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Garden Zone: 2-3

Plants in my Garden: lavender, roses, Wormwood, Liliac, White Ash tree, oregano, thyme, parsley, chives, Pine, spearmint

Favorite Aspect of Gardening: in the dirt

If I'm not in my garden, I can usually be found: watching the sunset or sunrise

Occupation: retired, Sunday School teacher, volunteer


Location: Northern Nevada
Member Since: 9/2/2009
Last Seen: 1530 days, 1 hour ago
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About barbarasherbbasket

Decided to update my profile. I live in Nevada now in the high desert. Have lived in New York, Southern California, Oregon on a ranch, went back to California but Northern this time, back to New York on Long Island, back to Northern California and now Nevada. Love it here. Never thought I would like the desert but it turns out that was wrong thinking. Gardening here is very different. My sister replanted her garden three times this year. Lost the first two to frost and weird weather. I did some window gardening of roses and herbs and still am continuing on that but you get nasty bugs on the herbs when they are indoors here. They are tiny, dark bugs and have wings. My backyard was infested with them and sprayed them with soapy water to no avail. The soil here is alkaline. It loves coffee grounds, peat moss, pine needles and I learned to put a handful of dog food in with huge amounts of potting soil! In California, if you put in potting soil, your plants died or did not fair well. The soil there was acid. Boy am I learning a lot. Next year will be my first real attempt at a big garden and pumpkins. Pumpkins and squash do wonderful here. So does Sage and Lavender. The sage plants are gigantic and so pretty. It will be a whole new learning experience and living in a small town where people actually chat with you, I am accumulating lots of gardening facts. I have been a strong Christian for almost 40 years, love my church and church family, and this little town. I am blessed!

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Our garden
The wind has been howling for days and we have not been able to turn over the soil or pull the huge weeds in our garden. My sister did buy seeds today and is hoping we will get them in before the end of the month. It is a very late start but we have ...

About the Borage plant
It seems the pink blossoms turn purple after a few hours! Since these are the first blossoms, guess I did not notice them in the first few hours. Bill Mitchell says it is supposed to taste like cucumber...maybe I have the wrong seeds in the seed pack...

The small window garden
The green basil is doing well and so is the parsley. The borage has gone crazy and is taking over the tiny garden. Gorgeous purple flowers though. The plant tastes like fish...old fish... so will only plant it for the flowers and have it outside. You...

Just to keep in touch...
Hi, All,Very cold and cloudy today and we may get snow again. From my window, I can see the close by low mountains dusted with snow and the bare limbed trees reaching for the sky. Even with the cloudiness, the view is so beautiful.The window garden i...

The snow has melted but...
There is more snow coming! The surrounding hills still have snow and it is so pretty. We are due to get more tomorrow or Friday.  It probably won't last long either as Spring is around the corner and we do not usually keep it long here. The trees are...