SparkPeople Gardening In A Protected Area-Home/Greenhouse Team Messageboard Group for people who grow plants inside a structure- home,greenhouse, garage,balcony or on your desk at work . This team is also for people who are still dreaming of garden. SparkPeople Gardening In A Protected Area-Home/Greenhouse Team Messageboard bok choy Okay, who has a fun recipe for bok choy? I keep getting it in my CSA share, and I'm tired of making stir fries with rice... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:08:29 EST advice for keeping basil alive over the winter? I have a pot of basil in a south window that is getting every more spindly and rapidly dropping leaves. I have never had any difficulty with basil (indoors or out) when the days are long, but I have been encouraging this plant daily since Dec 21 that the days are getting longer now if it'll just hang in there. I'm not sure it's going to make it. I'm not willing to invest in plant lights. Any other suggestions for making the basil happier? Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:25:00 EST Post a food item. Post a picture of a veggie. Sat, 23 May 2015 18:38:49 EST Post something yellow! Please post something yellow! Fri, 15 May 2015 18:38:54 EST Seed starting 101 Its that time of year! <BR> This is a very good article I came across in a e-newsletter I get on starting seeds. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-101-why-start-from-seed/ </link> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 15:41:05 EST Post a flower Post the name of flower ( emoticon) or the name of a flower. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20:15:26 EST Post a red emoticon Post a red emoticon. <BR> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20:13:46 EST tropical plants Anyone had luck growing ginger or lemongrass or citrus trees? I'm gonna try some inside my house. My cats are old enough that they no longer kill EVERYTHING. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:20:46 EST Fall planting Who is putting things in the ground now for fall? I've never grown anything late in the season but lettuce and am looking for other good suggestions. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:06:04 EST garlic scapes? Okay, I've been chopping them up and using them just like garlic; I've been making them into pesto. But they're so _beautiful_ compared to your boring old garlic bulbs (which I love, mind you) and I can't help wondering what wonderful things other people do with them. Do tell! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 02:35:53 EST most resistant spinach? I've given up on spinach since moving here - whatever variety I've tried, it's always covered in aphids. I've tried releasing lady bugs. I've tried sunnier spaces. I've tried spraying with dishwater. And my spinach is covered in aphids. It's one of my favorite foods in the whole wide world, so I'd love some other ideas. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 18:13:52 EST Dream Garden Post something about your dream garden. Sat, 3 May 2014 18:11:58 EST Did you huddle with your team today? Please huddle with your team. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:32:04 EST Trying to garden with a brown thumb HI! I'm Cathy (or Cat) and live in Southern Oregon. Our property is forested which doesn't give the best conditions for gardening. <BR> <BR> I've just set up 4 full spectrum grow lights and am hoping to grow sprouts to supplement winter salads. <BR> So far, I have some nice chard, sage, thyme and a number of houseplants going. <BR> <BR> I had several types of lettuce but I couldn't control/get rid of the white flies so I gave up. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to learn a lot! Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:51:11 EST Organic gardening in Florida <em>524</em> it's October 4th and still in the upper 80's (almost 90) so I am still unable to go outside for more than a few minutes due to heat intolerance due to multiple sclerosis. By now normally would have a full patch of beautiful sunflowers I could enjoy but was unable to get out and plant them. My strawberries went to the birds, literally. Luckily my mint survived as well as the beauty berry and lantana and of course you cant kickoff the potted spider plants! So , I am hoping that o... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 07:52:40 EST Hello new to the team Hi everyone I'm Marion, live in Ar. & love love love plants & dogs, started growing plants as a teenager but started teaching myself names & more info around age 26, still learning, my favorite house plant is over 30 yrs old..look forward to learning more. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:26:17 EST Harvest questions Post your harvest questions. <em>374</em> <BR> <BR> My first question follows: <BR> Who has lavender? <BR> I cut the flowers to dry. Do I trim the foliage? Some does not look very nice - I know I will need to trim some of it. I never harvest my lavender before; this year I want to use it. <BR> Thanks for any help! <em>304</em> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:43:15 EST Name an annual Name an annual. <BR> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:29:41 EST My Greenhouse My greenhouse is attached to the back of my house and is actually heated by the house or the sun when it appears. I grow houseplant all year round and coming up to Spring I grow lots of seedlings for my outdoor summer garden...In the Fall, a lot of plants from my garden and patio are put back inside the G/H so I can enjoy them in our cold Canadian winters. I have had my greenhouse since 1984, so I am an oldtimer at my hobby. Looking forward to meeting and learning from other greenhouse own... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:50:57 EST List a natural fertilizer or soil amendment. List a natural fertilizer or soil amendment. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:55:21 EST List a mulch List a mulch. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 22:10:07 EST Name a perennial plant Name a perennial plant. Perennial plants live for more than two years. Tue, 28 May 2013 20:39:51 EST Gardening Term Keep gardening on our mind. Post a gardening term. Thu, 9 May 2013 20:05:44 EST Possums in OZ. Has anyone here in Australia have any tips on getting rid of possums? They are eating my rosebuds and the new shoots on many of my plants. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:14:41 EST HUDDLE for the day! <em>247</em> I have. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:12:10 EST Hi! Just joining! Hi! Just saw this team when looking for one centered on growing plants. Nice to meet you all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Elaine and my "gardening" is done inside my apartment and on my patio. My ideal living space would be a close to a dome-like conservatory as possible with the rooms necessitating privacy on the inside of the home and the rest of the home being an open layout with plants everywhere. I think I could live quite happily in a big greenhouse as long as the interior core wer... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:44:14 EST Planning for greenhouse overwintering So I was so late getting the greenhouse put together this spring that I didn't get much use out of it until now. And I guess that's the beauty of a greenhouse-instead of having the mindset that as fall approaches, I must resign myself to all the dead plants, I am now planning more fun things! <BR> <BR> So I cleaned up a bunch of 4" pots and 6 packs that I've had around. I got some potting soil and I've been preparing for the fall by gathering as much information on a bunch of my landscape ... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:02:33 EST First fall with a greenhouse I'm trying to plan now for the fall. This is the first year I have a greenhouse to extend my gardening season. <BR> <BR> My corn is almost done so I'll have 1/3 of a bed to devote to a fall crop once those are done. And I think my peppers are not far behind. And my basil is bolting almost faster than I can pinch the flowers off so they're almost done-another 1/6 or so of a bed, but I think I'm just going to plant some new basil in their place. <BR> <BR> For those who have greenhouses, how d... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:33:55 EST Foundation is going in this weekend! I've been digging the foundation for my greenhouse kit this weekend. I'm digging 3" down which will be mostly grass and top soil, and I'll put down some weed barrier and decorative rock or bark dust to keep the weeds and grass from creeping in, but I think I'm going to use preserved 2x6's as the base instead of the 4x4's that are in the instructions. I can tell from the instructions that the lip on the base is less than 2", so if I put 2, 2x6's side by side, it will work and I will add anothe... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 14:05:56 EST Anyone Else live in the Midwest? We are from California but we moved to Illinois last March. We want to have a garden this year. My mother got me a little plastic greenhouse. I think out's still way to cold to pot anything out there. But I brrrrrr I could start some seeds inside. That do you think? Go you have any ideas for planning my garden? End definitely want vegetables a and flowers too. Thanx. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:03:44 EST Hardening off winter starts? I am planning to start some cool weather seeds next month to get them started. I know you have to harden off summer things so they don't get burned or stressed when you take them from greenhouse to garden, but do you need to harden off, say broccoli or cilantro when the spring temps won't be as hot or the sun as bright? Is the possibility of stress as much a factor with spring plantings as later in the summer? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:15:34 EST Orientation of a greenhouse I am planning for my greenhouse next year and have staked out the area, but I am wondering which direction the door should face, north or south, or opposite the direction that storms flow? I think for the best operation I should put the door on the north wall so I can open it to cooler air in the summer, but that would put it facing the back fence, whereas for aesthetics it would look best on the west side, but the west wall faces the incoming winter weather where I live! <BR> <BR> Just curi... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 00:38:00 EST New to the board, but not new to gardening! Hello. I joined SP and some of the forums a few weeks ago. Not a total SP fan, but I love the interactive nature of their set up and it's been a great tool to keep track of my goals and nutritions. <BR> <BR> I live in SW Washington state with my college age daughter and 5 year old Springer Spaniel. We love to walk and my dog has also lost some weight this summer from all the walking we're doing! I love plants in general and swing back and forth between being passionate about ornamentals and ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:02:22 EST Going to try I have decided that I am going to attempt to grow fresh veggies this winter. I'm currently working on getting a small greenhouse to put in the back yard. If that falls through I have already found plans to build one myself for very little cost. <BR> <BR> I have grown fresh veggies outside during the normal summer months but never in the winter. I am quite excited to give this a go. <BR> <BR> I know I need to do some reading up on what is the better/easier items to grow during a southwest oh... