Recently moved to Charlotte, and had to leave all my plants in New England, and I miss my plants. Can't wait for March so I can start planting. I would love any ideas on what to plant and what grows best in this area. I am thinking mostly of herbs, vegetables, and flowers. If anybody has any seeds they can spare I would appreciate. I of course can't trade since I don't have any thing at the moment but when my plants mature I would love to offer my extras to everybody. Again, any ideas on what to grow, when to start planting, and any seeds, plants would be very welcomed.
Welcome to the sunny south!! Do you live in city of Charlotte or one of the smaller areas around it? My dad lives over that way. What kind of soil do you have? I've got a thread going called "getting to know one another" Why not post over there and tell us about your place..
Trust me - you'll have a lot of suggestions in no time. You can start with a southern favorite - azaleas!!
This is a great forum and a great site. My garden is slowly taking shape. It is going from paper to land. Mulched in a border on one side and planted some abelias I bought online form Earthworks Nursery in Clayton, NC. Earthwork has a limited inventory but I'm impressed. First time I've every purchased online. Shipping was great $12 to $14 to ship about 4-500 miles away. Plants were looking good and wrapped well in paper and plastic.
Today we are going to Elizabeth City to visit a nursery. The nurseries on the Outer Banks are good but pricey - and are really geared to beachfront.
First time I've seen the usage "Snoutherner" , but I'm betting it describes many of us.
We moved from Watertown, NY, near the Canadian border, to Coastal SC 13 years ago
and now can't imagine how we survived those winters. Didn't know any better, I guess!Even here in the sunny south, my gardens look pretty dismal in early Feb. I cheered myself by looking at photos of last summer's garden efforts. Got a big load of compost in the yard and the rototiller is all tuned up and ready. Now all I have to worry about is that last hard freeze.
Nice to have a way to talk with other gardeners in the immediate area. Crazy winter we've had here though! I'm not pleased with the return of cold weather,especially since it sounds as though it will hold on for some time. Ah,well, we knew our mild temps were too good to be true. I actually have 3 saddleleaf philodendrons growing in a sheltered corner that haven't frozen back this year(yet!) Normal winters, I'd be out happily digging and playing musical shrubs, but this past weekend I was too disgruntled to do more than divide a few evergreen daylilies and check my pots.
Hi Coralbean, you can call me Ginny. Don't be disgruntled, we still have way better weather than most everyone else this time of year. I have 6 roses coming and can't wait until they get here. I have been rearranging things and am waiting for my 2 Kimmel Gnomes to get here. I am starting a gnome garden underneath an oak tree. I am getting ready to order some cool summer bulbs from Brent and Beckys too.
Hi Tangier, and everyone,
I'm so glad I stumbled onto this site. I have a friend who moved from Vermont to NC 2 years ago and she loves the longer growing season but misses some of the cool weather plants that can't take our heat.
Hey, grandygarden, she told me about a small nursery she found last year that is located close to Edenton. I haven't been there yet but she says the owner is really nice and helpful. Can't remember the name right now [are we allowed to write names of nurseries?]
Hey! I just stumbled onto this site tonight, but have been gardening in zone 7b for a looooong time.
Tangier-There are lots of herbs that are perennial in this area and can take the heat. I started with some of those, and add annual herbs as desired. As for perennials, I like chives, and most kinds of thyme. Some basil does better that others. I have a creeping rosemary that blooms toward the end of winter for a lovely look. My favorite, though, is bronze fennel. My daughter and I plant it near parsley (usually annual) for the black swallowtails. It gets eaten to the ground every year, but is already about 4" right now.
As for flowers and vegetables, what sorts are you looking for? Lots of variety can be grown here.