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Early Spring Gardening Tips

Updated on January 8, 2015

Random Thoughts Before We Begin

The genesis for this article came from several comments I have read on previous gardening articles I have written. Quite often I have had people say that they just don’t have the time to dig out a vegetable garden, or they don’t have the space for a garden. Some have said they don’t have the lumber necessary for a raised bed and some have said a greenhouse wouldn’t work for them. Still others are strapped for funds and can’t afford a showcase garden.

Since I firmly believe that everyone who wants a garden should be able to have one, I have thrown together a few ideas you may not have seen before. Hopefully these ideas will give some of you who do not have a garden some alternative ideas that will allow you to have one.

When to Plant

Frost is a killer for most vegetables, so consult the map below to get a rough idea of when to plant. Remember, the dates shown on the map are based on national averages and may differ depending on your exact location.

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Dates of last frost in U.S. | Source

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How to Build a Vertical Garden

If you want a great alternative that takes up very little space and can actually be used on patios and decks, then the vertical garden is for you.

Supplies you will need:

· One large pallet 40”x48” although any size will work

· One roll of landscape fabric

· Two large bags of potting soil

· Staple gun

· Staples

· Plants

Steps for building the vertical garden:

1. Decide which side you want facing out from the wall. This will usually be the side with the most slats.

2. Lay that side down on a flat surface. You will now want to cut the fabric so that it will cover the sides, bottom, and back of the pallet.

3. Staple the fabric so that it completely covers the sides, back and bottom. Do not be shy about using more staples than are necessary. You want the fabric on tight.

4. When you have stapled the fabric on, you should have the top of the pallet open as well as the planting side that was facing down.

5. Turn the pallet over so that it lays flat with the fabric side facing down and you are ready to plant. Pour the bags of topsoil over the pallet openings and use your hands to spread it around so it evenly fills the pallet.

6. Start planting your plants in the openings. You will want to plant them close together; the closer together that they are, the less likely that dirt will fall out of the openings. Do the same on the open top of the pallet. Once you have the plants pressed into the dirt, add more dirt to further solidify the plants. Remember to water the plants when you are done.

7. When you are done planting, leave the pallet laying flat for a week. This will give the plants a chance to spread some roots and get established.

8. After a week you can stand the pallet up and put it against the wall. From this point on you can water the garden by pouring water into the top and let gravity take over the rest of the watering.

9. What to plant? Strawberries love these vertical gardens, as do pole beans and peas. Nasturtiums are always a good bet, but truthfully practically any plant will do well using this technique.

Planting in Bags

Are you lacking the energy to dig up a new garden space? Are you lacking the lumber to build raised beds? No worries folks because you can just plant in a bag.

Supplies that you will need:

· 40lb bags of topsoil

· Screwdriver or nail

· Cutting knife or scissors

Steps for planting in a bag:

1. Lay the potting soil bags on the ground wherever you want to grow your vegetables.

2. Cut a large window on the top of each bag and peal back the plastic exposing the dirt.

3. Using a screwdriver, poke holes in the bottom of the bag when it is laying down.

4. Plant your vegetables in the topsoil.

Some vegetables that will do quite well using on the bags are lettuce, snap beans, snow beans, radishes, onions and kale. Herbs such as oregano, sage, thyme and rosemary can also be grown in this fashion. When the growing season is done you just roll up the plastic and your garden disappears for the winter.

Up on the Roof

So, you have no yard, but you still want a garden. What do you do? One idea that is gaining popularity is to plant your garden on the roof. Obviously you need a flat roof, but if you have one you have the perfect place to put some containers and enjoy the “heightened” pleasure of gardening.

There is no need to get fancy with this idea. Put an assortment of pots and other containers up on top of that shed, garage or home, and enjoy the fruits of your labor where once you believed it to be impossible.

Can’t Afford Expensive Planters? Then It Is Time to Go to a Garage Sale

I refuse to buy planting containers at a store. Why would I spend that kind of money when all that I need can be found in an hour of visiting garage sales?

My friend Suzie has written an article with some great suggestions for containers. The whole idea is that anything that will hold dirt can be used as a planting container, from an old rubber boot to a kid’s wagon or baby carriage. Get creative….get funky….get with the flow of living frugally!

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What to Plant and When

You have done all the preparations and you are ready to plant. Use this handy little guide to help you stay in tune with the natural flow of the season.

