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October 29, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9319030

There are a total of 109 votes:


I'm a single gardening gal.
(34 votes, 31%)
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I'm a single gardening guy.
(14 votes, 12%)
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I'm a gardening mom with some help from my family.
(17 votes, 15%)
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I'm a gardening dad with help from my family.
(2 votes, 1%)
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I'm half of a gardening dynamic duo (who's the most gung-ho gardener?)
(19 votes, 17%)
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Other? (tell us!)
(23 votes, 21%)
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Previous Polls

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

October 29, 2012
10:03 AM

Post #9319042

I am a married gal with a DH who follows direction very well. He has gotten so he knows a few Latin names, though! LOL

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 29, 2012
10:10 AM

Post #9319048

I am an old time gardener, meaning I have been at it a long time.
Crew here is me, the one planting flower beds & doing the book work.
My son who does all the bull work.
My wife who helps where she can & raises the house plants.
One full time gal with a BS in horticulture from U of MN.
Assorted other helpers during the summer.
All to keep 11 acres looking nice with 5 acres of it producing veggies for a farmers market.
Bernie

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 29, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #9319225

Married mom, sometimes the kids help, hubby is in charge of mowing, weed wacking and fertilizer

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9319260

I am a married mom & grand mom and no help from anybody. I can't even pay people to help me.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6b)

October 29, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9319410

I voted other Because I plain old did not want to say and wanted to watch the thread,how's that for cheating lol
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9319536

Other: I am a gardener, my husband is a golfer. Whatever one spends on their hobby, the other has carte blanche to do the same. Works well for both of us.

P.S. I was confused if 'single' meant marital status or garden participant status.
foxys
Anna, IL

October 29, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #9319542

foxys
Southern Illinois
(zone 6b)

I would have to vote BOTH He the digging,mowing, weed wacking stuff but also a great idea man. I buy, plant, put away tools and harvest our goodies and flowers. We both enjoy and share the work that needs to be done so we can both enjoy what we have accomplished.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 29, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #9319546

Single gal and the only thing I don't do is run the rototiller to make new beds. I leave that for the guys. lol. Everything else I do myself. Some beds I actually dig out by hand due to tree roots being so close to surface or size of bed.

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2012
6:04 PM

Post #9319569

Married buy plants. Hubby digs holes. Together enjoy garden.

joeswife

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

October 29, 2012
11:52 PM

Post #9319786

rose318 wrote:Married buy plants. Hubby digs holes. Together enjoy garden.

what rose said, I echo. Joe also loves to take pictures of my different blooms.

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

October 30, 2012
4:20 AM

Post #9319858

Funny that my e-mail address contains "garden mom" & my kids gave me a "garden mom" t-shirt, so I guess that's me! Only now, I garden with my little grand-daughter, so I guess that also makes me a "garden grandma" too!
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2012
5:44 AM

Post #9319907

I guess I am a single gardening gal. My DH is in a wheelchair and just can't help much. But I checked other because I have fibromyalia and lately I can't do much either. I have hired a 'friend of a friend' to do much of the work...mostly weeding, because I just can't keep up. But I miss it so much and hope to get back out there more ASAP.

This blue clematis is growing beautifull with ros
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

October 30, 2012
7:12 AM

Post #9320017

Gardening grandmother here. Trying to do most of it myself still,
but I take short cuts and make things easier when I can.
Many of my plantings are in containers. Use a long handled weeder.
Planting more shrubs, and perennials so there is not so much transplanting.
Get rid of lawn areas.
frogymon
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 30, 2012
7:18 AM

Post #9320026

Gardening grandpa who does all the work, but shares the spoils.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

October 30, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #9320058

Gardening grandma who can't dig post holes and has to rely on hubby with bad back. This summer my oldest son in law and oldest grandson helped with the breaking up of the garden. I have a mantis tiller to use instead of hoe, but sometimes a hoe is the only thing that will work. We had some really good beans and tomatoes this summer. Squash was hit by borers. Next year I am going to plant more to put in freezer. Always looking forward. Luciee {;^)

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 30, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9320072

Flying solo, sharing the seedlings with friends and the bounty with family!

I actually built all my own raised beds (RBs), since I have a great friend who's taken me under his tutelage as an apprentice carpenter. Our very last lesson was on how to use pipe clamps to pull in the bowed ends so the RB box(es) could be screwed together properly.

I'me very proud of those beds. They were a LABOR of love, and working quite nicely! Here's a pic!

