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Old 02-11-2011, 10:16 AM   #1
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Nearly that time again.

I've just started looking around for this year's seed orders and thought "Strewth, is it really getting to that time again?" We have had very high winds which have done a lot of damage in our gardens this year so I will have to replace some trees and shrubs. I will be growing all the usual culprits, veg, toms, herbs, grapes, apricots, etc. The work is so worth it when a trip down the garden gives you dinner isn't it? What will you be growing this year?


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Old 02-11-2011, 12:04 PM   #2
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We will be growing tomatoes ,three kinds of squash. Blue Lake green beans cantalope, Watermellon. We still have carrots, lettuce Chicory root and cabbage ,Beets and red cabbage still in the garden. Had a lovely winter garden this year.


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Old 02-12-2011, 12:38 PM   #3
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Garlic, slicing tomatoes, roma tomatoes, peas, peppers, lettuces, green onions, some cucumbers, no beans for a year, corn, herbs, especially basil and dill, and some odd things, eggplant (I've had no luck with this), melons (no luck here either), a few turnips, rutabagas, radishes, kolerobi (sp?), no tomatillas for a year, one zucchini, one pumpkin. Please don't show me a seed catalog, or my list will double.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:10 PM   #4
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This will be my first attempt at gardening and I'm intimidated! My neighbor has lived here for 40 years and she said we get some nasty bugs that have ruined her garden and she gave up trying so I'm still trying to map out my plan. If I have to fend off too many insects, it might be worth it for me to just stick with the farmers market.

I'm researching seeds for green beans, a few herbs, and ingredients for salsa-a staple for me lol. Tomatoes, green onions, a few peppers, and garlic should do. If I grow enough to make my own salsa I'll be satisfied. I plan on using the county's kitchen to can as much as I can.

I'm still trying to do the cost benefit vs. time and effort analysis and only plant stuff I think we'll really eat that'll make it worth it for me to put the energy into this. I'm also thinking maybe some type of leafy green?
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:15 PM   #5
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My whole backyard is only 16' x 14', so mostly herbs. Green onions, maybe some beets, 'cause the ones at the store always have nicks in the skin.

I'm so jealous of people with larger yards.
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:04 AM   #6
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I have to admit that I do it for the sheer joy of doing it and never even think about the energy I put into it or whether it is worth it. I just love the achievement and having food from garden to table in minutes.
My garden isn't very big but I make up for that by using lots of hanging baskets and pots and tubs around the main planting spaces. I have a small greenhouse with shelves in it and I put every available inch of it to use.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:24 AM   #7
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We have started the flats of leeks, celery, and peppers (hot and sweet). We will be growing tomatoes--heirloom and Romas. Summer squash (zucchini, party pan, mallows), winter squash (acorn, butternut, buttercup), sweet corn, potatoes, onions (garlic in the fall), kohlrabi, kale (lots of kale!), broccoli, eggplant, cauliflower, swiss chard, some japanese veggies, beets, carrots, peas, beans (pole, wax, bush), cukes (slicing and pickling), celeriac, rhutabega <sp>, parsnips, tomatillos (whether we want them or not--self-seed), pumpkins, lettuce, radishes and herbs (dill, parsley, thyme, summer and winter savories, coriander, sage, rosemary, lemon grass, french tarragon, lavender, oregano (perennial), marjoram, basil (4-5 varieties), chives). Canteloupe (hopefully these will work this year--didn't last year). We have several garden plots that total over 2000 sq. feet. We raw feed the dogs, so we use a fair amount for doggie veggies. I have probably forgotten some of the root vegetables...we're trying a new variety of peppers (Blue Jay--purple peppers) and Violet Queen cauliflower (purple).

We have raspberries (black), blackberries, saskatoon berries, bush blueberries, rhubarb, and strawberries, as well as some pear and apple trees and high-bush cranberry trees. I hoping to add apricot trees if I can find ones from Manitoba because they are supposed to be hardy here. If I can find horseradish root, I'll add some of that. And, I've been investigating growing morel, oyster, and shitake mushrooms...Good thing my DH is retired. I don't have time to handle all the produce. We mulch between the rows with grass clippings so the weeding is not as overwhelming as one would think.

I love growing kohlrabi. I plant successive plantings. My favorite is the purple, but I like anything purple <g>.

Although not vegetarians, we pretty much produce enough veggies (although my DH would say potatoes are NOT a veggie) to last the winter and until the next harvest season. I still have about 30# of potatoes from last year (we had about 150#). I'd love to try sweet potatoes, but I don't think our growing season is long enough. Our first frost is usually around the 21st of September. And, if I can find some, Jerusalem artichoke...
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:57 AM   #8
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I just planted my spring garden. Although I think I've planted too early this year. We've had 2 storms come through southern Cali
In the last 3-4 weeks since I planted my garden. The squash and some of the tomatoes aren't doing so well. Did I start too early? It was nice out. Hm.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:44 PM   #9
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I am SO excited!

I live in the city, which is fairly crowded. About three blocks from our home, there are city farm garden plots. At that point in the road, one would not know they are smack-dab in the center of a city! I always see people gardening when I drive to or from work. The plots are about 150 square feet, come with water. Hoses, wood chips and leaf compost are also available. There is a small fee for a key to the garden lock and the plot rental is $20/year.

Last year, I inquired and was told that they would place me on a waiting list. I was also told that the list would likely take two years to get to my name. Well, today, we were called to ask if I wanted a plot! I have NO idea what I am doing except writing a check for my plot as soon as I get my contract.

The garden is on the edge of a park. I cannot wait to see where my spot is! Here are some pictures of the road in front of the city farm and some of the actual garden...supplied by Google Maps.

I'm pouring through websites to see where I should start, etc.
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