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Help me start gardeningPosted by Selina on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 7:42 PM ADT
Hello everyone. I have recently started to think about starting to grow my own veggies and fruits. I live in Southern Ontario and looking for good books and/or magazines which I can read to help start me off. And when I say I am a beginner I mean I don't know a think about gardening. I need literature that will provide me with the very basics of gardening to start off with. Thank you so much for your help!
re: Help me start gardeningPosted by Brian T on Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:35 PM ADT
Even though it is July it is not to late to plant some veggy items this year. If your soil is ready, that is dug or tilled up go out and buy some radish seeds, some peas and maybe some beans. You should still have enough time to plant these and get a crop this year. Most of the well named seed packages have instructions on the back, such as how deep and far apart to plant these. Also they have days to maturity which would end around your first frost. Just follow these instructions and before long you will be well versed in what to do. Most books that you can buy are not really worth your money unless you are doing something real specific such as grafting or multiplying plants. One of the problems I have with many books is they usually do not relate to my climate area. In a zone 3 I have no real need for information on orange trees. Another place to get free information is from parents, grandparents and neighbours who actually have a garden. This first hand knowledge is priceless and strange it is one of the most accurate for your area. As to fruit trees if your neighbours do not come through with some ideas as to what is good for your area then just go to a real nursery, not a box store that sells fruit trees, and ask and look around. They are used to people who do not know as much as we think they do. It is however too late to transplant a tree this time of year. It is best done in May or September or October. Most of all HAVE FUN. Even pulling weeds is fun if you look at one type of weed as your boss.
re: Help me start gardeningPosted by Kerstin D on Thursday, October 4, 2012 2:55 AM ADT
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Gardening under conifers and morePosted by Kerstin D on Thursday, October 4, 2012 3:02 AM ADT
My bush Jasmine won't bloom. The horrible ferns keep growing. I want my lilacs to go to the color they were supposed to be. They were not supposed to be pale lilac, but vibrant. Please give me advice. I want to plant bulbs--daffodils, tulips, and annual (self-sowing) flowers there. What can I do?