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Comment by Carol McIntyre/Zn5/WI on May 13, 2009 at 9:48pm
Me again, Michelle---- When kinds of perenniels did you purchase? Do you have a plan as to where you'll plant them? I work in a garden center so talk to people about stuff like this all day long...... and really enjoy it!!
Comment by Michelle Renee Z4/5a on May 13, 2009 at 8:56pm
I just bought three flats of perennials, I have got the itch to plant them, do I need an intervention?
Comment by Carol Nelson/z4/MN on May 13, 2009 at 2:52pm
Has anyone used red plastic for tomatoes? I bought some a few years ago, but never tried it out and I'm thinking of using it this year. If you have tried it, let me know what your results were. Thanks!
Comment by Debra Culshaw on May 13, 2009 at 9:00am
I am so excited for you that you aren't allowing your limitations to stop you from gardening. I believe you will find that the raised beds will help, I put black plastic under my tomatoes, cucs and squash. Eliminates most of the weeding plus warms the soil. I leave it on over winter, pull it back in spring, add compost, till then place plastic back on. This is my third season doing this and has worked will for me. I had raised beds until my wood rotted so until I find another solution, its back to ground level for me. Good luck and yes gardening is fun.
Comment by AbiKat on May 13, 2009 at 8:36am
Good morning! I am new here to this Forum and I'm also new to gardening.
Sorta. As a child my Mom always had gardens that were bigger then our back yard but she did all the planning planting and most of the harvesting. I learned a bit along the way although it was mostly about weeding.

I have a handicap that makes it so my knees don't bend. As you can imaging, gardening has always been a struggle to figure out. After a few small, in the ground, garden attempts that failed miserably because I just couldn't get the weeding done I came up with a plan.

I designed tall garden beds and had my husband build them. They stand 2 feet off the ground. I had a delivery of course washed sand to fill the bottom half and a delivery of garden mix black dirt to fill the top half.

Today, I will plant the seeds.

I am so exited to make this work and I hope to build two more bed boxes soon for potatoes and corn. I am learning a lot and having a blast.

-Elizabeth
Comment by Debra Culshaw on May 12, 2009 at 2:26pm
Hi Happy Gardeners, I am new to gardeners index I have always lived in zone 4 and love it,yes it is a challenge, but mostly a rewarding one. My tulips and grape hyacinths are in bloom. Bleeding hearts white and red, lilacs are just starting to open and the ornamental apple trees are all in bloom, just humming with honey bees!! The fragrance is just beyond anything you could ever bottle. Everything is up, the last to show itself is the ballon flower. Which makes me wait every year before I weed in case I should lop off their noses. I garden in different cycles early, mid season and late season. I have a continuous flow of flowers all spring summer and fall. I have found that incorporating flowering shrubs into this cycle provides wonderful results. I am now, this year am going to try my luck at a reliance peach tree. A few people I know have tried and have had good luck. So we will see. I am looking forward to reading and getting to know all of your gardening tricks, I have learned so much from other people and also just from trial and error. We all like to push our zone limits once in awhile. Sometimes to our delight it works. So happy spring to you all and take time to just sit back and enjoy the wonder of this glorious plant we live on!
Comment by Mary Ann Morris on May 12, 2009 at 7:34am
well, folks, I am going to pretent that spring is here! Love zone 4, keeps you on your toes!
Comment by Tracy G z4/5 ME on May 12, 2009 at 7:09am
Hi there! I am new to this site as well. I also live in central Maine and tend to stick with zone 4 plants, just in case. I have been gardening for 5 years now. We have an acre of land that was/is mostly pine trees, so gardening has been a challenge. I'm learning that I need to buy plants that flower at different times of the season so I always have color! This is a really nice place to get information and see what others are doing. Happy Spring!
Comment by Mimi Peterson on May 9, 2009 at 2:30pm
Hi. I am new to the gardnersindex. We are in IL, and my Lilac Bushes just opened! Usually they open three weeks ago. I am so sad! My Red Bud, which is only three years old, did not bloom at all! So sad. I have been hard at work prepping all of my beds. I have a huge side yard that borders an alley. I cover the entire thing with annual Cut & Come Again Zinnias. They are talked about through out the neighborhood. Yesterday, 77, today, 45. Too soon to move them outside. Same goes for my Morning Glories and Moon Flowers. But, we are getting ready! Happy Mother's Day!
Comment by Shannon Swift on May 7, 2009 at 8:09pm
Hi I'm in central Maine..kind of boarder line zone 4/5. Not always sure what side of the line I'm suppose to be on. I'm new here at this site. Been gardening in Maine for about 10yrs now. I have a small 30 x 30' garden for veggies (and sunflowers, nasturtiums, and marigolds) I have a few perennials planted here and there around the house. I'm a stay at home mom of 8 (oldest is 18, "baby" is 5 1/2)...looking forward to planting my garden...when it dries out and my husband is done tilling it. :)
 

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