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Help with planting beds?

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 - 6 answers

Growing tulips from bulbs indoors in winter?

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 and 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 with them.
posted by gwint on Jan 14, 2014 - 5 answers

How to store an overwatered bay laurel until replanting?

How should I store my bare-root baby bay laurel overnight? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Nov 6, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I fix this overgrown plant that won't sit upright?

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 - 6 answers

The best, most stylish planting pots online?

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 - 6 answers

Transplanting success in the hot sun

Tell me your suggestions for transplanting plants when the temperature is hot. [more inside]
posted by surfgator on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

How to build a perennial garden from the ground up?

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 - 18 answers

What to plant near a creek that will be able to overcome weeds?

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 - 17 answers

Green fingered Mefites, how close should I plant a plum tree to my house?

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 - 9 answers

Last-minute soil for winter garden

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 - 9 answers

What ground cover thwarts grass best?

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 - 10 answers

Mission: Sapling

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 - 13 answers

What trees are native to the Jersey City region of NJ?

What trees (preferably evergreen) are native to the Jersey City, New Jersey (USA) area? [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Sep 1, 2010 - 4 answers

How do we reap when our beds are turning?

Questions about soil preparation and space planning for garden beds [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Jun 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Cactus Planting?

Planting this plant: How? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Apr 7, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I keep strawberries alive over the winter?

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 - 2 answers

Will I kill the poor, defenseless plants?

Is late October late to plant some shrubs in the PNW? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka on Oct 23, 2009 - 4 answers

What vegetables are best to plant in a plot filled with unrefined compost?

What vegetables are best to plant in a plot filled with unrefined compost? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jun 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me beautify my front yard.

I'm a totally novice gardener. What should I plant in my flowerpots? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 14, 2009 - 26 answers

Large decorative plants that will survive in a container on a Seattle deck

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 - 11 answers

Plants on my Balcony

What should I plant on my balcony? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda on Oct 17, 2008 - 5 answers

tree in pot in ground

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 - 4 answers

Help me grow some salsa!

Growing a few green chile plants in the hot desert. Any tips or tricks? [more inside]
posted by azpenguin on May 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Green thumb in a small space

I'd like to grow some vegetables, but I live in an apartment. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 22, 2007 - 16 answers

Cemetery Gardening Ideas Wanted

I am looking for ideas for planting around grave sites. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on May 1, 2007 - 8 answers

Planting Lily Bulbs in SoCal?

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 - 1 answer

Idle hands are the devil's playthings.

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 - 11 answers

How can I learn to plant a healthy garden?

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 - 9 answers

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