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I'm having problems with cats digging in my gardens, too. I'm going to try the red pepper flakes. Thanks for the suggestion!

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I guess there is no perfect place to garden....but it sure is worth the trouble IMO. I'm trying watermelon for the first time this year b/c my husband loves it. Our soil is very clay-like so will have to do some major amending before planting. Am hoping compost and sand will do the trick!
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After I first turn the garden I sprinkle crushed red pepper (the cheap stuff you can buy at the dollar store) to deter the cats from digging. If it rains you have to do it again. Cayenne pepper also works!

I'm hoping to have luck with peas, lettuce, beets, tomatoes, cukes, ground cherries, summer squash and spaghetti squash this year. Lots of pests to deal with ( ground hogs, deer, cats, voles, insects in Maine) so Wish Me Luck!

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I'm in Arizona so my spring garden has been on its way for a while now. I have garlic, onions, tomatillo, eggplant, cucumber, honey boat squash, butternut squash, zucchini, carrots, chamomile, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, swiss chard and herbs. My trees include fig, tangelo, lime, and I have a blueberry bush.

I'm crossing my fingers for everything to be well established before the summer fries it all!

Lesson learned already this year...Put the chamomlie in a pot, It grows like a weed in the garden!

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I read where Lavender and spearmint are both plants that deer don't like. My neighbor said that they don't like the smell of easter lilies or daffodils either. I have not had problems with deer early in the spring but have had in the fall with only one deer that is blind and not quite right. She will come and raid the okra plants and eat the tops off the plants. Go figure.

It dawned on me that maybe the other times of the year the daffodils I have around the garden and the day lilies and lavender around the house might be keeping them at bay, until the last part of summer/early fall when these plants are dying. I guess I need a fall flower to deter them.


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I have BIG plans for this season. I'm super excited too. We are planting: potatoes, corn, popcorn, salad mix, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon, two other kinds of melons, celery, caulifloer, carrots, brocolli, summer squash, beans, peas, asparagus, peppers, okra, butternut squash and pumpkins. See? Lots of big plans. Now if it would just stop snowing!!

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We are lucky, no deer to worry about. The dog seems to have scared them away to the neighbors garden, LOL.

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The deer in my area LOVE Swiss chard so I have not planted it for a while. Wish someone at our farmer's market would grow some!!!

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I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt! We just returned from 10 days in AZ and I was sure it would be warm when we got home. Not so!
One thing I aways plant is Swiss Chard! I use it in place of spinach because it grows all season here in IN. It is so god for you too.

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I was visiting family in Victoria, Canada last month and started some seedlings for her. I tried Stevia from seed in the house, planted about 20 seeds, 1 germinated about 3 weeks later. I don't know if its a slow to germinate plant - or if its just what you get when you buy seeds from the grocery store.
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Currently I have garlic growing...13 varieties and elephant garlic at the side of my house. We have very limited space here. Planted spinach, kohlrabi and rapini recently. Don't know how well those will do since it's the first time growing. Since clay soil is so bad here, I will grow in bags of dirt, again, and in containers. I usually grow tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and eggplant.

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Naw - lots of us are still just dreaming.... although it is starting to green up here in central Iowa. emoticon

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I am soooooooo jealous. People are gardening???? School was cancelled today due to the snow and ice storm we are getting in Central Wisconsin. (Sigh)

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Lord willing I hope to plant peas, early girl tomatoes, big boy tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, grape tomatoes, hot chili peppers, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini squash, yellow summer squash, and herbs like basil, oregano, parsley, dill, and stevia.

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We got more blueberry bushes in the ground today.

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I bought my stevia plants today, but won't set them out for probably another month. I got two of them and will save the seeds this next year.

I also bought some strawberry plants, unplanned, and I bought 2 acid free tomato plants which I will also leave in the house for another month.

I got my marigold and nastursium seeds to plant around my garden to repel insects. I guess I will have to order the tansy and pennyroyal.

I found organic seeds and got green beans, in case mine don't come up, and bought my acid free tomato seeds and my carrot seeds. I really hadn't planned on the carrots, but couldn't pass them up.

I got dolomite lime for my soil. It is always needing lime and the dolomite lime has magnesium and other minerals with it naturally.