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birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

October 30, 2012
8:35 AM

Post #9320139

Originally, it was just me: My husband was not interested; it was Mom with two little children. Now, kids are grown and gone, and it's both of us. It's been a long process. My husband slowly became more interested in gardening. He noticed the beauty, serenity and backyard birds and became more interested in making our yard our own little haven.
It keeps both of us more physically, mentally and emotionally proficient.
Whether its enjoying a cup of coffee while we watch and listen to the Purple Martins circle and chatter, or the Carolina Wren sing, or stroll through the garden together enjoying the beauty of nature, or plan together our next gardening project, or sit on our deck having lunch and watching the hummers, it all makes life richer.

jeri11: I too, would like to find someone to help with gardening chores, but no one is interested. Plus, you have to trust them not to return when you're not home.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2012
11:40 AM

Post #9320288

birder17 I do what I can and what I can't is still there tomorrow. LOL!!! TG! For tomorrow!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 30, 2012
2:05 PM

Post #9320387

LOL Jerri! Saw your comment above... I need to find someone to pay when we are gone. We are tied to home too much. My DH still is outside all the time until late afternoon. I do less and less, but I am not happy that way. I loved when I was nuturing my plants. I need to get into shape so I canget back out there!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2012
2:21 PM

Post #9320400

LOL!!! Carol!! Ain't that the truth!!! I hope you are not out of shape for health reason!!! Hadn't seen you in a while, either!!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 30, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9320527

Mostly just older. And fatter. Back pain and all that. But it may be getting better. Just turned 64!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

October 30, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #9320537

The gardens are all mine, including the rototilling when that was needed. No one else is too interested although DH is very encouraging and says nice things about my gardens. For the most part, no one even sees them but me.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2012
6:33 PM

Post #9320600

I know what you are talking about Mary. I have to drag my carport customers(I sell metal buildings at home) back there after I get their money.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

October 30, 2012
7:52 PM

Post #9320677

lol. If I mention a new flower or a special plant my daughter (38 years old) all but runs screaming for the door, or sighs heavily and with a long suffering look schlumps to my 'hidden gardens' out back to endure yet another rapturous monologue on flowers. Thank heavens for Dave's Garden or I would probably never leave my garden at all.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2012
8:35 PM

Post #9320718

I know!! If not for DG I would have never met any of you.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 31, 2012
5:08 AM

Post #9320851

And to think some good people left all their friends here to join "greener pastures".
Once in a while one will come back.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

October 31, 2012
5:55 AM

Post #9320901

I did a brief sojourn in those pastures. Nice folk there but this is 'home' for some reason

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 31, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9320951

LOL!!! It took me a minute to figure out what Yall were talking about. At first I thought you were saying they died. Certainly glad that wasn't the case. I check out all the forums but this is still my favorite. You know how first loves are!!!
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

October 31, 2012
8:31 AM

Post #9321064

I said "other" because my husband does help out, but unless it's something he can eat, he really doesn't care. So, it's mostly me, which is just fine!
Barb
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 1, 2012
7:13 AM

Post #9321828

I'm an Old, single lady that has to depend on my 17 YO DGS for any help other than watering for a wee strip of a flower bed that I maintain each year. What I enjoy most is reading about others here on DG and learning about gardening...although I will never get to the stage of "being a good gardner" I will always enjoy you folks here on DG!! Love you! Jo
grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 2, 2012
5:57 AM

Post #9322593

I posted other which is due some explaining,i am married but my wife has no interest beyond house plants,tho she will eat tomatoes and cukes,beyond that it is just me ..I am also teachning a class and it is a hands on thing we have 3 different beds at the Talihina Public Library which is on city property..And the city contributes money for seeds and plants a pic of our merry group I am the one sitting

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grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 2, 2012
5:59 AM

Post #9322599

Not the pic I thought I am the one taking the picture
grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 2, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9322606

Turned out pretty good from bare ground to this

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Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

November 2, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9322634

Grits,
Nice! And the City's support will help keep all your hard work going in the long run.
Barb

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2012
1:15 PM

Post #9322926

LOL! Grits...Just as you got us to realize you were male, you through us a curve ball!

I put duo...but the DH is not much on helping in my 20 flower gardening beds, but he does a nice job on keeping the deck looking pretty with various bloomers. He also takes lots of pictures but I never seem to have time to post them!
grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 2, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #9323042

Sheila don't you remember when we did the thread where everyone posted a pic of themselves and yes i am male and not very young but still take of my own gardens plus the ones for the city...

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2012
7:00 PM

Post #9323199

Yes, but your pic above says you are the one sitting down! LOL! You may need to edit that post!
grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 3, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9323430

Well ya know them little thumbnail pix I just got the wrong picture
grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 3, 2012
6:17 AM

Post #9323434

Roadrunner did you make your trip accross Oklahoma in May as you had planned..And if so what did you thik of all the greenery??
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 3, 2012
7:06 AM

Post #9323464

I like anyone with the name of "grits". Having been born in New Orleans, I was raised on grits. :)
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 3, 2012
9:35 AM

Post #9323592

Grits, I ended up flying...not on my broom...I am a modern witch (see picture for this year)...so Southwest was my mode of transportation again. Visited DS in TN then on to GA to visit a dear cousin.

The Wicked Witch of the West!!!

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 3, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #9323805

Jo, you are beautiful no matter how you dress.
Have great holidays!
Bernie
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 3, 2012
6:32 PM

Post #9323935

AAAAH! Thanks, Bernie. Hugs...Jo
grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 4, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #9324271

WELL now they call me Grits cause that be my favorite breakfast food----- jo glad you got to make the trip just sorry that you missed oklahoma in the spring

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 4, 2012
7:52 AM

Post #9324298

Is there a tornado in the background of your picture ?
















