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    68 posts, 32 voices, 2788 views, started Sep 5, 2008

    Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008 by Angelina Peterson

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    • Aquamarine
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      I really enjoy flowers gardens. This year was my first vegetable garden attempt. Its was ok, but took more work than I anticipated.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 5, 2008
        • I love gardening! I like flowers but haven’t had too much luck with them. Herbs grow really well here but the deer eat the veggies before I can harvest them.

          Last year I took some seeds out of a wild passion fruit that was in the north 40 of my yard and planted it in a pot against a trellis on my patio. Now, it’s finally beginning to bear fruit after a long bout with very hungry caterpillars.

          What are you growing in your garden?
          Cynthia



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          Debra Roby wrote Sep 6, 2008
        • Flowers are pretty and make things look nice, but if I’m going to work in a garden, I want a bigger reward.  Veggies are where I concentrate my time.

          My small terraced garden is on the edge of open space (behind a fence), but it’s been ravaged by pocket gophers and scrub jays.  The drought makes me feel uneasy about watering too much, so it’s not as productive.  

          next year I may just grow 2 tomato plants, and some onions and rely on the Farmer’s Markets to get my fresh produce.  It’s probably cheaper in the long run.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 6, 2008
        • Just wanted to share something. Last year I took some seeds from a wild passion fruit vine in my yard and transplanted them into a pot. I trained the vine up a trellis and it just started bearing fruit.

          Passion fruit is really popular here. We call it lilikoi. I created a truffle using passion fruit puree several years ago. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my 47 years! Throughout the year I’m called to make literally thousands of these truffles. I don’t I’ll ever tire if it.

          Thanks for taking a look
          Cynthia



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          Helen Hyatt wrote Sep 6, 2008
        • I love to garden.  I have a vegetable garden with tomatoes, cucumbers, zuchinni, peppers and lots of herbs.  I also love to grow flowers and shrubs of all sorts.  My problem is “not enough time and too many weeds“!!


          Spring 2007


          Spring 2008

          Cheers to your green thumbs.

          Helen



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          Angelina Peterson wrote Sep 6, 2008
        • Cynthia,
          That is amazing, I would love to get some truffles!
          I second on what azdana siad!



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          Angelina Peterson wrote Sep 6, 2008
        • Winelady,
          I love your gardens! Thank you for sharing the pics with us  :)



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 6, 2008
        • Thank you for the comments about my chocolates. I’ve had a website in the past but it was too much to manage but, I met with a web designer today and we‘re going to scale down, do a blog, and make small selections offered from Thansgiving through Mother’s Day. Yana has been very supportive so when everything is ready to go, I’ll post ordering information the the site.

          Winelady, I envy that lovely garden! I battle the chickens, deer, bugs, wild pigs...But, for some reason, they leave the weeds and eat everything else. Go figure.



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          Michele Weltz wrote Sep 7, 2008
        • Winelady,
          not only do I love the screen name! lol I really enjoyed the couple of photos you included in your post.
          I love flower gardening and the idea of veggie gardening. We put in raised beds this year for tomatoes, peppers & zucchini and the zucchini took off like gangbusters but then were affected with the worm in the stalks... we lost them all. the tomatoes are heirloom (our first try with theose) and the plants are huge with a lot of fruit but nothing is ripening... we don’t get as much sun as I think we need in the area and it’s frustrating to say the least.
          I start out the season with such good intentions and then really peter out when the heat & humidity begins. But it’s getting cool again so I look forward to getting back out there and moving some things around and dividing daylilies and hosta. check out my photos - I am always adding more.



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          Leeann wrote Sep 7, 2008
        • I love to work in my yard. I really enjoy taking pictures of flowers.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • A question for the group. Has anyone grown star gazer lillies? I love them! I’d like to grow them but I’ve never tried it. Any advice?



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          Lisa Fleming wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • I love gardens and I like my yard to look nice but I am the biggest chicken of bugs LOL!!! If I could get past that I would have some really nice ones.



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          Sweetpea wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • I love to garden but have given up because every time I put a plant in the ground, something eats it!  =(  I’ve not been able to find out what it is that’s eating everything; some say it’s gophers, others say moles and chipmunks.  I get all kinds of advice from every one about how to avoid this happening, but it’s always AFTER my plants have been eaten...haha!  

          The only thing that has survived in my garden in 4 years is an unidentified orange lilium that I didn’t plant (so if I can grow them, Choclatier, you should have NO problems with Stargazers! and P.S. those chockies look delish!!!) and one lone dafodil!