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Woohoo! We just bought some stevia plants!
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I have started about 20 items in seeds in a seed starter in the house. I just put up my hot house after having it repaired today and putting PCP pipe for the poles to hold the roof and sides up. Last year the wind broke the small poles. Nights are still too cold to put the seed starters outside.
Bought PREEN keep the weeds down. Put it on the asparagus rows now before they come up other things have to be after the items are put in. First year trying it hope it works. Good luck with your gardens.

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I don't remember having germination problems last year with my stevia. It didn't grow overly well, but it was in a spot that ended up pretty shady

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I bought my plants and move at least one indoors for the winter. I understand it is hard to get seeds to germinate but think I might try it and see. Mostly they are started from cuttings.

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That's good to know about the stevia! Hubby asked me recently about it. Can you start them from seed easily?

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I grew mine in a huge flower pot outside and used potting soil.

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We didn't have any luck with our stevia. I guess I didn't pay enough attention to it or something.

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I did it two ways. I would drop a fresh leaf or leaf portion into my hot tea and later I crushed the dry leaves as small as I could get them and used them that way.

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I was thinking of adding stevia last year! How did you use yours?

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I have saved my own seed for squash, green beans, okra, and tomatoes and I am going to also plant red potatoes and sweet potatoes in barrels. I am going to have a small garden this year instead of a large one. My herb garden includes stevia, basil, dill, and yarrow for now.



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OK. Thanks for the advice!

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Let them stay under the snow. The snow actually insulates them. The snow is good for them.

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Depending where you are the snow may be acting like a blanket for your blueberries. I wouldn't dig them out. Wait for Mother Nature to uncover them....

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Well, as soon as we get rid of the two feet of snow in the back yard I will start planting. For now I am just waiting. First thing I have to do is build a better fence so the bunny can't get in. I know we will have another one this year...so cute, but such a troublemaker!
As far as growing I am doing peas, tomatoes, carrots, beets, potatoes, cucumbers, and onions. I am also hoping my little blueberry bushes are still alive underneath the snow. Perhaps I should shovel them out!

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The weeds and crab grass are inundating me. I better get planting.

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I too have a VERY challenging garden area. We have about half of it that gets about 4 hours of sun ONLY in the late afternoon. In the morning it's extremely cool on that side.
Therefore we're only planting all cool weather crops on that side. The things like tomatoes and bell peppers are going on the hot dry side. :)

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Oh no! The place I'm moving to--and will have at least part of my garden--has a lot of stink bugs. I wonder if there's a safe way to get rid of them or at least lure them away to another part of the yard? Will have to look that up. . . GardenGirl54: Thank you for sharing, though. At least now I know of one more "enemy" there. The others being racoons, groundhogs (I'm guessing they'll be the worst), squirrels, chipmunks and deer. Probably doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary, but where I am now, whatever is around (And I've seen all of the above here, aside from the cute but evil groundhogs) doesn't become too much of a pest. Sometimes things look a little nibbled on, but I haven't had to put a moat with croccodiles around my garden yet. I guess that will change this year. There are also a lot of box elder bugs there. I wonder if they affect gardens much?

JERIBERI1: I started a few artichokes around the 9th of February (I think), for the same reason: Gorgeous (If somewhat evil looking for their spikes) ornamentals (And apparently the flowers--if you let them go that far--are like crack to bees. Heh.), as well as delicious edibles. They're in four inch "Cow Pots" and seem to be doing well so far. It's amazing how much their seed leaves look like some sort of cucurbit. The first set of true leaves have these perfectly jagged/toothed edges. As you can probably tell from my rambling, I'm excited. Heh. Please keep us updated if you do start any. I'd love to hear how it goes for you. (Oh, and I see I wrote earlier that one seedling was looking rough. It was just that there was a hole in the seed leaves from where outer shell of the seed came off. It's doing just as well as the others now.)

SLUGS: I've heard putting down copper wire around the base of whatever your growing keeps slugs away because it actually gives them a little shock. No idea if it works or not, but it's worth a shot if they're a real problem. Broken egg shells sound like a really good idea, though. They'd be doing double duty by keeping away the slugs and adding something beneficial to the ground as well. (It does seem like it would be hard to get enough egg shells, though. . . Hmm.)

I have Red of Florence onion sprouts! Now I just have to get going and plant those leek seeds. . . Then kale (Russian Red and Redbor), I think, and if I ever get my lithops seeds in the mail, I'll plant those ASAP. (They're small succulents that look like flat rocks witha split down the middle.)

