Let's Talk about Gardens

Posted by Rosemary, Volunteer Mentor @rosemarya, Tue, Mar 31 8:23pm

Spring is on it’s way and many of us are looking forward to some sunshine and warmer weather and being outdoors…and gardens!
Perhaps you look forward to digging in the fresh spring time soil as you prepare for a summer garden? Do you plant flowers? Do you plant vegetables?
Do you garden for enjoyment? Do you garden for health benefits? What do you want to share about your garden?

@sueinmn

@parus I spend winter in Texas & summer in Minnesota. As a Master Gardener, I am on a first-name basis with several garden center owners, and I can tell you that the small ones, who operate on razor-thin margins, are SCARED of being able to ride this out. Since many already have their stock, both plants and supplies, they would be more than happy to work with you to get you what you need. I suggest calling a local independent to arrange to buy on the phone and pick up curbside. In the Twin Cities in MN, several of my friends who work at small nurseries are busy filling such orders – even setting up flats of plants "to order" for early season planters like pansy bowls. Not quite the same as selecting your own plants, but enough to get you started…
@feisty76 – Don't worry about being behind in your garden work – your plants will forgive you! I am sitting anxiously in Texas, not knowing when I will get back to my up North gardens – but I know all will eventually be well.
So for now, I am using my "garden time" – the early morning when I usually walk the yard, coffee cup in hand, to plan my daily garden tasks – to walk my little Texas community and admire the blooming cactus & trees
Sue

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Hi Sue….I use to be an avid gardener, finding it very relaxing, until I got MAC, and eventually pseudomonas…Not I make sure that I have on gloves and an N95 mask for protection…I think we have to be careful with gardening and especially the soil in pots

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@megan123

Hi Sue….I use to be an avid gardener, finding it very relaxing, until I got MAC, and eventually pseudomonas…Not I make sure that I have on gloves and an N95 mask for protection…I think we have to be careful with gardening and especially the soil in pots

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@megan123 Jennifer- I agree. I use mask and gloves, wet the soil i work with to avoid airborne particles and change clothes and shower when I get done. We have been a "no shoes" household for years so we don't bring anything in to the house either. In Texas, where I'm sure my soil is heavily infested with MAC from wild birds and feral chickens, my gardening, with similar precautions, is only in cactus pots. A gardener handles all the mowing, weeding, raking and a final wash down while I stay inside with windows closed and the HEPA filters running full speed. My husband also has bronchiectasis even though he has never had MAC. I hate doing it this way, but I never want to do the Big 3 antibiotics again!
Sue

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Frost and rain have diminished my gardening energy. However, I found this sign during a detour thru a 'new' friend's garden during my walk yesterday. I knew that I wanted to share it here!

How are your gardens coming along? Is spring coming to your neighborhood?

Garden message

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@rosemarya

Frost and rain have diminished my gardening energy. However, I found this sign during a detour thru a 'new' friend's garden during my walk yesterday. I knew that I wanted to share it here!

How are your gardens coming along? Is spring coming to your neighborhood?

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@rosemarya Indeed, Spring is here in this Valley! Recently someone creasted a "trading hub" page for the community, and people are trading starts, plants, all all manner of things, or giving away excess cuttings. It is so awesome to see. I just wish I knew exactly what to do to get a garden going or flowers!
Ginger

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@gingerw Goodmorning . Good soil is the first thing . After you till it to break up the clogs then a good fertilizer is need work it into the soil ,my husband did this then plant the seed whatever you want . Way before this in the winter we planned out garden the space we would need . Then just watch it grow . Have fun I had a embroidered piece at home that said Your closer to God when you in the garden

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@rosemarya

Frost and rain have diminished my gardening energy. However, I found this sign during a detour thru a 'new' friend's garden during my walk yesterday. I knew that I wanted to share it here!

How are your gardens coming along? Is spring coming to your neighborhood?

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@rosemary, What a lovely sign. Pretty much sums up how I feel in the gardens as well.

This morning I worked in my front beds and planted my first seeds of the season in one bed…coreposis and orange, yellow and white cosmos. While working, a neighbor from a couple of streets over stopped her walk in the street to compliment my blooms and we had a love at-a-distance get acquainted visit. A while later she returned with her husband telling me that she dragged him away from his computer job at home to come see my yard. Wasn't that the nicest lift/?? Sunshine, perfectly still, person-to-person visit….can't get much better than this.

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My gardening work actually is a year round responsibility. The cows and horses generate compost that I put in a place to cure for a year and then I dig into the planting hills, along with the kitchen compost that goes out there year round, where I plant cucumbers, various squash and in rows where I plant onions (already in), tomatoes and peppers. I got the tomato and pepper starts from the greenhouse between home and town. They're in the cellar under grow lights until the end of May when the danger of frost is past (usually). I need to look in my seed drawer and see what I need. I bought seed potatoes the other day and need to get them in the ground.

I put out soaker hoses in the garden and have watered a couple of times, but yesterday we had 2/10 of an inch of much needed rain. I'm still working on my riding mower, now waiting for a new drive belt which I hope will get me going. Walking behind my mower is too pain generating, given that I have around 10,000 square feet of lawn. My garden area that's fenced is 50×50'.

Gardening is a fair amount of work, but it's mixed with a lot of pleasure. My beds of phlox are blooming, daffodils are opening, iris are starting, fruit trees are in bloom, grape hyacinths and forsythia and the peonies are pushing up their new stalks. It's nice to see these harbingers of spring.

