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May 18, 2018 12:31 PM CST
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Hello everyone! This forum is excellent, full of tips, facts and your beautifull photos; however,I was thinking how your story with gardening started!
My is very fresh, because I am a bit unnexpirienced, because of the fact that few months ago I started my advanture. My plant collection is small now. I have got 2 cranivorous plants, herbs like mint and basil, cactuses and a few orchids. When I moved out, I became a lover of such plants, so now I am developing my knowledge in this subject still and still. I have got many books connected with gardening and also newspapers that help me to learn some information about my plants. What about you? What is your story?
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May 18, 2018 2:56 PM CST
Name: S
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
Cat Lover Irises Sedums Region: Tennessee
My story is fairly young as well. Have always enjoyed flowers, but really no interest in growing them, until last year. We moved into this house 3.5 years ago and I preceeded to completely destroy the flower bed (it's huge, runs the full length of the front of the house and is about 8' deep at one end). It turned into a weed patch until last year, took 2 days to completely clean it out and transplant in many natives + just generally pretty plants (peonies, iris, lilies, sedum, goldenrod, shasta daisy, yarrow...there's more lol). Then started learning. Researching the plants and bugs I found (there's an ant that when you squish it smells like Citronella! Haven't done the squish test yet...), and fell in love! My houseplant collection is growing too Hurray! Thankfully my husband doesn't care what it is or where it is so long as it's not a weed patch. He dutifully nods as I tell him of the days growings Whistling

Currently excited because some English Lavender I started from seed in February has a bloom on it! Thumbs up
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May 18, 2018 3:12 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I am a child of the 50s. I didn't do much gardening until we bought 15 acres of raw land an hour from Seattle while in our early 20s. At the time, Mother Earth was a practical low-budget magazine (a far cry from the current glossy version) and my husband and I embraced the 'back to land' movement. We devoured the Foxfire series (wonderful resource of how to live off the land with little to no money, I believe originating from the Applachian mountain folk). We built our own house, planted a huge vegetable garden, and raised various farm animals. We learned to put up food (canning, freezing, drying), and we raised two free-range kids. Over time, the veggie garden transformed into an herb garden (which is a whole 'nother learning experience), and my current passion is to slowly replace our cultivated plants with natives. We no longer keep any large animals and have been removing fencing and outbuildings with the notion to restore the land to a more natural habitat. Ever evolving...
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
May 23, 2018 2:00 PM CST
Name: Jasmi

Oh, I always look forward to such stories!

Sometimes something that was just a "fad" becomes a wonderful story.

I would not call myself a gardener (I maybe know how to DO stuff, but I still need so much more time to learn!), but my mother is an amazing example of a very good gardener. She maintains a huge huge garden, and it all became with just some couple of bulbs from the market many years ago.
Now the garden is amazing, home to birds and butterflies.

(Please don't forget about this thread, it's an inspiration for me to keep going Hurray! )
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May 24, 2018 12:48 PM CST
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
jasmi12 welcome to NGA! There is a thread on page 6 of this thread entitled Did you go to school for botany/agriculture that you may find interesting.
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