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Hi All.

we moved here only recently, and I am totally confused as to what I should be doing outside re: gardening stuff.

We don't have alot of yard to plant in anyway, so mine is a manageable beginners project ... if only I knew where to begin.

I've heard, maybe bulbs should be planted right now? Which sounds great, but which bulbs??
And, I'd love some spring daffodils tulips etc, but I'd also love to put in some "plants with leaves that stay around all year even in the winter and maybe even have neat winter foliage or color changes"

Also I'd like to grow edibles. Am I too late for that? maybe some baby plants should be started inside right about now or does that happen later?

Obviously, i could try to get all of these questions answered on the internet. But I thought the conversation here might be interesting and fun.
Anyone have any tips? Strong opinions? Advice?

TW

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Personally, I wouldn't rush to do everything your first year. Wait till you get to see your yard a couple seasons. If you want a food garden next year you can pile the leaves there to kill the grass and provide nutrients.

You can plant garlic and onions now. They are really really easy and the perfect food to start with, you'll eat them next summer. They poke green out of the snow and provide a nice reminder how growing happens all year.

Welcome to Beacon.
Tommy: Our local chapter of the Cornell Cooperative Extention just published a round of good overwintering and fall planting advice in their monthly 'Dutchess Dirt" Newsletter. Subscription is free.
Cool! Thanks guys.

@birdy, I love the idea of little winter green shoots poking up out of the snow. I imagine we'll need the reminder, come mid feb.

@dan, i'll go check it out, thanks.
Ohh cool thread. We moved into a larger house with a ridiculously large backyard and I sooo want to plant a garden of edibles. I love fresh veggies and we eat them year round.

Each day I walk my child to school, I pass this lovely small garden on Rombout and Cliff. They have tomatoes, cabbage and peppers. I have considered knocking on their door to ask them what I need to do to get such wonderful stuff growing, but alas I don't want to be the nosey, bothersome neighbor.

I will check out the link posted and look for a spot to cover with the leaves (cool hint). Any hints on how much sunlight is needed. My large yard is well shaded but there is a side yard that I can utilize as well.

Thanks!
Janine Lambers said:
The Verplanck Garden Club is giving a lecture on "How to grow a garden in 2010" on October 20th from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Stony Kill Farm/educational center
Millie C. said:
Ohh cool thread. We moved into a larger house with a ridiculously large backyard and I sooo want to plant a garden of edibles. I love fresh veggies and we eat them year round.

Each day I walk my child to school, I pass this lovely small garden on Rombout and Cliff. They have tomatoes, cabbage and peppers. I have considered knocking on their door to ask them what I need to do to get such wonderful stuff growing, but alas I don't want to be the nosey, bothersome neighbor.

I will check out the link posted and look for a spot to cover with the leaves (cool hint). Any hints on how much sunlight is needed. My large yard is well shaded but there is a side yard that I can utilize as well.

Thanks!

In general, veggies need lots of sun, 6 - 8 hours a day.
Tommy
welcome to Beacon.
If little shoots through the snow is what you desire, then crocus are the bulbs for you.
Plant them is little groupings right into your lawn. No need to clear out space for them.
In late winter, early spring, these beautiful little flowers will poke up through the snow, and if there isn't any snow, you'll just have to enjoy the beautiful, delicate little flowers anyway. By the time its time to mow your lawn, they'll be done doing their thing and you can just mow right over, as if they'd never been there before.
I also love my tulips and daffodils, although the squirels seem to move them around so much, I never know where they'll be next.
I agree with the posting suggesting that you give it some time. The longer you live with your yard, the better decisions you'll make as to where to put what.
And keep in mind that gardening is never over...there are always new things to plant, plants to move, split, experiment with, etc.
I'm excited for you...Good luck!
Most bushes (including blueberries) and trees, like to be planted in the fall. I strongly, strongly, recommend NOT planting any bushes or trees till you are in your home for a couple years. Bushes and trees live a long time and cause shadows that are hard to imagine unless you know your plot.

Sunlight is very important for most veggies, so concentrate on following your suns path when planning your garden. Make it small the first year, its easier to expand gradually as you learn. You'll need to have water near by or an easy way to get the hose to it too. It can become a lot of work and there is a lot to learn, so pick foods you really like.

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