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I planted (and continue to add new plants) a Native Wildflower bed. I've learned a lot of history along the way, which is fun for this homeschool mom. LOL

My husband built me 5 4'x4' garden boxes so we could do raised beds (we have walnut trees and can't use our dirt). I did them in the square foot gardening way. I love it!! hardly any weeds this year with so much new dirt!

I am planning to enlarge a flowerbed and add herbs. Is it too late in the year to plant the perennials?

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All your gardens sound great. I've never been successful at planting herbs in containers so I put them in the box where my strawberries were going to go (I got my boxes in too late to buy plants). I'm also trying a potted blueberry bush, container potatoes and corn for the first time. My regular plants include tomatoes, green beans, peppers and onions (the last two I haven't gotten a crop from yet)

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I'm in Plainfield Illinois, and this spring I'm trying out cauliflower and spaghetti squash.
I still planted my usual tomatoes, zucchini, sweet peppers, cucumbers, strawberries, and herbs.
One year I planted 3 kernels of corn (I don't have a huge garden)... that was a fun experiment, but I was a little disappointed I only got one ear of corn per stalk.
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I usually plant tomatoes, onions, corn, cucs, carrots, spinach, kale and pepper. This year I have added cabbage, swiss chard, lettuce, strawberries and okra.

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Jaye180 you are the ambition one. I've planted Swiss chard, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach and Salad bowl lettuce, but I haven't got my tomatoes in yet. The weather isn't co-operation. Northern Illinois we can plant green pepper after 5/27, so waiting for those also.

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4/18/11 5:35 P

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I've planted a new front lawn, I have lots of young grass sprouts, I also planted new flowers along the front patio and a fresh new garden with lots of veggies i.e., cucs, squash, tomatoes, onions, cantaloupe, marigolds,spinach, kale, lettuce, carrots, okra, chives and a few others. emoticon

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I usually dont plant anything new in my gardens cause everything I plant comes back from the following seasons..every once in a while I will plant something new if its on sale or what ever

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Broccoli is new for me, I am also trying some heirloom veggies. I would love to put in a little herb garden, but will probably stick to pots this year.

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I'm going to do Square Foot gardening this year. I have two raised beds (ty and bless you, DH). One I will put all the viney things and a trellis, in the other I have done the measuring and partitioning with fat red jute (for now). I am also planning a perpetual salad garden...soon as I can plant until last planting in September, fresh salad until Thanksgiving, I hope. :)

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3/27/11 8:16 P

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Yard is tilled, but I have to rake and cultivate the soil, it's a lot of work, but I'm hoping the end result will be worth the effort. I didn't use any chemicals to kill the weeds because I didn't want to contaminate the soil. It' cold and drizzling a little so no work today, better tomorrow I hope.

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3/25/11 4:57 P

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I've decided to plant a new lawn, I refuse to mow weeds and I hate the way my lawn looks now. I've asked a friend to till it for me with a rental and I can handle it from there. I will plant the grass seeds and create a "new landscape" all around. Getting excited, because there are so many possibilities.... emoticon

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I am at a new home as well and I had not thought of the front patio----I even have a pergola there what a wonderful idea maybe some hanging baskets for there and some potted flowers. Now I need to plan a color scheme for that area:) Sandy

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I plan to plant flowers, herbs and some veggies along my front patio, I think they will be beautiful there. As I am in a new house, everything will be new...

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I will mix my herbs into the flower beds and have a few in the window sill in the kitchen.
I have my garden designed and need to wait until the plants hit the nursery shelves so I can make the plans come to life.
I still need to pick out the walk way stones I want to use on the side yard to make a winding path on the east side of the house, it is very wet on that side and I want to get ride of the mud hole. Will probably get the rough finished kind that look like old stones only square cobble stone only uniform. If that makes any sense.
Enjoy planning your spaces. Sandy

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3/7/11 6:42 A

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That's a great idea! That can even be done with aloe plants, flowers, etc.
I've never had much success with container gardens before, but I'll try again this year with a pot of herbs on the deck and remember to water them every day so they don't dry out like last year.

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I'm growing all my herbs in pots this year. I hope to be able to give cuttings and seedlings as gifts.

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I just picked up a couple of new orchids (Dendrobium and Cattaleya) at Hausermann's annual orchid sale yesterday, so I can have some spring blooms to hold me over until the flowers outside start to bloom. I also thought I'd try an anthurium. Usually I don't have luck with those kinds of leafy plants but I've never had this kind so I'll see how it goes.
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I am planning on trying to grow lavender from seed. (Which I need to get going on!) Has anyone tried that? Just read,on site dedicated to lavender, that its a very long process. Also read about starting it from cuttings, which I didn't know you could do. Anyone tried that?

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1/22/11 12:10 A

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Just receiving the joint seed orders I put in with my friend. This summer we cleaned up a section of the back, and I started thinking about flowers. So, new things next year:

I got ton of bulbs, heavy on the daffodils and lilies, and with the seed order, got some flower seeds in addition to the veggies. Sunflowers, zinnias, thunbergia, petunias (from seed), four o'clocks, rudbeckia.

In the vegetable garden the new fun wacky stuff will be Malabar Spinach, and Corn Salad (mâche). I got seeds for jicama, but I think it will turn out that our growing season is not remotely long enough.