KERSTIN814: Thanks for the edamame tip. =) Peanuts would be awesome to grow. . . Ahhh, I need to stop fantasizing about having a ginormous garden. Heh.

GARDENGIRL54: Never tried growing garbonzo, but it's my favorite bean. Even just warm with a little lime juice and maybe a hint of salt. Yummmm.

LITTLEDUTCH: Good luck on your first veggie garden!

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This is my first vegetable garden. I don't have enough sun in the back yard and don't want to put in beds in the front yard, so I'm using pots. I've started tomatoes, carrots, bell pepper, and potatoes. In the next couple of weeds, I'll plant zucchini, cucumber, and black-eyed peas. I hope that having the plants in pots will also help to prevent cat and insect problems. Good luck to everyone!

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REALLY? Wow! Learn something new everyday!!

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Yes, stink bugs kill my zucchini deader than a doornail in a very short time. Darn them!

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The best thing I have found definitely is egg shells. I've tried the beer, the slug and snail powder stuff, and salt. Salt is expensive after a while, the slug and snail stuff I just don't like using and the beer never worked. I guess I have slugs and snails that don't like to party.
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Stinkbugs are a nemesis of mine. Not even the hens will eat them!

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One other thing I have heard for slugs is to put down a board (or borads). The slugs will crawl under this to stay cool, then you have to scrape them off the board into a buckety of water. Of course you have to keep doing this.

Anyone else have problems with stink bugs? What do you do about them?

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We are going to plant peas next weekend. I like okra, but my husband doesn't. One time I asked him to plant some okra, and we ended up with soooo much okra. He never does anything halfway. So we don't grow okra anymore. We're going to grow some artichokes this year. I saw a great Victory Garden show about an ornamental/edible garden. The artichokes made really lovely ornamentals, as well as nice edibles.

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Wow DowntownJen, you have a long season. I can't even start to clean my garden up for another month. We still have snow. I will be starting seeds indoors in the next few weeks, but we can't plant outdoors until the middle of May. This is in Chicagoland. Happy gardening!

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I've heard planting RUE will keep cats away.

The winter growing season was an adventure here in Phoenix - we got way more frost than usual and my snap peas have produced little because of it. Also, some huge, lush toms that were just starting to fruit got frosted back once, started to make a comeback and got frosted again - sigh. But honestly, those were volunteers - NOW is the time for planting toms, peppers and eggplant here. So there is HOPE! emoticon

Ate all the broccoli and cauli. Still pulling up loads of carrots and bloomsdale spinach (so yummy - all curly and flavorful). Harvested the last of the radishes too. Scallions were a bust - as always. I keep trying tho! Perhaps I'm not too bright???

In Phoenix we have to move fast - we have a small tomato/pepper/cuke window that is upon us. Then everything burns up in the heat (it gets too hot for the pollen to be viable) so it's on to the really hearty stuff - okra, melons, sunflowers, basil, native tepary beans, etc. I don't know about the rest of you but I have to wear long sleeves to pick okra as I have a minor allergic reaction to the hairs on the stem and leaves (a lot of people do). And yes - they have lovely flowers - yellow or pink depending on the type. They are a hibiscus relative. Man are they productive. I have to pick the tender young pods every day or twice a day otherwise they get woody. I have a friend who lets them get big and harvests them for the seeds which she then treats like lentils. She uses the fibrous pods in papermaking.

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That's it! That is what I was trying to remember yesterday. Thanks!

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Last year we had a bad problem with slugs in our strawberries, and we used diatomaceous earth. It worked well.

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Just remember however, the salt will change your PH of your soil. Salt works short term but in the long term its best to use the egg shells if possible.
We have MASSIVE slug and snail problems here so last year we began saving all egg shells and throwing them out in the garden in big batches. It was the only way to keep them away and even still they went after my arugula.

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A quick google also recommended coffee grounds and layers of moist newspapers to trap the slugs. They didn't like the salt because it harms the soil, so I guess you have to use your judgement about how much salt you would need to use. I like the newspaper idea. I will try that.

