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so what have you planted? anything come up yet? what are you planning on planting?<br><br>
i'll go first! we have planted everything either in the garden or the greenhouse. in the garden is: peas just starting to come up, carrots just starting to come up, bunching onions just coming up, lettuce up for about a week, potatoes not up, yellow and white onion sets not up yet.<br>
in the greenhouse: corn up, broccolli up, lemon cukes and straight eight cukes up, watermelon and peppers not up yet.<br><br>
how about you?
 

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Do I count?<br>
If not I won't bore anyone with my craziness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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we have starts for broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and cantaloupe here. wish us luck with thsoe since this is the first time we have done our own starts. chloe also started her own sunflowers.<br><br>
we will be doing carrots, radishes, peas, tomatoes (starts from store), peppers (also from store) zucchini, strawberries, pumpkins (getting started), mixed greens, and lots of herbs! i think this is it, i should ask my neighbor since she is growing here too.
 

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Do I count?<br>
If not I won't bore anyone with my craziness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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you wierdo, of course you count? sorry to leave out the local north idahoans! hee hee
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">you wierdo, of course you count? sorry to leave out the local north idahoans! hee hee</div>
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Hey, you never know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I don't know if many other north Idahoans regularly check this forum though.<br><br>
I'll be back after making dinner... But to start, I've already harvested some chives and lemon thyme this year... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"> Good to know they survived the winter (didn't mulch or anything, just forgot about it), and I have some curly parsley coming back as well.
 

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Okay.<br><br>
I had the hubby finally finish up some shelves down in my pantry - he'd left one wall for later, and later ended up being really good for my gardening and seed starting. So down in the pantry I have a bunch of baby tomatoes (7 kinds), peppers (3 kinds), basil (2-3 kinds), dill, artichokes (this I'm a little wary of, I didn't start them back in January, so we'll see what happens), basil (did I mention I planted a ton?), marigolds, cilantro, feverfew, parsley. Oh, and tomatillos. I stuck the peppers and a few tomatoes on top of a heating pad to help with germination, and now I think I'll need to find homes for some of them.<br><br><br>
The complete rundown of what I'm aiming to plant:<br><br>
Herbs: Sweet basil, lettuce leaf basil, chives, cilantro, dill, mint, extra triple curled parsley, dark green italian parsley, thyme, marigolds, feverfew.<br><br>
Vegetables: Violetta precoce artichoke, blue lake pole beans, danvers carrots, cosmic purple carrots, kinko carrots, red cored chantenay carrots, homemade pickles cucumbers, dasher cucumbers, black seeded simpson lettuce, little gem romaine lettuce, tom thumb lettuce (a few of each lettuce is in the garden already), a few red onions (from sets), 5 dozen walla walla onion sets (need to get these in the ground once I move the roses), sugar snap peas, snow peas, lincoln shelling peas, hungarian wax peppers, california wonder peppers, sunrise orange peppers, red pontiac potatoes, russet burbank potatoes, all blue potatoes, black beauty zucchini, yellow scallop squash (not sure where this is going - it was a freebie with a Baker Creek order and dh wants to plant 'em), tomatillo verde, rutgers tomatoes, siberian tomatoes, early girl tomatoes, brandywine tomatoes, saucy paste tomatoes, purple russian tomatoes, ananas noise/black pineapple tomatoes.<br><br>
Fruits: A lone apricot tree, 3 apple trees - one of which we actually pruned this year, 4 blueberry bushes, one lonely grape vine, some raspberry stalks, and some strawberries.<br><br>
We're moving the blueberries, raspberries and strawberries this year to more permanent homes as I've started figuring out what I want where. Dh is also building me at least one 4x12' raised bed - less grass for him to mow.<br>
What I also plan to get in addition to what I already have is some german striped tomatoes, some manitoba tomatoes and another dozen strawberry plants (ozark beauty I believe) from the little greenhouse/nursery down the street. The kiddos and I walk down there at least once a week to look at the baby plants. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I want to plant but we have been overgrown with Bamboo in the back yard.. meaning roots and all.. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of it without using too many chemicals? Kids are outside playing when I am gardening.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I want to plant but we have been overgrown with Bamboo in the back yard.. meaning roots and all.. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of it without using too many chemicals? Kids are outside playing when I am gardening.</div>
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Hey Angela!<br><br>
I know that there are lots of gardeners that LOVE bamboo, and would love FREE bamboo. We were one of those. Someone had place an add on craigslistdotorg, and a bunch of us Bamboo lovers showed up with our own tools, (important to put that in the ad, as Bamboo can break tools), and we each dug up a ton of it and took it home.<br><br>
They owners were DELIGHTED! No pesticides, no cost!!! And all of us that left with it were also happy, happy, happy!<br><br>
Also, you may want to buy some plastic or HUGE garbage bags, as the roots will need to be watered well and wrapped for the journey<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Well, Russ and I have already successfully killed off four tomato plants. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We have four more from seed that I'm afraid to plant quite yet. If I kill those, we're just going to get plants from the store and skip the seeds. I'm also going to get green bean plants. I have to plant in pots since we're on the base, so I've been trying to decide what else to plant.<br><br>
I also tried starting seeds for sweet peas (they're barely hanging on), four o'clocks (two out of eight grew), some white flower that starts with a "c" (growing well inside but haven't transplanted yet) and some mystery seeds from my MIL (didn't grow at all). And I cleared the flower beds of dying daffodils today in prep for new flowers. Though maybe I'll plant strawberries in one of the spots - I didn't know they grew ok out here!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hey Angela!<br><br>
I know that there are lots of gardeners that LOVE bamboo, and would love FREE bamboo. We were one of those. Someone had place an add on craigslistdotorg, and a bunch of us Bamboo lovers showed up with our own tools, (important to put that in the ad, as Bamboo can break tools), and we each dug up a ton of it and took it home.<br><br>
They owners were DELIGHTED! No pesticides, no cost!!! And all of us that left with it were also happy, happy, happy!<br><br>
Also, you may want to buy some plastic or HUGE garbage bags, as the roots will need to be watered well and wrapped for the journey<br><br>
Good luck!</div>
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hmm that could work. I would have to talk to DH about it and see. Only issue is the area where it is all at is right next to our water main. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: So one miss with the shovel and BAM there goes a line.
 

