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How does my garden grow?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Well my garden is not growing right now :( My husband and I moved into a new house late October 2012 & we have a very small back yard. We are both VERY interested in growing our own fresh freggies but have never gone down this path before. We have been researching online a little but just aren't sure what we should start out with being first time gardeners, and we aren't sure what grows well in Central IL or what takes more care and attention (or is more prone to being eaten by bugs/animals). Any guidance/advice/web links are greatly appreciated to get our future garden up and running!
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CATHYGETSFIT 4/19/2013 2:33AM

    Like Barbie said, it's kind of a trial and error thing. Squash and zucchini are pretty easy to grow but they take up a lot of space. Lettuce is fairly easy to grow as well. Here is a link to a YouTube video that gives you three really good tips and all that you really need to know http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv1K
LDPf8YY. Everything else is just kind of experimental. You can usually find good tips on gardening on the internet. You might want to join a gardening team here on SP. They could probably give you some advice too. emoticon

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BARBIE176 4/18/2013 1:56PM

    Good luck on your garden. For us it has been a little bit of trial and error of what does well.

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REEBADABEEBOOS 4/17/2013 1:55PM

    We're also going to tackle a garden this year! After talking with my coworker, the master vegetable gardener, I've decided on onions, lettuce, spinach, carrots, and zucchini.
Peppers and snowpeas too, but those are apparently planted late summer.

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LILLYBY50 4/16/2013 11:48PM

    I am in Texas so I cant help about what to plant but, I do have something that has saved my tomatoes. At home depot, I buy bird netting to out over the garden to keep the birds from eating the perfectly ripe fruit. I buy stakes tod the corners and just drape it ---really helps. Before I was having to pick tomatoes while still green just to best the birds, now I get vine ripened. So much better

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BEFIT014 4/16/2013 11:10PM

    By the way, check this out:

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BEFIT014 4/16/2013 11:09PM

    I had a veggie garden for 3 yrs about 7 yrs ago. They are a LOT of work but SO worth it. I now am doing container gardening-cucumbers, tomatoes and watermelon. Over the weekend I'm also going to plant some squash.

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PATTISWIMMER 4/16/2013 10:57PM

    I got a ten foot by ten foot community garden plot for the summer. I am thinking of growing things that cost a lot.. so it is worth my while... I am a lazy gardener so I like to grow stuff that is easy and successful.. Swiss chard makes my list.. easier than spinach... keeps growing right until late fall.. Buying it the store is on the dirty list...so one should by organic but that is expensive.. another favourite is butternut squash... Make a hill.. even better if hill is a pile of compost.. I got nearly a hundred from 3 hills a few years ago.. and tomatoes everybody likes tomatoes.. I judge things by how many days to ripen... beef eater 110 days, tiny tim tomatoes 60 days and roma 65 , I chose the last 2 cause I am lazy and want a quick success. good luck.. it is easy.. emoticon I am trying to dig up a new garden in my back yard and add compost... coffe grounds, grapefruit skins, onion peel and broccoli stems cut small

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