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Schenectady, NY


September 3, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9263327

There are a total of 49 votes:


I added a new garden. (what kind?)
(9 votes, 18%)
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I added a new feature or piece of artwork. (show us!)
(5 votes, 10%)
Red dot


Veggies...lots of veggies!
(6 votes, 12%)
Red dot


I battled ____ (fill in the pest or weather condition)
(15 votes, 30%)
Red dot


Just the usual, nothing new here.
(10 votes, 20%)
Red dot


Other. (tell us!)
(4 votes, 8%)
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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 3, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9263350

this has been, by far, the best summer ever (8 yrs.) here in my neck of the woods. the whole time it was so hot up north, we had cooler than normal temps. we were also gifted with normal summer rainfall (which usually means a quick downpour every afternoon).
i seem to have gotten the worst of my enemy pests under some kind of control (spinosad and the ever present castile soap) and my garden has looked pretty darn good throughout and the plants all seem happy...
if plants are happy, i'm happy.
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 3, 2012
1:34 PM

Post #9263559

Quack grass and Bind weed are my battle this year.

rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

September 3, 2012
6:26 PM

Post #9263893

Drought
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 4, 2012
1:26 AM

Post #9264207

Yes, and lack of rain.
It is a full time gardening job to keep everything watered.
I keep most of the containers watered,but now some of the small hanging baskets
are drying out. Next year, I will use only the larger hanging baskets. They will be lined with plastic
and use the moisture retaining potting soil. They will be mulched on top too.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

September 4, 2012
2:35 AM

Post #9264216

I've been gone for a year to Calif. Now I'm back home and the people who said they would take care of my garden for me DIDN"T keep their word. Now I have to battle the weeds and reclaim my garden. Roundup where are you?

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

September 4, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #9264405

I vote for Just the usual, nothing new here...



kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

September 4, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9264515

I voted Battled...the heat, the drought. It was just horrible this year. Now, it's Sept. and we're still above normal heat and below normal precipitaion.
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

September 4, 2012
11:07 AM

Post #9264650

I've added an addition to my greenhouse where I grow orchids, orchid cactus, and a few other plant types. I really enjoy this hobby and have about 500 orchids and orchid cactus represented!

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

September 4, 2012
12:02 PM

Post #9264696

Drought !
orchidman1; Orchids are beautiful We only get a few that grow wild like Lady Sliipper,,Only I have been to Florida and a few greenhouse displays ,just to see them.
Just a curious light question,are the doors open while you work so Hummingbirds might visit? Kind of a humorous question though, I know.
I imagine with near 500 , you might be one of the benefactors displaying at some of the shows.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 4, 2012
12:06 PM

Post #9264701

Battled - lack of rain/City cutting off our water for four days... Then the rains/winds came, with hail. Had hail the size of golf balls and sometimes baseballs. It was a nasty year in our end of the city.
daylilydreams
small town, MN
(Zone 4b)

September 4, 2012
12:40 PM

Post #9264742

We had rain this summer off an on but very unusual long streches of very hot weather making it impossible to work outdoors with the swarms of mosquitoes.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2012
4:36 PM

Post #9264969

I added a new raised bed for my dahlias. I had a kidney shaped bed in the front yard but wanted one just for dahlias (may add lilies also). So I had a 2' wide arc shaped bed put in with a 3' path between.

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

September 5, 2012
1:22 PM

Post #9266018

New metal art piece for 2012...

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 5, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #9266179

what cool art pieces. I bet the birds move with the wind on the counterbalance.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

September 5, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9266207

Thank you, yes they do..so balanced that they move quite easily in a simple breeze! Each year I add several pieces..just ordered from same artist a metal girl, dimentional, arms outstretched holding a butterfly.

Love your gardens..love dahlia's and yet have never planted them.
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2012
12:19 PM

Post #9267159

Tarnished plant bugs! Cost me some money too!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

September 6, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #9267171

Have some of those as well..if I get the chance will post

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2012
7:44 PM

Post #9267567

This summer has been a BIG challenge. I battled drought, extreme temps, squash bugs, & cuke beetles. My veggie garden survived, but production was extremely low. I was vigilant and conquered the squash bugs by hand picking & smashing them. Then the cuke beetles tried to take over just as the heat & drought subsided. More smashing, using rotonene, & kaolin clay. I'm optimistic about my Fall crops. The garden varieties that survived the heat, drought, pest attacks, & kept producing have a permanent spot in my garden.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2012
8:10 PM

Post #9267595

After seven years of fighting the evil Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon' I finally won the war. Sweet relief.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2012
9:19 PM

Post #9267640

Hooo-Waaaaa! to all the soldiers against the pests and vissitudes of nature. You have my total admiration.
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9267860

I added raised beds in the side yard for veggies, but with the heat production has been sparse. Cooler temps are around the corner and my Fall garden should do much better.
daves_not_here
Las Vegas, NV
(Zone 9b)

September 7, 2012
6:53 PM

Post #9268479

squash beetles.

joeswife

joeswife
(Debra) Derby, KS
(Zone 6a)

September 8, 2012
12:36 AM

Post #9268656

lasagna bed just laid down whole newspapers, layered with garden/potting/ backyard compost and red mulch...watered it everyday, my impatiens are just now starting to bloom, weird weather, weird temps, no rain, tornado winds, and worst insect pest of this year.. mites on everything!
oh, I have started using sunflowers with my arbors for added morning glory support. tying them down and trimming is a fun thing to do, sitting under it is even better.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2012
12:54 PM

Post #9269072

I battled wind with dust storms. But at least this summer they brought some rain too. Last year it was just wind and dust.
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9269085

I just lost all my pumpkin vines to sucking bugs.

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