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My pepper plants are finally putting off fruit----really late this year---and I have several that are different colors so it should be interesting to see what mine turn into as I don't know which plant is which---LOL
If you had tomato blight this year, make sure you pull up those plants and throw them away---do not put them in your compost pile---make sure you put some compost on the area that you had the tomato blight this fall and again in the spring when you go to plant something else there and you should be okay---this from out MG coordinator.

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Thank you! I'll go harvest those peppers :-)

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Peppers can be harvested anytime after they reach full size, usually 3-4 inches. They can be left on the plant to ripen to red or which ever color the plant you have ripens to. The less green the color the sweeter the pepper usually is. If you leave them on the plant past the time they have completed the color change, the seeds will ripen but the flavor will not improve and you risk losing the pepper to over ripening. Peppers usually stay firmly attached to the plant even when they are ripe.

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I planted my first sweet pepper plant in a large pot this year. The cute green peppers have turned red but are still hanging unto the plant tightly. Should I harvest them or should I wait until they come off more easily?


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Thanks for the links on companions plats for strawberries. i will post about how it works.

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If you planted the whole seed packet in the pot, remember to thin some of them out after they come up---yes, beautiful flowers!

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I just bought some flower seeds to plant!

I plan to sow them in a deep pot and just leave them there!

Dianthus, I think they are called. Nice pic of the flowers on the packet!

I sure hope they grow!



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here are links to a couple of articles on companion planting for strawberries.

strawberryplants.org/2011/03/compani
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homeguides.sfgate.com/grows-well-str
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Does anyone know what plants grow well with strawberries? my new house has a small garden in one area and it will become my strawberry patch. i was wondering what i could plant with them. I have planted gladiolas in between berry plants at my old house.

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EOWYN2424 you may have to look up on the internet to see what season your country's growing season. It is different here in the States.

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Asparagus is a perennial vegetable. From seed it should be planted in the spring and allowed to grow for at least 2 years before you start harvesting.

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When is aparagus season?

I have been trying to get hold of more seeds without success, mayb now isn't the season?



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Speaking of that, I saw an idea for drying herbs---lay them flat on newspaper and then put them in your hot car and close the car---the heat in the car will dry them for you. Thought that was a pretty good use of solar power.

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We tend to use Italian Seasoning a lot when we cook. So, I am thinking something along those lines, basil, oregano, parsley, anything else you can suggest? Also, I like dill on fish. Mom has said I could have her dehydrator. So, I can use that to dry the herbs!

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Using pots this year is an excellent idea. That will give you an excellent chance to see what is already in your yard as well as let you track the sun/shade areas throughout the year before you decide on your permanent growing areas.
I agree with Lecates about being able to move pots to suit the needs of what you are growing. Remember, large pots esp. clay or ceramic ones will be very heavy to move. Plastic pots are lighter and help retain moisture better. Planting what you know you use will help you feel more successful but don't be afraid to try a couple of things that sound interesting. You can also grow some vegetables in containers. If you have some sunny spots in the house you can move some of your smaller containers inside before the first frost this fall and continue to harvest some fresh herbs well into the winter.
The most important thing is to grow what you like and have fun with it!

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What do you use to cook with? But the herbs that you know you will use. Those sound fine and good luck with your first attempt at the new home---with potting them in a pot, if they don't flourish where you first put it, then you can move it to another spot. Have you thought about basil? If you want to grow mint, always make sure you grown that in a pot as it is very invasive when planted in the ground and will take over very quickly. Also, congrats on your first house purchase. I keep adding more and more raised beds where I am---but started out with one and then try to add at least one new one each year.

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We are buying our first house, which will give me a place to garden. I think I'm going to start small with a container garden of herbs. What would you suggest I start with? I am thinking cilantro, dill, basil, but looking for ideas.

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I live in Florida in Melbourne

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I am close to Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.



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Had to laugh Gary because I am from Melbourne but in the USA

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Yes lm from Melbourne .

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Gary, are you down under? Around here it would be spring to plant them so thinking you are down there. It helps us to know where you are located when giving advice.

