I voted other because there was no option for "All of the above"!!!
I will be growing salads, peas, beans, potatoes,beetroot, carrotts and parsnips in the open and tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and melon in the greenhouse. Not cabbage this year - I lost the lot to caterpillars last year - and I don't want to encourage the Cabbage White but otherwise I have 3 butterfly bushes and will have Verbena and other butterfly flowers.
The first job is to try and get that huge Bramley Apple Tree under control though!
I could have used an all of the above this time but I voted veggies... primarily because that is my objective for the coming season. Not anything out of the ordinary. Just fresh, healthy, what we normally eat, I know where they come from, how they are fertilized, picked from the plant VEGETABLES! 8 ))
With the economy slowing, I feel a lot of folks will be going back to the victory type gardening and that is a good thing. It will benefit the pocketbook as well as the health of the consumer.
I voted "Other" because sticking to a plan is something far beyond my abilities, I already have a veggie garden, I've found what works for the birds and butterflies and...I can't remember the other choice ((was there one?). I am going to expand a few gardens - my herb garden and an area next to our new back door. I know what I want to do with the herb garden, but until we get the area infront of the door finished, I only have an idea what I'm going to do there.
I voted for the veggie garden because that is the main thing that I spent time and money this Fall preparing. Last year's cantaloupe patch with a foursome of bell pepper plants was consumed in a single morning by rabbit(s) just when the seedling cantaloupes were getting to be 2-3 inches tall. All gone. I'm told that my store bought bell pepper plants died because I wasn't providing them with "shade cloth" to protect them from the harsh summer sun here in the desert. So this Fall I determined to build a protected area with chicken wire all around and adequate defenses against flood waters and trespassing ORVers in which to grow my garden. The attached photo shows the area 18 yards long by 5 feet wide which I have properly tilled up with my heavy duty roto tiller, Amended the native mixture of rock clay sand gravel and caliche with the recommended amount of soil conditioner, and enriched with 30 cubic feet of steer manure to be allowed to cure over Winter. On the other side of the fence are the ten planting holes that I prepared and winter sowed with my carefully gathered and dried Bird of Paradise seeds. There will be at least another try at growing my cantaloupe patch in this protected area, maybe another go at bell peppers, perhaps some other veggies.
Another major plan is to add more to my intended apricot orchard which has two young apricot trees started in it last Spring. The two originals haven't grown anywhere near as much as expected (two feet per year of upward growth is what the guides said was going to happen). But I'm going to be adding at least two more trees towards my eventual intention of having a row of eight properly spaced full grown apricot trees inside the northern fence of my place. And of course I'm going to try again at my Pretty Flowers Row (which was also demolished by the rabbits last year) probably condescending to put chicken wire around it too. And add some additionals to the Cactus Row outside my office window. And whatever else occurs to me as Spring arrives.
I voted have a plan and stick to it, because I have no plan. lol. I like a plant and buy it with no idea where to plant it. I have everything from giant redwood trees, black walnt trees , tropicals like bananas, EEs, cannas, passion vines to camelias, azaleas and everything in between. lol.
Yep I need a plan.
I voted other, because I have been adding horse manure/bedding (my husband raises Tennessee Walking Horses) to a new sunny garden. So I vow to populate this new garden with plants from my too-shady garden, and maybe trades from DG...I'll be needing shade lovers.
I voted to weed my flower beds more regularly but that would be an every day job here in the south ... seems like weeds sprout up overnight, even when I have a couple of inches of mulch! Arrrgh! Maybe I should just settle for a weed garden!
I voted for the butterflies & birds.
I've been getting erosion control strips started in my large garden. I have most of them seeded to alfalfa & inter planted with shrubs. Mostly flowering shrubs. I have some wild flowers started in some rows & others are old stands of flowers. Also, one spot about 100 feet on a side, is gravely. I planted some flowers there last year, but to dry & some didn't make it. I will plant more there. This should be very nice place for birds.
I voted other because I'm working on de-lawning the property. When I'm done I'm hoping to have just a small patch of lawn for dh to mow (he actually likes to mow) and more gardens with some hardscaping as well.
I voted weeding, because even though I plan to do all of the above, that is the one I have to 'make' myself do ha ha
I hate weeding. But I love the look when I'm done, and the feeling of acomplishment.
I think there should have been other options on the list.
Like planting trees.
I like to do that, but my tree 'spots' are all planted up finally so I can't plant anymore :(
another good option would have been---plan to get out of bed early to do this so it won't be so hot while I work---- I am a lazy head in the mornings...zzzzzzzz
What about adding new beds?
Oh, my DH banned me from that lol ...
