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Old 06-24-2008, 08:33 PM   #31
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Guys- I need gardening advice. We have a backyard with nothing in it. The grass is a little sad and full of moss and weeds and there are no plants. The main problem I have is that we have almost no sun exposure in our yard. It's a small yard and it's part of a condo, so it's open and partially shared. Any thoughts? I'd like to clean it up and have some plants, but I don't know where to start.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:27 PM   #32
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The moss suggests you have enough moisture retained in the soil that ferns would do well there. Columbine is a flowering plant that does OK in shady corners. There is Rose of Sharon growing wild in a very shady creekbed near my house as well--flowers every year too, so it's obviously a very shade tolerant plant. Violets, which have nice heart shaped leaves even when not blooming, grow in shady conditions too. And of course Hostas, which come in several sizes and can be blue or lime green or variegated green and white or green and yellow (some are small--diam. of a basketball, some are more like a yard/meter across).


The ROS gets 10' tall, the violets stay small, the rest are about knee high.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:55 PM   #33
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Hostas! Love them
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:30 PM   #34
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Thanks guys! I knew about hostas, but I wasn't sure what else. I love flowers and I know I won't be able to have tons of them, but I'd like a few.

Also, what about tomatoes or other veggies? Do I need a lot of sun for them?
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Most do need full sun, but peas and leaf lettuce can take some shade in summer. (Leaf lettuce comes in green, green with red speckles or red edges, or mostly red....not to mention smooth or ruffled edges).

Chives are an herb that does fine in shade too.
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:53 PM   #36
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I wanted to share a photo of the robin's eggs that were in a nest in the red honeysuckle bush beside our deck. I was afraid that I scared the momma bird too often and interrupted her setting on them, but they have just hatched yesterday. I've taken a photo of them, but haven't loaded them from the camera to the computer yet. Also, I'm working with a different camera and am not sure that I've figured out the zoom features yet. Anyway, here are the eggs - look close just below the red berries. The photo was taken about a week ago. The photo looks smaller than what's on my computer. Guess I'll have to relearn.



I'm also experimenting with attaching photos from resized photos from Photbucket in order to be sure that I'm using the right file size for KH.
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Also, had a wonderful crop of sour cherries this year. It is the 1st year that there were enough to make a few jars of jam. Usually the birds and insects have gotten most of them. I only planted 2 trees, but discovered that it's a lot of work to pit enough cherries for a pie.



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Knitgal, you might consider some wine cups such as these.



They are growing in shade beneath the lower branches of one of my cherry trees. They don't spread too thickly or too quickly. I got these ones from the Jung seed catalog.
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Japanese anemones grow well in shade also. However, they are very invasive, but they need very little care except for thinning.
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Well my husband and I were supposed to work on the shed today but there's a wind advisory out. I'm not going to be on top of a shed trying to nail down shingles in 30-45 mph winds! So, yeah, little miffed about that.

And also we had a storm blow thru a few nights ago that knocked over my gazing globe and shattered it. I just bought a new one yesterday. *sigh* The projects are never ending!
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