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Hi ya'll...I'm haling from SC on the SC/NC state line. This past summer was my first garden in about 10 years due to health reasons. I built raised beds this year and it worked out great. Just started taking OG again and looking to get back into the natural way of gardening next spring. Just wanted to try out some new teams to respark myself. Look forward to talking gardening with ya'll.

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I had tomato plants in the garden over my head until a few nights ago. OG, I don't get them anymore but still have my issues squirreled away here and there. Some one of these days I will scan my fav. articles out of them..
Fall may arrive tonight as the temps are dropping along with most of the leaves. I have been mulching them into the lawn and hope to start milkyspore next spring now that I have picked the tilth up a bit.
We have a lot of sand, slowly with compost and manure we are building a nice plot of soil, each year getting better...

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Hello, BODYNSOIL. Welcome! I have started and stopped my subscription to OG Mag over about the same time period several time. I've saved many of them and also still refer to them. Currently I'm not getting the magazine, but still get some e-mails from them.

It's still so warm out here in the northeast..I was at my in-laws yesterday and FIL's tomato plants that are against his covered patio must be 15 ft. tall and still thriving!! They are beautiful!...but they should really be dead by now from frost.

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Okay I am so excited about finding an organic gardening group, this is way to cool. I save all my OG mag for reference and have been a reader for 20+ years it seems. I also own Carla Emery's book, homesteaded as a child, and tried my hand at vermiposting too!! hehehe can't wait to read thru these threads....

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9/19/07 10:25 A

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Thanks Melissa! I think we are doing Thursdays too! And once a month a sunday morning for those who cant do weekdays and for heavier work.



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Sunpanther, I do the same with my garden. My best friend, who lives in an apartment, do the garden together. She comes over every thursday, we garden, eat, and drink. It is lovely! Glad to have you on the team!

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Hello everyone. My name is Jenny and i live in Melbourne Australia. 42, single mum of one toddler. I have just moved house and am setting up my garden again. I am having to bring some soil in as my beds dont have enough. I follow roughly the methods used in Linda Woodrow's book The Permaculture Home Garden. - no dig garden beds, least work as possible to set up and maintain, and easy composting. I have gathered a few local friends who dont have gardens, to have a little "community garden" here so I have some help and company, and everyone benefits! Close by there is a community farm that regularly has workshops on various organic/permaculture issues, and i hope to get to the next one which is on composting and worm farming. I am looking forward to sharing support and gardening tips as i travel this wellness road.

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Beautiful, EMILORA..and welcome to this team. I, too, switched from the regular gardening forum to this one.

I LOVE zinnias..they have become my favorite flowers to have in my garden. I'm primarily a veggie gardener, but have two small flower gardens and several potted flower garden. I love to watch the birds feed on the seeds all the flowers produce. I have a few garden photos on my other sparkpage (getto140..this ID is through a wellness program).

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9/15/07 7:39 P

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Flower gardens yes, the only thing I use on my veggies is granular fertilizer when they are first planted, not sure if that is counted as not organic?
We have a large orchard also but the critters get most of the fruit since we don't spray anything on the trees.

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Julie, Welcome to the team! Do you do organic gardening for your other gardens too? Your pictures on your spark page are lovely!

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9/15/07 10:03 A

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Morning all, I am switching from the regular gardening team to this one. I have several large gardens (living on 5 acres I don't do anything small!) My latest project is a 1300 sq ft butterfly garden so it is very important to keep it organic for them. My compost bin now has a 20 ft weed/bush growing out of it so I need to start a new one! Looking forward to chatting with you all, check out my sparkpage for a few pics of my garden, more to come soon! Julie

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Oooh, thanks for the ideas!
I need to make a list, lol

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We also have clay..my garden has been going for about 14 years now. Keep adding organic matter to your clay gardens and over time you'll see a huge difference. I can actually turn mine by hand in the spring...that was unheard of when I started. I think the worse cover I every used was hay...got too many weeds (and am still finding them from it). This year I have mulched my tomatoes with our grass clippings...this is the best garden I've had in years. I'm not sure if it's the weather or the clippings..lol. Just luck maybe!!

