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Old 04-10-20, 12:09 PM
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The Garden 2020

I will be starting two additional flower beds this year, one for native perennial flowers and the other for non-natives in the front yard. I winter-sowed 25 milk jugs so far. Looking forward to some new-to-me pollinators in my neck of the woods. I've been enjoying new learning from some great podcasts such as Joe Gardener, Roots and All, Epic Gardening, et al.

I will also [again] be expanding my veg garden, yes partly as a result of extra time due to Covid-19...although I am still working for the time being.
Stay healthy by staying in your gardens, folks. And please do share what new plans you have for this growing season.
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A squirrel keeps digging my bulbs up, I don't think much is going to bloom. Lazy cat.
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I added two vegetable garden beds this year. One just for winter squash since they tend to take up so much room. I've got loads of tomato, pepper, basil and eggplant seedlings started inside but we're still 3 weeks from our last frost date.
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I missed the window to plant peppers and tomatoes this year, but still have many pepper plants from previous years.
And lots of volunteer carrots. Cilantro and other herbs are already bolting.
I didn't really miss the panting window, but with my 6wk vacation starting May decided not to, but then I ended up canceling the vacation plan as there is no where to go.
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i haven’t had a large vegetable/flower garden since i was growing up at the family home. I do miss it but having good year round farmer markets here gives me all the vegetables and fruits i want/need plus i support local farmers. I do have three patios here and those give me the ability to have some interesting pots/objects and succulents which give me my moments of zen while taking care of them. Any kind of gardening can give moments of positive distraction from events like now and to just relax in….

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i haven’t had a large vegetable/flower garden since i was growing up at the family home. I do miss it but having good year round farmer markets here gives me all the vegetables and fruits i want/need plus i support local farmers. I do have three patios here and those give me the ability to have some interesting pots/objects and succulents which give me my moments of zen while taking care of them. Any kind of gardening can give moments of positive distraction from events like now and to just relax in….

from the main bedroom patio



Nice comfortable space... you need a few more bromiliads for color, maybe a "christmas cactus" for the beautiful blooms... they do quite well as a hanging plant.


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I have radishes and bok choy already growing in a small bed. My main garden has been tilled and prepped. I'm waiting for warm weather to plant it with tomatoes and other stuff.
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Originally Posted by colorider View Post
I added two vegetable garden beds this year. One just for winter squash since they tend to take up so much room. I've got loads of tomato, pepper, basil and eggplant seedlings started inside but we're still 3 weeks from our last frost date.
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I have radishes and bok choy already growing in a small bed. My main garden has been tilled and prepped. I'm waiting for warm weather to plant it with tomatoes and other stuff.
(Laughs in Floridian)

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from the main bedroom patio
That looks like a magazine photo shoot!

Here is my little pot garden:

Deciduosly speaking, here is a fig, guava and cherry tree, each in various stages of new leaf growth...



Pineapple plant never seems to do anything until a pineapple busts out after a few years (this is version 4, having started a new plant from the fruit of the last 3)...



Nothing rhymes with this tree, but it smells great...



The garden gator sees all...



Most, exciting--I finally have flowers on the coffee plant, and I should be able to brew my own brew later this year (luckily we had a couple mild winters)...

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I forgot the banana plant. It had a baby, which I need to repot and give away, Still no bananas yet, though...

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I grow/garden mostly for the benefit of local wildlife. I've ripped up 95% of the grass in my yard and have replaced it with heavy mulch and plants (mostly native) that produce seeds/berries for birds and host plants for moths and butterflies.





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This is my kind of gardening. Love it!!

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Last year we built a 4 x 16 raised bed and went to town, way over planted thinking lots of stuff might not work out, but everything went crazy and stuffed our poor little box full, didn't get too much from some stuff because there wasn't enough room to really produce, so we took that as a learning year, planned to add another bed this year, but now with the covid thing and all kids activities cancelled for the summer, we are adding one more 4x16 and two 3x16 beds, sort of in a w shape in the corner of the back yard, planting season here is just kicking off so were in good shape!
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I forgot the banana plant. It had a baby, which I need to repot and give away, Still no bananas yet, though...


Here is my banana plant patch. I will drown them all summer and they will get about 15 feet or more. Only produced bananas one year. They are fun to have because they grow fast. You can see the difference in a half day and they like hot weather which is in abundance here.


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Here is my banana plant patch. I will drown them all summer and they will get about 15 feet or more. Only produced bananas one year. They are fun to have because they grow fast. You can see the difference in a half day and they like hot weather which is in abundance here.


Much different experience for me. Mine is a super dwarf, and it's been in the pot for over a year already. It did give out sprouts, but no bananas yet. Full size for these types is only about 3 feet tall.
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Downy Woodpecker getting an easy meal from a very non-woody Canna Lily plant.

P.S. I believe it's a Downy Woodpecker and not a Hairy Woodpecker, which looks very similar; however, the H. woodpecker is slightly larger.

Almost as difficult (but not quite) to differentiate between a Carolina Chickadee and a Black-capped Chickadee.





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No spring garden this year it is a mess. Today is hot and muggy so I’m just watering keeping cool by the sprinkler. I had a sprinkler system but all the trees grew and roots busted up all the pipes. Rebuild project for another time. Watering the yard keeps me from going insane. Now for a cold water beer called Keystone Light. There is enough to do to stay busy during this pandemic.



Hot and muggy. I better get used to it this will be the way it is until November.
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I’m growing a few vegetables this year. Corn, cabbage, eggplant, cucumber, and pumpkin.
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Brian May taken to hospital after tearing buttock muscles while gardening
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Common Yellowthroat feeding off insects from under Sunflower leaves; usually these birds are in the thicker foliage, so I can't get such a good look at them, but I got lucky today.


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It snowed today.

Still 2 weeks until planting season...
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Florida's native version of the Pink Rain Lily grows throughout my yard, despite it being an endangered plant in Florida. It's not endangered because it's a fragile species that is difficult to grow nor is it prone to decimation from pests (based on my observations).

Rather, it just needs some undisturbed ground to grow on, meaning no mowing. The simple act of mowing prevents this plant from reseeding itself. All these Rain Lilies in my yard are 100% wild; I didn't buy a single one.

These Rain lilies get their name, because the flowers tend pop-up and bloom directly after a good rain fall.

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