I have been carving some planting beds out of my lawn, and they actually look pretty good! But since I had to rip up some sod, they are about a half an inch lower than the lawn itself. Is this ok, or should planting beds be level with the lawn itself?
posted by to sir with millipedes
on Jul 3, 2014 -
So I ordered some tulip bulbs which I was planning on planting before the ground froze (U.S. zone 5b) but it got backordered and I forgot about it. Then they arrived a month ago and I put them away and forgot about them again. Now they look like this
. So. I'm wondering if I can or should grow them indoors or put them somewhere cold until next Fall? As you can see they've started to "sprout" and after reading a bit about "forcing" bulbs, I wonder if they've already reached a point where I need to do something
posted by gwint
on Jan 14, 2014 -
In my office, there's this crazy plant that become quite overgrown. There's a stem that I think should be sitting upright, but the leaves are so overgrown that it has become top-heavy and everything simply spills over the side. I tried staking the plant upright, but it fell over after a few days. Here's a photo of the plant. [more inside]
posted by scottso17
on May 14, 2013 -
I'm looking to outfit an apartment window garden with some kick-ass pots of various sizes and shapes. Where's the best online retailer of not-plastic, not-boring brown, pots and gardening containers? Bonus if they sell supplies like potting soil and live plants and seeds.
posted by The Whelk
on Apr 26, 2013 -
Talk to me about building a perennial garden from the ground up. I'm a fairly new gardener, and have recently bought a number of plants online. This worked well, because we have a small but complicated garden layout (in terms of sun/shade/water) and I can figure out specifics without getting overwhelmed. I also enjoy being present in a nursery to see the plants in person, but the good places are a fairly long drive away and weekend crowds can drive me insane.
Given a list of desired plants, how do you go about buying them? What is the most cost effective way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by barnone
on May 22, 2012 -
I have a area in my yard that is sometimes muddy and sometimes not due to a small creek that is a trickle or bigger according to the weather. I normally weed-eat this area but do not like disturbing the frogs, etc that live there naturally. This area is partly sunny and partly shade. What could I plant in this area that would thrive in mud and be able to overcome the weeds? I live in East Tennessee (Zone 6).
posted by sandyp
on May 20, 2012 -
We bought a plum tree, originally to keep in a pot in a patio, that location didn't work out, and now we think that if we take it out of the pot and plant it in the ground it will do better next year. How close to our house can we plant it? [more inside]
posted by foleypt
on Nov 20, 2011 -
We have a new house and huge yard. We're eager to fill it with plantlife. In fact, we're a little too eager and found some good prices, so we already bought over 200 seedlings, half of which are kale and chard.
We live in Davis, CA, in the CA central valley near Sacramento, in the west region that is known for particularly clay-y soil.
Our main source of garden information is from: http://daviswiki.org/gardening
See inside for 9 questions we have as last-minute uneducated gardeners.... [more inside]
posted by oneous
on Oct 16, 2011 -
What ground cover will best defy the incursion of my nemesis, grass? Shady (under tree) area in Quebec, Canada. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on May 28, 2011 -
Where do you plant a tree if you want to be sure you can visit it 50 years from now? How do you go about planting it, assuming a team of two adults? [more inside]
posted by swift
on Oct 21, 2010 -
What trees (preferably evergreen) are native to the Jersey City, New Jersey (USA) area? [more inside]
posted by aleahey
on Sep 1, 2010 -
I unexpectedly received several rare strawberry plants. Currently living in USDA Zone 6 -- what can I do to ensure they survive such late planting & a potentially hard winter? [more inside]
posted by muirne81
on Nov 19, 2009 -
What plants are suitable for putting on our deck in Seattle? There's no yard/soil, so they must live in containers. The deck is quite large so I was thinking about large decorative plants like small trees or some form of bamboo. Climate-wise, we have the typical PNW weather of moist winters that only fall below freezing a few days out of the year. Also, we are completely ignorant of gardening and would rather have something that can survive with a minimum of attention.
posted by matildaben
on Nov 18, 2008 -
My crazy gardener advised me to cut the bottom off of my avocado tree's pot and put the whole shebang in the ground instead of removing it from the pot. Is he crazy? [more inside]
posted by mzurer
on Sep 1, 2008 -
I want to plant some Casablanca lily bulbs, so that I may cut them at various times and give them to the SO. I live in Los Angeles, and have sandy soil around my property at different degrees of sunniness and facing different cardinal directions, mostly directly against one wall or another. What should I know?
posted by sdis
on Aug 2, 2006 -
The Devil went to Carolina,
Looking for a place to hide;
He found a pot,
And so he thought,
Now there will be [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf
on Jul 17, 2006 -
Please share resources for learning about, selecting, and planting a garden given a particular climate and soil. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Jun 24, 2006 -