POSTED: Wed, 07/01/2009 - 11:33am

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The very thing that makes us well, is the very thing that makes us garden. How does your garden grow?
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POSTED: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:33pm

My desert garden

Now that my desert is starting to cool off for the winter, I am getting things ready to rest. I've pruned down my pomegranate tree and feeding my aloe. Everything else is getting a good hair cut (pruning) and it will all be set. Oh, and I've washed some old blankets and towels to cover things when the night temperatures drop too low. I am emotionally attached to many of the trees and bushes, because my dad planted them decades ago. Family members have taken slips and cuttings to put in their gardens. Many of them are far away. It's all so comforting.


POSTED: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 6:43pm


That is really heartwarming.Keeping family memories and traditions alive is very important.


POSTED: Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:44am

A solution!

First of all this will be my last time in a garden unless it belongs to someone else. But for my cherry tomatoes that keep multiplying like they have their own reality show, I decided to gather all of them up in one swoop and make homemade salsa! Gave a bunch of canning jars full of salsa to my co-workers and all the tomatoes are gone (well due to me pulling up the roots...well mostly that part)


POSTED: Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:04pm


Good solution! My mint grows like a weed! A mojito party maybe? Tina


POSTED: Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:29pm


I boldly confess to never having one. I hear they're really tasty and strong!


POSTED: Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:32am


I am so with you on the garden thing.Lucky friends who got the salsa.oxo


POSTED: Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:28am

Time for bed

I am slowly but surely getting my UK garden ready for it's Winter sleep. Pruning, dead heading and generally tidying up. Our clement September weather has meant it is a slower progress than usual as plants are still flowering. Also this year I have 2 largish wooden planters in which I have Spring red cabbage, baby spinach and carrots to look after through the Winter months. They will be replaced when the warmer weather returns. The next job will be to give the roses their first prune when they eventually decide to stop giving me beautiful blooms. They get a gentle prune in the Autumn then a harder one in the Spring once the frosts have stopped.


POSTED: Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:13pm

New Garden

One of the most exciting aspects of the new house is that we will have a garden! We grow a ridiculous amount of things on our deck currently (herbs, vegetables, some flowers and fruit, and the world's shortest lemon tree, all in pots) so we are very excited to have an actual garden, with dirt! The initial plan is to put on 4 or 5 raised garden beds. I have plans to turn one of them into my cutting garden, so I always have fresh flowers for the house.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:21am

Florida Gardens

Florida gardens are so hard to grow (compared to my garden in Indiana)! We seems to be short on bees and over endowed with bugs. I managed to get a few squash this past spring but had to go out and physically pollinate the flowers every morning. I have just joined a CSA in my area and received my first "basket" yesterday. What lovely yummies I have! Kale, lettuces, squash, tomatoes, carrots, chard and on and on. Going to make Carrot top soup today; it is delicious.


POSTED: Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:36pm

Ft Myers Garden

Shirley, my in-laws moved from KY and SC to Florida and are having good luck with their garden in the "winter" - when we're there in the winter, I'll see what tricks I can pick up from them to share with you.


POSTED: Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:52am


What started as "Honey, let's plant a small vegetable garden" soon turned into "I'm so tired of picking said vegetables" Seriously. I began giving produce to co workers. Fall is fast approaching and I am so glad! I need a vacation from the garden! Lol


POSTED: Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:38pm

Yes! Me too.

Our started as..."let's plant lettuce and herbs instead of border plants"...but because of deer/rabbits we had to enclose our backyard with a blackberry arbor...so it is a full-blown garden. And we just planted our fall crop of kale/chard. I'm tired of squash and ready for the change. It is a learning experience.


POSTED: Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:56pm


That is hilarious.Know exactly how you feel.oxo


POSTED: Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:35pm

It is over

I will be picking the very last of the cherry tomatoes then I'm digging everything up for Winter. I'm thinking a nice Chinese Maple tree....you don't have to do anything to those..right? Lol


POSTED: Sun, 11/17/2013 - 9:39pm

Oh goodness! How does MY

Oh goodness! How does MY garden grow??? Well, being in San Diego, California, I am fortunate enough to have a garden year-round and my back yard is full of large raised beds. Currently I have the remnants of my summer garden and have yet to plant out my winter garden, but here's a list of what I still have in my backyard... 2 types of onions (white and red) potatoes pumpkin watermelon canteloupe 2 types of dill parsley sage lavender cilantro thyme basil carrots 3 types of tomatoes zuchinni yellow crookneck squash strawberries red bell peppers green bell peppers peas I need to take out a bunch of those though as they are pretty much done, Planting for winter will include broccoli, cauliflower, celery and more potatoes, perhaps some garlic.


