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Gardening Thread 2016 - 2017
Whether your garden is large or small, in a container or on a sill
Tell us what you're growing and if you have photos, better still.


For many, gardening is a year-round endeavor, even for those of us who live in areas with four distinct seasons, and even when there's snow on the ground.
In fact, January and February is seed starting time for some gardeners, depending on how long it takes to germinate their chosen plants.


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Gardening Thread 2015
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Gardening Thread 2014
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Here are some resources so you can find your hardiness zone and determine when you should start your seeds, indoors and outdoors:

Here is a resource for gardening in containers and small spaces - great info, especially if you're new to gardening:
Here are some resources that explain how to grow espalier trees:


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  Old  December 30th, 2015, 11:06pm     #2
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thank you for all the resources". I cannot wait to start gardening!
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  Old  December 31st, 2015, 12:30am     #3
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http://ecowatch.com/2015/12/15/under...ed06d-85919693
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  Old  December 31st, 2015, 12:41am     #4
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this is a link to 2013 garden group,(from the OLS groups area) good reading..

http://forums.online-sweepstakes.com....php?t=1110322
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  Old  December 31st, 2015, 1:00am     #5
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thank you for all the resources". I cannot wait to start gardening!
Thank you for posting!

Will you have your plot in the community garden again this year?

Have you decided what to grow yet?

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  Old  January 1st, 2016, 7:34pm     #6
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Thank you for posting!

Will you have your plot in the community garden again this year?

Have you decided what to grow yet?

I am keeping the same plot. I want to grow tomatillos and kohlrabi this year. The garden is right next to our city garden and near our University. We had bugs and beetles that I had never seen before and one, a harlequin stink bug, was suppose to be rare in Colorado. I don't know if it is because of the proximity to our state university, or to our city garden, but my gosh, the bugs were numerous this past year. We also had a wetter than normal year. I captured several of the bugs and took them to the gardener inside the city gardenfor identification. Gardening is so much fun! I even enjoy learning about the different bugs.
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I am keeping the same plot. I want to grow tomatillos and kohlrabi this year. The garden is right next to our city garden and near our University. We had bugs and beetles that I had never seen before and one, a harlequin stink bug, was suppose to be rare in Colorado. I don't know if it is because of the proximity to our state university, or to our city garden, but my gosh, the bugs were numerous this past year. We also had a wetter than normal year. I captured several of the bugs and took them to the gardener inside the city gardenfor identification. Gardening is so much fun! I even enjoy learning about the different bugs.
I totally get it, I'm into bugs, too.

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  Old  January 24th, 2016, 3:07pm     #8
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We have 30+ inches of snow on the ground but I'm still gardening - I started the seeds for my slow-to-germinate vegetables and flowers.
I'll start another round with different plants in mid-February.

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I ordered my seeds. Burpee has free shipping on any size order FSHP16 until monday night. Going back to 4th July tomatoes. They seem to produce plenty and resist disease. Using my leftover zucchini seed this year--only one hill this season. making room for some pickling cukes. After all, tomatoes with cukes is no fun. Since our raised bed garden is complete, I'll be planting peas. Still trying to find a place to purchase some fingerling potatoes. With a price of nearly $20 for 10 eyes, I can buy store potatoes!
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MINE IS small ....I have ones in the front of the house that are extremely low maintenance which is great
I've put in a ton out back last yr, honeysuckle growing up the side of the astronomy shed but I have plans on what to build this year to make them crawl better
I also bought quite a few different varieties of lilies for out back and hope that they do well

here there won't be anything coming out til maybe MAY

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MINE IS small ....I have ones in the front of the house that are extremely low maintenance which is great
I've put in a ton out back last yr, honeysuckle growing up the side of the astronomy shed but I have plans on what to build this year to make them crawl better
I also bought quite a few different varieties of lilies for out back and hope that they do well

here there won't be anything coming out til maybe MAY
You have an astronomy shed! How cool!
Have you ever considered planting a moon garden to enjoy while you're stargazing?

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I am SO psyched. Yesterday I found out that after years on the waiting list, I finally scored a plot in a community garden.

I have a cool garden here at the house, but it's not as large as I'd like - now I'll have extra room to grow things that don't fit here. I don't know exactly what I'll grow in my new plot until I find out what the sun exposure is like and what was grown in the soil last year.

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I am SO psyched. Yesterday I found out that after years on the waiting list, I finally scored a plot in a community garden.

I have a cool garden here at the house, but it's not as large as I'd like - now I'll have extra room to grow things that don't fit here. I don't know exactly what I'll grow in my new plot until I find out what the sun exposure is like and what was grown in the soil last year.
I really like our community garden. We had one in a nearby town , but the land was sold. A farmer had donated the land and lived in the house next to the plots. Our newer community garden is a short distance away .next to the university and next to a city garden as well. I learn so many things about gardening from all the other gardeners. Tomorrow we have a meeting to go over the rules and regs. Last year , they banned certain plants that became a nuisance. Dill, mint, raspberries etc. It is pretty economical as well because of water costs. We live in a very dry area with about 13 inches of water a year. Tomorrow is also a seed exchange held at the library..

Today the nursery I went to, did not have seed potatoes. I need to chit them for a while before planting. Good luck on your community garden. I really like mine and my old one that I had, as well.
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I enjoy reading the Gardening Threads to see what everyone grows. Since moving from the Midwest to the Arizona desert I have given up on traditional gardening. Now I am tending to my citrus trees. We have one pink grapefruit tree, a tangelo tree, a lemon tree. They were here when we bought this house. That was one of my "must haves" when home shopping. Three years ago we planted a 3 ft naval orange tree and this is the first year we had one fully ripe orange. They are all blooming now for next year's fruit and the scent is just wonderful
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Probably a stupid question, but can't you just buy some fingerling potatoes, let them sprout and plant them?
We grew garlic last winter and we just used the fresh garlic from the local fruit and veggie store.
Also, we found all sorts of potatoes to plant at Home Depot.

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