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Old 04-09-2024, 10:47 AM
 
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For me, now that I'm old, it's what I just did, taking the sensitive trees like Hibiscus and Meyer Lemon back outside for the summer. With the 12" ceramic pots those are heavy, they barely fit through the doorway now, and they have to be hardened off.
You have Meyer Lemons in 12 inch pots?
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Old 04-09-2024, 08:17 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Being organized is my hardest part of gardening.
Being able to find seeds--"I know I have those somewhere" lol.
Printing out my online orders so I don't end up ordering another of the same thing ordered 4 months ago.

I'm doing a little less every year and enjoying my garden more.
But there are so many wonderful things to grow it takes a lot of self-control

This year I only planted 5 seeds each of 4 different tomatoes, so proud lol
But also planted many, many seeds of other veggies and they all will need planting out very soon
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Old 04-09-2024, 09:16 PM
 
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Mulching... because I hate mulching.
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Old 04-10-2024, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Weeding 100%. Hate it! Everything else is therapeutic but age is catching up (50) so I'll have more to add soon enough


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Tougher plants have been moved to my garage, where it isn't as warm, .
Since my Dahlia collection grew to 20 (vs 6 last year) its the 1st time I'm using my garage and I put a space heater in there. Stays in the 50s which is good enough for them to sprout and not freeze.
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Old 04-11-2024, 11:38 AM
 
Location: New Zealand
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Using what is grown. Wasn't a problem when the kids were home.

Giving away good quality home grown vegetables isn't that easy either, many people have been conditioned to only buy perfect looking produce from the supermarket, even if it is of lower quality.
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Old 04-11-2024, 11:44 AM
 
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This is the hard part. The struggle to find enough room for bigger plants. Potting up the starts, when a tray that once held a 2 dozen starts can now only hold 6 plants.

The challenge is real.

Tougher plants have been moved to my garage, where it isn't as warm, but they won't freeze. Lettuce and onions have been moved outside during the day, but they still need a spot at night. Some must stay inside the house. The peppers sulk if I put them in the garage and the eggplants threatened to commit suicide. The tomatoes are unhappy but marginally OK in the garage, so some are inside the house and some are out.

And it is still nearly 2 months before they can be planted outside and the tomatoes will have to be up-potted again before they can go out.
Ever thought about getting grow lights? I winter all my succulents and cacti in the house and use grow lights. Keeps everything alive.
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Old 04-11-2024, 12:04 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Ever thought about getting grow lights? I winter all my succulents and cacti in the house and use grow lights. Keeps everything alive.
I have 10 grow lights and multiple shelves, more grow lights will not give me more room.
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Old 04-11-2024, 04:20 PM
 
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I have 10 grow lights and multiple shelves, more grow lights will not give me more room.
Oh. Yeah, I see your point. Lol

I'm experiencing some 'growing pains' with my succulents as well.
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Old 04-12-2024, 09:20 AM
 
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The double dug planting bed. I'm not 22 any more.
I hear you. However, I solved that by getting a broadfork.


https://www.johnnyseeds.com/tools-su...fork-9677.html

NFI, by the way; just as an example.

The first time I dig a bed, I use the double-dig method. Following years, however, I simply go over it with a broadfork twice, a different direction each time, either E-W and then N-S, or at an angle. I find that the broadfork loosens the soil enough to reshape the bed surface with an elevated profile.
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Old 04-12-2024, 09:22 AM
 
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This time of year, it's the waiting.

You guys who don't like weeds have the wrong attitude. You have to take the Zen approach-- be One with Nature. Look at weeds as wild flowers or companion plants with deep roots that bring minerals up from lower soil layers. As long as everyone has enough sun & water, consider them to be living mulch keeping the soil cool & moist.

Give me a few minutes. I'll think of more excuses.
Good one.

Yeah, I find it easier to think of reasons for leaving the weeds than it is to weed.
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