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Part shade vegetable garden, what can I grow? 7 Replies

Started by JoAnn G. Last reply by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW Aug 28, 2013.

Has the lack of sunlight this summer caused roses to not bloom as much and tomatoes not to ripen? 12 Replies

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mums ...blooming.....ALREADY 9 Replies

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Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on April 28, 2012 at 1:50pm

This weather we are having is crazy.  Been too chilly for me to get outside and play. My iris have been blooming and freezing so they don't look to pretty but at least the plants are survivng the frosts we've been having. Just not picture worthy. :(

Comment by Priscilla Bryant, zn5 IL on April 23, 2012 at 7:25pm

My hostas, all varieties, are up and thriving. Peony stems are getting tall, and lillies are showing their heads. Of course these are all super sturdy. Fighting the urge to put out annuals before May frost date, but there's always lots more to do like getting the veggie beds ready.

Comment by Susan Tilghman Hawthorne on April 12, 2012 at 11:25am

Oh my the freezing temps are not a good thing in my backyard! The  beautiful bleeding heart bush looks like a giant stepped on the middle of it :(

Comment by Arden on April 9, 2012 at 12:08pm

Judy, I'm in New York near Albany, my hostas aren't up yet. Give it a a week or so. I don't have the problem but moles might eat them???

Comment by Judy Brewster on April 9, 2012 at 11:59am

HELP.  I have many hostas and in two sections of the garden - the biggest of the hosta plants are not coming up, they appear to have disappeared and the soil is loose in the area.  Any ideas?  Could something be eating them?

Thanks for you help.

Comment by Arden on April 9, 2012 at 11:24am

We get our composted cow manure from a local farmer that raises a few beef cows. If it's aged properly it does not have an odor and looks like beautiful black soil.

Comment by Raymond Biederer on April 9, 2012 at 11:23am

nay orgqanic fertilizer is good but if you are going to use chemicals TEST the SOIL FIRST. Most of the soils in Zone 5 have too much Phosphorusas it is and ytou will be waisting your money on something you do not need


Comment by Jessie lynn z5 on April 9, 2012 at 11:10am
I usually put in 3 parts new soil and one part manure I always make sure to Shetland potting soil and miracle grow soil every year
Comment by Melissa Smith Reagan on April 9, 2012 at 10:52am

Susan, horse or cow manure is excellent for all purpose fertilizer, however you must be sure (if you get it from the source) that it has been composting for at least a year.  Otherwise, it can burn your new veggies.  Llama manure is good also and has the added benefit that it doesn't burn even when fresh.  Chicken is okay if used sparingly.  You can also buy it from anyplace like Agway or Lowes in bags, and that has been sterilized to prevent weed seeds from growing.  Different veggies have different needs as to soil content but you can always use an all purpose plant food.  Fish parts and/or fish water are an excellent source of nutrients if you have a tank or a pond. 

Comment by Marti Alexander/zone 6-MI on April 9, 2012 at 10:46am

Susan - In my veggie growing days, I used to work in composted cow manure. It adds organic matter as well as needed nutrients. Check out your Indiana Agricultural Extension website for more information. Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener website has links to Michigan information at


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