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Greenhouse and Gardening March Week I 
Mar. 5, 2009 6:11 pm 
Updated: Mar. 21, 2009 7:00 pm
MARCH 1-7, 2009

So many plants. So little time. I'm wanting to grow too many plants so I HAVE to have a garden now. So far, this is the schedule:


Tomatoes: 2 Roma, 2 Atkinson, 2 Better Boy, 2 Yellow, 2 Beefsteak, 1 Grape (Upside down plant), 1 Cherry (Upside down plant).

Squash: 2 Yellow, 2 Green, 2 Spaghetti (Will place close to ditch).

Cucumbers: 2 plants (Will place close to ditch).

Peas and Beans(Left side garden/patio/trellis): 8 plants each. 1st round out of 4. (I have 8 of each now to transplant in April. Direct sow 8 more plants each (round 2) more in April when I transplant set 1. When those are done, the trellis will be covered with nasturtiums. Rip nasturtiums out to do set 3 and 4 before colder weather/fall.

Brussel Sprouts : 8 plants.

Jalapeno Pepper: 8 plants. Husband loves jalapeno poppers so I was going to make all the peppers that I harvest into poppers, save a couple for cooking, and make fresh salsa. Hopefully I'll get enough.

Spinach(? plants), Swiss Chard(? plants), Cabbage(1 plant), Lettuce(1 plant), Cauliflower (1 plant): They are in HUGE pots. I just wanted to see if they would grow in pots for an early harvest. I may or may not direct sow them in the vegetable garden later on when I actually start the garden.

Strawberries: 20 plants but these were bought as plants. 

Corn: 20 plants. Sow outside 2 rows close together for adequate pollination. Remaining space will have tomatoes or I may try to make 2 full rows of corn.

Garlic: back row. Carrots: 2 rows (4 kinds to total about 80 plants spaced 3-4 inches apart. I'm hoping to blanch most of them). Red Onion: 2 plants (hopefully to get seeds) on left side of garden. Sweet Onion: 2 plants (hopefully to get seeds) on right side of garden. On both sides, Nasturtium to climb up pipe.


Experimental Veggies: 1 Watermelon, 1 Cantelope, 5 Pumpkins (2 really big kind just to see how big they can get and for decoration, 2 medium kind for cooking, and 1 smaller for decorating). I'm going to try my hardest for these because last year they were a flop.


Lots of herbs (1 plant per herb excluding chives, parsley, etc that can be spaced closer). Each plant type has a growing room of 1 foot and seperated by 1 foot. Excluded from this rule: Horseradish and Rhubarb.


3 hanging baskets: 1 upside down Cherry Tomato, 1 upside down Grape Tomato, and 1 upside down Eggplant (Its experimental. I saw someone on YouTube have an upside down eggplant and figured why not). All baskets will have 1 Wave Petunia on top side. Also, 2 Scallion pots, Cilantro pot, 2 Parsley pots, Basil pot, Purple Shamrock pot, 2 Plumeria pots, 3 Spider Plant pots, 1 Bluebonnet pot (experimental and because I miss Texas), 5 Citrus Tree pots, about 16 Amaryllis plants started from seeds last year, 2 Bromeliads (I only have 1 but its having a baby), 2 Tomatillo plants (must do manual pollination), and whatever else I forgot to put down that are currently growing in pots in the greenhouse that will be put on the patio. Also, 3 2foot long rectanlge pots to put Petunias in.

4 Hanging baskets with Petunias. Sunflowers and 2 kinds of Marigolds around the perimeter of playhouse.


Tidal Wave Petunias. Also, possibly some Castor Beans but I'm not so sure about them since they are so poisonous. We have a baggie full of them because husband's co-worker gave them to us. Idiot. Didn't he know we have a 4 year old and a 1 year old? Anyways, I might put them against the house around the pond. I'm more worried about 1 year old daughter drowning in the pond than her eating the seeds/leaves. I plan to cut off the flowers so I don't have Castor Bean seeds lying around for kids to eat. I'm just not so sure I want to deal with Castor Beans. They don't seem worth it to me.


Nasturtiums to hide ugly wall. 2 large containers on stairs 1 with Daylilies and 1 with Fuchsia. Ruby Red Daylilies parallel to steps. Caladiums and Elephant Ears on left side of house (practically all shade because of large overhang). Around light pole, Tulips in the spring. White Cosmos and Morning Glories in the summer. 


NASTURTIUMS TO COVER THE UGLY THING!!! Also, Empress of India Nasturtiums as a border along the fence.

Now all I have to do is hope for the best and work my @ss off to get this all started. I started a majority of the seeds in the greenhouse. I'm going to finish the whole Right Side of house this week so I can have it "airy" to plant the carrots, onion, and garlic there. 

