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Post  sfg4uKim on 12/31/2014, 7:56 am

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can spring be far behind? bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce 

Do you have any gardening resolutions? Will you be changing anything in your garden this year? Will you be growing any new varieties?

Last year was my big year for change. In addition to my SFG and table top, I started a Back to Eden garden, a squash arch, dwarf fruit trees and even a    Hügelkultur (hill garden) so I don't anticipate changing too much this year.


(from front to back, BTE, Hugel, arch, SFG)


For 2015 I HAD wanted to start a medicinal herb garden, but with two new 8 month-old pups who I have discovered love to dig I don't see that happening this year. Perhaps this is the year to invest in some good fencing.

(Jake & Carly - don't let their cuteness fool you)


I have TONS of seeds but I still think there will be room for some new varieties. Yep, my name is Kim and I'm a seed addict.












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Post  floyd1440 on 1/1/2015, 8:32 am

Do you have any gardening resolutions? Will you be changing anything in your garden this year? Will you be growing any new varieties?

I love to try new varieties of tomatoes every year and will try a few different bi-color types this year.  The Hillbilly was a big success last year.  Also have a few WV 63 seeds left and will plant them so I can get some more seeds as they are hard to find.

Cucumbers have been by biggest disappointment over the last 3 years as they start fine but the entire plant seems to turn yellow and die in a few days and cannot figure out why so I will try a more disease resistant plant from Johnny's, unless someone has a better variety.  I tried Country Fair last year but it died.

Will also try the large lead basil too...........
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/1/2015, 9:03 am

Kim, they're adorable!  And if they're dachshund/mixes, yes, they love to dig!

Happy New Year!!
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Post  sanderson on 1/1/2015, 3:45 pm

@sfg4uKim wrote:

I have TONS of seeds but I still think there will be room for some new varieties. Yep, my name is Kim and I'm a seed addict.
Hi, Kim!  Welcome to the group. glad you\'re here
lol!

PS They are cuties!
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Post  sfg4uKim on 1/1/2015, 4:09 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Kim, they're adorable!  And if they're dachshund/mixes, yes, they love to dig!

Happy New Year!!
The are actually "Meagles" - Manchester Terrier/Beagle mix. Manchesters love to dig.

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Re: Mid-Atlantic - Jan 2015

Post  Mikesgardn on 1/1/2015, 7:26 pm

This year, I am not planning any significant changes...I'm still working on modifying the trellis for my raspberry row that I planted in 2013!  (I do recommend raspberries for mid-atlantic people...my 16'x2' row produced 8 pounds of berries last year).  
I may try expanding my fall garden to include collard greens.  I bought some transplants in August, and they did well, but the bugs seem to love them as much as my southern girl wife.
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Post  Kelejan on 1/1/2015, 10:48 pm

sfg4uKim, not much left for you to try, is there? What about a sand/desert plot?
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/2/2015, 9:22 am

@sanderson wrote:
@sfg4uKim wrote:

I have TONS of seeds but I still think there will be room for some new varieties. Yep, my name is Kim and I'm a seed addict.
Hi, Kim!  Welcome to the group. glad you\'re here

Yes, welcome!  You've got lots of company... Wink
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Post  sfg4uKim on 1/2/2015, 11:38 am

@Kelejan wrote:sfg4uKim, not much left for you to try, is there? What about a sand/desert plot?

Hhhmmm. I DID used to live in the deserts of Nevada.

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Post  sfg4uKim on 1/2/2015, 11:39 am

@Mikesgardn wrote:This year, I am not planning any significant changes...I'm still working on modifying the trellis for my raspberry row that I planted in 2013!  (I do recommend raspberries for mid-atlantic people...my 16'x2' row produced 8 pounds of berries last year).  
I may try expanding my fall garden to include collard greens.  I bought some transplants in August, and they did well, but the bugs seem to love them as much as my southern girl wife.

The same happened here - the bugs got more collards than I did.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 1/2/2015, 6:04 pm

@sfg4uKim wrote:
@Mikesgardn wrote:This year, I am not planning any significant changes...I'm still working on modifying the trellis for my raspberry row that I planted in 2013!  (I do recommend raspberries for mid-atlantic people...my 16'x2' row produced 8 pounds of berries last year).  
I may try expanding my fall garden to include collard greens.  I bought some transplants in August, and they did well, but the bugs seem to love them as much as my southern girl wife.

The same happened here - the bugs got more collards than I did.

ACH, they drive me crazy! The only thing I found that works so far is covering them with tulle. And tulle drives me crazy, too, because it doesn't even last through the whole growing season. And now the collards that I've been growing in my bay window have been attacked by aphids over and over and over. I finally stuck all the pots outside. It sure was nice while it lasted though.

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Post  Mikesgardn on 1/2/2015, 8:58 pm

Well, I'm glad I'm not alone in the difficulty of growing collards!!  I will try using tulle next fall, only because my wife said the collards that survived this year were so much better than the ones she buys at the grocery store.
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Re: Mid-Atlantic - Jan 2015

Post  sfg4uKim on 1/2/2015, 9:20 pm

If you're near an IKEA they have "mesh" curtains about 98" x 110". They are $3.99 for two panels.

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Post  sanderson on 1/3/2015, 3:12 am

That's a good deal. Do you have them?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 1/3/2015, 8:37 am

@Mikesgardn wrote:Well, I'm glad I'm not alone in the difficulty of growing collards!!  I will try using tulle next fall, only because my wife said the collards that survived this year were so much better than the ones she buys at the grocery store.

You're smart wife is absolutely correct about that! It's also true of kale and Swiss chard. Makes it all worth it in the end.
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I sure would like to hear more about how those panels hold up, Kim. I'm curious to know if you have them also? Or if you know anyone who uses them?
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Post  sfg4uKim on 1/3/2015, 10:50 am

@sanderson wrote:That's a good deal.  Do you have them?

Yep! Picked up a whole bunch for my son's wedding last year. I've used them in the past and they last at least two seasons. LOL I actually used them YEARS AGO for the GARDEN and THEN thought about them for the wedding - it was a very nice contrast with the stone pavilion

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Post  sfg4uKim on 1/5/2015, 5:14 pm

OK yesterday it was in the 62F at 6 PM and today at 6 PM it will be 30F . . . and drop to 15F by Thursday morning.

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Post  floyd1440 on 1/5/2015, 7:16 pm

They are saying it will be zero on Wednesday morning......

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Post  sfg4uKim on 1/5/2015, 7:18 pm

@floyd1440 wrote:They are saying it will be zero on Wednesday morning......

affraid
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Post  floyd1440 on 1/5/2015, 7:25 pm

With the wind chill factor it will feel like -20.......
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Post  SQFTBIX on 1/13/2015, 1:39 pm

I too have a new dog. Was supposed to be a dachshund beagle but ended up as a beagle jack Russell. Way different and a huge digger. Not sure what I am going to try new but I know I will have to take measures to thwart his youthful exuberance. That will keep me busy for sure. But I love it too!

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/13/2015, 1:41 pm

Awwww!  Well, since both Jacks & dachshunds love to dig, you'd be facing this anyway...  That's what both were bred for.

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