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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 4, 2012 at 12:00pm

I am envious of you all who are able to plant in-the-ground gardens and have a successful harvest. We do fine until the end of June, when the weather heats up, the Bermuda grass grows and the gophers become hungry. Then, any roots below ground are either choked or eaten. That is why all of my gardening is done in containers. Only trees, a few shrubs and grass are in-ground.

Containers pose some interesting challenges and unexpected benefits. For example, choosing containers is a challenge for our hot Arizona summers, while being kind to my pocketbook. The advantages of container gardens include saving my knees and back. I also find I use fewer seeds and resources with containers than I did in-ground gardening. I count seeds so I don't have to thin seedlings, which is good, because killing seedlings has always made me feel sad.

Comment by Charlotte Lewis on January 4, 2012 at 10:22am

Thank you, Laura.  Will you be planting in the soil directly or in containers atop the soil?? In what zone are you? I'm in Georgia zone (don't know my number yet). I have this visual in mind:  

Comment by Charlotte Lewis on January 4, 2012 at 9:40am

I'm glad to be part of this group!!  Ya'll seem very very knowledgeable!!!

I've been around gardens my entire life, but never managed more than a 9'x9' plot of tomatoes & herbs.

Now, we've moved & I have room for 4-5 plots.  

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 1, 2012 at 10:51pm

Okay fellow gardeners, the Phoenix area tied for a temperature record today, 81 degrees! I thought it was April! I had planned to do some real work in the yard today, and found myself breaking a sweat. I wanted to plant seeds it was so warm today. Even my dogs spent time in the shade. You just never know what the weather will bring here, there will certainly be frost at least once before spring, perhaps in February.

Happy New Year all!

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on December 30, 2011 at 12:52pm

Laura,

Up in P'Town you're going to have some problems with outdoor gardening through the winter unless you have a heated greenhouse and I'm betting you do not or you would not be asking.  One thing that will work for you are "cold-frames" ... go to youtube.com and search "building a cold-frame" or just "cold-frames" and you will find lots of good videos about and how to.   I've seen them used them under the snow up in Meadville about 90 miles north of you.  Greens like lettuce, spinich, broc, etc. are good candidates to consider.   Cheers!

Comment by Muriel Fish on December 30, 2011 at 11:43am

Nancy, Anaheims are the green chiles used in chiles rellanos.  They are roasted and peeled and stuffed with cheese or meat filling.  They are also used in huevos rancheros, scrambled eggs with Mexican seasonings. They range from mild to tolerably spicy.  Mine this year are pretty hot. May have cross pollinated with the Serranos.  I do have a small orange tree in its 2nd winter and a lime as well.  They have not yet produced fruit.  I had one orange that dropped off when about pea size.  I have probably close to a hundred lemons.  

Comment by Muriel Fish on December 25, 2011 at 10:59am

Merry Christmas my garden friends.  I went out to pick parsely yesterday and found two Anaheims on my leafless pepper plants.  We have had hard freeze here this week.  we're eating lots of lemons and juicing for the freezer.  

Comment by Vicky Myers on December 24, 2011 at 11:10pm

Oh also all my roofs would dump snow on it if we ever get any this yr. Would be just fine with me if we don't get any. So far just enough to say it did and it melted right away.

Comment by Vicky Myers on December 24, 2011 at 11:07pm

I'll bet that lettuce would grow just fine in an unheated greenhouse and any other cool crops. They probably wouldn't even care about the lower light. I had some over winter in the garden last yr and do wonderfully that spring. It was a red lettuce along with other cool crops. I have a little walk in greenhouse but I'm afraid to put it up without some way to chain it to the clothesline pole so it won't blow away when we get high winds again.

Comment by William Brooks Zone 7/OK on December 24, 2011 at 9:23pm

Merry Christmas Vicky I wanted to plant some lettuce and a few things down in the Greenhouse but was waiting to see how bad last months electric bill was from running the heater every day. Well I got it the other day and it went up 100 dollars but that could be from the house being heated also but still wasn't to bad. I turned off the heat to see what next month brings. I did figure one thing out and that was I installed wood panels on my gable ends of the greenhouse and I will probably be taking the south side off and installing clear panels or similar for there is not enough sun light getting in side.

 

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