Also, I have experimental Artichokes that I want to grow and my husband has his Potatoes he is growing in the greenhouse. I don't know where to put them except for the left side of the house. I've read that I have to start the artichokes REALLY early so they may not even reach their potential with my zone. Oh well. That's why its experimental.

Lastly, I have mixed tall Cosmos to hide an ugly spot in my backyard. My neighbor 2 doors down "hides" an old pick up truck back there. If the tall Cosmos grow to be 4-6 feet tall, they should cover it up good enough to not see as much of  the truck. I don't know why he parks it there. Its not his or our land but some dude in England.

Mar. 6, 2009 5:14 pm
LOL! You bored me to death, jk :) I can't wait to see the results, take lots of pics & I'll be excited to know what works. I just moved last June to a small yard & I'm kind of bummed I don't have the space that I used to. I will be looking into the Cosmos though, that sounds pretty cool!
Mar. 7, 2009 11:38 am
do u have a recipie for jalopeno poppers they are my fav and i dont know like a good way to make them so that they taste really good.
Mar. 7, 2009 3:01 pm
Scotdog: We don't have a big yard too. We only have about 1/4 - 1/2 acre (I think). The good thing is, our next door neighbor has a 4 year old also so the our yards put together is 1 big yard. The cosmos are really easy to grow too. I bought seeds and noticed 1 mystery seed and decided to plant it. That 1 seed turned out to be a white cosmo so now I want to incorporate it in my yard because I'm proud of my little mystery cosmo.
Mar. 7, 2009 3:05 pm
Monkey21824: So far I've only used "Best Ever Jalapeno Poppers" off Allrecipes with different cheeses. It tastes just as good if not better than store bought so I'm sticking to the recipe. I may try the other recipes but this one is really good.
Mar. 7, 2009 9:10 pm
PW's bacon wrapped jalapeno thingies recipe is very good
Mar. 7, 2009 9:42 pm
Oh. I'll have to try those. I haven't ventured into PW's website yet. I was waiting to do so but this week is a good time to start!
Mar. 8, 2009 3:17 pm
It's a relief to see someone is as "crazy" about gardening as I am. LOL! Good luck!
Mar. 8, 2009 7:13 pm
LOL. Thanks and good luck to you too!
Mar. 9, 2009 1:42 pm
I found this post to be very inspiring. In upstate NY, there is NO planting going on now, but lots of anxious desire. Thanks
Mar. 9, 2009 2:58 pm
i am a horticulturalist, so if you need any pointers or anything hit me up at Potatoes actually do well in a big ole 55 gallon drum, (or old bathtub with no bottom). At the end of the season you just dump the barrel over and get yer tater@
Mar. 9, 2009 6:04 pm
Wow! I'm envious. My husband and I are trying to learn how to be better gardeners. We only know the basics and it feels so overwhelming to try to learn so much! Congrats on what sounds like an amazing garden. :-)
Mar. 10, 2009 4:53 am
Anyone interested in gardening and needing advice should check out the local Cooperative Extension office for their county. Many Extension offices have Master Gardener volunteer programs that offer free advice and help to perplexed gardeners. Some of the programs offer low cost classes on growing veggies.
Mar. 10, 2009 6:20 am
This is my kind of gardening and has no waisted space
Mar. 10, 2009 7:31 am
I have no greenhouse, but I did plant seeds in February to grow under 6 (4 ft)fluorescent lights. I have various tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, chives, parsley, lavender, microgreens and radishes so far. The greens and radishes will be eaten and replanted soon, but everything else will be transplanted outside. I haven't grown onions from seed before, so this is experimental, but I've also ordered onion plants, just in case! Outside, braving the weather in covered pots, hollyhocks, lavender, and anise hyssop. This is also experimental. Many people have written in blogs stating that you can plant seeds outside that came from self-seeding plants, or that can be planted in fall as well as spring. I hope it works! I plan to also have peas, carrots, beets, spinach, various greens, corn, potatoes (an early variety and a late variety for storage), summer squash, broccoli and brussels sprouts, and am also planting more strawberries and some dwarf fruit trees. We have a couple acres, but it's very hilly, so I have to plan carefully. I'm going to plant some of the vegetables and herbs in the front along with quite a few annual flowers and a few perennials and shrubs as part of our landscape, much of which is still in the planning stage. I should have some really good compost by now, too, but may have to purchase more, as I just started it last June.
Mar. 10, 2009 8:33 am
Wow sounds like so much work, but it will be so worth it in the end! I'm envious! Please take lots of pictures!! Hey have you considered using a rain barrel to collect rain water? YOu can water your garden all throughout summer with a couple 55 gallon barrels. You should check it out. Good luck!
Mar. 10, 2009 9:01 am
