Let's Talk about Gardens

Posted by Rosemary, Volunteer Mentor @rosemarya, 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?

@parus

@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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@parus I think I am going to order a raised bed garden from Costco, that is 4'x4', with a center receptacle for composting stuff. Never thought of youtube, thanks for that tip! Now to figure out where in the yard will be best for setting up that raised bed. We have an area that gets full sun since we cut the cedar trees down, another area that gets partial shade because the huge/tall trees in empty lot next door shade a big area, and another area that is mostly shade.
@jimhd I am following your gardening progress, since we share the same state. Today we expect showers later today. Yesterday i pulled a bucket of weeds from the area next to sidewalk. Like you, I wish the deer would find some of these weeds tasty. Hmm, maybe we need to rent a goat?!
Ginger

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@parus

@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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@parus I've been having trouble with losing my balance when I'm digging. My poor plants. I've stepped on them, sat down in them and fallen down onto them. For the most part I seem to land on perennials and other things that can survive such mistreatment. When that happens I'm reminded to pay more attention to what I'm doing.

It's kind of drizzling periodically today. Not very conducive to working outside. I spent a few minutes arranging the soaker hose on the potato bed, and along the way pulled a few weeds. I hardly ever walk outside without pulling a few weeds. I have to restrain myself from weeding out weeds in landscaping around stores.

My hostas are just starting to poke up out of the dirt. I'm afraid mine aren't as healthy and prolific as yours. Most of them are on the north side of my house where the sun never shines. I suspect that part of the problem is that the ground is cooler there, so my dog likes to lie down there. I should probably put up some sort of barrier. And they might benefit from a layer of mulch.

My fenced garden is 45×50', and the orchard around 20×50' ., and the lawn is just under half an acre. I've created for myself a permanent job position. But as jobs go, it's both therapeutic and enjoyable to look at.

It looks like the rain has stopped, so I should get back to work.

Happy gardening.

Jim

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@gingerw

@parus I think I am going to order a raised bed garden from Costco, that is 4'x4', with a center receptacle for composting stuff. Never thought of youtube, thanks for that tip! Now to figure out where in the yard will be best for setting up that raised bed. We have an area that gets full sun since we cut the cedar trees down, another area that gets partial shade because the huge/tall trees in empty lot next door shade a big area, and another area that is mostly shade.
@jimhd I am following your gardening progress, since we share the same state. Today we expect showers later today. Yesterday i pulled a bucket of weeds from the area next to sidewalk. Like you, I wish the deer would find some of these weeds tasty. Hmm, maybe we need to rent a goat?!
Ginger

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@gingerw

I've thought about goats, and though it would be fun to watch them, like deer, they aren't very selective about what they eat.

Jim

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@jimhd

@gingerw

I've thought about goats, and though it would be fun to watch them, like deer, they aren't very selective about what they eat.

Jim

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@jimhd Well, wonder if I could tie out a goat or two on the hill on our north side. We are going to ty to stop the onslaught of wild blackberries. Yes, they make a great cobbler, but the species is so invasive! I want to eventually terrace out that side and create something.
Ginger

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@jimhd

@parus I've been having trouble with losing my balance when I'm digging. My poor plants. I've stepped on them, sat down in them and fallen down onto them. For the most part I seem to land on perennials and other things that can survive such mistreatment. When that happens I'm reminded to pay more attention to what I'm doing.

It's kind of drizzling periodically today. Not very conducive to working outside. I spent a few minutes arranging the soaker hose on the potato bed, and along the way pulled a few weeds. I hardly ever walk outside without pulling a few weeds. I have to restrain myself from weeding out weeds in landscaping around stores.

My hostas are just starting to poke up out of the dirt. I'm afraid mine aren't as healthy and prolific as yours. Most of them are on the north side of my house where the sun never shines. I suspect that part of the problem is that the ground is cooler there, so my dog likes to lie down there. I should probably put up some sort of barrier. And they might benefit from a layer of mulch.

My fenced garden is 45×50', and the orchard around 20×50' ., and the lawn is just under half an acre. I've created for myself a permanent job position. But as jobs go, it's both therapeutic and enjoyable to look at.

It looks like the rain has stopped, so I should get back to work.

Happy gardening.

Jim

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Jim, I get a kick out of reading about your gardening. Laughed at the thought of you pulling weeds in stores' landscaping. Thanks.

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@gingerw

@jimhd Well, wonder if I could tie out a goat or two on the hill on our north side. We are going to ty to stop the onslaught of wild blackberries. Yes, they make a great cobbler, but the species is so invasive! I want to eventually terrace out that side and create something.
Ginger

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Aww, @ginger, my dad used to grow blackberries and my mom made the best cobblers with them! I'm a bit jealous because I can't get them to continue here. Have various varieties of strawberries lining the edges of two large flower flowing bed lines and they make at different times so keep me well supplied in season.

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@gingerw

@jimhd Well, wonder if I could tie out a goat or two on the hill on our north side. We are going to ty to stop the onslaught of wild blackberries. Yes, they make a great cobbler, but the species is so invasive! I want to eventually terrace out that side and create something.
Ginger

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@gingerw That's one good reason to have a goat – they keep the blackberries from taking over the world, and will eat and eradicate poison oak.

