The Green Thumb Thread

  1. As spring gets under way---at least, in some parts of the country!---I thought I'd start a thread for the gardeners among us.:spin: Every year, I can barely wait for the clay-like Oregon soil to dry out so I can start digging in the dirt........which is why I usually get my tomato starts going in a miniature terrarium well before the last frost. Gardening is therapeutic for me, especially after a long, cool, damp winter spent indoors; not only does it provide exercise, fresh air, and relief from stress, but there's just something about growing flowers and vegetables from tiny seeds that feeds my soul and keeps me centered, even amid the chaos of everyday life.

    Since I'm far from the only one here who enjoys gardening, it seems that a 'green thumb thread' is a great place to share our adventures and growing secrets. Here, we can talk about what we like to plant and why, learn new techniques from one another, and discuss (or just cuss ) the latest gadgets and gizmos. We can also share our failures and laugh over our less-than-brilliant schemes (I'll have to tell you sometime about the time I planted over a hundred strawberry plants in my sunny front yard, only to have the deer eat everything the birds didn't spoil).

    Enjoy!
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  2. 33 Comments

  3. by   muffie
    i'm itching to make my balcony beautiful with flowers

    usually petunias, impatiens, marigolds and begonias
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Love working in the yard and having a veggie garden . . . will post more when I'm not so very tired. . . . (getting too old for these 12 hour shifts).

    steph
  5. by   madwife2002
    Well I live in the desert and I love the cacti and I cant kill them can I, cause I aint got a green thumb
  6. by   DDRN4me
    I love to garden...have a rose garden, quite a few irises, another "meditation garden with butterfly bush, hydrangea, an antique lilac, rose of sharon and a few more, a small veggie garden, another border garden of wildflowers and a few more lilies ... but right now we are flooded and cold ; flurries and rain and temps in the 30s so i figure it will definitely be a while before i can "dig in the dirt"...my favorite kind of therapy!!!
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yup, it's chilly and wet here too, which dampens my enthusiasm for ANY outdoor venture (pun strictly intended ). I just transplanted the pink azalea bush my dh got me for Easter and a new miniature rose I won in a drawing at the gerontology conference I attended last week. So far, they're doing OK, but I hope we get some warmer and sunnier days soon!

    Something I've never figured out: why the deer dine heartily on the regular roses, but leave the mini's alone. Most of the plants I've bought since we moved to our current house are allegedly "deer-proof" (although I know that there IS no such thing---they'll eat everything that isn't red hot or nailed down!!). We used to be big rose growers, but we have had to content ourselves with geraniums, hydrangeas, azaleas, rhodies, and pansies, and contain our passion for roses to the miniature varieties because the critters seem to be able to resist them..........in fact, they've NEVER nibbled the mini's, while the big beautiful peach-colored and yellow rosebushes we brought from our old house are bitten down to the nubs every time they dare display a bud.
  8. by   Katnip
    It's been too cold to plant anything here yet. Hopefully that will change soon.

    I have a huge square area in my front yard that I want to rip out and start from scratch. I don't know if I'll hire a pro to get it started or not.

    We do need to get the backyard fenced though because the dog has dug up everything I've tried to plant.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Well, that windy cold storm dropped a bit of snow last night - I'm not surprised. I've lived here for 23 years and have seen a freak snow storm in July.

    We are late in planting up here due to frost. But you drive to the "flatlands" and people already have their gardens in. It is weird.

    steph
  10. by   kitty29
    Oh you guys I have the planting feaver too! I live in MN and it's just starting to get nice here and it's early! So I cleaned out the veggie garden some and might put in some onions next week unless it rains.

    At the cottage (3hours further north) its about 2 to 3 weeks behind. I haven't been up there since December and hope to go up there in a couple of weeks. This year I want to finish the lilac hedge, plant a bunch of blue spruce, and some apple trees.

    Have any of you ever planted around grown trees? I have a nice grove of cotton woods...and it's too steep to mow...so I thought I would clean it out and multch it with wood chips and plant some shade loveing plants (ferns, hosta , ect). ??? Ideas???

    And my one aunt has raspberry bushes for me too...NO idea where I'll put them!? Plus I have to get my mower in to get fixed at after hitting a major rock with it last year.

    Fun in the sun here in MN...
  11. by   bethin
    Quote from kitty29
    Have any of you ever planted around grown trees? I have a nice grove of cotton woods...and it's too steep to mow...so I thought I would clean it out and multch it with wood chips and plant some shade loveing plants (ferns, hosta , ect). ??? Ideas???

    And my one aunt has raspberry bushes for me too...NO idea where I'll put them!? Plus I have to get my mower in to get fixed at after hitting a major rock with it last year.

    Fun in the sun here in MN...
    A few years ago my mom and I planted ferns around a gum tree. We edged it and put wood chips down. Also helpful to buy plastic so you don't have lots of weeds sprouting through the wood chips. Lay the plastic down and then cut holes where you want your plants. If you have large rocks on your property you can use that as an edging or go buy some interesting stones or rocks at a hardware store. The following year we added a wooden bench underneath the tree along with a fountain we made ourselves.

    I have 2 lavender plants in front of the house. They are med size now but are not looking so hot. This year they are much more grayish looking than lavender. They never gave off a strong odor like I thought they would. How do I cultivate (don't know if that's the right word) so I can make household sprays and such?
  12. by   kitty29
    Quote from bethin
    A few years ago my mom and I planted ferns around a gum tree. We edged it and put wood chips down. Also helpful to buy plastic so you don't have lots of weeds sprouting through the wood chips. Lay the plastic down and then cut holes where you want your plants. If you have large rocks on your property you can use that as an edging or go buy some interesting stones or rocks at a hardware store. The following year we added a wooden bench underneath the tree along with a fountain we made ourselves.

    I have 2 lavender plants in front of the house. They are med size now but are not looking so hot. This year they are much more grayish looking than lavender. They never gave off a strong odor like I thought they would. How do I cultivate (don't know if that's the right word) so I can make household sprays and such?
    Wow...that's just want I was thinking of having a bench area....long story shortened; the previous owners ashes are sprinked near there and I wanted a quiet spot to honor them,

    I have never had success with lavender...although I absolutely love it! I have never had luck drying flowers either other than babys breath.
    Mostely I grow woodland type plants...so pretty and suited to MN.
  13. by   NurseyPoo
    I can't wait to get out and really get into the dirt. This is the year that everything needs to be split and replanted. I have a lily and hosta garden out back that quite literally looked like a jungle at the end of last summer. The front looked a little ratty towards the end too...So, rip it out and replant this year...besides the little squirels have been having a ball digging up my bulbs this Spring!!! So, I will need to replant several of my tulips, I am sure. I have to wait and see what comes up this year. I also took a look at my rose garden and it looks so sad this year...Lots of waork ahead of me. But, it is very therapeutic!
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yep, I can practically feel the stress leave me whenever I get out in the garden and start working up a good sweat. Wish I could do this year-round, but it's just so chilly and wet here in the fall and winter that I don't even like to stick my nose outdoors, let alone don a raincoat and slosh around in the mud. Yechhh.

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