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    Senior Member I wonder's Avatar
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    Just placed my order thru Gurneys and I feel like spring now has to be just around the corner! We had a first garden in many years last year and I must say it was a hoot! I had gotten rid of most of my canning supplies but a quick run to the store and we were back in business. My husband who was not too keen on the idea of a garden, is getting excited to get in the dirt again! LOL
    How many here on this site have gardens?

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    I garden. I have a lot of flowers. I collect Iris. I also have a veggie garden and do alot of canning. I know that I'm ready to get my hands dirty and be outside but Mother Nature has other ideas. Nothing taste better than a big red tomato from the garden. In fact my DH will watch the first one and lets me know when it's ready cuz he wants BLT's.

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    We have a small container garden in our backyard and we grow the stuff to make our own salsa...tomatoes, lots of varieties of chiles, cilantro, and i grow other spices as well.

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    we have a garden it is a lot of fun planting, dh is really getting into it LOL, we don't can, just eat what we can and give the dd's the rest. One year i canned everything i could get my hands on...that cured me.

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    I have a small garden. I have not worked it yet this year but probably should.
    Last year I had about 12 tomato plants, 16 bush beans, several peppers and some corn. I also had zucchini but we had such a cold summer last year that we didn't get any zucchini .

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    I'm a flower gardener & supply most of the neighbors with perennials. I usually have a pot with a tomatoe plant. All my flower bulbs are popping up now - our 1st week with rain instead of snow. I was out all weekend cleaning up the flower beds so the bulbs will look nice soon.

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    My husband and his family had a garden all his life so I married into the garden planting, picking, canning, freezing thing! The garden includes starting with asparagus ending with zucchini and everything in between. Husband starts his tomato plants from seed on Feb 2, Groundhog Day. Starts from seed his cukes, summer squashes, peppers, lettuce. Plants this instant garden after Memorial Day. Last year was a wonderful garden season here in New England. I make crosscut pickles, pepper relish and can whole tomatoes as well as tomato puree. There is absolutely nothing like a fresh tomato off the vine, or that ear of corn just picked and plunked into boiling water. Strawberries - so sweet!

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    I can't wait to get back in the garden. I always plant way too much, I think I still have about 20 quarts of spaqetti sauce, 30 quarts of beans, lots of pizza sauce, chili sauce .... you get the Idea, there are only the two of us well a grown son too that rarely eats at home. I have to force myself to cut back this year.:(

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    My husband has a huge garden and its what he does all summer, not a weed to be found ever ! I enjoy all the veggies we harvest along with our kids and neighbors who also get to have them. Any extra goes to the local food bank. We can and freeze alot of our veggies especially the tomatoes and green peppers, squash.
    I cant wait until its time to get back out there so DH isnt always asking me what I am sewing ...LOL

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    I hope to have both a small vegetable and flower garden.

    I love the outdoors !

    Jenny:)

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    we have a sizeable garden. we sell at our local veggie marker here in Newnan. This will be our 7th year. I also can and freeze a lot of things.

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    I know many quilters and most of them also garden. I think that the hobbies have some common elements: both quilting and gardening appeal to people who love color, and who are patient and determined.

    I love gardening.

    We have a small perennial garden in front, with something in bloom every month of the year. Right now, pink heath, white snowdrops and hellebore are blooming.

    There's a veggie patch out back with blueberry bushes as a hedge. It's surrounded with perennials in happy disarray-- a cottage garden filled with iris, lilies, peonies, summersweet, coneflowers, asters. It changes every year as the plants get bigger and spread and self sow.

    My husband planted 9 rose bushed for me and edged them with catmint. And I have a rather large shade garden that is finally looking lush after 12 years. It took a while to fill in. But quilters are patient.

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    We have a large vegetable garden. I wish I had a better eye for planning flower beds - mine are usually a disaster, so I stick to the veggies.

    The snow is up to my waist out here, and I ordered my seed catalogs an hour ago to give me a reason to hold onto my sanity!

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    We have a small terraced "garden" in our front yard.

    My DH is the gardener and loves it.
    He mixes veggie plants and flowers and it looks very nice from the road.

    we tend to have more flowers than veggies though.
    We both love flowers.
    He got his first order of seeds to start his onion plants.
    When we built our house he put a small greenhouse on the southend. That's where he keeps his plants in the winter.
    Chris

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    Lots of flowers - the family opinion is that some day I won't have grass to mow. That'd be fine with me. Only a few vegetables. Our growing season isn't very long and I've lost too many to get excited.

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    I grow tomatoes, squash and cucumbers in my flower bed.

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    I've always had a garden. My Mother taught us how to can everything and I still do. I can't wait to get back in the dirt this year. I have many flower beds throughout our property too.
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    I have a garden, plus lots of fruit bushes and trees. The trees are only 3years old, so havent had any fruit yet, but I cant wait!

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    I have a garden, plus lots of fruit bushes and trees. The trees are only 3years old, so havent had any fruit yet, but I cant wait!

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    I used to can and freeze a lot, still have lots of canning jars, but now my garden is very small, can not grow too much, not enough to do anything like freezing but within 5 miles I have at least 5 good farm stands, 2 organic farms so I am ok. wish I had a much bigger garden, would love to have my own fruit trees

    I am glad that so many quilters are gardeners as well.

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    Oh yes, you know spring is close at hand when you get the seed catalogs. Every fall I say, this is it,no garden next year. Every spring, I plant another! This year will be no different! I can, I freeze, therefore I am!

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    We grow lots of veggies to eat, freeze, and can, but the hail has gotten us 4 years out of five--wishing for a greenhouse!

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    We have a perennial garden and also a veggie one...but, the veggie one is a battle between me and the bunnies...
    This year I WILL win....

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    I have a 70' x 70' vegetable garden. I am thinking about expanding it into the pasture by another 30'. Right now it is blanketed with straw. I inventoried my seeds two days ago and discovered that my seed stash is as bad (good?) as my fabric stash.

    It is a challenge to grow warm weather veggies here due to long, cool springs. I start everthing in my greenhouse and transplant into the garden when the soil is warm. I had a good crop of cabbage last year and put up a lot of sauerkraut. I am planning to build a PVC tunnel greenhouse to be put up at the back of the garden. That is where all of warm weather veggies go.

    Once the weather warms up, it means less time at the sewing machine and more time digging in the dirt.

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    I usually have a large garden, we have a 95x30 greenhouse-haven't got it running yet, need to get another layer of plastic on and end walls (weather pemitting) Hasn't stopped me from starting seedlings in the house. WE have them in our bedroom, our garage, our kitchen.....you get the picture, but have to have them ready for spring sales! Lots of perennials, veggies plants, bedding plants, bushes. Trying to get some quiling done before I am in the greenhouse and garden every day!

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