How Does Your Garden Grow??????

HGCC

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Bulk rolls of landscape fabric are a favorite here. I have been lucky enough to find partial bolts of synthetic fabrics at second hand stores also in the past. Hope you have plenty of airflow in the house.
Peace.
Airflow was why I had to redesign :) I wrapped the frame in plastic to try and get stuff in the ground sooner, sort of worked but it was terrible as soon as it warmed up.

Didn't really think about actual fabrics. I was looking at something like this: https://www.gardeners.com/buy/summer-row-covers-garden-fabric/8609573.html?VariationId=P_5637148782

Edit: I did climb inside my plastic cave and closed the flap to hotbox it a bunch of times. Cracked me up.
 

xtsho

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I love gardening but vegetables are boring to me, besides, I'm surrounded by Amish and Mennonites......can buy a bushel of veggies for nickels....cheaper to buy...... Now landscaping is a different story.....shrubs, trees,ground cover,rock garden,Zen garden, thistle garden,hostas( I'm a hostaphile), and especially flowers. Dahlia beds bang from early summer till 1st frost......oh yea.......... poppies(which pair very well with Miles Davis)........a real trip to grow. Nice buzz and gardening at this lake is Nirvana. Veggies have no whimsy for me....they don't entertain me...they just sit there......they look bored......I do enjoy giant pumpkins, their a rush and grapes ( live in big time wine region up North).
Blasphemy! :mrgreen:

I grow it all. Vegetables, flowers, weed, etc... I have a bunch of hostas and I need to divide them. Dahlia's are awesome. I also like helleborus.
 

Bareback

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Airflow was why I had to redesign :) I wrapped the frame in plastic to try and get stuff in the ground sooner, sort of worked but it was terrible as soon as it warmed up.

Didn't really think about actual fabrics. I was looking at something like this: https://www.gardeners.com/buy/summer-row-covers-garden-fabric/8609573.html?VariationId=P_5637148782

Edit: I did climb inside my plastic cave and closed the flap to hotbox it a bunch of times. Cracked me up.
I’ve bought large rolls of weed control fabric at erosion control wholesale. Extremely durable and in large sizes as well. But the link you shared will serve your purpose if you only want small amounts . Commercial use products are simply stronger.
 

injinji

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All my stuff is still sprouting, at least a month out from putting them in the ground. Was very lucky and my house came with a sturdy greenhouse, snowed last night and was colder than expected but everything should be alright.

Does anyone have a good place or suggestions for cheap shade cloth? I used opaque plastic sheeting last year, got the job done but I didn't really like it and redesigned my raised beds so don't think I could get it attached firmly enough.
When we put in new shadecloth in the greenhouse at work, we bought it from Agro Supply or some such. I think they were a company that supplied tomato farmers. They had a store over in Quincy. Google is your best friend.
 

MICHI-CAN

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Those dahlia beds are great for my girls...people so busy looking at all the beautiful flowers.......what pot plant? It's perfect timing, both go right into fall...peak together.
Start your dahlias indoors a few months before you bed them. Take cuttings galore until then. None unless they survived winter here. LOL. changing to more native beneficials this year. 6' with 10" blooms is easy in MI if you begin far in advance. Here is a small sample from 2 summers ago. LOL.

One loves growing period. Or not a grower. Just another hobby when landscaping only.

Peace all.
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xtsho

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Start your dahlias indoors a few months before you bed them. Take cuttings galore until then. None unless they survived winter here. LOL. changing to more native beneficials this year. 6' with 10" blooms is easy in MI if you begin far in advance. Here is a small sample from 2 summers ago. LOL.

One loves growing period. Or not a grower. Just another hobby when landscaping only.

Peace all.
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I never even thought about Dahlia cuttings but after my ten minute google research it's definitely something I will be doing for next year. Thanks for the tip!
 

MICHI-CAN

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I never even thought about Dahlia cuttings but after my ten minute google research it's definitely something I will be doing for next year. Thanks for the tip!
I'm poor and cheap. And I had a thing for cloning by all means "propagating". Amazing the things plants can do.

Glad we don't grow mini me's from cuttings. I'd be everywhere. LMAO.

Cut away. Easier than hemp for sure.
 

StonedGardener

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Start your dahlias indoors a few months before you bed them. Take cuttings galore until then. None unless they survived winter here. LOL. changing to more native beneficials this year. 6' with 10" blooms is easy in MI if you begin far in advance. Here is a small sample from 2 summers ago. LOL.

