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@->- @->- @->- TR Garden Club -- Part 6, Spring 2009

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This is a continuation of a discussion started here: (TRGC Part 1) http://preview.tinyurl.com/2qflz5
And continued here: (TRGC Part 2) http://preview.tinyurl.com/ytxn7j
Then proceeded to carry on here: (TRGC Part 3) http://tinyurl.com/6fw8c7
You can find Part #4 here: http://tinyurl.com/6pteb6
Part #5 can be located here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/bekqml

Part 5 has gotten a bit unwieldy. Fresh, spring planning deserves a fresh thread.

A tome of an opener?

Sorry, I've no pics yet. I do plan to take some this week before I get to working in it. Frankly, I can't wait to get out the hammock. I thought about it all weekend, the weather was so lovely. Too much grading to do, though. Phooey.

I'm expanding the veggie garden this year. I've been keeping an untouched space for a couple of years with an eye towards a water garden. This year I'm going to plant it. I'm going to try pole beans this year, too, grow them up my tomato cages. I want to plant sweet corn again, so I'm also going to try for a fall crop of beans, and let the fall crop grow up the corn stalks. Corn is supposedly a heavy nitrogen feeder, and beans fix nitrogen in the soil. I'm planning for potatoes this year, too. I'll have to get them in no later than the 25th of March. Sometime this week, I'll take a trip to a nearby farm supply for seed potatoes. I'm putting horseradish in again. It has anti-viral properties, and besides, I love it on all sorts of things. Cucumbers, cantaloupe, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, spaghetti squash, beans, beets.
It got cold enough this winter to freeze the rosemary, so I will have to replace it. I'll need basil, too. And sunflowers, lots of sunflowers for the birdies!

For annuals, I'm going to mess with scented leaf geranium (citronella scent). I've had great luck with it potted, this year I want to try it in the ground. I think some lowbush blueberries, and currants. I have an unplanted, sunny for half a day hillside on one side of the house and I'm thinking the currants will do well there.

I'm still looking for some cowberry, a low groundcover that produces edibles for the critters. And some Carolina Allspice (I found that) I've discovered that possum grape is edible, though exceptionally tart. Might let some of that stuff grow this year and try jelly. Always looking for something different in the jelly department.

I also need to replace my butterfly bushes, move a bunch of what's left along the yard nazi fence line. The raspberry bed needs redoing. I really do want strawberries again, too. To that end I'm looking at this kind of setup:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/da92qm

I'm also looking at composters. Something along these lines:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/bjarb4

Still shopping for price on both setups. Ah well.

I could really use a yard barn, but that's not in the budget.
(And yard nazi repellent, but I haven't found an outlet yet. )

Yes, I rambled.
Kind of like my critter sanctuary.

Happy Gardening!

etu

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May I inquire...

by santeewelding In reply to @->- @->- @->- TR Gard ...

As to the nature of your security, for when the hordes of hungry unemployed discover your larder?

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Shotguns.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to May I inquire...

And glowing, red-hot pokers.

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Cf.

by santeewelding In reply to Shotguns.

"se": without; "cura": care.

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I feed the neighbors now

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to May I inquire...

with what comes of the garden, santee. I don't intend to stop.

etu

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You answer me, boxfiddler

by santeewelding In reply to I feed the neighbors now

With equivalent depth.

Thank you.

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Water gardens....

by tcavadias Staff In reply to @->- @->- @->- TR Gard ...

I've been dying to do a water garden... but mine will have to wait until next year - as this year I want to try - blackberries, strawberries, cherry/grape tomatoes and cucumbers (but in a container - I read in one of my magazines about a certain kind you can get that grow wonderfully in a container - which is the same for the tomatoes).

Along with that, I want to start the outline around 5 trees I have in my backyard (3 are bradford pears and the other 2 are Crape Mrytles) - they sit in a line toward my back fence serving as a means to not see my neighbors and to hide this awful looking shed the neighbor hand built that is now falling apart. My goal for that is to start an outline this year - then over the next couple of years add to it until that entire area is filled in (starting with the outline to the back fence) with various shrubs, flowers, etc...

-Tammy [_]3

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Post plenty of pix. We want to see.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Water gardens....

I guess links to pix will have to do, for now.

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I'll have to dig them out...

by tcavadias Staff In reply to Post plenty of pix. We wa ...

I have some I took last year after finally finishing out the brick patio and adding a small garden onthe one end of it.

Also added a wild flower garden as well last year - noticed the day lillies are starting to poke their heads out.

All my pics are now on cd's and off my computer, so have to get them all out.

Wonder if we can nudge Sonja to get a TR Member Garden photo gallery on here.

-Tammy [_]3

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That's a great idea!

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I'll have to dig them out ...

I like that one. I wonder if the approverer will approve?

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I do give my approvalal.

by OnTheRopes In reply to That's a great idea!

I'd still like to see pix links in the posts though. It could get to be pretty confusing which picture goes with which comment/poster and so on. < ahem > Put embedded pix back and we wouldn't need no steenking gallery.

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