Saturday, March 21, 2009

Linked Up - Great Gardening Blogs

My heart just skipped a little beat when I found this blog: Backyard Gardening Blog

So then I was on a mission to find other great gardening blogs.

I need all the help I can get with gardening and don't even try to stop me when I'm on a mission.

I found these other gardening blogs. Just for you.

And me.

Well okay, mostly for me, but I thought you would also enjoy them.

First off, this site gives you a comprehensive list of gardening blogs in your area. Wow - they did a lot of work. That makes my job a lot easier today. Sustainable Gardening

I could really just stop there is such a comprehensive list.

But, here is another site that gives a pretty vast list of gardening blogs:
Dig In Dirt - love that name!!!

These are some good Gardening Websites.

Organic Gardening
I Heart Gardening
Better Homes and Gardens
National Gardening Association
The United States National Arboretum
Martha Stewart Gardening

There are seriously HUNDREDS of garden blogs. But those should get you started. Find out your garden zone before you start planting. Planting something that your aunt in Florida plants might not work in Michigan. Or even Virginia. Find out what works for your area.

Most garden centers will only stock what grows well in your area.

Ways to save money on gardening:

  • Buy native plants.
  • Buy mark down plants at the end of that plant's blooming season. You will not get blooms until next year, but you will save about half.
  • Have a garden swap. I have a friend who has tons of Thyme growing on the side of her house. Last year, I dug up about an 8 inch pot of it and now it is going crazy in my garden. Cost: FREE. I plan to do the same with some Lamb's Ear in another friend's garden.
  • Some high priced garden centers and your local home improvement store carry the same exact plants from local greenhouses. Many times I will check out what I want at the garden center and then go to Lowes to buy the exact same item.
  • Go directly to the greenhouse. Last year, I bought a Japanese Maple for $20! A Hydrangea bush for $5. A pink dogwood for $8. I have to travel a bit out of my way, but it is worth the price. These greenhouses just grow rows and rows of plants, package them and sell them to your local garden centers. You might have to know what you are looking for in these places. There is little help and even less labeling.

Anybody know of any good Blog Garden Tours this year? If not, maybe I'll host one here. I would love to see your gardens!

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Ali said...

Last year I planted 2 tomato plants and 2 squash plants--they did okay, but we're in a new house and the soil isn't that great. I'm thinking of doing raised beds this year--if I can get hubby to build them for me!

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

I am not much of a vegetable gardener because I don't get a full day of sun anywhere in my yard.

I have planted tomatoes in big pots and they did okay.

I just know that vegetables need lots of light - almost a full day and a good amount of natural compost/manure.

I am going to try to start cherry tomatoes from seeds this year and see how that goes.

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

My raised beds do pretty good. We have a good amount of red clay in our soil so we spend a lot of time amending the soil to so the roots can move.

We bring in a load of compost type soil and just mix it in with the natural soil. It's a great start.

Sarah said...

Great ideas! I am hoping to plant raspberry bushes this year. I'd better start looking now. Any suggestions?

Jenn Peacock said...

You are making me so excited for spring...and it is going to snow here tonight and tomorrow, ugh!

Sheila said...

I'd love to just go nuts and have my yard be a beautiful luscious-looking getaway, but I have nothing for a yard, so that kinda sucks!

deb browning said...

Thanks for the tips! My problem is deciding what to plant that I like and the deer don't! They're fun to watch but they ruin your garden!

Anita said...

I have no green's very sad. We just try to keep our yard relatively green and plant new flowers and accent plants as I seem to kill them off............ugh. Our soil is terribly sandy.

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

One thing I do for deer that works wonders is spray this stuff called Deer Away. I buy it at the garden store. It is expensive and stinks like you cannot believe when you first spray it but they do leave my plants alone. I spray it as they start to sprout and then about once a month - 6 weeks through the Spring and Summer.

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