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I'm really not trying to be dense, but did you put those tomato plants outside? Because it's just too cold outside for them right now, at least IMO. According to my local nursery gals, our zone's last frost date is May 15th (zone 5), and nothing heat loving (tomato, basil, peppers, etc.) should even think of going outside until then. They'll die and turn black. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I'm being extra cautious and planning on my "last frost date" as Memorial Day weekend and doing a bunch of outdoor planting and transplanting that weekend. My mom also killed her tomatoes last year because her pots were only 6 inches deep (they were big and round, but really shallow).<br><br>
Strawberries do pretty well - although you may need to guard them from your little one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I swear my 3.5yo got 3/4 of the strawberries from last year...
 

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ive heard a lot of people say that 2 weeks after bloomsday (the 1st weekend in may) is when they plant all the heat loving stuff. its been a pretty good rule of thumb for us too.
 

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Yeah, I put them outside - I did seed starters inside and my MIL said they were big enough to go outside. Oops! I also managed to kill off the second set of tomatoes, sigh. But my sweet peas are actually thriving despite Russ's desire to water them every time we go in or out the door.<br><br>
Can anyone recommend a nursery to get a couple tomato and green bean plants? (And I already know I need to guard these - last year a neighbor had a cherry tomato pot and the two kids were constantly picking off tomatoes!)<br><br>
Do strawberries grow in semi-rocky soil? Along our driveway they did a mix of mulch and lava rock and I've tried sifting out the rock but haven't been very successful. But I have a big patch where I removed two ugly bushes that would be perfect if they'd grow there! (Always assume I know nothing about growing things.)
 

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I bet the tomatoes were big enough... it's just the weather wasn't ready for you yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Spokane has got to have a Farmer's Market, and I think Liberty Lake has one too. At ours I saw at least half a dozen vendors selling baby plants.<br>
Unless you want to come out and visit me - I could probably share a few Purple Russian and Rutgers and Early Girl plants. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But I plan on getting a few extra tomato plants <span style="font-size:xx-small;">(my mantra this year is that you cannot have too much basil or tomato plants!)</span> from <a href="http://www.kootenaicountyfarmersmarket.com/tomatolady.htm" target="_blank">The Tomato Lady</a> here in town. She lives near me, and is super duper nice. She opened May 1st, and the kids and I have already visited her three times so far (four if you include the farmer's market). We're also just blocks from Judy's Greenhouse in Hayden, but they get most everything shipped in rather than grown from seed. They've also seen us numerous times already this season. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
Strawberries will typically do well as long as you've got them in full sun - they don't *love* partial shade. Ask me how I know this... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Our "soil" is half rock, half dirt. What dh has been doing as he's building our new raised beds is screening the soil as he puts it back in. Just a few pieces of wood with a 1/4" screen attached (nailed?) on it - I think there's photos somewhere in my blog if you're feeling adventurous. Works fabulous, and I'm just waiting for him to finish up the first one so I can transplant our strawberries. If you haven't already, see if your library has a copy of Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew - he has some good ideas (although the Mel's Mix is a bit much for me, I'm too cheap to do that). Especially for non-permanent type gardens if you need that kind of thing.<br><br>
Green bean plants... you *might* be able to find them somewhere, but I believe they prefer being direct-sown... someone else correct me if I'm wrong. I'm not planting ours until Memorial Day weekend. And last year because we weren't nearly on top of the whole gardening thing (I blame the 1yo, teehee), we didn't even plant our zucchini, cucumber and beans until well into June. Still got really decent crops, despite me accidentally ignoring them and forgetting to water.
 

