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A Beginner Gardener in Need of a Garden
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amateurjardinier
Louisiana, Zone 9
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August 26, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Hi everyone! I am a young beginner gardener and I live in zone 9. I am looking to create my first garden of perennials, and hope to add more after this! I would like to create a natural looking front garden with perennials that fill in the spaces where my shrubs have not grown in yet, and boy do I have a lot of space! I have planted Indian Hawthorn, Abelia, Skypencils, and a Sweet Olive. I am eager to learn from y'all about the ins and outs of gardening! Laugh Charles

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amateurjardinier
Louisiana, Zone 9
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August 26, 2014 - 7:38 pm

My garden also gets full sun.

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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August 27, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Welcome to my website, amateujardinies.  I am in Wisconsin,zone 4/5 and probably won't be much help to you.  I hope some of my southern gardening members will step up and guide you through the plant selection process.

Please remember to update us on what & how you are doing with your gardening journey.

 

I do suggest you build GREAT soil before you even dig the first hole.  A compost pile is a gardeners best friend.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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August 28, 2014 - 6:12 am

Welcome Charles!  Even though we are all in different zones ~ we are ALL gardeners and so still have much in common.  I am in Z7a southwestern KY so a little closer to you and maybe can be of some help.  Hopefully you are not as dry as we are (always) in August.  My water bill doubles and I am thankful for my well this time of year.  It sounds like you are off to a good start.  Lark and I are both BIG perennial fans so this is something we love to talk about.  

First, unless you know the owners (local greenhouses, not Big Box like Lowes, etc) never believe what you see, hear or read at the garden center.  They will pretty much tell you what you want to hear in order to sell.  Do your research and rub elbows with other gardeners to get the real story.  A lot of gardening is trial and error and what works best for your landscape AND lifestyle.  Lark is retired but maintains a HUGE dense perennial landscape (I know ~ I have seen it:).  I still work full time, so I try to stick to low-maintenance perennials that perform well under our conditions.  

So ask any questions you like ~ no question too simple or weird!!  And welcome to Lark's!!

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amateurjardinier
Louisiana, Zone 9
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August 28, 2014 - 8:18 am

Thank y'all so much! I have watched most, if not all of your videos on Youtube Lark, and your gardens give me the most peaceful and happy feeling! I hope to achieve this someday. KeyWee, thankfully we get rainfall a couple of days a week here in Louisiana. I think I'll do well by taking good gardeners' advice and starting with my soil. Hopefully I'll have the time to plant by autumn. Many people in my area are not avid gardeners like the members on here, so I am grateful for this site. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions and updates! Good luck to everyone in gardening! Charles

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KeyWee54
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August 29, 2014 - 6:42 am

Good morning!  SO lucky you get rain ~ I am praying for a drop and sadly watch as the storm clouds go ALL around us.  Sigh .......... but this is August in KY.

It is too bad that you don't have some gardeners around you.  Locals are treasures of information.  Do you perhaps have an area university extension office?  They may be able to direct you to your local Master Gardeners group, which can be helpful at times.  

Oh, and Autumn is a great time for planting.  Especially trees, shrubs and bulbs.  Our locally owned greenhouse is having a 50% off on any tree or shrub this weekend and I just may take myself over there (as if I need another anything!!).  

Have a great Labor Day weekend!!

 

P.S.  Speaking of small trees, vitex (chaste tree) is a great  one for warmer zones.  So pretty and NO problems ~ plant and enjoy!). 

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Lark
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August 31, 2014 - 5:24 am

Thank you Charles for the nice compliment. As soon as you start 'digging in the dirt' and being outside in nature, you will find peacefulness & happiness in YOUR GARDEN. Gardening can take a lot of hours of work BUT the rewards are many.  The first veggie harvest will make you smile from ear to ear. Making all your hard work pay off. :0)

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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davsher
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September 1, 2014 - 11:20 am

good morning Charles glad to have you aboardCoolSherry and I live in Iowa zone 5 but a gardener in any zone is still a gardener. as Key Wee has said check around your area, go to a farmers market see what other gardeners are growing. check with your state collage or university's extension service. all are willing to help, I use Iowa State University a lot though out the year. Key Wee I'll try to send you some of our rain, they said today on the weather channel Des-Moines has had 12" of rain in the month of august only trouble we have had more!Cryin the last 2 weeks we've had that. not wishing you a gully washer but hope you get some. to start the month out right. stormed hear last some places got 3" in 2 hours. have a great day.  

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