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new today--gardening with disabled adults

Hi,I want to do a gardening project at work with disabled adults, seniors and people in wheelchairs. We only have a sidewalk outside. Where do we start? When do we start? Container gardening? Compost bin? How? We do a cooking class with our clients every Thursday for lunch. Pizza garden? We are in Modesto Ca. Thank you for any help. Lacey

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Welcome all..

Kaleanae, Plants didn't do well here in Pennsylvania either. Could be many reasons.

Laceydee, I would suggest something small and simple like growing herbs in pots, nice to grow and edible as well..

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Hello: My name is Linda and

Hello: My name is Linda and I live in St. Albans, West Virginia, which is about 15 miles south of our capital city, Charleston. I love working in my flower garden and sometimes have a small vegetable garden in the back yard. I am married, retired and we have two sons and three grandchildren. I love spending time with my family, having family meals when we can all get together. Its getting harder and harder for everyone to be in one place at one time, but we try. We always have big meals together on Thanksgiving and at Christmas. We do reserve those two holidays, and sometimes Easter, to make sure we're all together. I love the information I've gotten from the Old Farmer's Almanac, have gotten it for years and love being able to access it on the internet. I look forward to talking with you and, from time to time, asking for advice and perhaps being able to share info of my own.

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Drying Fresh Flowers

I need help with a very important topic. Can someone please share with me the "recipe" for preserving fresh flowers to keep? I have flowers from my sister-in-law's funeral and I really want to keep some of them and I've forgotten how to do it. Thank you so much. I will really appreciate any information.

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Possibly,

you could do the old fashioned press method, by pressing the flowers in old magazines with lots of weight on them.

Also some flowers can be hung upside down and dried, I know roses can be done this way,,,,,and maybe carnations?

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Hello

I live in Bountiful, Utah with my children and cats. I have also gardened in Colorado and Alaska.
As a landscape consultant and garden coach I love teaching others about gardening especially growing herbs and organic gardening subjects.
I would love to connect with you.
My blogs:
Eat Your Landscape - edible landscaping
http://eatyourlandscape.blogspot.com/
Herb Gardening http://herbgrow.blogspot.com/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Herbarium

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Welcome Herbarium!

"Eat Your Landscape" is a topic right up our alley, so enjoy the forums and chime in impulsively!!!!

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Hello, I am a girl trying to start her own organic garden

I am married for almost a year, and just move to a house with a big backyard, I love to grow herbs, vegetables, and taking care of my fruit trees. I live in zone 9 so I am getting ready and researching because I want to have a garden all year long -during winter ya!-
I have a blog where I share the things I like about my garden which is a work in progress. take a look here
www.howisitincalifornia.blogspot.com
I am in my twenties and learning, if you have any tip for my garden you can leave a comment on my blog.
I am dealing with a soil full of roots from old trees and I believe my soil is also clayish. I am not sure what to do. I need some help.

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Hello, I am a girl trying to start her own organic garden

I am married for almost a year, and just move to a house with a big backyard, I love to grow herbs, vegetables, and taking care of my fruit trees. I live in zone 9 so I am getting ready and researching because I want to have a garden all year long -during winter ya!-
I have a blog where I share the things I like about my garden which is a work in progress. take a look here
www.howisitincalifornia.blogspot.com
I am in my twenties and learning, if you have any tip for my garden you can leave a comment on my blog.
I am dealing with a soil full of roots from old trees and I believe my soil is also clayish. I am not sure what to do. I need some help.

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Welcome to the forums Andreyka...

If you start a new post and put that last line of your post in it, we can get started on what you need to do.

To start a new post, go back to the Gardening Forum's index (main) page and at the top click on the button that says "new post"

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Joined: 2011-03-06
Planting dates bug free??

Someone was saying there are planting dates (astronmy) (bug free)??? Does anyone know about this???? I

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Joined: 2011-03-03
community gardening

Hello:I started gardening 2 yrs ago.I saw a need to learn to grow my own food,as we all know the cost of commurcieal food are way out of control.I use to drive big truck and the roads I traveled I alway saw road side veggs stands, but where I live there was not any.thing happen to were I lost my job.
Will my grand father has 2 ac of land,and I thought all this ground there must be something I can do with it,So I thought community gardening.So I'am growing cantalopue's and water melons.
I was in the local supermarket the other day and they had water-melon's there for 8 dollar,I almost passed out.and the melons wasnt no bigger than cantaloupe's.
as i said earlyer I drove big rigs for a liveing.with the cost of fuel and the cost to higher a drive.I know why food has gone out of control.By growing food's localy we can cut out the middle man.Every city in America can grow food's localy and supply the supermarkets.
Americans need to get away from commuercial food chains.