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Here in NW Chicagoland we don't have a huge slug problem, just little guys, not the monsters they have on the NW coast. It is a little gross, but if you sprinkle them with salt, they will shrivel up and die. Also, I have heard that if you put a dish of beer out, they will crawl in and die. That has never worked for me, not sure if the racoons have a party or what. They sell slug deterrents, I am sure there must be some organic kinds. Egg shells sprinkled around the plant is supposed to deter them, they don't like sharp things, This also helps the soil, but OMG what a lot of work. There is some kind of 'soil you can buy and sprinkle around the plant which does the same thing. I'll google it and see if I can find the name

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HI! Last year I grew 4 Kale plants(2 green , 2 purple) that got to be around 4 1/2 ft tall. I didn't know that was possible. I just kept eating it and it kept growing. That was by far my favorite. This year I am going to work hard on removing the slug population that liked my other greens :/ Any ideas for safe removal?

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LOL Actually you should see my back yard. It's REALLY small. Still though we're planning a huge garden for this year!! 6 different varieties of tomatoes, 4 eggplants, burgundy okra, 2 different varieties of chili peppers, 2 different varieties of jalepenos, 3 different varieties of cucumbers, 3 different varieties of peas, 1 Italian rose bean, several varieties of salad mix, swiss chard, artichokes, zucchini squash, 1 type of melon, 1 type of watermelon, 2 grape vines, countless edible flowers, spring onions, 2 varieties of bell peppers, 1 sweet banana like pepper plant, countless herbs, and I think that's it!!!!!!

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I know what you mean "rodent"... I keep thinking of new things I want to plant. The good thing is that with some planning, you can plant more than one thing in a space. For example - lettuce and later maturing vegetables.

I liked the edemame and will repeat that this year. I like them on top of salads and have not been too creative yet with eating them other ways. The challenge is to figure out what to plant in that space after you pull up the beans. Anyone have any ideas?

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Hhhmmm. Maybe I'll do that next year! This year so far with all the seeds we've planted our garden will be taking over!!

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Not huge, I think mine were 18-24 inches. Tons of pods

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How big do black pearl soy bean plants get?

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@Cherry666,
Do try the Black Pearl soy beans when they are young and green as fresh beans/peas. I sautéed them with beets and peppers. They were pretty and delicious when young. They turn jet black when mature

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How was Edamame for you? We eat it alot!

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I grew edamame last year. Maybe I'll add chickpeas to my list.....

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Nope, I should've though! We use loads of them!

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Has anyone tried growing garbanzo beans????

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I'm trying Burgundy Okra this year. I've never even grown Okra so this will be a new one for me.
I've learned last year never to direct sow Nasturtiums, the squirrels dig up the seeds and eat those too.

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Okra does have pretty flowers. Tried it for the first time last summer... pretty neat to see how it grow. might try peanuts againt his year - last time the squirrels or bunnies kept eating the seedlings as they were coming up!

Made my way to single digit sizing one veggie at a time. :)


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Oh, today I'm going to plant some "Italian Red of Florence" onions. "Though it looks like a bunching onion and is often listed as one (as on our current packet), it is actually an intermediate day onion that makes a small, but plump bulb that will grow in most areas of the United States."

I've never grown onions, but I use them almost daily in one way or another, so I thought it'd be a good idea to add them to my garden.

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[quote]Have you tried the Black Pearl soy bean? Delish![/quote]

I just bought a pack of those from Territorial Seeds. Can't wait to plant them (and try them!).

DarkOrange, I'm from WI too and my dad has always gone to Jungs and hasn't had complaints -- and I seem to hear about them a lot in other places, far and wide, so I figure they must be pretty good. I just stopped by their Fitchburg location the other day and picked up their heirloom tomato seed mix and some pac choi seeds.

I have artichoke and chamomile sprouts! Whoo hooo! Unfortunately, though, only 4 of the 9 artichoke seeds germinated. . . and one died of dampening off, and another looks kind of rough. Er. . . I guess I should have put more than one seed per pot. Doh. . .

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I lover growing herbs and many of them overwinter in zone 5 in Iowa! Yea!! I also always plant a salsa garden - tomatoes, onions, peppers and have pretty good luck with edemame and green beans. Then I mix in flowers of various heights to view from my kitchen window. Ah the joys of being a gardener!

p.s. I've had terrible luck with zucchini - they get a bug or something and collapse overnight. Any suggestions?

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Gardening has a way of keeping you humble. Every year I have grand dreams. Most don't work out, but here and there success. I think Jung is reputable. I am not sure how you could tell which one is best. The biggest problem for me is lack of light and too cold.