Middle Spring: plant onions, beets, lettuce potatoes, snap or snow peas, dill, cilantro, chard, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme.

Late Spring: plant tomatoes, peppers, basil, bush and pole beans, sunflowers, squash.

Midsummer: plant kale, arugula

Late Summer: plant Asian greens, lettuce, turnips, carrots, mixed cover crop of bush beans, peas, oats or mustard.

Late Fall: plant garlic.

Grow Self-seeding Herbs and Vegetables and Never Plant Again

How many of you even knew that this was possible? Many vegetables and herbs will self-seed year after year, saving you the bother of planting again and spending money on new seeds. The toughest part of this process is recognizing the seedlings in the spring so you don’t toss them out with the weeds, but once you learn that then you will have crops in the fall from plants that grew without any help from you. How great is that?

Herbs that are self-seeders: basil, chamomile, cilantro, cutting celery, dill, parsley.

Vegetables that are self-seeders: amaranth, arugula, beets, broccoli raab, carrots, collards, kale, lettuce, orach, mustards, parsnips, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, tomato, turnips, winter squash.

Flowers that are self-seeding: bachelor button, calendula, celosia, cosmos, nasturtiums, poppies, sunflowers, sweet alyssum, viola.

That’s Enough to Get You Started

So what are you waiting for? With the ideas mentioned above practically anyone who wants a garden can have a garden. Spring is rapidly approaching so start making plans, start collecting what you will need and start dreaming of delicious meals lovingly grown by your very own hands.

Happy Gardening!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bake, spring is slowly making its appearance here. By this weekend we will be completely ready to plant and I am excited. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      What a great article billy and just in time for me. I am planning on making a vegetable garden and you have some great ideas here. It already feels like spring in my area so I am so excited to put these ideas to use. Thank you :).

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! I wish you had the space too. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      If I had somewhere to put it, I would do the vertical garden. How nice to have fresh veggie within reach in in such a convenient form. Always enjoy your gardening posts, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, apologize to your husband for me. LOL It really is very simple so I don't think he will have too much trouble. Thank you again for visiting me all day long. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      That vertical pallet garden is the coolest thing Bill! That would be perfect on our deck and amazing what a space saver it will be. We can't really plant anything until mid May around here, but this is being pinned and forwarded to my husband for a project idea!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      adjkp25, what I wouldn't do with an acre of land! I am so jealous right now. LOL We have a very large backyard and most of it is garden, but I could really use an acre.

      It does seem like winter never ends, doesn't it? Cross your fingers and we'll both say a prayer. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Gardening!

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      David 4 years ago from Northern California

      Since we have an acre of land we have a huge garden and we are anxiously waiting for the overnight lows to come up just a few more degrees so we can get it going. The winter stuff is doing fine but we really want to get the summer stuff in the ground.

      Why does it always take so long for the winter to end!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you can, Jo, and I promise it will work. As for your map, I actually considered putting one of England in the hub....maybe I'll do it later this week just for you. :) Thanks, Jo!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, I must say, I'm very disappointed!.....where is my map? :))

      This is absolutely brilliant, I love the vertical planter, what a great idea!.. I can bring my strawberries and lettuces right out side the kitchen door.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, I figure we are still two or three weeks from planting time here. I'm getting anxious to get dirt on my hands. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Here in Eastern North Carolina the daffodils are blooming in spite of the recent damp, cold weather and I'm beginning to think about gardening. You have some great ideas for gardening in small spaces that would be fun to implement on the patio. My gardening is mostly flowers (food for the soul!) while Bill tends to the more practical vegetables. Time to get out the seed catalogs!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I'll tell you a secret....I have never tested the soil like many gardeners do. I just plant and water. Maybe it is your soil and not you. Get some bags of topsoil and try the vertical garden. It really is hard to mess that system up. :) Thanks for another visit.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great ideas! A vertical garden? Who woulda thunk? :-) I have two raised beds, and they never do well. I think it's the gardener, though. I need to work on the soil and go from there. Maybe this year will be better. Great hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, if you have enough sun I guarantee both ideas will work. I love the vertical garden; I think it is so simple and clever and hooray, you got your pallet for free which is a cherry on top of the cake. :)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, your gardening tips are tops! I'm definitely going to do the vertical pallet garden. In fact, I just brought a pallet home that I found next to a dumpster! I also want to try the potting soil bags and see how that goes. I have to use my limited sun wisely. Excellent as always, my friend. Bookmarking this, sharing and voted up across the board!

      Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, we are still a couple weeks from planting, but everything is ready for spring to finally appear.

      Have a wonderful day my dear.

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So useful Billy;we have only our paved patio but we grow all sorts in tubs and containers.

      Our Rhubarb is peeping through;my gooseberry bush is budding;the onions are in and all the annuals are sprouting to life as we speak!!!

      Another interesting a useful share here Billy. Great work and have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, in truth we really haven't had a winter either. Three inches of snow in early December that was gone the same day, and we have had no serious cold snaps all winter. It has been a very mild winter and it is very slowly switching into spring, for which I am grateful. It is time for this boy to get his hands dirty. :)

      Thanks for those precious Angels; hugs and blessings coming your way.

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      We have been so blessed in Florida this winter. We have not really had a winter. So my plants have flourished. There were a few days when I had to cover them but only a few. I do have the most fragile ones, about 30, on my porch waiting to go out again. We have a 37 in our forecast in about a week so cannot do so yet.

      thanks for the tips, Billy. I would love to try vertical gardening.

      Sending you hugs and blessings and those precious Angels this afternoon. :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, that happened to me a couple times yesterday on comments. I thought I was losing my mind. Where did my comment go????

      Get that husband on this pallet idea; they really do work.

      Thanks my friend!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Bill I read this yesterday but I don't think my comment went thru:). I wanted to say Thanks! Love that idea of the Vertical Garden! I saw a planter made like that for inside your kitchen (they fit it over the door with hooks) and you could grow your spices like that. I wanted one so bad but it was over 200 dollars!!

      I realized I could have my husband make one like yours and just modify it a bit - then it will probably cost me 5 bucks to make! Ha! LOVE it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My God, Rachel, I can't conceive of you being in an office. :) Glad you are back!

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota

      Bill, I just came off a five month assignment with a temp agency, working in an office. Part of the war effort for tge land purchase. Saved the money I needed, but I won't be doing that again. I was pretty damn miserable, coped up indoors and stuck at a desk.

      But I'm back to real life now!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachel, where the heck have you been? Good to see you again young lady. I hope you are well and thank you for stopping by. Don't be a stranger. :)

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota

      Great hub, Bill. The more people who learn to garden, the better. Loved that vertical pallet idea! You can even grow potatoes in trashbags, lettuce in pots on the window sill, poke holes in tupperware if you don't have pots and grow herbs in the window... endless possibilities!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Stephanie! Isn't it true that some of the simplest ideas are pure genius? The bag idea is so easy I can see why people never think of it. LOL Thank you for the visit and I hope your Sunday in Hawaii is going well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, anything that saves me work is a great idea. :) We will be planting our vertical garden in another month. We will experiment with it and try some new plants. Cross your fingers.

      Thank you Mary! I truly do appreciate you.

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      Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting. What an excellent hub! Living in Hawaii, I can grow all year, so definitely blessed. I love the 'garden in a bag' idea. Genius! Sharing on FB, tweeting and pinning. Aloha, Stephanie

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      GREAT start! I love the vertical garden...I think they offer the most bang for your buck ;) Self-seeding plants of all kinds are a boon! They keep your garden going for you year after year.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, most plants will grow using the vertical gardening technique, and the watering of them is super easy. Nasturtiums, strawberries, mints beans, peas, petunias....I have grown all of those using the pallet idea and they all thrived.

      Thanks for stopping by. Now, bring on spring!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Billy;

      I’ve always been curious about vertical gardening but have never tried it...I guess I’ve been afraid of what gravity will do. What flowers work best using this idea?

      I like your ideas on roof gardening too. Cool hub, and very timely with spring just around the corner. Thank goodness! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      NMLady, you are very welcome and thank you for stopping by. Tomatoes in February? Unheard of here. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it really is, and the greatest thing about it is that it works. :) thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I understand, and I appreciate you taking the time to read a hub that has nothing to do with you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, a lot of people feel like they need to wash their hands after reading one of my hubs. LOL Take a damn shower and wash off my nonsense.

      But I know what you are talking about. The garden is calling me; now all I need is some sunshine and warmth.

