Douglas Plotkin
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  • Chandler, AZ
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YourGardenShow commented on Douglas Plotkin's blog post raised gardens
"There are some great and inventive raised beds here: http://www.yourgardenshow.com/search?query=raised+beds and some of them have great recommendations about how to line the bottom to avoid the hearbreak of gopher break-ins later. There is also a…"
Oct 7, 2010
Douglas Plotkin replied to Sinclair Cindy's discussion Source for "Natures Helper" in Central GA? in the group Vegetable Gardens
"good old horse/cow manure"
Oct 6, 2010
stephen fitzwater, UT - zone 7a commented on Douglas Plotkin's blog post raised gardens
"great choice on going with raised beds, amazing results...!"
Oct 6, 2010
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raised gardens

I had a question and I was hoping ppl had some ideas or pictures.I live in arizona and am interested in having a raised garden built.With everyones expertise here and or imagination can you wonderful ppl think bout some ideas or if anyone is an artist and has ideas i would really appreciate it..tyvm.Doug
Oct 4, 2010
Douglas Plotkin replied to Kris AZ's discussion Arizona gardeners! in the group Arizona
"Good morning gardeners, I go to a site called organic gardening that has a chart on locations of the country and things to be done in the garden on any month you are looking at,very imformative"
Aug 16, 2010
Douglas Plotkin replied to Jessica Davis's discussion Beginner Gardener that needs help in the group Vegetable Gardens
"welcome, 1st things first ,we need goals and area of country .Once we get some ideas ,we can help you figure out some things,size of garden,above ground or in ground.several key answers please,once again welcome"
Jul 1, 2010
Douglas Plotkin replied to Douglas Plotkin's discussion birdhouse gourds in the group Vegetable Gardens
"it is so hot here thateven thou you think u have watered enough things dry up or the intense sun just does things in.our saying with our plants is if we can just make it thru the summer we will be ok,im a truck driver and my wife god bless her does…"
Jun 29, 2010
Douglas Plotkin replied to Douglas Plotkin's discussion birdhouse gourds in the group Vegetable Gardens
"where r u liz?? sounds both very interesting and a labor of love for you.i heard bout the self pollination and have triied on other plants.what others have u raised?? thank you for answering..i find these very cool cause of the history and the many…"
Jun 29, 2010
Douglas Plotkin replied to Douglas Plotkin's discussion birdhouse gourds in the group Vegetable Gardens
"i also read if you cut the tip of a vine it will help grow more females which we want more of,our plants r in part sun/shade so everything might just be alittle slow,being in arizona i think that helps because the direct sunlight is so harsh for…"
Jun 29, 2010
Sandy Driggers replied to Douglas Plotkin's discussion birdhouse gourds in the group Vegetable Gardens
"yes, male and female flowers on the same vine. ours put out only male flowers the first 4 weeks and then began mixing male and female- you can tell because the female flowers look like they have tiny little gourds at the base. ours is in full sun -…"
Jun 29, 2010
Douglas Plotkin replied to Douglas Plotkin's discussion birdhouse gourds in the group Vegetable Gardens
"thank you guys foe the response,we have alot of blossoms but no fruit,i read bout both male and female on same vine? we have alot of cats here but they dont mess with them.we want to grow gourds and let the kids make birdhouses out of but since its…"
Jun 29, 2010
Sandy Driggers replied to Douglas Plotkin's discussion birdhouse gourds in the group Vegetable Gardens
"I'm in Southeast Alabama- hot and humid...we don't have problems with wildlife and this is the first year I have grown birdhouse gourds. The vines are doing very well and they are not in good soil. I keep it watered and fertilize like the…"
Jun 28, 2010
Mary Ellen replied to Douglas Plotkin's discussion birdhouse gourds in the group Vegetable Gardens
"I live in CT and grow them every few years; I usually get 1 mature gourd from each plant by the end of the season. I get lots of tiny gourds that don't ripen on the vine before frost and end up rotting, but I guess that won't be a big…"
Jun 28, 2010
Charlie Patin Z8 TX replied to Douglas Plotkin's discussion birdhouse gourds in the group Vegetable Gardens
"The only thing that stops gourds here in TX for me is deer. They nearly grow wild if I let them and the deer don't get them. I don't have any growing this year because I produced a bumper crop for the last two years and haven't done…"
Jun 27, 2010
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birdhouse gourds

Hi,was wondering if alot of ppl are growing gourds,work w/ them and if so are they hard to produce . we live in arizona and arent sure if things are going ok..thank youSee More
Jun 27, 2010
Douglas Plotkin replied to Pam Wolfe's discussion Growing Potatoes in the group Vegetable Gardens
"we live in chandler,az and r growing potatoes in a soil medium,we just water alot and water alot. before planting however we added alot of soil and dug down quit abit to give the tubars area to grow. we have had pretty success with this as well"
Jun 27, 2010

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What kind of gardening do you like to do?
we have 4 gardens now..veggies and periennels
How much time do you spend a week on average in your garden when weather permits?
10 to 15

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raised gardens

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 8:22pm 3 Comments

I had a question and I was hoping ppl had some ideas or pictures.I live in arizona and am interested in having a raised garden built.With everyones expertise here and or imagination can you wonderful ppl think bout some ideas or if anyone is an artist and has ideas i would really appreciate it..tyvm.Doug

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