Burpee Community - All Topics http://www.burpee.com/community/categories/all-topics Burpee Community - All Topics en-US Burpee //d1l316k04n1hna.cloudfront.net/static/images/burpee-favicon.png 16 16 Burpee http://www.burpee.com/community/ <![CDATA[surprise discovered raising Kale]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/751/surprise-discovered-raising-kale I have a small 10x10 green house into which i planted Kale(Dwarf Blue Curled- Vates) to which i was very pleased with the variety  - harvesting once the leaves were in the four to five inch range. Have to admit munching fresh from the plant was very pleasant however additional leaves made for super tasty salads..  The big surprise was how hearty the plants remained once the season was over - since the greenhouse is not heated - I was suprised to see the plants tolerate freezing weather with temps below zero a number of days.  SO - today i transferred the plants to - plant boxes down cellar on to my plant growing table. I'm guessing the transfer should provide salad greens within a couple weeks. 

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/751/surprise-discovered-raising-kale January 5, 2015
January 5, 2015 January 5, 2015 <![CDATA[surprise discovered raising Kale]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/752/surprise-discovered-raising-kale I have a small 10x10 green house into which i planted Kale(Dwarf Blue Curled- Vates) to which i was very pleased with the variety  - harvesting once the leaves were in the four to five inch range. Have to admit munching fresh from the plant was very pleasant however additional leaves made for super tasty salads..  The big surprise was how hearty the plants remained once the season was over - since the greenhouse is not heated - I was suprised to see the plants tolerate freezing weather with temps below zero a number of days.  SO - today i transferred the plants to - plant boxes down cellar on to my plant growing table. I'm guessing the transfer should provide salad greens within a couple weeks. 

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/752/surprise-discovered-raising-kale January 5, 2015
<![CDATA[Why do you love gardening?]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/222/why-do-you-love-gardening I love gardening because my Grandma had 32 grand children and Burpee's use to sell a packet of vegetable seeds for kids for a penny.  My grandparents were very poor but they could afford that.  Every grand child had a garden and Grandma would let us open the packet and talk about the seeds and we would plant them together.  We each took care of our own garden. It was the one big present I got from her every year.  I love my garden and think of Ganny every time I dig in the dirt!  Thank you Burpee for making my childhood special!  :-)

Kim Hirsch from MNSmile

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/222/why-do-you-love-gardening June 19, 2012
<![CDATA[Heatwave II and island gardening problems...]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/750/heatwave-ii-and-island-gardening-problems Hello, I'm doing balcony gardening in Saipan in the US Northern Mariana Islands (zone 11) and have 2 Heatwave II tomatoe plants that are doing well but seem not to be fruiting at all.  One is in a Topsy Turvey (younger than the other) and the other is in a 5 gal bucket growing upright... I have noticed the flowers falling off... I'm using Jobes Organics Vegtable & Tomatoe every 2 weeks like I'm suppose to and have Gypsum  in the soil when I planted...

I don't understand why I'm getting nothing... they appear pest free

Also, my Cilantro won't grow more than an inch maybe three if I'm lucky... they never flower, just collape and die on me at some point... Tried full sun, partial sun, mostly shade, complete shade... always die... Please help me!!!! All useful information is appreciated.

Blessings, Romeo

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/750/heatwave-ii-and-island-gardening-problems November 12, 2014
<![CDATA[grafted tomatoes]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/724/grafted-tomatoes I'd like to hear from people who have grown -- or tried to! -- grafted tomatoes. How did they do for you? Any problems? And are they worth the extra price? I have very limited space but love tomatoes. I use a 4x8 raised bed and can do 2-4 tomato plants, depending on size and habit. (I like to grow other things, too!) Trying to make up my mind. Thanks

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/724/grafted-tomatoes February 1, 2014
<![CDATA[Last years garlic cloves]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/747/last-years-garlic-cloves Harvested this years garlic which leaves me with the remainder of last years crop within storage.  I never throw the old cloves out - its

a little time consuming but i remove the covering of the individual cloves and there will be a green sprout growing in the center.  Next i take a sharp small knife and slit the clove cutting the green sprout in half - open the split clove and remove any of the green sprout    and save the remainder in a zip lock bag or small dish.

