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Old 03-01-2007, 09:22 AM   #11
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I have a very small garden that is parallel to our back fence. It's rectangular and I can walk through the middle. On each side I have 4- 3x3 plots, separated by 2x4s and at the end, the plot for tomatos is about 12' long and 3' deep.

Yesterday I planted 2 of the plots. In one, I have a row of radishes, carrots and beets. The other one has eggplant, chard and leeks.

I have loosely based this on the book Square Foot Gardening. We don't want a ton of veggies and this is mainly for my entertainment, watching the garden grow is so cool to me.

This is only my 2nd year. Last year I had one plot about 6x5 and got such a kick out of it that Mr HB built this over the winter out of 2x4s and has a rabbit fence around it.

btw, as soon as we finished the 2 areas, we gathered up the tools and put everything away. We came back outside and there were big black birds pecking away. Now I need a scarecrow.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:26 AM   #12
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I'm a big fan of wide-row "intensive" gardening rather than the regular narrow row system. I manage to squeeze tons of stuff into a smaller amount of space, & find I get much larger crops to boot.

I grow everything & anything that interests me, & always try something new every year.
Breezy, what is wide-row "intensive' gardening?
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:18 AM   #13
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About to move into a run-down small holding. I've ordered my seeds - probably way too many for my first year. Or more to the point, way too many for the amount of digging I'll be able to get my partner to do given that the land hasn't been worked for nigh on 30 years and has been compacted down by goats and sheep as far as I can tell.

I'm going to try growing shallots from seed. Perhaps too ambitious. What I'd really like to grow, however, are the tiny little Italian onions that are just perfect for beef stew of any kind, but I'm going to leave those for next year. Another moderately unusual vegetable I'll be growing is Romanescu, a fractal cauli-type vegetable that is as good to look at as it is to eat.

I'm a great pea fan, so among all my assorted seeds I've ordered marrow fat peas, petits pois, mangetout and asparagus peas.

One thing that will shock any locals is that I'm going to grow sweetcorn. It's regarded as animal feed here rather than as a delight for humans.

Edited: here's a link to a picture of Romanescu taken by someone totally unknown to me: Romanescu Cauliflower on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Hope I'm allowed to post this here. Anyway, not fractal according to the photographer but a fine example of the Fibonacci sequence. I've never seen a Romanescu quite as yellow as this - he's probably enhanced the image to pick out the swirls. Very pretty, either way.
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:49 AM   #14
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Hey YT, is that netting on the first bed? Trying to keep something out?? You have a nice looking garden!
yeah, there`s a line of Garlic along the middle, but I have all salad type plants on either side, and the net stops the pigeons eating it when growing, and other birds from eating the seeds planted
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:12 PM   #15
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Unfortunately, we are currently under a winter storm warning and have received about 3 ft of snow in the last 2 weeks so my garden is just a dream right now! I do appreciate we are getting it as it (moisture in the ground) will help everything through the summer but I'm ready for spring.

I am, however, getting ready to start tomatoes and peppers inside.
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Old 03-01-2007, 04:44 PM   #16
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Last year I created a container garden. The couple years preceding, I had a garden spot plowed, but the weather wasn't conducive to producing a good crop. Since I'm cooking for one these days, I don't need to plant a lot, but still enjoy gardening and home-grown vegetables.

I think I'll do the container garden again this year. I'll probably plant tomatoes, chives and whatever else will fit in the space I have.

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Old 03-02-2007, 08:25 AM   #17
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Here is a link to a photograph of the interior of my greenhouse, in the members' photo section.
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Old 03-03-2007, 10:26 PM   #18
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Oh, gee. All I want is a tomatoe. A real tomato. I'll plant peppers and cukes, and my herb garden takes care of itself. But I'm dying for a real, honest-to-God tomato. It'll be months before I can even think of planting one, much less harvesting them. I have a friend who is dying for a mint julep from my garden. That is a closer goal. Lovely gardens, by the way. Mine is still under snow. My puppy is peeing in my herb garden. I cannot bring myself to punish her (I call her a puppy, in reality she's geriatric and lost her mommy this year) You guys won't tell anyone, will you?
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:12 AM   #19
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Claire, I was under the impression that the nitrogen in pee was good for the soil. Your dog probably thinks she's doing you a favour!
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Old 03-05-2007, 09:05 AM   #20
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New Home, New Garden

Just moved into a new home in Devon and it's got a huge back garden that has been uncultivated for the past 8 years. Almost finished grunbbing up the bramble roots and now its march I can begin to think about veg!

New things this year will be Amwerican Land Cress - supposed to be very like water cress but doesn't need running fresh water.

Following last years raging success I'll be doing Thompson and Morgan Oriental Salad Mix and Nich Salad Mix - although quite pricey these were very prolific and self set to grow on through the winter. Rocket of course and I'm dead keen to try loveage - I'm told it has a celery flavour but have yet to find a seed supplier.
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