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06-26-2011, 12:42 AM
I cannot believe how spicy that pepper was I picked from the garden this morning. it took three glasses of half and half to cool my mouth down to just barely burning. I'm going to have to either pick them earlier or give them away.

06-26-2011, 01:33 AM
Those cherry tomatoes I picked today were delicious :))

06-26-2011, 05:29 AM
I can't wait to make my first bouquet of flowers picked from my garden

06-26-2011, 06:57 AM
dang Texas heat done burned up my thyme and peppermint :/

07-10-2011, 10:53 PM
My first batch of pickles has come out wonderfully, even though I didn't wait even a week to crack them open. These refrigerator pickles remind me of the pickles my grandfather used to make every year (and charge us grandkids a nickel for!)

07-11-2011, 02:20 AM
My rosemary is thriving! I need to try and make some rosemary oil to take back to school with me.

07-12-2011, 05:26 AM
Cucumbers have been the toughest for me to grow, but I'm proud to say so far I've harvested 5!

07-12-2011, 09:20 AM
RIP Aloe vera ......at least my homegrown mint tea taste good

09-21-2011, 09:28 PM
Rosemary oil was a fail. It started growing mold :(

09-22-2011, 04:15 PM
Last year my Collards did great...this year not so much. I'm going to weed and replant this weekend. Perhaps it's still too much heat...hmmm.

09-22-2011, 10:56 PM
My aloe vera is sprouting babies!! :happy dance:

09-28-2011, 11:17 AM
RIP squash plant, RIP cucumber plant - sigh... going to try potatoes hope I have a productive harvest.

09-29-2011, 06:19 PM
Planning on digging up the garden this weekend and trying the collards again. Although, yesterday when returning from my walk I noticed that the wild pigs have come into my complex. Wonder how long before they discover the community garden? :(

10-12-2011, 02:04 PM
Went out over the weekend and brought and planted collards, lettuce and cabbages. Everything is coming up and looking lovely :) ! Now we just have to hope that the wild hogs don't come into the garden...lol.

10-16-2011, 06:26 PM
Finally had to go out and get rid of all the tomato vines. Tomatoes were still coming in and I've had enough. It's about to get cold and they won't ripen in time. Next year, only two vines instead of 5.

03-26-2012, 03:06 PM
I'm broke but I want to buy more plants. Hmmm... thinks of robbing my piggy bank.

03-26-2012, 03:59 PM
I want to grow catnip so I can tease my friend's cats :-))

12-24-2013, 05:47 PM

I'm bumping this thread early for two reasons:

1. I'm excited because this is the first time in over 10 years that I get to do some outdoor gardening!!
2. I like to start my plants indoor from seeds so I have to do a lot of early planning and gathering of supplies over the next couple of months.

Who else is gardening in 2014?

12-25-2013, 02:41 AM
Glad you have space to grow Chacha! I will be gardening too. Matter of fact just bought more seeds today.

12-26-2013, 05:02 AM
Years ago when I had my big house and big yard, I seriously studied gardening and horticulture.

I'm thinking about starting an "urban gardening" blog? Should I or shouldn't I? Anyone think folks would be interested?

12-30-2013, 10:14 AM
@ChaCha. Yes. Go for it.I think folks would go for it. There has been an increase in urban gardening over the last few years. It's healthier and less expensive. Not to mention the exercise and relaxation gardening provides. Out there communing with nature is a beautiful idea to share and teach to others. Keep us posted. Peace and Blessings.

Napia Mia
06-01-2014, 04:08 AM
Me and my sister having our Pot Party, lol. Started last weekend. She has NEVER potted plants before. I convinced her it would be cheaper to do so instead of buying premade hanging planters. For $30 she got enough planting material for two pots whereas the stores were charging $30 for ONE. She's so excited that she and I went out flower shopping again this weekend. I as usual go crazy but then again, I'm trying to fill about 10 - 15 pots. She probably has enough for two more pots. But I got her an ornamental plant holder, hanging thingy. She took this pic and I thought I'd share. She's going to come over sometime tomorrow to do her other pot. I'm so excited for her too. The older we get, the more we love to hang out with each other and do things. Seems like we're coming full circle. We were pretty inseparable as kids, then not so much when we went off to separate universities. Not so much after I moved to Ohio and then not so much when her daughter required so much of her attention. But now that she's off to college and doing her own thing, me and my sis have rediscovered how much we love each other's company. Makes me so happy.

Ah, here are the gardening pics...


Napia Mia
06-04-2014, 02:28 AM
Yesterday they started predicting that we were in for our second round of severe weather for the season. EVERYONE was paying attention to this and at work today that was a major topic of conversation. Last month on Mother's Day, we spent the evening preparing to go to our "safe places" as we watched the evening radar show how the storms were to our west and headed straight for us. So no one was surprised when the tornado sirens sounded. Off to the basement we went.

There were tornados but not in our area so once again we dodged the bullet.

So tonight we dodge the tornado bullet once again, but we had hail like I've never seen before. The first one this evening lasted about eight minutes. People reported everything from marble size to baseball sized hail. We were all riding the storm out at my sisters. Her yard didn't look to bad so I really didn't think ours would either.


Thankful there was no physical damage to the house, but the hail took its toll this time on everything growing in our yard. Everything was shredded by the hail. The hostas...gone, the day lilies, gone, everything I planted gone. Everything up against the house has been reduced to nothing but sticks and shreds. So far this year I've spent close to two hundred dollars on my flowers and they're gone. I'd gotten all my big pots done as of just yesterday. Mom tried to save some of my pots by putting them on the porch, but the hail and the wind proved too much. Even stuff on the porch was reduced to material that looked like chopped parsley. We'll have to cut the hostas back to practically nothing. A little sick to my stomach about the damage like I've never seen before. But again, so glad that we have no damage to the house so above all else that's what really important and that's what counts.

However, I know I won't try to replace my big pots. Ok maybe just the big ones and I'll have to forgo all the other ones this year. I cannot afford to replace everything and still do all the other ones.

So sad, but still thankful. Ya know?

06-04-2014, 04:41 AM
NM, I am so glad that you and your family are ok. Sending up positive thoughts your way.

06-04-2014, 11:52 PM
NM, so sorry to hear about your garden. I can empathize. We've had some good storms and I've lost quite a few things also.

06-12-2014, 06:16 AM
@NAPIAMIA. (HUGS) I'M glad you and the fam are ok and the house too. Even though it could have been much worse I sympathize with your loss of the pots and plants. I am a gardening hobbyist and the time and money spent is a very big deal. May you soon be able to begin replacing and beautifying your yard again. Now you have that to look forward to. Time to make the lemonade!

06-16-2014, 07:25 AM
For those who are not familiar with the flower called Delphinium please check them out. They are my new plant love for this year. I planted them on each side of my garage in huge ceramic pots. They can grow to a height of 6 ft and are absolutely beautiful cone shaped flowers that grow on stalks. I had never seen nor heard of them before until I saw them recently at Home Depot. They are suppose to be a challenge to grow from seed. Growing from already developed plants require a bit more care too. They are voracious eaters and need a lot of fertilizer and the soil needs to be more alkaline then acid in the fall. One precaution is that they are highly toxic to humans if ingested. So be ever so careful if you have children or pets that will be in the area. They also make nice cuttings for bringing into your home.
@Napiamina Keep us posted on how you are coming along and on your progress of restoration.