      Thank you Kindred! You are a very loyal follower. :)

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      What a great hub. Here in the low desert in AZ we are harvesting tomatoes right now. I love the vertical garden idea! As I get older I become more selective about what I will plant and tend. Herbs and tomatoes are always winners for me!! Thanks for some great ideas!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I love the vertical garden! What a cool idea.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. My therapist is working with me to look out a window.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, I love your gardening hubs, even though I'm living in an apartment and can't have a garden. There is nothing I enjoy more than digging in the dirt and watching things grow and when I was living in a house with a yard, I was obsessed. Your hubs take me back to those wonderful days of gardening and I almost feel like I need to wash my hands. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! I hope these help others as they have helped me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I can verify that you can plant tomatoes in a bucket as long as they have good drainage. :) I'm glad you liked the tips, and thank you as always.

      bill

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Some very useful tips and ideas here Bill. Where there is a wish there is always a way. You have outlined numerous ways to get going gardening.

      Up and useful.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I plant a garden every year and i enjoy it immensely. A hubber, (I wish i could remember his name) Told of planting tomatous in buckets, but to make sure to have holes in the bottom of the buckets for the water to drain out. I am going to try this tichnique. I can't wait for spring to arrive. I loved all your tips Bill. Thank you...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Deb! For people with limited space the pallet idea is the way to go for sure. You can fit quite a few plants on one pallet.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, we had quite a bit of wind today but no rain, and it is nice that it is staying light longer. Another month and I plan on getting my hands dirty in the garden. :) Thank you my friend and enjoy your Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you and the pallets really do work. I hope you get the chance to try it. It's nice for spreading plants because it keeps them confined to one area.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, it doesn't sound strange to me at all. I know exactly what you are talking about. I understand now why my grandparents loved farming so much. :)

      Thank you dear lady and have a wonderful Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, I feel bad for you guys in the snow states. Here it may be chilly but at least there is hope for the near future. Stay safe and hopefully spring will arrive there sooner rather than later. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, that's my hope. I'm just going to keep up with the positive thinking and hope for the best. LOL Thank you for the visit.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are great! Like you have said before, pallets have many uses. This is a top quality use of a pallet.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Torrilynn, thank you once again for stopping by. You are appreciated. Have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dirt Farmer, thank you! I hope a couple of these ideas work out for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, Suzie, mint has a mind of its own for sure. It can literally take over a yard. That's why I like the pallets; for things like mint and strawberries they are confined. :)

      Have a great weekend my friend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzie! That was nice of you, but then what else would I expect from you? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      David, I don't recommend things I haven't tried, so I definitely recommend the pallet idea. It really does work and it is very simple. Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, you really are a man after my own heart! It was sunny today, and I went outside and strolled around the garden, making delicious plans! Isn't it wonderful?! Picked some over wintered leeks and carrots and made chicken soup with dumplings. So encouraging that a Hub about gardening gets a great response from all your friends. I love container gardening! Blue sky still, and noticeably longer days. I am ecstatic. Can you tell?!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love all your pallet ideas..so creative. I particularly like this vertical garden idea. What a great way to consolidate the plants.. Love it. Voting up and pinning away.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill!

      Thanks for sharing all these great ideas. There is just something wonderful about getting your hands dirty and digging in the dirt, as it makes me feel closer to God, somehow. I know that sounds strange, but it is true. Maybe I should use the word, nature, here. I found the most beautiful long rectangular black painted cement embossed (very heavy) containers at a yard sale for only $7, and they would have otherwise cost me a bundle. I just love gardens of any type.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Well, it is supposed to snow almost every day for the next week, but you bet I wish it were warm and sunny outside. I can't wait to get outside and start my patio garden. I have such a great space in my new apartment. I am so excited for this growing season. Thanks for the fun tips. That pallet garden idea is so intriguing. Voted up.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      I think the planting in bags is great for potatoes. Great tips! Do you think if we keep concentrating on gardening spring will come faster? lol Voted up and useful.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      billybuc, i think that your hub is really great especially since spring is slowly approaching. i use to plant gardens with my grandma when i was younger. i love the pictures you included and the tips you provided are quite useful. thanks. voted up and sharing.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      Good ideas--and very inspiring.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Forgot to mention I have linked this to my 2 container gardening hubs. Many thanks again :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Great tips and suggestions that really make so much sense for all!! Your so kind mentioning my hub, your a darling!! Thanks so much. Love your pallet idea so much, great for space saving too for those with no gardens . Loved your herbs idea for reseeding, never thought about the particular ones that reseed. We used to have mint at the family home that seemed to have a mind of its own. Another great one Bill, votes, shared and pinned - have a great weekend! :-)

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      David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

      I grew all of my own vegetables for many years before my wife and I moved out west. The past twelve years my gardening has been confined to my deck in various pots I've collected since moving.