POSTED: Mon, 11/18/2013 - 10:26am

My garden

My garden has been put to bed. The new garlic is in though ready to be harvested next summer.


POSTED: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 8:02pm

I planted a bunch of seeds a

I planted a bunch of seeds a few weeks ago, some tomatoes, tomatillos and squash. The first two tomato plants just popped up today! I am hoping the rest are not far behind.


POSTED: Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:52am

Hard work!

Gardening is so much work! Although, I don't think I'm doing gardening as much as landscaping. lol. I have 3/4 of an acre, and there were never any gardens to speak of on the property. My vision is to have lovely gardens everywhere... but first I have to dig up the grass and put in all the plants and trees. So much work. This year, we put in a small pond, which needs landscaping around it. Then we put in a golden willow tree, and a 400 square foot vegetable garden. I still have to plant some morning glory vines on an old children's wooden fort that we renovated into a garden sculpture of sorts. Plus, somehow I have to weed the existing beds, and mow the lawn every week. Where am I going to find time for all this? lol. It's great fun, but what a lot of work!

Viva la Diva

POSTED: Sun, 06/24/2012 - 11:19pm

Think of garden'nooks'...much

Think of garden'nooks'...much like the 'rooms' concept. Creating corners with ornamental grasses is fun, they also work as good anchors. I like to think of it as 'yardscaping'. Don't underestimate the power of herbs as landscape...just remember mint wants to take over the world, but is great for a bare spot! Have fun with this it is rewarding and keeps the soul and body in shape. Clusters of pots from flea markets are also good for kitchen herbs and they can be brought in for winter....so happy for you! We let our grass grow long and mix it well with clover which the bees and bunnies love ;)


POSTED: Sun, 06/24/2012 - 5:47pm


You would have loved the garden I looked round today, Deb. Designed and developed by 2 of our friends who are the Artistic Director and Set/Costume Designer of our local theatre so you can imagine how creative it is. Split into different 'rooms' leading from one to another. Absolutely stunning. I wish I had taken my camera.


POSTED: Sun, 06/24/2012 - 6:33pm

That's it!

That's exactly what I would like to do someday, is to split this big expanse of nothingness into several "rooms". How beautiful those gardens sound! I wish I was that creative, I need some ideas to follow. (And probably a small army of landscapers. :)


POSTED: Tue, 06/26/2012 - 3:16pm


Their garden is on different levels that lends itself to being 'roomed', with steps and gentle slopes leading here and there, a small garden summerhouse for damp days, a bubbling water feature hidden behind grasses and pretty bushes. The planting has been allowed to self seed within reason, taller trees and bushes are the 'walls' with rockeries breaking up the flatter areas. Roses scramble up and over old style metal supports, clematis twine up trees and through bushes. There is also a vegetable patch full of delicious things. A haven for wild life and for the owners. I wish you could see it.


POSTED: Sun, 06/24/2012 - 7:37pm


Talk to our wonderful Jas.She really helped me with ideas.And have a look at her website;it might help too.OXO


POSTED: Sun, 06/24/2012 - 4:33pm

No kidding

Hard work indeed..It will be wonderful.Love the kid's fort as a garden sculpture.oxo


POSTED: Fri, 06/22/2012 - 1:40pm

Not so well lately!

Too much rain has wreaked havoc on my garden :( The basil is doing great, but I had three zucchini and three summer squash that were beautiful and now they are ruined. So much rain that they literally were washed away. I also have a lot of parsley but that's about it. Hopefully it will slow down. Usually May is the rainy month but this year it's June.


POSTED: Thu, 06/21/2012 - 2:57pm

My Garden

It is a work in progress.The petunias are lovely.The Hostas are doing well,one has a beautiful pale pink flower.The chives have flowered and my one peony is done.The weeds are doing well.Too hot to be out there today,.I will water when the sun starts to set.oxo


POSTED: Fri, 06/22/2012 - 11:47am


Those hostas will need plenty of water. Mine are getting enormous but still need protecting from slugs and snails in this wet weather.


POSTED: Thu, 06/21/2012 - 2:24pm

Pretty flowers

I don't necessarily have a garden rather I have flowers and plants in pots that I move around my yard. My favorite is a hibiscus. Too bad my puppies like to pick the flowers off of it. I need to put is somewhere else. Once I buy my house (hopefully next year), I will truly have a garden. Patty


POSTED: Thu, 06/21/2012 - 2:10pm


Mine is pretty at the moment with the poppies, peonies, clematis etc blooming away. I hope the unseasonal wind and rain doesn't spoil them. At least they are not thirsty!!! Sun is forecast for next week.


