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5/13/11 11:40 P

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Hi ...I am Cheryl and I live in a large suburban area in a metroplex. I have always enjoyed flowers and veggie growing. This year I am involved with a local community raised bed garden and I also have veggie gardens at home. Throughout my yard I mix veggies with my flowers. My goal is to eventually have a trail to walk through my yard. We have a large corner lot and it is not fun to mow. I would rather devote the land to veggies/fruit, flowers, and also trees. I do have 3 pecan trees, but they are pretty young. Maybe in a while we will have some nuts. emoticon

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�I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion', because it is a war against the child... A direct killing of the innocent child, 'Murder' by the mother herself... And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love... And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts...�
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I had a busy time in the garden today. I am thinning the peaches on our two trees. I still have peaches in the freezer from last year's crop, so I don't need as many this year so I decided to thin so I get some really nice big ones this year. The trees are semi-dwarf but they are all we need. I wish we had room for a different fruit tree, but the garden is small. I am still thinking about adding a semi dwarf apricot tree, though. I love apricots!

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5/13/11 4:30 P

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5/13/11 3:21 P

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Hi All, new here but not to SP... I am somewhat new to gardening. I have been successful in growing some flowers, but want to learn more . This year my yard has gotten away from me... it has been over taken by weeds... I have to get a new weed wacker, mine died last year... fabric (to block weeds)... mulch, etc...

I am ordering the WorxGT today... I love the edging feature it has and the extender that prevents you from harming your flowers. I would like to learn more about container gardening and growing tomatoes and herbs in them. I have a lot of sun in my backyard.

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4/21/11 11:37 A

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Hello Urban Gardeners. I'm not new to gardening, but I am new here. I have much to learn about gardening as I don't have a green thumb. The house we are in now has a very small backyard that is mostly patio surrounded by plants. The front yard has a lawn surrounded by hedge and then roses between hedge and fence. We also have a small vegetable garden in raised beds in the front yard as there is no room in the backyard for a garden and it is not very sunny back there. I try to grow enough in the garden to eat and some to freeze. I love fresh picked vegetables and I am learning recipes to use what I grow in things that I will eat when I get tired of just plain vegetables.

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4/10/11 8:47 P

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4/1/11 12:52 P

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Hello everyone! I too am new here & to gardening in general. My Mom has a true "green thumb" that I'm not fortunate enough to have...yet! She has told me that she didn't really get into growing, gardening, or her green house until she was in her 40's, and I'm only 25 and very interested in trying so that puts me a few steps ahead!

This year I'm starting my very first container garden at my apartment. I'm starting with squash, carrots, jalapenos, and flowers. I'm very excited but also quite nervous!

Also, we're moving in June so I'm worried about the stress that will bring to my plants emoticon

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3/17/11 1:27 P

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Hi my name is Maria. I'm new to gardening. Last year was my first year although my Grandparents had a farm I spent a lot of time on growing up that had huge gardens. It was hard last year with the weather here in Western Washington to get anything to really take off though I did have success with green beans, carrots, lettuce & herbs. Looking forward to trying again this year.

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3/2/11 1:51 P

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Hi everyone: I'm Nancy, l live in the Chicagoland area and I love to garden. Last summer we had different types of tomatoes, dill, chives, different types of lettuce, black raspberries, mulberries, peaches, mint, catmint, lemon balm, hot peppers, squash. This year I want to try more things. I can't wait - it's March 2, and the tulips and other bulbs will be coming up soon. Please, please, please hurry and get here spring!!! I'm sick of the snow. emoticon

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2/1/11 5:09 P

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Hello! I am not new to SP, but new to gardening. Actually, that's not true. We always had a backyard garden when I was growing up. Its been MANY years. My mother still lives in that home and we have been talking about planting a garden again. So, I am looking forward to interacting with everyone and learning along the way!

By the way - I live in Southern California. emoticon

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1/28/11 2:59 P

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Welcome! It's nice to see such committed gardeners here on this team

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1/26/11 11:36 P

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Hi! I am a novice gardner. Last year I focused on container gardening (mostly herbs, cherry tomatoes and strawberries) as well as building 3 raised beds (cucumber, zuchs, mixed greens, string beans) and had mixed results and LOTS of insect problems (grasshoppers and that weird green tomato worm w/ a hook on its butt). I plan on doing a lot more veggies this year and am looking at non-toxic pest control options. I also bought an eglu and hens and have loved having fresh eggs this year (hoping the hens will take care of bugs this coming growing season). Glad to be here!

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1/10/11 3:31 P

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Hi Diane,

I live in a Dallas suburb as well! I have been curious about asparagus for some time - and also nervous about it, given its long growth period. Any suggestions. I'm also curious about pomegrante - not sure whether it will grow in this climate. Even if it does, a 7-ft tree won't work for me. What fruit have you had success with? Have you given artichoke a try? That's another crop whose suitability to here I'm uncertain about.

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1/6/11 1:22 P

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Hi!

I'm Diane and I'm a new "Sparkperson" and vegetarian. I live in a dense suburb of Dallas, TX and have been growing veggies in my backyard for 3 years-- I have a small asparagus bed, an 8x4 raised square foot garden, and various other beds that contain annual flowers and edibles. I also have a 7 foot pomegranate that has yet to produce and some small fig/ citrus trees in large containers. I like to grow heirloom and Op varieties whenever possible, and practice mostly organic gardening-- no chemical pesticides and no excessive nitro-bomb fertilizer. I enjoy experimenting with intensive and container gardening and like starting my own seeds. Someday I fantasize about having my own chickens, but I don't think my dogs would like that very much!

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12/18/10 2:19 A

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Howdy. I'm an apartment dweller with a west-facing balcony. I've done well with oregano and thyme, but consistently kill mint. I also have a 10'x10' community garden plot, but it's a 10-15 minute drive from my home, so I did not maintain it as well as I might have. Okra did very well there, in particular. Looking forward to tips and getting to know the group!

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11/29/10 10:26 A

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Hello fellow urban gardeners (who want/need to lose a few pounds!). I am new to SP and am very excited about it. I have just returned from swimming at a city pool and plan to go 3 times a week. I live in downtown Montreal and have a balcony where I grow things that don't need too much sun and a I have a plot in a community garden about a block from me. I have a lot to lose (about 130 lbs) so I am breaking it down in small goals. My birthday is Feb. 18 and my first goal is to lose 30 lbs by then. I know that is a bit more than the recommended 2 lbs per week, but when you weigh what I do it comes off quickly at first. Wish me luck (and courage).

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11/12/10 1:51 P

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emoticon to the team! I'm also new to gardening and have a new house to landscape. I've found that reading garden design books on low maintenance yards/gardens have been a great starting place.

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Hi, welcome to the team.
As far as landscaping your new home take some time to look at it well and look through garden books and decide what you like and will fit with the house. Personally, I use fruit bushes as foundation plantings. On a small lot that give dual purpose, ie blueberries are an attrctive bush with flowers in the sprin, fruit in the summer and red leaves in the fall, so you get an attractive plant with fruit to eat.

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Hi, team! I don't have a lot of experience gardening, other than a rose garden I kept at one home, but I want to learn. When I got married last month, I moved into my husband's house. In an effort to help it feel more like "mine," as well, he and his mother are talking about helping me re-landscape the front, and I'd love to get veggies and herbs as well as flowers going in the back, as well. But I need a lot of help learning home to do that! I'm hoping to glean from this group and contribute some, as well. Thanks - hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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