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Chutz
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   Posted 4/25/2009 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I truly believe that spring and summer will arrive with warmer weather up north here...lol Many of you in the south are already enjoying the warmth provided by Mother Nature. I love being outside in the spring warmth. Everything smells so sweet and fresh, especially after a light rain.

But for me, spring means gardening. Do you have a garden? Have you done gardening in the past? Flowers? Veggies? What is your pleasure? Many of you know that I had a nursery so you know I love it all. But when the kids were growing up I had an acre of veggies, cane fruits and fruit trees. It was a huge job to keep it all under control and then do the canning with the produce we grew but I loved it all. Where I live now we are surrounded by 150' evergreen trees and it's hard to have enough light for a veggie garden, but I plan on putting in a couple of raised bed boxes for just a few fresh veggies. I best get going if I don't want to miss growing season.

Anyone else enjoy gardening?
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PAlady
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   Posted 4/25/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Even though I have a lot of farmers in my family, a green thumb is one thing I didn't get. I enjoy looking at others' gardens and eating fresh produce, but when I try it I forget basic things like, um, watering! LOL

I can tend to a sick animal, but you really don't want me tending to your plants!

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White Beard
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   Posted 4/25/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Now your talking Chutzie! Yes I love to garden I have two 4'x16' raised plots for veggies, I have two apple trees, and two cherry trees and a few grape vines and a strawberry patch and a line of rasberry bushes. My cherry tree is in blossom as of yesterday, and the apple trees will be in a few more weeks, I had to mow the grass thursday, I sit on a rider mower and mow just for short period at a time. I can't do the hand mowing at all! I keep debating with my self about whether I should plant the garden or not, as I hope the house will be sold sooner rather than later! I might just plant some radishes and some peas though. But oh how I like fresh Tomatoes picked right of the plant!
Oh and  by the way I turned on the AC yesterday it was 85 and today was 86, I just don't do well when it is warmer than 70 in the house especially with humidity!

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  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

Post Edited (White Beard) : 4/26/2009 12:05:04 AM (GMT-6)


tmjpain
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   Posted 4/26/2009 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   

I have a flower garden and absoluteluy love it. It is very therapeutic for me and it heals me when I work at it. Right now I am just watching the growth of the bulbs I planted in the fall. Excited to see what comes up. Can't wait to put all my decorations in my garden. I added a few little things that I bought yesterday.

 

Suzane


fatherjohn
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   Posted 4/26/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
We used to do the big garden thing with canning and freezing. Now I do some flowers each spring and a few tomato plants. My daughter gets the pleasure of mowing and I try to keep up on the weeds. They boght me a grampa weeding tool that I can pull weeds but without bending over. We are still in Kentucky and it has been warm. Well its time to go get a fu fu coffee.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/26/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
FUFU coffee? No thanks> I like coffee flavored coffee please and make it black, I just can't understand ruining a good cup of Joe w/ milk, sugar, and all those fufu ingrediants!! But thats not the subject hug? I used to love to grow veggies before my back & neck went south. If I ever move up to the country w/ my wife I think I'm going to do the raised garden thing like some of you mentioned. There's plenty of horse & cow manure up there and I know thats good sh**! to use on gardens!! Back when I was a kid growing up in "The Garden State", I grew a veggie garden every summer. All the regular stuff> tomatos, peppers, cukes, squash, etc>etc. When I lived out in Austin Tex I had a small back yard and grew about 30 different kinds of hot peppers! That was when I was on my hot, hot, hot, hot, hot, hot food diet w/ lots of beer. Now all I have is a couple orange trees which I don't take such good care of but still get oranges almost year round w/ three different varrieties. Some day I'll get back into it!
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edt
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   Posted 4/26/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   

When I lived in PA, I always had a veggie garden, nothing like a juicy REAL tomato fresh from the garden.  I used to eat them like an apple...yummy.  I don't ever remember going to the store for veggies, just out my back door!

When I moved to AZ in 1983, I tried a garden but with the sometimes 110-120 heat it was too much upkeep and I gave up.  We did have a beautiful Peach and Lemon Tree, but decided to put a Pool in for me to do my water exercises!  I love my Pool but miss my fresh fruit supply!

XXOO
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Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/26/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Well I'm with PaLady, I hardly garden anymore because I forget to water the dern things. 

 

My daughter planted  a mini garden on her front porch with my five year old granddaughter and I bought her one of those upside down tomato plants for the both of them too.  Hope I get a tomato or two out of it!!

Have a great Sunday!!

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   Posted 4/26/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
FLOWERS....FLOWERS...oh and did I mention, FLOWERS!!!!! I am very luck to live in region that can have flowers all year long. Heck, I grow things like radishes (which both my husband and I hate) just for the pretty flowers. I love them all from the lowly dandelion to the Brugmansias...

Oh, spring...where did it go...we jumped right into summer...it got to 102 this last week...but "it's a dry heat"... tongue ...I am not ready for a long summer...
"The earth laughs in flowers"


White Beard
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   Posted 4/26/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
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Radishes are only good when they are grown when it is still cool outside. That way they don't get peth-eee or woody inside. Nothing better than a toss salad made with fresh grown lettuce and radishes, and cherry tomatoes! and even some dandelion leaves thrown in! mmmmm. You must live out west some where, I have friends that live in Placerville California, and they said it has really been hot out there, especially in the Sacramento valley. Heck it has been to warm for me right here the last few days, and I turned on the AC just to cool off and get the humidity down, it was in the upper 80's today!

White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


skeye
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   Posted 4/26/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm the same as Palady! Although, the last 5 or so years, I have been growing a small vegetable garden at home. The only reason it survives is probably because I don't do anything with it! I plan tomatoes, string beans, and peppers & then I basically leave them for the summer! I'm gone most of the summer, so my mother waters them, but I don't weed, or do anything else. Knock on wood I've had good luck! Although I can't say the same for regular plants. Give me a flower & I'll guarantee I'll kill it!

Mmmmm, there is nothing like fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden!

Skeye
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