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Post  Aub on 10/19/2010, 10:03 pm

I would be happy as an 8 but, sadly, I think I'm only a 3. (well, my garden is a 3!) My husband thought it would be a good place to put 3 dirt piles, a concrete pile, burn pile, wood pile, and weed pile. If I could get rid of all his Piles I would have so much more room for gardening. And it could be that 8 I would like it to be.
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Post  Old Hippie on 10/19/2010, 11:51 pm

@Aub wrote:I would be happy as an 8 but, sadly, I think I'm only a 3. (well, my garden is a 3!) My husband thought it would be a good place to put 3 dirt piles, a concrete pile, burn pile, wood pile, and weed pile. If I could get rid of all his Piles I would have so much more room for gardening. And it could be that 8 I would like it to be.

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Oh my goodness, I know your husband's piles are not a laughing matter but I can't help myself.

Anyway, in all seriousness, I do know the frustration of trying to keep a nice yard or house when you don't get the co-operation you need from other members of the household. You know what they say....It is hard to soar like an eagle when you live with a bunch of turkeys.

Still laughing,

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Post  bettyd_z7_va on 10/20/2010, 2:26 pm

Yep! That garden is a 10 to me.

Just send me a bucketful and that "10" Sweetie sitting beside it and I will be happy!

I have to share a quick 'Australia related' happy ending with you.

In the 80s an Australian fellow came to Virginia to be the plant manager at the brick company where my DH worked.

They got on like a house on fire. When he went home he gave DH his address so they could stay in touch.

DH promptly lost his address.

Fast forward all of these years.

Last week, after hearing again how much he wished he could locate his friend, my daughter posted a message on facebook to try to locate him. The only thing we had was his name and that he was from somewhere in Australia.

Yesterday he responded to her post! DH is soooo excited!

Small world, isn't it? I LOVE happy endings!

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Post  countrynaturals on 11/6/2019, 6:19 pm

BUMP! This is an awesome old thread and important to me. My garden structure is a work of art, but my garden maintenance practices are abysmal. I always start out okay, but then summer hits like a sledge hammer and I run for the a/c. By the time cool weather comes back, so I can play outside again, the garden's an absolute disaster -- tomatoes falling all over themselves (and each other), Lima beans 20' up an oak tree, vine crops leaking into some of the pathways, large plants blocking other pathways, etc. I won't show what it looks like now, but here's what it was in 2016.

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Well, Duh! I just discovered the biggest problem -- I had to bring in so much stuff, to keep it away from the deer, that there isn't any room for me anymore. I can barely move around in there at all, and it's ugly, besides -- all mis-matched pots, nothing level, narrow paths, stuff falling over, etc.

The good news is that I know just how to fix it. We'll fence in the beds in the redwood grove and put the big containers in there. I'll keep the Salad Bar as my display garden, to show off hubby's handiwork and my "pretty" plants. YEE-HAH! PROBLEM SOLVED! happy dance
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/6/2019, 7:13 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:BUMP! This is an awesome old thread and important to me. My garden structure is a work of art, but my garden maintenance practices are abysmal.

Interesting.  My vegetable gardens are just the opposite. My garden structure is functional, rather than artistic - my focus is on high quality food, in sufficient quantity to preserve for the winter season - but, my garden maintenance practices meet a very high standard. When plants are done producing, they are cut off at soil level, chopped up, and put in the compost. Then the space is refreshed with finished compost, and new seeds or plants are put in to provide a succession harvest.  When fall arrives, the beds are cleaned, refreshed with finished compost, and winter cover crop seeds are planted.

The garden area is functional, but not artistic and kept neat.
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/6/2019, 8:05 pm

I think your gardens are gorgeous, OG. Do you have help, or do you do it all yourself?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/6/2019, 9:48 pm

So, like many of you, I have several versions of gardens.  My front garden is perennials with a couple areas of sunflowers or other annuals/containers.

My back yard/pool area is perennials with a butterfly area, and containers and grasses.  

My SFG is hard working and utilitarian in my back yard; and my South Annex is 8 big round containers where my melons and squashes go (hot—brick wall).  These typically start out orderly, but I allow them to spill over into the yard and vine, making for a bit of a shaggy look towards harvest-time.  

Overall, I’d say 5 to 7.  

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/6/2019, 9:51 pm

Here are my poolside and front beds:

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Post  countrynaturals on 11/6/2019, 10:25 pm

Nice, Scorpio. Are those tubes on the ground really frog houses or do they serve some other purpose?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/6/2019, 10:35 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Nice, Scorpio. Are those tubes on the ground really frog houses or do they serve some other purpose?
They are decorative, old clay tiles that farmers around here used to use to drain their fields.
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Post  OhioGardener on 11/7/2019, 7:22 am

@countrynaturals wrote:I think your gardens are gorgeous, OG. Do you have help, or do you do it all yourself?

I do it all, CN.  Being an old retired guy, it allows me to at various times throughout the day. I really enjoy gardening, and always experimenting with new projects and tasks.

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Post  sanderson on 11/8/2019, 6:16 pm

Since my SFG takes up so much of the back yard, it is important. My maintenance is about a 4-8, depending on the weather and the season.

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