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    Well we got everything from a-z here and thought I'd ask about gardening; do you take the time to plant any flowers or veggies? What do you plant or what are you going to plant, do you do container gardening or just put them in the ground? Or both?

    Or you aren't interested in gardening? thats ok too.

    Love to cook and thought fresh herbs would be a way to go, Planted some Cumin, oregano, thyme, just a start anyway, OH! and planted a sprig (limb) of a Rosemary bush!
    I planted 3 tomato plants, and hot peppers. Want to plant some more, but my yard is so full of rocks and mainly clay. So I also am trying to do container gardening as well, going to plant some marigold seeds and some other things .
    anyway ladies you have a great day!!

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    We live in am apartment so we are not allowed to plant and my back porch is too small for container planting. I would love to have a garden.

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    Gardening oh i have tomato plants, bell peppers,okra,squash 3rd year grapes, blue berry 3rd year asperigres 2nd and 3rd year. Flowers lots of them

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    Al righty then! thats great. I am just starting out on mine!

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    It has been so cold here that I have barely started. I want to plant tomaotes, green pepers, hot peppers, cukes, squash, and some pumpkins for my daughter. I love living out in the country and dont think I would be happy in the city again... oh yeah and my husband planted a azalia bush and two bleeding heart plants for me on mothers day.

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    I love to garden! When I moved into this house, my huge yard was a blank slate! The only plant was one lonely tulip. The previous owner had ripped out everything (including the kitchen sink!)
    I am slowly adding more plants and flowers. I have a small vegetable garden, but still have my seedlings inside as we are advised not to start our gardens outside until mid-May. So, next week I'll be putting my plants out if I can get my garden weed-free by then.
    I mostly plant varieties of squash and eggplant, but I do have tomatoes, fennel and leek started this year. My herbs are not doing much yet. If my fruit trees start baring, I'll be set!

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    Like to garden, I planted Jumping Johnny's. They come back every year, and really hard to get rid of. Almost like a weed.

    But this means I don't have to buy many flowers and don't worry about planting next year. To me they are so beautiful, they look like the smaller version of pansies.

    Should you plant herbs, some of them are better kept in a container, so they don't overtake your yard. They are good for pest control too. Peppermint is wonderful for a fresh tea, but will creep everywhere if not contained.
    Enjoy your planting,

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    I love my gardens, both vegie and multiple flower gardens. About a month ago in my vegie garden I have planted broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, and parsnips. These are cool weather crops and can stand some frost. In a couple weeks, I will plant out tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, green beans, etc. I have flowers all over the place, many perennials and some annuals to fill in spaces.

    Gardening is getting harder and harder each year as my body gets older and older. But I keep thinking that gardening is keeping me younger though!

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    I love gardening and just spent my morning outside working on plants and shrubs. Our weather has been rainy and cool this spring so I haven't planted anything yet but will do some container gardening and my son is going to help me make two square foot gardening areas. I too have had a blank slate to work with for the past eight years and it has been so much fun. I've had to deal with alot of rocks and clay but I've managed to add some soil in areas to make it more garden-friendly.

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    Oh Lovingmama,so were would i find the plant Jumping Johnny's at? I would love to put some of those out Thanks in advance(:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    We live in am apartment so we are not allowed to plant and my back porch is too small for container planting. I would love to have a garden.
    I'm with you there CJO! I am looking forward to maybe being able to move out of the apartment we have been in for 8 yrs to a house with at least room for a garden!
    CJO Do you have a railing that you could hang "window boxes" from? (We don't even have a balcony *sigh*) Maybe at least a few radishes or lettuce?

    Everyone have fun with their gardens!

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    We have been down-sizing our garden as we get older...just put in ONLY 44 tomato plants!!! LOL...no matter how hard we try just can't seem to not play in the dirt. We have a full orchard...apples, pears, figs, grapes, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and then we vegetable garden...tomatoes, hot pepper, sweet peppers, bell peppers, squash, cukes, onions, okra, peas, butterbeans, greenbeans...finally talked DH into not planting corn...then close to the end of the season we plant turnip greens, kale, spinach and mustard. I have my herbs in containers on the patio along with all the plants. In the winter it takes 10 gallons of water just for my inside plants...really need to let some of them die, but just can't bring myself to letting them go.

