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Plants vs. Animals

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Ahhh, the agony of choosing plants. In our front yard we chose flowers and ornamentals. And plenty of gnomes to protect the garden. My poor Tony Gnomo has gotten so beat up out there. Broken arm, broken back….. I retired him to the back yard this year. 🙂

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Don’t let anyone try to convince you, you need a greenhouse. NOT IN A DESERT. I was so excited about gardening I wanted to do everything right. I bought a small inexpensive one before I commissioned the husband to build one. Just to test it out. Alot of my gardening books say you should have a greenhouse to germinate your seeds in colder weather.  You can keep your seedlings in the greenhouse until the last frost is passed and stuff like that. I was very successful in cooking my seedlings. Even in the winter months of the desert the sun is still hot. The general idea of a greenhouse is to keep the heat in. The sunlight passes through the transparent walls, heats up the ground which then radiates warmth and heats the air……….. It was so hot and humid…. Never again

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This what I did instead. Soda bottles and paper cups in the garage. No grow lights, no heat lamps. When the humidity seemed a little high inside the cup, I removed the tops and let them get some air. The grew just fine in December and January. Also there is alot of misleading information on what you need to grow seeds. Let me clear something up. Seeds only need water to grow. Your obviously going to want to put them in something. You don’t need a bunch of potting soils or fancy dirt. Until seedlings get their first true leaves they only need water to grow. I really feel like that needs repeating. In warmer months when I don’t need the heat and humidity for the seeds I recycle our k-cups. I just plop the seeds in the coffee grounds and water. Hasn’t failed me yet.

 

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A couple of points on buying plants. I do buy them occasionally. I order them as well as get them at local nurseries. I don’t limit myself to just what they sell In the nurseries. When I order from out of state nurseries I usually get a warning that those plants don’t grow in my area. I insist that they send them anyway. My motto is, if you want to grow it, then grow it. I totally ignore that whole zone system. Some sites say I’m in zone  8, some say zone 11……. Whatever. I have green grapes growing in my backyard, they aren’t supposed to be. I also have a berry vine that grows in the Pacific Northwest, doing quite nicely also in my backyard. Not everything works, its all trial and error. My bougainvillea does well, the jasmine barely hangs on every year. Not quite dying, but not quite thriving either. Trial and Error.

We have dogs……. I almost feel like that’s all I need to say. None of them are diggers, lucky for us. We have unique problems with them. One of them is a food snob (not my fault) and likes to eat the herbs. Especially the basil, which is planted In the front yard now. It’s hard some times to keep him out of the garden. When plants are young and tender he will eat them…… (idk, he’s French) . The other two like to lay in the dirt. Not necessarily an issue for the tiny one, but our medium size dog is a bully. She doesn’t care who or what is In her way when she wants to lay down. Many a day Ive walked out to the garden and plants are smooshed. One of the corn stalks is stunted from her laying on it. All the others are 3 feet tall. The little runty one is barely a foot. I don’t think it’s going to make it. I put up a little 12 inches fence, the kind you see at the dollar store. It helps keep them out. Until they see me in the garden doing stuff. Then the jump right in.  So just be prepared if you have pets. They like to get involved, not always in a way you want. Cats……. If you have cats or cats In your neighborhood. Cats see a garden as a giant litter box….. So gross.

Ok time to grab some lettuce from the garden and make dinner. Remember, follow your own path.

 

 

 

 

 

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