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Posted on: Mar 5, 2015 02:53PM

MagicalBean wrote:

I'm still under a ton of snow, and it's only 9 degrees today, but I just signed up for our county's Master Gardening program. Now I can't wait to dig in the dirt.

I have little knowledge and hope these classes help. I love flowers and plants but do not have a clue what to do with them. I'd love to hear from others who enjoy this hobby.

Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 9/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/27/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 5, 2015 03:40PM glennie19 wrote:


How exciting!  I have a friend who is a Master Gardener.  I love messing around with plants.  Some make it and others don't,,,,,  I try to find ones that are tolerant to this climate and hope for the best!

Fibromyalgia and Truncal Lymphedema,,, some of the fun things I live with. Total hysterecomy 9/29/14 Prophy MX Righty 11/30/17 Dx 6/27/2013, Paget's, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx DCIS
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Mar 5, 2015 04:38PM lbrewer wrote:

I used to love to garden too. But I don't have the strength in my arm anymore after treatment. It's one thing I miss most

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Mar 5, 2015 06:37PM MagicalBean wrote:

glennie-hoping for the best has always been my method too. But, now that I'm retired, I need to get moving and I think this will be a way to get exercise and learn something.

lbrewer-I'm sorry you've had to give it up. Do you have house plants? I have a few, but we have 6 cats so few plants survive their antics.


Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 9/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/27/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 5, 2015 11:06PM Meow13 wrote:

I am wallowing in moss. I filled 2 recycle bins already. I planted 4 new rose bushes. Gardening is great I imagine each weed I pull is like working at destroying cancer.

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Mar 6, 2015 01:27AM Ariom wrote:

I love my garden too, but I have been fighting the birds, for the fruit off my trees, during this Australian Summer. One of my favorite things is my vegetable patch full of herbs and salad greens.

Dx Mondors Disease (cording) after Umx and "Dog Ear" removed 14 months post UMx .................. The Dx shuffles you like a deck of cards and then deals you a new hand! Dx 11/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/18/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right
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Mar 6, 2015 07:47AM 70charger wrote:

Living on an acreage, I don't think I have a choice lol. I have a few flower gardens. Fruit & veggie gardens as well. I scaled back on the veggie garden last year to recuperate yet still managed to put down 405 cups of fruit & veggies in the freezer.

Dx 7/11/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/9/2013 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 8/9/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Dx 8/21/2013, DCIS, 2cm, Grade 3 Chemotherapy 9/11/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/13/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 6, 2015 08:43AM corgi09 wrote:

We had 11 inches of snow yesterday and I feel bad I haven't been able to get to my grasses to cut them back. I actually work in a garden center, no expert but with access to them. I start back next week. I could field a few questions if we're not too busy.

Dx 10/8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 6, 2015 10:06AM MagicalBean wrote:

Meow-I like your take on weed-pulling. I will be doing that if the snow ever leaves us.

My yard is very small. There is a ratty looking perennial garden in the front and not much else. Container gardens intrigue me and I'd like to give that a try. I can't wait 'til we can share successes.

Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 9/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/27/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 6, 2015 07:45PM Monis wrote:

Unlike you folks on the east coast, here in Oregon we're having an unusually warm winter. No snow to speak of, and it's supposed to be 70 degrees this weekend! I've got my veggie garden started already with lettuce, spinach, and kale. Garlic has sprouted. Strawberry plants are starting to grow. I put seed in the ground for peas and radishes last week. May plant potatoes this weekend. My garden is enclosed by a tall 7-8' fence all around, so the deer don't eat everything. We have a few fruit trees too, which we've put wire cages around. Somehow they still got all the apples off my tree and didn't leave us a single one! I'll have to take some pictures of my garden soon. When I'm working in my garden I'm in my element.

