of blowing snow out there.

Hard to believe sap will be running in a week or two. Normally I would have started seeds by now. I think it is way too early for that here. Temps are still holding near zero or under at night and no more than 15-20 during 'warm' part of day. Taken to wearing my late season orange hunting one piecer and snowmobile boots to go across drive to coop.



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Yes! The sun came out for the first time in a week so I did a bunch of planting--strawberries, bareroot plants, seedlings, and seeds. I also scored a feijoa (pineapple guava) at the nursery and got it into the ground, so I'm feeling pretty happy!

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I sat outside and enjoyed all my fruit trees that are in bloom now! emoticon

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I did more clean up and composting today. I'm going to top of the raised beds tomorrow and let the rest for a while. I'm dying to start planting because it is so warm here and everything is starting to take off, but I'm worried that there could still be a hard cold. I lost a few plants last year by jumping the gun.

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I have 7 trays of seedlings of various ages, from 1 - 4 weeks old. Today I cleaned up the garden beds a bit, and prepared another tray that I'll plant out tomorrow. We have very mild winters here, so we're lucky!

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I wish I COULD plant this early, but here in the Midwest we are still buried under snow. Won't be long before it's time to start some of my plants from seed - the ones that need the longest time to grow before they are large enough to transplant (mostly flower varieties at this time of year as the veggies don't need as long and it will be another month before they need to be planted)

Seed catalogs are in and I need to sit down and make out my orders this week, which counts as gardening, and then get my seed starting supplies ready.

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Decided to plant my potatoes today. I'm in Florida zone 9. Has any one planted this early before?

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I can tomatoes mostly (sauce and puree too), though I've also done pizza sauce, salsa, peaches, grapes, grape juice, apples, pears, along with different home made jams. I froze my fruit this year and need to make them into jams and sauces to clear up some freezer space as we're splitting a quarter of beef with my son.

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emoticon and I am canning tomatoes and beans:) Does anyone can?

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I'm already getting seed catalogs in and am starting to plan for next spring's planting season. Time to order seeds to in order to get them in time to start indoors. All of which counts as gardening.
The only problem is that I want to try and grow so many things but in reality don't have the room for all of them, so the hard part is paring down my wish list to be more realistic.

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I've been digging up summer bulbs. Have most of the cannas dug, except for the ones near the house that didn't get killed by frost yet. Dug up half the dahlias as well today. Just have to finish the dahlias, one clump of tuberose, and one clump of calla lilies, then get them all cleaned off and stored in the basement until next spring.

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I planted some spinach and cukes today and picked the last of my beans for now.

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Got pretty cold here the last two nights. Need to pull my impatiens too. So sorry to see them go, they were so beautiful this year!!.

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I have to clean out the impatiens and marigolds from my patio area. They finally succumbed to frost. It will have to wait until tomorrow even though the weather is good today. The petunias are still holding up. I'm waiting to see what they do, how long they last.

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Dug the sweet potatoes out of the last large container today. One was over a foot long! The dirt was very loose and didn't stick to the potatoes, so it was very easy. Working on fall cleanup now, digging up the cannas and dahlias to store over the winter.

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