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Old 01-11-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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A cold hardiness zone doesn't tell you anything about a plant's heat tolerance or water needs.

For example, a plant may seem to do fine in my zone 7, but in my area we usually have a 'wet' season and a 'dry' season. During the wet season we get as much rain as Haiti (lots) but you must plan for the dry season drought (or use irrigation). Also the dry season sometimes corresponds with the hot season - so it becomes a tough environment for many plants.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:29 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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What a coincidence: just a couple of days ago I decided to keep my mood up by starting to count weeks until spring... "12" is a small enough number to appear encouraging, right??


But April is not when I can actually start planting anything yet (Alaska)... but, at least, can start building the tiered planters/garden beds that I envisioned! Hopefully. Most of the snow should melt by then
I have noticed that gardening is much like vacationing. The anticipation is usually better the the actual thing.
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:15 PM
DKM
 
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
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Its harvest here! I have lemons, oranges and avocados. Camelia is blooming. Kentia palm is going in next month and I just reseeded the grass. The roses are coming back too.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:15 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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My gardening dream for 2018 is to go all out with bottle gourds.

I'll have a small "salsa" garden and my medicinal herbs, but it will mainly be bottle gourds and I am building a big framework over my boxes to support them.


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Old 01-11-2018, 02:40 PM
 
Location: 76102
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I look forward to spring. Just retired and am in a holding pattern. Putting in flowers and veggies will fill a large part of my day.

Going with just Vinca (Periwinkles) this year as they are no-muss-no-fuss as long as they have monthly fertilizer and daily water.

Going with starts for the veggies this year. Didn't have much success with seeds. Okra did ok from seed but it took forever for the plant to start producing.
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Its harvest here! I have lemons, oranges and avocados. Camelia is blooming. Kentia palm is going in next month and I just reseeded the grass. The roses are coming back too.
Aaahh, I miss CA!
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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My gardening dream for 2018 is to go all out with bottle gourds
Whatcha gonna do with them?
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:03 PM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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Iím one year into retirement in Florida and will grow a few things this year. We have two growing seasons here, warm weather crops and cool weather crops which is confusing to me. Fortunately Iíve located some really good planting guides to help me sort it out.

Most of my catalogs have arrived and Iím looking them over. HD and Loweís have a lot of veggie plants for sale right now.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:15 AM
 
Location: D.C.
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We had an unusual 2Ē snowfall last week, but yesterday it was 63 degrees. My spring fever started stirring. Last frost date here is around St Patrickís Day.

I have a back corner in the yard that saw two failed dogwood trees last year. I just ordered a camellia from Springhill to try, so Iím looking forward to getting it in a month or two.


No No No, Gentlearts, you can't start this thread until February! It's going to be 0 degrees (windchill) here in DC this weekend, and I've got way too many indoor projects to get through before turning my thoughts back to the yard. You, stop it. Stop it now!


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Old 01-12-2018, 10:51 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Whatcha gonna do with them?
Make primitive canteens, bowls, birdhouses, musical instruments, etc. Whatever the shape inspires me to do.

I'd like to decorate them using both string (think net or macrame-type holder/straps) and a wood burning stylus.
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