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Welcome mugoo!

Good luck with this!

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Joined: 2011-04-24
newbie here

Hello, hope to meet new fellow gardeners. I live zone 7b/8a in central west texas, about 90 miles south of Lubbock, Tx, if anyone knows where that is. Hope to get composting this year and turning my front lawn into anything but grass, watering restrictions here already. Hope someone will have suggestions. Need ideas on a flowering privacy screen as well. See I need lots of help!

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I have been reading the

I have been reading the Almanac for years but first time to the forum. I am a Louisiana transplant and currently live in western NY and though I do grow a few veggies, my main focus and specialization is hummingbird gardening. I also moderate an online hummingbird forum.

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Welcome Newbies....

Humming birds are cool.
could you post a link to the site?
I have been looking up plants that draw hummingbirds... Be interesting to see what success others have had in luring them.

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Hummingbird Forum Link

Here is the link to the The Hummingbird Forum

We discuss the best plants to grow for hummingbirds, best feeders with regards to ease of use, clean and price, how to make your own nectar which is safer than commercial nectars with chemicals added as well as how often feeders should be cleaned and nectar replaced. We have federally licensed banders as well as a hummingbird rehabber that provide input on migration and who to contact if you find an injured hummingbird. We have those that are brand new to gardening and those that are seasoned gardeners and everything in between. Feel free to join us. It is a very active forum at this time of the year.

Just about anything you want to know about hummingbirds and the plants that they use can be found on our forum.
Our members are located all across the lower 48 as well as Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica and Colombia and we also have a list of reliable online plant retailers.

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Gardening in Upstate South Carolina

Hi! I am new to this forum, and am hoping to get some inspiration/insight on the gardening in this new state/yard of mine. I came from a mostly shade Pittsburgh PA yard to a sun baked acre and have no clue how to keep things alive down here! (lol) I would like some ideas on ornamental bushes, full sun plants for up against the house (maintenance free preferrably. I don't know- any ideas are welcome!!!! Feel free to chime in with any ideas!

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new to gardening...

i think its fun watching the little plants grow. I planted lemon cucumbers last year and that was fun. i tried purple carrots but those i kinda got bored with and stopped watering... i though they would surely dye but this year i found little holes where animals ate the carrots. i pulled some chewed carrot pieces and they were purple. ha.

i started some veggies indoors a long time ago. kept putting it off cause of all the rain.
but i now have some
cucumbers,
lemon cumumbers,
tomatoes
and some jalapenos

anyone know if my timing is way off? the plants look soo tiny. and i already lost 2 tomatoe plants and 2 cucumber plants to bunnys. anything i can do about the bunnys?

im also interested in planting corn, watermelons, bird guard, sunflowers and snap beans... any tips?? any weird veggies (but easy to grow)that i should try?

near Portland TN

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apple blossoms

We have a gala apple tree that really produced well the 2nd year. now this year not even a blossom. We sprayed and trimmed as suppose to. What could have happened?

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they often only produce only every other year,

especially a good crop.

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gardening tomato's

hi my name is anita and for the life of me i'm having the hardest time growing any kind of tomato(whether in the ground or pot. maybe about 5 and that's it. what can i add to my potting soil to get a good crop ??? pls help., ilove gardeing but it seems to dislike me. bah hum bug

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Just started planting

Hi my name is ritchie and i'm from massachusetts,my daughter bought me a lot of veg. and spice plants in which we potted yesterday.I live in an apartment that gets sun all day long and my question is "i put my plants out on a rubber flat roof,is that to much heat for the plants being the roof does get hot! thanks

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Welcome Newbies

Ritchie, It could be to hot, black roofing absorbs heat. Try putting something white or a lighter color under the pots to act as a insulator.

Every little bit helps

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hello to all I'm happy to be here

I garden in Sour Lake Texas sandy clay soil Burpees tells me i'm in zone 8 everyone else tells me i am in zone 9 I like 8 better lol
I am trying my hand at growing concord grapes some say no way and some are growing it just fine so we will see.
In the mean time feel free to write me if you are growing concord grapes please :-)

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Joined: 2011-06-09
Introduction & Mugwort question

Hello all! I just joined and am excited to think about all I can learn here.
I have a small herb garden (9 ft diameter circle) with some wonderful mugwort growing. I have always used the leaves and discarded the stalks, but the stalks are nice and fibrous and I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to rett them to extract the fibers? Would the process be the same as it is for flax? I am a fiber spinner and am always looking to try new fibers!
Thanks and I hope to make lots of new friends here!

