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  • Anybody else itching to dig in the dirt???

    31 posts, 18 voices, 1635 views, started Jan 6, 2009

    Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009

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      Amethyst
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      I guess January will do that to us diggers and planters... as I drifted off to sleep last night I was planning new raised beds in my head.... and trying to figure out if wildflowers would look good on the far side of our pond... ah, guess I’ll get out the seed catalogs and dream.estatic



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          Juli1967 wrote Jan 18, 2009
        • You are so right! As soon as New Years Day comes I am ready to plant.  Unfortunately I live in Colorado now and I can’t really plant anything until after Mother’s Day and it is really hard to wait!  Luckily I have a few really sunny windows and a few flowering potted plants that will bloom for me indoors.



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          Tuliplady wrote Jan 20, 2009
        • Oh boy am I itching to be out in the dirt!!!
          We’ve been having such nice weather the last few days.  But I know we’ll have lots more cold and probably more snow and weeks and weeks, months really before planting time.

          To relieve the itch in my green thumb, I just started some spinach seed this afternoon.  When it sprouts I’ll put it under the grow light and hopefully at least grow myself a salad for a lunch or two.



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          Juli1967 wrote Jan 21, 2009
        • OH man-if you only knew!  My breakfast nook is the best window in the house and it is packed.  Right now there is a hibiscus blooming in it and there are atleast a dozen buds forming and i have an agapanthus that has 7 stalks coming out—several are open but the individual flowers havent opened yet—that was a really big surprise I didn’t think it would bloom in the house.  Then there is a white bird of paradise that I just planted and I am waiting to see what it will do.  Then some herbs, an antherium and 2 fairy gardens and a geranium that is full of flowers.  The other window in the next room has a rosebush-it currently has 5 buds on it -one is about to open, a star jasmine, 2 ferns and a tree and thats not even half of what I have in the house.  I even have some begonias in my kitchen window with a few buds on it. If I didn’t have all the green in my house I think I would go nuts!  But I didn’t learn to grow houseplants until I moved to a cold climate.  I used to kill indoor stuff all the time—but it didn’t matter cause I had so many plants around the outside of my house! Now it matters so I finally figured out the secret to indoor plants. But still I can’t wait to get outside.  It was in the 60’s yesterday and today—in January in Colorado—it is a cruel trick to play on us!  Supposed to snow in a few days.  I tried seeds once for different kinds of tomatoes and it didn’t go well.  Oh well summer will be here and gone in no time so I guess I need to cultivate a little patience!



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          Juli1967 wrote Jan 21, 2009
        • I used to grow my own lettuce when i lived in Napa—it was amazing!  You never know how good lettuce can be until you grow your own.  Maybe I will try some buter lettuce in my kitchen window.  Hmmmmhappy



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          Dutchgirl wrote Jan 22, 2009
        • Juli, I’m with you sister! I’m in Colorado too, and the tease mother nature gave us yesterday was almost too much to handle! I can’t wait for the ground to finally thaw....
          Your house sounds like mine in the past - plants everywhere, keeping them going until spring arrives. This year, I have only one that has provided me with tiny pink flowers just after New Years day. But my thoughts are definitely in the dirt, so to speak!



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          Juli1967 wrote Jan 22, 2009
        • What part of Colorado are you in?  We are in the Fort Collins area.  Maybe I know you!



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          Dutchgirl wrote Jan 22, 2009
        • I am in southwest Denver/Littleton - we always seem to get a lot more snow than you do. If you are like me, you start marking off the days on the calendar from the first frost until spring arrives. And as soon as it does, I drive my family crazy with seed starting, planning, yard cleaning.....



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          Tuliplady wrote Jan 22, 2009
        • Oh Juli, I envy you thos ehouse plants.  I have some houseplants, but nothing like I used to.  The house I live in now doesn’t really have a decent window for plants. Hibiscus is one of my favorites.  I used to have a coral colored one that was gorgeous.  

          I’ll probably be starting some more seeds tomorrow.  Not sure what kind, probably whatever I grab out of my shoebox first.  LOL!

