I have been working on my garden spot for the last week. I planted purple top turnip greens, purple top rutabegas, 7-top turnip greens (they are a little bitter), cabbage,onions and broccoli. Too early to plant summer veggies yet. Happy gardening. Luciee :)
I'm not sure if I will be able to find the time (since I haven't prepared the beds yet and around here everything needs to be in the ground by mid to late March, but I'm hoping to get at least one vegetable planted this summer.
Last week on the news they said the price of produce with the exception of onions, potatoes, and apples is expected to increase 3 fold in the coming months. It's expected to be the greatest price increase in some 25yrs. On a different channel a few days later they said that orange juice would soon be a luxury item. If any of this is even remotely true, we should all rush out to start a vegetable garden and plant some fruit trees ASAP.
Thanks to a lovely design from my youngest son, I am hoping for a major redo of our back 'entry' to a hillside and pond wild area. This includes removal of a no-longer-needed livestock fence, regrading, adding a rockery and lower level patio and firepit. I plan to use all or mostly native plants in the design to transition in with the hillside grasses. The trick is coming up with the funds for the heavy equipment work... And now my youngest sister plans her June wedding reception here, so better get cracking!
I voted other for I am re-doing about 5 of the beds this year. They're getting over-crowded and some plants like the spot entirely TOO well and have become a pain in the patuti and strangling out others. They really need to go.
I have an ongoing square foot veggie garden and a front and side ornamental garden. This year Im planning to link them together with transition points that make my whole garden like a story with a beginning, middle and end. Im still on paper with it because one of the transition points is giving me fits trying to come up with something that really works. One is solved, I think, with addition of a simple arbor. I want the transition point to hint at surprises beyond and pull the eye along inviting and enticing. The whole garden still has changes to come and improvements to make in plant material but those are only small changes usually due to my placement mistakes or the unexpected hard freezes we've had for 2 of the past 3 years. I absolutely love gardening. You never run out of things to do.
I voted for "other" as well. I cut six new beds last year and only got one completely done. I have two that are totally empty. I also want to rip out all of the shrub roses down my driveway and replace them with a different rose (probably about 16 rose bushes.) I'd like to put in a water feature and I still have to cut the edges of the bed and place the edging bricks. I am also redoing another place and putting in raised beds. Yeah- I think I'm going to do this all this summer.
Anyone want to volunteer for a long summer visit to Illinois???? :)
I finally got my dream veggie garden, and then we moved. So, I guess it's back to the drawing board for a new veggie garden. Think I'll try something more like Square Foot gardening this time. I just want fresh stuff for us to eat, and maybe a little to share, so I'm not willing to try rows and rows of stuff. But, hopefully a few tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers would be nice. I really enjoyed my sugar snaps last year at the old house, so that might be a good one to try.
An irrigation system; planting a bunch of new veggies; adding some new perennials, annuals, shrubs, small trees, and vines; removing an old bush; putting in a pond and/or bog, and building a structure for a couple of vines, to get them to form into a tree like form are all in my plans, if I can afford it.
I voted 'other' cause I'm having to remodel my whole 1/2 acre to make room for a new trailer. So I'm not planting anything new, just moving alot of daylilies, roses, and iris that I planted last year. Plus moving the raised beds.
other or should say all lol an redoinhg my front yard and going to try to do a complete landscapeing on a rental property I bought last fall so there i s nothing there but want to redo the whole thing from retaining walls to french drain patio and plantings. whwew tired already lol also hope to get my pond this year
I had all of my boring barberry bushes pulled out of the front bed last year and then broke my hand...so, this year will be finishing the project that was started a year ago. (I'd hate for any DG'rs to see my yard right now...you'd fire me!)
We have also just purchased a piece of rental property and it needs some cleaning up and a bit of a facelift, so I'll be doing some easy and attractive things there to attract some nice renters.
Cece, I can never keep track of your plants: beds, containers, or all of the above?
Last year, I learned that vertical growing on fencelines can irk the fence owners, especially if they believe that the weight of dangling crops will damage their expensive new fence. Therefore, this yr we'll be building fence-like sturdy trellises from whatever we've got to get same productivity out of small space.