Oh, that wasn't nice!
Have a nice day!
Bernie
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 4, 2012
8:01 AM

Post #9324304

Bernie! *smacking his hand* He really is a nice guy folks...even if he does get "bewildered" driving through Nashville! LOL Jo



(my vaucum cleaner hose has a GPS!)

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 4, 2012
11:16 AM

Post #9324409

Somebody could have told me there were 4 Wal Marts in Clarksville.
Staying in MN where all roads are on section lines. All straight!
Riverland
Northeast, LA
(Zone 8a)

November 4, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9324551

Jeri 11 said" I am a married mom & grand mom and no help from anybody. I can't even pay people to help me."

DITTO FOR ME
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 4, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9324641

I am very lucky to have a 17 YO DGS that lives near me. He hired out all summer to folks and has a steady job working Saturdays for a lady with horses. He bought him a pickup truck and needs to buy fuel for it so I can always count on him needing extra money...he is a very good worker and everyone likes him.

Of course I always keep Chocolate chip cookies and a pitcher of lemonaide for him!!
Andrew at the JROTC Ball last year with his date...she was the Rodeo Princess.
Jo

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grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 4, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #9324712

Riverland I am originally from Northeast louisiana ,still have lots of family down in the swamplands..I come down to Waterproof every fall to go to the deer camp in the summer I garden in south eastern Oklahoma
grammyphoeb
Upper Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2012
6:03 AM

Post #9325113

I'm a gardening grammy living with a husband, daughter and 6 year old autistic grandson. My husband will help with things I can't lift, but I usually try to figure out a way to do them myself. He does rake most of the autumn leaves and then shreds them in a chipper so I can put them back on my gardens to compost over the winter. He also was a life saver when I bought lumber for raised beds to fit in metal corner units. The lumber I bought was rough cut and would not fit in the corners - Oopps! My DH chiseled out 16 boards, both ends, to fit in the corners to make 4 raised beds. I used the raised beds to grow veggies with my grandson as an attempt to get him to eat some veggies. The pic shows the end result. The gardens are mostly my domain where I can get away from life for a while and that's the way I like it. Eleanor

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kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 5, 2012
6:28 AM

Post #9325144

Other. Was raised on 1600 acres of Blue River bottoms (and Muddy Boggy) in Oklahoma. With cousins, aunts uncle and grandparents we cleared 400 acres of bottomlands, scraped dykes, and raised kids, calves, and crops that when 4 huge hay barns were full, the surplus was sold to NM. We provided our own meats- a few hogs and an avg of 500 stocker cows range fed- 150 head of Holsteins gave us a grade A dairy and milk, we irrigated by 30/40' sticks out of the river everything from corn, alfalfa, soybeans, haygrazers, and our own vegetables enuff to feed us as well as neighbors we traded for peanuts- and strawberries. We had fish fries with church, and gathered wild fruits for jams and jellies. My job has taken me away from home for many years to transport veggies and other things. Guess I am no longer a gardner- but the love of farming always is with me.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9325148

Grammy, those are wonderful beds! Your property is beautiful, too! I've got to know, did your grandson eat the veggies he helped nurture?
tidy
Lakewood, CO
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #9325296

I allow things to grow, provide some water and occasional pruning, add as holes develop, and delete as weather and age create damage. I am definitely NOT a gardener by any definition, but with half an acre, in an area developed around 1940 from an orchard, stuff does grow!
grammyphoeb
Upper Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #9325300

Thank you KyWoods! My grandson liked the lettuce, peas, cherry tomatoes. He did try the green beans but didn't care for them. The rest were a "NO" and would not even try them which is typical for autistic children. I consider the project successful and will continue next year. Eleanor
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 5, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9325315

Grammy, I consider it a great success too! Did you try Strawberries? Sweet Potatoes? Jo

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 5, 2012
12:59 PM

Post #9325482

Grammy we've had good results building a pizza bed and growing whatever they wanted on their pizza. We had a lot of fun doing it and I actually got them to try bell pepper.
grammyphoeb
Upper Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9325638

Straberries and a pizza garden sound like a great idea. Colin already likes strawberries so it might be a fun project. Our season is a bit short for sweet potatoes.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 5, 2012
9:16 PM

Post #9325763

Things that grow fast will catch Colin's attention I think. Radish, cherry tomato and even sunflowers or something to catch the attention of hummers may also interest him.
Bloominggardens
Edgewater, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 18, 2012
7:33 AM

Post #9336127

Married 30 years,gardening grandma indoors and out year round.Relearning how to grow here versus Connecticut.Hot peppers do great here,my plant is six years old in a container.Lots of back and neck surgeries so my hubby or son do the heavy lifting,etc,..I would love to have hip high garden beds someday.I use no chemicals other than rooting hormone,love to propagate and save seeds from everything.Still learning and enjoy it greatly.Did not do well with a garden in the ground here,lots of snakes came but they did not really bother me.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2012
1:01 PM

Post #9337304

Grammy -- when my kids were young I planted radishes and/or lettuce in the shape of their name, which was fun to watch emerge.
grammyphoeb
Upper Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 20, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9338482

Thanks bonehead - sounds like a great idea.

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