          Ismile, if you saw green it was probaby from a daff.  Tulips are quite purplish when they first poke up out of the ground.



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          Juli1967 wrote Jan 22, 2009
        • Ismile—Could it be crocus?  I was in my backyard today and was moving aside some dead leaves in a bed right beside my patio and discovered some new growth on a hollyhock that I have planted out there—it actually was a renegade from a hollyhock that is planted about a foot away. They seem to be pretty hardy and prolific.

          Dutchgirl-we coach a travel softball team and play in Littleton all the time.   At least I think thats Littleton. I can’t wait til softball season starts up again. I don’t mark days off on my calendar but as soon as the holidays are over I start planning.  There is a tomato that I used to grow in Cali called  San Francisco Fog that I think would be good here as it can thrive in cooler temps.  I tried to start it from seed once. It germinated but I killed it before it could really get growing good.  I may try it again but will have to order the seeds.  Its a great tasting tomato—not too sweet, has that old fashioned tomato taste—almost like an early girl.



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          Juli1967 wrote Jan 27, 2009
        • It’s been so cold here the last few days!  It was almost 65 for 3 days last week then the mother of all fronts came in—it will make you crazy!  You just get your hopes up and then get smashed in the face with single digit temps! Sigh!



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          Lilli925 wrote Jan 30, 2009
        • Hello Ladies, I to have been wanting to get outside to plant, unfortunately for me I have a lot of work to do before I can even think about a garden, the place that I moved into almost 21/2 years ago has two small wall gardens out front, but all that I have managed to do is keep it cleaned out,before and after each season, but this year I am planning??? to start putting some serious work into it, unfortunately, between school, work, and a lot of travelling, I am afraid I will start this and it will all go south,with no time to keep up. Are there an suggestions on the best things to plant, that are pretty self sufficiant...
          The one thing I know I have a really easy time with are my house plants, tropicals. Although if you were to see them now most if not all of you would cry. I had to go out of town about a week ago and the temp dropped well below freezing, I thought I had the heat high enough? By the time I got home pipes were frozen, one eventually broke. Most of my plant were frozen, So far I have lost only one or two but I have had to cut back several more just yesterday, instead of the garden this year it looks like I will be buying a lot of house plants instead... Do any of you have suggestions for growing herbs indoors I may go that route first, my garden wall faces the sun early in the morning and for most of the early afternoon, directions are a tough thing but I think it sits south east for that early in the day so I need something that won’t burn easily. Any an all suggestion are a welcome...
          I am rambling so I will end this for now...
          Much Love
          Lili



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          Juli1967 wrote Jan 30, 2009
        • Hmm—well for your gardens outdoors if they have sprinklers run to them you are in great shape.  All you have to do is lay down some landscaping cloth to block weeds, plant what you want, set up your sprinkler and harvest when things are ready.  I hardly ever have to do anything in my garden but pick the ripe produce.  Tomatoes are a must—if you like tomatoes, yellow squash is easy but requires a LOT of room, herbs and peppers.  It depends on what you want to get out of it—I love fresh salsa so I do tomatoes, peppers and cilantro, sometimes some onions.  Then basil and oregano and yellow squash.
          As far as indoors if you have a really bright window you can grow just about any kid of herb.  I always buy a bunch or two of green onions and cut the green off and use them, then plant the bulb part and the tops will just keep regrowing.  Chives, especially garlic chives are good—same thing, cut off the tops to use them and they will keep regrowing—I started those from seed I think.  Oregano and basil and cilantro will all grow easily.  Just go to your local nursery—most of them have a nice indoor section of herbs all year round.  Or buy seeds online or at Home Depot or Lowes—I was in one the other day and they are already putting their seed starting stuff out and there was quite a selection.

          Good luck!



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          Lisa Middlesworth wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • I am soooooo ready to dig in the dirt! I am getting ansyestatic It’s all I can do every year to wait until it’s time to prune and plant.



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          Jenz ~ wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • I’m INTO flowers. Have already started a few bulbs that are hangin out in my sunroom until I can fill a ton of planters.

