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#67524 Jun 15th, 2007 at 11:25 PM
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Hello,

I'm incredibly new to gardening (unless you count helping my mom transplant when I was a kid), and already feel like I have no clue what I'm doing, so I thought perhaps joining this forum and wandering around a bit could be helpful.

In hopes that perhaps someone reading my introduction could give me advice I thought I'd talk a bit about the property I'd like to make use of!

A month ago I moved into a new 2nd floor apartment here in Michigan with a wonderful deck that has flower boxes surrounding three of the perimeter walls of the deck -- half of it partly shaded (by a trellis), half of it full afternoon sun. So I thought maybe now would be a good time to start learning more about planting/gardening.

But, oh my, those flower boxes have given me grief. The dimensions of what I'm working with are: ~100ft long, 1.2 ft wide, and less than a foot deep. My landlord said it had been a few years since anyone had done any gardening. When I moved in, the entire thing was COVERED in some kind of moss. It had started growing in the folds of the plastic rim and in the crevises of the wood. I pulled (cut?) that all out, then tilled the soil. I ended up putting some of the moss bits at the very bottom of the boxes underneath the rest of the soil because otherwise I wasn't sure I had enough depth to plant. But anyway, I bought a few plants and a bunch of seeds & bulbs and since about mid-May, I've been planting.

Now here's my problem... I accidentally threw out some of my seed packets! I don't even entirely remember what I planted, but now I don't know how to tell the weeds from the seedlings!! I've been looking at pictures of common Michigan weeds along with pictures of what I *think* I bought, but I'm so confused!!

I know I planted alyssum and sweet pea, but I can't figure out what in my garden might be those. I also think I have an invasion of purslane (Portulaca oleracea), but I'm not certain. There's so many different things popping up I don't know what might be planted and what might be invading.

So, that's my background. I think I have a lot more reading to do to figure this out, so I might have to beg for the patience of those wiser than I am in the ways of the garden. I am happy to find this place, from what I've read so far it seems very helpful. Sorry this ended up longer than I planned!

Issy #67527 Jun 16th, 2007 at 03:08 AM
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once the true leaves emerge on the plant it will be possible to identify some. When they flower it will be possible to identify all of them. If you have a digital camera posting the pictures in the mystery room will help you get them identified quickly. If you don't have a camera you can still post a description there it isn't as good of an idea but it's been known to work.


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