I might try planting a sweet potato, who knows. Might try the chayote again, so I guess that's not new. Not that it even bloomed last year... I might try a melon seedling from my friend.

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Just receiving the joint seed orders I put in with my friend. This summer we cleaned up a section of the back, and I started thinking about flowers. So, new things next year:

I got ton of bulbs, heavy on the daffodils and lilies, and with the seed order, got some flower seeds in addition to the veggies. Sunflowers, zinnias, thunbergia, petunias (from seed), four o'clocks, rudbeckia.

In the vegetable garden the new fun wacky stuff will be Malabar Spinach, and Corn Salad (mâche). I got seeds for jicama, but I think it will turn out that our growing season is not remotely long enough.

I might try planting a sweet potato, who knows. Might try the chayote again, so I guess that's not new. Not that it even bloomed last year... I might try a melon seedling from my friend.

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12/26/10 7:12 P

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Sitting here in snow, I ordered my seeds for Spring. I'm adding cantaloupe to my garden this year. I might try watermelon. I'd love to do strawberries, but we have too many ants. I have to keep it organic.

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6 is good. Did you get photos of your pumpkin patch?

I have never raised pumpkins but may try next year. Our season is over.

Awesome about the garlic.

Hope you are having a good day.

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Sunny I didn't answer you on my pumpkins, it did ripen some more but not completely and I ended up with 6 large pumpkins woo hoo
now I have replanted my strawberry plants and my brother gave me elephant garlic so they are already 4 inches out of the ground another woo hoo

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I don't think so, Honey. Sorry....

Do you have any more on the vines? I sure hope so.

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I have a little dilemma, I am growing pumpkins for the first time, I was removing some of the vines as they were taking over my lawn area too.
when I pull this one I found it had been growing a pumpkin but it isn't mature, and it's disconnected now will it still go into ripening process now that it's no longer connected to the plant?

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I would check with your local garden center and ask them how to treat organically for these "buggers".

Hope you find something.

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OZARKMARY - Did you know that those little white small "butterflies" are what lay the eggs that kill my cabbage and other cruciferous veggies? I learned that year before last, before that I thought they were cute flying around my garden!! We don't use any pesticide so we end up just picking the worms off the plants. By the end of the summer we are outnumbered and give up.

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Planning new this year - my first "garden." I am starting this year with fresh herbs...in containers on my deck when it's sunny and then move them indoors when storms are a brewing...if i can keep it alive, I may move on to veggie and fruit next year...

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Planning new this year - my first "garden." I am starting this year with fresh herbs...in containers on my deck when it's sunny and then move them indoors when storms are a brewing...if i can keep it alive, I may move on to veggie and fruit next year...

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We live in Northeast Missouri and also plant the end of May. Any sooner, we might just have to replant.

Take care and have a Terrific Tuesday.

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I am still in the south. I hear that we had frost and the dreaded SNOW one day last week. My mom never started planting a garden till the end of May because of this.
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I've put in red and white cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts with a marigold between each. Hoping that works, because as the summer goes on, the pest seem to move in. I also am harvesting a variety of lettuces from my container garden and waiting for the radishes. Yummy, but a little bitter compared to iceberg.

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The chive is also good in creamed potatoes which I cream with low fat sour cream.

Enjoy...

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I bought chives at the garden show Saturday. I also bought Stevia. That should be interesting because I got a food dehydrater for Christmas - maybe I can use my own Stevia for sweetening this winter! I wonder how they get it to be a white powder though????? I am looking forward to using the chives on baked potato with sour creme, I remember my mom used to do that all the time.

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The gourd sound pretty cool. I am going to try radishes, carrots and green oinons in pots on my deck this year.

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I was at the seed store today picking up my patio tomatoes and saw a "snake Gourd". Different but beautiful painted. I had never seen them before.

I also bought some trailing petunias for my patio pots.

Looking forward to seeing the pained gourds.

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I want to try my hand at decorating gourds for birdhouses! I love them. I have planted all heirloom everything for my garden this year and bought some really cool seeds this year. Red Noodle Bean and some Fish Peppers. All I started from seed. Never done that before. I can't wait for fresh veggies!

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Gourds are fun to grow plus you can make bird houses from them. There is a whole society of people who grow and decorate gourds. Check out this website.
www.joshclay.com/gourdprojects.html

I will definitely be putting in my Sunflower Garden and as far as veggies are concerned, we are planting a smaller garden this year with tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon and cantaloupe. We also have a couple of asparagus beds which are producing right now. I
also want to plant some Zinnias and some hollyhocks. I have some of the seeds from my Dad's hollyhocks so hope they do produce.

Sunny

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I've grown them also. They are easy and can be grown on fences if you have one. To help with drying, make a couple of pin holes in the gourd if you plan to remove the seeds.

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Gourds are easy. They do best on some sort of trellis and most have a long groing season. Plant the seed either directly in the garden or to get a slight jump on the season in a pot that can be put in the soil, they don't like their roots disturbed. Near the end of the season, when the vines and gourds are drying, pick the gourds and let them finish drying in a cool dry place.

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I have several Clematis but this year I am going to see if I can get two doubles to grow up a couple of tree trunks. I'm also doing a bed of several color Sunflowers.

Would like to try gourds - has anybody grown them?

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