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Schenectady, NY


November 12, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9331160

There are a total of 122 votes:


Landscaping
(20 votes, 16%)
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Hardscaping
(34 votes, 27%)
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A pond
(11 votes, 9%)
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Garden Art
(2 votes, 1%)
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A vegetable garden
(10 votes, 8%)
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Potting bench with umbrella, chair and all supplies
(7 votes, 5%)
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Tools
(1 votes, 0%)
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Favorite plants
(10 votes, 8%)
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Other (tell us!)
(27 votes, 22%)
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Previous PollsA big thanks to member 'pirl' for suggesting this topic!

podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 12, 2012
10:52 AM

Post #9331224

Truckloads of topsoil, compost, raised bed building material, manual labor... let's see, have I spent my thousand dollars yet?
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 12, 2012
11:07 AM

Post #9331235

I would close in my deck into a 'Texas' room with a bathroom/shower, build another deck outside of it, and put a fence around my yard. That would make my dog unhappy, and my neighbors happy.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 12, 2012
11:35 AM

Post #9331256

More plants, better landscaping, some more hardscaping and hiding my neighbors behind tall and thick bushes. That should do it. lol
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

November 12, 2012
12:51 PM

Post #9331310

I would use it to prepare my raised beds for the veggie garden. I need to build boxes for the raised beds as being disabled I can not get down and than up off the ground to plant, much less can I dig the garden.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 12, 2012
1:33 PM

Post #9331357

Other: a seed-collecting trip to some far-away part of the world

Resin

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lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 12, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #9331377

Spending $1,000.00 is easily achieved when you have Rolls Royce tastes on a bus ticket budget; specially with those rare plants you can only dream about. So, I would probably splurge on a few philodendrons or rare orchids.

Sylvain.
daylilydreams
small town, MN
(Zone 4b)

November 12, 2012
2:09 PM

Post #9331390

I would add some sort of extra shading to our patio so the afternoon sun would be tempered a little more allowing us to enjoy the garden more, or on more compost for the garden.

This message was edited Nov 12, 2012 4:11 PM

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 12, 2012
2:40 PM

Post #9331416

I'm with lourspolaire, I have champagne taste with a beer pocketbook :(
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 12, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9331435

After a long and rough day in the garden I selected hardscaping maybe to eliminate areas to tend but I really like daylilydreams idea of more shade. That afternoon sun can be a killer in summer.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


November 12, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9331563

I said other. My landlord and a select group of tenants have relentlessly tried to evict me and have sprayed herbicide a number of times on the garden to force me to leave. My landlord has imposed $1000 to be paid immediately. So, because I have gardened, I am losing my home. That's what I'd do with $1000 gardening money - save my home.

Txtea

Txtea
Fabens, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 12, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #9331588

Add it to the savings to get a Greenhouse.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 12, 2012
6:00 PM

Post #9331590

What a rotten shame, Mike.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

November 12, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9331648

Other, as in a combo. Plants yes, tools yes, likely some land/hardscape materials. Perhaps just get as much gravel as I could to better access our back acreage.

Solace

Solace
Monte Vista, CO
(Zone 4a)

November 12, 2012
7:47 PM

Post #9331659

Other:

I would buy supplies to build starter greenhouses for others in this area, cattle panels, poly film, heaters, etc. so that every struggling individual or family, that receives a greenhouse, can know what organic food does for their health and the joy of growing one's own food. My dream is to develop a simple manual for the starter greenhouse for them and help them to learn like we all are learning about gardening.