After all cloves have been examined and the sprouts remove - i chop the cloves using a small chopper - mine is about a one cup Rival chopper and its so handy and easy to use.  Place the chopped garlic pieces in a pint or quart jar - and cover  with olive oil - over with a canning lid and place a securing ring to the jar.. 

Next i place the container in the refrigerator and use when ever garlic is sought in a recipe - the head cook in this house loves how easy it is to use when needed....

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/747/last-years-garlic-cloves July 20, 2014
<![CDATA[Direct Sow vs. Indoor Sow]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/276/direct-sow-vs-indoor-sow What do the phrases "Direct Sow" and "Indoor" or "Indirect Sow" mean?

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/276/direct-sow-vs-indoor-sow February 14, 2012
<![CDATA[Iris]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/742/iris My iris' have been beautiful this spring.  Many are loaded with 4-5 blooms per stalk.  Stalks seem to be very sturdy.  I dead head every morning and evening.  Why do my stalks continuously fall over?

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/742/iris May 29, 2014
<![CDATA[August lilies]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/741/august-lilies I'v had my August Lilies, planted in full sun for at least 5 years.  They come up in the spring resembling a daffodil,  foilage later dies back, but no bloom comes later on.  My question is why won't they bloom?  I've even tried fencing off the area to avoid disturbing the soil. 

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/741/august-lilies May 29, 2014
<![CDATA[Burpee Plants?]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/655/burpee-plants Hey guys, has anyone ordered live plants from Burpee? I ordered the roma super sauce plants. The first time they came, they were one of the saddest plants I had seen. Even after waiting, and then planting them outside, they are still so so droopy. I complained to the customer service, and they sent me another set of the same plants. These plants were even sadder than the first set! Two plants are almost dying (they are just drying up).

 

I actually had better luck starting my plants from seed. They came out very robust, and are doing so well in the garden. They all have started flowering and I expect fruits very soon.

 

I am just surprised at the quality of plants that burpee sent out. What has the typical experience been?

 

Thanks.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/655/burpee-plants June 16, 2013
<![CDATA[Gardening with chickens...]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/740/gardening-with-chickens Hi,

I have chickens.  They free range under supervision.  Well, most of the time.  So much is offered for bug killing, fertilizers etc.  All to have the best crops ever, best yeilds.  What can I use to get all the best results when I have chickens forageing around pecking at the dirt, eating plant leaves etc.  Yes, I can keep them out, but I want to do all organically.  Anyone out there with chickens have advice and suggestions on burpee products to use??

Thanks a lot..

poochgrmr  Smile

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/740/gardening-with-chickens April 29, 2014
<![CDATA[Soil in container]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/739/soil-in-container My half whiskey barrel only holds flowers.  The soil holds too much water and compacts and so do my raised beds.  What do I add to make the soil not so dense. Thank you.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/739/soil-in-container April 21, 2014
<![CDATA[pumpkins]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/738/pumpkins We are attempting to grow Dills  Atlantic this year...any suggestions on fertilizers we should use?

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/738/pumpkins March 25, 2014
<![CDATA[Raised Bed Vegetable growing]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/731/raised-bed-vegetable-growing I have three raised beds, 4x4 area, and want to grow vegetable for home use.  I'm not sure how many I can plant or how much space to

allow for.  I would like to plant onions, green beans, tomatoes, squash and eggplants.  I have lot's of experience with flowers, but not

vegetables.  I plan to read up on gardens, but could use advice from others on vegetables.