          My huge pink ‘dinner plate’ dahlia flowers, red daisies, russian sunflowers (Christopher used to get a kick out of those when he was little because they‘re as big as a smaller tree) so I like them b/c they‘re attached to cool memories. Roses- I love them but they don’t bloom enough.
          There’s a place near here where I can pick up exotic flowers unlike anywhere else around here so I’ll raid that in a month or so.

          Yeah, I’m ready. SICK OF WINTER!!!



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          Daphne wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • The whole digging in the dirt thing escapes me.  While i just adore the look of a well-manicured garden, i can’t tolerate the crud under my nails or the dry hands.  

          Several years ago, a friend of mine landscaped my yard for me and she knew enough to plant annuals because the odds of me planting are very slim.



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          Lilli925 wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • So far I am happy to report that a few of my house plants that I thought were goner’s have started to sprout... Blessed are my little plants... Thanks for the suggestion about Lowe’s and Home depot I think I am going to make a trip there this weekend and check out the houseplants, vegies, and the herbs. I picked-up a couple of Large pots at the local dollar store yesterday and I can’t wait to start working with them, as for the sunny window you mentioned I have a great one just over my wall garden so I am going to rearrange my living room to set the plants...
          Thanks Juli.
          PS Daphne If you don’t mind I lifted your little saying to add it to my growing inspiration wall...
          Thanks Lilli



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          Juli1967 wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • Good luck! I cannot wait to start getting outside.  I too am SICK of winter.
          Thats a true—plant-a-holic—someone who will rearrange their house to accommodate their plants!  Go girl!  I think I would go nuts without my plants!  The agapanthus that I was talking about way up there has 19 spikes on it! I am amazed!  My star jasmine has started to form some little tiny buds!  They both remind me so much of Napa—wish I could be there!



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          Julied61 wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • In TX it’s been fairly warm.  Trying not to get to excited, knowing there will almost always be a good freeze in late Feb.

          I do have daffodils blooming.

           Hubby says I plant because it’s an excuse to play in the dirt.  YES!!

          I hate winter and find it depressing.  Ready to get out my seeds and take a trip to the nursery!!



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          Rystmom wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • Oh Daphe I am with you!
          I love to look at flowers and well manicured lawns but leave the digging to someone else!



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          Trudy S wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • OH YEAH!  However, my husband has yet to complete our fence so I refuse to plant.  I am tired of the deer getting my best crops.

          The only thing they don’t eat is daffodils!



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          Karen J. Rinehart wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • Hey Julie1967—-I honeymooned in Dillon 22 years ago!

          And yes, can’t wait for cheap therapy back in the garden/yard!
          ~Karen



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          Lvn4me wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • I’m itching too.  And we are foretasted for 8 inches of snow on Friday, so my spring fever will have to wait.  But, I have been snapping up seeds here and there, in anticipation.  LOL



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • My daffodills are blooming, and my Forsythia. Crocus have come and gone. My struggle is keeping my little ones from picking them all. :) I love springtime too! Hoping to plant more than just tomatoes this year.



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          Leeann wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • I am so ready for spring!!! I can’t wait to plant flowers. I am ready for the dragonflies to be all over my yard.



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          Lvn4me wrote Feb 11, 2009
        • I love to watch the humming birds.  I have perennial bearded tongue that attracts them.  I’m still crossing my fingers that the -22 temps we had here didn’t take them out.  If so, I’ll definitely replant.



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          Deana Tankersley wrote Feb 8, 2010
        • Wow..alot of us r itching to get our hands in the dirt again..I’m a lil fotunate as I’m in the south and it’s kind of a bit bit warm here year round most of the time..but I could not wait I tried planting just a few azalea cutting yesterday just to see how they would do..I already tried that a month ago in another bed and to my surprise they are taking root somehow..anyway I have been thumbing thu the seed catalogs as well..can’t wait..but meanwhile my indoor sprouts are popping..



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          Trudy S wrote Feb 8, 2010
        • It has been one of the warmest winters on record here in western WA. Our daffodils are already up and I think will bloom in the next week!  heart



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