This message was edited Nov 12, 2012 9:48 PM
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 12, 2012
10:09 PM

Post #9331714

Solace, a $1000 would buy a lot of DG subscriptions for those you care about and they could learn along with us!
femluc
Elizabethton, TN
(Zone 6b)

November 13, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9331838

I have a large, beautiful private garden that I would love to address. It needs to be leveled to prevent the soil from being pulled over the side onto the patio. I would fill it with new, rich garden soil, add topsoil, some mulch and have all the Brugmansias that I could grow. I would add in a small boulder or two for visual effects and that would be my dream garden!!
NikB
Belle Center, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 13, 2012
6:15 AM

Post #9331865

I would invest it in periennial vegggies that sell well here in this part of the country. Asparagus, horseradish, rhubarb etc. Also, I have been adding edibles to the homestead every year as I can afford them. Black berries, service berries, aronia, goji, etc. We are building a real house (old used mobilehome for now) starting in the spring, and we want to line our driveway with sugar maples. The $1000 dollars would go towards these projects.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

November 13, 2012
6:22 AM

Post #9331879

My project for the coming year is a veggie garden so that's where I'd spend my $

Solace

Solace
Monte Vista, CO
(Zone 4a)

November 13, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #9332016

steadycam3 wrote:Solace, a $1000 would buy a lot of DG subscriptions for those you care about and they could learn along with us!


Yes, that's a good idea, too, steadycam. With each greenhouse, a DG subscription. Hopefully they'll all have computers...that would be a consideration. If I had enough land, it would be nice to put in a community garden wherein people would have their own plots fenced off/gated where they can grow a little garden outside in the summer. So many ideas. Too many, lol.
LauraSteele
Fort Wayne, IN

November 13, 2012
8:37 AM

Post #9332021

I would use the money for a short 18" retaining/sitting wall along our alley so we'd have a place to sit when the neighbors walk past and stop for a chat (about $150). Maybe some 18" patio blocks for the back yard would be nice, too (another $150). Hate moving the lawn furniture to mow under it! I'd buy the rest of the peonies I need to finish the restoration of my great-grandfather's 1928 garden (probably $500 with international shipping), and use the rest to help my neighbors! What was that dollar limit again?

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grits74571
Talihina, OK

November 13, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9332108

I guess landscaping as I am the very worst at design as I have stated often i am of the Charlie Manson school of design HELTER SKELTER as for any of the others I am okay with what I have ..Lately I have been volunteering as a gardener for our little city and this lets me plant pretty much whatever I want ,i can go to the local greenhouse get what I need and charge it to the Mayor BTW she is a dolly parton look alike , today I planted some Crimson Clover on some south facing banks that are very visible from the Hiway should be nice for spring blooms ...

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2012
11:32 AM

Post #9332169

With an extra $1,000 I could have someone build a chicken coop and rabbit hutches. There would probably be enough left over to purchase chicks, rabbits and feed. Their manure would help my vegetable garden.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 13, 2012
11:38 AM

Post #9332178

You'd have laughed, Honeybee, to have seen my reaction when I was just starting to garden and my neighbor, the real PIRL, said she was going to the farmstand and did I want any chicken manure. She wasn't one to joke so I knew she must be serious but I had no idea how they'd collect such a thing. I envisioned people running after chickens with scoops under them! It's all part of the live and learn process.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 13, 2012
1:52 PM

Post #9332299

other, -growin, you are probably goin to be MUCH happier away from such killjoys!!! be sure you get where there are sympathetic gardeners in abundance. Just supplies for me, for maintenance, heaven knows plants come in masses down south-good and bad. May look into greenhouses when other half and I decide where we wish to settle, chuckle- Wyo is not out of the question on many days...
rockgardenplants
Layton, UT

November 13, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9332400

Difficult-To-Find seeds of rock garden plants that aren't found in local nurseries.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

November 13, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9332466

I'd put the $1,000 toward a greenhouse!
FountainMan
McKinney, TX

November 13, 2012
7:21 PM

Post #9332547

I love water. I'd put it to a larger pond. The one I have is small. Know what they mean when they say, "always make it bigger".

