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Growing Grass problem [Jan. 27th, 2007|12:57 pm]

Can anyone recommend to me a good grass seed that can handle mostly shade? I am having problems getting grass to grow in my back yard. The back yard is mostly shaded and I do have two dogs that run around the yard. So I need some type of seed that is very hardy and can handle just about any kind of abuse. I live in TN so the summers are in the high 90s and winters get low 10s.

Any suggestions, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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longshot [Oct. 21st, 2006|04:05 pm]

I realize this is a long shot, but I'm doing a research project in marketing and need some insight. We are creating the media plan (what media to use, and who to appeal to) for an organic gardening store, that specializes in environmentally friendly soils, fertilizers, and pesticides. My part of the project is to learn more about and understand the consumer market, so I had a few questions about
gardeners. I would appreciate it if you had the time to answer a few of them, if you know the answers off the top of your head. I hope it's not
too much trouble.

I'm just looking for insight into the types of people that garden, why they garden, and where
It is used as a release, is it a hobby, is it something you learned from your family, is it a form of bonding with children, do you take pride in your garden, why do you like having a garden/ gardening? Are there any other hobbies you partake in that you consider to be related to gardening. Do you just grow potted plants or do you have a full garden in a yard? Where do you get your gardening supplies, where do you find tips, are you part of a local gardening community? When did you start gardening, how much time a day do you spend gardening? And also, when you look at advertising, what form of media would make a greater impact on your gardening purchasing decisions? tv, radio, billboards, free samples?

Things like that, or anything else you might want to add.

Sorry if this is innappropriate to ask.
I just thought I'd give it a try.
you can comment back or e-mail me at suzy@austin.rr.com

thanks so much!
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Yellow! [Aug. 23rd, 2006|12:13 pm]


I have a Fothergilla, a Magnolia, and a Fragrant Viburnum in my front yard here in zone 5.  It's a small yard, but none of them are adjacent to each other.  However, all of them are a bit chlorotic... especially the Fothergilla.  We haven't had too much rain, so it's unlikely to be that.  I suspect that the soil is too alkali - this tends to be a problem in our area - we have a lot of clay in Chicagoland.  I'll be doing a soil test eventually, but in the meantime, what do you think?  Are Fothergillas especially sensitive to pH?  And why are these three affected, but not the Hydrangea or the other Fragrant Viburnum that are in between?  The yews are fine too.

So, am I missing something here?  Is the soil too alkali, and we've got iron chlorosis?  If so... anybody know an organic additive for acidity?


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greetings... [May. 1st, 2005|11:37 pm]
[mood |curiouscurious]

Hello, my name is Bess. I recently joined this community in hopes of meeting other gardeners and maybe getting a little help. I recently moved to the twin cities area (IE Minnesota). I live in a fourplex so I really don't have a yard. I do however want to have an herb garden. Right now I'm thinking of buying some window boxes or just some regular potted herbs and starting from there. Since they'll be inside all year round I'm thinking the only major issue I might have is if I forget to water or if they aren't getting enough sun. As is, right now all we have have is a little Gloxinia we bought from the grocery store near by. I did a little research on it having never had one before. For what I read I figure I need to treat it like an African Violet but I'm not completely sure.

Does anyone here have experience with Gloxinias?
What do you do with the dead flowers? Do you cut them? Do they bulb up?

It had two blooms when we bought it but they fell off today when I was watering but left the stem and the stamen. I left it as is not sure if it will bulb or not.

Also, has anyone done the herb garden or any kind of indoor gardening like I want to do? any advice would be welcome. Thanks a lot ahead of time and I look forward to reading about all of your experiences!
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The Invincible Onion Family [May. 21st, 2004|08:36 am]

[mood |amusedamused]

Back when I lived at home, I had a 400-square foot garden- which is pretty big for being inside of the Chicago City Limits. I had taken it over from my mom when both a) I got old enough and b) she went back to work from raising me.

Inside said garden, there was a venerable old chive plant. It had survived for many a year and being moved around several times. This particular year, I had decided to both divide it (because it was getting too big) and to move it into the area I'd decided would be growing only herbs (since it was in the middle of the vegetable garden). I'd made this decision towards the very end of the growing season and so the chive plant had only time enough to get re-adjusted into it's new environment before the cold weather sent it into dormancy.