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I know there's a Farmers Market downtown, I think Wednesdays and Saturdays? I thought there was a small organic grocery store with a market on weekends by the Hastings on Wellesley, but it was empty when I stopped there today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I didn't realize they usually sell plants at markets, too! Good to know. I just want a couple cherry tomato plants, since Russ likes things bite size and my husband prefers cherry tomatoes on his salads. (Hmmm, how does one grow lettuce?)<br><br>
I've been trying to sift out the rocks - my FIL built me a screen - but it's tedious and it's also the front yard, so it's hard to work and watch Russ around the road. In the back yard, I made a raised bed and just left the layer of lava rocks on the bottom for drainage, with about five inches of new dirt on top. All I have planted there is a row of primroses so far - it's a very shady spot (no sun past noon or so) so I don't know what to plant. I don't think any veggies or fruit would appreciate the lack of sun.<br><br>
The spot for the strawberries is very sunny, though. So maybe they will survive my "care." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Do I get them as plants or are they better from seed, too?<br><br>
I will look for that book - I need all the help I can get!! Thanks for all the advice!
 

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Get the strawberries as plants. I believe it's too late to start from seed and see anything this year (especially if you're as impatient as I am). We've gotten strawberries from so many places over the years... Freecycle, Tomato Lady, Home Depot, Judy's, etc. Try local folks before Home Depot/Lowe's if you can. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> From what I understand, strawberry plants are supposed to have a 3-year life cycle... 1st = some strawberries, 2nd = produce lots of runners and some strawberries, 3rd = some runners and some strawberries. But I don't pay attention to which plant is how old, but they mine do send out a ton of runners to make new plants. Kinda cool.<br><br>
Sifting rocks... Dh sets up his screen over a yard wagon, sifts the dirt into the wagon, then dumps the rocks into a wheelbarrow. Rocks then magically appear across the street and we magically have mostly soil instead of rocks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
I do know that some plants do like/tolerate shade, but I can't remember off the bat which ones. Zucchini seems to do decently no matter where you put it... Some of our peas, possibly carrots, potatoes and lettuce will have some late afternoon/evening shade after we trim up the trees on the back edge of our garden... Everything in our front yard gets evening shade, but that's after 8-12 hours of straight sun... Half the time they're partially wilted by the end of the day because it's so much un-diffused sun.<br><br>
Lettuce... Sow the seeds, water, watch them grow. They're somewhat cold tolerant, so you could have sown some outside already. I have a cat problem, so from now on I'm starting my lettuce indoors, then when they're big enough to mulch with straw I'll set them out. Otherwise the darn neighbor cats dig 'em up or cover them with dirt for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I only had 7 lettuce seedlings appear outdoors, out of like 5 times as many seeds that I planted. Plus this way (starting them indoors) I'll have slightly more room out in the garden for the other stuff I've bought/grown that I didn't have a place for yet.
 

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salad greens (lettuce, spinach, mesclun) all like a little shade. our summer can get too hot for them in full sun. they grow sooooo fast though, and you can pick either as a full head or just outer leaves and still have greens for a long time.<br><br>
my book i have that has done me well is: the vegetable gardener's bible.<br><br>
anyone got any tips on how to keep your cat out of your garden beds?
 

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I've tried forks, but that's so-so. We still have hundreds left over from our wedding, so I went nuts around my lettuce. Didn't really seem to faze the cats. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I am debating trying to find some catnip plants and sticking them either across the yard or in the front yard with a cage over them to distract the kitties... The cage (old dishwasher drainer or some other random thing) so they don't dig up the plants out of love... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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OK, I finally bought full-size tomato plants and two cucumber plants, and planted green bean seeds - and it's COLD! What's up with this?? At least the rain is giving them a good soaking.<br><br>
I decided against strawberries since we won't likely be here next year to reap the most benefits.
 

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Yeah, the weather's a bit insane. I miss spring. Didn't we have like one week of spring a while ago? *sigh* I was on my way to the gym last night when it started pouring. My seedlings were out in the yard with no protection. I raced home in the 2-inches of standing water on the highway and promptly went outside to get soaked (even my underwear was damp) and move my plants next to the house. So now they're *really* wet, but not dead.
 
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