Monica --- Age 46 @ DX. Oncotype DX : 8 Dx 10/21/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/8/2013 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/12/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 2/11/2014 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 7/29/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction
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Mar 7, 2015 07:58AM MagicalBean wrote:

Monica-you are one lucky lady. Can't wait to see pics-my garden is under feet of snow at the moment-but it should get near 50 by mid week.


Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 9/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/27/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 7, 2015 04:41PM corgi09 wrote:

Monica, that is an inspiration for when the weather gets better. We have 2 raised 4x6 beds that we plant tomatoes in and a 4 tiered 1x4 for carrots and peas and peppers. We have a large flower bed and I'm always adding more. I want to make a cold frame this year to jump start things.

Dx 10/8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 8, 2015 04:14AM Ariom wrote:

This was taken in my garden this week, we are just going into Autumn here and this is a huge Fig tree that the birds are enjoying. These guys have already cleaned out the pear and Apple tree and all my time in the garden recently has been taken up, with cleaning up after them.


Dx Mondors Disease (cording) after Umx and "Dog Ear" removed 14 months post UMx .................. The Dx shuffles you like a deck of cards and then deals you a new hand! Dx 11/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/18/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right
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Mar 8, 2015 10:44AM MagicalBean wrote:

Ariom-what kind of birds are they? They are so colorful. This picture made me smile.

Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 9/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/27/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 8, 2015 10:03PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Hi ladies- I was talking to someone about whether there is a gardening thread here, and went looking tonight and here you! I am going to join the bandwagon with you, as I am starting to get out to prepare my yard and gardens as the first green things begin to pick up. I love spending time in the yard and gardens spring, summer and fall.

I live in the southwest, so it is a LONG spring here with things unfolding from end of February until the end of May. Today I was out doing some pruning and clearing out of the garden beds and so looking forward to being able to start planting (pansies can go in by early April!) Our fruit trees in the area are starting to bloom just this past week.

I look forward to sharing my gardening tips, tricks and experiences with you. I take lots of pics of my blooms and will share those too!

Here is a photo taken today of my flowering gopher plant. One of the first things that blooms!



Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 8, 2015 10:05PM glennie19 wrote:


wow, never heard of a gopher plant. What a lovely flower!

Fibromyalgia and Truncal Lymphedema,,, some of the fun things I live with. Total hysterecomy 9/29/14 Prophy MX Righty 11/30/17 Dx 6/27/2013, Paget's, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx DCIS
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Mar 8, 2015 10:08PM - edited Mar 8, 2015 10:09PM by Jazzygirl

Glennie- they are common here in the southwest and get really huge! They call them a gopher plant as the animals don't really find them very tasty (gophers, rabbits, etc.)

I had to cut mine back last year, so it is filling out again but here is a photo of it in full splendor a few years ago!

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 9, 2015 12:28AM Monis wrote:

Don't have any gopher plants in my gardens, but I do have plenty of gophers!


Monica --- Age 46 @ DX. Oncotype DX : 8 Dx 10/21/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/8/2013 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/12/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 2/11/2014 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 7/29/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction
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Mar 9, 2015 12:50AM Ariom wrote:

MagicalBean, they are Rainbow Lorikeets and the trees can be covered in them, they are very noisy and very messy, but beautiful to look at!

Dx Mondors Disease (cording) after Umx and "Dog Ear" removed 14 months post UMx .................. The Dx shuffles you like a deck of cards and then deals you a new hand! Dx 11/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/18/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right
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Mar 9, 2015 01:03AM GG27 wrote:

Great subject! I love my garden! Spent the last 2 days out there, pulling weeds and spreading mulch. We didn't have much of a winter this year, boy are we going to be in trouble for water this summer, there is no snow pack at all.

I took some pics of things coming up a couple of weeks ago, lots more up now. I live on one of the Gulf Islands, we are a bit warmer & drier than Vancouver or Seattle. Cheers, Dee

Sorry that last one is so big!

Love the gopher plant, never heard of it! And the birds are absolutely beautiful, but I can see them being a bit of a pest.