One more thing-a tent of scarlet runner beans close to the playhouse or off one side of the playhouse. Gives some shade during those hot August days. Very impressive plan...I just have chives, garlic chives, sedum, lavender and rosemary so far. (And various mints) Been looking at those "Topsy Turvey" things.
Mar. 10, 2009 11:53 am
wow, I would love to be able to have a garden like that, we keep moving around to much to be able to plan anything that extensive. Good Luck with the garden!
Mar. 10, 2009 3:47 pm
elle, i saw the topsy turvy's at home depot last weekend.
Mar. 10, 2009 6:54 pm
TO suzinjean: I haven't planted anything outside yet but am itching to so badly. Last frost date is end of April/beginning of May. All the locals are saying 1 or 2 more snow storms so I'm waiting it out because I've only lived in WV for 2 years. I dug up the ground on 1 side of the house and hubby has started at the garden. I'm sure I can dig more in the next couple of days.
Mar. 10, 2009 6:56 pm
TO Nikki LeCroy: Why thank you and I will email in case I need some advice. The potato ideas sound really good but daughter/husband are in charge of that. I don't want to rain on their parade but I'll bring it up. Thanks.
Mar. 10, 2009 7:00 pm
TO love my kids: I'm a new gardener so I only know the basics too. I learned alot from last 2 years which vegetables/plants are VERY easy to take care of. I'm actually going to do the "lazy" way to garden (as my husband calls it). I love PREEN or any heavy duty plastics to smother the weeds. I dislike weeding and don't want to spend too much time weeding and neglecting my 1 year old.
Mar. 10, 2009 7:01 pm
TO LAMyers: Thank you for the info. I'll have to look into that for my area.
Mar. 10, 2009 7:03 pm
TO LINDA: Nope, there won't be any wasted space. The only thing I want now are some crocuses for the fall to get super early blooms here and there.
Mar. 10, 2009 7:06 pm
TO BQMOTHER: Good gracious! That's alot too! I started my compost in April and stopped adding when snow hit. I think I may need to buy more organic matter but was hoping not to.
Mar. 10, 2009 7:09 pm
Sweetchili: We have a 200 gallon pond that I collect water from now and then but have figured out that I don't really want to try and do that. For the pots, algae grows on the top layer of the soil. Rain water in barrels would be nice but wouldn't know where to put the barrels/buy barrels/etc.
Mar. 10, 2009 7:12 pm
To Elle: The topsy turvy things look nice but I make my own out of regular pots. Cut a whole out from the bottom, stick plant in upside down, fill with dirt and you have your own homemade upside down planters. Saves money too.
Mar. 10, 2009 7:13 pm
TO boardermom: Thank you so much. I've moved alot too and this is my first home to have a real garden.
Mar. 10, 2009 7:15 pm
To pepper: I advise making your own to save money. My BIL even made them out of old milk jugs. Cut the bottom of jug, stick plant upside down in the pouring end, put dirt in, water. Not sure how he kept them upside down though.
Dorene Grim 
Mar. 11, 2009 9:26 am
My husband and I bought a cottage a couple years ago and the late owners were avid gardeners, mostly flowers. They had rain barrels under the downspouts that were cut short to accomodate. There was also screen on top of the open barrel to keep out leaves, etc. I have occasionally seen barrels for sale on
Mar. 11, 2009 9:29 am
Oh really. Hmmmmm. I might have to look into that. Thanks Dorene Grim.
Mar. 11, 2009 11:56 am
I have been gardening (or trying) for 6 months now. Its hard with this sandy Florida soil. I have not had time to make a plan, so I am going to adopt your and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing.
Mar. 11, 2009 1:56 pm
No problem. You should try Brugmansia, Angel's Trumphet, or Devil's Trumphet. They grew well for me in huge pots but I know for certain they will grow in Florida well. The only drawback is they are completely poisonous. The have HUGE blooms though. You have to try the Nasturtiums. They are drought tolerant (I didn't water mine at all excluding initial growing period) and they prefer poor soil. Goodluck and happy planting.
Mar. 11, 2009 3:53 pm
Love gardening and the planning is what we do while we wait for snow to melt. Did you know that nasturium blossoms are edible? They have a peppery taste. Try them as a garnish or in a salad. Might be a learning opportunity for a 4 year old in learning what is safe to eat.
Mar. 11, 2009 7:09 pm
Your garden sounds impressive! I keep trying to garden, but I'm pretty clueless. Will you give some pointers and guidelines as to how you use and preserve your produce? I've never preserved more than homemade salsa and frozen green beans from my garden. What do you do with it all?
Mar. 11, 2009 8:06 pm
Glad to know someone is as crazy about gardening as I am. Love it!! I have lots of tomatoes,eggplant,peppers and herbs started in my sunroom right now to be planted in the garden around the last week in April. With all my tropicals stored inside for the winter it is always a challenge to see how much more I could possibly stuff in. Good luck!
Mar. 12, 2009 6:12 pm
