SparkPeople VEGGIES and BLOOMS GARDENING TEAM Team Messageboard In this garden we learn from each other sharing our experiences and ideas from our Vegetable, Herbs and or Flower Gardens. We are all sowing the seeds of healthy living together! SparkPeople VEGGIES and BLOOMS GARDENING TEAM Team Messageboard CHAT ROOM FOR 2018 <img src=""> Tue, 2 Jan 2018 21:26:38 EST Hello ALL! Greeting from Michigan! I'm new to the Team and very excited to be here. Gardening is my sanctuary! Fri, 4 Aug 2017 10:18:35 EST Hello from Canada Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Sherry and I live in Alberta Canada I am also a pretty new gardener I only started 3 years ago first with flowers , and then I started veggies last year I'm loving it. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 06:56:54 EST CHAT PAGE FOR 2017 Just think only 6 more weeks of Winter!! Looking forward to Spring and all the beauty that it brings. <BR> <BR> Time to get up and get those calories burned and pounds lost before short and T shirt weather gets here. <BR> <BR> Best wishes for reaching your goals. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:28:43 EST It's Official - Barlee Garden is growing again! The community garden I started is growing again (that is in size). The old library repair house that has remained for the last decade and a half, will be torn down to make way for a tot lot park. Also across the road surrounding the community garden, is growing again with new condo's as family oriented developments. <BR> <BR> My name has change from Ann478 to decora2 due replacement of computers. Sat, 4 Feb 2017 22:30:10 EST Anyone ever PLANT a WHITE garden?~White plants ?? Hi everyone! I have always wanted to plant a white garden that would be in the SHADE [or dappled shade}. I now have the space and have a book ~Patricia Lanza's LASAGNA GARDENING which shows plants for a white garden.Is there anyone who has DONE such a thing? And if so,what plants did you use that worked and which ones did not? Also,what ZONE NUMBER are you in? Help, <em>303</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:01:58 EST Hello from Malaysia! Hi! I am Elaine and I love watching plants grow! I wish I was as dilligent with the watering though! Lol! I am Chinese and a Christian. <BR> <BR> I hope to make lots of new friends here and get some gardening tips! Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:57:04 EST CHAT LINES OPEN!! 2016 Please add anything and everything you want to this Topic!!! Let's have a Free-For-All!! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:19:36 EST New to team Hi, my name to Mo, and I'm new to the team. Joined Sparks back in Sept but haven't been active until now. This looks like a great team fit for me as I love to garden both flower and vegetables. DH and I are off to a great start on both this year. Looking forward to getting to know all of you and to hear about your gardens as we travel our weight loss journey. Sun, 24 May 2015 10:18:21 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! Here's a little bit about excited to be among fellow flower lovers! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. FIRST NAME? Robin <BR> <BR> 2. CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE? Fairfield, OH <BR> <BR> 3. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? February 28 <BR> <BR> 4. SIGNIFICANT OTHER? Yes <BR> <BR> 5. CHILDREN? GRANDCHILDREN? 1 son <BR> <BR> 6. PETS? Would love so many cats, but became horribly allergic in my early 20s <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> 7. FAVORITE SNACK FOOD? Anything that sounds good (I kno... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:13:49 EST What do you have Blooming in April?! Share photos if you can or just tell us about your blooms!! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 15:01:02 EST Astrology in Bloom Flower for Every Sign Astrology in Bloom: Flowers for Every Sign <BR> Learn which flowers to pick for every horoscope sign <BR> by Julia and Derek Parker <BR> <BR> 76 <BR> See which flowers go best with your horoscope sign! <BR> <BR> Every horoscope sign rules its own set of characteristics -- colors, gemstones, parts of the body -- and this is true for plants and flowers, too. Everyone can appreciate the beauty of nature, but because each sign represents a particular energy or style, certain signs will be drawn... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 01:31:25 EST What is New in your yard this March?? Share photos or comments on what is new in your yard in March this year! <BR> I think Spring is such an exciting time of year because all most every week we see something new!!! <BR> Share with us no matter what part of the country or world you live in!!! <BR> We all love nature! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:12:31 EST Seed Starting Here is a link to an excellent article on seed starting! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-101-why-start-from-seed/ </link> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:06:52 EST HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! <em>429</em> HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> My turn to cook Easter Dinner this year. Cooking a roast turkey that comes in a box. They are very good especially if you are serving a small group. Sides mashed potato, peas, carrots and coleslaw (home made) and turkey gravy. Dessert Pumpkin Pie. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:14:04 EST Vertical Shoe Bag Garden I came across this idea on the web last year and thought I would share the link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>a-shoe-organizer-fo-90196 </link> <BR> <BR> Just have to figure out how to hang the dang thing as condo outside exterior is constructed with cement. How would I hang it? Perhaps I could attached it my step ladder ladder?? Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:02:09 EST What are you growing? Out in my sunny warm greenhouse this morning. My geraniums that I harbored over winter have been potted and are greening up. My lettuce, kale, swiss chard, kohlrabi and tomato plants have been transferred into larger pots with more soil, and they look happy and are growing bigger. I have planted many herbs out side, they are not getting any larger, but they are still alive. The nights get down to the 40's. A beautiful early morning, but as soon as the sun goes down, the wind comes up...a... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:05:11 EST Gardening with Epsom Salt & Other Natural Remedies Gardening with Epsom Salt <BR> <BR> Epsom salt is a popular and well-reputed supplement in organic gardening. With the recent push towards “green” living, Epsom salt is an ideal answer to a variety of organic gardening needs. Both cost effective and gentle on your greenery, Epsom salt is an affordable and green treatment. <BR> Completely one-of-a-kind with a chemical structure unlike any other, Epsom salt (or Magnesium Sulfate) is one of the most economic and versatile salt-like substances i... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:53:42 EST CHAT LINES ARE OPEN FOR 2014 Wednesday, 01 January 2014 <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY! No matter how the weather is where you are today, I still say it's a beautiful day because...God has blessed us all to begin a BRAND NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2014! (Already? LOL.) The past couple of days here in my daily messages, I've talked about things you can do differently in 2014 to make sure you have a happier, healthier ending to this year than you did to 2013. Now, if I'd gazed into my crystal ball on New Year's Day, 2013,... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:26:06 EST Indoor Gardening Growing plants indoors is especially fun and rewarding. When you are able to eat delicious vegetables from your plants it is even more exciting. Indoor gardening is a wonderful tool for those who have very little space and for those who are unable to bend. Indoor gardeners also love the fact that there is very little weed problem, no hot sun shining down on them, and it is so much easier to have good soil without covering a large area. <BR> <BR> Indoor vegetables can be grown easily in any ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 12:54:27 EST Calories Burned While Gardening Average is 280 calories per hour. <BR> <BR> Though it is suggested that doing stretches, is an important step, before starting any type of garden work.. As avid gardeners, we know the time in the garden flies by all too quickly and we often end up doing more chores than planned! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:43:48 EST New Spark Format...?? How are you handling the new main page of Spark People? <BR> <BR> I am finding it a little easier to navigate around but with anything new, it takes me time, to adjust. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:16:27 EST The Travel Game = A - Z Pack up your ol' suitcase! <BR> We're travelling around the world in this game! <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Use the last letter of the previous word, to steer us all over the world. <BR> <BR> One letter in the alphabet, that will be skipped is - the letter X. I believe only one place in the world starts with the letter X - which is a name of a place in China. <BR> <BR> Atlin B.C. Canada <BR> <BR> Tucked into the far northwestern tip of British Columbia, Atlin graces the easte... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:33:58 EST Scavenger Hunt Around the House A-Z We go through the alphabet, finding things that are in your home, or could be in a home. <BR> <BR> I'll start it off with: A - Apple Computer <BR> <BR> Your turn next! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 02:36:30 EST GAME: A - Z ALL ABOUT PLANTS This may help keep the spark of gardening alive thru the long winter months! <BR> I will start the game below: <BR> <BR> A - African Queen Lily ( Lilium ) <BR> <BR> Your turn! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 02:31:27 EST What are your garden plans for the season! I just wanted to touch base with everyone and chat a bit about what your plans are for the this season and your garden. <BR> I have lots of flower beds to clean out along with trimming and mulching here at the Western Washington home. <BR> What are you up to these days? <BR> Sandy Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:48:20 EST Black colored grub shaped worm things I know what grubs look like, while fat caterpillar like worms, but today I found a black colored grub shaped worm in my pot that contains peas, beans and corn. I simply flipped it out of the pot and onto the roof below me (I had a really bad throw, I was trying to get it all the way to the ground, I missed, maybe a bird will eat it). I'm hoping no more are hiding in my pots. It didn't look like a cutworm, the pictures indicated a slimmer body with stripes, this one was one colored throughout ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:39:46 EST Does any one garden according to signs? I garden according to signs. I have a Ramon's Brownie Calendar, and I plant seeds only when the signs are right for above ground crops if they are above ground crops. I plant below ground crops only when the sign is good for below ground crops wether they are seeds or plants or potato eyes. <BR> I have done this all my life. When I was little my Dad planted some potatoes and didn't pay attention to the sign he planted them under. He had beautiful potato vines, lots of flowers and very ... Fri, 24 May 2013 17:59:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 9 May 2013 12:52:13 EST Potatoes in a Pot This year I'm going to try growing potatoes in a pot, since I have a small south facing balcony and just a little more room to fill. I found this TaterPot at WalMart this morning: <link><BR>510/solanum/tuberosum </link> <BR> <BR> It is a plastic pot with an interior pot that holds the plant/dirt in place when it has grown enough to pull up and start to harvest some of the potatoes. This is my first time growing potatoes and I hope it was worth the small ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 19:49:58 EST Asparagus bed questions--need ASAP We have limited full-sun areas since we live mostly in the woods. I do have 6 raised beds which an open area on the south side of our house. They get some early morning mid-summer shade and then mid summer evening shade, with more sun the rest of the year, especially in the spring while the sun is still quite south and the leaves haven't come out of the trees. <BR> <BR> If I plant asparagus in one of these beds, will that be enough sun? Tomatoes and greenbeans do just fine. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 13:31:52 EST gardening as exercise Iknow we are not encouraged ot use gardening as our exercise but I like my exercise to be meaningful and useful. This morning I spent about 3 hours out in the yard and garden. My husband had made a new flower bed for me about 4 by eight feet and I planted that; then we went out to the vegetable garden and planted corn, two kinds of squash, two kinds of watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and three dozen strawberry plants. Our garden is downhill from the house so it is quite a climb to get b... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:47:46 EST 50# in 2013 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:31 EST 2013 my time hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:29:56 EST Hello I am new I am from Victorville California (High Desert) I've built a beautiful raised bed vegetable garden out of cinder block each bed is 16" deep. I've built my own soil 95 % organic peat moss, organic mulch, vermiculite and 5% garden soil. It has a drip system and I usually water by hand. I get some of the worse production compared to using native clay, sand, and 30% organic. I've been analysing the problem and realize I may need better drainage because the top 4 inches dry out but the bottom is li... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 22:17:47 EST CHAT LINES NOW OPEN FOR 2013 New year and a new chat line open for 2013! <BR> Please join in and share your day to day life and struggles, tell us what your doing these days, <BR> We are a team let's get this train down the track. <BR> <BR> Have a great year and best wishes on reaching your goals. <BR> Sandy Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:00:26 EST New team member -- from the Michigan UP Hi everyone -- I'm approaching my 3-month anniversary with SP and loving the Spark community! This truly is the first time I've ever felt confident that I could achieve my goals for weight loss and better fitness, after many years of sporadically trying. <BR> <BR> I've been gardening for around 40 years and seem to enjoy it more each year! Our growing season is pretty short up here in the north, but I manage to extend it by starting my plants under lights inside early in the season, and us... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 22:10:23 EST DECEMBER FITNESS CHALLENGE DECEMBER FITNESS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> After a wonderful Thanksgiving and a healthy November I am ready to welcome in a Fit December. How about you? <BR> <BR> The goal this month is SIMPLE. It is about pushing yourself to reach some personal goals of time spent doing physical activity in the month. It's not about competing with one another because we are here to support each other in our quests to become FIT! <BR> <BR> Everyone is welcome to join in, whether this is your first month taking... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:09:26 EST New to the team I'm Patricia, currently living in south Florida, soon to be moving to north Georgia. <BR> I just turned 54, and my goal is to be at my goal weight of 165 by my 55th birthday next year. <BR> That's just under a pound a week, so it's very do-able! <BR> <BR> Rock on! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:21:16 EST Announcement - July Garden Buddies Hi Team - Just a note to give you the July Garden Buddies. Please offer support and talk "dirt" with your buddy. Have fun getting to know your July Buddy. <BR> <BR> Sunny <BR> <BR> Craftyc and LucindaRW <BR> <BR> Heidishope and Kssonrisa <BR> <BR> Iamlosingit9 and Bitemenco <BR> <BR> Wendenannie and Bates291 <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 09:48:10 EST July Garden Buddy It is great fun to have a Garden Buddy - someone to get to know and someone you can talk to about your garden. I am late getting this posted but do respond to this or e-mail me personally if you would like to have a buddy. <BR> <BR> I will be assigning Buddies on July 4th and you will have the rest of the Month of July to get to know each other and talk "dirt". <BR> <BR> Please join in on the fun.... <BR> <BR> Sunny Sun, 1 Jul 2012 21:19:14 EST Blue vs. Purple - how to tell? I know I am not color blind, but when is a flower considered blue and when is it considered purple? <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:09:01 EST Flower bed Hi everyone, I had a rose bed in the middle of my yard . I had to remove the roses because the lawn sprinklers hit the roses and of course they did not do well. Now I have a big empty space. Anyone have any ideas about what I can plant there that won't be bothered by the wqter. We don't want to redo the water system. I've been thinking about this along time and I am out of ideas. Jackie <em>214</em> Fri, 8 Jun 2012 18:55:10 EST Seed packets with grow in pots symbol This year Burpee has printed an appropriate to grow in pots symbol. Since I can only grow things in pots, this has been helpful, although I still got a type of tomato that doesn't have the symbol and I know I can grow it in a pot. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to look into more varieties of plants next year for my balcony now that I can figure out what things are easier to grow in pots. Obviously I can't do pumpkins any time soon, but I like that there are varieties of things like cucumbers and beans... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 10:53:41 EST canterbury bells I probably didn't spell that right. I just wanted to share that I went outside today and was quite happy that they are blooming. They always seem so magical to me. Jackie <em>184</em> <em>246</em> Mon, 4 Jun 2012 14:12:12 EST June Buddies Anyone wishing to have a June "Garden Buddy", please sign up here. I will be announcing the buddies on the 1st. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny Tue, 29 May 2012 14:46:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 15 May 2012 00:02:54 EST Tools for the garden Have you checked out these items? The best tools for working in the garden soil <link><BR>row/top-10-soil-turning-tools?cm_mmc=O<BR>GGazette-_-908052-_-05102012-_-top_10_<BR>soil_turning_tools_title </link> Thu, 10 May 2012 11:42:01 EST Month by Month Garden Guide Zone by Zone <link><BR>ow </link> <BR> <BR> I received this information today and wanted to pass it on. This guide gives you a Monthly to do list zone by zone. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Sunny Wed, 2 May 2012 19:34:15 EST Announcing the May Buddies... May 1st is tomorrow so here are the May Buddies. I put all the names in a hat and just drew them out. There was an even # not counting me so will sit this one out unless someone else signs up. Have a great month supporting your buddy by stopping by their page and saying good morning, sending a goodie, talking about your Spark Journey and your gardens. Whatever you do, just have fun making a new friend. Here are the May Buddies as I drew them out of the hat. <BR> <BR> CAKEMAKERMOM and 1N... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:05:31 EST Self watering bulbs anyone use any selfwatering bulbs on your veggies Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:40:33 EST tips for growing tomatos in a container WWhat are the must haves when growing a tomato plan in a container <BR> also how do u know when to stop wateing Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:50:14 EST Is Anyone Interested In A Buddy? Hi I'm lucinda and would like to meet you and have a Sparkbuddy to talk with to help keep me on track. I'm 55 soon to have a birthday in July, have 1 daughter, 2 grandkids 6-12, have a yorkie Toruk, like to garden, read. love SP, and have trouble getting motivated to exercise besides walking. Stop by my Sparkpage and get to know me and sing up for my buddy. Lucinda Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:59:04 EST late introduction Hi, I've been on SP since August, but this is my first post. I am a mother of 2 young boys and love to garden. I have lost 18 lbs and have 8 left to go. I just created new goals and one of them is to be more active on SP, which leads me to this post. I am lacking SP friends, so let me know if anyone is interested in friending me! Sat, 21 Apr 2012 08:03:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:03:50 EST New to the team. Hi I've been working with SparkPeople for a couple of months now. I've been working on trying to grow food on my balcony for a few years and a few apartments and have some successes and some failures. I figure a failure is a learning experience. I have a south facing balcony so I can grow many things in pots. I do tomatoes every year. I am doing herbs, learning to do them in separate pots... Chives try, but fail in my pots, hopefully they'll grow if they're in their own pot. I will be doing b... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:50:42 EST I hope it's ok I'm new to gardening. Well actually, I want to garden but need some help. I don't know if this team is for those who are great at gardening or not. Please forgive me if I ask a ton of questions beginning. I'm really wanting to grow my own food for health and cost. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:57:46 EST Let's Get Ready for Spring! I am so excited to join a gardening team! I am the director/buyer for a garden center in Eastern PA - Waterloo Gardens, Inc. I write their gardening blog and love to interact with all of the great people who come to visit us!!! Sat, 25 Feb 2012 11:23:37 EST Let's Talk Seeds..... I have never had any luck growing seeds. Direct sow, indoors start, veggies flowers, herbs, etc I just don't get enough results to make it worth while. I've read lots of articles about "how to" and there seem to be so many different methods/suggestions/ideas that I am overwhelmed at where to start. <BR> <BR> I would really like to grow from seeds, but I'd love to hear some idea's from people who have good success growing from seeds. <BR> <BR> Do you think cheap vs high end seeds make a diff... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:58:45 EST Apple Trees Grow in containers what apple tree can i grow in a container? Mon, 2 Jan 2012 00:22:27 EST 2012 Team Chat Forum WELCOME TO 2012!! <BR> <BR> Hey guys this is from Richard Simmons and I thought I would pass it along to everyone and share his wisdom. <BR> I have been feeling a bit scattered or stressed, and need to get refocused...there`s no better time to do that than now, right as we begin a new year. Our chats can help you find that focus. ..maybe you haven't read my Project Me Passport lately... so I'm going to put it right here for you to think about as we begin this new year... <BR> <BR> <BR> PR... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 23:38:42 EST gnats! After I brought in several ferns, some of my herbs, and the lantana for the winter, we've had tons of gnats! <BR> <BR> Obviously, there came from one of the plants or planters. <BR> <BR> How do we get rid of them? We are getting tired of hitting ourselves in an attempt to kill them one by one as they fly around our faces, etc. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 21:26:13 EST PLANT OF THE MONTH AND YARD SMARTS Plant of the Month <BR> <BR> Aster <BR> A wonderful cut flower, asters make any garden explode with color at the end of the growing season. From miniature alpine plants to giants up to 6 feet tall, there are over 250 asters, with plenty of colors to choose from. Asters are a great way to brighten up the fall landscape. <BR> <BR> Common Names: Aster, Michaelmas daisy. <BR> Botanical Name: Aster. <BR> Hardiness: Zones 3 to 8. <BR> Bloom Time: Late summer through fall. <BR> Size: 3 to 6 feet ... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:26:23 EST GMA trying to lose weight I'm new to SparkPeople... I am obese with a BMI of 33.5. I have been working out on my new WII and having good success. I started on September 1 and have lost 6 pounds. I find SparkPeople very encouraging. This is the first time I have been able to stick with a program longer than few days. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:05:32 EST Tomato question We had some pretty cool weather last week with evening temps dropping into low 40s. <BR> <BR> We are now having 80* days this week. <BR> <BR> At what point should I pick all my green tomatoes and let them try to ripen in the window? Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:31:24 EST Arrrghh! Dog eating squash! We put in a raised garden this year. It's not real big since we just bought the house and it's our first garden. Hubby wanted to grow butternut squash so I planted four plants. I noticed that we had A LOT of squash growing (about 15). Some started to rot but I still had around 10 squashes. They aren't big but I was excited since last year we tried planting squash and got some nice vines but no fruits. <BR> <BR> All of a sudden my squash started to disappear. I found mostly eaten squas... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 07:39:51 EST Armadillo erradication I have had it with these destructive dillos. They have dug a large hole next to our foundation, it is deep and goes under the house no telling how deep. <BR> <BR> They dig up the yard all night. <BR> <BR> I need tips on your tested methods of removal, I do not have the heart to kill them and will not put toxic chemicals on my yard to get rid of their dinners. <BR> <BR> Is there any hope? Sun, 7 Aug 2011 23:11:46 EST Tomato Plant Not Producing Fruit Greetings Everybody! <BR> <BR> I have 5 tomato plants (all different varieties), all getting the same amount of sunlight, water and fertilizer and 1 of them is not producing any fruit. Lots of flowers but nothing comes of them. The plants next to it are producing like crazy, the plant itself looks healthy and strong, but nothing! This plant is a Mr. Stripey if that helps any. <BR> <BR> Any ideas what would cause this and I'd love any idea's how to fix it. <BR> <BR> Thanks In Advance, <BR... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:20:17 EST Please join me in a raindance! I miss the sound of thunder and lightening, like you cannot believe. What I would give for a nice summer rainstorm. <BR> <BR> If you would like to join me in a raindance tonight, I welcome you with open arms. <BR> <BR> About to head to the backyard to see which little greenies survived this brutal day and which will be heading to be recycled in the compost bin. <em>198</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:58:34 EST Hey hey hey! Have you heard it is hot in TEXAS? Newbie here, already have a! Mother nature is not my friend right now... <BR> <BR> Yesterday after shopping (and seeking refuge in the freezer aisle) the temp readout in my car read 107. Ok, i am a native Texan, but that is the first time I ever saw that. I am officially NOT giving up on my beautiful yard and my community garden plot! <BR> <BR> Nothing has really thrived much in my backyard but the sunflowers, rudebekia and coneflower...thank goodness I planted those! But i a... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:35:38 EST beginner for growing veg at home hi everyone.i live in the uk and love sparkpeople.i am new at growing veg and flowers.but learning every day. growing your own-what a great way to eat a variety of veg you would normaly pass by in the supermarkets due to price increases.happy growing people. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 03:42:48 EST Let me reintroduce myself I joined this group when I first joined sparkpeople over a year ago. That attempt at weight loss was short lived. I'm back and I'm trying again. Oh by the way my name is Cheryl I'm from Newport News VA. I love to spend time in my vegetable garden. Currently I am growning corn, string beans (the wrong kind so I'm going to pull them and put in the right kind), peppers, tomatoes (roma and grape), onions in a container, potatoes in a container, and blueberries in a container. I'm not much i... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:33:22 EST MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES I thought we could add a new topic here for motivational quotes. Everyone is welcome to add a quote to this topic and I encourage you to pick on of your favorites each day to help motivate others. <BR> This is my quote for today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>translation.asp?id=2 </link> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 14:31:04 EST I'm surprised to find myself here, but... Hi! My name's Mary, and I live in Sonoma County (heart of the Wine Country), California. <BR> <BR> I have the original black thumb. Normally, plants take one look at me and shrivel up. But I've decided to start a planter-pot and tabletop garden on my apartment patio (no ground space at all). I'm getting into serious cooking (see my Sparkpage), and I want really fresh veggies and herbs. The herbs are less of an issue than the veggies. I'm thinking poblano peppers, lemon cucumbers, scallions (... Sat, 28 May 2011 15:19:28 EST 2011 Team Chat Forum Here we go.... Sat, 21 May 2011 08:52:51 EST Snapdragons Hello everyone! I'm new to this team. I've developed an interest in Snapdragons. This flower was planted in my garden as an annual, but for two years it has re-bloomed. Is there someway I can spread this flower in my yard without buying new plants? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Fri, 6 May 2011 08:43:44 EST Need worms? If you are interested in worm composting, I have lots of worms I would be happy to send you. You pay postage is all. Contact me privately. <BR> <BR> Mm <em>436</em> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:27:04 EST Do you count gardening in your exercises? I was just wondering if you count gardening in your exercises? I know that you can choose it, I also know that the coaches say not to count it, just have it as a bonus workout. But if you work in the yard for say 6 hours, don't you think you should count it? Especially if your digging, weeding, planting, hauling dirt, dragging mulch ect...shouldn't you count it? If I go for a long period of time working outside, hard work, I count that at half the time. So if I did 6 hours, I'd count it ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 18:55:21 EST Making Seed Tape Just wanted to share a link with you all for making seed tape. It is great to use with small seeds like lettuce, radishes, carrotts, and beets. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wn-Seed-Tapes/ </link> <BR> <BR> I was trying to find a place on line to buy seed tape when I found this. <BR> <BR> Let's get growing... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:38:14 EST When to Plant.... I found this great link on line. Just enter the last predicted frost date and hit enter and it will tell you when to plant what plants. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>spx?source=E_InteractiveTools_0411HGCR </link> <BR> <BR> I had to look my last predicted date up so here is a link so you can find out when your date is. Your town may not be listed but just chose a town close to you. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> We were goi... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:52:57 EST Scale or Midges? Either way they are tiny almost microscopic. I didn't start tomatoes or annuals in my Arizona Room this year because of these pests. I finally took pictures and clipped off a couple leaves with the pests and showed them to a professional and a nurseryman. And got 2 different results. Guess it doesn't matter cause the recommended products was the same. Has anyone else had this fight in the house? I was told they are almost impossible to get ride of in the house. I love my Arizona Room and star... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:33:10 EST Vegetable Garden Well this weekend, I tore apart the deck, yes it was I and my daughters boyfriend, all I had was a hammer and crow bar, but we did it!! Then I leveled the ground, put a fence up so the dogs can't get to it, now I am ready to mend the soil so I can plant veggies this weekend. My garden is 12 x 7, so i wonder what i should plant? Tomatoes are a given. i think I want to try potatoes and corn! I know high starch veggies, but there so good. I also plan on planting lots of sweet bell peppers ... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 20:00:36 EST stuff every where I just went out and looked in my gardens I have stuff coming up all over the place..even weeds...time to pluck them out...I have irises coming and chives coming herb garden is looking good....I cant wait to post picks later in the season Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:37:19 EST Orchid Question I just bought a mini phaeleanopsis(sp?) at an orchid show a week or two ago. I chose this particular one because it had lots of healthy leaves. It has a spike which has been growing, but it's not growing straight up. Is there any way I can train it to start growing upwards instead of sideways? Like I said, it's a mini...potted in moss. Any advice on this little guy would be much appreciated! <BR> Thanks! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 12:39:35 EST ANNOUNCEMENT - BUDDY LIST FOR MONTH OF APRIL Cahuno2 and Wildcats15 <BR> <BR> Rhondalyn36 and LibraryDiva1 <BR> <BR> Patricianann46 and Sunny332 <BR> <BR> Donnad222 and Girlobill4 <BR> <BR> Stop by and say Hi to your buddy, get to know each other and enjoy being Buddies this Month. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny Sun, 3 Apr 2011 08:25:11 EST Buddy List for April Spring is here and I don't know about you all, but I am ready to play in the dirt. <BR> <BR> If you would like a Garden Buddy for the Month of April - please e-mail me. I know this is late notice but will not be assigning buddies for a few days so we have time. <BR> <BR> Let's get growing. <BR> <BR> Sunny Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:58:58 EST Growing Your Own Kitchen Herbs I planted seeds on St. Patrick's Day, because it coincides with 8 weeks before last frost in my growing zone. <BR> <BR> Anyone else planting seeds? <BR> <BR> Tips for Growing a Kitchen Herb Garden: Growing and Using Culinary Herbs <BR> <link><BR>plants1/a/Kitchen_Herbs.htm </link> <BR> read also the linked articles <BR> <BR> How To Grow Herbs on your Windowsill (this is what I'm doing) <BR> <link><BR>h/ht/window_... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 03:46:38 EST Perennial Food Garden How many of you do this? <BR> <link><BR>nfoods/a/Perennial_Foods.htm?nl=1 </link> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 03:32:16 EST Potted hens and chicks... Good morning! Hoping for a followup of yesterday;s 78 degrees. <BR> <BR> I was wondering how to keep these plants alive over winter? Looks like mine were killed from the weather, which usually doesn't happen. I put them up against my house on the south side and we didn't have any bitter temps and no ice storms that should have caused this. Just wondering if I should have brought them in? Tnx, mary Mon, 21 Mar 2011 06:49:06 EST Introduce myself Hi all, nice to find this group...My name is Pam and I love to garden and right now the weather is so nice I want to start my veggie garden..but alas we still have many freezing nights left. I live at an altitude of 3500 feet and just 10 days ago we had 8 inches of snow. But I have planted several bulbs this past couple of days and that has help the itch to get started. Sat, 12 Mar 2011 14:58:14 EST Greetings and Salutations from Nebraska Hello all, my name is Claudia, I live in NorthPlatte,NE. This is day 3 for me in Sparks. I attend Master Gardeners here and am learning alot. I have been gardening as long as I can remember, my fondest memories are helping in the "family" garden that was in my Grandma Hattie's back yard, pulling up carrots, rubbing off any dirt and eating them right then and there. I can hardly wait to get started on this years garden. Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:41:06 EST BUDDY LIST FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH I AM ASSIGNING EVERYONE A NUMBER FOR THIS MONTH. THE FIRST PERSON WHO SIGNED UP IS NUMBER ONE THE SECOND IS NUMBER TWO ETC..... <BR> I HAVE ALL THE NUMBERS IN A BOWL AND I AM DRAWING THEM OUT TWO AT A TIME TO DETERMINE WHO YOUR BUDDY WILL BE FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. REDBUBBLES <BR> 2. SUNNY332 <BR> 3. DONNAD222 <BR> 4. DJSHIP46 <BR> 5. COWGIRLUPINOK <BR> 6. MS.ELENI <BR> 7. PUDLECRAZY <BR> 8. EGGBASKET1 <BR> 9. EARTHSEAME <BR> 10. PATRICIAANN46 <BR> 11. BITEM... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 15:06:11 EST BUDDY SIGN UP SHEET FOR MARCH BUDDY LIST NOW FORMING FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH!!! <BR> Sign up for a Buddy for the month. <BR> <BR> <BR> SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER... we will be successful! <BR> <BR> For anyone new (or been here awhile) this is a GREAT way to get to know some of your fellow team members. <BR> Doesn't have to be too intensive - check in a couple times a week and see how you are doing. Share your goals, your triumphs, your tough spots. <BR> Have fun getting to know each other better. <BR> <BR> This is wh... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 15:18:00 EST BUDDY LIST NOW FORMING FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY!! I have decided it is time for another round of the buddy system. <BR> Since we are all in different stages of our journey that I would ask everyone to sign up for a Buddy to work with for the month of February. <BR> This way you can work at your own pace and have a Buddy to help you though rough spots or if you need a little push that is what a Buddy does. <BR> <BR> With my reading this morning I found this great article that outlined these points that will help you succeed with those hea... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:24:05 EST New to the team and new to sparks Hi my name is Cathy and I happened on the Sparks website quite by accident or was it? :-) <BR> I'm getting to know my way around the fitness and nutrition areas of the website and am thrilled to find fellow gardeners! <BR> I am a Master Gardener in the Fresno, Clovis CA area and am excited about getting to know you all and to have the team support I need to stay with my fitness goals. <BR> My tulips have just started to show their little green tips so I know spring and lots of color are... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:02:51 EST Flowers already! I am new here usual after holiday attempt to pare me down again. <BR> <BR> I live in Tacoma, WA - my pink anemone with 2 flowers that popped out last week have been joined by 2 white flowers blooming on my Joseph Lemper hellebore. The anemones actually survived the nasty cold last week - they aren't protected but are up on a berm in the back yard so maybe the ground is warmer there. So nice to see something blooming again! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 16:25:06 EST Whatcha' Doin'? I just received my seed order for Spring. I'm planning to plant zucchini, squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, peas, and green beans. I intend to add cantaloupe this year for the first time in about a decade. <BR> <BR> What's your plan? Have you started in any way yet? Thu, 30 Dec 2010 14:46:45 EST Fall planting Hi all, <BR> <BR> Been busy fall planting. Does anyone else live in a desert area? My hubby and I recently moved to Moab, Utah. We planted a few trees called chinese pistache which are suppose to be salt tolerant. In addition, we planted a few shrubs; a desert mountain moghany and a apache plume. We also put in a few flowering plants (sulphur buckwheat, paper flower, navajo tea, and a penstamon pamsi) We are slowly uprooting the tumbleweeds that took over our 5 acres due to the wet winter a... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 13:34:42 EST Fall Back - Daylight Savings Time Ends For those of us living with Daylight Savings Time, it ends tonight - Fall Back - set clocks one hour back (earlier) before bed, as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2am Sunday, Nov 7th. <BR> <BR> Change clocks, toothbrushes, smoke detector batteries, and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Sat, 6 Nov 2010 22:04:40 EST Lights for Indoor Food Plants and Herbs Let's have a discussion about indoor growing of plants without sufficient light. <BR> <BR> In a previous thread on another team I wrote this: <BR> <BR> "I am looking for indoor plant light bulbs, I'm talking normal lamp lightbulbs, that I can place near potted plants. I plan to try to grow herbs even if I don't have a window. Does anyone have a lamp light bulb solution that supplies natural light (full spectrum sunlight) to plants? <BR> <BR> If my indoor potted plants, which are herbs, ... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 22:11:24 EST Wanted: Cranberry Orange Recipes Please share your fav recipes; I did a search engine search and found some interesting ones, but having never made this before, would like the reassurance of "I make this every year and love it" type deal. Anyone? <BR> <BR> I thought I remembered one that ferments in the fridge a long time (week? couple weeks?), intentionally, before serving. <BR> <BR> I just looked online and can't find anything like that. Some kept up to a week, but no mention made of fermentation. <BR> <BR> I did wat... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:20:40 EST TRICKS OR TREATS? How do you get through the Halloween season without eating a ton of candy? Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:42:23 EST Roses Does anyone have roses? What sort of care do you give them? I have three neglected rose bushes in my yard and I hope to nurse them back to health. I read a book on rose care and the poor things seem to have every disease or pest in the book! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 16:49:38 EST Hi from Evelyn! 1. FIRST NAME? <BR> Evelyn <BR> <BR> 2. CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE? <BR> New Orleans <BR> <BR> 3. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? <BR> June 9, 1965 <BR> <BR> 4. SIGNIFICANT OTHER? <BR> Husband: Stefan <BR> <BR> 5. CHILDREN? GRANDCHILDREN? <BR> Two daughters: Trilby and Johanna <BR> <BR> 6. PETS? <BR> Poodle/Terrier Mix: Paloma <BR> <BR> 7. FAVORITE SNACK FOOD? <BR> Homemade baked goods and tea! <BR> <BR> 8. FAVORITE EXERCISE? <BR> Yoga, gardening, and walking the dog. <BR> <BR> 9. HOBBY? <BR> Read... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 16:37:34 EST Free Downloadable Menu Planning Sheets These are great to hang in your kitchen. I keep mine on the fridge. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Here are some very nice Fall-themed ones I found today: <BR> <link><BR>-menu-planners-downloadable </link> <BR> <BR> Some people store each week's in sheet protectors in a binder when they are through with them; menu sheet on top with the printed-out recipes behind it. Saves alot of time for re-using later and menu-planning ideas later, and makes it easy to not... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 22:08:52 EST Today I am thankful for??? Today I am thankful for having a wonderful family and the support they offer me on a daily basis. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 21:51:59 EST New from SE WI <em>213</em> everyone!!! I have been on SP for over a year. <BR> <BR> I am working on doing a garden this year. I have 5 tomato plants and 4 herbs. Not sure what they all are as someone else started them for me! <BR> <BR> I know I have Dill and 2 basil. I am thinking I have rosemary (pretty positive it's rosemary) and then maybe parsley? <BR> <BR> My question is the dill and basil has gone to flower. Can I just cut them back and then new leaves will not be bitter? <BR> <BR> Any we... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 15:17:16 EST July Gardening Buddies - Check in here! Sorry I'm later than I had expected... we had computers being blanked and reloaded this weekend... but much better now! Except that I don't have an ad blocker anymore... sigh... <BR> <BR> July buddy assignments: <BR> <BR> DSQUARED, MAEWINGS <BR> FEARLESSLIFE, CRAFTYC <BR> GRANNYS5, W82GOWHEE <BR> <BR> Let's enjoy our month together, and invite your friends to join us next month! Mon, 5 Jul 2010 22:18:57 EST July Gardening Buddie Sign Up Greetings, friends! If you are interested in having and being a July buddy, sign up now! I've been away from the computer for all of this week, but got a quick opportunity to borrow one :-) When I get home this weekend, I'll check in again and assign buddies. Everyone is welcome! You don't have to be an expert gardener, or an expert 'Sparker'. Buddies are to encourage each other, a way to meet another person on the team... share your successes, your disappointments... anything you want to ta... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 09:31:48 EST 15 DAY ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE I'm setting up this thread as a place for accountability for the next 2 weeks. To join, just list a goal that you'd like to accomplish by July 15th and then check in daily (or more) to update us on how you're progressing. The goal of this thread is to set up a place for accountability---hopefully success will be the outcome! <BR> <BR> <BR> So what is going to be your goal? <BR> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 00:36:39 EST June Garden Buddies Check In Here! Ready, Set, GARDEN! (and laugh, have fun...) <BR> <BR> June Garden Buddies are: (drum-roll, please!) <BR> <BR> GRANNYS5, HEALTHYDIANAJ <BR> DSQUARED, GIRLOBILL <BR> CAHUNO2, OZARKMARY <BR> SUNNY332, CRAFTYC <BR> <BR> Have fun and encourage others to join us next month! Fri, 4 Jun 2010 21:57:56 EST need help controlling weeds hi my names is Pam and I need advise on how to control the weed problem I have in my flower gardens. I have used preen but I am still getting weeds. any solutions ? I spend most of my time pulling weeds and not enjoying planting new flowers . thanks for the advise. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 09:12:28 EST June Gardening Buddies Any one interested in having a June Buddy, please respond to this thread. <BR> <BR> I will be the first to sign up. <BR> <BR> Come on - lets get this team going and connected during the month of June. <BR> <BR> Sunny <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 17:13:08 EST Are we doing June Garden Buddies? I am fairly new to the team and I noticed we had buddy sign up in May. I would enjoy a buddy,for sure! I am 49 and we have raised bed gardens for spinach,cukes,cabbage,and peas,we also have a 2 varied cherry trees,strawberries,wild blackberries,rasberries,tomatoes and we have dahlias and roses.I need all the help I can get as we are learning as we go. <em>304</em> Diana Happy Gardening! <em>45</em> <em>434</em> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:59:47 EST Tree stump remove naturally anybody have an idea how to get rid of a tree stump naturally because it's so close to my retaining wall I am afraid if I axe at it my wall would fall....I have been picking at it by chunks but it takes time..any ideas <em>422</em> Sun, 30 May 2010 16:00:16 EST Early spring means??? So sense we had an early spring and everything was blooming early does it mean it will go away faster and earlier than usual...any ideas Sun, 30 May 2010 11:07:36 EST new to group happy tuesday,I am new to this site enitrely and I am loving it..For my stress reliefe and or exersize I do outside gardening of my home and I also volunteer as a horticultrist for my local zoo..I am 36 years of age from Duluth, kids 1 pet cat named maxi shown in my profile pick..I am up to meeting new people...have a great gardening week Tue, 25 May 2010 18:44:31 EST Broccoli help OK, I planted broccoli for the first time this year. It is growing great. I checked it tonight & notice some of the leaves had holes in them. When I checked closer, the underside of the leaves had little green caterpillar type worms on them. I picked off as many as I could. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had these & if so what did you use to get rid of them? <BR> <BR> I thought with a raised bed garden, these little buggers wouldn't be a problem. Tue, 18 May 2010 21:25:14 EST Help for tomatoe plants! Hi team! I hope this is the correct place for info.My dh planted some tomatoe plants yesterday,it was a sunny 60plus degrees and this morning looked at them and the leaves of the plants are white,why? <em>304</em> ahead of time. Happy successful gardening team! <em>247</em> Diana <em>258</em> Sun, 16 May 2010 11:35:01 EST Attracting Wildlife Our gardening secrets thread is doing so well I've been wondering what sort of great ideas everyone has for attracting various wildlife to their yards? <BR> <BR> For example: Do you grow things to attract butterflies ...just the mature butterflies or the larvae as well? <BR> <BR> Birds? Are there birds that you especially love & therefore plant to attract them? <BR> <BR> Small animals, beneficial insects, even fireflies? <BR> <BR> Share your ideas as well as the species of things you are ... Sat, 15 May 2010 21:59:42 EST Hello I have been using the nutrition track for several weeks now and I have learned a lot about calories and portion control. My problem is I am having a very hard time getting off my behind and exercising. I need some ideas and hits about what gets you going. Fri, 14 May 2010 10:52:54 EST Home Depot vs. Nursery Plants I'd appreciate your opinion on buying plants at Home Depot/Lowe's vs. more expensive nurseries. I tend to buy a lot from HD or Lowe's because they are cheaper, most of the time do really well for me, and they will refund your money within a year if they don't do well. When you are plant happy, the value is hard to beat. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, nurseries or garden centers have a much better selection and may be grown locally. I'm starting to buy the old standbys (purple coneflower....... Sat, 8 May 2010 18:19:14 EST Spring in the garden and me! Hi.. here in Northern Oregon we are impatiently waiting for it to get warm enough to put the garden in.. but it is not happening yet.. maybe another week or two.. Thankfully the spinach , carrots and beets are coming up so all is well.. The peppers and tomatoes sit in pots protected and waiting with me... <BR> The flowers thankfully don't care so much about weather.. the roses are budded and showing color.. The roses and I have traveled many roads together.. a couple of them are at least 2... Sat, 8 May 2010 13:45:54 EST Check here for your May Buddy! I know you will all enjoy getting to know each other this month! <BR> <BR> SUNNY332 <BR> ARABIGAL <BR> <BR> CAHUNO2 <BR> KAYE4454 <BR> <BR> GRANNYS5 <BR> DSQUARED3 Fri, 7 May 2010 19:52:34 EST May Buddy Sign-up extended Having a Buddy of the Month is too much fun to not take advantage of such! Get to know another gardener and encourage each other! Due to lack of response, which I'll atribute to everyone being out in their gardens, I'm extending the sign-up. Leave a message on this thread and I'll link you up with someone! Thu, 6 May 2010 06:55:23 EST New to gardening sort of. Well I am getting back to gardening. I used to do it as a child with my grand-parents, but did not really appreciate it, until now. We normally put out a few tomatoes and peppers. Last year I added a few strawberries plants. This year, I have gone hog wild, I have raised 3 garden spots using the square-foot gardening technique. I have corn in, green beans, onions, scallions, carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach, snow peas, cucumbers, etc.... And the addition of 50 new strawberry plants. ... Mon, 3 May 2010 17:54:08 EST May Buddy Sign-up It's that time again! Buddy sign-up! Put in your name and I'll match you up and post buddies on May 5. For anyone new (or been here awhile) this is a GREAT way to get to know some of your fellow team members. Doesn't have to be too intensive - check in a couple times a week and see how you are doing. Share your goals, your triumphs, your tough spots. Have fun getting to know each other better. I'm looking forward to having a bunch of people to match up! Sat, 1 May 2010 11:43:09 EST Hello from Lansing, MI HERE ARE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ME. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. FIRST NAME? Beth <BR> 2. CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE? Lansing, MI <BR> 3. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? September 12 <BR> 4. SIGNIFICANT OTHER? Yes, and very happy <BR> 5. CHILDREN? GRANDCHILDREN? A daughter and two sons all grown and 4 grandchildren 2 of each. <BR> 6. PETS? Oh yeah! 2 Maltese and an Amazon Parrot <BR> 7. FAVORITE SNACK FOOD? Strawberries <BR> 8. FAVORITE EXERCISE? Wii Active <BR> 9. HOBBY? Gardening, fishing riding ORV, and Running ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:50:46 EST Hello from Lansing, MI HERE ARE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ME. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. FIRST NAME? Beth <BR> 2. CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE? Lansing, MI <BR> 3. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? September 12 <BR> 4. SIGNIFICANT OTHER? Yes, and very happy <BR> 5. CHILDREN? GRANDCHILDREN? A daughter and two sons all grown and 4 grandchildren 2 of each. <BR> 6. PETS? Oh yeah! 2 Maltese and an Amazon Parrot <BR> 7. FAVORITE SNACK FOOD? Strawberries <BR> 8. FAVORITE EXERCISE? Wii Active <BR> 9. HOBBY? Gardening, fishing riding ORV, and Running ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:48:15 EST What are you planning new this spring? 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. <BR> <BR> Would like to try gourds - has anybody grown them? <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>125</em> <em>213</em> Sun, 25 Apr 2010 18:35:29 EST Lavender Does anyone one know if Lavender should be pruned? I did it one year and almost killed it so I don't do it anymore. The snows here in the East about did it in and so I did prune all non producing "branches" away this spring. There is new growth at the base and on the "branches" that were spared but it looks terrible now with big woods branches (they are that thick now) here and there. I love my lavender but want it to be full and bushy. Thanks! Sun, 25 Apr 2010 07:20:12 EST strawberry expertise? I put in a big new patch of strawberries - four different varieties. Three are looking GREAT but most of the seedlings of the fourth look sadder now than when I first put them in the ground. Of the 50ish plants, only two or three have green leaves (it's been about a week). It dropped to near freezing the night after I set them in and I was worried they wouldn't take the cold well, but it's the earliest variety that seems to be doing the most poorly. It's also the last one I set in the gro... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 17:02:31 EST Raised beds!! I found a place that sells raised bed garden kits. The wood is cedar and it's Shaker style - so it has tongue & groove style setup. No tools required. Plus wood pins to really hold the whole thing together. It said the pins should go straight in, but if they don't a rock will work! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I'm very excited about this. I bought a 5'X5' size. The sides are 18" deep. This should be sufficient for my tomato garden this year. I plan to put basil around the edges. Deer don't care ... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 22:07:34 EST Revised Buddy List for April We've had a few more people ask for buddies, so here is my revised list. <BR> <BR> DANDES53 <BR> CAHUNO2 <BR> <BR> SUNNY332 <BR> DSQUARED <BR> <BR> NEELOJ <BR> GRANNYS5 <BR> <BR> SERENEMOM71 <BR> KSSONRISA <BR> <BR> HONEYBUNNY7 <BR> FEARLESSLIFE <BR> <BR> I'm going to be gone a bunch of April, so that's why I'm teaming SERENEMOM71 with KSSONRISA. Hope you don't mind! Everyone have fun with your buddy! Tue, 6 Apr 2010 20:11:46 EST Buddy, I would also love to have a buddy:) Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:20:55 EST Gardening Secrets To Strengthen seedlings and get this accustomed to the wind, place them in front of a fan. First, water them well then place them about 12 to 24 inches from an oscillating fan running at a very low speed for half an hour each day. <BR> <BR> From my favorite book - 1,112 Down-to-Earth Garden Secrets. <BR> <BR> Feel free to post one of your gardening Secrets. <BR> <BR> Sunny <BR> Let's get Growing.... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 16:23:05 EST April Buddy List Here are our buddies for April! <BR> <BR> DANDES53 <BR> CAHUNO2 <BR> <BR> SUNNY332 <BR> DSQUARED <BR> <BR> NEELOJ <BR> GRANNYS5 <BR> <BR> CRAFTYC <BR> KSSONRISA <BR> <BR> Have a happy, blessed Easter, everyone! Sat, 3 Apr 2010 09:40:57 EST Looks like a schizophrenic or bipolar episode . . Please pass this on to anyone you know who has a female family member with psychiatric issues, as well as to all health professionals you know, to get the word out. They can simply test for the antibody in the blood. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Carol <BR> <BR> <BR> "It looked very much like the beginnings of a schizophrenic or bipolar episode," said Christopher Kobet, a fourth-year neurology resident at University Hospital who helped pinpoint Echols' problem. <BR> <BR> But the real culprit w... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 16:06:04 EST New Beds Every year or two I seem to have to have a new area or bed. Last year I put in a bed to help hide the LP gas tank. I dug out about 6 inches of soil - we have very rocky soil. Then brought in garden soil and manure. I put a few bushes in back and tried to grow tomatoes and watermelon in the main bed. I got a lot of tomatoes but only 2 watermelon before freezing temps hit. This year I am looking at this nice but smallish bed and wondering - what this year? <BR> <BR> I was hoping for a few idea... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 09:31:19 EST Seed Balls anyone!? Last year I put out seed balls.They're pricy, but they produced an incredible amount of poppies. I was very pleased with the outcome. Has anyone else used them? Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:00:24 EST April Buddy Sign Up There weren't too many of us, but I'm sure those who participated enjoyed having a buddy this past month - I know I had fun getting to know someone new! If you're ready to team up with another person, encourage them in their goals and be encouraged in return, now is the time and place! Plan on contacting each other at least once or twice each week - more if you mutually want to. Since I was a little late posting this, sign-up will be through Friday, Apr 2, and I'll post buddies on Apr 3. Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:16:45 EST Hello Hi..I am new to the group and I look forward to being a part of your team. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:43:20 EST Rose of Sharon I want to move my Rose of Sharon. Does anyone know when the best time to move it? Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:19:35 EST Sprouting like Wild - NEED HELP! We planted the veggie seeds in solar trays, and they have now spouted. Some rows are three inches tall or better. Planting season isn't for another 7 weeks. Do we re-plant these into bigger pots? My husband thinks we'll have tomatoes on them before we get them in the ground! It seems I always get to this stage, and then they start to die off. Any suggestions? Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:01:45 EST Hello from Texas! My name is Yi. I don't have much of a green thumb. I keep trying though because I love plants. I used to help my mom with her beautiful garden. I would like to grow some herbs(basil,rosemary,thyme,sage)in a pot. I would really like to get started this weekend. Do I need to put some rocks in the bottom of the pot for drainage? Is using Miracle Grow a good idea? My sister uses it and her plants are gorgeous. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:57:35 EST Rustled Roses - Forest Ranch Pom Pom I've had a few questions about the history of one of the roses, named Forest Ranch Pom Pom, that I posted in the team Photo's. <BR> <BR> Jeri Jennings has sent me the following history of the rose. <BR> <BR> "*** I do, and it's a fascinating story. <BR> First, California history: <BR> "General" John Bidwell was an early settler in CA, and earned his "military" title as a leader of the Bear Flag Rebellion that separated CA from Mexico. (Those Bear Flag rebels were a rowdy group, but that'... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:34:40 EST Hi from South Dakota Hi, I am Margie from South Dakota. I finally found a team that I love. Gardening both vegtables and flowers are my passion. I am 57, mother of 5 boys 1 daughter,10 grandkids and numerous foster children. We raise about 50 acres of watermelon,squash, pumpkins, catalope, sweet corn and other veggies to sell at our vegtable market in the fall. I am about 58 pounds over weight and I am having a hard time even working in my garden. I have been a member of sparkpeople since March 4th 2010 and... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:04:16 EST Why I Garden, I garden because I love to be out in the dirt and can't wait to see the beauty that grows:) Also it is exercise and very rewarding to see the results would like to share this little quote with you: Flowers are the sweetest thing's God ever made,and forgot to put a soul into. I love that and how true. I will be planting my community garden the 1st of May:)Will take pictures to post. Happy gardening <em>125</em> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:44:00 EST Why do you Garden? Open discussion for all Veggie and Blooms Members. <BR> I can't wait to see your answers. <BR> <BR> I have always had a garden and it just gives me so much hope. There is something about putting a seed in the ground and waiting to see it grow into something lovely. <BR> <BR> One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show <BR> <BR> It also gives me an excuse to play in the dirt. <BR> <BR> Hope to hear why you garden! <BR>... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 15:44:13 EST Have a GREAT Weekend! Hello Greenthumbs <em>41</em> It looks like the East coast (US & Canada) as well as the far West coast will be enjoying beautiful weather. Apologies to the middle parts who are having more snow & even flooding. I pray that it won't be as bad as predicted - we can only hope, right? <BR> <BR> Keep drinking your water - often thirst comes disguised as hunger! <BR> <BR> Peace & Blessings <em>459</em> Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:13:47 EST Newest Sparkpeople & Coach Nicole's workout DVD! <link><BR>m-and-Fired-Up-DVD.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the link to Coach Nicole's latest workout DVD. Enjoy new workout routines, build lean muscle, blast away calories and until March 31, 2010 if you buy the DVD from one of the retailers listed in the link you'll also earn 250 Sparkpoints <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> Get FIT and FIRED UP! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:18:32 EST Meyer Lemon Tree, I am starting my yearly container garden and have decided to plant a Meyer Lemon tree. I love lemons and the smell and I drink alot of iced tea in the summer.It is also very hardy and does very well in containers. I also will be starting my community garden. I am going to be growing cherry tomatoes and squash carrot's Cucumbers.I also love lavender of all kinds and every year I have a abundant amount in my garden.Lavender is one of my favorites like some input on the Meyer lemon tree and if i... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:47:52 EST Having a good Day, Sun is shining and having a great day:) lost 2lbs this last 2 weeks <em>9</em> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:30:13 EST Hummingbird egg hatching <BR> <BR><BR>d-Nest-Cam <BR> <BR> I gather one of the eggs is on the verge of hatching... <BR> __._,_.___ Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:13:29 EST Rustled Roses Old fashion roses are so much tougher than modern roses. I have a close friend that is very active in saving old roses from cemeteries or old homes about to be bulldozed. I uploaded three pictures of roses (in Photo section)that have been saved and are now being sold on the market if you know where to look. <BR> <BR> Here is a little info about my friend "Jeri Jennings and her husband Clay founded the Gold Coast Heritage Roses Group, a chapter of the Heritage Roses Group, in 2002. Jeri edits... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:03:43 EST Wet and cold forecast for spring I'm the new team leader for the Garden Notes Section. HI! <BR> <BR> I have had a very bad start to gardening this year- we are still getting snow. Have done nothing outside yet in the beds. Figured I'd better see what the forecast for spring was - not good. Suppose to be wet and cold <BR> <BR><BR>stormy_spring_in_the_forecast <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Carol Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:10:04 EST How do YOU Measure success? I often read posts from fellow SP members who weigh themselves daily and forget to rejoice in their success. This article puts my feelings about the numbers on our scales into writing. <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=104 </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 22:21:00 EST Getting to know me, My name is Charlotte and I am a retired RN. I live in Woodvillage Oregon. My b-day is December 3 1954. I am married to a very sweet wonderful man named Scott. We have no children. We also have no pets but planning to get a small dog soon. My favorite snack is pies and pastries. My favorite exercise would have to be walking. My hobbies are Gardening, scrapbooking, reading, and watercolor and traveling. I love to garden it is my number 1 passion and also have a plot in a community garden here i... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:09:40 EST Greetings from Georgia HERE ARE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ME. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. First Name: Terri <BR> 2. CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE? Thomaston <BR> 3. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? February 27 <BR> 4. SIGNIFICANT OTHER? Jerry <BR> 5. CHILDREN? GRANDCHILDREN? 2 children, 5 grandchildren <BR> 6. PETS? 5 German Shepherds - Baron, Tubbs, Crockett, Gracie and Fritz - 2 Chiweenies - Jazzy and Beane <BR> 7. FAVORITE SNACK FOOD? Potato Chips w/French Onion Dip <BR> 8. FAVORITE EXERCISE? NONE!!! (Swimming) <BR> 9. HOBBY? Camping <BR> 1... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 08:58:39 EST BLOOMING TUESDAYS BLOOMING TUESDAYS ARE BACK FOR THE SEASON. BE SURE AND POST A BLOG OR ADD A PHOTO TO THE TEAM PAGE IN THE PHOTO SECTION AND TELL US ABOUT YOUR BLOOM. <BR> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <em>184</em> <em>146</em> <em>214</em> <em>125</em> Fri, 5 Mar 2010 01:11:03 EST March Buddies March buddies: <BR> <BR> GRANNYS5 - SUNNY 332 <BR> <BR> FEARLESSLIFE - NEELOJ <BR> <BR> If you enjoy having a buddy, encourage others to sign up - the more the merrier! Mon, 1 Mar 2010 13:16:14 EST When to start the seeds? When do I start my seeds. I have tomatoes (beef steak, Roma and Sweet 100's), Colored Bell peppers, eggplant and Swiss Chard. <BR> <BR> I live in Central NY (Syracuse) and know that I need to plant these seeds early. The question is, when exactly do I do this. <BR> <BR> It's just my husband and I. Last year we did a lasagne garden and we may do that again but I just bought the Square Foot Gardening Book by Mel Bartholomew that I may try this year in raised beds because we are renting an... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 20:35:38 EST March Buddy Sign-up! I'm sure those who participated enjoyed having a buddy this past month - I know I had fun getting to know someone new! If you're ready to team up with another person, encourage them in their goals and be encouraged in return, now is the time and place! Plan on contacting each other at least once or twice each week - more if you mutually want to. You have through the end of the month to sign up, I'll post on the 1st so we actually have an entire month this time! Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:46:13 EST ORGANIZE AND PRIORITIZE ORGANIZE AND PRIORITIZE <BR> Write a to-do and activities list for the coming month, and make it as comprehensive as possible. Split the list into important and optional items. Using two different colored pencils, one for important items and the other for optional, plug your activities and tasks into the days on your calendar. If the month already appears too busy, cut back on optional activities. <BR> In the coming weeks, use your calendar to manage your time. Be ready to say no to new inv... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 18:36:25 EST Yipee! Christmas cactus REBlooming! I'm so thrilled! My Christmas cactus is blooming a second time. It's just as beautiful as last time. Can't imagine to what I owe the honor although maybe the god of the green thumb felt pity on me after the death of the tea olives, <em>246</em> Thu, 18 Feb 2010 18:22:21 EST Veggie Garden Question Please I am in zone 8, high desert of So Cal. I started a small veggie garden last year and am looking forward to expanding it this March... <BR> A friend has recommended "worm dirt" mixed into my beds, as the soil in the gardens location is very poor. We have a lot of clay up here. <BR> Does anyone have any experience using worm dirt? I am a novice veggie gardener...but willing to try different things. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Brenda <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>301</em> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 20:14:25 EST DIVERSIFY YOUR DIET <BR> Diversify Your Diet <BR> <BR> The often overlooked way to lose weight and live longer <BR> <BR> <BR> In the world of finance, experts advise you to avoid putting all of your eggs in one basket. When it comes to your diet, a similar rule exists, but with this twist: Avoid filling your basket with only eggs. <BR> <BR> As with your finances, diversity is the smartest choice around when it comes to choosing the foods that you eat. Applying a diversity strategy to your eating patterns ca... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 23:00:48 EST February Buddies - if you signed up, check here! Random match-up results: <BR> <BR> SUNNY332, 2BFREE2LIVE <BR> <BR> GRANNYS5, CRAFTYC <BR> <BR> KAYLSLYNN, NEELOJ <BR> <BR> Time for buddy contact, encouragement and accountability! Enjoy the remainder of the month. <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:07:36 EST February Buddy List! Sign up by 2/10! We haven't had a monthly buddy sign-up for awhile, and I've been invited to organize that again. If you're interested, check in here by Feb 10th and I'll get assignments out by the 11th. <BR> <BR> What's involved? Simply: <BR> a)check in with each other at least once or twice a week for the next 2 weeks, <BR> b)mutually encourage and challenge each other. <BR> c)have fun getting to know another team member! Mon, 8 Feb 2010 07:33:07 EST Hello from Maryland Well I saw this team on someone else's page and just have to say . . . it perfectly fits my life and some of my 2010 goals. I'm going to be starting seeds in a few weeks, most of them March 13 but some a few weeks earlier, I live in an apt so this will be container gardening. I've always wanted and never had a windowsill herb garden, also going to start that (could start those now!), and this year I thought I'd TRY container gardening some peppers and tomatoes. Start small . . . I also have i... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 04:12:11 EST My tea olives are both DEAD :( My tea olives have both died. Right through the stems and roots. While I was in the hospital they never got watered & one was knocked down from the shelf & out of its pot by the cats while they chased mice around the basement. <BR> <BR> I'm so depressed - forget about the cost, but still .. and even afer the one that bloomed so beautifully. I feel like we killed the poor little things. Ugh <em>24</em> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 17:00:21 EST EAT A RAINBOW CHALLENGE This challenge is from my other team to get us to work on our fruits and veggies everyday and to help you get a lot of natural vitamins and each color has it's own benefits it brings to the table. I found a chart that may help if your having problems thinking of what you need from each category. <BR> <BR> RED <BR> Cherry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Red Grape, Strawberry, Watermelon, Beet, Radish, Radicchio, Red Bell Pepper, Tomato. <BR> <BR> ORANGE <BR> Apricot, Cantaloupe, Mango, Peach, Nec... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 20:44:03 EST 2010 TEAM CHAT FORUM What's going on in your life? <BR> <BR> How are you feeling? <BR> <BR> Do you need to vent or celebrate? <BR> <BR> Come share it all here! <BR> <BR> This is the place to check in and let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> T ogether <BR> E veryone <BR> A chieves <BR> M ore <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2009 12:48:53 EST Preparing for the New Year Hi! I love Spark People .... there is so much information here and great motivational people. I have taken the step to be accountable for losing my extra pounds. I figured it would just go away if I exercised enough and ate right; well, I am not eating right. It's time to record what I am doing so I am aware of what I am actually putting in my mouth. I hope to use more of my gardening achievements to accomplish a life style of eating healthy once and for all! I am gearing up for a wonde... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 06:37:32 EST White Christmas or ... ?? Who is planning for a white Christmas & who will be celebrating by their swimming pool or grilling their feast? <BR> <BR> We had almost 2 feet of snow where I live so I expect it won't melt away by Friday. So another White Christmas for me Yaay! I grew up in Florida- 25 years of Christmases that were hot & muggy! Sun, 20 Dec 2009 20:45:04 EST HAVE YOU REACHED YOUR GOALS FOR 2009? We only have a couple of weeks left in 2009. I thought it would be fun to check in here and let everyone know how you did on your goals for the year of 2009. <BR> <BR> I have maintained my weight and I have reached my goals as far as exercise and building my muscles. I know I am a lot stronger and have more stamina then when the year began. <BR> So how did everyone else do this year? <BR> Sun, 13 Dec 2009 19:18:28 EST Why eat at all?? Can't eat pork ... Swine Flu <BR> Can't eat chicken ... Bird Flu <BR> Can't eat Beef ... Mad Cow <BR> Can't eat Eggs ... Salmonella <BR> Can't eat Fish ... heavy metal in their waters <BR> Can't eat Fruit & Veggies ... Insecticides & Herbicides <BR> <BR> I believe that leaves only Chocolate & Ice Cream! <BR> <BR> (From a paper my Husband found at work.) Wed, 9 Dec 2009 18:50:26 EST NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS & PERSONAL CHALLENGES NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS & PERSONAL CHALLENGES <BR> <BR> Anyone here want to personally make a New Years Resolution or Personal Challenge? <BR> Sun, 6 Dec 2009 14:36:58 EST My tea olive has blossoms! I ordered 2 tea olive shrubs on e-bay. But I wasn't fast enough to get them in the ground before the cold started. Sooo...I'm desperately over-wintering the poor dears with a few other things in our basement. There is a very long wooden shelf built along one wall & we have hung 24" shop lamps in rows of 2 across the table. <BR> <BR> One of the tea olive has dropped all of its leaves, but it's branches are still flexible & healthy. The OTHER has many blossoms! I was so excited to see them! I ... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 22:42:48 EST H1N1 (Swine Flu) Alert ! <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> This is not a joke! I just read that a cat died in Oregon from H1N1 (Swine flu) that was transfered from a human. Concerned, I immediately called our Vet who said YES, our dogs can also catch it. <BR> <BR> Watch your animals (cats & dogs) for sneezing, wheezing, the general flu symptoms according to our Vet. <BR> <BR> After all, we love our dear 4-footed, furry family members! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>al_news-little_rock_ar/ <... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:42:02 EST Thanksgiving Is A Time For Thank Yous! I realize that our Veggies & Blooms team has nothing to do with the military - - however, we are all Americans (most of us I think...) and enjoy the freedoms of this great country. <BR> <BR> At this traditional time of year when we give thanks, those who want can Thank our Troops. <BR> Here's how: <BR> <BR> XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL <BR> <BR> If you go to this web site, <BR> <link> </link> <BR> You can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it w... