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  1. Sloped Garden
  2. Short Grasses for Flagstone
  3. Low Maintenance, Full Sun Plants
  4. Evergreens for Full Shade
  5. This Is My Second Year Farming a Vegetable Garden
  6. Conservatory Plants
  7. Garden Pests
Asked by Anonymous on December 14, 2010
Sloped Garden

What are the best plants for big, sloped garden?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You have a couple options. One is to plant a ground cover. The nice thing about ground covers is you can buy one (or just dig up a bit at a friend's house) and it will spread on its own. This article should help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/gcgen/hill-ground-cover.htm

Another option includes vegetables: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/growing-a-vegtable-garden-on-a-hill.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on December 27, 2010
Short Grasses for Flagstone

I just put in a large flagstone patio and want to know the best short grass to plant between the flagstones. I do not want to ever have to mow.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by Anonymous on December 28, 2010
Low Maintenance, Full Sun Plants

Can you suggest shrub plants for tropical weather requiring little maintenance and water (for outdoors). I live in the Philippines.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This article should help you: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/xeriscape

Xeriscape plants are great plants that fit all those requirements.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 8, 2011
Evergreens for Full Shade

I am helping my parents landscape their new property. The previous owners didn’t plant anything. They want to landscape the north and west side of the house. The north side is full shade, and the west side is what I would call dappled to full shade. They live in Zone 5. If you don’t have any evergreen suggestions, do you have any suggestions for shrubs that would give winter interest? It’s rather drab where they live.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by farmerbrown on January 10, 2011
This Is My Second Year Farming a Vegetable Garden

I was trying to get a list of veggies and possible fruits to grow this spring. My family is not picky. We eat just about any fruit and veggie. I’m still learning, so any suggestions would be fine if you have any.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You might also want to start looking at catalogs. Frankly there are SO MANY things to grow, that it would be hard to list them all. My favorite vegetable seed catalogs are Seed Savers Exchange (http://www.seedsavers.org/CatalogRequest.aspx) and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (http://rareseeds.com/requestcatalog/). You can order the catalogs for free from their sites and then when you get them spend a good week dreaming of what can be possible in your garden this year. :)

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It’s usually better to grow vegetables that you and your family already enjoy in addition to those that are easier to grow. Beets, carrots, lettuce, radishes, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans are all good choices for beginners. Here's an article to get you started: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/vegetable-gardening-advice.htm

Melons are fairly easy to grow as well. This article should help you with that: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/melons/growing-melons.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 23, 2011
Conservatory Plants

What type of plant can I put in my conservatory, as it is cold in the winter and hot in the summer?

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mamama

cacti will be good, various types with and without flowers

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Asked by Anonymous on January 23, 2011
Garden Pests

We live in an area which has an abundance of wildlife (deer, rabbits and wood pigeons). My last attempt at developing a vegetable garden (6 years ago) was a disaster and EVERYTHING that I planted got eaten. Can you please suggest to me a list of vegetables that would survive these conditions (e. g. I believe that potatoes will not be touched by the wildlife).

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Unfortunately, there are no vegetables that are immune to these kinds of pests, especially deer. You may want to consider building an enclosed vegetable garden to keep them out.

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mhfvern@yahoo.com

I lived in Maryland for a while and people would build fences around their gardens to keep out the rabbits. The deer would need an extremely high fence, more that 4'.

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