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Check out www.squarefootgardening.com, too. He has a formula for the soil. I added peat moss and vermiculite this year to my vegetable garden areas and it made a big difference in my clay soil.
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I am a huge fan of Used Coffee Grounds from Starbucks. a lot of them have baskets in the front of their stores so you don't have to go in. I use it as a mulch, as a fertilizer, and as a component in my compost. It composts in a matter of weeks!

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Hi Everybody:

This is my second month on SP and my second (non-consecutive) year vegetable gardening, my 10th flower gardening. I have very heavy, clay soil and didn't have a chance to add anything this year, but I'm all about the lasagna method I just read below. What a fantastic idea! Now if I can convince my husband that getting my neighbor's grass clippings and a whoooooole bunch of straw to get us started is a good idea. And I am seeing a newspaper subscription in my future...the neighbor's that is! LOL.


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hi everybody. this is my first year gardening, and i am adamant about it remaining orgainic. unfortunately, i did not prepare the soil until right before i planted, and i think it could have used more compost. still, i have had some fabulous tomatoes and a few squash. my jalapenos just won't quit producing. (no complaints there)
i just hope the garden can survive our 105 degree weather.

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Hello, I'm relatively new to gardening but have always believed in doin things "green." We rent our house, so are limited in what we're willing/able to do, but we do have a rain barrel (which is great to have this time of year in Kansas City) and a small vegetable patch in a raised bed in front of the house. Our landlord hadn't done anything with it so it was just weeds when we moved in. Now we have cherry tomatoes, lemon basil, Italian basil, chives, marigolds, and I'm attempting to grow some eggplant. My mom always killed everything she attempted to grow (we say she has a "brown thumb") so I have NO clue what I'm doing, but my partner grew up with gardens and farms and we seem to be lucking out right now! Fortunately, the only pests we seem to have are the heat and some squirrels but the dog seems to keep them at bay. :)

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Thanks for that spray recipe. I will give that a try. I've used soapy water spray on box elder beetles and that does wonders, but didn't do anything for the Japanese beetles. We've been having a bumper crop of bugs this year - never saw so many before. We are lacking rain and the winters recently have been warmer it seems. Perhaps that has something to do with it. The cicadas are really buzzing this year too, but I haven't seen any.

I think this has been my best garden in the 43 years we've lived here. I added peat moss and vermiculite to the beds this year and I think that really helped. I always add the leaves in the fall.

I will try to take some pictures when I get my camera back - DDKatie borrowed it last week Friday because she had forgotten hers and they were on the way to a party. Haven't seen the camera since!
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i cannot kill anything, but i am well known for mixing up the most vulgar concoctions to deter the little creepy crawlies, bunnies, and everyting else out of my gardens lol. my favorite spray, no kidding, is to take a spray bottle or one of those big pump sprayers, add a spoon of regular dish washing liquid, a few good dashes of hot pepper sauce, or a good pinch of hot cayenne pepper, and fill it up with water that has been steeping with some crushed garlic (be sure to strain out the garlic), spray it on your plant and let dry.. works really well, the bunnies hate it and most insects flee. please don't give up on your squash and zuchs!
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ps dont get any on your hands as it will also repel humans *s

Joan: your garden sounds wonderful.. truly healthy gifts from the earth, yum.

Edited by: ~Z_E_N~ at: 8/4/2007 (00:47)
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Good luck with the cucumber beetles...they won in my garden..I no longer plant anything like that..no cucumbers, squash, pumpkins. I just buy them from our local growers now.

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Zak had permission to do whatever he wanted with his long hair for the summer. The family went to St. Louis and watched the Brewers lose, but Zac was on TV because of his mohawk which he had colored blue for the Brewers. He was sitting next to his cousin who wore a Cardinals tee shirt (He lives in St. Louis.)