POSTED: Thu, 06/21/2012 - 1:54pm

My gaden is great!

I am so happy that i am having yellow squash already,and cucumbers and tomatoes,and green onions,and i had lettuce,but my deer had a feast with those,but its doing wonderful,and my grape vines are loaded with grapes! Bren


POSTED: Mon, 02/27/2012 - 8:20pm

Herb garden..

We want to start an herb garden this year on the back deck of the house,mainly for cooking,we always love to go to local farmers markets for all the fresh veggies! I do still can a few things for winter...i miss our farm we had,but the new house is ok too,just not room for much...I do like to garden,even flowers... Bren


POSTED: Tue, 02/28/2012 - 11:43am


I bought a small kitchen bay today. In our inclement weather it will have to live on the kitchen windowsill but at least that will remind me to use it. Everythingelse has survived out side for once!

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Mon, 02/27/2012 - 10:25pm


Bren, we have two 10 x 10 raised garden beds where we grow a surprisingly large amount of vegetables: chard, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cilantro, eggplant and parsley. I also have three half-barrels (procured from a local winery, much cheaper than at garden or big box stores) where I grow basil, mint, oregano, and a few other herbs. One thing I learned after year one in this climate: other herbs need to be replenished yearly but not mint! Thank goodness it's in a barrel, otherwise it would take over the yard! (But it's lovely for mojitos on a hot summer day.)

Our weather suddenly realized it had forgotten to be winter, so we're having all our snow at once! Of course the cold, windy snowy days make me yearn for spring and to begin working in the garden. I want to see the bees out among the lavender, and smell the lilacs in May.


POSTED: Mon, 02/27/2012 - 7:47pm

Stem cells

What do you all know about Stem Cells? I know I should start a separate post...but somehow I ended up here.


POSTED: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 4:44am

Small but perfect!

Currently, our 'garden' comprises a window shelf in the kitchen, as we live in an apartment. We also have balconies which we could use too. The kitchen shelf is packed with herbs...basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, coriander etc and a couple of tomato plants! They get a great deal of sunlight and seem to love it on there. My wonderful other wants to grow some potatoes on the balcony:-) I'm quite happy with just the lavender, roses, lemon & olive trees and my antique French wirework table and chairs! In our previous home (a big old Victorian house) we had a greenhouse and herb propagator and some ducks! We grew all kinds of herbs, salad leaves; tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, spinach etc and the ducks ate all the slugs and snails and laid eggs almost every day. I miss that garden!


POSTED: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 5:40am

Hey me too :)

My 'garden' is pots of herbs inside my 'Bijou Girlpalace' (as I call it) plus a mini bay tree (which my friend, squealingly christened my 'weebay'- say it out loud), a french lavendar and two 'crazy daisy' plants, all in pots, on my path. Still, they give me pleasure and I've just discovered my Chinese Dwarf Hamster, Esme, adores Parsley- must be all the vitamin C in it- so the pots of herbs have more use than one! I'd love to have balconies like you, Ava... I've always been spoilt with gardens in my previous homes, but this one is very central in my town so I sacrificed the garden for location. I use the parks here a lot in the meantime, but hopefully next time I move I'll try to find a place with a nice outside space to 'play' with :)


POSTED: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 3:18pm

Small palaces

Your small but bijou gardens sound delightful. It doesn't matter how much space you have as long as you enjoy it.


POSTED: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 8:51am

Hi Tori

I am a non gardener but I enjoy everyone's descriptions of their bit of "green".Love your "Bijoux Girlpalace"description of your home.Mine is similar...tiny but cosy and it is home.Today,I can revel in my friend's garden.My dog is in heaven,as it is so large he can wander sniffing to his heart's content,without a collar or a leashDo have a great weekend.Jean


POSTED: Tue, 06/15/2010 - 10:59pm

Gardening continues...

Took a day off of work to put in a vegetable garden. 3 kinds of tomatoes, 5 kinds of peppers, cucumbers, and bok choy. I rimmed the garden with assorted marigolds.

Next project is an herb garden. Sage, parsley, rosemary, basil, chives, and peppermint. After that, I'll plant some currant bushes, blueberry bushes and a cherry tree! I'm thinking big!



POSTED: Thu, 06/17/2010 - 5:08am

Souns great!

May I ask what sort of climate you live in, snorklee?


