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PARKERB2 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/3/13 7:10 P


REDPANDA10 Posts: 361
4/3/13 7:06 P

I love gardening and have a large garden. I got a polytunnel last year so that I could grow tomatoes and cucumber. I also grew sweetcorn in it. I grow potatoes, onions, garlic, leeks, beetroot, lettuce, peas, french beans, turnip, parsnips, coriander, basil, parsley, kale and cabbage. I have blackcurrant bushes, raspberry canes and strawberry plants. I also have an apple tree but it's young and we don't get a lot of fruit yet. i also have 5 hens so we have plenty fresh eggs. It's a lot of work but very satisfying.

Edited by: REDPANDA10 at: 4/3/2013 (19:07)
BEULAH45 Posts: 767
4/3/13 6:51 P

We are trying to be self-sufficient. We live on a small acreage, zoned agriculture, in the middle of the city. Would love to have land outside the city, but my husband requires immediate access to 911. We have a large garden, but are trying to rid it of Bermuda now, without chemicals. Have it covered in black plastic since last spring. Will leave it covered this year also, as my area is in a drought. We found a product made of black landscape fabric that will allow us to have a "raised bed" garden this year. Growing tomatoes (heirloom), yellow squash, zucchini, basil, cilantro, Egyptian walking onions, garlic, etc. What are you growing this year, and how? Especially those of us in the city. We also have chickens.

NEEKEPOO Posts: 709
8/23/12 10:30 A


RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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8/23/12 10:20 A

Summer veggies, yes. We eat it fresh because there are 7 of us. No canning.

ALPOPLUP Posts: 5,997
8/23/12 7:51 A


SECTION1RON Posts: 6,365
8/23/12 7:47 A

No, live in an apartment.

SIRENSONGS SparkPoints: (57,040)
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8/23/12 7:36 A

No, but I like the idea of it. Just don't have enough room.

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (34,625)
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8/23/12 7:35 A

We attempted to grow squash and tomatoes. Trying again next year...

WALIDGAZALA Posts: 8,106
8/23/12 7:20 A


NISSANGIRL Posts: 23,800
8/23/12 6:49 A

some of it

MOOSETRAP Posts: 202
8/23/12 6:39 A

No, but like Olivianight I'd like to.

OLIVIANIGHT SparkPoints: (203,897)
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8/23/12 6:36 A

No, but I really want to.

PEPPYPATTI SparkPoints: (149,586)
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8/23/12 4:35 A


CHRISNMB SparkPoints: (0)
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8/23/12 4:16 A


8/23/12 3:42 A

We live in central London, but have a small terrace: two apples trees (no fruit this year!!!) strawberries, tomatoes and many herbs

ELLEKTRA Posts: 2,911
8/23/12 2:55 A

I wish I did, but no

LUCKYCOMET SparkPoints: (260,122)
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8/23/12 2:22 A

i wish

REGILIEH SparkPoints: (533,395)
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8/23/12 2:08 A


JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (544,955)
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8/23/12 2:07 A

No, but my dad does, so I get it from him.

RIEUADMIRER SparkPoints: (83,062)
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8/23/12 1:37 A

My husband does in our back garden which is 30 feet long which has a greenhouse. Various salad foods, plus potatoes, onions, courgettes, strawberries, blueberries, etc. We live in London,

DALEJR_FAN_TINA SparkPoints: (104,032)
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8/23/12 1:30 A

I wish. The critters keep eating it before we can.

BFMONICA Posts: 1,624
8/23/12 1:19 A

tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cucumbers, parsley, basil, bay leaf, apples, tangerines, oranges, peaches, plums, figs, lemons, pumpkins, sage, nasturtiums, blueberries, blackberries, lettuce, spinach, kale, chard and much more...

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
8/22/12 10:26 P


PEACEGRANNY Posts: 2,070
8/22/12 10:09 P

Only cherry tomatoes!

8/22/12 9:51 P

I wish!

KMMAKI SparkPoints: (91,837)
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8/22/12 9:16 P

yes, I have had a garden for the 25 is my summer hobby which I find relaxing to do

RUTHDEN1 SparkPoints: (116,496)
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8/22/12 9:05 P

yes and enjoying them almost everyday!!!!