When you have the chance Zen, tell us what your concoction is for those cucumber beetles. I think I'm getting some wilt on the cucs. Not sure how to stop that.

Otherwise, I think this is one of the best gardens I've had in a long time. Picked beans, tomatoes squash, radish sugar snap peas, spinach a few raspberries and strawberries nd cucs.
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8/1/07 8:27 P

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hey hey...two words for your dad.. *fox pee*.. seriously, you can get it at the gun counter in walmart, etc. it works on bunnies, cats, deer, etc... right now i am battleing the dreaded cucumber beetle with my homemade concoction,,wish me luck.

Joan: Zak's hair is too cool. *s

Have a peaceful evening everyone..my puter is sick so i hijacked a pals to check in tonight..won't be around much for probably about a week.. hope everyone's garden and *selfies* are doing well.
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LOL..Zen..I thought I was the only one who tried to "will" my plants to grow faster so I could have something from them!

My poor father lost every since tomato he had on his plants to something...he is suspecting raccoons. He solved his deer problem 2 years ago, now he'll have to try to out fox raccoons. I'm sure they've already told all their friends by now!

I have plenty to share with him, but I know it's not the same thing.

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Zen, WOW, that Lasagna gardning is really interesting and intriguing. I may have to try that when I move!

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Joan, you are welcome. I have heard of the square foot method, my brother gave me a book about it as a gift but it got lost during a move :( This method seems to be working great for me and yes i agree that the leaf mulch helps wonderfully. Today i am staring at the crookneck squash plant..willing them to grow faster..yum..lol. Have a peaceful day.
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Thanks Zen for those links. I did the lasagna method a couple of years ago in my established flower garden after reading the book and it helped for a while. But I didn't keep adding the mulch and now I need to start again. The weeds have re-appeared. I have established the squarefoot garden in the vegetable garden and that is working very well. I think adding the leaf mulch in the fall there will help that a lot.
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7/28/07 2:26 A

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hey melissa, thanx for the welcome *s. the lasagne method is pretty cool, what you do is simply plot out your garden space, and begin layering organic materials. first i mowed a patch of lawn, faily low. then, i put down a thin layer of newspaper. that part can be tricky,,,best done on a not-windy day *s, on top of that i sprinkled a bit of top soil, oh, just enough to hold down parts of the paper, from there, i layered whatever i could get my hands on: cardboard, left over potting soil from potted plants at the end of the growing season, a thin layer of hay, then came the fall dump of leaves, some shredded paper as i got it and/or some more cardboard scraps, kitchen scraps and or compost.. you just keep throwing on it whatever you have that you could otherwise put into a compost bin. I did that last fall, this spring i took a bulb planter and made some holes, popped in my starters, and wow, its looking good out there. Best part of it all,,,only one little weed grew in the whole thing so far..*yay*. You can make this project as small or large as you want, you just keep on adding layers when you can. I love the fact that since the soil is barely disturbed, the microorganisms and structure of the soil remain healthier than when we dig the heck out of it.
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ps here are two links that show what i did. i didn't take any pics of my own project, never even thought of it. I notice that some of these gardeners use peat moss. I did too, but not too much because i was concerned about making my plot too acidic.

http://www.bconnex.net/~carolw/lasagna1.
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http://ourgardengang.tripod.com/lasagna_
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Zen, Welcome to the team! What is the Lasagna method?

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Hi everyone. i've been gardening ever since i first discovered dirt, lol. I think that i have tried most of the major approaches. This year i moved to a new home that is in town instead of the country location that i am used to. I wanted a garden rather quickly, to make the transition feel more like *home*, so i made my first *lasagne* garden last year, planted it this spring for the first time and i love it! There really are some great perks to the no-dig method. Has anyone else had success with it? Have a peaceful day *s
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Hello..I'm not new to gardening at all..I'm not new to SP, either! I am an organic gardener and hope to learn and share ideas here! More and more I seek out organics right down to the seeds. I know more about vegetables than I do about flowers, but I have a few flower gardens. This year my garden is wonderful so far..I downsized a little and I think that is one reason for it's success. I am able to take better care of it. I'll try to get some updated pictures to put on my sparkpage.

