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The spring planting season is arriving in the Northern Hemisphere so I was curious what you gynes are planning!

Basil, borage, arugula, sunflowers and melons are on my short list and I'll be checking out local nurseries and plant sales to see what catches my eye. I'm also planning to plant onions and garlic among the other plants to help keep hungry grasshoppers away.

What are you planning? Any tips or tricks? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

The spring planting season is arriving in the Northern Hemisphere so I was curious what you gynes are planning! Basil, borage, arugula, sunflowers and melons are on my short list and I'll be checking out local nurseries and plant sales to see what catches my eye. I'm also planning to plant onions and garlic among the other plants to help keep hungry grasshoppers away. What are you planning? Any tips or tricks? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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[–] crispycherrypie 12 points (+12|-0)

As soon as it warms up, I'm planning on getting some tomatoes in the ground. I can't stand the store-bought stuff, it never has any flavor.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 9 points (+9|-0)

That is a fact! Homegrown tomatoes are the best... picked fresh from the plant and sprinkled with a bit of salt... so good!

[–] DebraKadabra 4 points (+4|-0)

They really are. My husband used to tease me that I was just not as into produce as him because I'd shun eating store-bought tomatoes raw, or take them off of burgers. Finally last year I surprised him with a tomato bush in the ground before he could have a say about it. By the end of the season, he came around to my point of view.

Have you grown melons before? I have never had any luck with them and if you have advice I'd love to hear it!

I plan on adding to my cut flower garden because I love having flowers in the house, and I'm also starting a no dig garden this year that I'm excited about. The first order of seeds have arrived and it's so hard not to plant them immediately under grow lights!

[–] gold_bee [OP] 6 points (+6|-0)

I have grown melons before! Musk melons do really well in my area, I think they like the heat and humidity. I'm not a very talented gardener so it's mostly just keeping the bugs off of them and training the vines... not terribly helpful advice, sorry! I'm planning to put in a trellis for them this year. I trained them on the garden fence last year but some critter (suspected deer) would eat the blossoms and juvenile melons that poked through the fence so I lost a lot of potential fruit.

What flowers are you planning to plant?

I love musk melons and it gets pretty hot and humid here in the summer so I'll those a try this year. I like the idea of the trellis if for no other reason than opening up more garden space.

I'll be doing the usual plants that give me those happy childhood memories: zinnias, cosmos, snapdragons, sunflowers, and marigolds for the veg patch to keep the nibblers away. I want to try lisianthus, a couple of the tall type of salvia, an unusal sort of thing called 'Love in the Mist', and sweet pea (although I'm seeing people plant them in fall so I missed that window for this season) and I have a bunch of seeds I gathered from the roadside that I want to try getting established in my perennial borders.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 4 points (+4|-0)

That sounds really nice! I haven't picked out any flower varieties yet but am planning to put in something that the pollinators will enjoy :)

[–] SarahTheGreen 6 points (+6|-0)

We still have snow on the ground. Planting doesn't start until late May where I am.

I have a container garden. My plans are to see what grows back from last year, plant the nasturtium seeds I have from last year, and maybe order some more plugs of wildflowers. I managed to kill my sweetgrass and fireweed, so I might try to get some more of those. I don't have much sun so have to pick plants that are hardy, are ok in the shade, and that will grow back the next year (which the fireweed and sweetgrass did after their first winter – I goofed by adding more soil late in the season and their roots didn't get enough sun last spring).

Sunflowers sound really nice. We used to get them when I was a kid because of all the seeds birds spilled from the bird feeder over the winter.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 3 points (+3|-0)

I love nasturtiums! Always fun to eat flowers and so tasty.

Have you tried growing berries? The best are grown in cool climates, in my experience, and there are hardy perennials like blackberries, gooseberries, blueberries, etc.

[–] SarahTheGreen 3 points (+3|-0)

I bought three blackcurrant bushes last summer, and am waiting to see if they survived the winter.

I actually bought one my first year here, watered it thoroughly in a pot that didn't drain well, then it got soaked from rain and rotted. Not hardy enough!

[–] GelatinousRube 5 points (+5|-0)

I'm sad but thinking about cutting my kiwis down. It's been years and they don't fruit. They are also eating my fence with their vines.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 4 points (+4|-0)

Aw, that is hard... but might be good to make room from another crop.

[–] girl_undone 1 points (+1|-0)

You've got a male around for pollination right? Sorry if you do and that's an obnoxious question - I grew some plants for years and waited hopefully for fruits without any showing up before finding out they need to be pollinated by another plant.

[–] GelatinousRube 1 points (+1|-0)

Noo it's ok. I have a male and two females on either side, in close range, and they are "compatible." I've tried a lot of things in the past ~5 years. The vines are lovely but I plant my yard for fruit and nuts and I want my fruit! :)

[–] ThisReality 5 points (+5|-0)

Basil, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers are among my staples to plant in spring. Hoping to get some calendula to succeed, too. I planted some last year but it didn't do well. Also considering some strawberries this year. Maybe cilantro, but I have yet to grow that successfully.

Right now I'm letting potatoes do their thing. When my store-bought potatoes sprout, I cut out the sprouts and plant them. The potatoes I get aren't huge, but they're potatoes and they taste just fine.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 4 points (+4|-0)

I was thinking about cilantro as well but was worried that it might be beyond my abilities. Carrots were my challenge crop last year and I failed! Also had a fox that used the carrot seedlings as a litter box so that didn't help.

I've been meaning to grow sweet potatoes like that. It's very satisfying to use kitchen scraps or bits of veg to clone new plants.

[–] ThisReality 1 points (+1|-0)

Carrots are difficult. I've tried to grow them, gotten lovely greenery only to pull it up and see carrots that look like thumbnails or toothpicks.