Have you tried the Black Pearl soy bean? Delish!

Happy gardening. If you are from Wisconsin, congrats on the Packers.

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I am soooo excited for this new gardening season. Last year was PAINFUL. I ended up only with carrots. Lost everything else. Strong storms washed away my seeds twice and by the time I put more in the timing was off! Squash vine borer and late blight were also huge issues! Was super wet and weeds were terrible. I couldn't keep up and unfortunately threw my hands up...and I'm not a quitter but I was beaten.

So with a deep breath I have a new vision and have been studying up how to improve my gardening skills to bring better chances for a harvest. I am contracting out someone else to grow my peppers and tomatoes in her garden that has proven success but for my plot I am arranging rows in sequence of planting from cool season to warm season. My favorites are roots (parsnips, beets, carrots), peas (snap especially), and soybeans. I would love to get lima beans to grow but that might be the next season's goal since I live in cooler WI.

I'm getting nervous though bc I'm not sure how important my seed selection (brand) is. I have buying JUNG's (local in WI) but have had mixed results. Any suggestions for who to buy seeds from? I'd prefer not to have my seeds overly manipulated (GMO, chemically treated).

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Got another couple of inches of snow today, so I'll be shoveling not planting. I did clean out my armoir where I keep my seeds and seed starting supplies. I have a stack of catalogues to go through, but I am trying to not go overboard with the seeds (as usual) ? 12 kinds of basil, you are very ambitious! For starting seeds I love the heat mats I bought for that specific purpose. The seeds just jump out of the pots and get stronger faster and are less susceptible to damping off. Just talking about this I am getting severe Spring fever. Maybe I will start something just for fun though it is too early in northern Illinois to start seed. emoticon

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Thank you! =)

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Thanks for the reminder, I've got to start making my seed starting pots.





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Cherry666, I can't find the instructions on line that I use, but all you need is newspaper, I like to use sheets with as little color as possible. If you google "making paper pots for seedlings" there's several ways to do it. I cut 3 thicknesses of paper into squares. You have to play with the size to get the size you want. Then I fold them into 3rd's horizontal & vertically and also from corner to corner. Lay the papers out flat and bring up one side, then the adjacent side with the corner sticking out. Fold that over to the side and do the other four corners the same way. That forms your pot. I staple mine on each side. Then just fill with dirt and plant.

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Cats not an issue here mine stay inside and catnip is grown in pots for them. Dog chases away any outside cats.

So far this year I have ordered from Baker seeds mandle beets to help feed chickens, sunflower black for same reason, 2 types of tomatoes for me. I need to order in our was and green beans I am out of seed.

I will be planting corn and limas as well as typical sald stuff. Tomatoes will be out front and maybe some in main garden. Alot depens on if we get it tilled for us.

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Speaking of cats, mine ate all my pepper seedlings last year! What a punk. (Adorable, but a thieving punk. . . but still adorable.)

YESICON2: How are you making paper pots? That sounds like a good idea. . .

I'm waiting for my seeds to come in the mail, but I think I overdid it this year. Errrrrr. I have 12 types of basil to grow. (I LOVE basil, though.) Lots of heirloom veggies, and pretty types like Bright Lights chard and Fish peppers among other things. I like the idea of having pretty, ornamental food.

What I'm most excited about right now, though, is starting artichoke plants soon. I really hope they turn out. The idea of growing your own artichokes is just so neat. However, I'm in zone 4b-5a (depending on what map I look at--bah) so a lot of the growing will have to be done indoors. This will also be my first year starting tomatoes from seed, which is exciting. Oh, and I bought round carrots since my soil is heavy clay and rocky (despite plucking out and hauling away buckets of rocks - sigh). I'll have cute little carrots! Yay!

I'd like to try growing things like broccoli and cabbage (especially napa--kimchi!), but since I don't want to spray them with pesticides, I think I'll have to wait until I can afford row covers. I have enough to plant, anyway. Oh well.

In the next two weeks or so I'm going to set up light shelves to start seedlings on. I already have two shelves I can use. I'm also waiting for a mild day so I can go out and clip some lilac and forsythia branches to try forcing. (Supposedly they'll bloom. Neat, eh?)

You people that are harvesting things now. . . Lucky! I guess I could go. . .um. . . harvest some snowballs or something. Heh.

