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Question for the readers!

So.. I'm curious. Who among those of you reading this garden? Decorative or edible, it doesn't matter. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources you'd recommend?

Last year, I wanted to start a vegetable garden, and I hemmed and hawed and didn't do my research until the growing season was well under way. THIS year, I want to start reading now while everything's still frozen. So! If you have any recommendations, they'd be much appreciated!


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Jan. 29th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
University of Illinois Cooperative Extension is a great resource. They have a vegetable guide that is pretty informative.
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
YES! Thank you! I knew they'd have something, but my googlefu was failing me. I probably was using bad search terms. This is -excellent-! :>
Jan. 29th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Somewhere they have a catalog list of cheap/free publications on lots of gardening and horticulture topics. Extension has tons and tons of stuff if you can dig it out. They have a physical office in all counties in the state, too. The Lake County one is on 45 in Grayslake just north of 120.
Jan. 30th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I spend most of my day right next to the Grayslake office. :) I just never realized they might have fliers or publications I could come in and pick up (or presumably office staff I could ask questions of)
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Jan. 29th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Aureth gave me a most excellent link for my state, I shall be looking at that.

I'd love love love to get some hydrangea bushes going, as they are beautiful year round, and produce such gloriously profuse blossoms... perfect for cutting and having fresh flowers in the house. >.>

But I haven't figured out yet if they thrive in our zone or not.
Jan. 29th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
You *know* I garden. THough, I probably won't start one this year since I'll likely be moving at the end of June.

Find a sunny patch and grow grape tomatoes. Instant and abundant healthy snackfood
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
I do, indeed! But I hadn't thought of it when I wrote this. :)

I want to plant tomatoes, most definitely. I had ambitious plans of an asparagus bed (mmmm. asparagus) and lots of basil and other cooking herbs. But doing some reading, the asparagus may be a wee bit tooo ambitious, depending on what I can find. I'll have to do more reading on that.
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Well you know that Cassie and I reclaimed the garden in back of our house last year.

I like this guy, http://www.veggiegardeningtips.com/, he is in PA and a zone warmer than us but has a reasonable out look on things.

Your problem is going to be making the beds as I don't remember you saying you had any already, I think that the easiest way (if slightly more costly) is Raised Beds. Plug that into Google and read away. If you are like me and like actual books your local library probably has lots.

The best advice I have ever found about gardening is "if you cannot eat it, drink it, or lick it with out hurting yourself do not put it in the garden". This is not to say that stuff might not be gross, but just make sure it is not poison.
Jan. 30th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I do! I don't know if we're in a comparable time zone, though.
Jan. 30th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what zone I'm in... northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin. :)
Jan. 30th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh! We're practically neighbors, then--I'm in Milwaukee!
Jan. 30th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Indeed! I'm just across the border from Trevor/Bristol. :)
Jan. 31st, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Instead of focusing on plants, focus on the soil. There's an adage: "put a $1 plant in a $10 hole". Get lots of organic matter and mix it in deeply. I've always found this made a huge difference.

As for what to grow: I grow tomaotes, various fresh herbs, raspberries (easy but invasive), and dwarf apple and peach trees. The peach trees are marginal this far north, but the fruit is very tasty.
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'd love to add a fruit tree or two, but that... might not happen this year.

We have a raised bed in the backyard that has been seriously overgrown, so as soon as the ground thaws, we're going to rototill it, and start mixing in compost. :)
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