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    Our soil is good, but it is wa-a-a-y up the hill in back [condo building]. I feel that it is much needed exercise to get there, though. Last year, with a very late start, I managed to put in asparagus, daffodils, iris, lilies of the valley. Someone had previously planted chocolate mint in the space I'm using and I have to dig it all out. This morning, I moved a rhubarb plant out of the way of the regular veggies. I'm keeping the peppers and tomatoes on my balcony so the deer, rabbits, and bugs do not ruin them. For my birthday in April, my DD and SIL gave me some garden fencing to help with the deer in part of the area. However, I just love butternut squash and will have to plant that outside the fencing, along with the pumpkins for the kids. This is an excellent project to share with the DGKs.

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    [quote=LadyJrhi]
    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    We live in am apartment so we are not allowed to plant and my back porch is too small for container planting. I would love to have a garden.
    I'm with you there CJO! I am looking forward to maybe being able to move out of the apartment we have been in for 8 yrs to a house with at least room for a garden!
    CJO Do you have a railing that you could hang "window boxes" from? (We don't even have a balcony *sigh*) Maybe at least a few radishes or lettuce?

    Everyone have fun with their gardens![/

    They don't allow us to hang anything from the balcony's. We live in low income apartments so you would think they would welcome a garden so we could save a little money. It drives me crazy. I hate apartment life.

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    We are in a similar situation, CJ. I wish the people that run this "moderate income housing" would get on board with the Community Garden movement. It would help a lot of people out...however I don't necessarily trust the neighborhood children to not destroy any garden that could be done. *sigh* But sure would like to try!
    Do you have a Community Garden area in your town?

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    Hi Kherrin!
    *Whistful sigh* I am so jealous! :) Your garden sounds WONDERFUL! Enjoy!

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    Thats why I am doing some container gardening, soil isn't as good as it should be, and the children They love to play around my yard.
    I don't live in the low housing, a mobile home park, really isn't low housing. Would like to try the community gardening, I have a big back yard that would be ideal for it. But don't think(or not sure) others would be interested here. I would need help in taking care of it. so my container gardening is good for now.
    Also like you said, does keep me active and young.

    Kherrin, why don't you do some trades for ,I don't know, fabric, other plants, just stuff?

    If you have a balcony, can you place pots on it? flowers or veggies? even the long flower pots? they shouldn't say something about that!

    I plan to plant some green beans, okra, maybe some butter beans. enough for my consumption. and some cayenne, habaneroes, those peppers are experiments. So y'all have fun with yours, I plan to have fun with mine.!

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    Also for senior citizens, tight budget and all, this is a great way to save a bit of money, to do a veggie garden and can or freeze items! thats what I am going to try and do this year.

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    I have flowers and my husband plants four tomato plants. My girlfriend (in the country) plants all kinds of things. I go there in July and August to can green beans and then harvest corn. You can take the girl out of the country but you cannot take the country out of the girl. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyJrhi
    We are in a similar situation, CJ. I wish the people that run this "moderate income housing" would get on board with the Community Garden movement. It would help a lot of people out...however I don't necessarily trust the neighborhood children to not destroy any garden that could be done. *sigh* But sure would like to try!
    Do you have a Community Garden area in your town?
    No we don't have a community garden. The kids in our complex wouldn't dare mess with someones garden especially if it was mine. I would explain why but thats not what this thread is for. :-)

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    amen to that smagruder!

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    I planted garlic last fall... and peas, lettuce and cabbage are in now, also beets and chard. Onions need to go next. Tomato seedlings are on their second set of true leaves. Still to be planted: beans, eggplant, summer squash and peppers. And LOTS of weeding and digging. Our soil here is clay and very wet. Though with four days of long-awaited sunshine, the top is likely hard as a brick now.

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    I do garden. In fact, this time of year, my quilting takes a back seat to being outside. I went down to Asheville N.C. a week or so ago to their annual herb festival and added a few things to my herb garden--basil, savory, pineapple sage. The beans are sprouting. I'll have new potatoes in a couple of weeks, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins. And the flowers, of course. I went out this morning early and everything smelled like honeysuckle. Quilting can wait awhile. Still my favorite way to pass my evenings.

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    Memorial Day weekend is my planting weekend. I plant petunias. Here in Central Oregon it can get below freezing any day of the year. The frost will kill the flowers on petunias but it will not kill the plant and the flowers come back. I can't plant too much because it just becomes deer food. I do have some hanging baskets on my deck for some color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6
    Memorial Day weekend is my planting weekend.
    Ditto, here in NH. I've tried planting sooner only to have everything killed by frost or drowned by rain. This year we'll be expanding just a bit.

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