I love sweet potatoes - I should try growing those too. Forgot to mention my celery plant that I started from the base of store-bought celery.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

Oh, that's disappointing! I read that can happen if there is excess nitrogen in the soil - you get nice fluffy greens and a sad little root.

I was just watching this video about growing from store-bought veg. It's a really great idea!

[–] Turtlefuzz 3 points (+3|-0)

My mom starts our family heirloom tomatoes in mid March, because she has a grow light and no toddlers in the house. She will give me some in late May or early June depending on how the weather holds!

I plan on doing some cucumbers, sweet peppers, green beans, basil and parsley.

I just want the snow to go away 😢

[–] gold_bee [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

That sounds really nice! You have the makings of a delicious salad with those fresh cukes, tomatoes & basil.

[–] DebraKadabra 3 points (+3|-0)

Last year was the first time we planted lettuce - I rescued it from my son's daycare which was shut down during the pandemic so no one would be tending the garden. I had no desire to grow lettuce because I remember my parents swearing a lot at how bug-ridden our attempts had been when I was a kid.

Well, apparently lettuce loves my current region. I have never eaten so much salad in my life - so we're going for it again with a few different varieties. I'm so excited.

Also the African daisies from the last two years are doing so well that we just tore out the fussier plants and added more - one variety has the spoon-shaped petals. One daisy bush seems to get pestered by grasshoppers every year so maybe I'll plant some garlic nearby! I don'y know what it is about that one corner where I've found grasshoppers for five years now - and rarely see them anywhere else.

Apparently my area is supposed to be the best for growing dahlias, and I see them in my neighbors yards all the time, but I haven't had much success with them. I moved all the ones from the front yard to the back in case it's a sun-angle thing. It's the neighbors facing us that have the best ones I've noticed.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

All that lettuce sounds lovely! It doesn't grow at all well where I live and I miss it.

Have you had luck with using garlic plants to repel grasshoppers? My poor garden was a grasshopper buffet last year so am researching plants to repel them and spider mites (my other garden nemesis).

[–] DebraKadabra 1 points (+1|-0)

This will be my first year trying! When I was a kid we used to have ornamental green onions - they have these pretty little purple flowers, and I seem to recall my mother swearing by their insect repelling capabilities.

[–] girl_undone 2 points (+2|-0)

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, (I was going to get gherkins but they sold out before I placed my order), yellow and green zucchini, watermelons, onions (I just grew them from seed last year, used a row cover, and I'm doing that again), scallions, hopefully I'll do garlic and shallots overwinter this year, 3 kinds of potatoes this year so I'm stoked, kohlrabi (first for me, never had it), cabbage, pac choi, broccoli raab (the best), radishes, carrots, beets, all the peas, bush beans all snap, sorrel, mache, lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, and several kinds of basil to see if I have any new favorites (mammoth sweet is my current favorite).

Trying salsify and scorzonera is kind of in the air right now with all the chaos with seed companies fulfilling orders these days.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 2 points (+2|-0)

Whew... You are not playing around! I tried growing basil, arugula, peas, dill, borage, carrots, broccoli and sunflowers from seed last year and only had luck with the peas and sunflowers. I did get the basil to sprout but the plants never really flourished. I'm taking advantage of local plant sales this year to compensate for my lack of a green thumb :)

[–] girl_undone 2 points (+2|-0)

I forgot to get dill! Aaah!

It's really important to get seeds shipped straight from a trustworthy seed company IME. The seeds I've bought from stores in desperation have been duds, killed by the conditions in the stores. People blame themselves for the failure of bad seed but good seed is really forgiving.

[–] ASPENandCo2020 2 points (+2|-0)

I'm really hoping to have enough money to redo our privacy fence and extend it forward. I want to add flowering shrubs ike hydrangeas and lilacs along the fence or maybe some hollyhock and peonies, Rose's and tulips when I ound it out to the front yard. I need to redo a French drain and I need to till up and continue planting flowers.and do some landscaping along the driveway.

Had a problem with moles last year so need to make sure the yard is properly fertilized and get the grass to grow in thicker.

Hoping to have my blueberry bushes planted along the side of the house and add 4 more raspberry bushes. Hoping to make a potato box and with some tomatoes and maybe get some strawberries planted.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 0 points (+0|-0)

Sorry for the late reply - but your garden sounds spectacular! I hope you share some photos of your berries once they fruit. Berries don't really grow where I live now and I really miss them.

[–] georgiaomeuf 1 points (+1|-0)

I know I'm late to this post but I am so excited for this growing season :D. I have already planted some spinach and am planning for cherry tomatoes as a must, not sure for the rest. I've also looked into cultivating mushrooms between plants, has anyone had any success with this? Last year I did beets, radishes and spinach, the beets stayed really small and the radishes came in but were loved a bit too much by the slugs.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

Yay! I'm excited too. I haven mo experience with mushrooms and fear them because they seem so finicky :') Have you considered putting pest-repelling plants in between other plants to protect them? There are also some good ideas specific to slug control here.

[–] georgiaomeuf 1 points (+1|-0)

Thanks for your response :), my plot is a community garden where no pesticides/herbicides are allowed so this is a really useful guide! I think I will look into using the coffee grounds, especially if I try beets again

[–] Kevina 1 points (+1|-0)

I have a small space id like to turn into sort of a herb garden type area. Will have to post pics when I can to get some help with design ideas.

[–] gold_bee [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

Once you start growing your own herbs, it's hard to go back! In case you weren't aware, it's easy to get a small garden started from kitchen scraps... the bottoms of green onions, garlic bulbs, etc. You can just pop them in soil and water them a bit as needed. You can also propagate new plants from herbs that you buy from the store.

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