We bought our house with the plan to rent it out until I retired, ten years in the future. "The best laid plans of men…" I was ordered by my doctor to retire two years later instead of the ten we had intended. As soon as we bought the house we got a travel trailer and hooked it up to the utilities, and while the house was being rented, the trailer was our motel room. Our renter was a veterinarian and had a pygmy goat and horses and various pets. The goat and one of his dogs would play together for hours. It was fun to watch.

Jim

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@jim, My neighbor bought a tiny house on a few acres. He was a hunter, fisherman, and arrow head collector. His wife was delighted with his "man cave" because it gave him a place to mount his hunting trophies and display his huge collection. He also raised "show" chickens and goats. My two grandsons and I had great times watching the kids frolic but the biggest show stealer was one plump hen and nanny goat who became friends and would saunter around together and even cuddle with the hen atop the goat. Thanks for the memory.

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@jimhd

@gingerw

I've thought about goats, and though it would be fun to watch them, like deer, they aren't very selective about what they eat.

Jim

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@jimhd Goats love grass and other stuff we had a neighbor who lived on a steep hill ,he couldn't mow so he bought 2 goats they took care of his lawn for him it was so cute watching them .

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I love to plant summer veggies, but the past few years, the only ones enjoying the veggie garden were the local rabbits, and squirrels, they were heartless wild life, who left nothing for me, so went back to many rose bushes in many colors, and seasonal bedding flowers.
Before the pandemic I would cut flowers and give them to neighbors. Now I cut the beautiful roses,and put them in every room in the house.
The neighbors are so afraid to touch the roses, would just let them die on their door step, now they decorate my home, and it looks so festive, and smells good also.

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Today I spent 2+ hours pulling some weeds, before it was too overwhelming for me. Yep, there are many more to go, and they will get done. I used a plastic bucket like you see kitty litter in, which worked well. Filled it twice. Now it is several hours later and I will go fill one more bucket for the day. You know the saying "a bucket of weeds a day"…well, there can always be a bucket a day around here! The scrubjays were happy to poke around in the dirt and look for uncovered bugs. There is a huge burberry bush to trim back severely, as it is threatening to crowd out two rose bushes. Lavender is coming up, and the Japanese maple I thought was a goner has sprouted some new leaves.

Playing in the dirt relaxes me, even if I have no clue what I am doing ;))
Ginger

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@funcountess

I love to plant summer veggies, but the past few years, the only ones enjoying the veggie garden were the local rabbits, and squirrels, they were heartless wild life, who left nothing for me, so went back to many rose bushes in many colors, and seasonal bedding flowers.
Before the pandemic I would cut flowers and give them to neighbors. Now I cut the beautiful roses,and put them in every room in the house.
The neighbors are so afraid to touch the roses, would just let them die on their door step, now they decorate my home, and it looks so festive, and smells good also.

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@funcountess, You make me happy! The thought of your roses in our home sounds and smells wonderful. What a beautiful gift from your garden to yourself.

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@funcountess

I love to plant summer veggies, but the past few years, the only ones enjoying the veggie garden were the local rabbits, and squirrels, they were heartless wild life, who left nothing for me, so went back to many rose bushes in many colors, and seasonal bedding flowers.
Before the pandemic I would cut flowers and give them to neighbors. Now I cut the beautiful roses,and put them in every room in the house.
The neighbors are so afraid to touch the roses, would just let them die on their door step, now they decorate my home, and it looks so festive, and smells good also.

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@funcountess, Shame on your wildlife for not leaving any of your veggies for you to enjoy!
Like you, I have enjoyed sharing my cut flowers with neighbors and friends in the past. However, because gardening is challenging both because of heavy clay and arid high heat, I never gave myself permission to bring them into my own home. Now, because of the pandemic, I started with forsythia and daffodils; now bright yellow sprigs of fragrant dessert broom are sweetening my family room.

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@fiesty76

@funcountess, Shame on your wildlife for not leaving any of your veggies for you to enjoy!
Like you, I have enjoyed sharing my cut flowers with neighbors and friends in the past. However, because gardening is challenging both because of heavy clay and arid high heat, I never gave myself permission to bring them into my own home. Now, because of the pandemic, I started with forsythia and daffodils; now bright yellow sprigs of fragrant dessert broom are sweetening my family room.

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After my transplant, we moved to a small house on the edge of a sea loch with a well established garden and, holy of holies, a greenhouse! I've always wanted one and now it is my solace and my refuge. My heart breaks for those in self isolation without a garden. I've just sent off my first order for vegs, herbs and summer plants to my local garden centre who are providing a delivery service for the first time. So many of our small local supliers have gone online for the first time and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart. The word here in Scotland is that the 'shielded' group , which includes all transplant recipients, will be the very last to join the rest of society. It is hard to think of sometimes but, when i feel a little low, I just head outside and count my blessings.

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@fiesty76

@funcountess, Shame on your wildlife for not leaving any of your veggies for you to enjoy!
Like you, I have enjoyed sharing my cut flowers with neighbors and friends in the past. However, because gardening is challenging both because of heavy clay and arid high heat, I never gave myself permission to bring them into my own home. Now, because of the pandemic, I started with forsythia and daffodils; now bright yellow sprigs of fragrant dessert broom are sweetening my family room.

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@fiesty76 I have a garden apartment . Some flowers seeds In 2 big pots and beet seeds in a big pot cant wait to see them grow . The flowers are mixed so it will be a surprise

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