If you have "no place to go," come here!

"Those planning to venture outdoors should dress warmly making sure that all exposed skin is covered."

Alrighty, then. On the other hand, yesterday I went to what was billed as a seed exchange, but turned into a two-hour gabfest from a ten local gardeners only three of whom had previously met. Incredible!

They almost argued me out of drip irrigation because of the size of my garden (eighth of an acre, basically).

But I came away with some poppy seeds. I think I can rip out the last of the lawn and have poppies instead. That would be neat!

Also, others have grown hot peppers from seed up here. Yay!

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Submitted by Violet Socks on

Where are you? If that's classified, what zone are you in?

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Submitted by Violet Socks on

Well, then, I have absolutely no idea what to tell you. Christ, that's practically Siberia. Or the moon. Can you even grow plants up there?

Submitted by Fran on

sort of - it is a headband. I hate hats, so that is a lot for me. If I will be outside very long I will put a hat over it.

Tonight, after putting on 3 layers, I took the dog out for his late night pee. He wanted to wander around! gaaaah. (and he is old!)

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

they are beautiful. and useful in the production of various substances. but talk about short lived! and fickle! a week, at best, of bloom in a 5b. so glorious, but so piggy in terms of space. all that plant, and so long to bloom, and for what? a saucer size bloom that lasts a week in early summer and of which the petals fall off in the first brisk rain. they make for purty pics, i'll give em that. but you better be ready to take that shot when it happens.

q. anne's lace. lilies. hell, rudebekia or lamia. if i'm replacing lawn with a non-food plant, poppy is not my first choice. imho poppies are best in small, aesthetically planned sections of a decorative bed. also: underground critters LURV them some poppy plant roots. speaking from experience here, i lost a 30$ poppy to the voles last season. the phuckers.

Submitted by Lex on

I might have to agree with the gardeners trying to talk you out of drip irrigation, lambert. It's not that i don't love it/believe in it. It's only that i'm not sure it will be worth your time/effort/money; that is, it may well end up being less work and a lot less money to water normally.

If you could buy off-the-shelf and have it work easily, i'd say go for it. If you want the project for its own sake, then you should go for it. But if it's a matter of how to invest time and money most wisely in the garden, then i think you might be better served with other projects and expenditures.

(I'm also factoring your professed aversion to "work".)

You're doing the right things by building healthy soil; the better it gets the less you'll need to water. Your sheet mulching works well for you. If there are a few crops/plants that are requiring more liquid attention than you want to give, there are low tech options that can be explored....the stakes that screw onto an old 2-liter bottle; plugging the drainage hole in a terracotta pot and burying it to the rim to be filled with water; soilmoist crystals (an inert, water holding polymer that would be a one-time deal); and maybe more if i think on it.