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gave good advice re dahlias in pots
we used to have tree dahlias, they grew like weeds



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Thanks Shari and l appoligize for calling you Sharon , emoticon Gary

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Gary I'm not a expert with Dahlias but from what I have observed of them and read what I said should help. Others on the team may also have more information for you
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Hello Sharon ,
Thank-you very much for your advice l hope your day is a good one .
Takecare . Gary emoticon emoticon

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Dahlias can be grown in pots, since they are tall, large plants they do need a large pot/container. Also since they will not develop the root spread they could get in the ground, they will probably need more support than if you grew them in the ground. The pots also need to be large enough to accommodate the additional tubers Dahlias tend to put on during the growing season. If you stake your Dahlias in pots, you may want to be sure to tie those stake to a fence or railing to keep the plants and pot from blowing over in the wind. I have seen Dahlias in stores already potted up and growing, obviously intended to either be planted in the ground or repotted. So you could consider transplanting your Dahlias into the ground if you can do so without disturbing the root system too much.

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G'day team ,
Do any of you guys have knowledge on growing dahlias in pots as my Uncle passed away in October and my cousin gave me and my brothers some dahlia bulbs and planting time is early November as l diden't have the soil ready for planting l got some potting mix and stuck in pots and there doing well but as l dont have any knowledge l dont really know what to do as l know the bush grows pretty tall there about eight to ten inches tall ar the moment , would l be able to leave them in their pots and put a steak inbehind the pot tying the plant to it as it grows and how often do l ferterlize them any advice would be greatly appreciated .
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They do have a dormancy period, so hopefully the plant is in that mode---keep it sheltered and see how it goes would be my advice unless you know what kind it is---if you have a picture, that might help us identify it.

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Do you know what kind of hibiiscus you have?

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haha yeah on the water. Earlier this year I bought a huge pot for my tomato plant. It was doing great until we got all this rain. I didn't really tend it for a week because I didn't need to water it and it started to look like it was dying. I went to check it out and apparently the pot didn't have holes in the bottom. >.>


I'm just trying to keep the hibiscus alive. I don't know how to get another one and the farmers market I got it from rarely carries those.

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Sometimes a plant just up and dies---maybe from being there too long or not enough or too much water, root issues that you might not observe, or just got too stressed. Sometimes it could be that the plant is getting too much sun or not enough---there are lots of reasons why a plant does not survive that should.

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yes, I live in GA. The average low temp during this time of the year is around 20 F. Sometimes lower. I just assumed if something is supposed to survive in a temperature that low, that it actually would.

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Most vegetables will die when there is a freeze. So that is to be expected.

For perennials, you need to check the plant hardiness zone for where you live. The easiest way to do that is to google plant hardiness zone then add your zip code. Once you know your zone, perennials with that zone number or lower should be able to survive the winter where you live.

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Thanks, Lecates!! I never even thought of that site... :-)

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Lily, I checked the Old Farmer's Almanac site for info for you----it says you can plant in the spring but will not get as large or as flavorful a bulb. There was a lot of good info on that site that was easy to understand.
On the other question, planting native plants is the best way to go----but there is always the chance of freak weather that can knock even those out. Certain things that are definitely tropical like the hibiscus definitely have to be watched carefully when you have a change in the weather.

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My biggest sorrow( gardening wise ) is I did not get to buy garlic and plant it in my garden! Will it be ok to buy some and plant it in the Spring?

Calla Lilies ~ I have mine inside year round.. sorry.. Upstate NY is far too cold for them outside.. :-)

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From her page I say she lives somewhere in Georgia

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Whereabouts do you live and what are the highest and lowest temperatures you get?
Is it generally wet or dry?
In the absence of this information, the only thing I can suggest is that native, indigenous flora should do well.
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Can anyone give me any suggestions for cold resistant plants I can grow year round? All of my plants have died that were supposed to handle weather above 32*F. My hibiscus almost died but I managed to save it. I did expect that jalapeņo and bell pepper to die but the other plant (I had no idea what it was anyhow) just went caput.

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I did have success with them one year but they did not come back the next---I live in zone 7---but I figure I did not have them planted in a very sheltered area.

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I am assuming that you since Calla lilies are considered a spring bulb in most areas and you said you planted the bulbs in the spring.

Here is an article on growing Calla Lilies.

www.callalilyshop.pacificcallas.com/
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There are some Callas that are hardy to zone 7 and I live in zone 6A and have a neighbor that planted them in a protected area near a south facing brick wall and they come back every year.





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Has anyone had any luck growing Calla Lilies.
I planted bulbs in Spring but nothing has appeared so far.?
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