Post # 1
We bought our house last spring but spent all last year fixing it up.
This Spring comes the fun stuff…planting and growing. I have my first gardent in….We’have planted…
Tomatoes, green & red peppers, cucumbers, brussel spouts, lettuce, sweet corn, strawberries and will be planting some watermellon & catalopes soon.
Also I want to buy some cool flowers from online…what sites do you guys like to use?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I’m cheap, so I went the seed route. My teddy bear sunflowers have sprouted, my blackeyed susans (planted last year) are really taking off, my chrysanthemums (planted last year) have really taken root and are spreading to places where they do not belong, and my seedums are doing well, too. I’m planting a wildflower butterfly garden this weekend. Lots of columbine, lupine, coneflower, aster, snapdragon, and dianthus in the mix in the sunny section. In the shade section I have lynchnis, shasta daisy, coreposis, sweet william, and some babys breath to plant. Since it’s a very unstructured section, I’m basically planning to sprinkle the seeds (all mixed together and mixed with sand) over freshly tilled soil, mulch heavily, and see what pops up. I’m pretty easy going about it all. LOL I also have some nasturtium to plant near the food garden for pest control.
Post # 4
I planted my first rosebush (actually planted it for SO’s mom, for whom we got it as a mother’s day gift). It’s gorgeous! And the nursery has a lifetime replacement guarantee so we’re covered even if my black thumb struck again.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@ButterflyDoll: Our house had bushes in the front (which I would really like to tear out but they’re mature and it would be a real pain in the butt), apple tree and lilacs which are blooming GORGEOUSLY right now 🙂
This year I planted English Ivy in a garden box around our tree closests to the house, Delphinium along the side door, English Ivy, Pentas, Lavender and Hostas.
I have Snapdragons, Dappled Willow and Black Eyed Susan Vines in containers around the house as well.
Our house gets lots of sun and I’m a lazy water-er if that matters 🙂
Post # 6
@ButterflyDoll: We bought our house last fall. We’re still remodeling the inside. We have done a lot with the outside. My husband built a raised garden bed and we planted corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, cantaloupe, watermelon, and cucumbers. We also planted about 20 fruit trees, herbs, and lots of flower bushes. Hibiscus, roses, honeysuckle. Luckily my husband is quite the gardener! I can’t wait til the vegetables come in. Its a pretty big garden so I’ll have lots of extra to can.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Ooh fun! We bought our first house last year too, and we managed to get a veggie and flower garden in just in time. For flowers, we plant a wildflower mix and hollyhocks. (I LOOOOOOVE hollyhocks!!!!!!) Then, some giant colorful sunflowers popped up out of nowhere in August – that was a pleasant surprise.
For veggies, we go crazy on cherry tomatoes (can’t remember the variety) and regular tomatoes (Early Girl). We also grew some acorn squash. I really like kale so I think we’re going to give that a try this year.
Post # 8
We are still renting but our front flowerbed was nothing but landscape fabric & rocks so I had to do something about that. We just put in a pink jasmine plant with a trellis and a black knight butterfly bush on each side. Also went ahead & put another jasmine plant in a pot next to our garage. Last year we planted a salad garden in some DIY planters, they are still kicking it (red leaf, rosa, & butterleaf lettuces, spinach, & everbearing strawberries) and we just added some more to the planters- squash, arugula, kale, and chandler strawberries (my strawberries have been there for 4 years but only 2 came back this year so I had to supplement). I’ve got a 3-4 year old miniature apple tree in a big pot as well & we usually get 10-20 little bitty <6″ apples off it a year.
Not much in the way of flowers though. We’re both super busy & watering a garden is just another to-do on the list, it’s easier to actually get up & do it if I know we won’t have salads for a week if they don’t get attention.
Post # 9
Usually we have a big garden but last year we moved to a townhouse. We usually grow cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, herbs etc.
We now have to use planters and that to have anything. Currently, i have rosemary, thyme, oregano (more than even an Italian could use) dill, sage, chives, parsley, 12 tomatoes, and of course some catnip for the cats.