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Welcome Newbies

If you have questions about your gardens, Please start a new thread. This will get you help the fastest.

Enjoy.....

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Joined: 2011-06-30
Need to know how to water!

I am new to gardening and the books and sites I've scanned always mention watering 1- to 2-inches of water for lawn and veggies. I don't know how to measure that. Is it done with a hose or watering can, or can it be done with both? How is this done? I really need help with this. Thanks.

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greetings

Greetings to all. My name is Jon and I am new to gardening. My mom and dad both enjoyed gardening throughout thier lives together. They had a very long retirement together (30 years) and enjoyed planting and working a large garden. They are both gone now and I'm trying to carry on the gardening in their memory. I was never around much for the planning and the planting, but I know how to hoe and pull weeds. I just need a few questions answered.

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Hello Almanac Friends New to

Hello Almanac Friends

New to the group but not new to the ideals of a simplier time in the busy crazy world we live in today. Ages ago we gardened in NW Arkansas out of necessity and as kids we just did what we were told. Now at 50-ish my wife and I have a renewed interest in providing our own as much as possible. We have a 2 acre homesite with some infastructure complete at this time. years ago you could not even drive to our property but with hard work, on weekends, we have cleared, burned, and developed a small footprint in just the right spot. We visit every weekend as a family where we cook, work, or just hang out with some braughts on the grill. A small Shed and deck gives us a spot to gather, Slowly we have aquired our well, electricty, and excavation plus footings for our small home. We absoultly love being here and the nice thing is we only live 5 minutes away. We want to build out of pocket, no bank or lending company, so it may take a few years. This year however we added a small 10ft. by 12ft. garden with deer netting around to keep these guys out. So far so good. We have had brutal heat for 2 months, preceded by heavy rain and flooding, however we have managed to grow a small wonderful garden that has delivered us with Tomatoes, Lettuce, cukes, onion, garlic, peas. In progress are mellons, and more squash. Today we fought back the "squash bugs" after they devoured most of the first set.Keeping everything watered enough right now is a job. But we get so much satisfaction from this small garden, inspite of the sweat and heat. We appreciate all the comments and the Farmers Almanac for all the useful info. We are learning all over again as adults but enjoy it so much. Thank you for letting me ramble.......good luck to all. Sincerely Mark
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Greetings to all

Hello I'm not new to Old Farmers Almanac but I am new to this forum. I live in the National Forest in the north center part of Florida and like to mess with plants/trees and nature. We've tried vegy gardens for the last 4 years off and on. The first 2 were pretty good then we didn't do any the following yr.(Family issues) Off and on we try to start a garden and sure as our luck would have it we would loose most of it because of our lack of knowledge and/or time that was taken from it for other reasons.We usually do well with tomatoes,okra and squash but for some reason the only survivor was the okra(can always depend on them) and a couple of beans. We had corn and it did better this year than last but still no edible ears. So this fall I am trying to go with one row of each of the following and we'll see what we're good at.;~):
spinach,carrots,radish,snow-sugar Ann & Daddy Peas for sure. Have to check on Japanese Egg Plants,Brussel sprouts,Small round carrots,Bush Blue lake beans. I'll search to see if they will make it til Dec at least in my area.
So you can probably expect to here from me in the Garden forum mostly.:~)
Regards
BT

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Welcome Newbies

Feel free to start a new thead (post)and jump right in :)

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Hello, I love to garden! I

Hello, I love to garden! I live in MI. zone 5a and have a rather large garden that I grow for food banks and those in need. I love helping people and enjoy sharing my knowledge.

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HI

Another Michigander here...I'm in Muskegon..where are you?

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Welcome...

Noble calling.. We need as many knowledgeable people as we can get... helps everyone out..

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gardening tips

I am newbie and great to join this site.I have less knowledge about gardening.I want to make a small garden at my home sphere area suggest me what things should grow to make it so awesome

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Welcome Daisy

Your best bet is to post a "new topic" directly into the garden forum and ask your question(s) there :)

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I'm new

My name is Buffy and I live in central Florida. I just planted my first garden . ( I had gardens growing up , but my parents did most of the work & I just helped) I'm really worried about bugs and ants. We have a lot of ants on our property.

