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Just posted my First Lilac Bouquet picture on the wall.
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Still trying to figure out which filter your CPAP machine spits out. My brother has one and I don't recall any filter popping out on it.

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The leaves on the trees are the size of mouse ears! The forsythia is in bloom and I have 12 daffodils blooming! emoticon
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working on getting new steps and landing made for kitchen door- our primary access to home with a gable roof overhang to protect the landing from snow & ice. Then a new driveway, emoticon aerating the lawns, bringing compost, horse manure and wood chips to the gardens, removing extra lilacs and old fashioned phlox and emoticon transplanting perennials and re-doing the daylily bed and the blue garden next to the deck.

Did you know that wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and Queen honey bees can sting multiple times. It is only the worker honey bee that can only sting once because they have a barbed stinger that comes out as they sting and they die.

Organizational ideas....I took a colorful plastic tissue box cover and turned it upside down and it holds all the remotes for the TV, VCR, DVD player, roku, etc all together..no more hunting. For my c-pap machine that kept "spitting out" the filters I put a rubber band around the machine and no more dusty nights for me! emoticon
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Pushed myself today, had a sore back and feet, but I pulled the Soy beans from the garden, cleaned up and found a safe place to store my Spaghetti squash. Cleaned up the back veranda and some of inside. Picked and cooked a big pot of Rhubarb and Apple for dessert tonight.

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we plan to finish putting up a small green house in the back yard I hope to use it as a potting shed

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I had a second bloom of the clematis this year after I trimmed them down. I thought the cold weather was coming and then we got a few weeks of Indian Summer and off they went again.

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Thanks....I have other things to do as rain is expected...getting the laundry on the clothesline and getting more compost from the bin into the vegetable garden, etc. So I will let the clematis sit tight for now. Every tree, shrub, plant is very slow to leaf out this Spring so that will help if I have to move it. My lilacs & rhodos are budded as are the maples and there are catkins on the birch trees but no tulips, daffodils yet. The only thing to bloom are my forsythias that are casting a bright and sunny glow over the gardens.

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G'Day Dusty emoticon

Councils, City Hall etc talk about a necessary (or is that unnecessary) evil. Usually everytime you change plans etc they want you to pay through the nostril once again!!

Clematis are pretty hardy, but I must admit they don't like to be disturbed too often. I'd wait 'till the last minute before moving them, it may not be necessary.

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Hello Everyone!
We are finally back from the home depot...purchased the cylinders for putting in the footings and the wood to frame making the steps...

We also had to stop at the city hall to talk to the inspector again as we had to change our plans a bit because...the steps we had were not the correct height or depth which means we will be making new steps ...where we had one step and the landing or stoop as others call it we will now have two steps plus the landing. this means cutting into the asphalt 12 or more inches as we are adding another step out ....and the gable roof overhang will be another foot out too! 6 foot wide and 5 ft deep from the house. our permit isn’t ready yet but at least they now have the latest plan showing what we had to adjust to bring it up to the current codes. ..so we should not have any surprises when he comes to inspect the cylinders for footings before we pour the concrete.

I am still hoping....my clematis can stay still uncertain until the footings are put in.
and then i asked about the barrier that is suppose to keep water from wicking into the foundation and sill of the door...well there wasn't any there either...so we have to add a large piece of treated plywood plus 2 layers of tar paper before putting the expansion joint in and pouring the concrete.
once we have the steps in then we can begin on the gable roof overhang. ..
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Thank you MEADOWBUTTERFLY. I've not heard of boiling water. I'll have to give that a try.

Vinegar does have the downside of killing everything in it's path. :(

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Ahha yes, crab grass! Now that I've heard of. I'm like you, if it's in the garden, I pull it. If it's in the yard, I mow it, but if it's coming up along the paved driveway, or some other area like that... I pour boiling hot water on it, in the heat of the day....and laugh my B-hind off, with a big grin on my face! emoticon hehehe!

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As you speak of buds on the trees, our leaves are starting to colour on the deciduous trees and will be falling any day now.

I've heard of vinegar on paths for weeds, but I don't know about in the garden where it could run off on to other plants

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I'm like you, I don't like to use weedkiller, but on occasion it seems to be a necessary evil. Last year I read somewhere that vinegar works just as well. I haven't tried it on the crab grass though. This year I'll test it out.
Has anyone else tried this?

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Spring time always amazes me here; it's just bare branches and nothing seems to be growing and then over night there are buds on the trees. My Irises are finally budding and I have one that's opened. I'm so happy to see them. (every year) LOL

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Yep it's the same and it's a real mongrel!! If it pops up in my garden beds the only thing I can do is carefully paint a small bit with some weedkiller. I hate using the stuff but if I'm careful it only kills the grass. If it's in what we laughingly call "the lawn" it stays there, I can't get rid of it totally so I just mow it!!

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I just bet you can't wait for Spring to "spring" into action over there, we're in the second month of Autumn over here in Australia, not really looking forward to Winter even though it's not as brutal as the US Winter.