My favorite thing to grow are tomatos. Each year I try a new variety..new to me, that is. My new one this year is 4th of July, but since the tomatos are just starting to appear, it must mean next 4th of July..lol. My absolute favorite variety is Brandywine.

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vavo-7, There are multiple reasons for radishes to be bitter tasting, the most common would be if they are picked too late, and the type of soil. I notice you said 'aloha'...are you in Hawaii with volcanic ash in your soil? My daughter lives on Oahu and had to build up her soil in order to grow most vegetables. She still can't grow decent tomatoes, even though lots of others nearby grow them. I used to grow spinach, but found that Swiss chard sells better for me than the spinach, and my family liked it better. good luck with your gardening! don't get discouraged..I have at least one major flop a year. Joy

 
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emoticon SNOWMAIDEN ... I harvested a whole batch of radishes (they were my first crop) and all were very bitter. I think next year I'll pass on those and really focus on trying to get my spinach to grow. Anyway, welcome again and a good weekend to you too! emoticon

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Hello

I'm new to gardening too. Last year I was buying plants, digging a hole, popping them in and seeing what happened. This year I'm growing some veg's from seed but we've had a wash out summer (in England) so nothing is doing terribly well though I have harvested a single radish which had no flavour at all so I'm trying again....the sweet peas have come up a treat though...
I look forward to sharing things of interest...

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Hi All ... I'm glad I found your team ... I too am a novice gardener and have chosen to start with the square foot method. I've been making a lot of changes to live a healthier life over the last few years and decided this year it was time to make the big commitments.

We started by creating a compost pile in January and got our first harvest on the 4th of July. It was so cool to use our own fertilizer (which was very soft and clean) in the planters and veggie garden - my 10yr old grandson also had a great time playing with the worms!

My SO built me three raised beds (2 feet off the ground, come visit my SP page to see a picture) to make it easier for me to tend to since I have a weak back - I'm working on strengthening it though through my exercise program.

I ordered a variety of heirloom tomatoes and pepper plants (6 each) from Seeds of Change - everything else I've planted from seeds which were all organic. In addition to the tomatoes and peppers, what has survived so far and I hope to harvest are: soy beans, cucumbers, broccoli, pole beans, cantaloupe, watermelon, potatoes, carrots, cilantro, thyme, sage, parsley, kale, zucchini, bok choy and pumpkins.

So far we have/are harvesting: radishes (which I found out I really don't like), some of the tomatoes/peppers, lettuces (leaf, butter and mesulan), basil and japanese micro greens.

I also planted some companions like marigolds, calendula, zinnias in the SQFT gardens, and some poppies, snap dragons and a mixture of CA natives in my other planters.

What I can't seem to keep alive are spinach, lavender, echinacea and arugula.

I hope I can learn a lot more from everyone on this team and I would love to share my trials/triumphs of working in my garden.

JELAINEB - I'm sure going to look to you for guidance ;-)