MOVIATT1 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/22/12 9:03 P

First garden I've had in years! I love it! I think my favorite is my collard greens, but my tomatoes and strawberries are a close second. It's just so nice to go outside and pick my dinner or lunch. I'm not sure if I'll be able to have such a big garden next year, but I can't imagine going without a garden ever again.

8/22/12 9:02 P

No, but I wish I could/would!

LRW1233 Posts: 762
8/22/12 8:56 P

Not right now. It's my goal next year to be able to make a spot in my backyard for a garden.

TINYC887 SparkPoints: (174,551)
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8/22/12 5:02 P


GDANE3 SparkPoints: (231,916)
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8/22/12 4:47 P

I grow in containers. Veggies & herbs. Over the past few years have learner from my mistakes and held gets better and better. We always try one new veg to grow. After the planting its just a few minutes a day yo water or rearrange a bit fir sun needs.
I enjoy it. Its satisfying and tasty!!

BECKYJ221 Posts: 1,046
8/22/12 4:11 P

yes, bordering the city, in 5 gal buckets on the back patio

DOTTY7267 Posts: 2,562
8/22/12 3:55 P

No, and I have no desire to work that hard for the food I plan to eat. When I was little we grew our vegetables, hunted meat, and had fruit trees. I thought all that hard work to eat was/is overrated. . .but that's my point of view.

CROYERR1 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/22/12 3:34 P

My husband grows orange peppers and hot, carrots, onions, beans, beets, spinach, tomatoes, peas and cuc.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
8/22/12 3:19 P

I am growing tomatoes and peppers in containers this summer. I usually grow more in my little backyard, but we are moving in a few days and I purposefully kept the garden very small this year. I have no idea if the tomatoes will withstand the move, but we are going to try. We also have several fruit trees in containers that are moving with us.

KACEYSW Posts: 5,255
8/22/12 3:07 P

Yes, I have an edible herb garden and several fruit trees. The herb plants not only look beautiful, but it is so simple to walk out to the yard, snip a few pieces of the herbs I need for cooking or my salad, and carry the aromas and freshness through the house and enjoy the amazing flavors.

CHEUTON Posts: 32
8/22/12 2:52 P

No but I buy a lot of fresh, home grown veggies and fruit from the farmers market.

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8/22/12 2:50 P


SPERRIN2012 SparkPoints: (181,188)
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8/22/12 2:47 P

Not this year

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (185,800)
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8/22/12 2:39 P

I've tried but my plants always die, or my dogs dig them up. I do grow my own herbs, though.

MNCYCLIST SparkPoints: (136,103)
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8/22/12 2:36 P

I would like to, but just don't have time.

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (137,158)
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8/22/12 2:35 P

If I had my own place, yes. I live with my sister. Her yard is mostly hill, and she didn't want to be bothered.

8/22/12 2:33 P

I started tomatoes this year and some herbs. Hope to do more next year!

SH9719 SparkPoints: (40,217)
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8/22/12 1:52 P

Some, but we have horrible conditions. Have to use front yard which is very small. Oak tree covering back yard.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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8/22/12 1:48 P

No, but I would love to. Our backyard is all rocks and we have no patio or anything back there for pots. I do grow some herbs in a pot on my front porch.

Someday I'd like to have a fully functioning small family farm that could sustain an entire family.

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
8/22/12 1:17 P

Never heard of aquaponics. What is it? I live in the city but am close to the county. The last couple years I've attempted growing herbs and veggies. Had good luck with some and not with others. Hit and miss I guess!

PBAILEY06 SparkPoints: (38,302)
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8/22/12 12:56 P

I had heard the term aquaponics before but don't know much about it.

I am just starting to garden - my parents grew a lot of our food growing up, it was a way of making sure we had enough to eat.

I just started this summer doing some container gardening - I started out well but then the high heat hit and I lost everything. We have a long growing season in Arkansas, so I just restarted with some sweet potatoes, spinach and cantaloupe. So far its been interesting and a lot of fun - my 4 year old thinks it fun to take care of the plant and see them grow.

Next summer I want to try a raised bed garden.


STRANGER70127 Posts: 407
8/22/12 12:47 P

Do you grow your own food? If so where? In the city? In the country? In the suburbs? Have you ever heard of Aquaponics? emoticon

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