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Old 03-22-2019, 06:36 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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yep april 25th is our general plant day and I hope it goes well . Im now on medication that I cant be in the sun with so we shall see how that goes but I always use sunscreen as well so I time myself outside .
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Old 03-22-2019, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I have to get some trailing plants for my front planters today, so I can get them going. I have artemisia powis court (scored from the $3. clearance rack at Lowe’s) and geraniums, but I need something low. I love any excuse to go to the garden center.
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Garden centers are packed here! Though officially we MIGHT get our last freeze April 1, the forecast isn't showing any colder weather coming in in the next ten days, so people are planting like crazy!

I found my basil and rosemary...and a slew of other herbs and grasses, and of course I bought too many plants and came home and nearly killed myself planting them. But oh my gosh, those herb centers looked and smelled fantastic and now I have my herb garden pretty much in place. This year I planted or regenerated: rosemary, lemon grass, sage, oregano (two types), thyme (two types), several mints (in containers of course - and I gave some away too, with the warning that it's invasive so keep it in a container or at least a contained area), cilantro, basil, tarragon, and I'm pretty sure I'm leaving some out.

I also planted strawberries in a big container. I have trouble keeping birds away from them though. So this time I moved the container far away from any bird feeders - hope that helps somewhat though I doubt it will much. Oh well, I get a few each year before the birds and slugs get them. Has anyone had any luck with natural deterrents and slugs? The slugs bother me a lot more than the birds do. I like birds, dislike slugs. I think planting the strawberries in a container off the ground is a good start and I am going to try the beer in a tuna can thing too so we'll see.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:28 AM
 
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I also planted strawberries in a big container. I have trouble keeping birds away from them though. So this time I moved the container far away from any bird feeders - hope that helps somewhat though I doubt it will much. Oh well, I get a few each year before the birds and slugs get them. Has anyone had any luck with natural deterrents and slugs? The slugs bother me a lot more than the birds do. I like birds, dislike slugs. I think planting the strawberries in a container off the ground is a good start and I am going to try the beer in a tuna can thing too so we'll see.
Get some copper tape at the nursery and put a strip completely around the container. As long as there are not already slugs in it, this will keep them out. We did this years ago with our raised beds and haven't seen a slug or snail since.

Here in California, we can plant any old time so there is no date to wait for or any big spring rush. I've found, though, that the last planting of lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots and peas needs to be about the middle of March, or it will likely get too warm for them before they are at their peak. So I have all those up and growing now.
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Get some copper tape at the nursery and put a strip completely around the container. As long as there are not already slugs in it, this will keep them out. We did this years ago with our raised beds and haven't seen a slug or snail since.

Here in California, we can plant any old time so there is no date to wait for or any big spring rush. I've found, though, that the last planting of lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots and peas needs to be about the middle of March, or it will likely get too warm for them before they are at their peak. So I have all those up and growing now.
Thank you - great idea about the copper tape.

This is a container that had dirt in it from last year so I am not sure if it has slugs in it or not. What I think I will do is do the copper thing AND the beer thing. If there are no slugs in the beer, then I figure the copper tape will work. If there are slugs in the beer, at least I figure the number of slugs in the container is limited so maybe I will catch them all over a short period of time. Then I can just stick with the copper tape from there out.

We're going to build a raised bed too so I can also put the tape around that as well. And beer inside it till the can is empty of slugs! LOL
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:25 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Garden centers are packed here! Though officially we MIGHT get our last freeze April 1, the forecast isn't showing any colder weather coming in in the next ten days, so people are planting like crazy!

I found my basil and rosemary...and a slew of other herbs and grasses, and of course I bought too many plants and came home and nearly killed myself planting them. But oh my gosh, those herb centers looked and smelled fantastic and now I have my herb garden pretty much in place. This year I planted or regenerated: rosemary, lemon grass, sage, oregano (two types), thyme (two types), several mints (in containers of course - and I gave some away too, with the warning that it's invasive so keep it in a container or at least a contained area), cilantro, basil, tarragon, and I'm pretty sure I'm leaving some out.

I also planted strawberries in a big container. I have trouble keeping birds away from them though. So this time I moved the container far away from any bird feeders - hope that helps somewhat though I doubt it will much. Oh well, I get a few each year before the birds and slugs get them. Has anyone had any luck with natural deterrents and slugs? The slugs bother me a lot more than the birds do. I like birds, dislike slugs. I think planting the strawberries in a container off the ground is a good start and I am going to try the beer in a tuna can thing too so we'll see.
I’m going to the garden center today too. I’m afraid I will come back with more plants.
It’s wonderful that you have an extended herb garden, I don’t tarragon, I can’t get them anywhere. But I have chives, they sprouted so many baby plants that I had to remove them. I also have sorrel, which I rarely eat, but they are kind of a herb for me. My cilantro starting to bolt, I did cut them way down but they are emerging new shoots. It looks like I have to reseed them. My parsley is doing well.
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I wish I could find tarragon, too. I never can and it’s an herb I use a lot.
I just put together two planters for the front porch..geraniums, variegated ivy and trailing wave petunias. The artimesia I bought is too big, so I’ll use them somewhere else.
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Old Yesterday, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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God only knows when I can plant in my area. The last time I had a garden I lived in San Jose and we could have 100 degree weather in March. Now I'm in the PNW. Two weeks ago we had 2" of snow where I want to put in another garden. This Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we broke heat records for March. We'll have summer in June and spring in July while it freezes every night.

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Old Yesterday, 02:58 AM
 
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yep april 25th is our general plant day and I hope it goes well . Im now on medication that I cant be in the sun with so we shall see how that goes but I always use sunscreen as well so I time myself outside .
Also get yourself a big wide brimmed hat.

Having had skin cancer on my forehead removed and a skin graft done, and skin cancer elsewhere, i make sure to wear a wide brimmed hat.

It helps shield you from the sun.

Best of luck to you....

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Old Yesterday, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I wish I could find tarragon, too. I never can and it’s an herb I use a lot
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I don’t tarragon, I can’t get them anywhere. .
Interesting to hear. They are sold in every display case here. Wonder why not around down there.


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yep april 25th is our general plant day and I hope it goes well . Im now on medication that I cant be in the sun with so we shall see how that goes but I always use sunscreen as well so I time myself outside .

I never trust those sunscreens even though they work. Anything that gets absorbed into the skin I'm weery about but that's another topic. Feel better. Wait for a cloudy day to garden if you can or tie an umbrella to a belt or something.

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I’m going to the garden center today too. I’m afraid I will come back with more plants. .

Garden centers are starting to finally put away the snow blowers and add more landscape stuff. It's been another cold snowy march here. Wished we didn't have another one. 6 of last 7 now. Gonna be another short spring season.


I'll be tilling the soil in the next few days.
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