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 20:52:54 EST How do YOU prepare your holiday foods? There was a discussion going on the Fall Chatter thread about turkeys & ground turkey, etc. <BR> <BR> How about a thread about our families' recipes for Thanksgiving (those of us approaching US Turkey Day -or for other holidays. If your recipe is common to a holiday other than Christmas or Thanksgiving I am sure we would all love to know about your special preparations & information about your holiday! Sun, 8 Nov 2009 19:15:04 EST Is there hope? I hope to learn a lot here about growing things. I'm ok with ivy but everything else just goes brown-and-dry or brown-and-mushy or nice and green but no fruit or flower. I love trying but have a serious brown thumb instead of green thumb. Can that change, is there hope? Fri, 6 Nov 2009 20:22:57 EST WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE WINTER MONTHS? I set goals for myself each month to help keep me focused on my over all health. <BR> This month my goals are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Walk with Leslie Sonsone every day at least three miles. <BR> 2. Wii Fit Plus three days a week. M-W-F <BR> 3. My Fitness Coach for the Wii two days T-Th. <BR> 4 Weight training with free weights three times per week. M-W-F. <BR> <BR> So what does everyone else like to do to keep your body moving? <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> <em>414</em> <em>417</em> <... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 15:08:19 EST Apples! My faves..and yours? Where I live this is THE season for apples. All kinds show up at the farmer's market & in our local grocery stores. <BR> <BR> I love to try all the varieties I can find..So far: <BR> Macoun, Empire, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Ambrosia, Jazz, Crispin (aka Mutsu), Nittany, Pineapple....well, not all of them are "new" to me, but they aren't available most of the year. So I am on my apple a day kick. Yippeee! <BR> <BR> What are YOUR faves? (I can't believe there isn't an apple emoticon!) Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:43:02 EST "WEDNESDAYS WINTER WONDER LAND" This is where we can add links to photos we want to share and also blogs about the season and seasonal activities in your neck of the woods. I hope to see and chat about what is going on in your lives this season. <BR> Click away and chat away as we have all winter long to share. <BR> Sandy <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>424</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>443</em> Thu, 29 Oct 2009 16:17:34 EST What will you overwinter? Comments under another thread got me thinking areas of the country where cold temps would kill some of your favorite plants what plants will you protect either through covering them or bringing them inside? <BR> <BR> For me it's a gardenia & a rosemary. This year I'm also keeping 2 osmanthus fragrans (fragrant tea olive) inside until the spring. I ordered them with the intention of putting them in the ground & having them established by the time we got into cold weather. Unfortunately w... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:23:50 EST New to the Team Hello everyone! I am 31, trying to lose about 140 or so pounds, and I happen to enjoy gardening. We are in zone 7/8. I just love to watch things grow, and I love to try new and unusual plants to my area to see how they fare. I live in a neighborhood where everybody has the nursery to come and completely change out their flowerbeds every few months. All of my neighbors yards are stunning, but mine is homemade. I love my yard. When I moved here last November, my yard was an eyesore. It ha... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 09:31:21 EST When to cut back my .... I am wondering when to cut back my peonies, phlox, and black-eyed suzies. As I am trying to get my garden back to its former glory & I've found I've forgotten a lot of things! Thu, 8 Oct 2009 23:31:03 EST What did you KILL in the garden this year? I thought I would ask.... we can learn from our mistakes and what didn't work if we share. <BR> Thu, 8 Oct 2009 09:37:07 EST Fall Chatter in the Garden The link for Garden CHAT is getting huge. Lets start a new section for daily chat under this link. <BR> <BR> Enjoying a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte this morning as I catch up on everyones success here at Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> GARDENERS are some of the most friendly people around... that is for sure. You all are always so uplifting on your posts. It is no wonder our team is going strong. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you tomorrow at coffee...... for some fall chatter! <BR> <em>465</em> Sun, 4 Oct 2009 12:16:04 EST Hi! Sounds like a group I would like Hi everyone. I'm looking around at different teams to join. I have a few that are a lot of fun and have interesting topics. I love to garden, mostly perennials but do a little of everything. I'm looking for some "weighty" advice! <BR> <em>465</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2009 16:09:53 EST It CAN be done!!! It can’t be done <BR> <BR> <BR> Somebody said it couldn’t be done, <BR> But he with a chuckle replied, <BR> That “maybe it couldn’t” but he would be one <BR> Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. <BR> <BR> So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin <BR> On his face. If he worried, he hid it. <BR> He started to sing as he tackled the thing <BR> That couldn’t be done. And he did it. <BR> <BR> Somebody scoffed: ”Oh, you’ll never do that, <BR> At least no one ever has done it.” <BR> But h... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:39:08 EST Cool plants on their way! I have purchased some cool stuff on ebay & I'm very excited to get them in the ground. <BR> <BR> First I got some jack in the pulpit, trailing arbutus (grown from cuttings, not taken from the wild), two tea olive shrubs (osmanthus fragrans), a couple of peacock ferns, and 4 new shades of iris that we don't have. Unfortunately I also need to divide the iris we DO have. I'm going to put the divisions on free cycle instead of moving them somewhere else. <BR> <BR> I'm just so excited to have my... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 23:52:28 EST OCTOBER BUDDY LIST NOW FORMING! IF you are interested in having a 'Veggies and Blooms BUDDY' for the month of October please sign up here! I hope to have the list posted by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> BUDDIES are a great way to stay with your goals. Your Buddy will check on you and you will check on your buddy as often as you can. This has always been a success for keeping on track and learning new ideas on getting healthy. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you on the list! <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:27:01 EST September Garden Checklist This was in my local paper today and I thought I would share: <BR> <BR> <BR> September garden checklist <BR> MOUNT HAMILTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY, GROWING GREEN <BR> <BR> Published on Sep 18, 2009 <BR> There was a time when I put the garden to bed shortly after Labour Day not knowing what I was missing. But I’ve found that September has its own rewards besides the kids heading back to school. <BR> <BR> Glancing out my kitchen window, I see Japanese anenomes dancing to the slightest bree... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 15:03:08 EST Hi, I'm Ann and I just joined the team Hi everyone, I have been a Sparks member since August and this is the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. I have started a veggie garden this year, I can't stand paying the prices of peppers and tomatoes so decided to try and change that. I also have green beans, black eye peas, cucumbers and when the cooler weather comes my fall crops will go in. We have had a lot of rain this year so my tomatoes(grape) have not done so well, I'm hoping the Big Boy tomatoes will do better. I h... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 09:24:26 EST TAKE 5 CHALLENGE Looking for more ways to become a healthier you? Here are 5 great ideas you can use any day, every day. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink a glass of water every 2 hours or at least 6-8 glasses . <BR> Water is an essential nutrient for life. But beyond that, you just plain feel better when you’re well-hydrated. More energy, brighter eyes, healthy skin and a decreased chance of headaches are just a few of the benefits you’ll glean from drinking up! <BR> <BR> 2. Go for a 30 minute walk or the exercise you... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 23:41:29 EST Hi.. I'm from Ohio! Hi! my name is Linda, and I am from Ohio. <BR> I have planted some tomatoes, peppers, <BR> and lots of flowers. <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know everyone! <BR> Have a great day! Linda Tue, 8 Sep 2009 08:32:29 EST Help with planting bulbs Hello all - I have a problem I hope someone has a solution for. <BR> <BR> We live very near mountains & our soil is a combination of red clay & an unbelievable number of largish rocks & chunks of quartz. The traditional hand-held hole makers are out as is the thing you put on your drill. With the drill attachment ..well, if you hit a chunk of quartz & the drill jerks hard enough to really hurt your hands, elbows, and shoulders. <BR> <BR> Other than crawling along & hand digging the holes wh... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 12:55:17 EST Anyone have seeds to share? Does anyone have seeds (or seed heads) they'd be willing to share? I'm especially interested in finding cleome (spider flower) of any color, joe pye weed, and butterfly milkweed (I think some know this as Indian paintbrush??) <BR> <BR> I know the cleome turns out TONS of seed pods, but I haven't been able to find any locally...which surprised me frankly. Sooo - Anyone?! I'd be ever so grateful! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 23:55:18 EST Bittersweet Nightshade Panic - pulled a vine out from my pine tree and started to get red dots all over my arms. Washed up and did some research and it seems to be bittersweet nightshade. (I put photo in team photos.) <BR> <BR> It is poisonous but can't find any info that indicates a poison ivy like rash. In fact what I've read says to pull it out to manage it. <BR> <BR> If you have any experiece with this vine, please lemme know! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>er-and-land/weeds/Broch... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 16:57:36 EST Sunflower Seed Questions A seed from our bird feeder fell into the garden and produced the most beautiful sunflower! I'll have to check out when to harvest the seeds but have pulled some out and ate them raw. Next year I'll be planting a whole patch of sunflowers and reaping the harvest. No doubt I can run them through the dehydrator to preserve. <BR> <BR> Has anyone grown and preserved sunflower seeds? Any tips on growing? When to harvest? How does one know when they're ready to pick? How to preserve? Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:25:13 EST Garden Holes With summer soon ending and as I look around my garden, I've been mentally thinking of what needs to be done for next year. <BR> <BR> I've decided to plant my tomatoes in pots next year because my dad did and it worked well for him. I've decided that I want to plant more lilies, irises, crocuses, purple coneflower, black-eyed susans and miniature roses. I also want to put a hosta in the garden beside my deck. There's already one there but I think it needs another. <BR> <BR> What are you ... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 11:02:50 EST Use a EMOTICON for how you feel today <em>414</em> Thu, 20 Aug 2009 01:00:26 EST Worm composting Does anyone here do worm composting? I've been thinking about it but wonder how easy or difficult it is to do, to keep them alive and get good compost. Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:37:25 EST Planting herbs w/flowers A friend asked me this question and I just didn't have an answer for her. Does anyone know if it's ok to use basil that has been planted and grown with geraniums? Thanks in advance for your help!!! Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:17:53 EST HOME CANNING 101 HERE IS A LINK TO HOW TO CAN LIKE GRANDMA USED TO. <link><BR>/home-canning-for-beginners/?nl=EATS_0<BR>81209_20 </link> <BR> I SAW SOME HELPFUL HINTS EVEN FOR THE PROS. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 20:59:36 EST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW_______? You can fill in the blank with what you think the world needs now to make it a better place in which to live and raise a family. <BR> Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:06:57 EST 4 THINGS IN MY LIFE QUIZ~ 4 Things In my Life Quiz~ <BR> <BR> Four jobs I have had in my life: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> <BR> 2. <BR> <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> 4. <BR> <BR> Four movies I have watched more than Once: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> <BR> 2. <BR> <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> 4. <BR> <BR> Four places I have lived: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> <BR> 2. <BR> <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> 4. <BR> <BR> <BR> Four Places I have been: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> <BR> 2. <BR> <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> 4. <BR> <BR> <BR> Four of my favorite foods: <BR>... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 12:25:04 EST Hello from South Florida HI TEAM ! I am brand new to the team and gardening but, have been here at spark for a while. In fact, i have crossed paths with MOMINGARDEN on another team. Good to see you again MOMINGARDEN !!! <BR> So, i have always been interested in veggie gardening but, have not had the time or knowledge to persue it. But, i recently decided to take on the challenge of learning how and have just planted some tomatoes and peppers in containers. I know that this is not the right time to begin a gar... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 09:53:05 EST Shade Hedge Suggestions? I was wondering if any of you guys could suggest an ever-green hedge that I can grow in the shade. It gets a little sun, but I'd consider it shade. <BR> <BR> We want to plant a screen between our house and the neighbors (something fairly fast growing) but everything I have experience with needs sun. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Mon, 27 Jul 2009 10:34:34 EST I am passionate about gardening This morning my grandchildren came over. They are here every Saturday for about 12 hours. Hunter is 9, Jorja is 4, and Jacob is 1. They love to come into the garden with me and plant, weed, water, and pick. This morning the three of them picked about 25 pounds of tomatoes--maybe a little less if you don't count the three green ones Jacob plucked! It's ok. He's getting better at understanding about RED, and a few days on the window sill and they look no different from the ones picked rip... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 14:30:31 EST Gardening For Healthy irst thing every morning, Gene Gach checks the 50 or so pots of bromeliads that he keeps along one side of his house. Then he simply stands and enjoys the backyard of his modest Los Angeles home -- the wide, green lawn, the 25-foot stand of Chinese bamboo he grew from a single stalk, and many flowers and rose bushes. On most days a cluster of birds surrounds his bird feeder, along with a small rabbit, whom he is teaching to eat lettuce. Later, Gach will play an 18-hole round of golf, lunch wi... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:49:19 EST First of the season! I just had to share my excitement with all of you! I was able to pick my first squash and use it for dinner on Sunday! And when I got home from work yesterday, my husband had picked 3 more, plus a cucumber and a tomato! I'm sooooo excited to begin using the produce from my garden! <BR> <BR> Happy gardening everyone! <em>258</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2009 13:15:29 EST Favorite Veggies Summer 2009 What are you excited about this season in the veggie garden. <BR> <BR> I am in zone 5b and we have been extremely dry this season. Today we finally got some rain that was much needed. Due to the dry spell we are behind on zucchini and cucumber harvesting. I do want to share a newbie to my garden this year that I purchased at a Heirloom growers greenhouse. <BR> <BR> Russian Purple Plum.... LOVE IT! My photo is at : <BR> <link><BR>hotos_enlarge.asp... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 11:32:51 EST Gone, Gone, All Gone! Cucumber plants, tomato plants AND their flowers, lilies, hostas, glads, black-eyed susies, EVERYTHING EATEN. Oh! Those danged DEER! They're eating everything, even the stuff they are supposed to dislike! <BR> <BR> What are we going to DO!? GRrrr... NEXT YEAR I'm going to be back on my feet & boy oh boy, I'm going to doing everything I can to keep my flowers! <BR> <BR> In the meantime, DRAT! <BR> <BR> Who else is having deer troubles? Thu, 9 Jul 2009 21:58:28 EST What I did right today I saw this on another message board it is was a hot topic, so I thought we would try it and see how we finish the sentence Thu, 9 Jul 2009 01:19:15 EST Help! Moles have invaded my yard! Okay, last year I kept them at bay using castor oil pellets - this year it doesn't seem to be deterring them in the least bit. I even tried Ciscoe's Mole Blaster, using two handfuls of mint, blending it into a slurry in a blender adding that a large pot of water and simmering for 30 minutes. Then pouring it into the holes. Well they are using those tunnels anymore - but I have more tunnels. So I would love suggestions on what to do now. I have used up all my mint. Wed, 8 Jul 2009 19:30:16 EST New to gardening! Hi everyone....I'm a 38 yr old mom of 2 girls and started my own garden this's been fun and am learning alot about what NOT to do next year. Semi-new to SP also....just wanting to get back into shape. I have had to tell myself that it's not all about the kids, I have to take care of myself too. <BR> Can't wait to see if anything edible comes out of my garden. <BR> Does anyone here do pumpkins? Do you pollinate or let nature take care of it? Have read so much it's overwhelming. Wed, 8 Jul 2009 14:18:47 EST July 10 - 31st Buddy List Anyone interested in a buddy for the month? Sign up here if you would like to be paired up with another Veggie and Bloom Garden Team. <BR> <BR> I will post the buddy list for July 10 - 31 by Friday Morning so sign up NOW! <BR> <BR> It has been a busy month and we are only on day 7! <BR> <BR> Hope to see you all on the list. a <BR> Tue, 7 Jul 2009 11:38:15 EST Day Lily <em>213</em> <BR> I want to plant day lilies, are they easy to grow? <BR> Any information will be helpful. I have research them on the web just want to hear from you that have grown them. <BR> Thank you! <BR> I have tiger lilies now which came from my Grandmother are day lilies easy to care for as them? <BR> Sat, 4 Jul 2009 07:21:02 EST Backyard Chickens anyone? New to the group...curious if anyone else keeps chickens. <em>145</em> I have five pullets about to start laying and plan to order another five or six chics in August. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 12:32:44 EST Hello from CT! I am a first year gardner and happy chicken mom to five pullets with another six on the way. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone else with backyard chickens? Thu, 2 Jul 2009 12:12:56 EST Howdy! I'm new to the team and this is my first real try at growing stuff. I've tried in previous years, but this is the first year that anything actually grew. <BR> <BR> So far, I've planted a big homemade self watering container with tomatoes and squash. I also planted several smaller containers and a couple of trees and the start of what might be an herb bed. <BR> <BR> I'm in west central Texas and we've already spent too many days over 100°. Very challenging to keep everything happy and gro... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 22:26:52 EST Hello from Southern California Hi everyone. I'm so glad to have found this group. This is only my second year with a vegetable garden, but I love it. I am using the square foot gardening method and keeping my fingers crossed for a good harvest. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone <BR> Michelle Mon, 29 Jun 2009 10:05:23 EST NUTRITION TRACKER I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT EVERYONE HAS SET ON THEIR NUTRITION TRACKER AND IF YOU STAY WITHIN THE CALORIES LISTED THERE. <BR> <BR> Sparks has mine set at 1250-1500. <BR> I changed it to read 1200-1250 because if given the higher number I will tend to eat until I reach the number not because I am hungry it is just because I can!! <BR> Does that make any sense? <BR> So I changed mine to be at the lower end of the range and I feel a lot better at the end of the day knowing if I stay in thi... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:28:21 EST Do you TWITTER? Sparks does! I was super excited to find on The TWITTER network. Get up to date health info sent to your Twitter account by joining the SPARK TWITTER! <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople is at : <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> PLEASE add me to your TWITTER FOLLOWING! <BR> You can find me at : <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:35:57 EST Potting Soil Recipe for Sucessful Containers! Busy working on some last minute summer containers and I thought it might be useful to share with you all what I use for my soil. I have the best success with this recipe each summer. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19538x140<BR>15222 </link> Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:20:07 EST New to the group! Hi all! Just wanted to say hello. I've been at SP for a little over a month now but with a little help I'm finally finding my way to all of you. I'm excited to be joining your group. <BR> <BR> Nothing I like better than being in the yard all day on a Saturday. I have a vegetable garden as well as lots of flowers, trees and shrubs that I baby. <BR> <BR> I look forward to learning more about what I love from all of you. I've already gotten some great tips just by browsing around a short time... Fri, 19 Jun 2009 14:48:00 EST Welcome from Missouri We just moved to Missouri and have a garden here for the first time. I used to garden in Germany and Michigan, and loved to make my own Spaghetti Sauce and canned veggies, but this is new territory for me. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any tips for me? They would be more than welcome. Sun, 14 Jun 2009 23:01:27 EST Hello from Florida I began gardening after we moved to northern Florida two years ago. My husband, Jose and I lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until his retirement. I had always wanted to live in a rural area and this part of Florida is exactly that. This is not glamorous Miami or theme park filled Orlando. This is rural, its beautifully wooded, filled with lakes and steams. We love it here. <BR> <BR> We have two acres of land, one acre is still wooded. We have plenty of room for our gardens. We have veget... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 21:35:53 EST Another Newbie Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark people just the other day and today I saw this Garden group so I joined right away. I love gardening, it doesn't matter what, just gardening. I even love pulling weeds. I recently planted a rose garden and all the bushes are just blooming and blooming and blooming. I also planted a herb garden which is doing wonderful. <BR> <BR> Now for my veggie garden....its growing by leaps and bounds but not producing any veggies. I have broccoli, cauliflower, b... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 01:52:23 EST Another Newbie Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark people just the other day and today I saw this Garden group so I joined right away. I love gardening, it doesn't matter what, just gardening. I even love pulling weeds. I recently planted a rose garden and all the bushes are just blooming and blooming and blooming. I also planted a herb garden which is doing wonderful. <BR> <BR> Now for my veggie garden....its growing by leaps and bounds but not producing any veggies. I have broccoli, cauliflower, b... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 01:51:15 EST Good morning from WV I'm new to the site and the group. I'm 40+ and learning to now take care of me after taking care of my family for so long. Isn't it funny how you can't find yourself after a while. I'm learning lots and now losing pounds and inches. I've exercised more in the past month than I have have in 15 years. Thanks for the motivation and I hope to be able to motivate others along the way. <em>100</em> Fri, 12 Jun 2009 10:41:52 EST New Member Saying Hello! I'm Cherie - an avid gardener, except this year as I am recvering from a knee replacement. Next year I plan to be back in the garden! My favorite veggie gardening includes tomatoes, squash, cukes, peas & beans, & sometimes okra. Flowers - well, everything. <BR> <BR> I'm a HUGE fan of heirloom tomatoes & hope to start planting other heirloom plants - squashes etc. I live in the country & we have lots of space to garden. We own a massive tiller, not the little thing you see on TV. It takes a l... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 13:12:07 EST sage Has anyone have a herb garden? I am trying a small one. What I would like to know is my sage is starting to bloom and do I need to cut off the blooms? <BR> Thanks, Joan Sat, 6 Jun 2009 11:49:53 EST Bunnies revisited I think I may have hit upon an idea to keep the furry creatures from treating my garden as a salad bar. I have a cat who needs to be brushed often so she doesn't mat up. I have been putting the fur around my hostas. The rabbit then goes to something else without the fur. Hmmmm <BR> <BR> C <em>104</em> Sat, 6 Jun 2009 09:25:21 EST Garden Tour?? Has anyone here participated in a community garden tour? I have had many strangers during a yard sale say I should be in my city one, but I am unsure. <BR> <BR> Did anyone have any good/bad experiences? Would you do it again? Do you have any suggestions? <BR> Karen :D Sat, 6 Jun 2009 06:40:42 EST BLOOMIN' JUNE Please share with us what you have growing in June. Tell us if you have planted something new this year and how that is doing for you? <BR> <BR> Can't wait to hear about what is new in your JUNE Garden. <BR> <BR> Happy Bloomin June! <em>87</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2009 11:15:20 EST hello, i enjoy working in my small vegie garden, & my flower beds, good excersize. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 01:28:37 EST BUGS....... Sorry I haven't been more active in the group but have been knee deep in end of month accounting, normal craziness and redoing my garden (when it is not raining). However, I am being overrun by stink bugs both in the garden and in my house. I hate bugs in my house. I become more of a raving lunatic and go on a seek and destroy mission. What is causing this plague of stink bugs and what can I do about it? Sun, 31 May 2009 10:54:25 EST New from Southern Ontario Good morning. <BR> <BR> With gardening season upon us, I wanted to join a gardening team and I picked yours because it appears active and because there's not too many members. <BR> <BR> I live in Southern Ontario, 1 hour west of Toronto and although I love gardening, I have had to cut back due to health issues. <BR> <BR> I'm 49 years old, married for 25 years, have no children by choice, have one cat and have rheumatoid arthritis and back problems. <BR> <BR> This year, I only planted toma... Sat, 30 May 2009 09:18:00 EST Hello from Mississippi I have a few herbs in pots that I am trying to nurse along..I'm hoping to have many more..I pretty much have to keep them inside as I live in town with not alot of room...Not many of windows get alot of sunshine either because of the trees and the squirrels dig everything up outside..We have allota squirrels here..The lady next door is constantly putting cayenne on her plants...Is this the only alternative to keep the squirrels out? Fri, 29 May 2009 12:08:46 EST June Buddy List SIGN UP This is a crazy busy time of year for most gardeners. I don't know if you are like me but I sure do have a hard time keeping up with every day things unless it involves weeding and watering those fabulous Veggies and Blooms in my garden. How about signing up for the JUNE BUDDY List in the garden so you can be paired up with someone on our team. This member will send you a comment or sparkmail at least twice a week to be sure that you are remembering your GOALS for HEALTHY living for the mo... Fri, 29 May 2009 10:12:51 EST WOW!!! WHAT A DIFFERENCE? Just thought it would be fun to share a difference you have noticed since you started your journey. <BR> <BR> So lets post those little things we notice from day to day that says yes we are losing weight. <BR> <em>29</em> <em>30</em> <em>198</em> <em>33</em> <em>15</em> <em>9</em> Thu, 28 May 2009 14:03:43 EST RECIPES FROM YOUR GARDEN I thought this would be a good place to share our recipes from our garden this year. <BR> We have a lot of new members this spring. <BR> We had a very good recipe exchange last year, for veggie dishes to dessert dishes and even jams and jellies. I can't wait to see what everyone is doing with their harvest. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>291</em> <em>475</em> <em>491</em> Wed, 27 May 2009 22:04:27 EST New Post removed due to Sparkpeople privacy policy <BR> Mon, 18 May 2009 18:50:39 EST Online Tool for Garden Plot Planning Does anyone use or know of an online tool for planning and notating a garden plot? A free tool would be ideal! <BR> <BR> I found this for $20 for a year but don't know if anyone has used it or knows of better? <link> </link> Thu, 7 May 2009 14:51:48 EST what are what are some of the cold weather seeds that could be planted early? I know radishes and lettus are two of them. Mon, 4 May 2009 11:47:15 EST Hello from California Hi! My name's Kari, I'm 37, and I live in Southern California. I'm excited to be among fellow SparkPeople who are gardeners, even if the only garden they've planted is still in their imagination. :) I recently bought a house and have been busy planting the front yard with flowers and herbs. I just planted a vegetable bed in the back using the Square Foot Gardening method. I'm having a ball. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting you all! <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 4 May 2009 00:30:51 EST New to this group Hi, I am new to this group. I really liked the site, it looks friendly. I should be doing the housework tho! <BR> <BR> I live in Melbourne, Australia, with my husband and three teenage daughters. I have a quite large suburban yard although it is not well-oriented for the seasons. <BR> <BR> I would really like to start a garden but have been very idle for a long time. We are vegetarian and would love to have at least some of our own veges. As a child we never bought veges or much frui... Mon, 4 May 2009 00:25:14 EST Cosmos Does anyone have any ideas/advice when seeding cosmos on how to get them to be NOT so stretchy, tall when they are babies?? They are horrible to transplant when they are like this. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 3 May 2009 08:50:24 EST Spring Blooms I was hoping we could all share some of what we have blooming in our gardens for the month of April. <BR> Please share what you have planted and what is blooming. Any 'secrets' or ideas on planting would be appreciated. Once again I want to express how much I enjoy hearing from you all. Everyone on our team is so very talented. <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you! Thu, 30 Apr 2009 07:41:10 EST Buddy List for May 2009 It's time once again to meet others on our team who want to focus on staying healthy using the buddy system. If you would like to be teamed up with another Veggies and Blooms Team member to encourage in the month of May please sign up here! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 14:57:29 EST Hello from Austin, Zone 8 Hello all, <BR> Just learning my way around having a year round garden. Just finished a pretty successful winter garden full of cool weather veggies. <BR> I also volunteer at a Community Supported Agriculture farm once a week. I learn amazing amounts of things from them. <BR> CeeCee Tue, 28 Apr 2009 10:33:34 EST Hello V&B Garden Team! Hello Team- I am joining you from Kansas City, KS. I have a small vegetable garden and lots of flowers. I love growing things and enjoy getting my hands into the dirt to plant something new and watch it grow. Looking forward to getting new info and tips and also to share mine with you as well. Love this site and am so inspired by it. Glad to be here and be a Spark. <BR> Cyndi Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:56:11 EST New member Hi, I'm new and I'm looking forward to being a part of this team. I'm fairly new to gardening. I planted tomatoes last year and was so excited about them that this year I'm trying my hand at beans, radishes and cantaloupes. Hope that it goes well. Freddi <em>213</em> Sun, 26 Apr 2009 16:56:11 EST Hi from eastern Wisconsin, Zone 5 Love to garden and watch birds, almost time to put out the hummingbird and oriole feeders. My onions, peas and spinach are in the garden and the plants I started from seed are doing very well this year. I have almost reached my weight loss goal and excited about that. Looking forward to getting to know you all. Sun, 26 Apr 2009 14:52:29 EST LESSONS FOR ALL WALKS OF LIFE I THOUGHT THIS MIGHT PUT THE SPARK BACK IN EVERYONE' S STEP. <BR> <BR> <BR> Lessons for All Walks of Life <BR> Basics for Success <BR> -- By Julie Isphording, former Olympian <BR> <BR> <BR> If there were dreams for sale, what would you try to buy? No matter what you "purchase" – find a better job, run a marathon, lose ten pounds, learn a new skill – motivation usually makes the difference between success and failure, misery and fun. These tips will help get you started: <BR> <BR> Su... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:28:37 EST Hi from Washington 8! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm Tina over in beautiful Washington state, I am over across the water from Seattle. <BR> <BR> I'm a novice gardener. Last year was my first very own vegi garden (it was a learning experience), although I always was forced to help in the family garden growing up. LOL I always swore I'd never have my own garden, well...never say never. :D <BR> <BR> We bought our house 5 years ago and the flower beds were over-filled with an odd choice of plants. I finally have the time ... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 17:27:24 EST Hello from Southern MN Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Kay, mom to 7 great kids (1 is married and has 1 child) and wife to one wonderful man. I have quite a bit of weight to lose, but I'm excited to see progress being made. <BR> <BR> We homeschool our children and they all love to garden. We are currently living in a small town, but still have room for gardening. We planted lots of old garden roses along the side and in front of our house. These roses were offshoots from roses we planted at our previous home. Soon it wi... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 12:02:01 EST Home Depot and Earth Day Hey everyone, in case you live near a Home Depot- they are giving away a FREE CFL light bulb and free faucet aerator in celebration of earth day. I just went and picked up mine. AND all peat pot veggies and herbs are buy one get one free, and all seed packets are buy one get one free! Sun, 19 Apr 2009 09:31:19 EST LET'S LIST 100+ REASONS TO LOSE WEIGHT!!! I would Love to play with A game team ...Let's State Let's list 100+ reasons to lose weight! <BR> <BR> I would Like weird reasons if possible and I'll start by myself and you continue the counting reasons after me <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> #1. To not worry about lawn chairs breaking. <BR> <BR> #2. To be able to order clothes from a catalogue without worrying if they will fit. <BR> <BR> #3. To not have fear going to the doctors, because he'll make me get on a scale <BR> Sat, 18 Apr 2009 03:31:50 EST Hello from Illinois I just joined your team and am looking forward to learning all kinds of things about vegetable and flower gardens. I have both in my back yard and really enjoy them. Tue, 14 Apr 2009 07:15:18 EST joining from RI Hi, there! My name is Ronelle, and I currently am starting an herb garden (in my kitchen), and also planting some veggies in my father's yard, since he has more space than I do at my apt. <BR> <BR> Even though the price of gas has gone down quite a bit, it doesn't seem to be reflected in the prices of produce at the grocery stores. Rather than continue to get frustrated, I've decided that now is as good a time as any to try to start planting a few veggies. <BR> <BR> Is there a Home Ga... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 10:25:50 EST ~4~ THINGS IN MY LIFE QUIZ~ 4 Things In my Life Quiz~ <BR> <BR> Four jobs I have had in my life: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> <BR> 2. <BR> <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> 4. <BR> <BR> Four movies I have watched more than Once: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> <BR> 2. <BR> <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> 4. <BR> <BR> Four places I have lived: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> <BR> 2. <BR> <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> 4. <BR> <BR> <BR> Four Places I have been: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> <BR> 2. <BR> <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> 4. <BR> <BR> <BR> Four of my favorite foods: <BR>... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 01:08:21 EST Spring in Montana <em>67</em> Today was gorgeous--54 and no wind here in Great Falls (by Rocky Mtn Front). This seems to be a very supportive site in many ways. Looking forward to getting to know you. <BR> --Pam <em>459</em> Sun, 5 Apr 2009 23:00:46 EST Patio garden in PA I am looking to do an easy to care for patio garden or container garden at my condo. I live near Philadelphia. My back patio gets some sun but trees block it most of the time. Vegetables are probably out but what kind of foliage and/or flowering plants would anyone recommend? <BR> Charlene <BR> Sat, 4 Apr 2009 06:56:47 EST Anyone have backyard chickens? Just wondering if there are any other backyard gardeners here with chickens? We started with day old chicks last year and we lost one, and have two laying hens now. Right now they are each laying a gorgeous dark brown egg each day. Fri, 3 Apr 2009 17:06:31 EST Online garden stores? Has anyone ever bought anything garden related online? I had a bad experience with and I'm wondering if anyone has a good website to recommend. I'm mostly looking for seeds, as the selection around me is somewhat limited and don't have the best varieties for where I live. Thanks! Fri, 3 Apr 2009 14:47:00 EST Help Identify the Plant Need help identifying a plant. It's coming up in a pot that was supposed to be queen siam basil. Obviously it's not and the sender of the seeds has no idea and it doesn't look familiar from her garden. Any clue? <BR> <BR> Posted to team photos - here's a direct link: <BR> <link><BR>hotos_enlarge.asp?gid=19538&pid=2232 </link> Fri, 3 Apr 2009 13:09:01 EST Hi from NH I just joined the team & I can't wait to learn from your expertise! I'm very interested in gardening & have many a garden bed in my yard, but I'm always learning. I've never had the knowledge or finances to do things 100% properly. I haven't amended my soil which I know is a big no-no, mainly because I haven't been able to afford to buy compost regularly. I haven't started a compost pile because there's just no convenient spot in my yard & frankly I don't know that I can commit to maintaining... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 19:36:52 EST Raised beds I'm going to be building a few small raised beds to try vegetables in this year. I tried veggies for the first time last year in pots on my deck with limited results. I think it would have been better with more room. So we've identified a small area we can build them in but I have a question. Anyone have a good (& cheap!) recipe for a great soil mix to fill it with for vegetables? Thu, 2 Apr 2009 19:23:30 EST APRIL BUDDY LIST Here are the teams: <BR> <BR> 1313LUCKY <BR> MOMINGARDEN <BR> <BR> Granni <BR> WANDASEW <BR> <BR> CATEMERALD <BR> OZONE3 <BR> <BR> NARNIA9334 <BR> MSTWOMOONS002 <BR> <BR> MDLEAVITT2002 <BR> SUNNY332 <BR> <BR> 7MARYJANE <BR> BARBARK <BR> <BR> NEELOJ <BR> BAGLADY801 <BR> <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> If you missed the deadline let me know and I will try and pair you up with someone. <BR> <BR> Be sure to leave your 'buddy' a comment on their Sparkpage or you may use this lin... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:27:28 EST Hi from Northeast Alabama I'm an avid gardner who works mostly with herbs and flowers. I have recently been getting into planting more and more vegetables. I'm planning a large garden this year at home. I also work a community herb and vegetable garden with my native american group. <BR> We are having plenty of rain right now in Alabama, which is good, I just hope it dries up soon so I can get my hands in the dirt. There is no greater feeling in the world that getting your hands in the dirt! Except maybe hugs and kiss... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 01:20:52 EST Hi from Florida! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People last October and have had a hard time getting off the computer ever since! I just love all that the site has to offer and have met some of the nicest people here! Hi to "my" Granni! <BR> <BR> When I was growing up, my dad was in the Marines and although we didn't go outside the country, we crossed the nation five different times. During that time we always a had a vegetable garden and often grew flowers as well. <BR> <BR> When dad retired, we l... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 22:03:14 EST ground covers I am considering making a big change in my backyard. <BR> I am allergic to most of the grasses that are common here. I would love to get rid of the grass and use some alternative ground cover. I am looking for something that can control erosion, of course, but I want something that is soft under foot and maybe has a little color. <BR> I have three dogs that have full access to the backyard. I want something that is not dangerous to them and something that can withstand their running aroun... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:43:29 EST australian gardener HI everyone, <BR> I am from victoria in australia. <BR> I live on two acres in the Dandenong Ranges East of Melbourne. <BR> We are currently putting a vege garden in here but with wonter coming on will not grow too many things, mostly peas, brocolli, brussel sprouts, onions and whatever else I find to go in. <BR> I have just planted sweetpeas for the spring and some foxgloves which are some of my favourite flowers. <BR> I hope to get to know you all. <BR> I homeschool my youngest two children... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 18:38:43 EST Buddy list for APRIL now forming! IF you are interested in joining in on the Veggies and Blooms Garden Team Buddy list please leave a comment on this link so we can add you to the list. I hope to draw names on Tuesday the 31st of March. <BR> <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> WHAT IS A BUDDY on our garden team? Well .... it is a great way to keep on track with healthy living and meet others who enjoy the same hobby as you do. Each month it has been a blessing for many of us at this team to be randomly teamed up... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 23:43:26 EST OldSeeds - to sow or not to sow? That's the quest. Great idea... <BR> <BR> "Too frugal to toss them, I'm testing a sample from each packet. I rolled five seeds in a small piece of paper towel, put the labeled samples side-by-side in a plastic bag, then misted them with water. I also tucked in samples of larkspur, poppy, lupine, zinnia, and hyacinth bean; then ziplocked the bag. It's near a heating vent to speed germination. In five days, I'll check for sprouting; again in seven, 10, 12, and 14 days. Seeds showing roots are good to plant. Rot... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 08:10:00 EST Indoor Gardening Question Question from over on my veggie team - how does one grow a garden indoors due to cold and low sun climate? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9x24165312 </link> <BR> <BR> If you're not a member over there to reply, please post an idea here - thanks! Fri, 27 Mar 2009 07:51:04 EST HI! from Virginia Hi, I just joined SP last week, found this board today and just had to join! I hesitate to call myself a gardener, but I do love to move dirt around in the yard and have started tinkering with squarefoot gardening. I am hoping the kids will take more interest in veggies if they get excited about growing them. Thu, 26 Mar 2009 23:21:42 EST Hi, New from Ohio! Hi guys! Im new to team, but not sp. Ive been here for a few years off and on trying to live a healthier life. Im kind of stuck in a rough spot this year as we will "hopefully" be building a new home this year so I wont be doing much in the line of flowers except for some potted things. We are going to do our veggie garden, we havent for the last few years and really miss it. I am married with no children and would love and gardening advice. Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:27:59 EST hello from florida well i love all thing plants and have so much fun with it. my little girls just love to do it with me as well just last week i put together a pot for them added the potting soil let them pick out 4 plants a piece and let them plant them than we went to dollar tree let them pick out a garden mobile of some kind and let them put pretty blue rocks in it they just love it that they have there own garden . me i have plants everywhere in my yard i have a rose garden out front they are my babies i ... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 22:53:16 EST Hi, I'm the new kid on the block Hi, I am from Pennsylvania. I do a little gardening around my condo. I gravitate towards plants that thrive without too much fuss. My latest quest is to find plants that the neighborhood rabbits will not make into a salad. Any suggestions? Mon, 23 Mar 2009 18:49:16 EST California gardener here Hi! I'm a mom to 2 little boys and on my 3rd year of backyard veggie gardening. We live in the very hot zone 9 (14 for those of you in the west using Sunset) so that is a bit of challenge. It does mean we can grow things year round, though, which I appreciate. We've been having nightly green salads with lovely carrots and radishes for weeks now, as well as tons of greens for stir fries and soups. I also have an arid perennial garden I've been working on for fun. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 20:40:34 EST