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Nicole Manasco
Attended Augustana College
Lives in Quad Cities, IL
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Gardening questions  - 
 
Lavender question....
I live in Zone 5 and would like to grow a lavender hedge along our front entrance.  Any suggestions as to excellent lavender varieties?  #1 it has to have a good hedge shape (1-2ft tall would be ideal).  Reblooming would nice, but not necessary.  If you have a lavender hedge I'd love to see photos of your. 
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Thanks +Lynne Cherot!  I tried the two plants for a few years to make sure they would do OK before I invested in a hedge.  I've done some research on pruning and I think that will do the trick.  Hidcote is supposed to be a bit taller, so I might go with that, but it'll probably just depend on what's available at the nursery.  Thanks to both you and +Kathy Jentz 
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Edible gardening  - 
 
 
This is wonderful!  +Bob Manasco and I are biting the bullet and getting our edible landscaping going in the front yard this year (staring with an acid loving bed of azaleas, blueberries, and cranberries and wall border of sweet potatoes and rainbow chard) so I was looking for some inspiration.  I Love the stories that go along with the photos!
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Unloaded the composter yesterday.  The bottom half yielded two wheel barrows of beautiful black compost. Spread that out on our two raised beds and returned the rest of the material back to cook a little longer.  Hopefully with the remix and the warmer weather it might be done by the time we are ready to put the more tender stuff out.  Hoping to plant peas, radishes, and greens in the beds today.
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I've been seeing some good info on Straw Bale gardening this year.  Here's a great website I've found from someone who's been doing this since 2009.
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Nicole Manasco originally shared:
 
This is wonderful!  +Bob Manasco and I are biting the bullet and getting our edible landscaping going in the front yard this year (staring with an acid loving bed of azaleas, blueberries, and cranberries and wall border of sweet potatoes and rainbow chard) so I was looking for some inspiration.  I Love the stories that go along with the photos!
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Nicole Manasco originally shared:
 
This is wonderful!  +Bob Manasco and I are biting the bullet and getting our edible landscaping going in the front yard this year (staring with an acid loving bed of azaleas, blueberries, and cranberries and wall border of sweet potatoes and rainbow chard) so I was looking for some inspiration.  I Love the stories that go along with the photos!
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OMG +Nicole Manasco. We live in a similar neighborhood and even before we start tearing up the front yard to create a natives/edible garden we already got comments about some of the work we started doing (and how we do it!) when we bought the house. Out reply's are along the same lines as yours. The passive aggressive comments from neighbors do nothing but provide laughter for us. We still give neighbors fruits and veggies and say hi when they walk by.   
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Unloaded the composter yesterday.  The bottom half yielded two wheel barrows of beautiful black compost. Spread that out on our two raised beds and returned the rest of the material back to cook a little longer.  Hopefully with the remix and the warmer weather it might be done by the time we are ready to put the more tender stuff out.  Hoping to plant peas, radishes, and greens in the beds today.
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In a funny way for some... yes, black compost is beautiful for me too!
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Biologist, Mom, Digi-Scrapper, Crafter, Gardener, Reader
Introduction
Was a Spartan in high school and a Viking in college. Has worked for the Rock Island District for over 15 years.

My family is focused on faith, learning, gardening (along with preserving and consuming), music, theatre, and laughter.

Over the last year I have come to value Google+ and its members more than any other form of digital communication.  I have been inspired, challenged, uplifted, cheered, and taught by the incredible community I have found here.  I look forward to more years of NASA, photography, jokes, philosophy, reading suggestions, scrapbooking tips, and daily observations from and for all of you.

Education
  • Augustana College
    Biology, 1994 - 1998
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Longfield, McVay
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Biologist
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  • Biologist, 1996 - present
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Quad Cities, IL
Great Food! If you are on Kimerbly, drive right past Azteca and head to Los Agaves. Good food, good folks. It's not tex-mex, just good quality, mid-western mexican. Not really spicy, but great quailty ingredients. Anything that is cooked on the grill is great (like fajitas)! There is also one in Moline, across JDR from the mall.
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