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          Sweetpea wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • oops! forgot to add the image..haha =)



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          Ginag wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • I love flower gardening AND vegetable gardening! I have way more flowers than veggies but there is nothing better than a homegrown tomato.  My current vegetable garden is housed in 2 4×4 raised beds but next friday I’m doing a major kitchen garden expansion.

          Rather than post pictures of my garden here, I’ll post the link to my personal gardening blog where you can see tons of them.  www.myskinnygarden.blogspot.com

          Gina



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • Thank you, sweetpea, for the encouragement on growing lillies. Ginag, looking forward to going to blogspot to see your garden pics.



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          Homebydawn wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • Happy to find this group. I moved almost a year ago, and have a big yard for the first time in several years. I have spent this year pruning, weeding and cleaning up this overgrown, under-tended property, but this fall I’m going to prepare a big perennial bed outside the front door.  

          I am in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Would be interested to know what other gardening regions are represented here.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • I love that garden! It’s adorable!



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          Angelina Peterson wrote Sep 16, 2008
        • This is my first summer I have had a vegetable grarden. I have enjoyed my salads, with all the fresh makings! My mother inlaw told me, if I do not have time to keep it up I should not have one :(  I will get better. now that I am a empty nester I will have more time . So why not try :)



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • Hello everyone! I love gardening too.  I always have. Well...my dad always said, “you can only love what you can hug“. I think I could hug a bunch of flowers! Our daughter got married June 28 and my friend and I grew all of the potted flowers. She has seven big green houses!  We have a deer problem where we live in Sewanee, TN. So she let me house many of the pots there and the others came to our deck. And I grew 60 Star Gazer Lillies or (Asiatic? Not sure of the difference) from bulbs. They are my daughters favorite flower.  I took a chance and planted the bulbs about 9 weeks prior to the wedding.  I got lucky they started blooming at 8 weeks(a week before the wedding) and the last ones bloomed out about two weeks ago.  They were amazing.  After the wedding we had lots of potted flowers to give to family and friends to enjoy.  We still have an amazing container garden going on!  I started putting the flowers everywhere.  The deer attacked!  I fought back with a product call “Hinders” it worked ok. The deer still nibbled or just pulled plants up.  I had trouble finding the product.  It is a concentrated formula that made around 5 gallons for $14.98 when mixed with water. I found a product at Home Depot for $18.98 and it was a 32 oz bottle not concentrated.  So.....I came home frustrated and decided to work on a concoction of my own.  It is working now for three weeks! I was covering everything with sheets at night and running out early to uncover everything.  It was embarrassing! I couldn’t go a day before they would ravage our flowers.  The plants are now recovering nicely. LOOKOUT NEXT SPRING!!!



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          Stargardener wrote Sep 26, 2008
        • Wow! Lots of interesting posts here! Love the blog links and photos — and learning about everyone’s gardens!

          Choclatier: Star Gazer lillies need well-drained soil and strong morning sun; lilies don't do well in heat or soggy soil.

          Sweetpea: (like your screen name!) You probably have Old-Fashion Daylilies. They are extremely hardy and make a nice addition to any garden. Garlic Chives are an effective way to deter both moles (burrow under ground) and gophers produce "hills" of dirt). A word of caution: Garlic Chives are invasion. Keep them cut-back (and remove the seeds ...).

          chellebelle: I am with you with a "kitchen garden" — herbs and veggies are such easy container-gardens! happy

          sunshine9: You go girl! Gardens are theraputic — no matter what size. Enjoy digging in the dirt. And, remember, if something dies, it is not wasted — it is compost material! happy

          Dawn: You can learn about your region (and some great tips about organic gardening at: [Link Removed]

          Chrissy: Wow! The wedding sounds beautiful!

          Gardening for me has been part-time this year; I did post quite a bit about my garden [Link Removed] 


          Stargardener, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 26, 2008
        • Thank you for the tip on stargazers. I live upcountry so it doesn’t get too hot here and I’ll amend the soil well before I plant anything.



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          Stargardener wrote Sep 26, 2008
        • Cynthia: Star Gazer lilies will also grow in container gardens ... Beautiful with trailing Vinca or annual bloomers.



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          Tuliplady wrote Sep 26, 2008
        • I have both flowers and vegetables.  Actually the last couple summers it’s been so very dry here that neither have done especially well.  Flowers are my love, veggies I grow because we need to eat.  I grow a few herbs, and am always working on something new in the garden.  This year I started an all white flower bed.  Not much to look at yet, but it’s got a white rose, white peony, white daylilies, and just to have a little bloom for this year, I put in white petunias and gladiolas.  In the next year or two, I’m looking to get some fruit going.  Strawberries, raspberries, ground cherries, rhubarb, anything I can get to grow here.



