What do you plant in your yard?

@jsitko (1169)
United States
April 12, 2008 10:20am CST
What kind of gardens do you have in your yard and how many? I love to garden, I think I got that from my Mom and Dad and I hope they would be proud of me for following in their foot steps. Around my house I have my flower gardens, under my picture window I have a bulb garden with daffodil family, tulips, iris, glads and crocus which are all up now, the tulips and glads are just buds yet. I also have a climbing rose bush there and wild flowers and mums for later in the season. In the back of the house I have a collection of lavender, wild flowers, daisey, black eyed susans, poppies and a big variety of other flowers. In the back yard we have our vegetable garden which we are getting ready to get started on. We will be tilling it today and if enough time, planting some white potatoes and red pontiac potatoes. We will be getting yukon gold seed potatoes next week if available at the farmers market.That is were we get most of our starter plants from. It makes it easier and plus helps out the farmers. Here is a list of what we are going to plant this year. Broccolli,cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, 3 kinds tomatoes(cherry, beef stake and cherokee purple) 3 kinds of potatoes, cucumbers, green/yellow peppers, green and yellow beans, carrots, radish, turnip, orange and yellow squash, pumpkin, corn and maybe brussel sprouts which we tried last year for the first time but were very small. We also have garlic, scallions, mint, dill, rosemary and oregano by the fence line. We love doing this and our friends and family love coming here to help and experience the love of gardening. They also get to some of it home with them.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I found daffodils, daylilies and grape hyacinth growing in other parts of the yard and I moved them to the small area in the front of the house. So far they're all doing ok and don't appear to have suffered much. I've got two different kinds of beans, snap peas, cucumber and tomatoes all started here in the house and will hopefully get them put into the group after this cold snap we're expecting in the next few days. I've only got one small area beside the house to put anything, so some will remain in containers.
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Moving the bulbed flowers is much easier than rooted ones. They are more sturdy and can handle the move. To save space on your cucumbers, you can get a trellis and have them climb up instead of on the ground. It is easy to do but the trellis needs to be on a slight angle to help support the cucumber. It will give you a little more room for another veggie. You can plant potatoes in containers too. It is easy and fun.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I bought bush cucumbers and going to give them a try this year, so hopefully they won't need a lot of space. The packet said three plants could go in one 12" pot, so I put one each in a large coffee can. Don't know if they will work well there or not, but I've got plenty more seeds so can still sow some straight into the ground if they don't appear to work well in the container. Same with the beans. I have two types of bush beans and put them in large pots, and even put three of them in a regular basket. That should look interesting!
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Sounds like you have fun doing this too. Great ideas planting in a pot. It is a big room saver and it is amazing how many people do that when they live in apartments. It is easy and very rewarding. I sure hope you enjoy your rewards.
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
12 Apr 08
this year i want to plant some herbs like garlic, rosmary and others (last year, we started some in the house, but my kitty ate them) so this year, we will start them outside. We usually also plant tomatoes (we live in a townhouse, so we dont have a lot of room)
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
12 Apr 08
The herbs don't take up too much room and you can plant some veggies in large flower pots or buckets. Even growing a small variety is fun and a great way to save money and get fresh taste. Have you ever grown cat nip? Your cat may leave all others alone.
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• United States
19 Apr 08
I am enlarging my garden and hopefully one day will not have any grass to mow. With the cost of everything going up except my retirement check, we are doing everything we can to produce as much in the yard as we can. I am an organic gardener and I have been trying to enrich the soil in this year every year that I have been here. I have been putting horse and cow manure on the garden , up to 3 or 4 inches thick before I turn it under. Also I throw all kinds of vegetable scraps on the garden through out the year to be decomposed but the bacteria and worms (which are thick in the garden now that it has been enriched.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I understand about the cost of living and how growing vegetables helps with the budget a little. I try to grow enough to last us a full year. I am still eating a few things left over from last crop that I blanched and froze. We just got done tilling and we also throw vegetable scraps, egg shells and coffee grounds in the garden during the year. I do not use pesticides or any chemical in the gardens. We saw many worms as we were tilling, that is a good sign for enriched soil. Our biggest problem is the groundhogs digging their way in.
• United States
19 Apr 08
We are luck here because we have not seen any wood chucks in our yard or any signs of them either. We do have a couple of house cats that do go out side and one is very possessive of out yard, I have seen her chase off raccoons, some of the raccoons are "friends" of her and she will actually eat with them. I believe that between the cats and the raccoons they are keeping the wood chucks out of the garden. We also have skunks and opossums that wander in and abut the garden without causing any trouble. I grow corm and have not lost much to the raccoons so I am keeping my fingers crossed again this year that we get plenty of corn to eat.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
19 Apr 08
Last year we lost most of our corn to the raccoons, that was our first experience with those critters. Boy, they can strip the corn fast. I am hoping that our neighbors cat might keep the ground hogs away, we have no sign of them but we will be planting the most of our veggies tomorrrow, so we will see.
@wiser2 (237)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I have veg one.every yr we we try and get it biger then the yr before
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Sounds like my husband, he wants to make the garden bigger each year. We actually have two vegetable garden now one is a little smaller than the other.
@wiser2 (237)
• United States
15 Apr 08
WE have some acorn squash,Hot peppers,onions,Butternut squash,greenbeans,yellowbeans,corn and more.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Everything sounds good there except the hot peppers LOL.
@jason_co (408)
• Philippines
13 Apr 08
I like to plant some orchids. My mom really like it. We marcot it to produce a lot of this plants. Orchids is really a delicate type of plants. You have to take care of it a lot. But when the bloom, it makes your garden look nice.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I love orchids but do not have luck with them here in Pennsylvania. I have more luck with the hardier plants. They smell wonderful also and they taste great in a salad also.
@Amber4106 (541)
• United States
13 Apr 08
I don't think that I'm going to put in such a large garden as usual this year. I have put in the radishes and beets, which we're supposed to get some cold weather again so I hope the beets will be alright. We've had some cold rain the last couple of days, hopefully they won't rot. I've started all of the pepper plants in the house, and planted sweet corn last week. I'm just going to buy the tomato plants and transfer those. I said that I wouldn't do squash this year.... but I probably will :) My hours at work are going to change, so I'm not going to have as much time as I would like to do much with the garden. The beets will keep me busy enough. Mmmm, I love pickled beets!
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
14 Apr 08
The beets should be ok with the cold spell, my husband loves pickled beets and red beet eggs. I like the beet greens in my salads. I also like a Polish favorite of beet horseradish. It does take up a lot of time, but once planted it will only take about and hour a day.