NewhopeJo: Yes I knew Nasturtiums are edible both flower, leaves, and unripe seeds. I read you can also substitute them for capers. I tasted 1 leaf and wasn't sure what to think. They are peppery but wouldn't know if I would like them on a salad. I really like them because they are hardy and cover ugliness.
Mar. 12, 2009 6:21 pm
To Kimniki: I am very new to gardening. I only had a real garden last year and this and that plant prior to last year. Last years garden was not planned and was rushed. We bought the house beginning of April and was semi-settled close to the end of April. Needless to say, I started really late, the ground wasn't tilled, and no Preen. As for the produce, I made a year's worth of tomato sauce to use (and a little bit of fresh salsa). I cooked them and stuck them in the deep freezer. I had peas but we ate them for dinner the day they were picked. I have 2 spaghetti squash that still needs to be eaten. I kept them in a cool dry place. The summer squashes were all eaten. We had a whole bunch of peppers, bell peppers, and 1 cucumber plant but they didn't grow well/produce. Also, we made apple cider with MIL, FIL, BIL, and SIL. We initially had 6-8 milk cartons and stuck them in deep freezer. Also, I my next door neighbor let me have her apples and I made a whole bunch of apple butter and applesauce. I stuck the apple butter in the normal freezer and applesauce in deepfreezer. I still have applesauce too.
Mar. 12, 2009 6:57 pm
To Kimniki: As to preserving what may/may not come up this year I'm not sure what I'll do. If we have jalapeno peppers, I'm going to make a year's worth of jalapeno poppers. DH and I loves them. I may reserve some for recipes but not sure how to just yet. As for most of the veggies (bell peppers, brussel sprouts, carrots, beans, peas, all the greens, onions) blanching is what I plan to do. The tomatoes will probably be made into tomato sauce and I may blanch/stew some diced tomatoes for recipes. I want to mince the garlic and keep it as long as possible in the fridge. As for the eggplant and squashes, I already plan to make recipes using these vegetables. I will be making a whole bunch of squash casseroles (the ones full of butter and uses Ritz crackers) and freezing them in "my family size" portions to go as side dishes. Also, I may grate then cook some and make a couple loaves of bread and store in deep freezer. The eggplant is iffy but I definitely want to make 2 casseroles of Moussaka. I have a dozen or so mason jars and plan to can tomatoes if I have excess (which I hope). I may first try water bath. Sooner or later, more sooner than later, I know we will end up buying a pressure cooker and/or a pressure canner. I've never used either. My husband knows all about it so he will be the one showing me how to do it.
Mar. 12, 2009 7:08 pm
As for the strawberries, watermelon, and cantelope, I don't think they will last. :) As for the corn, eat and save by blanching. As for the pumpkins, use as decoration, bake and puree for pumpkin rolls and pies, and finally freeze any remaining for later. Rhubarb can be frozen without cooking but I only know how to make strawberry rhubarb pies so I don't need a whole bunch. Plus, I don't have to worry about that until next year because I'm suppose to leave it alone the first year (like asparagus I think). Horseradish, will keep frozen too.
Mar. 12, 2009 7:14 pm
As for the herbs, I plan to dry and refill all my herbs. Also, I plan to take some inside the grenhouse. My MIL has had a very good record of herbs coming up the next spring so I'm hoping to leave most in the ground. More likely, I will replant in pots around July. Cilantro, green onions, parsley, and basil are what I use the most. I'm sure I will have more (such as chives, rosemary, dill, etc) but so far that is the plan. I hate buying fresh herbs for 2-3 dollars. Its pointless and wasteful.
Mar. 12, 2009 7:22 pm
As for the lettuce and cucumbers, salad, salad, and more salad. The potatoes are my husbands and daughter's thing but I'm not expecting much. Maybe a sack of them at the most so I plan to eat them as usual. The artichokes are iffy. I don't think they will have enough growing time because I haven't even received them. If not, I'm going to try to put it in the greenhouse if its not too big and continue growing next year. The tomatilloes are going to be used a green salsa. What else, what else, what else?
Mar. 12, 2009 7:28 pm
I'm not much of a jelly/jam person so I don't do that stuff. The most I eat are PB&J (my husband said no to growing grapes), lingonberry jam (I wouldn't even know where to get lingonberries to grow and how to do so), and those jelly filled cookies (but I don't make those enough to start preserving).
Mar. 12, 2009 7:31 pm
Good luck to you too CHRISTEL2003. I would love a sunroom. More space means more plants. :)
Mar. 12, 2009 11:19 pm
Thanks to Deborah B I know how I want my spice rack. It will be magnetic tin containers on the wall. How awesome is that? If my herbs grow good, maybe I can convince hubby to make them for me. Shoot, I'll make them myself! I'll need to figure out how to magnetize them to the wall. Wish me luck!
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