Thursday, January 22, 2009

Welcome to Useful Gardens - The Blog!

Welcome to the Useful Gardens blog site! It is our hope that this site will become an easy way for local gardeners to share ideas and answer questions about growing wonderful vegetables, fruits, herbs and other useful plants. The best resource in horticulture is other gardeners, so we hope that you will make use of the experience we all have to offer. Resources and additional info are updated on the website: http://www.usefulgardens.com/. We may also draw from the group's ideas for postings on the website for those who have difficulty accessing the blog page.

As always, please be creative, considerate and kind in your comments and posts.
Happy Gardening!
Sybil

10 comments:

  1. Just wanted to say "Thanks!" for starting this website... we do have some unique growing conditions, and I hope to learn what others do to take advantage of or defend against the various elements.

    I'm on the Outer Banks in Colington, and just sprouted my first tomato seeds for the coming season. Still harvesting arugula, spinach, and Napa cabbage from the winter garden.

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  2. Not only a great idea, but a great time of year to get started. Thanks! February always gets my fingers itching for dirt. Last week I planted parsley in a peat pot kit. How come my seeds aren't up yet?

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  3. Just testing all the places to click and add comments. Our yard has only about 2' x 4' area suitable for vegetable growing. I'd like to see tips on intensive food gardens. Cheers!

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  4. Welcome, John!

    Sounds like you have a terrific winter garden! If you have any photos, please send them and we'll post them on the Useful Gardens website!

    So many folks have problems keeping early seedlings from getting leggy and weak - care to share your tomato routine?

    Sybil

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  5. Hey, Ruth - Like you don't know about parsley! Remember the old adage about parsley seeds having to "go to hell and back" before coming up? The old-timers knew how long those darned things take. I've tried soaking, over-wintering in the bed, rubbing lightly over sandpaper.....

    Brave girl, I always cave in and buy a couple of 4" pots at the spring Master Gardeners' herb sales although I have let parsley self seed in the garden in the past. I notice that the seed heads are mostly welcome food for the chickadees haunting the winter garden.

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  6. Sybil, I'll send some pictures... as for the tomato seedlings, I use an electric blanket from Wal-Mart under a tarp to get the seed tray to 80 degrees, and then lots of light to keep from getting too leggy. Sunny windows in our tower room barely worked in the past, so I'm using grow lights this year.

    -John

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  7. So happy to have read about your new site in the paper this morning. We have a small backyard garden with two 8x8 raised beds, a blackberry bed and one strawberry bed. I have three boys and love watching them learn about the world around them through our garden. We have a blog as well. Here is our latest garden post.

    http://vintagechica.typepad.com/the_life_and_times_of_thi/2009/01/in-the-garden-winter.html

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  8. I hope everyone will hike over to vintagechica's wonderful blog - the garden photos are fabulous and she's got terrific entries on her garden with lots of useful and fun information. Gardeners are such creative people and this is a prize!

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  9. Love the idea of your web site. I wonder if any gardeners out there have thoughts or experience with Italian Cypress in Virginia Beach ??
    Below is a very nice weather site from some Virginia Beach folk over in Landsdown. It keeps you up to date on rainfall, per storm and annually amoung other things, in our specific area. We all know the variance of our beach area microclimes and I find this to be a big help.
    Thanks and keep on keepin' on.
    Mike G.
    lmsurfside@cox.net
    Current weather at Jim & Terri's
    http://members.cox.net/pickfess1/Current_Vantage_Pro.htm

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  10. I live off princess ann near pungo.when is the best time to start potatoes. Thanks for the great site it realy helps

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The sharing of ideas, experience and helpful information between one gardener and another has always been the very best of gardening traditions.