Budget101 Discussion List Archives Gardening & Landscaping DH surprised me with a garden! advice please!

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    • #273078

      Well, Our backyard was a jungle…and I never would garden in it because Dh was supposed to clean it up first.

      He spent 2 weekends ago cleaning up the back yard and creating a place for me to garden… last weekend… he surprised me with plants!

      he planted tomatoes, peppers, watermelon and strawberries! :bounce:

      i bought carrot and snap pea seeds which havent been planted yet.

      im really excited… especially since he let my last tomato and pepper plant die. :092:

      I cannot wait to get some new veggies/ fruit that i dont have to pay an arm/leg for!

      how do I keep the birds away from them? any safe stuff to put around or on my veggies/fruit to keep them from being eaten before I can get them off the vine?

      thanks!

    • #420921

      Here are some ideas: use anti-bird netting to cover your strawberries. Also, scarecrows are supposed to chase away birds. They have some on the market in different shape and sizes, like an inflatable snake, owls and hawks. You could hang something shiny (flash tape streamers, old cds stuff like that) to scare them away. Hope this helps. Thanks; Virginia

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      @Virginia 117550 wrote:

      You could hang something shiny (flash tape streamers, old cds stuff like that) to scare them away.

      Just a note- hanging old cd’s can actually be a Fire hazard. If you are prone to dry spells or drought and you have a cd hanging in the sunshine, it can reflect and start a wildfire.

      This came to my attention last year when we noticed burn marks on the lawn.

    • #421018

      Lucky Lady to have such a helping hubby……I started my planting this year also.. have tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, and garden beans… thsi year we added on the squash and garden beans.. next year want to try to container potatoes.. am excited about that….

    • #421026

      Good luck with your new garden. I have used the snake and netting over my strawberries and it works fine. Be sure to plant some zucchini…one plant goes a long way 🙂

    • #421035

      What size is your garden? You mentioned it was a jungle so you might want to mulch as much as you can around the plants and walk ways. Just use organic stuff that can be mixed into the garden at the end of the season. Cardboard strips work great in the walkways. newspaper is easy to tear and work around plants. leaves and grass clippings. Be careful with a lot of green grass clippings as they will rot and get slimy. I mix them with other things then spread it out. A 2 to 4″ mulch can keep weeds from coming back up. The mulch will also hold moisture so you water less. Good luck with your garden!

    • #421355

      @FreebieQueen 117555 wrote:

      Just a note- hanging old cd’s can actually be a Fire hazard. If you are prone to dry spells or drought and you have a cd hanging in the sunshine, it can reflect and start a wildfire.

      This came to my attention last year when we noticed burn marks on the lawn.

      wow… That is us… we are really dry and hot here.

      @binkygirl716 117699 wrote:

      Lucky Lady to have such a helping hubby……I started my planting this year also.. have tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, and garden beans… thsi year we added on the squash and garden beans.. next year want to try to container potatoes.. am excited about that….

      @jaime 117707 wrote:

      Good luck with your new garden. I have used the snake and netting over my strawberries and it works fine. Be sure to plant some zucchini…one plant goes a long way 🙂

      thanks so much!!!!!

      yeah… it was a jungle… Hubby cleaned a lot, and we are doing more soon.

      I think we are adding carrots and snap peas soon, too.

      thank you for all your ideas, ladies!!!!

      our garden is only about 3 ftX maybe 6Ft. for now. We have an entire perimeter of our grass/yard to use if needed. :bounce:

    • #421377

      happy for you!! I told Dh today about your sweet superise and he told me good luck……. got to love our husbends. I love my garden and there is somthing really satisfying about working in it. Enjoy and dont forget to check out seed swaping for free seeds and saveing your own to trade with others. It helps a lot!

    • #422933

      @redring 118397 wrote:

      happy for you!! I told Dh today about your sweet superise and he told me good luck……. got to love our husbends. I love my garden and there is somthing really satisfying about working in it. Enjoy and dont forget to check out seed swaping for free seeds and saveing your own to trade with others. It helps a lot!

      thanks!!!!! its been a while since I have been on. DH killed my plants. :092: our Sprinkler head broke, and he didnt know, so it drowned my plants. 🙁

      I couldnt salvage them, but we have some more seeds and Ill be planting more next season.

    • #422938

      OH. Sorry to hear. You can still plant the ones that come back each year. Thats mostly herbs here.

    • #423233

      great idea!!!!

      We fixed the sprinkler head and now we are digging up weeks, and primping the garden in the backyard for next planting season.

      Im determined. 😀

    • #423254

      I think determenation is what it takes. Its been a lot of trial and error here. Of course im trying to do the whole landscapeing editables thing. I really want a beautifull and functional garden. Good luck on your adventure!

    • #423301

      thank you very much!!!!

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