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    2013 Gardening Thread

    It's that time of year again. Time to get out the tiller (or pots) and start planting. After growing up on a 100-acre fruit & vegetable farm, I always LOVE this time of year!!!

    Well, I don't know about you all, but I got started about 3 weeks late this year due to cold weather, but this past weekend I got the tiller out and tilled up my garden area and started planting. So far I have only planted cold crops (cabbage, broccoli, red & white potatoes, yellow onions, spinach, and lettuce).
    Once May arrives I will start planting my other vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, cucumbers, etc.)

    Just today I picked my first Asparagus and can't wait to eat it for supper tonight.

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    *So, what is everyone else planting this year?
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    MOTU_Maniac, what area of the country do you live in? We don't have any signs of our asparagus yet. My wife and kids have promised me more help this year so I am looking forward to the fresh veggies.

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    Weather has been pretty rotten in Kansas City for gardening until recently. I'm getting ready to put in some blackberry bushes and build some raised beds for my vegetables this time. But I haven't got anything much planted yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear-at-Arms View Post
    MOTU_Maniac, what area of the country do you live in? We don't have any signs of our asparagus yet. My wife and kids have promised me more help this year so I am looking forward to the fresh veggies.
    I live in the Ohio Valley (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, etc). My asparagus just popped up 2 days ago as the weather started to warm up
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    Weather has been pretty rotten in Kansas City for gardening until recently. I'm getting ready to put in some blackberry bushes and build some raised beds for my vegetables this time. But I haven't got anything much planted yet.
    I have very fond memories of picking roughly 1 acre of blackberries with my mom...except when we found snakes sleeping on the branches.
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    Never have gardened before, but this year I'm trying several hanging basket tomato and strawberry plants, a couple pepper plant pots, a cucumber pot and an onion bed. I'm calling it my lazy farm!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhea View Post
    Never have gardened before, but this year I'm trying several hanging basket tomato and strawberry plants, a couple pepper plant pots, a cucumber pot and an onion bed. I'm calling it my lazy farm!
    Lots of people use hanging baskets and pots. NOTHING lazy about it!

    But good for you though! I am proud to have you join the gardening ranks.
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    Question for gardening experts

    Hey y'all, so I have these two big containers on my patio, about 14" deep and 14" diameter. I've tried a couple of things in 'em before but haven't had much luck; they seem to love to retain water (right now just have a couple of hens 'n chicks in 'em to just have something in them).

    Anyway, I was wondering about putting something in them that could get between maybe 3 and 6 feet tall, for a little privacy. I've seen someone nearby has a couple of evergreens in pots about this size, and another seedling or two, but I don't know what sorts of "tall plants" you can put in such pots whose roots won't get too big for the pots.

    So...are there any good tall plants that can reach up to a few/several feet but don't need a lot of root room?

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    I have my annual gardening thread that you can visit by going here: http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/...rdening-Thread, but to answer your question, there are several different privacy plants than can be potted with Arborvitaes probably being the most common privacy potted plant. Below I have listed several other options that can be found at your local nursery.

    ~Arborvitaes
    ~Bay Trees (Laurus Nobilis)
    ~Loropetalum
    ~Cypress
    ~Viburnums
    ~Bamboo
    ~Ficus

    If you need any other help or have any other questions just let me know
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    Wow, thanks MM (and your location is "In the Garden", how fitting, lol)

    One thing I forgot to specify, is I'm also looking for plants that are repel Japanese Beetles. I did see someone local on CraigsList has bamboo plants for sale, and I was interested, but I saw through Googling that Japanese Beetles like some types of bamboo, grrrrrr.

    Thanks for these suggestions, though. From a little Googling it looks like at least arborivtaes and ficus may repel/disinterest them.
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    Oh shush...lol.

    Nonetheless, thanks for visiting the gardening thread.
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    I'm no gardener, but I sure like garden-fresh stuff. Love garden-fresh tomatoes.
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    It is way cool to be able to go out and get food fro the garden. I got broccoli tonight. I just wish I could do this all year round.
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    Here are some pics of all of the veggies I picked from my garden for my State Fair entries.







    If you want to see my actual State Fair entries then you can go HERE.
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    Wow!! What a collection!

