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Old 01-10-2018, 07:39 AM
Status: "In a winter wonderland" (set 6 days ago)
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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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.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Oh sure. I get catalogs hand over fist this time of year. I'll look at all of them for ideas and the pictures, but the only one I'll actually buy plants from is Wayside Gardens. I buy my seeds at the downtown farm and garden store because they have the best quality and give great advice, and because I get a 10% discount as a Master Gardener. I plan to do some raised vegetable beds this year as a sort of border across one part of my back lawn; it's convenient to the hose and gets great sun. A new adventure!
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:38 AM
Status: "In a winter wonderland" (set 6 days ago)
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Oh sure. I get catalogs hand over fist this time of year. I'll look at all of them for ideas and the pictures, but the only one I'll actually buy plants from is Wayside Gardens. I buy my seeds at the downtown farm and garden store because they have the best quality and give great advice, and because I get a 10% discount as a Master Gardener. I plan to do some raised vegetable beds this year as a sort of border across one part of my back lawn; it's convenient to the hose and gets great sun. A new adventure!
Yes, I have gotten many great plants from Wayside, when i lived in Ohio. They are in CT, yes? Iíve noticed that they do not seem to have much for the southern garden, though, and I live in coastal GA now.

Here, there are no really awesome garden centers to shop locally. I get frustrated by the fact that nobody marks the plants well here. Since I want to know exactly what Iím buying, as far as mature size, and disease resistance, etc. I thought Iíd try Springhill. The plant was inexpensive and their guarantee is good.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Warm Springs, GA
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I'm daydreaming about building two 16'x4' raised garden beds in my back yard, wife has been ordering seeds already, coming from all over the US, and we've been saving our cardboard egg trays for starting.

We have ~60 cloves of garlic already in the ground in the raised bed I put in last year to see if we'd take to gardening, glad for the cold weather as it helps with bulb size.

I'm also in GA, but at the western side of the state. Agree that no one locally is worth our money/business so we order 100% online (or buy from the random stranger at local markets if something catches her fancy).
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:06 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have been planning, first some pruning in a month or so, and grafting a bunch of different apples onto my Gravenstein. Despite on 6" snowfall and a week or so below 20F the potted Geraniums on the front porch are still alive and with a few blooms, rather amazing since normally they are dead and I pull them out by Thanksgiving.
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:41 AM
Status: "In a winter wonderland" (set 6 days ago)
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I have been planning, first some pruning in a month or so, and grafting a bunch of different apples onto my Gravenstein. Despite on 6" snowfall and a week or so below 20F the potted Geraniums on the front porch are still alive and with a few blooms, rather amazing since normally they are dead and I pull them out by Thanksgiving.
I had some geraniums winter over last year. We must have gotten a good hearty type.
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Old 01-10-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I'm jealous. I have no idea where/what state I will be in for growing season so I can't make any firm plans
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Forest bathing
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My seeds I bought from Territorial and Pinetree have arrived and seed potatoes from Maine Potato Lady are ordered. We built raised beds last year, 5’x10’ on landscape cloth as we were tired of weeding. I have a greenhouse so start seeds on a propagation mat to get a head start. I can wait.

We also put in several raised ornamental beds last summer so are anticipating all the plants blooming. Hellebores are beginning to show their blooms and the Dutch Iris are up about 4”. We can still get a winter here but so far it has been mild except for a few inches of snow three times.

Happy spring!!!!
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:51 PM
 
Location: CT
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We had an unusual 2” snowfall last week, but yesterday it was 63 degrees. My spring fever started stirring. Last frost date here is around St Patrick’s 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 I’m looking forward to getting it in a month or two.
Aside from the blizzard last week, we had 2 weeks straight staying below freezing here (a record for this area). But now that we're warming up this week I can't help but think about gardening again.


Already drawing out my layout and thinking about what seeds I need.


Pepper seeds get started indoors in 6 weeks. But we just got started with winter so we got a long way to go for anything outdoors. 6" snowpack on the ground right now. Hope it lasts until Spring so the soil will be nice and moist!
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Big Island of Hawaii
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I bought zucchini seeds yesterday because my existing plants are getting old.
I'm gonna miss my Hawaii greenhouse!
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