I hope you all have a great weekend!
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Hi everyone...where to start....I've been around organic gardening all of my 61 years, because was raised on an organic farm. For the past 30 plus years i've lived on a farm in the Willamette Valley, here in Oregon, where you can grow just about everything. I have a half cre garden, raise wheat and barley for personal use, have a big orchard, raise berries galore...marions, tays, thornless blackberries (also have rows of cultivated wild blackberries), boysens, logans, and raspberries. I used 3 different compost piles always, and muclch with different materials...this year, the entire garden is mulched with newspapers...the past 3 years, I used black plastic...My livestock are fed organic grown feed, also and my eggs are from free range chickens and ducks...I've belonged to food coops for many years (2 of them), sell at 2 area farmer's markets, and here at my place, and raise for my church family, my kids and grandkids...I'm experimenting with lemon and lime trees, and am now getting tomatoes, zukes, cukes, onions, lettuce, radishes, green beans, and peas from the garden....I'm very busy from now until October canning, freezing and drying foods. I'm still learning...organic gardening is an ongoing experiment...this year, for example, I have a huge slug problem...our extension service says it's the worse year in this area for slugs that they can remember...just about every natural remedy hasn't helped much. There are fantastic sites on the internet...my favorite fertilizer is manure tea, made from my rabbit poop and my well water...good luck with your gardening...it's so very rewarding to walk into your pantry and see cupboards filled with the produce you raised and canned...oh, and I love to raise huge pumpkins for the grandkids...I'm talking HUGE!!!!

 
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Be careful of public composting sites. you never know what others have composted. Some people use all kind of chemicals on their lawns etc. You are better composting yourself. Then you know whats in there.

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Hi all! I'm brand new to gardening myself. I'm in the process of designing my garden right now, and I'm learning all I can before I start. I live in Florida so it's a bit different down here... My county offers a free composting session so I'm signing up for that too so I have myself all ready, LOL!

I look forward to reading all the advice on this thread :-)

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Oooh, great, more composting fans. I got a backyard composter about a month ago and I actually get a little excited about "taking out the trash" now. It is too early to see any results but it is fun watching it fill.

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Good afternoon! This is year two of my garden. Year one was easy and no thinking required. This year, I am struggling with it. I have had Rabbits and put up chicken wire over my existing fence. Because of that, I had to replant part of my garden. things aren't as big. I also have to move a few of the pepper plants now because I don't think they are getting enough sun. They are not much bigger than they were a month ago when I planted them I keep trying things and learning about them.

But the good news is, I pulled about half the garlic yesterday and it looks beautiful!!!!

I am an avid composter. One of my favorite composting ingredients is used coffee grounds from Starbucks. It works great as a mulch and as a compost medium. I think it speeds up the compost time a bit.

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Hi Everybody, This sounds like a great place to be. Just imagine what my garden is going to look like next year once I have soaked up all this combined wisdom! I have done a little trial and error veggie/herb gardening for the last three years and this year I am seeing some leaps forward in my crop. I have a 6x8 raised bed (a great kit from Lee Valley Hardware) and oak barrels with tomatoes. I too am interested in the Square Foot method for next year. This year I tried popping some zucchini in our front yard (amidst the 'decorative' plants) since this spot gets great sun. I'm planning on doing more veggies in the front yard, maybe some scarlet runner beans climbing a beautiful maypole? It seems a waste of valuable, sunny real estate not to have some veggies or herbs earning their keep out there in front. Thanks for starting this up, Coach Nicole.
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Figured I'd join this team, too!

I'm very new to gardening myself. I remember helping my mom grow a garden in the back yard when I was a child when I lived in Colorado. It was fun watching everything grow and then harvesting everything when it was ready.

I've since moved to Hawaii, and while Hawaii sounds like the DREAM state to live in for gardeners - it's tough, because with warm semi-tropical weather year round comes lots and lots and LOTS of bugs that certainly enjoy chowing down on anything edible.

We currently rent right now, so I'm not planning any time soon to start a garden on the property because whenever it is we move, then all my hard work would stay behind.

I HAVE started an herb garden in a strawberry pot (via posts in the organic/ethical team). So, I'm hoping that works out. If I find I can sucessfully grow the herbs, I might then consider looking into what other edibles I can grow in containers and at least start my vegetable "garden" that way. I just have to worry about the bugs.

In any case - I'm sure some of you know me from the Vegetarians team - I'm a vegetarian (lacto-ovo), and the idea of growing my own food is very appealing to me (and to my wallet).

I'm also considering buying shares in a local CSA, too, to start eating more in-season local foods (of course in Hawaii, everything can be in season almost all year).