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          Coachmombabe wrote Sep 27, 2008
        • Wow, a Passion Fruit Truffle, sounds amazing! and looks fabulous! If it tastes at all like it looks and sounds, it must be fantastic!



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          Coachmombabe wrote Sep 27, 2008
        • We have a garden here at Shiloh Home of Hope, but I really only get in on the harvesting. Our House Manager/Co-Founder loves to garden. This was our first year, but the owners had a garden for years previous to our moving in to the property. We enjoyed tomatoes, cucumbers and several different kinds of peppers. We even took some things to the Farmer’s Market a few times!

          Considering we are a non profit and money is always tight, it was nice to have some fresh, high quality vegetables to serve our residents!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 27, 2008
        • I live in a place where I can grow vegetables and some types of flowers all year long but the soil here is horrible. And, don’t even get me started on the bugs! It’s sad. Look at the potential! I’ve got to start ammending my soil and doing something about the bugs, birds and deer. Any suggestions?



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          Coachmombabe wrote Sep 27, 2008
        • What a beautiful spot! You will have to let us know what you figure out. Unfortunately, I am no help!



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          Tuliplady wrote Sep 27, 2008
        • If you have lousy soil and want to grow veggies, you’d do well to build yourself some raised beds and just add more soil and organic matter on top of what you’ve got.  Go to your library and check out a couple books, “Lasagna Gardening” and “Square Foot Gardening”  both are loaded with great information.



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          Stargardener wrote Sep 27, 2008
        • Cynthia: Lovely areas for gardens!  

          I second tulip's recommendation of Lasagna Gardening and Square Foot Gardening. Also considering large pots for your "garden."  

          You could mix flowering annuals with herbs and vegetable plants. This has worked great for me! Beauty meets function! happy



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • I enjoy reading all of your comments and seeing the pictures. We learn from each other. I did not realize that the passion flower fruit was edible.  It grows at a near by lake behind our home.  I have always loved them. I wish they lasted longer as a cut flower! I think gardening is great for us in so many ways. Just think...you get excerise and it is a great stress relief. If you grow plants that you can eat it is so healthy for your body. And it is wonderful to look at a pretty flower garden, it makes you feel good.  It’s good for your mind,body and soul! We better all get diggin‘! I get sad when I have to stop gardening for the winter.  Then I turn to painting flower gardens and etc. Thank goodness we usually have fairly short winters in TN! I NEED to garden.



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • Stargardner,

          The wedding was so fun. And it was neat to add the flowers I had grown to the cut ones we bought.  I’m adding a picture of the wreaths that we made.  Lots of the flowers were bought but we added the ones I grew in pots too. It takes a bunch of flowers to cover those forms!  I had two of the bridesmaides help me.  I would have never made it without their help!!!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • Those wreaths are gorgeous! I’m curious, is the passion fruit by your home purple or yellow?

          The purple is harder to grow. When Yellow fruit vines are near, they choke out the purple.

          I grew my purple vine from seeds that I harvested from a wild vine in the side yard. My husband keeps threatening to cut the wild one down! I have told him that if he does, he needs to be prepared for me to be very upset. We will come to a compromise. Maybe it can be trimmed.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • I’ve been away from the site for nearly a day and I just read all the wonderful suggestions for my garden! Thank you  so much. I really love being outside and our weather is amenable all year long.

          I’m going to heed the advice, take a trip this week to the bookstore and to my garden store.

          Thanks again.



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • Thank you Cynthia!  They were hectic to get made the night before the BIG day!  But it was so much fun in a crazy kind of way. We broke some flowers but kept jammin’ until we got them filled. I think they did a great job helping me on their first endeavor at live flower design!



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          Stargardener wrote Sep 30, 2008
        • Chrissy: What a beautiful wreath! Such rich colors and just lovely ... And so special.



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Sep 30, 2008
        • Thank you Stargardener!  We had so much fun making all of the flower arrangements. It is my daughters favorite color palette.  The brighter the better! I love color too! The problem is I’m always wearing color when I paint.  Between the dirt and paint I always look a mess!  The other day I had my paint clothes on and ran to the mailbox. I must be attention deficit...Always switching gears! I noticed the plants looked thirsty.  So, I started to give them a squirt.  Some folks from in town/on campus(we live on the domain of The University of the South) drove by and looked at me weird with a double take.  I looked down and laughed.  My pants and top were covered in layers of paint(clean but covered like many of my clothes). I looked at my hands and they were full of dirt and weeds.  REAL PRETTY! Dirty hands... Oh well...that’s ME! I really enjoy my flowers... dirt and all.  Hope you are doing well and having fun with gardening too.
          Take care,
          Gayle is my name (Chrissy and Coco) is a business and logo for my sign on icon.  It is nice to hear from you... have a great evening.



