Preparing the garden for srping planting!!

@Bebs08 (10685)
United States
February 22, 2009 4:14pm CST
How many of you are now preparing your garden for spring? We do, we are now selecting and gathering seeds and seedlings to plant in our garden. I am excited because last year I have fun gathering my vegetables in my garden. I love to see my garden blooming with plants. We can only have gardening once in a year.. not like in the Philippines, our garden is whole year round.. in America we can have it only once just spring time and a part of summer. When the weather starts to cool, the plants on the garden froze.
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• United States
28 Feb 09
we still have a few inches of snow on the ground here too. Other than plotting out what our intentions are this spring and what we can start ahead of time by seed next month we won't be able to touch our lil garden area til atleast the end of april early may.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
1 Mar 09
Oh!! still snow? here in NC we seldom have snow.. but I heard the news that tomorrow there will be a snow storm... Oh!! I don't know it it will come true.. sometimes predictions don't come true.. but anyway, I hope I can start my garden end of March..
• United States
3 Mar 09
Afraid so a warm day is anything above 32 *lol* Hope your dumping of snow wasn't too bad.
@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
23 Feb 09
[i]Hi Bebs, I am ready also! hehehe! I had all the seeds from what we harvest last time, I dried and kept it. But, I am planning to buy more since that time we had only melon, okra my favorite, tomatoes, broccoli, and pepper...I want to try eggplants! It's exciting really to eat fresh vegetables again direct from our backyard! Enjoy! [/i]
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Hi Che, Wow!! good for you, you were able to keep some seeds? I never thought of doing that. I have lots of plants in my garden the other year, but never think of keeping the seeds. LOL.. I wish I can keep some this year. But I wanted to plant another kind. good luck..
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• United States
24 Feb 09
yea, trying to save! LOL! Enjoy!
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
23 Feb 09
We still have snow on the ground here in Wisconsin. I will be starting my seeds inside soon. So they have a head start when I put them in the garden. I saved seeds from my vegetables last year. So I don't have to buy green beans, squash, peas, tomatoes, lettuce and a few other things. I love eating fresh from the garden. I also freezing my vegetables for the fall and winter months. We first can start planting outside in late May or early June, and the garden lasts until the first hard frost. If I am able to get things covered up before a frost, then the garden lasts longer. This past year, it lasted into November. I just made sure I covered my plants up before dark so they would not get hit with the frost and then once it started to get above freezing in the morning I would remove the coverings. It makes the garden last much longer. I love watching my plants grow from seedlings into productive plants. It would be great to have a garden all year long, but don't see that happening here, don't think we will end up with that kind of weather change in the future. Good luck with your garden.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Oh!! You are really smart!! You have given me an idea of how to save.. hahaha I remember when I read this post of yours, that I have seeds that I keep.. I almost forget it.. yes it is indeed good to keep seeds so that we will not keep on buying every planting time. Yes, I have to plant inside also for my seed bed..Good luck too.
• United States
23 Feb 09
Thank you Bebs, with the economy the way it is, we have to do what ever we can. I belong to a garden group. They swap seeds for postage. You send the envelope and postage, and they send you the seeds, it is a heck of alot cheaper than buying them. The name of the group is Garden Here. And the other one is Garden Geeks. They will send plants too. I got 50 strawberry plants last summer for $9.00 (the cost of the postage to ship). They do not take money. Also if you have seeds to swap or plants, they love that as well. You also can share recipes, and your own blog with them. Happy Gardening. Hugs Mary
@mscott (1924)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Considering we still have like three to four feet of snow on the ground I think it will be sometime before I can get out and start getting the garden ready. I like to plant a small garden and the kids like it too but we have a ways to go before we can do much gardening unless they come up with plants that grow in the snow.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
23 Feb 09
hahah!! is there any plant that grow in the snow? I come from a tropical country and planting in our place is whole year round. We are not afraid that our plants will experience froze bite. The other year I was late planting in my garden and my eggplant and peppers were frozen during fall season..
@mommaj (22870)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I live in the south so all I can say is to plant indoors and then put them outside in the spring or harvest indoors.
@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
27 Feb 09
As mscott we still have a lot od snow left - so there is no chance that I can work in my garden - if you don't concider shoveling snow :D I'm planning for this years vegetables and doings in my garden. Hopefully I'll be abeled to dig my deep bed this year so I can grow a lot of vegetables. Mainly I do stuff inside the house to prepare for storage of vegetables and potatoes this year - we haven't had any food cellar in this house before - or there is one but we've used it for starage of things instead.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
27 Feb 09
wow!1 preparing plant inside the house? you maybe have a big area inside. I love to do that too while waiting for the right time to plant outside but I have no space inside the house for my deed bed. Good for you... good luck.
