Almost Time To Start the Garden... Yea!

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    I think that spring has to be the time of year that I most look forward to . I am getting ready to start some of the tomatoes and cucumber in the house, and hopefully, this bout of snow will be the last one that we have here this year.
    I know that you people who live in the more northern areas might still have to go through more cold weather; but here in the South, we should be getting about over it. It looks like the temperatures are going to be in the 60's next week, and I am looking forward to getting outside and working in the yard again.
    I love going to Lowes and seeing what plants they have on closeout. They almost always have something that is on closeout, and last year, I got roses and blueberry bushes, as well as smaller potted flowers when we went to Lowes.
    We planted some fruit trees out in the back yard, and while they won't be producing anything for a few years, I still will enjoy seeing them out there growing.
     
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    We'll still have snow on the ground for another month and a half probably, perhaps longer.
     
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    I'm with you Yvonne. I love watching the earth wake up. My favorite color is what I call budding green, the color of the first show of leaves. It is such a delicate pale green, and it reminds me of an awakening spirit.

    I too am nursing settings of tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, some herbs, and some lovely annual flowers for this spring. I planted over 100 flower bulbs in January and February, and they are already sending up shoots.

    I purchased that large soapstone sink from my neighbor yesterday, and as soon as the weather permits I will looking for a plant nursery that carries water plants. I wonder if wild water lilies would work? I have access to a large water fowl reservoir near my home.

    I would appreciate all the input I can get on this subject.
     
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    Spring is being to sprout in my area. My daylilies are showing their little heads.
     
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    We had snow yesterday and the day before. It's in the low 40s today though.
     
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    I have Lilys of the Valley in full blume right now, and many of my newly planted bulbs have started pushing through the soil this last week.
    My tomatoes and other spring settings, I put into the utility room each night, because our tempartures can still drop rapidly. Last week, we went from 82 degrees to 32 over night.:cool:
     
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    It is still too cold at night to start outdoor planting but we can get started indoors. What are you planting to plant this spring.

    Our soil needs to be tested and add some nutrients to help improve the quality of the soil, the soil has not been feed in awhile.
     
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    I love spring too. Unfortunately I've got a long wait as I'm in the Southern hemisphere so we're headed into winter. Luckily my climate isn't as cold as what most of you experience. Snow is a rarity here, and if we see snow once this winter, it will be a lot. We do get quite a lot of frost though, and that can be dangerous for some of my bonsai trees - the only form of gardening I really do. I suppose I'll need to start my preparations for winter soon as some of my trees will need protection.
     
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    I am glad to report, we have crocus and daffodils beginning to bloom in the yard! Today there is the sense of Spring 'in the air', which is a welcome feeling! So, if I could post a sign in the sky to God, it would say, "Thank You for bringing warmth and flowers back to us!"
     
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    I love gardening. It has such calming effects on me. Most of my gardening efforts have been in vegatables for more than fifty years. Only in the last ten years have I been growing flowers that didn't take care of themselves. This will probably be my last year growing veggies. After I started my setting, I realized that this year I will have to give most of it away.

    But, there are always lovely flowers and fruit trees to show us the beauty of creation.

    I live in Texas, so the constantly humid tempartures of 95 to 105 from May to October, don't allow me to be outside enough to really graden thru the summer.

    And then fall comes again, and I have three to four months that I can dig in the earth again. :):):)
     
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    I planted potatoes and onions yesterday. I have broccoli and cauliflower growing inside I need to plant soon.
     
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    I've still got a few feet of snow on top of my garden.
     
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    It was 72 here yesterday, and is about that , or even a little bit warmer today. I raked leaves until I got blisters (and then remembered that I have gardening gloves for this project), and there are little irises and faylilies peeking up out of the ground now.
    My friend and neighbor (Joyce Mcgregor) gave me some more iris starts, so now that I am getting the leaves raked back, I am going to start transplanting some of the iris.
    I am still tryng out the different flavored coffees from Coffee Fools; so this morning, I took Joyce some of the Blueberry Cinnamon coffee to try, and then went out with my little bucket and trowel and thinned out irises to bring home and plant.

    Ina, I love Lily of the Valley ! My mom used to have it in the yard when I was growing up, and often it almost peeked up through the snow to bloom. And the fragrance of Lily of the Valley is heavenly, too. I not only enjoyed the blossoms themselves; but I used to love wearing Muguet perfume.
     
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    I went for a long walk yesterday, it felt so good to get out. Walking past my garden, I noticed that the crocus are in full bloom, the tulips and day lilies are several inches high, and some of the other plants are starting to emerge. Yea!! I didn't think Spring would ever get here. I actually pulled a weed out of the garden.
     