Veggie/herb garden - check
Butterfly and birds and goodguy bug plants - check
Weeding - I'm a binge weeder and I think that counts if done in regular binges - check
Garden Plan - I work up wonderful designs (wandering away from them is part of my plan and artistic licence IMHO) - check
Other - Voted yes: This year I vow to... have way too much fun again this year.
I used to have a wonderful little vegetable garden in one section of the back yard. A few years ago a couple of accidents and resultant knee and back pain caused me to abandon the garden. Every year I promise myself that this is the year that I will get it going again, but it never quite works out. Maybe this year.
It would be nice if I could keep up with the weeds, too, but I don't want to get too crazy here. ; )
As for butterflies and birds, this is the one area where I'm quite happy (and even amazed) with the numbers and varieties of both that I have managed to attract. I planted lots of things that attract them. Then during the down time after my accidents when I was unable to do a lot in the garden, I learned quite by accident that being a little 'messy' also attracts birds. By messy I mean letting a few of those weeds grow as many are favorite food for the birds, leaving some leaf litter here and there to provide homes and hiding places for insects (aka bird food), and piling some of those prunings, small limbs, twigs, etc in a spot somewhere to provide insects and shelter.
I voted for the butterflies etc because ours is a brand new garden and so the wildlife needs lots of encouragement to take up residence here.
My other objective for 2009 is to get a big, wildlife pond up and running. We'll have the thing dug out for us (just waiting for dry weather long enough for the chap with the digger to get on the garden!), then it will be our project to get it puddled all round so it holds water (we have solid clay for soil here), do all the planting and then make sure there are plenty of places for our hedgehogs to get a drink safely.
Scutler - have you thought about raised beds for your veggies? Here in France many of the chateaux have ornamental potagers (veg gardens) where all the beds are raised either with brick or stone walls or with simple wooden sides. The beds are not always rectangular and so make formal patterns. They look lovely, make it really easy to plant and crop and, best of all, you have total control of the soil or other growing medium you have in there. Just think, perfectly straight carrots - Wow!
Thanks for the great idea. I've seen many photos of the potagers, although most that I saw were at ground level, and I just love that idea. Before my accidents and subsequent surgeries and such, I saved a bunch of long straight trimmings from my crepe myrtles as I was hoping to use them to make those cone shaped supports for peas that I often see in potager pics. I did buy a large raised planter on casters for my patio, but I'm afraid a bunch of daylilies, herbs, and such found their way in there before I had a chance to plant any vegetables.
I haven't installed raised beds in the yard for pretty much the same reason I haven't been making a vegetable garden. With no one to assist me, I don't have much hope of building the brick, stone, or wooden raised beds. I am getting around much better now. While still not 'perfect', I seem to be getting better each year. Perhaps I will soon be able to set up something of that sort - or maybe find someone I can hire to set it up for me.
Thanks again for the idea. Don't suppose you might have any pics of potagers with raised beds by any chance? :)
I purchased my " stock plants" of Butterfly bushes from Spring Meadow Nurseries in 2007 and have been taking cuttings from these bushes for rooting under mist.The butterflys were attracted to these plants immediatly.I spotted all the butterflies that I was familiar with and a few I was not. The rooted cuttings of these plants sell very well and are really popular at the Spring sales.
It is a real thrill to have the butterfies land on your arms and hair while working with these plants.I will be planting large groupings of mixed colors this Spring in my landscape.
I look forward to planting fruit trees which will thrive in my zone.
I look forward to building just a few raised beds for cutting flowers.
I look forward to getting rid of every gesneriad I have except for streptocarpus.
I look forward to propagating hoyas and more hoyas!
Happy gardening everyone!
Don't think I will promise anything...I'll just do what I can and let the rest take care of itself...LOL
I have so many project started I can't find where to start. I need to finish garden paths, Koi pond needs some care and finishing as well so I think I will start with the first thing by the door and work my way back...
I voted Have a garden plan and KEEP it. I am also resolving to: Drink a quart of water EVERY day, Save Tomato seeds, Set up a roadside produce stand, and to grow LOTS of melons! I was considering to vote "weeding", but I was a very through weeder this year, Which means that I should have only Spring weeds this year (YAAYY!!!)
Allie if I scan and send you my scribbles will you do my spreadsheet my garden too, pretty please? Sigh I'm so NOT organized. Dasiys I believe the spring and fall weeding binges are the most important.
Sigh that was on my winter 'todo' list too gessiegail but it's probably not going to happen. Rather than garden landscapers and designers, we need garden organizers for seeds, plant lists, plans, photos, supplies, etc. etc. HELP! We need Garden Organizers!
I could have chosen "all of the above" had it been an option. Instead, I voted three times. I'll definitely plant tomatoes, hot peppers and beans. What else, might be last minute decisions. I'll probably spend too much on new Hostas, but maybe not because I'm running out of space.
