This thread is a great idea! Pj, I have been very close to your home many times in the last month. I have been to I B Compost on Filmore by 104th about 5 times. I would guess we are about 30 minutes apart.
A cup of tea and plant exchange would be awesome. We could have a plant swap for 2...lol...I just don't have that collection of plants to swap. I did however "grow" 300 too many coleus from seed this year...hope my wife likes them :)
We actually have several but I dont have the time. I would rather be working on the house :) I bought a pack of seeds fo a few bucks so, I plan on just giving them away to friends and family that colorful full shade plants. Great idea though!
Actually, 95 % of the space I have is full sun. Shade is just a little tougher to plant for me. I don't have much experience w/ full/part shade. Glad to see we have some people on our side of the state. Sounds like we need to do some recruiting...
This thread is really awsome it seems its true, everyone is just six people away from knowing everyone???? Or something like that. Well anyway you know what I mean. Don't you? I wish there were more DGers on this side of the great state of Michigan. Ronna
Birdie...I taught 3rd grade for 33 yrs and loved every second of it, but I'm glad to be retired. I just plain ran out of steam! I'm trying to pin a face to your name...I know I've probably seen you around at TK
I can imagine...33yrs!! I was really good friends with Celeste Wolverton, and Helen Jahnke, and so many others, I still see Heidi Van Aman,and Deb Jensens husband works for my hubby in G.R.It is a small world!! Ihope you're enjoying retirement. Are you going to the Freeport swap?
hey i sure don't want to be left out of this please add 49058 to your map & Birdie I hope to get the plants tomorrow in the mail I will call you if they arrive Hope we can do our trade on thursday .
can hardly wait :) i sure hope it warms back up.
will check back later
1Birdie...for heavens sakes. I taught with Celeste and Deb for years...Both nice nice gals and talk to Helen often (we still go to the same hair salon!) Just saw Heidi VA's youngest daughter with her new baby...what a cutie!!
I'm unsure about the Freeport gathering...we are waiting for a back surgery for DH...grrrr long story.. My garden beds are overflowing and I am very selective about getting any new additions. But we'll see!
Birdie I have to go to work at 11:00 a.m. on thursday. Get out at 7:30. So either you go really early or later in the day. Sure you do not want to wait to go. So you are going to do the swap huh? Wow. Ronna
Welcome to the Michigan forum, this is the first time I remember seeing you post here. I live pretty close by to you in AuGres...I also belong to the Sunrise Side Iosco County Master Gardeners as well as the Tawas Bay Garden Club. Would love to meet you sometime.
Would someone be willing to take over the map if I send you the password? I am going through big time trouble right now, trying to love an unloveable, trying to be honest and transparent, trying to trust God for deliverance, trying not to be vengeful and mean, trying to continue on in victory, and very very overwhelmed.
Don't send my a dmail, I am seldom on the forum these days. My email addy is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I am new here, and to gardening. I just started this last summer I havenít gotten very far, I got swept up by the brugmansia bug, but I love passion vines, peonies, dahlias, wisteria, and just about everything else.
Nice to meet you all!!!!!!
Cassie Todd Ionia Mi 48846
Cassie, do you grow the brugs in a greenhouse? You are not very far from me! If you're ever over toward the lakeshore, let me know - we can meet for coffee.m me at all (I live in Ottawa county, Robinson Township)!
Zinnia, I just added you also.
Added you to the map. Yes, all, I guess I'm back. I have had an amazing last part of autumn and winter! Amazing! I'll talk more later.
Cookster, don't know about gagetown in the thumb but we have a hatchery just down the road from us. (Townline) and I think they ship.http://www.townlinehatchery.com/
Hey pjadams49417, I turned my sun porch in to a green house for the winter. But when spring hits they have to go out side, or Iím in brug trouble lolol. I have something like 65 or 70 and I have another 20 or so coming from eddie on ebay. I love his cuttings and plants. I also have like 3 big seed trays going with crosses. I would love to meet for coffee your not to far from me. What do you like to grow?
