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Vegetable Gardens - March 26, 2009, 05:29 PM

Anyone planting one this year? I'm getting mine started now indoors.

Last year I ended up with just a few green bean plants because a mouse would eat through the bottom of the stalks. I finally figured out it was the mouse and not ants, and put a sort of fence around them with some aluminum window screen.

I had two regular tomato plants that were cranking out a lot every week, many of them softball size. Too many for just me. And out of nowhere a yellow pear tomato plant started growing. Those were really good, they're like cherry tomatoes. I'm hoping that one will sprout again.

I had a row of corn too but it didn't grow all that well and it was hard and tasted like crap.

I've now got some beans from last year germinating and one sprouted. I bought some Kentucky Blue beans and still waiting for those to sprout. I've got quite few Great Lakes#118 lettuce seeds sprouting already.

Tomorrow I'm going to pick up what I need to complete a salad- some celery, cucumbers and carrots. I hope to have half of one side of my fence covered with beans climbing it. My beans last year tasted so awesome. Nothing like canned or frozen.


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We started sprouts already. Hope it wasn't too early, the tomatoes and okra are already 2" tall. The peppers have yet to show. We had planned a 6x12 foot garden, but the homeowners nazi's require approval first. So, looks like our patio will be bordered in clay pots for the veggies.


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I did cucumbers, zucchini, and tomato plants. The cukes did awesome and were great, The zucchini were not too bad but as many flowers as the plants had it seemed I rarely got any actual squash from them. The tomatoes were in pots and a huge failure. Not sure what I'm going to try this year yet.


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haven't started on mine yet, need to do so soon though, lots of peppers, tomatoes and herbs
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March 26, 2009, 06:02 PM

We're doing a shitload of herbs, most of which I'll use at work.

Doing them in window boxes all along the back of the house. Keeping them up off the ground so the dogs don't piss on 'em.


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Mint, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, trying to get a lemon tree going, clearing up some land in the back so something will make it up there
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Angela started some... lettuce, pepper, beans, and some other things. I just had to water them.


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My mom has a garden every year. Always has. I couldn't grow weeds. If you are asking advice Travis, I can ask her, I swear that woman was a farmer in another life.

Oh, and by the way, if you EVER have too many tomato's, give me a call, I will be MORE than happy to take them off your hands. I eat those things like apples!


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damn i am gonna go over to travis's and make me one bomb azz Fresh salad


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Damn man you gonna toss Travis's fresh salad???


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Hmmm....this hasn't gotten mocked as badly as I assumed it would.


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March 27, 2009, 07:35 AM

Haven't started yet, in fact I need to do some work to prep a spot where I planned on doing a garden this year. Years ago in NC I kept a huge garden. It was on someone else's land... deal was I tended the garden and they got lots of free garden items. This was the sort of garden where we had more than we could eat and even can for ourselves. Last year I planted two tomatoes, a Mexi-bell pepper and a cucumber last year and now I have to step up from that.

In fact this thread reminded me that I need to get some 4x4's and some fill dirt to make a spot better suited for a small garden. Tomatoes and cucumbers are definitely on the list of things to plant. A home grown tomato just cannot be touched in flavor. My neighbor had a tomato plant with the little yellow gourd shaped tomatoes, they were pretty tasty in salads.
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My neighbor had a tomato plant with the little yellow gourd shaped tomatoes, they were pretty tasty in salads.

Did they have some crazy patterns in them? If so, find that plant! Heirlooms are mad $$$$$$.


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March 27, 2009, 07:50 AM

Last year I had lots of tomatos, squash, peppers, herbs, and mint. The mint spread out pretty good and I was drinking fresh mojitos in late october. I haven't started anything this season yet, but have a good amount of castings in my vermicomposter and the compost in my tumbler is already looking usable. It will be interesting to see what a winter's worth of coffee grounds, egg shells, rotten vegetables, and shredded newspaper will do for the garden.
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