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Imageknoxred
Feb 8, 2010 12:33 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Stop in and introduce yourself. What part of Tennessee do you garden in? Tell us about what you grow and who you share your garden with.
Imageknoxred
Feb 8, 2010 12:50 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
I'll start us out. I am on the west side of Knoxville, which puts me in zone 6b. (Not that that stops me from buying plants that aren't hardy here and creating a mini-panic each fall trying to cram them in the garage!)

Before moving to Knoxville, I spent a couple decades gardening in Georgia. Before that, I lived in New England, so I guess after living in the South for so long, you could now call me a reformed Yankee.

I try to grow everything I can get my hands on, thereby creating a large "pot ghetto" of plants I've been meaning to find a spot for.

I'm always in the middle of some new project, and am the source of constant entertainment for the neighbors. I'm considering selling tickets the next time I try to plant large B&B trees by myself. The last time didn't go exactly as I had planned, but I'm sure it was fun for the neighbors to watch.

Imagenanniepb
Feb 9, 2010 8:50 AM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
Hey...I was gonna do something like this too!

I'm in Scott County, up next to the KY border. I'm a return to TN transplant from GA. Now I live in the mountains. the real windy roads, curvy mountains. I'm a granny to 4, I have 1 dau and 1 shihtzu. (my dau says i love him best, lol)

I'm learning to WinterSow, I love Sunflowers, Herbs, my veggie garden, and now I'm about to grow a plethera of Morning Glories. i.nils, i,purps, alllll kinds of vines and colors. and for my indoor projects, I love Quilting and I want to learn to bake bread!

gotta get ready for the next snow. the last one, it was 5 days before I could get up the mountain to go into town.

Be safe.
Phyl
My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

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Imageknoxred
Feb 9, 2010 8:59 AM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
I love wintersowing! (Hate winter, though. I used up my cold tolerance growing up in the frozen tundra known as New England.) My problem with wintersowing is sowing really heavily, and then trying to find a place for a gazillion crammed-packed seedlings come spring. Such good intentions.

From the perennials I've sown this year, Pyrethrum and Cheiranthus have germinated, and the Lupine 'Morello Cherry' seeds look like they're ready to pop. Is there a trick to growing Lupines in Tennessee? This will be my third attempt to grow them, and they never look very happy.

ImageAudrey
Feb 9, 2010 12:13 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
Howdy! I live in the extreme snowcovered (at this writing) end of Tennessee! I'm like you, I want to plant everything I see, or hear of! I don't have a big yard, and they frown on to many things in the yard here, but I do try! I live alone, with my 30 lb. orange tabby cat, Marmie, (short for Marmelade) and I'm really not able to do much in gardening, but I like to hear about everything anybody else does. I have all kinds of bulbs that somebody very nice sent me, and I can't wait to see what they do this year. They were beautiful last year! I'm so glad you started this cubit! Nannie, you could still start your own! Hurray!
Imageknoxred
Feb 9, 2010 1:42 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Welcome Audrey!

Your post made me realize we needed to set up categories for the Memphis area as well. I just added them to the Plant Events and Garden Sources areas. Give us the scoop on your area.
Imagenanniepb
Feb 9, 2010 8:51 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
Hey Audrey.....good to see you here. the snow is headed our way they say. Ive got flour and yeast...let it snow.

I'm just thankful that some one started one.

Ive never grown lupines. in fact, I need to look them up ;)

My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

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Gardening in Tennessee
ImageAudrey
Feb 9, 2010 10:59 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
I live in Dyersburg, just a few miles from the Missouri line. A pretty little old town, and I haven't learned my way around in it yet! I've only lived here 5 years! It gets pretty hot here in summer, and there are no trees in my yard. I just have to plant things that like sun! Smiling Rolling my eyes.
Imagesheryl
Feb 11, 2010 1:20 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Hi everyone!

I'm in middle TN, right above Cookeville, 1.5 hrs NE of Nashville, 20 miles south of Kentucky. We're very hilly here, have the Cumberland river down the street and the Roaring River in the back yard.

I moved here from Phoenix, AZ (grew up near Detroit) so just about all the plants I've grown have been desert/ desert adapted. But I'm learning! Got a few hostas in, some Va. Bluebells, some roses (ugh - lotsa black spot), weigela, blah blah blah. Am planning a black 'n white garden in a bed next to my house that already has black mondo grass in one corner (suggestions welcome!).

It's me, DH (who was raised in Ripley, just south of you, Audrey) my mom, me, 4 cats, 5 dogs and 6 horses. Shew!
Imagenanniepb
Feb 11, 2010 1:37 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
I used to go to Cookeville for work seminars.....but i'm done with that, but we still go to Crossville to visit one of our fav quilt shops.

i'm on the other side of the Cumberland and its hilly here too. I have to go up the mountain and wind down the other side to get into town.
My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

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Imagemeltn
Feb 13, 2010 9:19 AM CST
Name: Mel
Knoxville, Tennessee
Greetings Tennessee Gardeners! I live in Knoxville and my blood runs green! I collect mostly exotic tropical plants, which fill my greenhouse, sunroom, garage and about every window in my home. For the last 6 years, I have collected around 200 species of Hoyas, but also love orchids, bromeliads, philodendrons and other aroids. My garden transforms into a tropical oasis in spring and summer where banana trees, canna, palms, hibiscus and perennials grow with me for a season. My plants and garden keep me grounded. When winter gets me down, I have been know to open a bag of potting soil just to sniff the contents!
Nice to meet all of you!!!!!!

