January 2010 Blog Posts (56)


Hi I am Peggy form North Central Arkansas. I live on 80 acres about 15 miles south of the Missouri line. I am working hard to exspand everything from flower ,to vegtables, to herbs. The problem here is the rocks in our soil.

Last year I tried to move some vegatables to a new site without luck. Will go back to the old area this year. Hopes is to get a greenhouse up in early spring. and get ready to plant.I would rather be outside than in anyday.I am a retired nurse and love staying… Continue

Added by Peggy StClair on January 9, 2010 at 11:10am — 5 Comments

Where is Zone 7?

North Central Texas is usually listed as Zone 7 - All I can find is 8 or 9 and we are completely different weather wize than both of those. Help

Added by Vicky Ruffin Cupit Z7 Texas on January 9, 2010 at 10:37am — 2 Comments


No matter where you live i can help you plan your garden with computer landscaping.Check out some of my pictures.I will take a picture of your home and apply landscaping to it.And you will see what your home can look like with new landscaping before any work is


Added by john polachek on January 9, 2010 at 9:32am — No Comments


Please everyone past this on to all members:

Go to your own (MY PAGE) click on your name to edit. Add with your name the ZONE you live in and the STATE. See my name for an example. You will find that this will make communicating with people in your area easier. It makes sense to do this because while people in California are planting...we in the EAST are digging and it isn't dirt. It is SNOW. You will then understand just why that plant isn't in… Continue

Added by Janice Dugan z5/6 PA on January 7, 2010 at 2:50pm — 1 Comment

Ready for the freeze

Although we TXans don't get freezes like you northeners, we do have to take care of our plants when temperatures really drop below normal for us. It has taken me about 3 days of prep time to get my tropicals in my hallway and cover what I can outside. We are supposed to hit the teens which is extremely rare for our part of the country.

It's sad that things are going to die back but well like they say that's gardening.

I still have to go take care of my guava, banana trees,… Continue

Added by Patricia Valdez on January 7, 2010 at 9:46am — No Comments

Winter is a great time to get out those seeds and make seed tapes for spring!

How to Make Flower Seed Tapes with Toilet Paper and Glue

Using seeds tapes to plant flowers and vegetables makes sowing seeds quick and easy, but you don't need to purchase expensive seed tapes. Making your own puts you in charge of the kind of flowers you grow. This method works well for any fine seed from carrots to coleus and guarantees seeds will stay put until they… Continue

Added by Nannette Richford on January 5, 2010 at 10:03pm — 5 Comments

Winter Blues

Temperatures well into the negative digits all week, windy and frigid. Hard to force myself to go outside for chores. Now that the holidays are over, it is time to turn my attention to my garden! :) This week I broke open the garden planner and my seed catalogues.

I was pleasantly surprised to find THREE buy 25 get 25 free offers in my mailbox! It makes planning my garden so much more fun knowing I have that little bit "extra" to buy something special that I've been wanting but have… Continue

Added by Skeeter588 on January 5, 2010 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Newsletter Interest Anyone?

I just today received in the mail our Nature Coast Master Gardener (FL) newsletter today , which I have the privilege of editing. If you would like to check it out,go to: http://www.ncmgfl.org/; then click the link News and Info. I am always interested in reading other newsletters as I learn from them. I'm always looking for ways to improve our publication.

How many other newsletter editors or contributors are out there with ideas to share?

Added by Hjordis Owens on January 5, 2010 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Pebbles & children

There is something about pebbles that draw kids of all ages. With this idea in mind, I have decided that one element I want to put in my garden this coming summer is a pebble mosaic. Something whimsical that would draw a child in... regardless of their age. Perhaps something that includes dribbling water and other fun elements.

It was all inspired by my granddaughter, Tando this past summer, as she discovered rocks, and gravel & water & green things. Watching her discover the… Continue

Added by Anisah David on January 5, 2010 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Taking Stock in our Harvest in 2010

After reading an article in Mother Earth News I've been inspired to keep a spreadsheet on the costs and savings from having a vegetable garden this year. I have a scale that I will weigh my harvest with and then will check out local prices for organic produce to compare. I've already started my spreadsheet with costs so far.

So for set up this season, including hiring… Continue

Added by Rachel on January 4, 2010 at 11:08am — 2 Comments

Fulton Nursery Update

So I have approximately 250 agaves that are 2-3 years old and will fill out a 5 Gallon Liner nicely. I am thinking about trying to sell them for $10.00 during events in the Fulton area this spring.

Added by JB Zone 9a TX on January 3, 2010 at 1:06pm — 3 Comments

Snowy day in NE Ohio!

Jan. 3, 2010. What a snowy, blustery day it has been! It was snowing when we got up this morning and its still snowing this afternoon! We have a foot or more on the ground and its still coming! We played with the dogs this morning in the snow and fed the birds. Now its nice to sit in our warm cozy house, see the snow falling and watch the birds at the feeders. I had a couple 3 gallon nursery pots that I cut the bottoms out of and slipped over a couple lilac trees to keep the dogs from peeing on… Continue

Added by Deborah Miller on January 3, 2010 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Worm Composting: Way to a successful waste composting

Knowing and understanding Worm Composting

In every worm composting process, you need to start on the first step. There’s no thing as acceleration here, you have really to do all the necessary things before proceeding into the next level. In worm composting, the first step is you should already decide what kind of worms you will be using in your compost.

Maybe you are now thinking of the worms outside your house, but just to warn you it is never been advisable to use… Continue

Added by Camille Lozano on January 3, 2010 at 11:36am — No Comments

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