I do feel blessed because we live on a property that has avocado trees, banana trees, a grapefruit tree and white pinapples (although the owner doesn't really like to share her white pineapples from what I can tell). But we have plenty of the other stuff that she doesn't care if we take what we want. The avocados are funny - when the tree starts dropping them they sound like bombs hitting our home.

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I'm so excited this was started as a topic. I'm trying my first hand at gardening this summer...two tomoto plants. So far I've had one tomato from it with several more on the vine. I honestly have NO IDEA what I am doing...I just hoed up an area in teh back yard and plopped down 2 plants and put bricks around them. The only thing I add is water and pull the grass and weeds. Next year I hope to expand it to a few more veggies. Just a little at a time. I would like to start a rain bucket...great-grandma always did that and we liked to pretend like it was a pool...and always got in trouble.

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I will attempt to try the "Square-foot Gardening" method next year...I missed the boat with it this year and am relying on others for my produce. I can't wait to learn more from experienced gardeners! I grew up in Missouri...but I am unfamiliar with how things grow in my current home state of Texas (even though I've been here 6 years). New learning curve!

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Another gardener here....the only thing I add to mine is to mulch it with grass clippings, other than that, it's free to do as it pleases. I have veggies and herbs - tomatoes, peppers, squash, oregano, chives, mint...the list goes on...

I also belong to a local CSA farm so I get plenty of veggies from them too! It's my first year with a CSA share, so I'm thinking neat year I'll focus more on herbs and extras to go with the veggies that I get from the farm.

Can't wait to hear more about every one's gardens!

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Let's see... well, started gardening years ago in the perfect soil of the Puyallup river valley. It made gardening organically easy as perfect soil makes a number of your pest problems obsolete.

Now living in Seattle... our soil here was horrible but this year finally we levelled the yard, took out all the trees and landscaping and spread the dirt from our old chicken yard over everything and things are growing wonderfully. We have melons, squash, 13 tomato plants all about 5 feet tall, potatoes, olives, etc etc.

I've also worked for an organic grass fed dairy and worked with organic farmers so I have a bit of experience from the production end of the spectrum.

I have finally learned the lesson that what works in one spot will not necessarily work in another. You must be true to your terrior. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terroir)

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Hi! What a great idea! There is so much to discuss under this umbrella.

My name is Madhu, and have been a vegetarian since forever.

I love organic produce, and have been primarily using them for daily cuisine.
Organic foods, in my mind, tastes soooo much better!

I learned a lot about organic farming while staying (2+ years recently) in India, where my aunt has acres of ONLY organic produce. She has even developed products (e.g. pesticides - that humans can "eat", but deter pests). She holds a doctorate in genetics and forestry.

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You're welcome Joan-
Wow, sounds like you've got a lot of experience--I'm sure I'll be asking you lots of questions when it comes to growing my first veggies!

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Hi! I'm Joan. My DH and I have been married for 50 years this past April and have lived in the same house for 42 where I've always had a vegetable garden and compost. I'm 73 and a mother of 6, grandma of 17 and great grandma of 1. I use the square foot garden idea and find it works well - this year the garden really looks the best it ever has. I think every year brings a new challenge with growing things from insects to weather to trying new vegetables. This year I tried kale and purslane which are doing well, but I'm not sure of the harvesting and use of these.

I think this team will be very interesting and helpful. Thanks, Nichole!
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Hi everyone-
I'm a gardening newbie, but plan to start soon (I've already been reading up and collecting resources to get started). I plan to grow sas many edibles as possible in my garden, some in containers and some in beds. I think that growing your own food is both rewarding, healthy, and better for the environment since it comes from your own backyard. I plan to start composting as well, and want to use grey water and make a rain collection barrel for watering. Oh and with all this, I hope to do it on a small budget with lots of do-it-yourself projects, secondhand tools, and recycling ideas.

I can't wait to get some members here who can share lots of great ideas.

Welcome to the Team!

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