Thumbnail by meltn

Imagesheryl
Feb 13, 2010 9:20 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Hurray! Hurray!
lakesidecallas
Feb 14, 2010 3:05 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Hi Mel,
I live in Dandridge, east of Knoxville, and grow tropicals too.
Love your banana, huge!
I grow them too.
Imagenanniepb
Feb 15, 2010 12:21 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
Hi Susan. Any snow over there?

Is that Granger county where they grow the tomatoes?
My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

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Gardening in Tennessee
lakesidecallas
Feb 15, 2010 2:17 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Yes, it rained a good bit of the night but started snowing about 6 am. Windy, too. Brrr.

We're in Jefferson County, off I-40. I think Grainger county is up I-eighty-one (sorry, the eight on my computer doesn't work!). We have a good view of English Mountain off our back porch.
Imagenanniepb
Feb 16, 2010 4:43 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
ha. well, I am challenged when it comes to directions.
My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

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Gardening in Tennessee
ImageHineni
Feb 17, 2010 11:12 PM CST
Name: Sunny
NW Tennessee
Another TN gardener checking in; I moved from the Appalachian foothills over to the flat farmlands of NW TN in January; bought my first house I've ever owned all by myself.
I have six acres to work with, a pocketful of dreams and zero coins jinglin' in there at the moment...LOL! I was recently and unexpectedly widowed (my DH was only a couple of months from his 41st birthday), so everything is new for me: feelings, ambitions, dreams, property. As much as I'd love to barge in, I think for once in my life maybe I will take it very s-l-o-w-l-y so that I don't make any irreversible mistakes (since DH isn't around to get me out of them!)

I look forward this year to building my organic veggie/herb/flower main garden, growing some flowers from seeds that I don't have to leave behind, and trying to figure out what my land does during all four seasons. So far, the unexpected snowfall has turned a lot of the garden area into a boot-suckin' muck pit. Therefore my first challenge will be to determine how to plant in harmony with the low, wet spots, what amendments the soil will need, and HOW SOON CAN I PLAY IN THE DIRT!!!! I'm doing a little indoor playing with cole crops started, and going to pot up some pretties along with some maters and peppers just to get a good start on things.

The down side is that I work 12 hour night shifts, so many days the sunlight is just a passing glimmer, and I really, really miss living a normal daytime life. BUT...I have a great job working from home, good insurance and work with great folks, so I'll trade that off for the good stuff I guess. I do work 3 on, 4 off, then 4 on and 3 off, a little gift that I plan to work to my advantage come spring and summer so it is not all bad :)

And I share my li'l farm with 2 huge LGD's and one feisty little Jack Russell terrier, in addition to a plethora of wildlife, including a mating pair of Barred Owls. I love this state and all the people that I have met here!!!
Imagemollyd1953
Feb 18, 2010 6:55 AM CST
Name: Molly Denza
Columbia, TN
Sunny I'm in a similar boat to you. My ex and I broke up after 4 years. I just moved from NY to Tn. Bought my second house . Have 4 acres to play in and have to learn what my land can do. Lot of mud sucking clay here too LOL. I own 13 Boer goats which are still back in NYS till I can move them down here and 1 Great Pyranese LGD. Also one very naughty house cat named Pink.
LIke you the people I've met here have been the nicest ever and I find Tn very beautiful! I'm looking forward to learning how to garden down here since it's a totally foreign environment when it comes to gardening. A new beginning.

MollyD
RainDog Farm,Columbia,Tn
Goats




Imagenanniepb
Feb 18, 2010 11:21 AM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
Welcome Sunny. Things grow better in TN =)

so far we're all TN transplants aren't we?

Well, my parents were from this town, most of my relatives live here, but my Dad was in the Army so we lived in Germany and France more than we did in the states. in GA mostly. After I got laid off from my job of 9 yrs, 3 weeks, right before my seiko watch, I decided to make a career change. I wanted to work in my sister's new restaurant here, I wanted to cook. cater, bake. So I made the decision to move 'home'. Plus there was a feller in Knoxville I'd been seeing. (foolish me)

After numerous trips back and forth from GA to here, riding in the car for hours and not getting out and stretching, well, five days before the moving truck was to come, I had blood clots in my leg that turned into Pulmonary Embolism, but, after a week in ICU, I had to move in with my daughter/family in Atlanta and I wasnt allowed to even go finish packing my house. What do you do? I had to move out of my apartment...so my DD and DSIL packed the last of my things, and brought everything up here, I came a month later. and here I am.

Ask me about Deep Vein Thrombosis....(DVT) I am the poster child. and btw, March is DVT Awareness month!

I couldn't really do much gardening for the first 2 yrs, because add a car wreck in there and a messed up knee, then when it was almost healed up, more knee damage and torn meniscus, but when I did get started, I was leaning on a cane..planting veggetables with a stiff leg, and then i found DG...and my gardening world opened up. again.

so...."DG has been velly, velly good for me" as a comic used to say.

i just walked the dog and the ground is SO soggy. what a mess under all this snow.

enjoy this day.
My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

Bread Basket
Gardening in Tennessee
Imagesheryl
Feb 23, 2010 11:05 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Wow, all three of you have really been through it all in the recent past. I wish for you a warm and glorious spring, with lots of Redbuds, Cherry blooms, and daffodils everywhere you look. To my experience, nothing heals like a day out in warm sunshine getting my nails irreparably dirty in my garden - even if I have to sit on a piece of cardboard to reach it!

Hugs and healing to all.

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