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          Brassy wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • My garden was not good this year,We had too much rain and overcast to grow proper veggies this year,The squash turned out good and a few tomato plants did good however the green beans and peppers never stood a chance.

          I planted 22 perienniels this years all different sorts most took off good a few died.I tryed a few new ones like seedless raspberries and josta berrys both had no fruit this year lests hope next year its better.



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          Lisab41 wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • I love gardening-mostly flowers and herbs. Flowers feed the sole and herbs spice up life! Lilies are my absolute favorite. This picture is one of my orienpets. It has a heavenly smell and is very large. I like to push the limit on what I should be able to grow and have had some great success.



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          Lisab41 wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • Chocolatier,
          I was reading your question about bugs and deer. I used to live where we got herds of deer going through and had to manage with them. Some suggestions for deer:
          Herbs are full proof-deer do not like taste or smell. One of my patients planted garlic around roses and swore buy it.
          Have your husband or any male urinate around the flower bed(you may want to wait to evening!). For some reason they do not touch the flowers after. You can also purchase coyote urine and hang in bottles. If you have a dog they will mark the area when they smell it.
          8 foot fence
          Combination and changing techniques are great
          As for the bugs-when you start with good soil after amending and grow a variety of things the good bugs come in and help with the pests. Learning to live with a little leaf damage is hard at first but when using pesticides you kill the good with the bad.
          That has been my experience at least.



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • We have herds of deer here in Sewanee, TN too. And...an 8 foot residential fence is not permissible since the University owns the land. Long story...we own our home not the land. We live close to the University’s equestrian center. I have counted 82 deer grazing in the fenced in area with the horses. I knew then that my gardening was doomed!  We have some deer control, a limited time, deer cull but the hunters are only able to use a bow in hunting most of the domain.  Our police may opt to use a gun only on the outer edges of the domain (approximately 13,000 acres owned by the University of the South) away from central campus, a safety zone. My husband and I are not hunters but I was REALLY getting frustrated with these deer because I enjoy gardening so very much. The deer even walk up six wide brick srairs to eat off of our front porch. I call them plant piranhas! It is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. And very upsetting. I had been known to look out and see them...bolt down our stairs barely dresses at night or very early in the AM snorting,stomping and yelling at them.  I pray my neighbors never experienced one of my DEER moments. If they had....I’m sure the people with straight jackets would have shown up by now! The deer still bed down and visit our yard daily. I/We have tried many things here. We have two Golden retrievers around 85 pounds, one male and one female.  The deer are not intimidated in the least.  I tried the male urine, human hair,and etc. they still ravaged our flowers, shrub and trees.  The deer even eat plants and shrubs that are not good for them to eat, especially in the winter months when food is scarce. But you are right they do not like herbs. This summer I mixed a concoction of my own that I mentioned earlier. I use concentrated liquid herb oils, soap and raw eggs (not rotten eggs). I spray it on fairly heavily with a pump sprayer. The deer have not touched my plants. And they were pulling them out of the ground.  The soap helps with some pest too. The draw back would be rain but we haven’t had any lately! I would just re-spray.  I may have to sell this stuff next year to fund my garden!



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          Lisab41 wrote Oct 3, 2008
        • I feel your pain, those deer in Oregon were always hungry. I started calling them long legged rats! I also had terrible problems with moles and voles. Something was always assaulting my plants either from the top or the roots. When we moved we moved into a larger town and occasionally I still have deer moving through.



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          Lisab41 wrote Oct 4, 2008
        • Ironically I was out in my flower bed yesterday and the darn deer ate my delphineum~even right in the middle of the city!



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Oct 4, 2008
        • Bless your heart...now I feel your pain!!!That is so aggravating. Just let me know if you want to try my concoction. I would like to hear if it works for others too.
          I put out watermelon to test my recipe.  For several weeks I threw the leftover pieces off our back deck.  Every night that I put the watermelon out they ate it all including the rind.  One night I put several pieces out with nothing on them and then one piece I sprayed with the STUFF.  They would not eat the piece with the STUFF on it. And they still have not touched the flowers.  I’m so excited to find something so simple and CHEAP that keeps them out of the garden.  It’s been weeks now and no attacks.  Not even a nibble.  



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