One loves growing period. Or not a grower. Just another hobby when landscaping only.

Peace all.
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I'm in Upstate,,,,,,mighty cold........gotta dig them up...no big deal.....lots of bang for the buck. Got my cooking, I'll be ready. I grew the bed in my front yard, plain sight.....so many compliments on the flowers....not my beautiful sativas.......a wonderful mix. I like the pon-poms also......so trippy. Thanks for input and advice. If ya do poppies have boatloads of respect......,.ya don't wanna " ride that Dragon ".......never,ever,ever go over 3 days unless you enjoy the Devil's pitchfork in your ass. Be safe, have a blast...no time to waste.
 

StonedGardener

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A polgies fellow tellurians for not sticking to subject......very rude of me........can't help myself. Everything seems to circle around those naughty girls...........a passion
 

MICHI-CAN

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I'm in Upstate,,,,,,mighty cold........gotta dig them up...no big deal.....lots of bang for the buck. Got my cooking, I'll be ready. I grew the bed in my front yard, plain sight.....so many compliments on the flowers....not my beautiful sativas.......a wonderful mix. I like the pon-poms also......so trippy. Thanks for input and advice. If ya do poppies have boatloads of respect......,.ya don't wanna " ride that Dragon ".......never,ever,ever go over 3 days unless you enjoy the Devil's pitchfork in your ass. Be safe, have a blast...no time to waste.
U.P. for my youth. Pursuit of shiny things and shinier girls trapped me with the trolls. LOL.

We get killer light in winter with snow refraction and reflection. And most plants will germ and start in 9 hours of sun and a few more artificial. Get creative. And I did harvest tubers and bulbs every fall for years. I quit. Have some Asian fragrant lillies and damn gladiolas that just keep coming back regardless of winter. And found active dahlia tubers top dressing my front flower beds. Who knows. I have some genetics of value after all. LOL. 002.jpg
 

StonedGardener

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Probably nothing compared to your Dahlia beds but these girls sure make for some nice scenery.


Ain't they the shit......we've grown monster beds........they are a real rush......they give and give till frost.......talk about bang for the buck.......like feeding birds........pom-pons also trip me out. Great bed, the massive heads, contrast and great,practical spacing.....the lush background plants and baskets...............
 

injinji

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I picked up a six pack of Better Boy tomatoes when I got the wife's Native Azalea last week. Got them all in the ground yesterday. Pictures of bushes didn't do good. Will take another later on.

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I put some of the flint Indian corn in the new bed. I'm going to plant squash and beans in same bed for the three sisters.

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I did the rest of the tray of corn down at the pond. Still a bunch to find homes for. Also put four of the Mammoth Jalapeno in the pepper pit on the sandhill.
 

injinji

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I messed up planting corn and beans at the same time. Still going to be a cluster fuck, but I did get some infrastructure in place for the beans to climb. This is the same bed I planted the corn in last year. Not the greatest sun in the world, but does a great job of blocking the view of my under the house hangout from across the river.

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StonedGardener

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Start your dahlias indoors a few months before you bed them. Take cuttings galore until then. None unless they survived winter here. LOL. changing to more native beneficials this year. 6' with 10" blooms is easy in MI if you begin far in advance. Here is a small sample from 2 summers ago. LOL.

One loves growing period. Or not a grower. Just another hobby when landscaping only.

Peace all.
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My tubers keep multiplying big time, I really don't need anymore.
 

MICHI-CAN

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My tubers keep multiplying big time, I really don't need anymore.
I bought 6. $4 each. Cut dozens from it the first spring. And I had massive tubers come fall. Was just offering an easy expansion to start. Not next spring. LOL. Hope your day is better than desired.
Peace.
 

StonedGardener

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I bought 6. $4 each. Cut dozens from it the first spring. And I had massive tubers come fall. Was just offering an easy expansion to start. Not next spring. LOL. Hope your day is better than desired.
Peace.
Took your advice...thanks...can't believe I haven't done that.....my queen is out potting them up! Just started this pairing recently. So many flowers shit the bed after short bloom periods. I've used Zinnia beds also for shorter strains or staked down plants, pretty good coverage....however not practical to pot up early...thousands of seeds sown. Ain't this hobby/passion the " shit ". It impacts me like a great painting...living art. Is that a snake fish? We got on my lake, the monster muskies, but it's known for bass. ( caught 10 lb small mouth).Now....... I want a f'ing silver mountain too!
 
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