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Old 03-08-14, 11:50 AM   #1
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So who gardens?

I just recently got into gardening which is funny since I've done grunt work farming all my life as a job at some points and just to help the family throughout the years. I'm doing the whole Horticulture studies thing at the local community college and taking huge leaps and bounds in my yard and greenhouse.. so who else is gardening? Maybe tell us what you're planting?
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Started off married life as an active gardener but gradually moved to landscaping and low maintenance at that. Still have a small herb and veggie garden though.
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I was just about to post asking if anyone knew about citrus, cactus, or succulents. I'm starting a sort of desert garden on my patio in containers.

I am in zone 10 (low below 32 maybe every two years or so, but I could cover the plants in those situations). I've started with a dwarf satsuma tangerine, and a pineapple plant.


I'm considering kumquats, and various oddball cactus, a jade plant, and other succulents.


I'd love to hear from experience about these or other similar plants. I'm looking for unusual stuff that is low hassle, low maintenance.

In addition, I'd also like to add some shade plants under the roof after I'm done planting in the sun. I'm not quite sure what that is yet; maybe the 'elephant ear' type plants.

What else does well in the shade?
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I was just about to post asking if anyone knew about citrus, cactus, or succulents. I'm starting a sort of desert garden on my patio in containers.

I am in zone 10 (low below 32 maybe every two years or so, but I could cover the plants in those situations). I've started with a dwarf satsuma tangerine, and a pineapple plant. I'm considering kumquats, and various oddball cactus, a jade plant, and other succulents. I'd love to hear from experience about these or other similar plants. I'm looking for unusual stuff that is low hassle, low maintenance.

In addition, I'd also like to add some shade plants under the roof after I'm done planting in the sun. I'm not quite sure what that is yet; maybe the 'elephant ear' type plants. What else does well in the shade?
Well I'm in zone 9 (If I remember right) even though I do not have any citrus plants of my own I do have some knowledge of them for this zone, my father has some young dwarfs lemon and orange, they seem fairly tender and have been traveling in 30g(ish) containers for the past however many years they do fine outside until late fall and then they move into a greenhouse for the winter. Currently they're going to be ground planted inside of his masterpiece greenhouse. Don't let that anecdotal information fool you though, I've also done some pruning on a mountainside orchard in a much cooler microclimate here, the guy has citrus ranging from my height (5'9") to massive 10-12' trees, all outside he said he had to do some covering in winter when they were younger but that was about it, I assume as long as you pay attention to variety you can get some really delish and hearty citrus trees.

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Started off married life as an active gardener but gradually moved to landscaping and low maintenance at that. Still have a small herb and veggie garden though.
I just got into this like I said, but I've already developed some particular habits. Edible trumps ornamental, perennials are preferred and I love low volume automated irrigation. Heck I'm even almost done building an aqua/vermiponic system that I plan to use for irrigating all my plants in containers as well.. haven't quite detailed out the recollection system yet but it should be simple.
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My yard is almost all hardscape so I do mainly container gardening. I have 2 lemon, a lime and an apple tree in pots. All of them produce pretty well. I also have 3 blueberries in pots and they are doing really well.

I will have have a couple of tomato plants and some red potatoes in pots later in the year as well as various herbs. I do have a couple of herbs and a boysenberry bush in the ground that are still alive. I am also in US hardiness zone 10 and I have never covered the plants on the rare occasions when the weather gets down to freezing.
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I am in zone 10 (low below 32 maybe every two years or so, but I could cover the plants in those situations).
Throw in a string of Christmas lights. They will help keep things warm.
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My best bit of gardening is a native Palo Verde tree. It sprouted up after the gas company dug up our yard and filled the hole with soil from across the street, getting the seeds into our yard. But I transplanted it next to our uphill neighbor who as a landscape designer was trying to fill her desert lawn with hibiscus, willows and other thirsty plants. So I planted it next to the yard and watered it until it was stabilized. The tap root quickly found the water flooding from her lawn. In the years since, I'm sure it's found the water flowing down the valley floor. It's now 20 feet high.

The coolest thing is that not only is it native to the area, but it's native to the block the house is on.
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I use Earthboxes. Right now I'm harvesting broccoli as needed and should have brussels sprouts but they seem to be hanging fire. The broccoli is KILLER!

Eathboxes are good for peppers and tomatoes, too.

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I just recently got into gardening which is funny since I've done grunt work farming all my life as a job at some points and just to help the family throughout the years. I'm doing the whole Horticulture studies thing at the local community college and taking huge leaps and bounds in my yard and greenhouse.. so who else is gardening? Maybe tell us what you're planting?
I do! Food-wise, pretty much just a couple different types of tomatoes and peppers. My ornamentals are my prizes. I'm majoring in Horticulture at my community college too. I should be getting a "Greenhouse management" certificate in the summer, but I'll probably continue on for the degree.
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An interesting cream yellow camellia ( sorta rare color) that is just getting going:

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I thought you were like out of here.

