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Old 03-11-2008, 01:52 PM   #1
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What are you planning for your kitchen garden this spring

I am excited this is the first year I will have my own garden. I have been living in apartments for the last 10yrs and have missed growing stuff and getting my hands in the dirt.

I only have small front and back yards the back (SW)will be for veggies and herbs. It will be mostly in containers thinking of starting with basics like tomatos kitchen herbs and squash eventually I would like to cut a pit in the concrete for a fig tree and maybe a grape vine.

Anybody have anything cool in the works for thier gardens this spring?

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Old 03-11-2008, 02:11 PM   #2
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We are optimistically planning on an "asian" garden...
Bok choy, napa cabbage, basil, daikon radishes, 3 types of greens, some
other herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and I forget what else.

Pray for our history setting drought to end soon, LOL!
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:22 PM   #3
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Tomatoes, peppers, herbs, I think that is about it unless we start some watermelon, cantaloupe, or honey dew for the kids later on.
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:26 PM   #4
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We are optimistically planning on an "asian" garden...
Bok choy, napa cabbage, basil, daikon radishes, 3 types of greens, some
other herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and I forget what else.

Pray for our history setting drought to end soon, LOL!
DH planted string beans, peas and onions this past weekend. This coming weekend, in will go various lettuces, spinach and garlic. When the lettuce and spinach are done, we'll do roma and Better Boy tomatoes and one or two heirloom varieties, tomatillos, cucumbers, bell peppers, hot peppers - not sure what else as far as veggies.

I have a fairly large herb garden - sage, bay laurel, rosemary, thyme, mint and lemon verbena are perennials here, so I already have those. And my tarragon survived! That was a surprise

The local chapter of the Herb Society of America has an annual sale in April, so I get annual herbs there - lots of sweet and Thai basil, flat-leaf parsley, a few others. I also want to get a Meyer lemon tree.

Luckily, we have a well, so even with the drought, we can water the garden as much as it needs.
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:49 PM   #5
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I have 1100 heirloom tomato seedlings in my sunroom even as we speak. Thirteen different varieties, plus some eggplants, perennial flowers, and herbs.

All but a couple dozen will be sold to benefit our local humane group.

I also ordered 4 hardy Kiwi plants. I understand that fruiting is kind of iffy here, because the season is a little too short, but the arbor will serve as a privacy barrier. Any fruit will be a bonus.
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:21 PM   #6
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Flat leaf parsley, cilantro,marjoram,basil,thyme,sage,chives,some onion sets, tomatoes,cucumbers,rosemary,and red lettuce and anything that catches my fancy at the nursery..
I already have 2 apple trees, 3 peaches, I nectarine, one white peach/white nectarine mix, grapes,we just put in a walnut, have a tangerine tree,and am seriously thinking of giving several artichoke plants a try again..

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Old 03-11-2008, 06:51 PM   #7
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I started my gardening hobby in containers a few years ago and have now moved up to raised beds. Tomato plants do well in containers but be sure they are good-sized containers. Bush cucumbers do well also. I have planted peas in window boxes and let them vine up trellis. Peppers also do very well as do green beans. If you have large wiskey barrel you can plant radishes and lettuce even carrots with your other plants.

This year I will be planting in my raised beds peas, onions, radishes, carrots, beets, lettuce and greeens next week. Later in the spring I'll plant heirloom tomatos, (Polish Linguisa and Brandywine), peppers, zuchinin and crook-neck squash, runner beans and green/yellow/purple beans. I have grown all of these in containers at one time. So if you have the sun, anything is possible. Just remember containers can dry out quickly.

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Old 03-11-2008, 06:59 PM   #8
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I was just out weeding the herb garden and I have Greek oregano and chives out there, too And I want to get some lemongrass this year, since I want to start working on my Thai curry skills Cilantro just bolts to seed here
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:22 PM   #9
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We always put in tomatoes, cucumbers and green onions. I also have a large crop of rhubarb. My son-in-law always keeps us supplied with sweet corn( the peaches and cream kind). Oh my goodness, it is so good.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:04 AM   #10
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While I do like to put in a large regular vegetable garden every year, I ALWAYS plant a few things in large containers on the deck in the event that any/all of the critters around here decide to throw a veggie buffet party. That way I still have something to rely on - lol! Plus, it's nice to able to step out the door to pick something if it's rainy or dark without having to traipse out to the hinterlands.

My "deck kitchen garden" necessities consist of several different tomato varieties (cherry, slicer, paste), several different peppers (hot & sweet), several different eggplants (Italian & Asian), several okra plants (the flowers are lovely), along with various herbs - Italian flat-leaf parsley, several basils (lemon, lime, & regular), sage, rosemary, thyme (regular & lemon).

Once in awhile I'll sow some greens & beans in deck pots, but for the most part, everything else goes out in the regular garden.
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