Barbara, zone 8 VA
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diana Z9 Houston, Texas left a comment for Barbara, zone 8 VA
"Is the fence for deer?"
Sep 18, 2010
diana Z9 Houston, Texas left a comment for Barbara, zone 8 VA
"Barbara beautiful flowers and trees. I am like you, the mosquitoes will follow me everywhere, they like me but I hate them."
Sep 18, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to Ileana Reha's discussion What's up with my Tomatoes!? in the group Vegetable Gardens
"I agree with you both. I hate the spraying and my mosquitos are so bad, some days I will get thirty or more bites in just 10-15 minutes, running out to pick some fruit."
Sep 18, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to Violet (Zone 10)'s discussion Compost Ingredients in the group Compost
"I love the bean water idea!"
May 4, 2010
Carolyn Cline zone 6 & 7 VA left a comment for Barbara, zone 8 VA
"Hi Barbara, I received a comment from you, but I don't think that it was meant for me. However, it is good to hear from you anyway. I'm enjoying Spring in Virginia, just as you are, I'm sure! I don't think that there is any…"
May 4, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to Hannah Curto's discussion Starting from scratch in a back yard lawn. in the group Vegetable Gardens
"Mary Ellen adn Howard: great ideas. I have done this a few times by lining my compost pile with straw bales to keep it contained as I build up, and by the next year I have been able to plant in it. My current compost pile is inadequately decomposed,…"
May 3, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to Pam Wolfe's discussion Growing Potatoes in the group Vegetable Gardens
"My husband threw out some potatoes in the compost pile because they were sprouting and getting soft. They are now growing beautifully and I am heaping up straw to keep them producing more."
May 3, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to Mrs. B.'s discussion Lasagna garden issues and question!! Help...please! in the group Vegetable Gardens
"PS, I READ about the urine thing, in case you are wondering!"
May 2, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to Mrs. B.'s discussion Lasagna garden issues and question!! Help...please! in the group Vegetable Gardens
"I have done this before and gotten a small to modest crop of potatoes and green beans. I did use composted manure, however, and made a "pocket" of soil to plant plants or seeds in. If you find that your seeds don't do well, I agree…"
May 2, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to Lanier Hollingsworth Z8 TX's discussion Recipes with Herbs in the group Herbs
"Italian pasta pesto for Christmas Eve: one cup parsley, 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped, 1/3 cup toasted walnuts 1/4-1/3 cup olive oil. chop ing small food processor or mash in mortar. Serve with parmesan over fresh pasta."
Apr 27, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to Lanier Hollingsworth Z8 TX's discussion Recipes with Herbs in the group Herbs
"Potatoes Daphne (with an herbal twist): Peel about 2lbs potatoes and slice thinly, place in a casserole sprayed with nonstick spray. sprinkle on salt and ground nutmeg sparingly as you layer and add in sprigs of thyme and sparing amounts of rosemary…"
Apr 27, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to NaSingelyn's discussion Our cilantro dies after a few weeks planting in the group Herbs
"Try culantro which is available at Johhny's seeds in Albion, ME. Right now they are out of stock. It is a warm season taste-alike herb that is used in place of cilantro during the hot season in Central America."
Apr 27, 2010
Barbara, zone 8 VA replied to Violet (Zone 10)'s discussion Compost Ingredients in the group Compost
"Absolutely, Violet. I have not had a problem with pasta breaking down. I do, however, leave my compost for many months, sometime a whole year before using and that will break down most things! This year I plan to be careful not to compost my tomato…"
Aug 31, 2009
Barbara, zone 8 VA left a comment for DEBORAH PENCE ~ VA ~ ZONE 7A
"I have read about using osage orange trees as a hedge to block the deer for the plants on the protected side of the hedge. THey are lovely but have thorns that deer are unwilling to cross. Edible Landscaping in Afton, VA carries them. They are hardy…"
Aug 15, 2009
DEBORAH PENCE ~ VA ~ ZONE 7A left a comment for Barbara, zone 8 VA
"I planted a new flower bed last April that was suppose to be deer proof. Guess they didn't read the same magazine I did! I only have a fence around the pool ~ so the rest of the yard is like a buffet for them. I'm hoping that one day…"
Aug 10, 2009

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Intermediate
What kind of gardening do you like to do?
vegetables, herbs, flowers, bulbs, trees, shrubs, organic
How much time do you spend a week on average in your garden when weather permits?
15-20

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At 8:28am on September 18, 2010, diana Z9 Houston, Texas said…
Is the fence for deer?
At 8:27am on September 18, 2010, diana Z9 Houston, Texas said…
Barbara beautiful flowers and trees. I am like you, the mosquitoes will follow me everywhere, they like me but I hate them.
At 8:34am on May 4, 2010, Carolyn Cline zone 6 & 7 VA said…
Hi Barbara, I received a comment from you, but I don't think that it was meant for me. However, it is good to hear from you anyway. I'm enjoying Spring in Virginia, just as you are, I'm sure! I don't think that there is any prettier place to be than Virginia in the Spring! Have a good day! Carolyn
At 2:19pm on August 10, 2009, DEBORAH PENCE ~ VA ~ ZONE 7A said…
I planted a new flower bed last April that was suppose to be deer proof. Guess they didn't read the same magazine I did! I only have a fence around the pool ~ so the rest of the yard is like a buffet for them. I'm hoping that one day I'll have enough plants that it won't hurt for them to nibble a little but right now their visits are detrimental.
At 6:35am on August 5, 2009, DEBORAH PENCE ~ VA ~ ZONE 7A said…
I just have a fence around the pool and the only thing I can plant inside the fence is a few herbs, one squash plant and one tomato plant. The deer have been rough on my other tomato plants this year. They eat the tops out along with the blooms so I'm counting my days of fresh tomatoes.
At 2:00pm on July 6, 2009, Caleb J. Creel Z8 TX said…
Barbara - the Ginger arrived today! Thank you so much! I couldn't resist opening it here at the office - and am pleased to say that it is in great shape. I was a little concerned since it stayed with UPS over the weekend, but it look wonderful. Can't wait to get it in the ground tonight! :-)
At 9:45am on July 2, 2009, Caleb J. Creel Z8 TX said…
Barbara - I can't thank you enough! Hopefully it will get here today so I can get it in the ground this weekend! What are the temperatures like where you are right now? If it is a bit cooler there than it is here, I might put it in a pot for a couple of weeks, moving it in during the heat of the day and putting it out in the mornings/afternoons, then put it in the ground in a couple of weeks after it has gotten acclimated. Don't want to shock it... What do you think?
At 1:44pm on June 26, 2009, Cheryl Davis Z 8 VA said…
Hi Barbara, I've been working in the yard today in this dreadful heat.But I had to let you know I have an eggplant in my driveway garden! It's only about 5 inches but I feel like a proud parent! The tomatoes look like they will eventually do something but the eggplant got right to work!
At 11:03am on June 24, 2009, Caleb J. Creel Z8 TX said…
Barbara,

That would be WONDERFUL! So sweet of you to do that. Accept my friend's request so I can send you a private message with my address - don't want to post it on your wall for everyone to see...

Thanks, again!

CALEB
At 1:12pm on June 22, 2009, Caleb J. Creel Z8 TX said…
Thanks Barbara! :-) I am going to pick some up at the grocery store just to give it a try that way - although I read that most grocery store ginger has been killed by bleaching/boiling following harvest. Never hurts to try, though, right?
 
 
 

 

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