POSTED: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 10:17am


I live in a climate with a very short growing season. Danger of frost passes at the end of May and snow starts up again, sometimes as early as October. So, hence my frenzy. lol. My mission is to lay down beds this year with perennials, bushes and trees, so that next year I can start making little "garden rooms" throughout my yard. I have no idea what I'm doing, and the project seems so huge, but I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would. :)


POSTED: Sun, 06/20/2010 - 4:52am

I asked because you were

I asked because you were planting tomatoes and cucumbers and I thought you were in a Mediterranean-type climate - I'd have millions of ideas, if that were the case :)

Celtic Owl

POSTED: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 5:31pm

square foot garden

We have much in common. and your garden sounds wonderful. I have a rental home, where the landlord loves our little garden boxes, raised around the yard. This year, We have started with square foot gardening methods, with the mix made easily, and wow, things are growing fast.


POSTED: Wed, 06/16/2010 - 3:17am


Sounds lovely, Deb. Find a space in your herb garden for some oregano (or marjoram) and a bay tree. The latter might be better in a pot so you can protect it in the winter. We lost ours this year due to forgetting to protect it from the excessively bad frosts.

I am missing my garden while on holiday. It will need a lot of work when I get home. You sound as if you have a large plot. Enjoy it though. LOL Marilyn


POSTED: Wed, 06/16/2010 - 4:31am


My plot is very large, or so it seems when I'm trying to plant it. lol. It was 3/4 acre of grass when I started. I'm determined to fill the whole thing in with gardens. It will take years, I think. I completely forgot about oregano! I must add that. I've never seen a bay tree. I wonder if they could withstand our winters?

Have a lovely holiday, Marilyn. Your garden will be waiting for you. :)


POSTED: Wed, 06/16/2010 - 1:12pm

Bay tree

You could try one in a pot. If you have bad winters I suggest you plant it in a nice pot that you can bring in under shelter away from the snow and frosts. Ours had been fine for a couple of years and we had got lazy with it. The hard frosts and snow of last winter killed it. I managed to salvage a few leaves but am now on the look out for a new one which I will look after more carefully. Fresh bay leaves are lovely in Italian food.

Have you any roses in your garden? The garden of the cottage here is full of them. It is inspiring me to plant more when I get back, especially in the front hedge. My garden is not so big but it is suprizing what you can fit in!! When I get back if it looks anything like I will take some photos and if you let me have your email address I will send you them. That is if you do not mind putting the address on the forum. A few of us already email each other.


POSTED: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 10:21am


What a good idea! I love them, but I'm a little scared of growing them. They seem to need some work, and I don't know anything about the poor dears. Rose gardeners always seem to have this magical quality of being able to coax gorgeous blooms from basically thorny sticks. I fear my roses would remain stick-like and bare. lol. Perhaps you could be my "rose whisperer" Marilyn. :)

I would love to see pictures of your garden. I'll post my email when you are back from your trip. Thanks!


POSTED: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 3:24pm


I just plant mine and hope for the best. We have lost some patio roses this winter due to exceptionally hard frosts but the climbers and ramblers have survived. They should be in full bloom when I get home. I have a friend looking after the garden for us and another looking after the cat. I feed the roses old teabgs and coffee grounds. The hydrangeas get the same. I am going to plant more this autumn to cover an old bedraggled cotoneaster hedge which is in the front.

Looking forward to getting your email address so we can swop stories and pictures. lol.


POSTED: Wed, 09/30/2009 - 11:45pm

What can grow on a NYC terrace

Bonjour Danyaleeva, I never thought I'd have so many pleasures growing herbs in my boxes and slowly adding tomatoes (they are the sweetest thing), blueberries (they love the sun and wind though birds love them too) and most fun is seeing huge bees and wondering how they get here on the 15th floor!. Nature is an amazing source of pleasure and picking up its bounties even more. The garden is easy and a little tlc is all it needs. Cordially, Mireille


POSTED: Thu, 07/23/2009 - 5:30pm

My front garden ...

is a bit of a jumble, "inherited" when we bought four years ago. There is a large cedar tree out by the road that shades the yard for most of the day, but the beds on either side of the door are a mix of I don't know what to call the style. One side has a small but straggly camellia bush, a bunch of dead shrubs, and a lot of weeds.
The other side features a couple of medium-sized hydrangeas, a single hedging cedar, some variegated hostas that also have some small pale lavender-colored blooms, a couple of hyacinths, a few tulips (which are the only things that didn't bloom this year), some sort of low succulent plant that I haven't yet identified, scattered foxgloves (digitalis purpurea) that need constant thinning - I just pulled one that was over 180 cm (6 feet) tall, and a cluster of some sort of lily that resembles lily of the valley but isn't (too tall and leggy, and grows like a weed).
Along one side of the drive (in the deepest shade of the large cedar), I have four or five classic red peonies, and another cluster of those unidentified lilies. All in all, it's somewhat schizophrenic, but I have blooms of one sort or another almost all summer, so I won't complain.
Anna M

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