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Southern California Zone 9b
1 Posts
July 1, 2015 - 2:44 am

Hi Everyone. 

I (just) came across Lark's blog while watching her latest video on youtube where she demonstrated her method of germinating seeds using a paper towel. 

I enjoyed gardening on a very small scale "once upon a time" when I was much younger and stronger. I really never thought I'd take it up again (at 72) but, with the encouragement and help from my wonderful neighbor, I think I have made a pretty good start and I'm learning more every day thanks to blogs, youtube and gardening books.  

It all began when I had our large in ground swimming pool removed last fall. It was a massive undertaking and I found myself with a sizable back yard for the first time ever and no plans as to what to DO with it. 

Months went by and I was no closer to a plan. It was then that I decided to try my hand at growing some herbs on the patio in a "City Picker". I was enjoying success, so, naturally, it snowballed from there.Wink

One day I got the brilliant idea that since I didn't have the money to re-design a fabulous back yard, I'd try growing vegetables in a raised bed - just for the fun of it. I mentioned it to my dear neighbor who thought it was a great idea. He volunteered to help me put a Greenland Gardener 4' x 8' raised bed together (which was a breeze, by the way). GAME ON!! Since then I've made countless trips to Lowe's and Home Depot for the materials need to fill the bed and several huge planters around the property. (Still not done with that!)

My neighbor and I now share custody of 2 tomato plants, 3 yellow neck squash, 1 zucchini, 3 crenshaw melons, 1 watermelon, 3 pepper plants (yellow, orange and red), leeks, 2 egg plants, Swiss chard, sweet basil, chives, oregano, rosemary, German thyme and lemon thyme. I'm also happy to say that I now have a Meyer lemon tree and a Katy apricot tree which pleases me to no end. 

The thing about container gardening in southern California is you really have to stay on top of the watering. You can lose a plant in no time flat. Our current daytime highs are around 100 already and I don't have the expertise to set up an automatic drip system (yet). So I'm out there checking on my babies like a mother hen. Laugh 

That's about all for now. Thanks for listening. 


Western Kentucky Zone 7a
616 Posts
July 1, 2015 - 6:23 am

Welcome Lois ~ what an interesting story, and SO happy for you that you have managed to rediscover an old passion and turn it into a new one!  This is how we keep from aging too fast!

You don't have to be in your location to find out that container gardening is ALL about watering.  The type of container you use makes a big difference as well.  Here in KY, I will now have to water my terra cottas every single day, while the plastic and ceramic pots can go a few days in between.  Terra cotta (as well as hypertufa material) leaches moisture out very quickly.

So welcome to Lark's place ~ she is a well of information and always has us gardeners' best interests in mind.  Even though I am in western KY, I have been to her place in WI and it is a marvel (I have family in WI).  For such a little person, she does a ton of work, but is also always researching ways to make our gardening chores easier (as we age, heehee).  

Pop in here with any questions and we will see what we can do.  Happy 4th!!

Wisconsin zone 4/5
2284 Posts
July 3, 2015 - 5:47 am

Welcome Lois to my website and forum.  I hope you enjoy and keep us posted on your gardening journey.  California...a state where you can garden year round.

Thank you for watching that PAPER TOWEL GERMINATION video.  I had to share my success of finally being able to grow from seed.  I use this method on most of my garden plants, since I have a small area to garden.  Works excellent for me and if it doesn't not much time, effort or money is lost.

WOW, sounds like you have a WONDERFUL neighbor.  I wish I had garden loving neighbors like you.  You have a great selection of veggies and herbs.  What are you harvesting?

Hope you enjoy and please join in on this forum frequently keeping us informed on how your garden grows. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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