In our back yard we have some camellias a rhodo and a hydrangea. The front porch has some planters full of begonias and pansies, not a lot of sun out front.
My next step (probably today) is basil. I buy the plant and split it into several to get the most flavour and the most leaves. Can’t wait for pesto!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
2 years ago my FI’s mother gave us a pot of calla lillies. They were on sale around Sept for like $1 at Hy-Vee and hadn’t bloomed so we were unsure if they were duds or not. The following year my mother in law passed away and we decided shortly after we should replant the callas and see what would happen. We were SOOO surprised to find they did bloom and were gorgeous mini callas.
Last year we ended up with 8 lillies. This year we have 22 getting ready to bloom! We plant them in May after the last frost is done. We dig them up in October-ish right before frosts start again for the winter. We keep them in a plastic trash bag with a little bit of dirt and some water to keep them moist all winter and put them in the garage near a wall that won’t get too cold. They are fairly easy to keep. I water them daily, unless it rains. In the middle of summer we water them twice a day because its so hot they will dry out too easily.
ETA: Calla lillies apparently multiply. So if you plant 3 bulbs one year the following year you might have 6 bulbs and so on. I think this year we planted 8 bulbs to get 22 stalks. So when we dig them up I have no idea how many bulbs we’ll have.
Post # 11
I live in a townhouse with no space, so I garden with my mom at her house a few miles away. We do a pretty good sized vegetable garden every year, starting everything from seed.
We have spinach, lettuce, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, chard, peas, beans, beets, summer squash, and cucumbers all in the ground. The tomatoes and basil are still potted up waiting for the weather to warm up just a bit. We also planted some sunflowers, a seed mix to attract bees, and some allysum, also for the bees.
On my patio at home, I have a little herb garden in pots: rosemary, thyme, mint, cilantro, dill, oregano, and basil. I love just popping out the door to get fresh herbs for cooking. And a couple pots of pansies, just for some color!
Post # 12
We rent, so we do a few pots on our balcony – this year, we have two types of tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, thai chili peppers, cilantro, spearmint, basil, and thyme.
I can’t wait to have a real garden and grow things like beans, zucchini, pumpkins, and fruit bushes/trees/vines.
Post # 13
I am so excited for my porch garden. Last year is was SO hot and dry and I started too late- so only my cucs made it before the cold 🙁 I had tomatoes and peppers that just were planted too late.
So this year I started my sprouts in March indoors, so I hope to get some more veggies!
I have peppers, tomatoes, and cucs. AND sweetpeas. We shall see!
Post # 14
This was my first year ever actually planting something, but I figured I would give it a shot. I did square black pots with pink and yellow flowers and then I planted two different kinds of mint (hello summer mojitos!) and some other herbs, as well as purple and white flowers.
Post # 15
We got our home last year and I only just got some tulip bulbs in the ground in the fall, so it was fun to watch those pop up this summer. I also planted bulbs of gladiolas, anenomes, mini gladiolas, lily of the valley, begonias, clemantis by the fence to climb, california poppies, and some geraniums and violas in pots by the front door. I love watching things go from seeds to beautiful flowers! Last year I also planted strawberries and this year they have come back very heartily! 🙂 I think I’m about out of gardening space so that will be all for this year. Green thumb gardening dust to all! 😉
Post # 16
We bought our house last year and planted lavender that our realtor gave us as a gift. It has multiplied, it’s probably 4 times it’s original size. We ripped out some holly bushes and planted azaleas in 3 different colors, light purple, dark purple and coral. We planted a knockout rose bush which does really well in the major heat here. A lilac but it’s a variety I’ve never seen since I’m from up north. And last year we planted dahlia bulbs, ranunculous bulbs and peony bulbs. Only the dahlias came up last year and we only got one bloom. This year two of the three dahlias we planted are already thriving so hopefully we’ll get some more blooms this year.