If possible I'd love to have a farm pond but that maybe a bit out of 1000$ range.
village1diot
Vacaville, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 14, 2012
1:39 AM

Post #9332713

Tool shed and/or greenhouse
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 14, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9332881

More raised bed materials and veggies to put in them, plus materials to build the side yard entry gate.
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 14, 2012
11:43 AM

Post #9333122

I said landscape - I need to repair a retaining wall and build another. We are losing our hill :(

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

November 14, 2012
12:11 PM

Post #9333138

Hardscape no doubt l ! Favorite plants absolute!!
Sailstheseas
Staten Island, NY
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2012
2:42 PM

Post #9333260

It has to be a pond w a waterfall. I would be lounging in the shade listening to it as I remember my Grandfather's farm so long ago. While doing needlework or crochet. Could give up city life in a heartbeat! :)
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

November 15, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #9333791

If you give a mouse a cookie... Already spent it and then some. Just re-did some landscaping in our front and back yards. You know how it works. You start out doing one thing and it leads to more. That $1000 would just replenish what I already spent.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9333917

An Irrigation system complete with timers. Hoses get heavy the further out in the yard ya get...and 150 feet of hose is some kind of a "drag"...grin

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2012
7:50 PM

Post #9334350

I'd redo my irrigation system. It has been there for 15 years and needs updating badly.

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

November 16, 2012
4:56 AM

Post #9334477

we would get a fountain for sure!
Merryhat
Alton, MO

November 16, 2012
10:32 AM

Post #9334686

I'd get my pond fixed!
Garden_Sass
Central, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 17, 2012
4:57 AM

Post #9335283

Although it's awful tempting to go for garden jewelry and landscaping, the thought of expanding the vegetable garden rises to number 1! Compost, mulch, a drip irrigation system and those tasty veggies, herbs and fruit that my family can enjoy fresh, frozen and canned - that's the ticket!

Considering what's going on with our economy these days a family veggie garden and fruit orchard will become a necessity. A few years back my daughter and I visited Estonia and Germany. We were amazed at the gardens and fruit trees that were in most every yard or community garden. Our guide, an older lady, told us of the hard times under Soviet domination when if you didn't grow your own food, you virtually starved or suffered from malnutrition. Even today Estonia has the highest per capita consumption of sugar in the EU; she explained it's used to preserve food and the EU places a high tax on their "excess sugar" usage. Gee, what else is coming our way?
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 17, 2012
6:11 AM

Post #9335338

Garden_Sass - I have been moving slowly to that - planting more fruit trees (apple, pear, plum) but it will be a while before they are big enough to produce fruit. More veggies as well. I need to expand - broccoli, cukes and toms just arent enough. Moved the raised bed the end of this season - will be making a new one next season. Have my base of mulched leaves started already.
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2012
9:49 AM

Post #9335527

I planted two peaches and one apple tree last year, so next year will be the first time we get to 'eat' the fruit. This year they were pruned so the roots would grow. I have veggies and herbs, so I won't starve as quickly as some others in the neighborhood... what an awful thought.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

November 17, 2012
9:55 AM

Post #9335529

You can never have too much of any of those things (hardscape, plants, etc) but for me, I would love to have a good professional set of tools to take proper care of my plants, bushes and trees. And I would PROMISE to not leave them in the rain, put them away covered with dirt for the winter, hack down a tree limb with cutters meant to gently nip flowers from plants.
Bloominggardens
Edgewater, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 18, 2012
7:20 AM

Post #9336121

I would buy more flowering trees and bushes.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

November 18, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9336569

I would fix my greenhouse and get it set up with a solar panel system that would be capable of heating it in the winter.
Barb
etnredclay
Spring City, TN

November 18, 2012
10:19 PM

Post #9336782

podster wrote:Truckloads of topsoil, compost, raised bed building material, manual labor... let's see, have I spent my thousand dollars yet?


Hey, you stole my answer!!!!! Wouldn't add a thing to the list. But might cut the manual labor cost so I could buy more of the OTHER stuff. hehe.

podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 19, 2012
5:12 AM

Post #9336880

Sounds like we live in the same place ~ lol

Except for the manual labor... just getting too worn out to do much.

But then the mood strikes and I overdo it again.

Good luck with your $1000 investment. 8 )

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