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    I planted 100 more onions, red ones this time. Radishes are up. I tilled one of the raised bed my wife uses. She planted some lettuce and I'm not sure what else.
     
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    On one hand, it's so wonderful to see the signs of life and know that spring is around the corner. On the other hand, money is so tight this year, I won't be able to buy any plants at all. Since we moved two years ago to a newly constructed home, I'm trying to establish a new garden, but with no money to do it, it's pretty sad looking. I really miss my old garden!! Actually, I miss everything about my old house. :(
     
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    Hey all.

    Well, last weekend we began cleaning up the space from the winter "sleep-over" (we always cover the garden with pruning and leave the plants from last year on the ground to protect the soil from the climate here). Moving the compost pile over to the starter hot bed that is too close to the stone wall to produce well.

    And today we went and bought 4 kilos of starter potatoes as well as seeds galore, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, spinach, beets, peas, beans, lettuce, zucchini, marigolds, allysium (those two are great for pesty bugs you don't like-- and they smell good too!). Have leeks and onions growing "wild" in one starter hot bed to transplant later on. Also have comfrey (yes, we eat comfrey here, cooked with potatoes, it's quite good). Tomatoes and peppers I'll buy plants once the spring has set in.

    Oh yeah, dug up all the strawberry plants and cleaned them up and fertilized the bed (poop tea, made from barn swallow poop that my resident swallows always leave on the floor under their nests in the workshop and corrals) and replanted them. We had a terrible invasion of subterranean field mice last year, I'm an organic gardener so no poison put out, and they kind of left the garden a bit of a disaster.

    Only problem is, now we've bought the seeds and are eager to get to work on the garden, it's going to rain all weekend! And we both work during the week so only have weekends to get big jobs like preparing the garden done! So it will be limited to seeding the flowers in pots and if there is a bit of a dry spell, at least raking away some of that dead plant matter so the space is ready for the hoe.

    peace,
    revel.

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    Yesterday, I finished getting all of the pine needles raked away from the edging of the fence line, and then took my little green cultivator and till up the dirt along the fence. I planted more of the irises that my neighbor (Joyce McGregor) gave me, and then planted some lettuce and spinach seeds along the edge.
    I started some tomato and squash seeds, and this time, I also am starting my sunflowers inside the house, and not putting them outside until they are big enoug that the squirrels eat them.
     
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    I bought early and late cabbage plants and a truckload of compost yesterday. I've got to get to work unloading the truck and planting the cabbages today. I don't know where I'm going to put them all.
     
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    It looks like winter might be thinking of calling it a season here, at last. Although it's in the 20s here today, and it's supposed to snow, the snow is not expected to accumulate, and we've just had a few days of above-freezing weather, which put a dent in the amount of snow on the ground. I still have a few feet of it where my garden would otherwise be but I expect it will be gone by the middle of April.
     
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    I finally got the truck unloaded and the cabbages planted. I didn't have room for all the cabbages but the new strawberry beds were pretty sparse so I moved a few strawberry plants and planted some cabbages there.

    A few of my potatoes are peeking through the ground. I expect to see asparagus any day.

    I hope everyone's gardens are getting off to a good start.

    I wish we had a neighbor that wanted some irises. We must have a thousand and they need to be divided.
     
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    I wish I was close enough to get some irises from you ! I have some that Joyce McGregor gave me, but I think they are mostly one color, a light lavender blue. They make such good borders, and are so beautiful when they bloom.
    I would love to have some of the specialty colors; but they are $4-$5 for each root, and that is a lot of money to be spending on something that is not useful for anything except looking pretty.
    My asparagus was new last year, and I only have a few (will order a few more this year), but it has started to sprout, and is about 6-8" tall already; so yours should be up soon, too, Sheldon.
    My little peach tree that I got at Lowes (on clearance) last fall has about a half-dozen pretty pink blossoms on it; so I may even get a few peaches this year.
    Ina and I went garden-shopping while she was here visiting, and she got me some nice blackberry bushes; which we will plant along the front fence. I can pick both sides of the fence, and it gets sunshine; so it should be a good place for the blackberries.
    The ground has tree roots there and it is hard to dig through those, so Bobby will make me some bottomless planters to put the blackberries in, and then they can spread out their roots in between the tree roots.
     
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    I just got back from Yvonne Smith's home in AL yesterday, and my place is blooming all over the place. I have some flowers and veggies showing a lot of promise.
     
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    Spring is here but the ground is still cold, to cold to plant anything. The night time temperatures are still low. We may not be able to plant out side before May. I have a few plants I bring indoors for the cold weather that I would like to put back out side.
     
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