Is it too late to add Kalamazoo, 49002? Actually I'm in Portage, but about 130 yards from Kalamazoo. I'm a newbie on this website, but it sure seems nice to see postings from gardeners who are close by. Where do I find the map you are creating?
Thank you Gloria.Believe it or not, I was there once, but didn't zoom out to get the perspective. I noticed that there was a big hole around Lansing. Most of my vegetable gardening was done between Lansing and Owosso. It seems a little unusual.
Is anybody else getting an early start on their gardening this year due to the unusually warm spring we are having? I don't remember a March with only 2-3 days that didn't at least make it into the 40's. After 3 weeks of that kind of weather, I took a risk and went ahead and planted some peas. They have been coming up for a few days. I am including a picture.
Hope you all are enjoying the daffodil, violet and myrtle blosoms as much as I am. Who else but a gardener could even love the rain? Maybe a poet.
Cold, yes; but this morning it actually snowed in parts of Kalamazoo. You could still see it on roofs at 8:20. It was 29 in Holland, I heard on the radio, at 7:30. When I got home and checked my garden at 8:45, there was actually hard ice on the garden fence. I've got saladings just poking their noses out of the ground and snap peas an inch long in the garden. Good thing they're hardy. How are the fruit trees doing closer to the lake? The crab apples in Kalamazoo just started to bloom a couple of days ago.
Welcome. I'm a newbie here too. This is my second season back into vegetale gardening. I have been growing perennials as long as I've owned a yard to plant them in. Since 1976; (please don't do the math). So I hope you are in good company here. Actually I'm suprised at the staying power of some of the vegetable varieties still available. I'm planting some of the same beans, lettuce and peas I planted 30 years ago.
elfin...welcome...would you like to join the Tawas Bay Garden Club. We are meeting tomorrow night at the Episcopal church in town at 6:30 pm...I also belong to the Sunrise Side Master Gardeners Group...would love to meet you sometime...maybe Brenda and I could meet you for lunch...have our own plant swap...You would love to see Brenda's garden, its drop dead wondful...she is such a great gardener..
Hi everyone. I joined in 2006 but that was wishful thinking - I'm finally ready to learn to garden! I'd like to be on your map too. I'm in Whitmore Lake 48189. I'd love some Michigan gardening friends to learn from!
Grand Haven, 49417, 6b
Will be at the Garden Show in Grand Haven this weekend, beginner, grow flowers and veggies and lots and lots of herbs on a 60 by 120 foot lot. The prior owners were concrete happy and 3/4 of the back yard is driveway, but I pack a lot in. And you can see my garden from outer space!
Genevieve, have you looked at Home Depot's herbs lately? I know they are just the generic ones but they are less than $2.00 right now. I bought bunches of chives, parsley, lavender, thyme, dill, rosemary, and even basil and tomatoes which will be in the house for awhile. Living in the woods I struggle to keep herbs alive. Not enough sun. But on my deck it's sunny so they live in little pots.
I nearly filled the back seats of the car with plants. My hands smell sooooo good!
Thanks! My favorite place for herbs is the Muskegon Farmers Market, where most herbs sell for 75 to 85 cents. Lots of perennials go for that as well. They sell just about everything and often things you can't find in the box stores as easy. They are younger plants, but you get more in a cell and they grow so quickly, except for rosemary, but the larger the rosemary, the harder it is to keep as a houseplant anyway. It's amazing to see these bitty two inch strands of lemongrass turn into a huge three by three foot monster by the end of the summer. This winter was so mild, my rosemary I left outside survived, even the ones in small pots that should have died. This year I am trying to grow my own basils and marjoram from seed in used milk jugs, as well as a bunch of other things, but I can't remember what. Flowers tomatoes and peppers. Zinnias have sprouted, but I don't know why I didn't wait as they might be ready before it's time to put them out, but I'm kind of betting on the container protecting them from one or two frosts, and being in the city, we are a few degrees warmer, anyway. We'll see! Such an atypical spring, whether it works or not, it will be worth trying again next year.