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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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    Wow MOTU_Maniac, beautiful flower garden!

    I love rain so much, and in a lovely rainy spring like this I just love seeing my hydrangea bud and leaf. I love seeing my day lilies and stonecrops and hens 'n chicks also thrive, but I'm so in love with my hydrangea! lol
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    Oh! That newspaper trick is really cool! Thanks. I typically use black plastic, but it appears that this is cheaper! Hmmm.

    I bought sweetcorn n' beans. My land has been tilled and now I'm just waiting to buy some plants. Maybe this weekend, though it does seem awfully soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mer-Man's Minion View Post
    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.
    You're welcome
    I personally love arborvitaes.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mer-Man's Minion View Post
    Wow MOTU_Maniac, beautiful flower garden!

    I love rain so much, and in a lovely rainy spring like this I just love seeing my hydrangea bud and leaf. I love seeing my day lilies and stonecrops and hens 'n chicks also thrive, but I'm so in love with my hydrangea! lol
    Thank you. I live in Kentucky also and you are right...we sure have been getting plenty of rain. I mowed my yard on Friday and it grew so much from the rain I had to mow it again on Monday My garden and landscaping is growing fast as well.

    I need to get me a hydrangea as they are a beautiful flowering shrub!

    Quote Originally Posted by Divia View Post
    Oh! That newspaper trick is really cool! Thanks. I typically use black plastic, but it appears that this is cheaper! Hmmm.

    I bought sweetcorn n' beans. My land has been tilled and now I'm just waiting to buy some plants. Maybe this weekend, though it does seem awfully soon.
    You're welcome. I have been using newspapers since I was a wee little tot. lol.

    We used to use black plastic when we planted our watermelons so that the roots would stay moist and so the ground wouldn't cause the fruit to rot.

    The beginning of May is typically when we start planting crops here in Kentucky and surrounding areas, so it might be a little soon for planting up north. I am not as familiar with your growing season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    I need to get me a hydrangea as they are a beautiful flowering shrub!
    Yup...this week I've been to Lowe's and Home Depot, and they have lots of hydrangeas. I got mine at one of the Frank Ottes here several years ago. Mine's a "Big Daddy", lol, and I treated the soil to make the pink flowers turn blue. One year they went in between and turned violet! Loved that.



    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    The beginning of May is typically when we start planting crops here in Kentucky
    My dad's a farmer here, and he always tries to start in April. Course, with all the rain there usually is, it's not uncommon for his plantin' to get pushed back, lol.
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    We had a hard frost overnight, so I had to cover up all of my warm weather veggies (tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and green beans. Hope they weren't harmed or I will have to start all over.

    Also, I had to relocate a VERY aggressive snake from my backyard landscaping. I believe it is a Black Racer, but it was hard to tell since it is still on the younger/ smaller side (about 3 feet in length) and its final colors/patterns aren't complete yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mer-Man's Minion View Post
    My dad's a farmer here, and he always tries to start in April. Course, with all the rain there usually is, it's not uncommon for his plantin' to get pushed back, lol.
    Yeah, I grew up on a very large vegetable and fruit farm and have been farming for many years. We sold much of our produce to Kroger stores as well as at 2 Farmers Markets. In Kentucky, cold crops can start being planted around mid-March and warm weather crops usually between May 1st and May 10th (for best results and maximum harvest yield).

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    nice snake!

    We had a frost here too. I havent planted anything though, so thats good. Typically I dont do that until Juneish
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divia View Post
    We had a frost here too. I havent planted anything though, so thats good. Typically I dont do that until Juneish
    Thankfully you hadn't planted yet. I was lucky that I had several tarps and enough landscapers cloth to cover everything up. What's funny is we had a frost warning 2 nights ago followed by a heat warning today. lol.