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I'm making paper pots to put my herbs in and get them growing. I want to try tomatoes again (I'm determined to figure out how to grow them in FL). I'd also like to get some strawberries started too. The weather here has just been crazy!



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I know what I am NOT planting...I am NOT doing broccoli. I did not have much success with that last year. Attracted a lot of insects which hurt my other plants. I am also not going to do canteloupe or honeydew. Those were not successful harvests. I am going to do brussel sprouts again, pole beans, beets, tomatoes (of course), try cucumbers again, watermelon, and pumpkin. I may also do some sweet corn-- we'll see. I would like to grow some more herbs than in the past. That will be my new challenge.

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I'm planning my 2011 garden this weekend so I can get my seed order in. I always plant tomatoes and like a try a new variety (new to me) every year. I haven't planted broccoli in a long time and think I'll do that again this year and skip the beets (I can get great ones at the farmers market). Not sure what else yet. emoticon

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Right now - I am harvesting all my cole crops, greens, lettuce, borage, green onions and fava bean shoots.

I am planting kohlrabi and greens

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Salad fixins - tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and green peppers. Also going to plant some garlic with my roses - I read that they help each other out. Maybe some pole beans along the fence too...

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Love pole beans- very hearty here in MI. Jalepenos, herbs, strawberries, carrots, shallots all did pretty well too. I may try snow peas in the fall this year. I just started gardening last yr and just have 3 small square foot gardens (3'x4') so can't go to wild.
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Wow-- not enough zucchini is usually not the problem for gardeners! I've never done zukes, but we always more yellow and white scallop pan squash than our extended family can use from 4 plants. I'll be cutting back on those this year. I'm also doing striped cavern tomatoes (and another variety, either Rutgers or Cherokee Purple), fish peppers, Tigger melons, Cherokee Trail of Tears beans, and whatever else I can jam in after that. I may go pick up some onion slips today--we start early in Texas. emoticon

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CLCCOOL, I am most definitely NOT going with zucchini either this year. Last year we got 2 off our plants. After that, the darn things took up so much room and produced NADA. Probably our soil quality but I'm not chancing it this year.

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yumm... fennel. I love it. It looks pretty against the flowers too.
Great idea about growning catnip on the otherside of the garden.
Love the spoon full of sugar approach; I hadn't thought of that.
Sounds like we're really enjoying our virtual gardening.
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I will be going with a lot more this year than last!
Okra, 3 different varieties of beans, 4 different varieties of tomatoes, burgundy okra, a different type of cantaloupe, broccoli rabe, turnips, 3 different types of cucumbers, bell peppers, banana peppers, cabbage. And a few other things I cannot recall right now.

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my cats hate fennel

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Don't know much about deterring cats, but my daughter in IL has a rabbit and she's been tossing some of the "bunny pellets" into her elephant ear plant and the thing is thriving in the garage in the middle of the winter! I want her to send me some down here in FL, but she said she won't ship "bunny pellets" to me. LOL I want to plant an herb garden and maybe some strawberries.
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You know, that had crossed my mind, also! I'm going to grow it for my kitties. They LOVE it!

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Well, you could always grow catnip AWAY from your food production... the cats will go for that and leave everything else alone.

Just a thought.

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I haven't quite decided yet, what I'm growing. Definately, NO ZUCCHINI! I don't know what keeps cats out, I have a dog, that seems to work. And I do everything in my power to keep my cats in the house so other people don't have this problem.

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I think Richters here in Ontario Canada sells some sort of plant that deters cats...it has a really funny name, (that is currently on the tip of my tongue). Go check out their website and see what you can find.
(I'm thinking it may be called the "piss off" plant)!
We live out in the sticks and all the neighbourhood cats like to do their duty in our garden...I don't mind but when the seedlings are still so little, they can sure do some damage in there.
Good luck...let me know if you find anything that works!
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eggplants have pretty flowers too, don't know what they do for cats though

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I'm growing in my back garden. So I want it to be pretty and productive.
I've heard that Okra has beautiful flowers; so I think I'll try that this year.
Tomatoes have been a bust for the last 3 years - blight. Perhaps I'll buy some blight resistant seeds and give them a go. The sugarsnap peas/mangetout started beautifully last year and were a big hit with all the insects. Our harvest was pretty small mind.
OH and Strawberries.....
Hey, what plants do you grow to discourage cats?



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