      I've resorted to flowers with the exception of cucumber vines wrapping around the entire deck railing each year. Although I do start everything indoors its still a bit early here in Northern Nevada.

      I will be keeping my eyes open for some pallets though, that's a fantastic idea that I will definitely be implementing this year.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, look at you, always with an excuse. LOL So build that wall, buddy, and lift that engine off of the pallet. Sheez, some people have excuses for everything. :)

      You do make me laugh and that alone makes you one of my favorites on this site. Thank you my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz! 1972???? Impossible? Are you sure you read your birth certificate correctly? I would have guessed thirty...seriously!

      That sand issue is definitely a problem. Thanks for clarifying and educating. Have a great day on your special day. I hope that husband of yours is doing something special for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I am desperate for spring to get here. I need some warmth on my face and in the air. Sooner rather than later please! :) Thank you as always and enjoy your weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill! We have had great success with the vertical garden and I agree with you, just about anyone can have some sort of garden if they want one.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      I love gardens and the amazing colors and scents they produce but I have to confess it's not something I do unless it involves petrol driven mowers, chainsaws or bush cutters.

      Love the pallet idea, love strawberries and I reckon it's something I could throw together if I lift an engine or two off the pallets. Reckon building a wall to set it against will take a little longer.

      Another excellent hub from an excellent hubber.

      MJ.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Sorry I'm re-commenting: It's difficult to grow things down here because the sun is so hot--it's like you have to water 10 times a day. Then there's the whole sand issue: even when you use topsoil, the torrential downpours wash it away. You need a solid green thumb to be successful. I have better luck with containers.

      I'm a '72 baby. Thanks for the compliment, though! lol

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Awesome gardening tips and just the word spring alone put a smile on my face. Love that we will soon be heading into that season and hopefully some warmer weather. Have a great weekend Bill!! Have of course voted and shared all over!!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, the vertical pallet and the bag are great ideas. If someone wants a garden there really are no excuses. Many thanks for the great tips. Enjoy the weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, without direct sunlight you do have some problems.

      No work for me this weekend. I'm just catching up on comments and then we are going to a movie. I am trying to take weekends off as I think I spend far too much time at the computer. Life is calling me. :)

      I'm glad you are enjoying the book. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Brilliant ideas! I loved the directions on how to make a vertical garden using a pallet! And the garden in a bag idea is something I have never heard of!

      You are very creative. Thanks for all of the information, as well as the ideas.

      I don't have a yard at all, but I have potted plants. I just planted seeds in a mini pot, and put it on my windowsill to see if they'll grow. When I have a place that has a deck or porch, or a yard, I want to grow an herb garden. Although I suppose I could even start that in pots indoors. Without direct light, I'm unsure if they would grow well.

      By the way, I'm over halfway through your book, and it is making me want a big garden!

      Have a good weekend, Bill, and don't work too hard!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, the bag idea is so simple that I'm guessing that's why most people have never heard of it. It's kind of like DUH.....too simple to even think about.

      Have a great weekend my dear.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, the vertical garden is very cool. We are making two this year to block off the view of our fence. We love how they look.

      Thank you Sheri!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz.....DUDE.....it's your birthday! Happy Birthday Liz. I know nothing about growing in Florida; seems like you definitely get enough sunshine. :) Try the bag and herbs; rosemary will grow just about anywhere with very little care.

      Have a great day; do something nice for yourself. What are you today, 25 yrs old? :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great information, Bill. With Spring well on it's way, I need to get back out in my much neglected gardens!

      I never knew about planting in a bag. That's kinda cool!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Great Hub! I just love to garden and am so itchy for spring. I love the vertical garden ideas.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Dude: that bag idea is genius. I'd never heard of it before.

      It's so hard to grow stuff down here. I have many a failure every year, but I still stick with it. I'm going to try mostly herbs this time.