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Old 03-31-2011, 09:23 PM   #11
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Thanks! Since the beginning of March, we've been in the 70s & 80s, then this past week dropped into the 50s during the day. It's warming up now, and we're probably going to be this way for the rest of spring.

There's still so much more that hasn't made it to the nurseries yet: day lilies, lantana, rock rose, althea. I have a lot to do this summer.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:33 AM   #12
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Last night/this morning = RAIN!!! And more on the way later this week.

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Old 04-04-2011, 10:36 AM   #13
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What are some good low-light perennial plants?
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:22 AM   #14
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Not sure how these would do in your climate - a perennial in warmer areas may be an annual in colder areas - but:

Something I like in low-light areas is Aucuba japonica, known as a "gold dust plant". It's fairly bushy if left alone but can be pruned to let other things grow under it. These can get anwhere from 5 to 7 feet tall and have broad leaves speckled with yellow, with red berries.




Variegated liriope (aka lily turf) is a type of monkey grass, but the leaves are striped instead of the standard solid green.


A Japanese maple will always make a shady spot more interesting. It's smaller than a standard maple and the leaves are very dark reddish-purple. There are varieties for all kinds of light levels, including some that prefer full shade.


Hydrangea does well in shade, especially if it can get some morning sunlight.
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Cool! Thanks!
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:59 AM   #16
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This year I'm doing the following:

1. Sweet 100's tomatoes
2. Roma Tomatoes
3. Any interesting heirloom or hybrids I find
4. 3 varieties of cucumbers (love to try hothouse)
5. Banana peppers
6. Thai hot peppers
7. Jalapeno peppers

Herbs:
1. Rosemary
2. Basil
3. Thai Basil
4. Thyme
5. Sage

.. and any interesting herbs I might find.

Planting at my house here in Virginny starts around mid-April.

Gonna Add several new bags of planting soil and black Manure. If you have a Meadows Farms near you in MD, you need to get that manure.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:10 PM   #17
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- Tomatoes (gonna stick w/ just Italian Plum this year, I find the larger varieties go to waste in my fridge, while I'll eat entire plums at a time.
You ought to try cherry tomatoes. It's Sweet 100's for me.

And on the bigger varieties I just turn 'em into pasta sauce and salsa. Just finished my last frozen package of pasta sauce last week and boy am I ready for more!

This is what I was picking on a daily basis last summer



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- peppers (red, green and some sort of hot, I'd love some recommendations)
I find Thai hot peppers are hearty, grow all season, and are hotter'n all get out.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:46 PM   #18
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This year I'm doing the following:

1. Sweet 100's tomatoes
2. Roma Tomatoes
3. Any interesting heirloom or hybrids I find
4. 3 varieties of cucumbers (love to try hothouse)
5. Banana peppers
6. Thai hot peppers
7. Jalapeno peppers

Herbs:
1. Rosemary
2. Basil
3. Thai Basil
4. Thyme
5. Sage

.. and any interesting herbs I might find.

Planting at my house here in Virginny starts around mid-April.

Gonna Add several new bags of planting soil and black Manure. If you have a Meadows Farms near you in MD, you need to get that manure.
Excellent list!!! I'm gonna copycat some of it.
I do grow the cherry-toms for my kids. I like 'em split in half, mixed w/ crumbled bleu cheese & balsamic vinagrette, spread over a grilled, rare NY strip.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:17 PM   #19
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You ought to try cherry tomatoes. It's Sweet 100's for me.

And on the bigger varieties I just turn 'em into pasta sauce and salsa. Just finished my last frozen package of pasta sauce last week and boy am I ready for more!

This is what I was picking on a daily basis last summer


Oh man that looks great! I'd rather have cherry (red or yellow) or roma. Easy to deal with, barely any mess compared to a hothouse tomato, and a superb taste!
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i wanna grow an herb garden
but don't think I have room
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