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 11:52:44 EST White fly and zebra finches I get white fly every year in my greenhouse, I have tried everything, sticky pads, lady bugs, white fly parasites, etc. one of my students read that zebra finches will eat them even if they are in a cage, has anyone tried this? Mon, 8 Aug 2011 21:57:29 EST Watermelon Watermelon flesh and seeds help clean the kidneys. There are "banks" of frozen watermelon juice that some kidney-pestered people buy from. However, the seeds also have this action, so drying and saving the seeds for off-season eating works well. <BR> <BR> I tend to eat the seeds with the watermelon. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 03:29:36 EST Slugs Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area ~ so I am trying it this year! Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:53:47 EST Dandelions Roasted Dandelion Coffee: Roast cleaned dandelion roots on a cookie sheet for 4 hours until the roots easily snap and the insides are brown. Use a coffee grinder to grind the roots. For interest, add cardamon before brewing the dandelion coffee. <BR> <BR> Euell Gibbons’ Dandelion Wine: “Gather 1 gallon of dandelion flowers on a dry day. Put these in a 2-gallon crock and pour 1 gallon of boiling water over them. Cover the jar and allow the flowers to steep for 3 days. Strain through a jelly c... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 21:13:19 EST Nasturtiums Pick the flowers. Set them in water to draw out any creature that may be hiding. After a while rinse them off gently. <BR> Fill center with cream cheese that has been mixed with a little black pepper. <BR> Top cheese with a caper. <BR> <BR> You have your appetizer ready to serve. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 15:25:11 EST Challenges for Goodies I like to have these be fun challenges. For February 2011,since most of us are burdened with cold and snow outside our door, let's compete for something that will let us exercise indoors. This month the top two people who make the most posts in greenhouse gardening will receive resistance bands valued at 100 Goodie points. <BR> <BR> As a leader I will bow out of the goodies, I feel it's kind of like being the one who picks the winning ticket out of the basket. Good luck to everyone. Sat, 5 Feb 2011 02:39:34 EST Deer These are my biggest issues. <BR> <BR> The best way to keep deer out of a garden is by using a fence that is at least 6 feet high. If it's a small garden that may be feasible but for large gardens or yards, the cost is prohibitive, or possibly not practical. <BR> <BR> So the only other choice is deterrents. <BR> <BR> Deer don't like the smell of raw eggs, fish products, kelp, or ammonia. Any spray made from these products can be used. Just mix the product of choice in water and spray the p... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:24:10 EST Flowers I am making some exceptions this year to my normal rule of: "if it does feed me, I am not planting it". <BR> <BR> This year I am digging up the cala lilies that have been there before I started gardening. And transplanting them along the front of my yard along the sidewalk. And then along the 4' fence I share with my neighbor I'm planting hollyhocks -- ok yes they are pole bean supports ... but they are flowers. :) <BR> <BR> What flowers are you growing? Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:10:04 EST Kale My kale is 'red winter' so it is very frilly, light weight and tender to eat. I heat a pan with nothing in it then add the kale and as it cooks down a little I sprinkle hot pepper powder and nutmeg. I set that on top of a cooked tortilla with a little melted cheese on it. <BR> It is a great to tide me over till my next meal or in the evening if I am hungry but don't want to eat a meal so late. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 01:28:48 EST Cauliflower 1 medium head cauliflower <BR> 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened <BR> 1/4 cup grated Parmesan <BR> 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish <BR> 3 tablespoons unsalted butter <BR> <BR> Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat. <BR> Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pa... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:51:02 EST Fungus Cinnamon powder sprinkled around plants and soil controls fungus. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:45:47 EST Insects in general and a warning Diatomaceous earth consists of vast amounts of microscopic fossilized, broken down diatoms. It looks like flour and is harmless to animals and humans. It kills small insects and bugs by cutting into their surface, thus causing dehydration. <BR> <BR> Be careful where you apply DE, it will kill the ants BUT also kills the ladybugs!!! Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:11:12 EST Aphids a tea brewed from rhubarb leaves poisons smaller critters, such as mites, white fly, caterpillars etc. Pour boiling water over crushed rhubarb leaves then leave to soak for several days. Strain, add a good squirt of detergent and dilute enough so that it looks like weak tea and spray over pest infested plants. Repeat every 10 days or so. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:54:33 EST Ants What are your tricks for dealing with these tenacious buggers? Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:49:17 EST Brussels sprouts Brussels sprouts are had a fun vegetable to grow. If you have kids they seem to love to pick the sprouts off the stock for you. Please post recipes and ideas for it's use here. <BR> <BR> Let's start a new topic for each different fruit or vegetable we are getting from the garden Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:28:12 EST Swiss chard Swiss chard is an easy choice to grow for greens. And is one of those happy vegetables that is a perennial in most places. I love things that I don't have to replant! Please post recipes and ideas for it's use here. <BR> <BR> Let's start a new topic for each different fruit or vegetable we are getting from the garden Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:21:41 EST Borage Borage flowers and new growth are edible. Please post recipes and ideas for their use here. <BR> <BR> Let's start a new topic for each different fruit or vegetable we are getting from the garden. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:09:33 EST Any Florida greenhouse gardeners? We've just ordered a 6x8 greenhouse kit. Not sure exactly how to use it here in Florida, so looking for advice & suggestions. Right now we are growing mostly in earthboxes (green beans, grape tomatoes, peppers), but are tired of having to share produce with our squirrel population, even though we feed & love to watch the squirrels. We would also like to grow all year & aren't sure how the greenhouse will work in the summer. We've ordered shade cloth, but need lots of advice. Help? Thu, 13 May 2010 22:17:30 EST Spit or Swallow Here's an interesting new game. You name a food, anything at all, any category, or mabe something you grow in your garden. The next person tells if they would spit that food out or swallow it. Then that person names a food for the next person. So on and on.... Let's give it a try and see what popular foods are out there! <BR> <BR> Would you spit or swallow: <BR> <BR> Okra Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:41:56 EST Soil blocking? Have any of you guys tried this? Basically, it involves packign soil into a mold, and then you don't need to use the plastic seed trays. The advantages are no plastic trays or peat pots to mess with (or buy), you can just plant the whole soil block without disturbing the roots, the roots that touch air naturally prune themselves so they don't get pot bound, and all your watering can be done from a capillary mat with bucket of water, so no real labor involved. Sounds great to me, and I trie... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 08:35:14 EST Cold frames? Well, I don't have a greenhouse yet, but I've got a nice seed starting warm chamber. Now, I'm thinking about building a cold frame to use for harding-off started seeds before I can get them set out into the garden. What designs have you guys used before, and which ones worked the best? Ideally, it would be simple and cheap to build, may be able to be fitted with some sort of auto-venting, etc. Help, please? Fri, 22 Jan 2010 22:53:45 EST Hi new team! Hi guys! I'm located in middle Tennesee, I love gardening, and I'd really love to have a greenhouse someday. About the closest I have is a 2'x4'x2' high seed sprouting box that I made, with fluorescent lights, a sand base for under the seed trays, and a heating mat under the sand. Works great, but it's not a greenhouse! Some day, I'd love to grow some orchids again! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:13:41 EST Veggie Gardens Does anyone plant a veggie garden every year? <BR> Are you planning it out or do you just plant as you go? I actually make a blue print of last year and do crop rotation as not to deplete soil nutrients. <BR> What are your plans? What do you grow? Are you organic? <BR> Share with us all your ideas and plans. We would love to know and maybe even learn something. <BR> Happy Gardening----Friends! Tue, 29 Dec 2009 10:34:50 EST Bugs, Diseases and Pests A to Z Same game/different catagory. How many do you know? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Aphids Thu, 17 Dec 2009 11:18:13 EST Daily Log In Points Start posting yor daily log in point from the wheel here. Let's all post our points team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 5 Tue, 1 Dec 2009 09:34:08 EST Another Game - Gardening Terms A to Z We are doing Gardening from A to Z. Let's do Gardening Terms A to Z. Anything that relates to gardening is acceptable. <BR> These are fun ways to earn your Spark Points. Please join in and support your team. <BR> <BR> <BR> Agriculture Sat, 7 Nov 2009 10:32:11 EST new to the team HI my name is nic! I'm a professional grower for a garden center/greenhouse company. I spend more time in the greenhouse than I do at home. This group looked right up my alley. I've been on sparkpeople for one month now and am having ok results. HOpe you're all doing well Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:20:08 EST Seeds I thought this might be a good place to discuss seeds and maybe have a seed swap. <BR> I garden iris' and have rhizomes a plenty if any one is interested. I would gladly swap for sunflower seeds. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 14:20:17 EST Daily Garden Chat Here is where we can post anything you would like to talk about. Exercise, weight loss, what's on your mind or just to pop in and say hi to the team. <BR> Hope to see each of you posting soon. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 14:13:53 EST GARDENING A TO Z Here's a new game for everyone. Let's have some fun. <BR> Just think of a flower, veggie, tree or shrub, anything you can or might be growing. Starting with A and going in succession to Z. <BR> <BR> <BR> Apples Thu, 9 Jul 2009 13:26:29 EST Veggie Gardens This year has been very productive. I already have green beans, yellow squash and okra in the freezer. Plus with all the abundant fruit, I have strawberries and blueberries frozen. Does anyone can or freeze their harvest? <BR> Next I am planning on canning peppers, tomatoes and making salsa. Thu, 9 Jul 2009 13:22:05 EST New Members Hey Im Kelly,37, Female, single, High School Agriculture teacher in N.E. TX. Interested in losing weight, making friends, talking horticulture with other dieters. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:39:54 EST Tips, tricks & how-to's in your greenhouse Soils, bug issues, types of vegies and flowers. Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:34:43 EST Greenhouse Anybody? What is everyone growing right now? Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:31:42 EST