Wandering behind things...

Now you show up with camellias.

Do you go to old lady tea parties to show them off?

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...I won a ribbon for Best 5 Historics at the Murphy's daffodil show back about ten years ago
when I still lived up there and competed. Flower shows are neither for little old ladies, nor are
they without an element of cutthroat competition....one of the issues in Camellia shows is the
use of performance enhancing drugs (giberellic acid).

Also, my flowers are better than your flowers. #in_your_face
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Tomatoes, green beans, napa cabbage, bok choy, lettuce, turnips, and summer squash. Sometimes beets or swiss chard.
I have a very large rear-tine tiller that is way too big for my little garden but I got a good deal on it. Takes me about 20 minutes to prepare my garden for planting.
I'm thinking of putting out some radishes real soon even though the ground is still mostly frozen.
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I switched to square foot gardening 2 years ago. I use to have about a 30x40 foot garden. Now I haven't needed to fire up the tiller since then.

We always followed the general rule around here of plant on Memorial Day weekend. This year we are looking at dates and planting the cool weather stuff at the recommended times before last frost.

It was fun going on vacation to South Carolina a week after we planted corn and tomatoes and coming home with a trunk full of fresh veggies that we just planted.

Nothing beats pulling corn off the stalk and cooking it up 5 minutes after its been picked or chili in the middle of winter from the tomatoes that is in your freezer fromyour garden.
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...I won a ribbon for Best 5 Historics at the Murphy's daffodil show back about ten years ago
when I still lived up there and competed. Flower shows are neither for little old ladies, nor are
they without an element of cutthroat competition....one of the issues in Camellia shows is the
use of performance enhancing drugs (giberellic acid).

Also, my flowers are better than your flowers. #in_your_face
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I just got my tomato and pepper seeds started indoors last week. I have a small 8' x 16' garden that I manage to also grow peas, carrots, potatoes, green beans, squash, zucchini, and melons in. I will be enlarging it a little this year and plan on adding broccoli and cauliflower.
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Greens, collards, Brussels sprouts, okra, watermelons, peppers.
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Some more stuff in bloom today:



...a rather exotic small magnolia, little grown, from one of the arboretums in the Bay area.



...a Pieris japonica that shows great promise.



...one of the reticulata Camellias.




...probably my favorite cherry, Royal Anne (has other names, too)




...Camellia "Holly Bright"





...Camellia j "Nuccio's Gem".
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Since last summer I've planted an apple tree, 2 blueberry bushes, and 2 pawpaw trees. I've got some strawberries started, which will go in a strawberry jar, probably next year.
I'm going to be making two raised beds for tomatoes, peppers, onions, and some green leafy stuff too.
But I don't garden.
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We are attempting to create the 'Holy Grail' of gardening ... getting a palm tree (type with coconuts) to overwinter in our Zone 3 area
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Since last summer I've planted an apple tree, 2 blueberry bushes, and 2 pawpaw trees. I've got some strawberries started, which will go in a strawberry jar, probably next year.
I'm going to be making two raised beds for tomatoes, peppers, onions, and some green leafy stuff too.
But I don't garden.
I find paw paws when I'm out mountain biking. They grow wild here. They're OK but give me a good plum any day.
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We had a raised bed (3'x12') at the mobile home in CA. I have an 8'x24' area with fenceposts in and partially dug up here at the new house. I am sincerely hoping winter ends and we can get it done and ready this weekend. I have no idea what Mrs. A plans on planting, other than maybe tomatoes. We have blueberries, raspberries (if they survived the winter) and an apple and peach tree elsewhere on the property, and some ornamental strawberries here and there in the grass that the kids eat.
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I started gardening after I retired from the navy and moved back to my house in Florida. The soil was so sandy, dry and barren, as is much of the soil in Florida. So I first started with mulching everything and tearing up as much grass as possible and replace with mulch and plants; most of the mulch is just leaves I collect from the neighborhoods that put them out for curb-side pick up.

A few years later and I've got some incredibly fertile black crumbly soil loaded with worms and various soil organisms. Just a few pics:

























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... you grow your own bananas? :drool:
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You damn Floridans! Floridians? Whatever.. you guys have about the only climate I'm jealous of in the continental US, but only for plant growing/fishing purposes. Your garden looks great John Gault, love the wild life! Oh and great job changing your soil structure, sounds like you really know what you are doing.
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