Dx 10/2008, IDC, Both breasts, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/8/2009 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 2/1/2009 Other Radiation Therapy 7/5/2009 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 5/14/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 9/20 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy Doxil (doxorubicin)
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Mar 9, 2015 01:09AM Ariom wrote:

Gorgeous flowers Dee! Yes the birds can be veryy destructive, but not as bad as the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, they can strip the timber off your verandah!

Dx Mondors Disease (cording) after Umx and "Dog Ear" removed 14 months post UMx .................. The Dx shuffles you like a deck of cards and then deals you a new hand! Dx 11/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/18/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right
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Mar 9, 2015 08:03AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Hi Monis- good to see you here! Smile

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 9, 2015 09:35AM - edited Jan 10, 2018 09:22PM by Teka

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Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done.
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Mar 9, 2015 09:25PM MagicalBean wrote:

Wow. Everyone's pictures are so refreshing. I took a couple of my tiny yard to share. Might see the ground by April.

Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 9/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/27/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 10, 2015 12:46AM Monis wrote:

I just can't even imagine having that much snow. I wish we got a little this year Bawling

Monica --- Age 46 @ DX. Oncotype DX : 8 Dx 10/21/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/8/2013 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/12/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 2/11/2014 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 7/29/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction
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Mar 10, 2015 06:52AM MagicalBean wrote:

It's been a really cold winter this year. Everyone is dreading what lies beneath. I hope the snow provided enough insulation.

Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 9/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/27/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 10, 2015 08:44AM - edited Jan 10, 2018 09:47PM by Teka

I no longer wrap the trunks of 2 small malus almey flowering crabapple trees. Hope mice didn't chew the bark under the snow.

Daughter took the following robin photo.

A flock of 6 robins.

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I took the following 2 photos of a bald eagle near a local library!

The tree is located on the bank of the East Branch of the Ausable River.

Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done.
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Mar 10, 2015 06:00PM - edited Mar 10, 2015 06:01PM by Jazzygirl

Hi ladies- I was at ACE hardware today getting some birdseed and other supplies and found these cool watering bulbs for pots. I usually have a number of potted plants in my yard and gardens, but of course, it is a challenge when I travel as it requires someone to come water them when I am away in the warmer weather months. I always thought it would be great to have something that might be good that could help to self water and found these pretty glass watering bulbs today. Picture of one of them that is blue, the other one I bought is orange. They were $8 each, and will let you know how they work!

They had all kinds of great flats of flowers there including pansies that I SO want to plant, but still a bit early. By early April (easter weekend), I should be able to put some in the pots out front, but still a wee bit too soon. It is in the mid 60s today and their are butterflies everywhere. Spring is definitely moving in now!



Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 10, 2015 06:31PM GG27 wrote:

Jazzygirl, I would have thought that you could be able to plant pansies, I've had mine in since last fall & they are blooming, and we are nowhere near 60f. I've used those watering bulbs, they are ok, especially for plants that need even dampness. GG

Dx 10/2008, IDC, Both breasts, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/8/2009 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 2/1/2009 Other Radiation Therapy 7/5/2009 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 5/14/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 9/20 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy Doxil (doxorubicin)
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Mar 10, 2015 06:45PM Jazzygirl wrote:

GG- I probably can but always risky, we can still get hard freezes here in March and big late season dumps of snow. The one year I tried it earlier, my pansies did not make it. March can be really unpredictable with really warm days, but then we will get a huge swings with plummeting temps. Just happened a week or so ago. So I guess I am just being safe about it. Plus I am going away end of the month, so better to do when I am home and can keep things watered.

Glad you have used the watering bulbs and had good experience with them!

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 11, 2015 09:51PM ddfair wrote:

Ariom

I built a frame using pvc pipe and covered it with bird netting to keep the damn birds out of my blueberries. I worked way too hard to have a garden to share any of it with birds! 

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