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Name: Steve Earnest
Colorado Springs, Colorado (Zone 6a)
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steveearnest9
Mar 7, 2013 2:09 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Just a quick hello, been a lurker here for a while and enjoy the wealth of info on here so I decided to join in and share some of what little I know about Colorado growing
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jmorth
Mar 7, 2013 5:12 AM CST
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abhege
Mar 7, 2013 6:23 AM CST
Hurray! Welcome!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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Mar 7, 2013 9:07 AM CST
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Bubbles
Mar 7, 2013 9:27 AM CST
Welcome Steve! If you click on the membership link at the bottom of the page, you'll find others that are near you in Colorado. We can all learn from each other when it comes to plants, no matter what our location i is, though!
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Horntoad
Mar 7, 2013 10:22 AM CST
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Mar 7, 2013 10:53 AM CST
Welcome to ATP, Steve. Smiling
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 7, 2013 12:14 PM CST
Welcome, Steve! What kind of things are you growing there in Colorado?
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kqcrna
Mar 7, 2013 2:07 PM CST
Welcome, Steve.

Karen
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CDsSister
Mar 7, 2013 7:55 PM CST
Yea" Hurray! another Rocky Mountain High Member Welcome Welcome! Welcome!

Name: Steve Earnest
Colorado Springs, Colorado (Zone 6a)
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steveearnest9
Mar 7, 2013 11:18 PM CST
woofie said:Welcome, Steve! What kind of things are you growing there in Colorado?


Well, to be honest witcha, I have always loved gardening perennials till I sold my perfect, beautifully gardened first home and moved to an acre lot with a huge plain backyard. Been driving me nuts..I so have many plans for it because it is so plain, but the cost of a 6' tall stucco wall around it, as well as a slow down in my business, has put a damper on my landscaping funds the last few years. It's going to be a fun, challenging design project to bring this yard to life.

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I started a perennial garden a couple of years ago and was going to continue to add to it making the whole area, around the tree, all the way to the corner of the wall a garden. It doesn't look like much now, but it my first step to just get some color in the yard.

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While winterizing the grass, I got a bright idea this last fall to put raised beds in the corner, on the other side of the tree, and have my hand at growing veggies...Veggies??? Huh, not since I was a kid...(remembering the days of my childhood gardening and canning with my parents and thinking how fun it would be to garden with my 10 y/o daughter who would dig the responsibility as well as learning how to garden, can and eat what we grow) hence, the researcher side of me finding the largest wealth of gardening info on the web...lurking, quietly taking notes and gathering information for my new gardening project. This weekend, class begins in germination 101 for her and I being that we will probably be snowed in.

I own a metal fabrication shop that specializes in CNC plasma cutting, so when I thought of the idea, I thought I would design my raised bed corners out of steel. So, I went to the shop and designed my corners to lock the lumber into the corners with a center bolt and be completely adjustable for wood from 2" to 4" in width with a decorative corner cap to bolt the top corners solid.

The first set I cut had sunflowers with dragon flies for the top corner caps pattern. The day I finished them I had a walk in customer come in for a repair job and when he saw them...he had to have a set, but he wanted them with just the dragon flies. So, I re-vamped my original design to lightening them up and made some other tweeks. He picked them up in the next couple days. The following day another guy came in, saw the sunflower set on my floor and bought the set right then and there as a Christmas gift...he wasn't going to take no for an answer though I tried...

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So for fun I drew up some more patterns for options and am planning on trying to sell a few of these this spring to fund my landscaping and gardening projects.
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I have always loved gardening, but now I have the ability to build garden decor and ornaments and love adding cut steel to my yard...maybe I should make an all steel garden...wouldn't that be kewl. Here's some stuff I have done for my yard for now with much more to be added.


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If you would like to see more of what I do with steel visit my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MetalDimULtd.

And thanks for the Nice Welcome...I have really enjoyed this site from the side lines, and plan on being an active part with my project yard.

Steve
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 8, 2013 7:58 AM CST
Oh Steve how I wish I were in Colorado!!! I am hoping to do a raised bed this season and have been looking at ideas. Your stuff is amazing!!!
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Mar 8, 2013 8:13 AM CST
A big ATP (All Things Plants) Welcome! Welcome! to you Steve!

You're very artistic! Thumbs up Great work! Thumbs up

First thing I thought of when I saw the rock borders around in front of your walls is you could grow xeric plants (low water usage). Agastaches, Salvias, Penstemons, for starters. Leave the rocks on top and/or work some in with some all purpose sand (Lowe's has bags of it inside the store around the masonry isle).

Happy to have you join us! nodding

Marilyn

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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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woofie
Mar 8, 2013 9:58 AM CST
Wow. Bet you could find some customers for those right here! Smiling
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Mar 8, 2013 10:12 AM CST
I'm not sure how the items for raffle are procured but these sure would make a great raffle item Hilarious!
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Mar 8, 2013 10:24 AM CST
Welcome! Steve, you are very talented. Thumbs up
Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va (Zone 7a)
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Shannon
Mar 8, 2013 10:33 AM CST
Welcome! You do Beautiful work .... Thumbs up Hummm Love your code of arms..That would look Great in my garden.. Whistling
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Name: Steve Earnest
Colorado Springs, Colorado (Zone 6a)
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steveearnest9
Mar 8, 2013 1:58 PM CST
Shannon said: Welcome! You do Beautiful work .... Thumbs up Hummm Love your code of arms..That would look Great in my garden.. Whistling


That actually didn't go in my yard...I cut that for a pool fence I built for my next door neighbor, but it's one of my favorite gates I have done.

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Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va (Zone 7a)
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Shannon
Mar 8, 2013 2:08 PM CST
You do Amazing work I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Mar 8, 2013 8:50 PM CST
Welcome to ATP Steve Welcome! Loved the photos of your work--you are very talented!

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