Thank you

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/731/raised-bed-vegetable-growing February 16, 2014
<![CDATA[Ideas for gardening with kids]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/223/ideas-for-gardening-with-kids I'm fairly new to gardening and am still learning myself, but I'd like to find fun and creative ways to get my kids involved. Any advice, ideas or resources would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/223/ideas-for-gardening-with-kids March 16, 2012
<![CDATA[Garlic planting in the spring?]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/733/garlic-planting-in-the-spring I have several types of garlic that I wasn't able to finish planting in the fall, due to bad weather and timing, and early cold and snow.  I would like to plant them anyway this spring once the ground thaws, if the weather will cooperate.  I have kept the bulbs in my basement in the dark, and they appear to be free of mold/fungus, and only a few have some minimal sprouting.  Is there anything I should do with these bulbs prior to planting? I'm wondering if I need to store them in the fridge for a few weeks, similar to forcing flower bulbs, in order to give them the chilling/dormancy phase they missed out on.  Also, is there any time frame to follow for this? I'm thinking that similar to onions, garlic can probably be planted outside as soon as the ground can be broken. Any advice would be appreciated!

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/733/garlic-planting-in-the-spring February 21, 2014
<![CDATA[voles]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/728/voles Last summer voles ate my carrots and also some rose roots.I'm looking for a safe  and organic way to get rid of voles.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/728/voles February 7, 2014
<![CDATA[TOMATOE SEEDLINGS]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/723/tomatoe-seedlings HI THERE I ALWAYS TRY TO START MY GARDEN PLANS FROM SEED AND GET THEM TO SPROUT BEAUTIFUL BUT A WK OR TWO AFTER THEY GET LANKY AND PRODUCE TALL THIN NON BUSHY PLANTS WHY ? I GROW IN A INDOOR GREENHOUSE W/PLANT LIGHTING HOW DO I GET THE STALKS NICE AND THICK LIKE SOME OTHER GROWERS?  ALSO MY NEIGHBOR GAVE ME A TOM. PLANT FOR MY GARDEN SOON AFTER PLANTING THERE WERE LITTLE BROWNISH BLACK SPOTS ON THE LEAVES THAT SEEM TO SPEAD LIKE WILD FIRE THROUGHOUT THE OTHER TOM. PLANTS WHAT WAS IT?

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/723/tomatoe-seedlings February 1, 2014
<![CDATA[Help starting plants]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/721/help-starting-plants I have tried unsuccessfully for 5 years in a row to start seeds in the house in early spring. I have planted mostly zinna and marigold seeds. I purchase the seed starting trays you sell with the water mat in the bottom.  My seeds will sprout and shoot staight up with a pair of leaves at the top of the stem. The grow to about  3-4 inches then just keel over becaue their stems are too skinny and can't support itself. They never develop any other leaves (just the 2 at the top) I am following the instructions and water the mat as needed and controlling light. But every year the same thing,  after several weeks they just keel over. What am I doing wrong?

Any help that anybody has I would appreciate!

thanks

Janewb

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/721/help-starting-plants January 27, 2014
<![CDATA[Island gardening help requested...]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/718/island-gardening-help-requested Hello, I am a rookie gardener looking for any useful advice, for my situation... I have grown a few things like rosemary and cilantro in the past off and on and I have read countless online articles.

I live in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on the island of Saipan (Guam is down island), according to my research, I am in Zone 9.  

The reality of it is there are very few articles for Zone 9 and the few that do exist, really don't pertain to my situation (its pretty much the same tempature/humidity level all year round). Please note that I have found some sites and articles for Hawai'i, but Hawai'i is a bit cooler than us... So yeah its the same, but different...

This time I'll be planting in containers on my balcony (kinda roomy for a balcony), the balcony faces South and I live on the West side (the beach is accross the street) of the island so it great for shade from the afternoon sun and gets plenty of sun in the morning.

Currently I have a small oregeno plant that I clipped from a friend that I made a few mistakes, but have since figured it out.

I will be planting cilantro and rosemary in the next few days and I am seriously considering doing some tomatoes (hanging).

Does anyone have any useful tips/advice for me? Any useful advice will be apprciated... Blesssngs

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/718/island-gardening-help-requested January 8, 2014