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March 21, 2013


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william graffia

I use old oyster sacks instead of the moss in my hanging baskets. The oyster sacks have different names on then and gives an interesting look. They last forever and drain very well. I have been looking for the skinny foot long snap beans and can not find any. I live in New Orleans.


We installed a new fence around the back yard with a double gate where there wasn't one before. Which means a new path - fun! But I also need to move/redesign my 6 raised veggie/ fruit beds and add some borders for more flowers and ornamentals. I haven't grown sweet peas yet and would love to try them up the new fence. Thanks for the opportunity.

Carol Eubanks
10400 NE 135th Pl
Kirkland, WA 98034

Cathy Stewart

We are on almost and acre and it is all landscaped, but I keep bringing home more plants. Ü It is such fun to see everything grow and grow. Sometimes it get bigger than I want so out it goes..or I post an i-neighbors message that I have something up for grabs in front of my house and poof it is gone.
This year I am planting pseudopanax ferox (stick tree). It is soooo cool looking and I have some new garden art to put out and about. I love playing in the dirt.

J. Russell

This summer I am going to try gardening in straw bales. My veggie garden has been taken over with tree roots from my Quaking Aspen. Hopefully I can get around this by gardening above ground without all the expense of building raised beds.

valerie Easton

Thanks, Maria, for letting me know the seeds have already arrived...those people at Renee's Garden Seeds are good. Enjoy, and thanks or participating...

Molly Larson Cook

Hi Val
I moved from a cottage on Whidbey Island to a city apartment in September. Fortunately, the apartment has big sunny windows so I'm thinking of what to grow in those windows (with nice wide window sills). I've actually been researching possibilities with sweet peas as I love them so much. I just read an article about Windowfarm and may go that route. In any case, I'll give the seeds a good home. And I love Renee's seeds. Have given them as gifts to gardening friends. This is a nice idea.
Molly Cook
11018 N.E. 11th St, #313
Bellevue, WA 98004

Joe Bush

I am working on a shade garden in my backyard. I am planting astilboides tabularis, Maianthemum stellatum, Heucheras, Epimediums, Hostas, Tellima grandiflora, and
Isotoma fluviatilis.

Joe Bush
7303 127th PL SE
Newcastle, WA 98056


For me, everything! I've just moved into a lovely 40's bungalow in Lake City. The garden has been neglected for 5+ years. We are clearing out the debris and finding that a gardener must have lived here at some point. Lovely vegetable beds, a large perennial garden, a woodland garden around a pond. I've counted 30 roses on the property and find more everyday. Now that it's spring, things I thought were dead are coming back to life. Who knows what they will become?!

Adrienne Meyer
12528 24th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Connie Spindel

I have large established gardens (abt 5 acres I've created from cow pasture the past 8-9 years) filled with mainly flowering trees, shrubs, roses, perennials and a few reseeding annuals here and there) and a separate veggy garden... There is ALWAYS something new I try each year!
This year I have added 35 own-root David Austin roses to the rear yard (Benjamin Britten, Eglantyne, Evelyn, Cottage Rose, Abraham Darby and Winchester Cathedral). I can't wait for the blooms!
Aside from the new roses - I'm trying something different for the veggy seeding this year - I'm making seed tape (using single ply toilet paper). Super easy to do and so far everything I have planted with my seed tapes are coming up great and are all in a perfect straight rows with a LOT less back bending and considerably less seed waste! I love my seed tapes :)
I don't have a single sweet pea growing and would really love them - thanks so much for your offer!
Connie Spindel
28391 River Rd
Mill City OR 97360

Thanks again and happy gardening everyone!


I would love to plant the Kennedy Irish Primroses!

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