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Eating from the garden

I live in Greenville, SC, keep a garden and feed a growing family from it all summer and through the winter, along with my husband. I keep a blog about growing, cooking and preserving food. My latest post is at http://www.cinader.com/?p=176

We get ants too. I usually break up their hills if they are in my garden, and watch them scatter. It's never over. There might be a natural remedy to keep them out of the garden, not sure.

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ants in the garden

Hi, Buffy, Unless they're fire ants, regular ants are usually a good bug in the garden. They eat aphids. See this article on the web site: http://www.almanac.com/content/getting-antsy-ants-garden

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Ants

Thanks
I think the ants in my garden are fire ants . I've really worked hard on this garden and I don't want the ants to destroy it.

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fire ants

The most effective solution is fire ant baits with Spinosad. Don't wait. Sprinkle it around each mound in the later afternoon or when fire ants are foraging. See this page for brand names:
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/gardening/hgic1263.html

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Ants in the garden

It's always as good idea to try to peacefully coexist with insects such as ants. But if they become a problem in your yard or garden, try this tip: For only one or two hills, sprinkle instant grits on the anthill. When the ants take them to the nest, the queen and workers eat them, and the grains swell up and kill them. It will take about two days before all activity stops. Twenty years ago, we had a bad ant problem. Now, I control them in the yard and garden with instant grits.

M K S
Oh, finally a decent use for

Oh, finally a decent use for grits!I will try that on the fire ants. They have been worse here in houston than I ever remember.I tried the boiling water route, and all I got was burned toes. I think the little devil ants used the hot water to do their laundry, as they looked quite dapper and happy later. I'll try the grits. Just don't try to make me eat it.

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New to forum

I am brand spankin new. I like gardening but have no idea what I'm doing and usually kill things that aren't perennials, but I'm learning! I have experience with herbs, but not really knowledge of how to grow them well.

We live in downtown Chattanooga, have a few skimpy blueberry bushes, thriving blackberry bushes, sage that is on a comeback from a thyme explosion, oregano on a comeback from last years hot summer, a couple newly planted basils and tomatoes, and my first serious attempt at garlic (that I'm pretty sure I messed up). Oh, also some very happy healthy rosemary bushes. I am amazed how well they do here and love them. There are a couple lavender bushes in with the rosemary, but they have not grown nearly as well.

I am excited to be learning how to do things better! I love the monthly advice on what to work on too.

M K S
Hello

New to this forum.I live in Houston Suburb.I grow mostly flowers and herbs,as my backyard is completely shaded, and no good place for a vegetable plot. I do grow some leeks and onions among the flower beds, and strawberries in pots.Once I grew a tomato (and I do mean A tomato. Lovely big plant, and one fruit the size of a golf-ball--it was very tasty, though). I don't use pesticides except for fire ant (beasts from hell!) bait, as they are a terrible problem in Texas.If a plant doesn't do well for some reason, I just let it go, and try something else. I do have plenty of snails but a short trip under the broiler and a dish of garlic-butter takes care of them nicely. I love the little buggers!Good spring here, cool and moist, unlike last year (what is that peculiar wet stuff falling from the sky? It seems vaquely familiar).Lots of butterflies this year, and the caterpillars are eating my parsley especially,and the basil some, but thats good, and the plants recover once the wormies move on to their winged life. Anyway, sharing dirty fingernails, a sunburned neck and sore muscles everywhere with fellow plant-petters, and lots of fun and satisfaction, I hope. Mark

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Hello forum

Hi from the great state of Michigan. I love roses and grow a ton of them in my 1.5 acre yard. I have over 180 roses and in June especially, they are magnificent. I've learned through the years that in our zone, shrub roses, explorer roses and those from Ping Lim (Easy Elegance) grow the best. I'd be happy to share my thoughts and suggestions about roses whenever asked. Right now I'm waiting for a little warmer weather to plant a dozen more. Come on warmth!!
Nancy

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Roses

Hi Nancy...I'm in Mi too!Please tell me what is chewing on my rose bushes? In fact something is chewing on everything and all my plants here in Muskegon are stunted and produce very little if any fruit.I bury all my veg scraps and it doesn't seem to help the soil at all!

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Hello

I am new; in MO., and have gardened for years. Looking for a friendly forum, and this seems to be a good one.
Looking forward to posting with you all.

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Hi from WV

Hi all.. I am from Southern WV.. a country girl and plant enthusiast.. my main love are my many Hosta.. but have many different kind of flowers and have always raised a big vegetable garden and done lots of canning..

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