I don't plan to go anywhere for any length of time this summer and I'm pretty good at weeding flower beds anyway; So I WILL do that.
Yall just have waaaaaay to much energy, I can see that were gonna have a steller year!!!!...LOL
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I voted for hummers and bees, butterflys and birds, that's the main reason that I buy flowers for... I love to watch and phot0graph all the backyard visitors.. can't really stick to a plan, I change my mind everyday, can't really say vegetables as I grow them every year...weeding is an automatic thing when I am in the back yard taking my "tour" and the other would be to show off to my family and friends what I can do for Garden Art..
I voted for having a vegetable garden. I only barely had one last year because I filled up my raised beds with irises. Hopefully, I will get the irises moved to the landscaping and will reclaim my raised beds for veggies. I will plant as much as I can fit -- especially onions, spinach, rainbow chard, arugula, mache, tomatoes cherries and heirlooms, sweet peppers, jalapenos and other hot peppers, green beans, carrots, turnips and beets. Oh and don't forget summer and winter squash.
I also plan to extend the excavation of my flower beds and to continue planting them with flowers and I hope to get in 4 rose bushes.
Probably should have checked other. I have many hummingbirds and butterflies in my yard as they pass through, but hope to continue putting out their favorites. There is some overlap here. The hummingbirds adore my tomato blossoms. Does that happen to other people besides me?
I especially hope to put in lots of winter squash, especially Galeaux d'Eysiennes and perhaps some Kabocha and Delicata.
And I plan to keep composting and building my soil from the solid rock on which my house sits. Solid rock is great for houses but tough for gardening unless you want just lichens.
I have had lots of veggies for many years in the past, but I missed last year. Hope to do better this year.
I began to move away from turf grass toward more earth-friendly xeriscape-like landscape plan. Ive completed about 2/3 of my space and have begun working on the last 1/3. I want to get two rain barrels "plumbed" for a hose attachment, etc because I do still need to water sometimes. I'm also trying to get a plan for some shade on my South side. The neighbor's tree worked well until Hurrican Ike blew it down. Now Im scrambling before that hot summer arrives. We have a conundrum here. We desperately need the shade but the hurrican will dump the tree on your house if you lose that lottery! Im going for some shorter trees to shade outside walls and the attic has plenty of insulation and see how that works.I have some 20 ft tall Hibiscus with leaves the size of a small dinner plate that did a great job in front of a west window last year.
I may have to take out my beautiful lantanas. About 3 years ago, Texas lantanas got lace bug. The recommended treatment is a systemic imidaprazole which does not hurt my monarchs but it is thot to cause colony collapse in bees. These plants were our mainstay, our care free, love-that-hot weather-gem of a reliable beauty and the lace bugs ruined it. The monarchs and the bees love the nectar and the mockingbirds love the berries. It was a great plant.
I hope to have a wild flower area this year. It's already sown.
(Last year I had several cantaloupe plants come up in my compost. I planted them in the front yard and they ran all over and produced about 12 good tasting canteloupe!) So I look forward to garden surprises. There is always at least one surprise. My garden is my delight. I dont vow to do anything. I just go out there and respond to whatever is there. That's why I love it so much. It's a conversation between me and Mother Nature. It's not work, it's a love affair!!!
I picked veggie garden. For New Year's day I just cooked my last freezer bag or okra and also of BE peas. And because of health problems this summer those were frozen from the Farmer's market. Being without those 2 veggies has made us so aware that the canned or store frozen ones are not even close to the flavor we are used to!
I am with you cactus patch. I didn't plant much of a garden last year and so missed the fresh veggies. I vow to resurrect it this spring -- after moving the iris to more permanent locations. I guess you could call this crop rotation!
I'm gonna plant everything !!!! I want to do carrots and beets and maters, and taters..Fresh lettuce, cabbage, green beans and peas, limas and white beans likely Great Northerns...Not gonna waste space on corn since I can get it at the Farmers markets so cheap...I may do some squash too, and definitely okra!!!
I'm gonna do red taters, and also try sweet taters as we seem to eat more of them baked than we do baked white ones...If I can find the Idaho baker type sets, I will do a row of them too..
I know exactly where you are as I lived in Ruidoso for 11 years. We are lucky and I came back to say that when my grown son was home for Christmas, we went to the garden and brought home Swiss chard, mustard greens, spinach...all leafy things. He asked me to let him saute them in a little olive oil and they were great tasting.
Maybe someone will come along and tell how to have a summer garden in zone 5. I never could figure it out in Ruidoso.
Well, I don't know about Ruidoso, but I get a garden going in Los Alamos by putting lots and lots of organic matter in the soil and by watering 3 days a week. Okra won't grow here, but tomatoes will if you get them in early. Lettuce, spinach, broccoli and cabbage grow great here because our summers are cool. Carrots are good. Beets do well. Squash is fantastic - both winter and summer squash. The secret is lots and lots of compost, manure, alfalfa pellets, and rotted leaves.
gessiegail, I live in zone 5.