Jim

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Wow, Jim. I got a thrill just reading about your garden!

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@lioness

@gingerw Goodmorning . Good soil is the first thing . After you till it to break up the clogs then a good fertilizer is need work it into the soil ,my husband did this then plant the seed whatever you want . Way before this in the winter we planned out garden the space we would need . Then just watch it grow . Have fun I had a embroidered piece at home that said Your closer to God when you in the garden

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@lioness There are spots of good soil, then areas of clay. I am such a neophyte when it comes to all this.! I want to go visit @jimhd and learn from him!! I went in to town this morning, and saw all kinds of flowers at the nursery, but couldn't bring myself to get some. I have no amendments. Guess I should start with that.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@lioness There are spots of good soil, then areas of clay. I am such a neophyte when it comes to all this.! I want to go visit @jimhd and learn from him!! I went in to town this morning, and saw all kinds of flowers at the nursery, but couldn't bring myself to get some. I have no amendments. Guess I should start with that.
Ginger

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@gingerw Good soil is certainly a key. Depending on how large a space you have, you can get amendments by the bag. You might send samples of soil taken from different places on your property to a field agency, and get their recommendations. I get mulch by the yard – I get it from a local supplier who lets me use their dump trailer, which holds 3 yards.

Jim

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@gingerw

@lioness There are spots of good soil, then areas of clay. I am such a neophyte when it comes to all this.! I want to go visit @jimhd and learn from him!! I went in to town this morning, and saw all kinds of flowers at the nursery, but couldn't bring myself to get some. I have no amendments. Guess I should start with that.
Ginger

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Ginger, Local nurseries are the best because they have plants that are appropriate for your location. I have found it is helpful to talk to the locals and ask how they prepped their soil which is like yours. (or was like yours)

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@jimhd

@gingerw Good soil is certainly a key. Depending on how large a space you have, you can get amendments by the bag. You might send samples of soil taken from different places on your property to a field agency, and get their recommendations. I get mulch by the yard – I get it from a local supplier who lets me use their dump trailer, which holds 3 yards.

Jim

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@jimhd I was pulling weeds from along the driveway and sidewalk this morning. The area tips downhill, so previous owners used Oregon rock to line the edges to help erosion. Yep, a lot of clay under it all. I am thinking to get an above-ground compost/garden bed combo to get going for next year. We will have grass clippings, leaves, bark from our downed trees to mix in with mulch/dirt.
@rosemary Yes, except we don't have anything local. Unless local is 25 miles away ;)) I do need to find ugly smelling flowers, as the deer around here are very happy to much on pretty much anything. This morning a young one was in our yard "helping" trim the trees just budding out.
Wonder if there is a "Composting for dummies" book…
Ginger

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Today I weeded and prepped a border of one of my flower beds, added some well aged manure and planted potatoes. I like to plant them as part of the landscaping because they're both productive and nice looking. I did mow the orchard with the walk behind because it's kind of tight quarters for the 48" deck of my rider. It needed to be mowed today before the weeds went to seed. Our place is overrun with goatheads this year, but way too much work to rake them all out. All I can do is try to keep the gardens clean. They do rake up quite easily with the back of a garden rake. I wish the deer would discover them and think they're a delicacy.

I've used several things as compost, depending on what was available for free or cheap. One year when we lived in town I got some manure from animals that had eaten sugar beets. My garden had a bumper crop of sugar beets that year. I've used hulls and trash from a seed mill, and from a nut mill.

I'd better quit writing and go to sleep so I'll have the energy to dig weeds tomorrow. I can only say tomorrow for 6 more minutes.

Jim

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@jimhd I enjoy reading about your gardening and also envy that you have the space. I have an 8' x 6' which is a V shape. Not much room, but it is something and my perennials are doing well. Will likely cut my Zebra grasses back as I leave them all winter-I like the added privacy. There are no weeds to deal with as I managed to discourage them. Also mostly shade. Yup, those Hosta are growing like weeds. Hoping to be able to get bedding plants or things will be dull this summer. Did not bother with trying seeds this Spring. Will see what happens. I don't plant annuals until after Mother's Day in this area. We are called zone 5, but I have learned it is more zone 6.
I do miss the smell of manure. A comforting aroma for an old farm kid.
I hope your rest was refreshing so you can pull more weeds. I always liked pulling weeds. I cannot even use a shovel now as last Spring mine bucked me off and I landed on my hind side. I laughed and once again realized my own limitations.

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@gingerw

@jimhd I was pulling weeds from along the driveway and sidewalk this morning. The area tips downhill, so previous owners used Oregon rock to line the edges to help erosion. Yep, a lot of clay under it all. I am thinking to get an above-ground compost/garden bed combo to get going for next year. We will have grass clippings, leaves, bark from our downed trees to mix in with mulch/dirt.
@rosemary Yes, except we don't have anything local. Unless local is 25 miles away ;)) I do need to find ugly smelling flowers, as the deer around here are very happy to much on pretty much anything. This morning a young one was in our yard "helping" trim the trees just budding out.
Wonder if there is a "Composting for dummies" book…
Ginger

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@gingerw Have you checked youtube for composting for dummies? I have done so in a 5 gallon bucket. I layer green and brown. Easiest info I can give.

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