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I wrote a prologue with a bunch of stuff about my zone, but really, it's safe to plant in the ground after the middle of next month where I'm at, so as you can tell I'm pretty far south.

I've got tomatoes (I think you're legally required to grow them as a U.S. southern woman of a Certain Age), corn, habaneros, loads of sunflowers, I even picked up a sunflower. I love to plant squash but I always get squash bugs and while I'm a dab hand at fixing it when they come, part of the remediation is sevin dust which is... well. Likely carcinogenic. So, kind of hard to justify growing it.

I also have a flower bed that's got a couple of assortments of bulbs (I am way too lazy for annuals) in it. It's got like five different kinds of Alliums in there (looking forward to the Gladiators) and a spring mix that's hyacinths, some little things that are purple and lasted two days, and I think some crocus. We also bought some dahlias to fill in a hole.

I have huuuge elephant ears that come back every year, and hostas (another thing you're required to grow down here).

What about you guys? Are you super stoked? Just two more weeks and IT'S ALL GOING IN THE GROUND!

I wrote a prologue with a bunch of stuff about my zone, but really, it's safe to plant in the ground after the middle of next month where I'm at, so as you can tell I'm pretty far south. I've got tomatoes (I think you're legally required to grow them as a U.S. southern woman of a Certain Age), corn, habaneros, loads of sunflowers, I even picked up a sunflower. I love to plant squash but I always get squash bugs and while I'm a dab hand at fixing it when they come, part of the remediation is sevin dust which is... well. Likely carcinogenic. So, kind of hard to justify growing it. I also have a flower bed that's got a couple of assortments of bulbs (I am way too lazy for annuals) in it. It's got like five different kinds of Alliums in there (looking forward to the Gladiators) and a spring mix that's hyacinths, some little things that are purple and lasted two days, and I think some crocus. We also bought some dahlias to fill in a hole. I have huuuge elephant ears that come back every year, and hostas (another thing you're required to grow down here). What about you guys? Are you super stoked? Just two more weeks and IT'S ALL GOING IN THE GROUND!

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[–] SarahTheGreen 6 points (+6|-0)

No, but I've got an extra month. Right now I am reading up on native plants (books recommended in an earlier thread about native gardening) and have decided not to go with imported anymore (after the nasturtium seeds I have from last year). I don't eat vegetables much so I don't grow them. Lots of studying to do.

[–] stern-as-steel 1 points (+1|-0)

Me too! I joined a local facebook group (even though I hate fb) that's been really helpful.

[–] Nasrin 6 points (+6|-0)

I AM EXCITED!

I close on a house from the 1920's in three weeks and will have a yard again. You can bet I have more plans for vegetables than home improvements!!!

I cannot wait to grow zucchini, eggplants, yellow squash, and chard again. Mmmmm.

[–] LilyGoat 5 points (+5|-0)

My wildflowers are coming in nicely!

I am buying various shrubs and trees that will be edible and native. It’s fun because I have to research lost recipes. For instance, jams made out of redbud and bread made from acorns. Medicinal benefits from many wildflowers. It is also sobering as a lot of this knowledge is almost lost, only preserved by Native Americans and I’m trying to be respectful in the ways I learn and use this for my own benefit.

And I’m supplementing with some nice weeds. Dandelion leaves are better than spinach. Wild lettuce is good when young and tender enough. Bitter cress as well.

My next project is to find ways to use plants in ways that aren’t edible—basket and brook making, dyes, etc.

This has been such a huge passion of mine. I can’t even tell you what I will learn this year because most of what happens is a plant pops up, I ID it, then find infinite ways it can be used.

[–] gold_bee 4 points (+4|-0) Edited

Spring has arrived in my location so I've got my snack sunflowers, squash and borage seedlings going nicely in the garden (all direct planted). Local plant sale is coming up so I'll be buying more herbs and veg. Hopefully I'll have some pics to share!

[–] Turtlefuzz 4 points (+4|-0)

New Englander here, my early bulbs (daffodils, tulips and hyacinths) are growing! No flowers yet, but soon.

I'm planning my garden now, and my mom has started some tomatoes indoors for me. My house has too many little hands for me to keep plants safe haha. I'm so excited for gardening season!

[–] Notgonnastop 4 points (+4|-0)

Have to exercise prudence and not sow until after last frost date. I've stopped growing veggies because I've got access to a dozen farmer's markets, so now it's herbs and flowers everywhere.

[–] onelightbulb 4 points (+4|-0)

I had also given up on squash because of squash vine borer, and then I read that you can plant winter squash instead and pick it when young and it'll have the soft skin and seeds of a summer squash. It's supposed to taste like zucchini! The winter squash varieties (C. moschata) are resistant to squash vine borer. I'm doing butternut. Whatever you don't eat young, you allow to mature on the vine, and then you get to eat it both ways. I'm pretty stoked about this method and I can report back to yall. Everything else I am growing this year is already in the ground (except black eye peas and sunflowers)!

[–] LepistaNuda 1 points (+1|-0) Edited

I was about to post something along this line. Mmy summer squash are often not very good but my hubbard quash and pumpkins were great. Last year was the first time I tried them immature and they were really delicious, no real difference between that and summer squashes. I'm not even planting summer squash this year, I'm going to try just growing pumpkin and thinning the babies.

[–] onelightbulb 1 points (+1|-0)

Oh my gosh! Exciting to hear a positive report from the (literal) field. I truly love squash and was super bummed when I realized the trouble totally isn't worth it with SVB. At least where I am. I would have never thought to eat immature pumpkins though! But in the end they're all a very similar species!

[–] LepistaNuda 1 points (+1|-0)

Butternut squash sounds good too. I might give that a try. I don't get borers but I get mildew and fungus. It doesn't affect the winter squashes as much as the summer ones for some reason. I would love to try black eyed peas but think I am too far north for them to grow well.

[–] gold_bee 1 points (+1|-0)

TIL about eating baby butternut squash... I'm excited to hear how it turns out for you (also, butternut + black eyed peas sounds delicious!)

[–] onelightbulb 1 points (+1|-0) Edited

Yessss, I can't wait! I highly recommend black eyed peas to any novice gardeners, they improve soil quality and are ridiculously easy to grow. They do attract wasps but they wasps seem very docile when feeding on the plants. If you have any spare soil that gets at least partial sun, grab a cheap bag of black eyed peas from the store and give it a go! They will need a trellis or other structure to climb. Edit: They're called southern peas for a reason and I can't vouch for their ease of growing in colder climates!

So far I’ve only planted arugula. I’ve got a couple of three weeks to go until my frost-free date. I may or may not plant tomatoes this year. I’m concentrating on things I like to eat and will definitely use: arugula and other greens, and herbs like basil, dill, and green onions (which I sprout from the roots of ones I buy). I do like tomatoes but I don’t know if I can be bothered this year, and my soil isn’t deep enough/good enough for root vegetables. And then I’m planting nasturtiums and sunflowers for cheer.

[–] DebraKadabra 3 points (+3|-0)

I've got everything I need for a good salad planted in the ground right now. I'm so excited.

I'm waiting on my dad to give me some of his starters for other things.