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    Alrighty, I am planted. I'm early this year and we already had a frost scare. Me dumb I should have waited a week or two.

    here be the list:

    Tomatoes
    Cukes
    beans
    Indian Corn
    Pumpkins
    watermelons
    Broccoli
    Basil
    sweet corn (new!)
    onions (new!)
    gords(new!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divia View Post
    Alrighty, I am planted.

    here be the list:

    Tomatoes
    Cukes
    beans
    Indian Corn
    Pumpkins
    watermelons
    Broccoli
    Basil
    sweet corn (new!)
    onions (new!)
    gords(new!)
    Awesome! Can't wait to see pics as your garden grows.

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    I got some stuff sprouting in Jiffy Pots. Hopefully I will soon be able to till and put it out.
    Got some tomatoes, some peppers, some pumpkins and watermelons
    I got weird results from the Asparagus this year - it sprouted without me doing anything and turned almost into a bush. But no Asparagus spears like you usually eat.

    I have stevia and peppermint coming back too - I thought the drought had killed them last year.
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    Picked some Asparagus and Broccoli and pulled 2 green onions. Here are some pics:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-Man View Post
    I got weird results from the Asparagus this year - it sprouted without me doing anything and turned almost into a bush. But no Asparagus spears like you usually eat.
    Asparagus spears always turn into a fern-like bush if they aren't picked soon enough. How many years ago did you plant your Asparagus? That helps determine how long your picking season should be. The first 2 years you aren't supposed to pick at all and should just let it fern-out. During Year 3 you can pick spears for about 3-4 weeks and then let them fern-out. During Year 4 you can pick spears for 6-8 weeks and then let them fern-out.

    Also, what do you mean your asparagus "sprouted without you doing anything"? I have had asparagus my whole life and it has always sprouted without me doing anything. It is a perennial and comes back year after year on its own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    Picked some Asparagus and Broccoli and pulled 2 green onions. Here are some pics:

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    Asparagus spears always turn into a fern-like bush if they aren't picked soon enough. How many years ago did you plant your Asparagus? That helps determine how long your picking season should be. The first 2 years you aren't supposed to pick at all and should just let it fern-out. During Year 3 you can pick spears for about 3-4 weeks and then let them fern-out. During Year 4 you can pick spears for 6-8 weeks and then let them fern-out.

    Also, what do you mean your asparagus "sprouted without you doing anything"? I have had asparagus my whole life and it has always sprouted without me doing anything. It is a perennial and comes back year after year on its own.
    Maybe that is why I have never really gotten much out of it yet. It grows but it goes to bushy before it goes to spears. I've only had it two years so maybe this year it will grow again.
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    Here are some updated pics of my garden. It is coming right along. I would also LOVE for others to post pics of their garden as well.

    In this pic: potatoes, onions, squash, zucchini, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, and okra
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    In this pic: pole green beans and tomatoes
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    In this pic: peppers, tomatoes, pole green beans, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, squash, zucchini, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, and okra
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    In this pic: peppers, tomatoes, and pole green beans
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    Okay, what is going on with my hens 'n chicks?? They're such hardy succulents that last through every weather condition and you don't even have to do anything to 'em! Flood in the summer, bake in the summer, freeze in the winter, they just stay through anything.

    So what in the heck is goin' on here?? I had 2 big planters that nothing was doing well in, even these which were the latest tries, so I finally gave up on those planters and split apart these hens 'n chicks and repotted them into different pots.

    Now, not all of them are "rotting", only some of them. And I've used the same succulent potting soil for all of them. So I don't understand what is happening to these victimized ones? You can see what they look like, and they really stink too. I've gotten rid of all the ones that looks like this, but there are still a few that are starting in. So what's the deal??

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    Nice!!! You are so far ahead of me. Just strawberries and some herbs yet. Keep us posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mer-Man's Minion View Post
    Okay, what is going on with my hens 'n chicks?? They're such hardy succulents that last through every weather condition and you don't even have to do anything to 'em! Flood in the summer, bake in the summer, freeze in the winter, they just stay through anything.

    So what in the heck is goin' on here?? I had 2 big planters that nothing was doing well in, even these which were the latest tries, so I finally gave up on those planters and split apart these hens 'n chicks and repotted them into different pots.

