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DEBLEE33 Posts: 279
9/23/13 2:47 P

My tomatoes and cucumbers did great, everything else not so good.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
9/23/13 2:43 P

The weather has actually warmed up and my garden is loving it.

My tomatoes are actually picking up and producing more now than they did last month. I thought that my squash plants were pretty much done and I was thinking about pulling them up, but they are now producing more squash. The beans haven't even really started producing yet, but they are flowering like crazy.

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9/19/13 12:23 P

My basil had done really good and is still coming in and reseeding. My tomatoes are still coming in but I have a terrible time with them splitting this year due the weather we've had.

LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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9/19/13 12:14 P

still getting tomatoes

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,482
9/19/13 11:28 A

Great, loads of tomatoes, marrow, corn, runner beans, French beans, mangetout, plums, apples, raspberries and a few potatoes.

NENATO2 SparkPoints: (185,008)
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9/19/13 10:37 A

I only grow tomatoes and I have had an abundance this year. Last week, I was bringing tomatoes to work to give away almost everyday. Which makes me happy.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,403
9/19/13 10:03 A

Poorly, I can grow flowers but I cannot grow vegetables for the life of me

SUNFLOWERGAMMY SparkPoints: (27,692)
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9/19/13 8:46 A

Poorly, to much extreme heat and rain.

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9/19/13 8:01 A


KITTYCAT64 Posts: 599
9/19/13 12:12 A

My land is very wooded,so I have bad luck growing anything. However I do a barrel herb garden. The dill , and mint did poorly , but oregano, chives, basil are beautiful. We had too much rain. emoticon emoticon

SWAN47 Posts: 5,864
9/19/13 12:06 A

Fabulous tomatoes but that's all.

MAGWINA Posts: 101
9/18/13 10:37 P

Did great, till we got hail. Just now coming back, and loving it all. Nothing like fresh tomatoes

9/18/13 10:19 P


BJPENNY70 Posts: 4,806
9/18/13 6:04 P

Three months of constant rain, killed the whole garden.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
9/18/13 5:49 P

Thanks for the suggestion about Territorial Seed. I've been wondering where I was going to find seeds for my winter garden as none of the stores around me have seeds right now.

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9/18/13 4:34 P

Great! I have a closet full of canned food and my garden is still producing. Big winners this year were sunflowers (giant and ornamental), pumpkins, lettuce, cabbage, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and kale. I've also had tons of hot peppers, tomatillos and eggplant--this is the first time I've ever been able to get eggplant to grow in Oregon! I grew corn too, but haven't eaten any of it yet...too many carbs. My carrots and sweet potatoes aren't quite ready yet, and I am giving the regular potatoes some extra time before I dig them up.

My spinach didn't do too well, nor did my onions. Oh well.

I've just moved 30 minutes away from my garden, so at this point I'm only checking it about once a week and harvesting. I'm really interested in doing a winter garden, but I'm not sure if I can get a spot this time of year in my new town. I've been thinking about planting bulbs for cut flowers in the spring and planting saffron crocus, as well as some winter vegetables.

Territorial Seed has a whole catalog just for winter gardening. Pinterest has some ideas too. Good luck!

NISSANGIRL Posts: 23,811
9/18/13 6:09 A


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9/18/13 5:10 A

We had a great season. We grow in containers. Our best harvest in 5 years

ELCOLBY SparkPoints: (3,652)
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9/17/13 10:39 P

If you try a vertical garden my TowerGarden is working great. You can see it on my link

ELCOLBY SparkPoints: (3,652)
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9/17/13 10:37 P

Thank you for the link. I have a TowerGarden and what to put in it is the challenge. If you would like to see the link its Things are growing gangbusters but I am sure there are other things that I could try.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (404,551)
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9/17/13 9:55 P

Awesome, providing 80% of all I eat emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 18,074
9/17/13 9:53 P


CAROLIAN SparkPoints: (0)
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9/17/13 2:42 P

had loads of tomatoes cucumber green beans but not much else this year

NISSANGIRL Posts: 23,811
9/11/13 6:24 A


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9/11/13 4:50 A

I don't have one but with the weather in the UK this year I am glad that I don't

IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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9/11/13 1:50 A

That's sad. We could use some rain in no. Calif.

IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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9/11/13 12:23 A

That's sad. We could use some rain in no. Calif.

BJPENNY70 Posts: 4,806
9/10/13 11:31 P


LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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9/10/13 11:28 P

My garden drowned. emoticon What survived the over abundance of rain got beat to death by hail. emoticon And then it got rained on, again. Did I mention that it has rained everyday for the last 2 weeks? And we are already 5 inches above the norm for this year? I think we have had 10 days that it has not rained since the beginning of July. We do not have tans, we have rust!

Funny though, the only thing that has thrived is the catnip. I have 5 huge bushes in pots on my front porch. I think the kitties will have a very happy winter after I harvest and dry!