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Is creeping couch couch grass?
In the areas I've lived it's called crab grass. This stuff is wicked and so hard to get rid of. During the winter it just lies dormant instead of dying. (as I'd like for it to do) lol

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I'm new and thought I'd just jump right in. I hope that is okay. Spring weather has finally hit in my area and my ds and I are anxious to get started on our garden this year.

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I was thinking I have a pet Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and he can dig up weeds like you wouldn't believe, if I had a few of those they'd dig that rotten grass out in now time. emoticon

I think I'll just have to wear it in the lawn and keep pulling it out around the trees, it's just too hard to get rid of all over the yard. If it was normal grass that sets seeds the black plastic would work great, but it has rhizomes under the ground and it sprouts all along the rhizomes, if you leave even a little bit in the ground off it goes again.

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You could also try laying black plastic over the spot for a few weeks.

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I tell you it's a ghastly weed to have in the garden. I'd love to cover it with something that would kill it, but it's like oxalis, it seems to have underground roots/bulbs that are really hard to kill. Even the dreaded weed killer, used sparingly still has trouble getting rid of it. It attaches itself to the ground every inch or so and when you pull it out, you take only a part of it. Our over 117F temperatures over Summer didn't even knock it

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I've never had to deal with creeping couch, but have you tried cardboard?

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I had to google creeping couch to see what you were talking about. We have weeds like that here too. They are VERY frustrating!! The best I seem to be able to do with die hard weeds like that is to keep the top growth from spreading, by good old fashioned hand pulling. I know they spread through their root system, but through the course of the Summer, the soil here gets hard and often dry. If I can hoe, I do, but sometimes I can't.

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That's what I usually do on my "no dig" gardens but I've got a problem with creeping couch and that stuff can find it's way through layers and layers of paper etc, it even gets through weed mat, very frustrating.

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We always mulch our garden plants with about 3 layers of newspaper and then put some DEAD grass clippings on top of that. It keeps weeds from coming up around the plant, helps lock moisture in, and totally tillable at the end of the year. Plus it's cheap! Since we have tons of old newspapers and plenty of grass clippings. emoticon

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Hi Echeveria, welcome to the team. I too love succulents, Aoneums being my favourites with Echeveria running a close second. I just bet you can't wait to get gardening when you move into your house.

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i'm new to this team, and as my username suggests, i love succulents. I live in an apartment full of plants and cant wait to move into an actual house...oh the plans I have... LOL

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Can we post pictures of our gardens on the team Stream?



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Jules, that is a great idea, I am going to pick up some mulch this weekend.
I have some radishes peaking up, I think that will be my first harvest



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I don't know if you can get it in the US but I use Sugar Cane Mulch as a cover on my veggie and flower gardens. It's very soft and it mulches down after a season. Failing that there is pea straw or alfalfa hay that also eventually mulches down and with the latter will add a good amount of Nitrogen to the soil as well.

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Thank you for your suggestions everyone!
And welcome to my fellow newbie.
It is hot enough I should be looking for some shade for my garden I think. I hope I did not start to many kinds of seeds, I was not sure what would work well
What could I use on top of my soil to keep it cooler and moisture in? any suggestions?

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Hi Jolene and Welcome !!!
You sure sound like one busy Gal !!!!
So Glad to have you with us.

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Hi Jolene, welcome to the team.

Good to see you starting your Spark journey with us here

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Hello, I'm Jolene and I just began my SparkJourney today, though I actually registered to the website over a year ago. Since then I've bought a house, moved, sold a house, and begun remodeling/landscaping our new home. I spent today, the first day of spring, beginning my outdoor garden. We now have a potato tower and a small bed planted with spinach and lettuce. I'm looking forward to tackling it all, weight loss included, one project at a time.

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Hi Diane and Welcome tot he team !!!
We are still in the throws of winter tho it's the First Day of Spring today !!!
I have relatives in AZ. that garden. They picked a shady part of the yard for lettuce, radishes and tender type of plants.
As for their tomatoes, they built an arbor to partly shade their plants so they don't get scorched.

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Hi Diane and Kim, welcome to the team. Sorry I've been a little off colour the past few days and haven't done much Sparking.

We are coming to the end of the first month of Autumn here in Australia, still picking most of the veggies in the garden, haven't figured out what I'm going to plant for Winter, I've got some Turnips, Kohl Rabi, Parsnips, Beetroot and Carrots starting off at the moment, I love going outside to pick veggies and fruit for the family

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Hi, I am Diane, new to the team and to outside gardening, going to try to grow veggies this year. I live in Phx, so we are have almost too warm weather right now.
Have some radishes popping up, but I am reading they do not do good when it gets too hot. Would like to try peppers and tomatos. I have some Jelly BeanTomato plants started in peat pots, just trying to figure out where to put them. Am thinking I will need a cage or trellis for them.



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Hi Kim and Welcome to our team !!!
Sounds like a big project this summer...Sorry you lost your screened in porch.
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Hi, I am Kim and I live in Missouri. I have a house and slowly but surely my hubs and I are making our yard pretty. I hope to get a lot done this summer with the back patio as last winter we lost our covered screen porch from the snow! This is our main focus I hope this year

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OMG !!!! I could (and have) get lost in that site.
I Love It !!!!!