    Now, not all of them are "rotting", only some of them. And I've used the same succulent potting soil for all of them. So I don't understand what is happening to these victimized ones? You can see what they look like, and they really stink too. I've gotten rid of all the ones that looks like this, but there are still a few that are starting in. So what's the deal??

    http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/3230/photo3is.jpg
    Sempervivum (Hen and Chicks) usually only fall prey to one thing and that is overwatering. If they are overwatered then the roots and plants will begin to rot. If they begin to rot then they need to be re-potted (just as you did), BUT make sure you remove ALL of the old soil from the pot and especially from the plants root system by using water to wash it off. Also, remove ALL rotting roots and foliage. Then re-pot with new, DRY soil. After re-potting, do NOT water the plants at all for 1 week and then after that time has passed you can begin to slowly add water back in. Hope this helps.

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    Nice!!! You are so far ahead of me. Just strawberries and some herbs yet. Keep us posted.
    Thanks. I would love to see pics of your strawberries and herbs. I am a garden geek

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    Thanks, MOTU...now I know in case it ever happens again! lol

    It's funny though, you wouldn't think overwatering would be an issue with 'em cause they sit out in nature all year 'round and thrive and thrive! (usually, lol)
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    Here are some pics of some veggies I just picked:

    Green Bell Peppers, White Onion, and Red Potatoes
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    Red Tomato and Red Potatoes
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    **I will also be picking yellow squash, cucumbers, and green beans in the next few days.

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    Motu-Maniac, nice start

    Being in upstate NY I got some time before things are ready to be picked. However, my broccoli is super close. I'm trying to keep a close eye on the pumpkins too so that I dont get those bloody beatles on them and it kills them
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    After two years of trying to get my garden going, I find out I am going to have to move the whole darn thing. From Kansas to Louisiana. Just put in my blackberry bushes and now I don't know if I will ever get to enjoy them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divia View Post
    Motu-Maniac, nice start

    Being in upstate NY I got some time before things are ready to be picked. However, my broccoli is super close. I'm trying to keep a close eye on the pumpkins too so that I dont get those bloody beatles on them and it kills them
    Thanks.

    And hope you catch the beetles early

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    After two years of trying to get my garden going, I find out I am going to have to move the whole darn thing. From Kansas to Louisiana. Just put in my blackberry bushes and now I don't know if I will ever get to enjoy them.
    What's in Louisiana? All of my mom's side of the family is there and I loved going to visit. Hopefully the relocation is smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    Thanks.
    What's in Louisiana? All of my mom's side of the family is there and I loved going to visit. Hopefully the relocation is smooth.
    My day job is moving there. Since I'm not officially the pastor of any church and so I can't go pastoring full time I have to go with it. I don't really mind moving to Louisiana I just feel frustrated about leaving the garden I worked so hard to establish behind.

    Louisiana itself seemed quite nice from the short visit I had there prior to making the decision to move.
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    Just picked some more veggies from the garden. Meal planned for tonight (Stuffed Bell Peppers) and tomorrow (Vegetable Stir-Fry).

    Tomatoes, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Green Beans, Cucumber, Red Potatoes, and Bell Peppers

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-Man View Post
    My day job is moving there. Since I'm not officially the pastor of any church and so I can't go pastoring full time I have to go with it. I don't really mind moving to Louisiana I just feel frustrated about leaving the garden I worked so hard to establish behind.
    I totally understand. It is hard to leave something behind when you worked so hard on it. Hopefully after the move you will be reinvigorated to start anew.

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    Those are some good-looking vegetables, MOTU_Maniac. Most of mine are just getting planted. I have planted tomatoes, peas, sweet potatoes, beans, cucumbers, peppers, carrots and corn. Got some fruit on a couple tomato plants but nothing else yet. Got some onions and garlic left over from last year because I just left them there last fall and they kept on growing, but they aren't "new" crops.
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