Gardening tips anyone?

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I just moved into my new home and I tilled up a spot for a garden. I want to grow all different kinds of things: tomatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, green beans, corn, etc. I also want to put out some flower beds.
1. What are some hearty flowers I can plant that survive in somewhat cold to very hot temperatures? (I live in Central Missouri.)
2. What can I do to keep critters and bugs out of my garden?
3. Any secrets to growing healthy, big produce?

I found this site recently which has some great gardening tips on it.

Enjoy!

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  1. David W Says:

    sFor the garden, I mix compost in and horse fertilizer in the spring, til it up, and always have had great produce, flowers, up to your flavor, I plant in seasons, the spring one are done then the perennials take over, so it is always a blooming feature,
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  2. donmustard@sbcglobal.net Says:

    water,de weed, and enjoy!
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  3. lori.leland Says:

    I live in a way different area from you, so I don't want to comment too much on plants. But for bugs, I do a perimeter spray around my whole yard of a basic spray bug killer that gets spiders and aphids – which are the two problem bugs, and I do that in very early spring. I started doing this after my first year gardening when we got tons of aphids and found several black widows. Another thing that's helped me is to have some different bug sprays on hand. That way, as soon as I noticed aphids on my roses this year, I knocked them out that same day, and didn't allow them to eat my plant for a week before I could get to the store. The kinds of bugs you're going to have to avoid will depend on the plants you get. But just so you know, I've always used generic brand, inexpensive bug killer. It kills the bad bugs and the ladybugs are still doing great. Price or brand name of the pesticide has not made a difference in my experience.
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  4. Kimberly C Says:

    Hi:
    First of all you were great on preparing your garden by tilling. Preparation of a garden or any landscape area is critical in having healthy plants.

    There are a lot of different flower that will grow in your new area. Besides tilling before you plant, add some organic mushroom compost to your soil. This is an organic fertilizer that will last up to one year. It doesn't smell great, but your plants will love it.

    I will link you to the plant gallery section of my website. Browse through as there is a page on annual flowers and perennials flowers that you might be interested in. I will also link you to the variety of more plants, as there are other options for you to consider. I will also link you to the site map, as this page has everything that is on the website. Browse through and see if you can find any other information that may help you with your garden and landscaping around your new home.

    Stay of a good watering schedule once you have planted and you can spray for bugs and weed periodically. A little trick is to take an old cookie sheet and shield each plant as you stray. This will protect your plants. I have a page in the simple solutions section on spraying. Good luck to you and have a great day!
    Kimberly

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  5. James Q Says:

    The best secret to growing great vegetables is to nurture them.
    Plants are similar to a child in that for it to develop to it's best potential, it must receive the correct amount and manner of care, training, feeding, watering etc…. To develop a really nice vegetable garden you must put time and effort into it. The plants must have moist soil, they cannot be allowed to dry out, but at the same time not drowned either…generally speaking an inch per week. The soil needs to be prepared so the plant will thrive…the pH should be approx. neutral so that the plants are able to access the nutrients in the soil. The soil needs to have a healthy amount of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium in it to stimulate roots, leaf and "fruit" production. Soil test kits are available for about $10. Grass must also be kept away from the vegetables…grass is competition and vegetables use up valuable nutrients/energy in fighting grass for food. With the proper care and nurture, plants can't help but thrive. Hope this helps.
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  6. Dew Says:

    Congrat on the new Home!!
    Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow' (globe thistle)
    This perennial grows up to four feet tall and produces deep green, spiny foliage and blue, globe-shaped summer flowers.
    USDA Zones 5—10.
    Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' (appleblossom grass)
    This native perennial cultivar offers bright white blossoms on three-foot arching red stems from May to September.
    Zones 5—10.
    Dianthus petraeus ssp. noeanus (garden pink)
    A ten-inch-tall perennial with needlelike leaves, it bears fragrant, white, snowflake-shaped flowers in midsummer.
    Zones 5—8.
    Container B:
    Agastache rupestris (licorice mint hyssop)
    This three-foot-tall perennial produces finely textured, licorice-scented gray foliage and rosy-orange summer flowers.
    Zones 4—9.
    Santolina chamaecyparissus (gray santolina)
    A 1½-foot evergreen perennial with aromatic silver-gray foliage, gray santolina bears bright yellow buttonlike flowers in summer.
    Zones 5—10.
    Portulaca grandiflora 'Sunnyside Flame' (moss rose)
    This trailing, semisucculent annual grows eight inches tall and blooms all summer long with double orange blossoms.
    Container C:
    Centranthus ruber var. coccineus (Jupiter's beard)
    This three-foot-tall woody perennial bears clusters of rose-red star-shaped flowers atop relaxed, fleshy gray-green stems from spring to frost.
    Zones 4—9.
    Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Superior' (lavender)
    This semiwoody perennial grows up to 15 feet tall and offers fragrant deep violet-blue flowers from June to August.
    Zones 5—10.
    Origanum libanoticum (oregano)
    A 1¼-foot ornamental perennial herb with wiry stems and aromatic foliage, it bears hoplike bracts and tiny, drooping rose-pink flowers from summer to fall.
    Zones 5—10.

    You have worked for many hours on planning, preparing and planting your garden. Only to have those annoying pests then move in and destroy what you worked so hard to build up. Insects can damage your plants within a matter of hours once they’ve found the fruits of your labor.

    The best way to control these bugs is to keep them out of your garden to begin with. There are many pesticides that you can use to keep the bugs away, but you need to make sure they’re safe to use.

    Some of the sprays can be harmful to the health of other animals and possibly small children. You want to get rid of these pests, but make sure you don’t get rid of all of them, since there are some you actually want to keep in your garden.

    Some of these helpful pests, such as ladybugs and spiders, feed on the annoying insects that damage your plants. They’re essentially the best bodyguards one could have for their garden.

    One of the best ways to control the insects and pests that damage the plants in your garden is by allowing helpful pests in that will drive those harmful ones away or eat them.

    By planting inviting plants or “homes” for the helpful insects, you can keep the harmful ones at bay quite efficiently. Check with your local gardening center on which plants attract the good pests.

    Another thing to keep in mind is to keep your garden clean. The harmful pests are often attracted to piles of leaves, grass cuttings and dense spots of weeds. These pests can thrive in those areas, so weed your garden regularly and clean up the leaves and grass cuttings that find their way into your garden.

    Some organic gardeners use a hot pepper wax that they lightly spray on the leaves of their plants. The oils from the spicy contents of this wax wards off the harmful insects and other pests as well.

    The wax solution is safe for your plants and doesn’t affect the produce at all, so don’t worry about “spicing” up your vegetables. As long as you properly clean them before consuming them, you won’t notice any residue.

    There are some plants that give off a scent that repels those bugs and keeps them away from your precious produce. Such plants – like marigolds and the borage herb plant – are very effective at keeping those pests away from your tomato plants. Plant them nearby and watch your tomato plants grow to be healthy and robust.

    Every gardener wants to see their garden thrive after putting in a lot of hours of hard work and dedication into it. No one wants to see that labor go down the drain by losing their plants to those annoying pests that move into your garden.

    Before planting your garden, do your research and find the best companion plants to repel the annoying pests and the ones that invite the good insects in according to your geographic location.
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  7. Peter C Says:

    I found this site recently which has some great gardening tips on it.

    Enjoy!
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    http://www.thecaringgardener.com

  8. jt c Says:

    Grow day lily, peony, and iris.
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    "gardens for beginners"
    http://www.geocities.com/mastergardener2k

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