I got started with gardening because my Grandparents used to have beautiful gardens and knew about landscaping, and my parents houseplants weren't doing well so I got curious and read how to care for them. Now I've got a green thumb!
I've got flower gardens, vegetable gardens, fruit (apple tree), do the entire outside landscaping and lawn care, and have many houseplants (mostly cactus)
Not only do I grow, I also create hybrid plants and grow from seed. Some of my best creations are variegated cactus, mixing different corn to create a new variety, and new lily plants I made from selective breeding.
Im happy to offer help to anyone with questions and share your gardening adventures.
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Yea. I have about 15 house plants. I'll be adding a couple more soon. I just bought my annuals for outside but haven't put them in the ground yet. I usually take 2-3 of the low light annuals and pot them for indoors. Typically only about 2/3 survive, but if they survive the first year they stick around.
I did some vegetable gardening in the past. I haven't done it for ages and wanted to do a *small* vegetable garden. After a few years wanting to do it I finally bought a few plants this year. It's just 3 pepper plants, but it's a start. I'll make it a little larger next year. I started too late to start anything from seed, so I bought the plants from the nursery.
I also want to plant some herbs. I've had them in the past and the ones I had grew like weeds. The store bought herbs are soooo expensive compared to growing your own. I'll probably start some both indoors and outdoors.
I have a very old apple tree that's barely alive. I used to have two, but one is a gonner. The other barely produces blooms. I doubt if I'll try any more fruit trees. They are too much work. I could see some ornamental fruit trees though.
For annuals, they are on the north side and shaded. I usually plant impatiens, begonias, Coleus (sp?), and something new this year that I forget what it's called. On the south side I have peonies (sp?). On the west I have iris that are 40-50 years old. They seriously need to be split. I really want to get some snapdragons in the ground also.
I also have some big lilac bushes. If I can get them before the rain knocks them off I usually try to cut and dry some of the blooms. The whole room smells like lilac for a few days. I've tried to dry the peonies, but that doesn't work too well. It's better to just put them in a vase. They smell for a good long time, like a couple of weeks I think. I usually give some to my neighbors every year. I guess that's payback for all the food they bring me on holidays :)0