That is my garden. LOL I grow everything. Just stick to mid season for tomatoes and short season everything else. Things like broccoli can mature anywhere from 60 days to 90. I look for those shorter season varieties. Same thing for eggplants. I get more than I can eat even in Maine.
I am a quitter!
I still call myself that after 26½ years of not smoking. I quit cold turkey at 7:30 PM, August 13, 1982. Cigarettes were only $7 a carton at that time. A while back I figured I had not spent somewhere around $89,000.00 on cigarettes. But the main reason was for health. I now have lived longer than both my parents, who both smoked until they got sick.
All I did was make up my mind to quit. Mind over matter. To this day never believed the deal about addiction. I never had fits or whatever. I was smoking 3 packs a day when I quit.
Good luck with that resolution Tracks, get some help and stick to it!
Gessiegail that sounds wonderful! I keep forgetting that I should plant some cole crops in the fall. One thing I haven't had much luck with here is remembering to plant oriental peas during the colder months. Gotta get on that one! I know some do garden in Ruidoso but I think the season is so short you really have to plan it correctly. I have a buddy who gardens up at High Rolls. They start tomatoes in their greenhouse. I swap them tomatoes and melons for fresh eggs.
Quitting smoking is a very good New Year's resolution. I quit my self in 1979. It was a New Year's resolution but I didn't start on Jan.1 either. It took a few weeks to get my will together, then I did some tapering off. I like the idea of standing on your head on an airplane as you move away, but I doubt the stewardesses would permit it!
Anyhow, as with any addiction, giving it up changes your life -- for the better and not just health wise. In my case, I came to realize that I smoked to contain the anger I felt and my then husband. It soon led to a divorce which was the best thing that ever happened to me, but it took a long time to create and settle in to a new life.
You may find your life changing too -- not necessarily the way mine did. But whoever suggested when you wanted a smoke go do something else was right on. I used to get in the bath tub and fill it up with hot water, I called it water therapy. After a while I didn't have to do that anymore. I also swam a lot -- at the municipal pool -- laps.
I am so glad I quit. You will be, too. Give yourself any help you need, and don't give up if you slip. Eventually you will get there and you will probably notice an immediate improvement in your health. Smoking is a form of slow suicide, as you have noticed.
Good for you for being able to swap food!
Just my 2 cents worth...there are people who just abuse alcohol, drugs, pills and cigarettes and then there are people who the medical community agrees are addicted to these horrible things. If you don't believe in addiction, you haven't lived in a family for 6 generations with addiction.
Having said that, Track, go to a 12 strep program of any kind (smoking, AA, etc) and I wish you the best of luck. 3/4 of all the addicts in the family are now recovering addicts...blessings to all.
i didn't mean to hog this whole voting thread! LOL but i have to say that i appreciate every remark made and none of your good thoughts and wishes have gone unheeded. thanks so much to all of you...i won't be posting progression reports; don't even want to think or dwell on it much. i will say this though...i'm off to do something different right now!!!
I voted for make veggie garden. Last year i planted a couple tomato plants and cucumber plant and pepper plant in containers. This year i'm brave enough to plant(with help) several tomatoes and peppers in our old garden spot. Thanks to a trade on DG i've the seeds.Will still plant flower and herb seeds in large containers.
I brought a rosemary plant in for the winter but it passed quietly away.my xmas cactus and gerainums are doing great.
Good luck Tracks! I quit abt 30 yrs ago. My incentive was i saved every penny i would have spent smoking and bought things i could not afford smoking. such as books, plants, clothing accesorys and even a dinner out with a friend. Even if you buy these things, there are special things and places you'd like to go and do. so go for it!
Good luck trackinsand. I did discontinue tobacco some years ago for about five months. Discovered that the destruction of my lungs caused by the medifrauds of Colorado under pretense of "innoculating against" diptheria (what they actually did was to inject LIVE diptheria in thousands of residents at the time so as to *cause* the lung diseases that they then attribute to "tobacco smoking" for purposes of extortion from tobacco smokers) made it impossible for me to breathe at all without the assist from tobacco smoking. The effects of that live diptheria are very like silicosis: it shuts down the functioning of the lungs and you die of asphyxiation. But if you weren't part of that malicious extortionate disease causing injection malpractice, it's not all that difficult to discontinue tobacco smoking. You just do it.
Oh yes I forgot to tell you all that the one that I voted is the one currently in the lead ooh yeah encouging all of you buterflies and birdies all though crows creep me out so I will be sure to put them up for Halloween to scare all of the crows away.