Post # 1
Soooooooo now that it’s Spring, I am ready to plant things. We live in an apt, but have a patio area. I already have chives, basil, and some flowers (still seeds) that I have put in small plant boxes. They are on the ledge of the patio. I just bought some rununculus bulbs and some other bulbs today that I will put in bigger plant boxes on the ground. I am so excited for everything to be in bloom.
I am looking to buy a plant that I can hang outside. I was thinking pansies. What do you think? For the inside..I just bought an orchid at Aldi for $10 and another bulb is beginning to open! I also am thinking about getting a fern to hang up inside.
I also want to buy a bird feeder. Is the one at Dollar Tree sturdy enough to hang from a shepherd’s hook?
Dollar Tree has a few gardening supplies that you might find useful.
Are you planting things? Do you have pics?
Post # 3
Yes, I have the itch!!! Last summer was our first year with a yard, so it was a bit of a learning year for me. I did the same herbs as you plus oregeno and parsley and they did awesome. I think pansies are a good idea for a hanging plant. We had 2…one lasted all summer and one died half way through. But that was my fault for not watering enough.
Not sure about the bird feeder. Ours is on a shephards hook and constantly attacked by squirles. We have that round clear thing that you put on top of the feeder, but the squireles figure it out.
This year Im planting a veggie garden! Im so excited but a little nervous because I kind of dont know what im doing. Im also planting flowers up front along the walk way and we some things in the backyard. Cant wait!
Post # 4
I never thought to look in the Dollar Tree for gardening supplies! I planted tulips last fall and here they are. I’m planting some red flowers to bloom in July, forgot the name. I love planting flowers. My SO wants to plant a garden, but not sure how to go about that in the city. The things I want will take over the yard. He’ll have to start it off.LOL
Post # 5
I have it!! We rent our house but we have a huge backyard and a planter garden right behind our deck that was already there. I want to grow so many things. I bought a sunflower growing kit and we are also going to grow our own vegetables. The only problem is that we have had some cold days and we really need to wait until the last freeze of the season which is usually mid to late April. I need to be patient but I just want to get going now! Darling Husband started some weed wacking last night (in the dark) because he was so anxious to get started!
Post # 6
Hahah, that’s hilarious about your husband weed whacking in the dark. Cute!
Herbs in our window boxes never worked out for us for some reason. Tried it for 2 years and it just never really took off. About a year ago we switched to a AeroGarden for our herbs and it’s been great because now we have herbs all year long.
We’ve had a vegetable garden for about 3 years now. Our soil is very clay which makes it kinda hard. Tomatoes do the best in our soil. Our favorite thing is a salad with our homemade vegetables. Peppers also do really well. Hot peppers go in a separate pot so as not to contaminate the other vegetables. Carrots did not take off two years prior simply bc our growing season is just not long enough here. Squash does pretty well. I think this year we might also gear our vegetables towards pickling/canning as well in the fall. We really can’t put anything in the ground till Memorial day here.
I’m really excited because my mom gave me some seeds for Chinese vegetables so we’re going to try that this year.
Our big garden plan this year is to tear down a lot of the backyard. So many shrubs not enough flowers.
The front is pretty good, two years ago we created a kidney shaped island in the corner of the lawn. There’s some ferns there and various flowers that I can’t remember the name of. The front yard has a curved edged garden area with some green shrubbery, lilies, a dwarf Japanese maple tree. We have a huge pine tree that has a garden area at the base that we transplanted some hostas last year. And planted some creepy foliage so I’m excited to see if they take off this year!
Oh and we have lots of roses. Many many different roses that do really really well.
Post # 7
I can’t wait to plant my flowers! Have to wait until early to mid May, here in PA. So one more month! I plant impatiens out front (we don’t really get hardly any sun in the front of our house and impatiens do so well in the shade). I really would like to find some other flowers that do well in the shade!
I’ve never tried an herb garden before, but would love to try it this year! Is it really difficult?
@PitBulLover: That is hilarious about your husband weed wacking in the dark!!
@Gerbera: I love roses! I bet they are beautiful! Good luck with the Chinese veggies.
@MsMamaBear: Your tulips are beautiful!
@PrncssDva: I agree with Bostongirl25 to be careful about squirrels. At my mom’s house (where I grew up), we had squirrels that figured out how to get to most bird feeders. They would even come down from the roof and jump out over to the hanging ones away from the house. Just keep that in mind! I love bird feeders, though. 🙂
Post # 8
I am still waiting for the 3feet of accumulated snow in my yard to disappear (and for the ground to thaw) to plant things, but I have the itch so-so bad this year. I am putting in a shade bed next to our carport as well as a hedgerow in front of the house, raised garden beds in the side yard (and that is just what we have planned!)
Post # 9
I’m excited too! SO has the green thumb in our home, but I love to help him out. We’ve planted a few new things last year, although I can’t remember the names. And this year I believe we are covering an area with “shade plants”.
My dream is to finish the deck (right now it’s just a platform off our patio), with a railing, have a “roof” thingy on part of it, and also nice comfy furniture. Oh, and I would LOVE some peonies there as well, but it won’t be this year 🙂
This is our backyard with the deck (most of the flowers are in the front though, and I don’t have pics at the moment ). EDIT: I found some pics of some of the front flowers from last year.
Post # 10
I am really hoping to pull off a container veggie garden this year! Last year I did tomatoes (cherry) which turned out good but I made a mistake and planted them in a lightweight pot which blew over EVERY SINGLE DAY in the breeze! I’m hoping to get a few plants going in heavy pots this year and have a nice little veggie selection.
Anyone ever tried growing cucumbers in a container? Or snap peas?
Post # 11
Cucumbers might be a little hard because they spread low on the ground. You might be able to do something if you got a big heavy pot then provided a trellis of some sort for the vines to hook on to.
Generally something that grows up but not too wide will be best in a large pot.
Just be sure to provide support of some sort.
Post # 12
@minie77: I love your plants! I wish I could plant some like that, but I don’t know which ones go where and thrive where. 🙁
Post # 13
@MsMamaBear: Thank you! But to be honest, I have no idea either!! 🙂 I have to research everything, and like I said, SO has the green thumb so he makes most decisions as to what goes where. I just enjoy helping him.
I love your tulips!! I think the trick is to look at what grows around your neighbourhood (or town), choose stuff you like, and then plant a bit every year.
Post # 14
we went crazy this year with our veggie garden. since we’re in san diego, we can plant earlier than most of the country!
Darling Husband built a 4 ft redwood raised bed and we planted romaine, zucchini, radishes, and snow peas. We have 4 swiss chard plants that are growing like crazy along with a chili plant that’s flourishing. We planted two tomato starters and have a bunch of thyme, parsley, oregano and chives growing.
our project for our anniversary (i want to plant a tree every year we’re married!) was to pot a meyer lemon tree with strawberries spilling out the bottom. can’t wait for the spring and summer this year!
Post # 15
The tree idea sounds awesome! I wish I had enough land to do that!! 😛
I’m so jealous you are already planted.
Post # 16
@Mamabear how pretty!!!!
My husband and I just bought a house in January and I CANNOT WAIT to work on our yard and plant things!! Only problem? We live in a heavily wooded country club and although the snow is mostly melted in the rest of town, it isn’t in our community because of all the shade!
We just had a housewarming/baby shower #3 and I recieved some nice yard tools and plants 🙂 Can’t wait!