@williamjisir (22884)
• China
24 Feb 09
Hello dear Bebs. It is right now spring and it is time for the preparation of gardening. Here in the south of China, we citizens are usually called on to plant trees in March, when the weather gets warmer. I love to see greens everywhere for their being pleasant to the eyes. Happy planting, Bebs.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
24 Feb 09
You too happy planting likewise.. but you don't plant vegetables? only trees? good luck.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
23 Feb 09
Good luck with your gardening. Remember to grow potatoes in containers
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
24 Feb 09
really? I don;t know what to plant in potatoes. I tried to plant last time, using the potato fruit but it didn't work. do you know what to plant in potatoes? Do they have seeds? lol.. I did not see any.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I can't wait for the summer! I think I will start raking the yard soon, waiting for some not windy and sunny days. I am excited for planting too! I like to see all the greens and blooming flowers :-D
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
24 Feb 09
wow!! I do too... I am excited to see the blooming flowers and the vegetables in my garden hahaha..
• Philippines
23 Feb 09
That is not a good part when you're in the place that have snow. Unlike here in the Philippines, we can do the gardening whole year round. I don't plant flowers. I used to have edible landscape. Planting tomatoes, onion, calamansi, ginger, mango that is all I want. I want my plants to be eaten and to save money from buying it in the market.. I wish I could plant apples, grapes, and oranges here like there.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
24 Feb 09
that's right!! I come from the Philippines and I find it weird here when we have to be in a hurry to plant early for we might be caught up with the fall season and the frost. We have to plant vegetables that can be harvested in a month or two because if it will last longer, you can not harvest anything.
@trowbdon (167)
• Canada
23 Feb 09
Still snow on the ground here. The planting season starts May 24th where I live. Which BTW is Ontario Canada. May 24th is a long weekend as well. I'll be starting my indoor seeds in April to have them ready to plant outdoors that weekend.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Oh!! May? that's too long a wait... here in our place, probably by March we can start planting in our garden.. I am excited now..
• United States
23 Feb 09
That sounds like fun. I wish I had a garden to take care of.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Oh well, I know it is hard for you because you keep on transferring from one place to another but still you can plant using pots.. good luck.
@salonga (27821)
• Philippines
23 Feb 09
Oh its only now that I realized that those countries with snow can't really maintain a garden the whole year. Of course the snow will destroy all the plants and you just have to plant again during springtime. But I think your fruits and flowers are bigger than ours here. I saw the garden of my niece in UK and I am amazed how her roses could be that big. I hope you can also take a picture of your garden here when they are already ready for harvest.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Oh yes my friend, gardening here is limited not like Philippines where we can have a garden whole year round.. Here, if you will go beyond summer time? the leaves of the plant will turn crispy with frost. I experienced that in my garden. I have no idea of what will happen in my first time of gardening so I planted late.. I was not able to harvest my eggplant and pepper because the frost destroyed the plant including the little fruits in it. You can not have your plants up to November.. we plant March or April or maybe June.. August is too late..That's how it is here. And people here will canned their vegetables and fruits. I am still learning how to do it.. Lol I just freeze mine.
@itsme_cha (504)
• United States
23 Feb 09
i am planning to plant some flowers on pot this spring, as i cant plant flowers in my yard this yr as i would be out of town again. so i think its much easier and better to just plant it in pot. but i would like to plant more around the yard like i did last year but i dont i cant have time to water them as i am gonna be usually away from home. i like planting a lot its one of my hobbies. good day. and happy mylotting!!!
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Oh yes, that is nice to plant just in the pot.. good luck ... I could imagine your colorful flowering plants.. happy planting soon.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
22 Feb 09
We used to have a garden every year, we'd have so many vegetables we had to give most of them away because we couldn't eat them all by ourselves, then we quit gardening, and everybody would always ask us if we were gonna have a garden I guess they got used to us giving them stuff...lol. I like gardening but its hard work, you have to try to keep all the weeds pulled out, and go out and water it all the time, not to mention critters getting into it. My husband bought a fishing boat a few years ago and he decided he liked fishing much better than gardening so thats when we quit..lol. I think here everybody will start getting their gardens ready about March, when we're sure we've had our last frost.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
23 Feb 09
hahah I know what you mean. I had experienced all that you mentioned. Pulling the weeds, watering the plants every now and then, and above all making sure the animals are not eating your vegetables like the deer, raccoon and the wild turkey. These animal are too annoying.