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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

Started by JoAnn G. Last reply by Linda Ivey Pinkepank Aug 26, 2013.

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

Started by Stacie Porterfield. Last reply by Garden Girl Jul 1, 2012.

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Comment by Susan Tilghman Hawthorne on April 9, 2012 at 10:16am

I'm a little confused about what fertilizer to use on my vegetable garden. I'm a newbie veggie gardener. I never had a sunny spot for a veggie garden before, but my new home has a garden space that the previous owners used.
I tried looking it up but I've gotten suggestions of 10-10-10, 18-6-12, 19-5-9, and 21-7-14.
I guess my question really is do I need higher nitrogen? or should it be even (10-10-10)
Thanks ::)

Comment by Susan Tilghman Hawthorne on April 9, 2012 at 10:11am

I have a plot for a veggie garden that was used by the previous owners of the house I just bought. I'm in zone 5A - what fertilizer should I put down and till in before planting? I'm a newbie veggie gardener and just plan to start with a few plants to see  how it goes this year.

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on March 23, 2012 at 10:48pm

the term "Landscaper" is used so loosely now, If you can own a fancy lawmower, gas sheers, blower with a decal on a truck you can call yourself a landscaper.

In my photos you can see where the neighbor landscapers butchered lilac bushes and stomped all over my plants.

I better not get started on this subject. :)

Comment by B. Brookie White on March 23, 2012 at 10:12pm

Down this garden path are 5 Pink Rhododendrons.  The foliage is dark plum colored most of the year.  The first time the landscaper planted them on the west side of the brick house and they started to rebel.  We lost several but saved these and moved them to the east side under shade.  We also learned that they don't like to be under a downspout.  

Comment by Stacie Porterfield on March 23, 2012 at 9:33pm

Brooke, it could be. If so- I have no idea how it got there! lol

Comment by B. Brookie White on March 23, 2012 at 7:57pm

Is it a tree peony.

Comment by Stacie Porterfield on March 23, 2012 at 7:34pm
Comment by Stacie Porterfield on March 23, 2012 at 7:34pm

No idea. Anyone help me remember what I planted?

Comment by Susan Tilghman Hawthorne on March 21, 2012 at 8:26am

Thank  you, Marti! That's exactly what it is! :) I looked up Star Magnolia (Magnolia Stellata) and the pictures looked exactly like my tree!!

It's so pretty. I hope it doesn't go terribly cold again!!

Comment by Marti Alexander/zone 6-MI on March 20, 2012 at 8:37pm

Susan - Looks like a Star Magnolia. I used to have one till too many freezes after blooms popped out killed it off. Blossoms don't like extremes of heat (short-lived bloom time) or cold, but it's really pretty when it's blooming.


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