Edited by: LADYCJM at: 9/10/2013 (23:28)
IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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9/10/13 8:15 P

Yeah, it's hot here too but the tomato plant is real happy! =]

LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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9/10/13 7:24 P

good, too hot though

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
9/10/13 4:18 P

Me too many zucchini have been growing in my garden and my mom's garden that it's hard to find the extra ones "homes." The odd thing (around here, at least) is that, despite the fact that it's been a great zucchini season and zucchini are so easy to grow, the stores are asking $1.99/lb for them (and the ones in the stores look horrible). I am shocked that stores are able to charge $1.99/lb for zucchini during zucchini season. emoticon

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
9/10/13 4:14 P

IRVING666--Hello and welcome to Spark People! emoticon

A great way to find out what will grow in your area so far as a winter garden (or any other garden) is to contact your local Master Gardeners. Here's a link to the Master Gardeners of San Francisco and San Mateo counties:

You can grow a lot in pots. When I just had a little patio, I used to cover it with veggies in containers each summer. I used to save up the Tidy Cat plastic buckets, wash them out and use them for my gardens. They actually made great "pots." I only grew things that didn't spread out too much, but, in retrospect, I could have just trellised things like cantaloupe and watermelons and grown a wider variety. I'm actually planning to trellis most everything in my garden from now on so that I can grow more in my space.

DELRIO1 Posts: 6,446
9/8/13 9:54 A

some stuff good; other not so good

9/8/13 9:38 A

It's nice to hear about other people's gardens. This was the first year in many that I decided not to plant a garden. Instead, we opted in getting our summer veggies from a local u-pick farm. They are delicious, as well, but a little more expensive.

KIPPER15 Posts: 9,272
9/8/13 8:51 A

I have a small area so I only had tomatoes, peppers and herbs. They have all done fantastic.

TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
9/8/13 7:54 A

good.. If I have to see just one more zucchini. I made zucchini bread. zucchini cake, zucchini sweet relish... and zucchini mock apple pie.. which all is delicious by the way...
And froze a lot also... Potatoes did well . Sweet potatoes are not ready yet, but I bet they will do well also... Out tomatoes didn't do so good for some reason.. Our peppers and onions did good also..

WALIDGAZALA Posts: 8,106
9/8/13 7:52 A

Not well because of the wind

NISSANGIRL Posts: 23,811
9/8/13 7:46 A


CBLENS SparkPoints: (47,498)
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9/7/13 6:56 A

not so well

NISSANGIRL Posts: 23,811
9/7/13 6:44 A

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IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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9/6/13 10:25 P

Same here. But people are really happy. They are so good. My husband, who doesn't really like tomatoes is eating two or more per day. =)

J2740LOU SparkPoints: (315,124)
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9/6/13 9:02 P

This is the first year we had such large tomato crop. emoticon More than we can eat. We have shared them with our family and neighbors.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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9/5/13 2:47 P

Thanks to our Jack Russell/Beagle keeping vigil near the tomato plants, we not only can feed our family, we offer tomatoes to anyone who comes to the house.....nice big fat red tomatoes.

To which I say, thanks Red (one of dogs who keeps us safe from rabbits, squirrels etc.)

IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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9/5/13 2:46 P

This post made me laugh. I have the plants in pots type garden. The cucumber was murdered by the neighbor cats (looked like the sand-box to them)! But the tomato, for which I paid $1.29, has escaped it's pot, climbed over everything in sight, tried to block the sidewalk... well, you get the picture =) It took 3of us to subdue it last weekend. The tomatoes are fantastic though.

I'm thinking about a Winter garden too, but not sure what to plant. We live in the SF Bay Area and it doesn't get very warm ever near the water. We almost never get frost either, but we get fog. I guess I might do better with Winter crops. We really like broccoli but I'm not sure if I can grow it in a pot, even a large one. on. I'm new here and don't know how everything works yet, but a garden forum or team or whatever you call it, seems like a natural for people interested in health and good nutrition. Alyssa
PS: the cat, but he lets me use his name as my "nom de plume"

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
9/5/13 1:34 P

How has your garden done so far? Planning to plant a winter garden?

I moved to a new house this last year and now have a fairly typical backyard vs my previous backyard, which was really small (I had room for a few veggies in pots). So, I thought I'd plant a nice garden. It did well and some things are still growing. I got lots of summer squash (green scalloped and yellow), winter squash (delicata, buttercup, butternut), five pumpkins, green onions, garlic, several cantaloupe, five "personal" watermelons, a ton of tomatoes (plants are still going strong), beets and my peas and beans are just starting to flower/produce.

I cannot believe how much better things are when grown at home. The taste and smell of home-grown, vine-ripened produce is wonderful. It's been years since I smelled cantaloupes that were so fragrant and which tasted, much like cantaloupes. A friend gave me some garlic from her garden. It's so fresh, tasty and it smells great. It's rare to find anything in a store like what you can grow at home.

Next year, I'm going to do vertical gardening so I can grow more in my space. I need to grow more (vs buying at the store) as I'm now spoiled by the quality of what came from my garden this summer. Spoiled. This weekend, I'm going to plant my winter garden.


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