Hi Chris and Arlo...So Glad to have you with us !!!
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When I find a pattern that I like and plan on using a bunch, I trace it on muslin, mark all of the markings and put fusible web on it. Then I have the pattern forever.
I do this a lot with craft patterns.

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Hi Chris, good to see you here

Arloguthrie (I think I'm waiting for a chorus of Alice's Restaurant) if you have the patterns you can make them from any material you want. If you want a simple pattern try this link

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And yes you can iron pattern or any paper.

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I'm Chris and I live in the frozen tundra of northern Illinois USA .... we have had over 50 inches of snow so far about 20 more than we normally get. Just trying to stay warm right now my whole yard is under frozen snow. I envy you all in warmer climates that are out in your gardens.



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Hi I just joined this group, I am trying to be more organized this year. I labeled my spice rack and have cleaned out some drawers...I was thinking of trying this... thenonconsumeradvocate.com/wp-conten
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Also am going to try sewing again. I have fabric and patterns for flannel pj bottoms...thought i would start simple. I would like to use the pattern for a sml and a xl...does anyone have suggestions, I have a large supple of interface material and was thinking of using those as pattern pieces. How do I flatten out the pattern paper? can i iron it?

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I think the old has character and usually it is better made and of man made material than those of today plus usually made in the USA...and we need to support our own economy if we are to get out of this hole the US is in.

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Hi and welcome to the team.

I wouldn't blame you for crying after someone denuded the block of trees. I've noticed a lot of house movers these days don't bother recycling things like bricks etc. I remember years ago when a house was being demolished, or moved, everything was saved for the secondhand market. Now everything has to be new for some reason, such a shame when there is so many pre-loved items just waiting to be used.

The good thing about gardening is it moves as quick as you want it too.

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Great fun reading through all these posts!
I have lived in North Georgia, about 50 miles north of Atlanta for over 40 years.

My DH and I found our house when I was going to my doctor for regular appointments prior to the birth of our second child. This house was for sale, but the land was not - it was a house to be moved. It was built in the 50s, had solid hardwood construction, including the floors. We bought it for a song, it was cut in two pieces and moved 35 miles north to our 20 acres, and the fun began. We hired out a block foundation under it, then lowered it down, and my DH used a front end loader to hold up the kitchen part of the house while workers reattached it to the main house. While I cleaned from top to bottom, painted and wallpapered, my husband worked on the outside, building decks and a carport. For several months I was climbing through a window to get inside the house. The electrician, a friend of ours, begged my DH to make the deck a priority as he was afraid I would go into labor. We moved in on September 1, and our daughter was born on September 27.

When my DH had a friend who had a bulldozer grade the driveway and house site, I asked him to have as many trees as possible left, and then made the mistake of not being on site while the actual grading was being done. I cried when I saw that over 2 acres were totally cleared. So over the next ten years, I asked for plants and trees for birthday and anniversary presents, and had my DH dig holes to plant them in. (He never once complained!) Now, over 30 years later, we have actually had to remove about five trees for one reason or another. I have replaced large expanses of grass with perennial gardens, raised beds for vegetables, blueberry bushes and planted hundreds of daffodils. Gardening is one of my passions, and now that I am retired, I am eagerly awaiting spring!

Ten years after we moved in, we added on a master bedroom/bath addition. I am about to begin a total gut and remodel of the bathroom. It's fun to contemplate the finished space, but choosing materials and finishes can be overwhelming! We won't be DIYing this space. My DH said is has reached the age where it's time to start hiring these big jobs out! Removing the wallpaper in the breakfast area and painting, however, is one job I can handle, so that is on my list to do soon.

One of my favorite projects was building a patio using bricks that were part of the foundation of the house before it was moved. The same daughter who was born shortly after moving in was in college at the time, and living here, so she joined in to do the work. We had to clean old mortar off the bricks before laying them down. I can remember many afternoons after my work and her classes, hearing the "ping" of hammer hitting the mortar.

I am so attached to this house/gardens/land! I look out at the massive sawtooth oak and remember when it was a much smaller tree and my son and his friend, as 8 year olds, hiding in the top branches, the crown swaying under their weight and scaring me to death! I see our oldest daughter riding her pony everywhere, and her friend nearly being decapitated when the pony ran her under the clothesline. I envision projects that still need to be done - removing an old storage building and putting in more raised beds. So while my DH and I are certainly older and slower, we will still find DIY projects to keep us going!

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Good for you, sometimes you just have to start.

I was looking of some older pictures of my side garden and looking at it now it looks like everything has overgrown, I really need to get in there and clear it out.

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I bought an older home a little over a year ago. It had been neglected and I have been working on it since I moved in. I was worried about attempting some repairs but I finally jumped in and just did it.

I want to refinish my basement and that is my next project. It has a lot of promise and I feel it will be worth the effort. I have never refinished a basement so I will take any advise anyone would like to give me.


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I'll have to see this in bits Dusty, it goes for over 90 minutes. But I do love watching plants in slow mo growing, it's reminding me of my gardens at the moment, veggies growing all over the place.

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