At the time, I didn't know what to do with the "culled" half of the chive plant, so I left it sitting on the back porch, bare-root, until I could come up with a use for it. Well, the cold weather set in pretty quickly that year and what with one thing or another going on at the time, I pretty much forgot about it and the snow covered it up for the winter.

When the snow melted in the spring, I was eager to hunt for signs of life in the garden as soon as the weather was mild enough. Well, I didn't really have to get as far as the garden to see some of those signs. I just had to look on the back porch. Lo and behold, that bare-root half of a chive plant started sprouting entirely on it's own.

Mother nature works in mysterious ways.
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Coffee in your Garden! [Apr. 22nd, 2004|10:26 am]

For those who weren't aware, used coffee grounds make an excellent mulch, soil conditioner, and fertilizer:

Starbucks Article

And it's free. Can't beat that. :)

(Cross posted to garden_hoes and gardening.)
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Doin' mah Dooty [Apr. 22nd, 2004|07:05 am]

[mood |peacefulpeaceful]
[music |Sounds of Third Shift Exiting the Plant]

In Chicagoland, it's still a bit chilly out there for my happy little tomato and pepper seedlings, so they're hiding out in their little seedling flats on top of the refrigerator and the bookcase.

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Moral of the story: Protect Your Seedlings- Feed Your Felines Greens!
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In the Cat's garden... [Mar. 3rd, 2004|06:45 pm]

[mood |geekygeeky]
[music |Cars]

Well, since this seemed to be the place, I thought I'd post what I'll be growing this year. So far we have:

Herbs: Spearmint, Stevia, Basil, Catnip, Chives, Dill, Marjoram, Thyme, Chocolate Mint, Cumin, Lemon Balm, Wasabi, and Lemon Mint.

Tomatoes: Legend, Stiletz, Honey Bunch Grape, Red Robin, Opalka, and Bush Beefsteak.

Peppers: Habanero, Super Heavyweight Bell, Peter, Chocolate Beauty Bell, Senorita Jalapeno, Greek Golden Pepperoncini, King of the North Bell, Cayenne Long Red Slim, Miniature Bell, and Purira Chile.

Beans: Kentucky Blue Snap, Garbanzo, Red Mexican, Black Coco, and Red Kidney.

Lettuce: Buttercrunch, Esmerelda, Little Gem, Sucrine, and Long Standing Batavian.

Onions: Egyptian, Evergreen White Bunching, and Newburg.

Miscellaneous: Mokum Carrots, Sugar Daddy Snap Peas, Solitaire Watermelon, Snow White Celeriac, Homemade Pickles Cucumber, and Nutri-Bud Broccoli.

Yeah, I'm a seed catalog freak. And with an aspiring chef for a significant other and a garden at my parents' place, too, I've got a lot on my plate this year. But that's okay, I love it anyway. You have to, to want to plant all of that. :)
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*Poof* I appear. [Jan. 22nd, 2004|10:48 am]

[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Bungle in the Jungle by Jethro Tull]

Love to join you if you don't mind. I'm a gardening geek stuck to an apartment on the South Side of Chicago, Zone 5, but since I just moved and have a lovely large balcony that faces South and gets morning sun, I intend to put together as many containers as I can afford and as will fit. I'm going to have to ask my downstairs neighbor if she doesn't mind vines hanging over her view (not much of a view, mostly parking lot, houses, and street) and offer to share.

I grow things primarily for canning and/or drying, and I tend to stick to what I need for my salsa (5 pounds of tomatoes and assorted other veggies), plus herbs for healing and seasoning. This year I intend to can as many pints of salsa as possible, since it always seems to run out so quickly on me and I never have any left by winter.

I'm strictly organic since my goal is to use/consume as few chemicals as possible and it's perfectly simple to recycle what I have at home and purchase organic fertilizer for what I don't have. I also try to stick to open-pollinated and heirloom varieties. Occasionally that becomes difficult, as I haven't found an OP dwarf bell pepper that performs anywhere near as well as Jingle Bells....
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