    Please tell me you got to take home your collection and enjoy them after the judging? Our state fair was 2 weeks long with the display up the whole time. So those who displayed received half rotted vegetables by the end of the fair...
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    Just started with planting some indoor seeds of cold weather plants. I could direct seed, but the squirrels and chipmunks really did a number on them last year. So hopefully when they are larger they will not be so enticing to pull out. I also really feed my beds so I hope to have a better harvest than last year. Thanks MOTU_Maniac!

    So far I have started lacto kale, collards, spinach, rainbow Swiss chard, pak choi, mustard greens, French breakfast radishes, and poppies.

    I did clean my beds up and planted some violas, tulips, and a golden bearded iris to entice the bees to my strawberry flowers.

    I would love to plant asparagus, but I'm only renting. Perhaps when I one day buy a house...

    MOTU_Maniac, I am jealous. Perhaps some photos along the way of your crop can appease me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    Just started with planting some indoor seeds of cold weather plants. I could direct seed, but the squirrels and chipmunks really did a number on them last year. So hopefully when they are larger they will not be so enticing to pull out.
    I hear ya. They always do their best to ruin my vegetable garden, but specilly my daffodil bulbs. Squirrels LOVE to eat them. I am also having lots of problems with moles right now as well

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    I also really feed my beds so I hope to have a better harvest than last year. Thanks MOTU_Maniac!
    You are welcome

    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    So far I have started lacto kale, collards, spinach, rainbow Swiss chard, pak choi, mustard greens, French breakfast radishes, and poppies.

    I did clean my beds up and planted some violas, tulips, and a golden bearded iris to entice the bees to my strawberry flowers.
    Yum. Sounds so good. I always love that you grow such a variety of leafy vegetables

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    I would love to plant asparagus, but I'm only renting. Perhaps when I one day buy a house...
    If you lived closer I would give you some asparagus because I always end up with way too much. I think I am on year 5 and get to pick it all season long for around 6-8 weeks.

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    MOTU_Maniac, I am jealous. Perhaps some photos along the way of your crop can appease me.
    Sure, I will share photos along the way. That's why I made this thread. I hope others, including yourself, will share photos along the way as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    I would love to plant asparagus, but I'm only renting. Perhaps when I one day buy a house...
    Don't let that stop you. I have successfully grown asparagus in five gallon buckets the past couple of years. You do need a few buckets to get a good crop, but it does work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    I hear ya. They always do their best to ruin my vegetable garden, but specilly my daffodil bulbs. Squirrels LOVE to eat them. I am also having lots of problems with moles right now as well
    Noooooo! Not the bulbs too! Sorry to hear. Thankfully the squirrels have kept to the birdfeeder and out of my crocus bulbs.

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    Yum. Sounds so good. I always love that you grow such a variety of leafy vegetables
    Thanks! They just grow so prolific with so little space, they help keep satiated and engaged in the garden as I wait the good 2-3 months before tomatoes appear.

    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    If you lived closer I would give you some asparagus because I always end up with way too much. I think I am on year 5 and get to pick it all season long for around 6-8 weeks.
    That would rock, but for now I will support my local farmers market. Thanks. *hug*

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    Sure, I will share photos along the way. That's why I made this thread. I hope others, including yourself, will share photos along the way as well
    Hopefully we both have gardens brimming for those photos then.

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    Don't let that stop you. I have successfully grown asparagus in five gallon buckets the past couple of years. You do need a few buckets to get a good crop, but it does work.
    Good to know, perhaps next move. (I hope the next move will be far away enough that I can leave my current pots behind.
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    Its horrid in Central New York. Too much rain and a whole lot of cold. burr!

    Last year I didnt have one, and I missed it so this year I'm gonna give it a go again. Tomatoes, Indian corn, beans, watermellons and I'm gonna give pumpkins a go again. Sometimes theyw ork sometimes they dont. Oh and cucumbers.
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    Weather in KC is still rotten for gardening. Got nothing planted. Built a couple of raised beds but just when I think the cold weather and snow chances are over, more comes. And if it is not snow it seems it is rain. Not fun to think of planting in the rain.
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