My garden volunteering buddy put one up with recycled iron posts & rusty wire. It survived the winter, so now we just have a few more to create& netting to discover or make.
I've been checking out garage sales & online 2nd hand sources for "kick-back" (practice soccer goalie toy) netting for cucurbits. Melons need extra support, & after critter nibblings last yr, we're not leaving them on the ground again.
I voted "raised bed," but it's just one of many projects on my plate. Last fall I tore down a brush pile. This spring, I'm building a huge raised bed there (the space is 8x24, IIRC), and planting a monarch waystation with the "kit" from monarchwatch.org Scored big on raised bed kits at a big box store a few weeks ago - 4x4 cedar kits normally $60 marked down to $20. I bought their remaining five kits, and will use all or most of it on this project.
Other projects include removing a dead spruce and a dying sweet gum, continuing to attack the vinca the original owners planted as groundcover in the back, and continuing to create travel corridors between the 20 trees I've planted in my front yard over the last 2 years.
I want to get some raised beds done before the bulbs get here in March. I'm doing some dahlias and decided that pots are a no go for them as they died on me last year. I might reconfigure the butterfly garden area and make it bigger and rework one side of the backyard into a sunny meadow with perennials and annuals. That will be a lot of work but it will keep me busy and happy.
Honeybee- I also found 48 not to be so easily reached as I thought- Might help if I didn't try to cram too much in every year.
Oh another- my new lettuce and greens bed will be along the shaded side of my row of asparagus--which BTW seemed much improved last year with " Mir A Cal"
sallyg - I started out puting three or four rows of veggies in the 48" beds, but found. as you indicated, that it was hard to harvest the produce growing in the center rows.
Then I found myself just setting two rows and leaving the center strip empty - such a waste of space. I'm hoping the 36" will work out well, although it has been one heck of a chore moving all that dirt!
I'll be picking our first asparagus spears of 2011 today for dinner!
Froggie, nice gesture. I am planning a memorial garden in my head, thinking I'll use daylillies as it will be situated on the slope of a sunny hill and I swear there is a cultivar for just about any name one can think of. Perhaps add in some iris (once again, lots of named cultivars). And a bench. This is a next year project, need to regrade the backyard first, which will lead to the hill.
I read the book, "The Winter Harvest Handbook" by Eliot Coleman and am fascinated with his chapter on movable greenhouses. This book is amazing! The movable greenhouse will allow me to plant all my crops and maximize season extension of both cool and warm season veggies. It's my new project. Must be a good one too because even my non gardening hubby is interested in this project! LOL
Raised bed specifically for Japanese Iris. I believe I can grow them here. Am getting advice from another DG'r. Also may do so for some new peonies. I am out of space and may consider digging up stuff I am not wild about. Last fall I dug up and rototilled a 5x100' long run down one fence, put in pavers for stepping stones and replanted. Be interested to see how that worked. Dug up a little hillock (10x10 and 4' tall) by my pond and replanted predominantly bearded iris and daylilies that had crowded themselves to the point of no blooming. The daylilies that is. Bearded is a whoooooole nother topic.
The extreme temps. (low 20's) for South Louisiana have ruined our Star Jasmine, for the second year in a row. We will be removing it from the trellis and starting from scratch again. Don't know yet what it will be, but something that can take colder winters than the Jasmine.
My new project is really a repeat of one I did about 30 years ago.
I am doing a begonia parlour on a porch that is on the north side of the garage.
It will be begonias and other shade plants in containers.
First the porch needs painting and a new roof.
I have several things in mind. Being a new house with pretty much a clean slate, there is much to do. We have the basics and I want to add an European Fan Palm and a Canary Date Palm to our yard. Those will be the big items this year. Also want to make a raised bed to plant some tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Have been busy fertilizing the other shrubs and small trees. Everything needs to grow a lot!!!!
We are hoping to finish our flagstone patio and paths. We bought two pallets of rock last summer and got about half of it in place before the weather turned nasty. I also want to build a pergola over the path closest to the house that matches the curve of the path and raised beds. We'll see if that actually gets started this year.