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Preparing to garden - any suggestions on ordering plants?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 12, 2007 04:37PM
I live in Brooklyn and don't have a car which presents a challenge to buying plants. Can anyone suggest places to mail order from? I'm looking for some vines to grown on chain link fences and flowering plants that grow well in the shade.

I'll probably end up taking a trip out to long island to buy some plants as well.



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Re: Preparing to garden - any suggestions on ordering plants?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: March 12, 2007 05:18PM
Plastic. They're hardier and generate less work. smiling smiley

Sorry. I went outside a little while ago and told the neighbor to go back indoors and quit working in the yard. I'm not ready for winter to end yet and am dreading all forms of yardwork for the coming seven or eight months.
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Re: Preparing to garden - any suggestions on ordering plants?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 12, 2007 05:35PM
If you have drivers license and a Home Depot nearby, you might see if they loan/rent their trucks to haul your purchase home.



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Re: Preparing to garden - any suggestions on ordering plants?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: March 12, 2007 05:54PM
You can get the little starter plastic greenhouses for about $10 for the 72 plant size. Then a couple of bags of seed would run you another $5. That could be shipped right to your door. Would take longer to get started though. Something like this:

[doitbest.com]
I just bought the 72 and the 24 and hope to get them started soon.

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Re: Preparing to garden - any suggestions on ordering plants?
Posted by: billb
Date: March 12, 2007 06:55PM
You need nursery catalogues !
They begin arriving in Jan. :-)

Miller [www.millernurseries.com] is upstate in the Finger Lakes.
Only name I could think of local. All my catalogues are home. There's a big one in Pa..


Clematis (not cheap) would be good on a 8 foot chain link fence.
Tries to grow upright, so you'd have to tie it horizontally.
Plant at the fence pole. The stem where it comes out of the ground is more tender than it looks. Breaks easily. Any fence movement would break a stem. So does a lawn mower and kids shoes.

I could send some Hostas (gret shade plant) bare-root when the ground thaws and I can get the over-Winter pots out of the ground. Green and white variegated. I have way too many. I divided one plant last year and got 23 out of it. I have about 15 more to dig up and divide.
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Re: Preparing to garden - any suggestions on ordering plants?
Posted by: steve...
Date: March 12, 2007 11:29PM
The GardenWeb Forums are a good place to get information. They have forums for all kinds of plants and subjects as well as locations. Here is one I found for Metro New York: [ny.gardenweb.com]









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Re: Preparing to garden - any suggestions on ordering plants?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 13, 2007 12:52AM
I find GardenWeb to be hit or miss. That new york forum has had three threads since the new year.

Honestly, I'm getting better information here. Go us!



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Re: Preparing to garden - any suggestions on ordering plants?
Posted by: GeneH
Date: March 13, 2007 01:33AM
There are a slew of good seed and plant companies to be found on the web. Almost all have extensive online catalogs of both. You can also order their seeds, plants, print catalogs online. Google them. Some of the ones you might consider are the following:

White Flower Farm - Litchfield, CT.
Burpee Gardening - Warminster, PA.
Bluestone Perennials - Madison, OH.
Dutch Gardens - Burlington, VT.
Wayside Gardens - Hodges, SC.
Park Seeds - Greenwood, SC.

For vines, you can hardly go wrong with Morning Glories. Try Crimson Glory or Scarlett O'Hara for reds, Heavenly Blue for blues. There are also purple and white varieties also. Very easy to grow. Prolifically self-seeding, in fact almost too hard to get rid of later.

Check your local Home Depot, Lowes, or any nearby hardware store also. Likewise the local drug stores.



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Re: Preparing to garden - any suggestions on ordering plants?
Posted by: GeneH
Date: March 13, 2007 01:48AM
Just adding links to the above.

[www.whiteflowerfarm.com]
[www.burpee.com]
[www.bluestoneperennials.com]
[www.dutchgardens.com]
[www.waysidegardens.com]
[www.parkseed.com]

These are easily some of the best seed and plant companies around. Some are a bit pricey though (Wayside).

Hope this helps.



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