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2/20/12 10:42 A

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Hello Jodi!! Looking forward to hearing from you on the blueberry growing. Always loved them and can't get enough. They are soooo expensive in the stores I want to increase my area dedicated to them. My soil is so clay but woods are mucky wetland with black peaty soil.

Any advice you can give me would be wonderful. Private mail me with your location.... if you aren't too far or expensive I may try and make a trip to see you.

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2/20/12 10:30 A

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Location: Mid Michigan (an hour either way to Alpena or Gaylord) (half hour to Lewiston or Atlanta)

Age: Turned 56 end of December.

Work: non... wish I could. Disabled due to multiple chronic health problems.

Single again and staying that way!!

NOT new to gardening... always chemical free (consider myself organic).

Member (active as can be) Gaylords' Edelweiss Garden Club. Life Time Member National Home Gardening Club.

I'd love to do crop trade offs with anyone living near me. My surplus and theirs. I get way to many apples for me off of two trees..... actually four but back two the animals (bear, deer etc) keep beating me to them!

That which I Will to happen in truth, I will put action behind to achieve and the Lord will help me if I ask IN BELIEF!


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1/26/12 7:32 P

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Hi everyone. I'm a Gold Star Master Gardener and this year I am going to start helping in a cooperative garden.

My passion is composting both with yard waste and also I have a worm bin in my kitchen for vegetable scraps. Black gold from both.. So anyone who might be interested in either method of composting I would love to help.

I am trying to do better with feeding us fresh foods and not so many processed ones. Recently started omitting meat for one night meal a week.

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1/26/12 3:01 P

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Hey everyone!! I joined SP a few days ago, for the second time. I grew up having to "weed the garden" and "pick the veggies" but never really planted anything. This year I'm going to try ... no, I'm going TO plant a garden. Now if it grows and I get veggies, well, we'll have to wait and see. My family calls me a "treehugger", so organic gardening fits into my "treehuggeness." I'm really glad that I found this group, cause I know I will learn a lot from you guys!

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1/12/12 9:05 A

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Hi everyone! My name is Jodi and I live in northern Michigan. My husband and I just started a new business..Up North Blueberry Farm. We have 2,600 plants and will be an organic U-Pick farm. I am new to Sparkpeople and need to get super fit to work this small farm! I am so excited to find this team!! emoticon

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1/10/12 10:59 A

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Hi and thank you for the welcome! Nice to meet some of you...looking forward to sharing gardening pictures with you this Summer! DH will be busy building raised beds for me this Spring...being right on the lake we literally have rock for "dirt" here. You need a jackhammer to plant anything! It's a challenge!

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1/9/12 7:21 P

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Hi, Rose! It's a pleasure to meet you. I live in Missouri as well. We've been here about two years.



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Hello everyone....Rose here. Grandma of 12, relatively new "Sparker" and ready to plant! I grew up on a Vegetable farm outside of Detroit about 100 years ago, we use to take harvest down to the Eastern market in Detroit when I was little. Those memories are some of my most cherished.

I retired about 4 years ago and we bought a place on Lake of the Ozarks, part of the reason we bought that particular home was that it had plenty of space to put a garden in PLUS we had the benefit of being able to water from the lake. But, at the time we didn't know our neighbor was the neighborhood cat hoarder. It's taken these 4 years to finally get someone to remove all the feral cats from the neighborhood. I certainly wasn't wasting my time planting if it was only going to be a huge litter box (like all my flowerbeds and potted plants). But, this year will be better...no more cats! So, we're planning our garden at the moment and are very anxious to get busy!

Thank you for having me, I'm thrilled to be here and hope to gleen lots of knowledge from you Garden Masters!

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1/7/12 6:22 P

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Hi, Lenella, and welcome! I'm fairly new to gardening and farming, but I'm very interested in learning how to do it organically.



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1/3/12 8:58 P

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Shout out from Indiana. I have been on SP a week yesterday. I am a mother of four, and a grandmother of seven.

I grew up on a homestead, and learned how to garden when I was around two years old. I have gardened organically my whole life.

This is my Last and Final Weight Loss Journey. I need to lose almost 200 lbs, so there is no other option. :-)

The girl with me in the pic is my girl sugar, a Blue Pitt Bull Terrier. She loves my garden too. lol

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12/9/11 11:44 A

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Welcome, Del! I am so very sorry for your loss. It was a very traumatic loss that started me on gardening as well. It's good for the body, mind, & soul. I hope you found some healing in it. It sounds like you have at least healed a wonderful little patch of Earth!



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12/8/11 12:21 P

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Hi everyone!

My name is Del, I'm a new member here. I started gardening a little over a year ago in August. One of my uncles had discovered he had cancer and it was through his entire body. After several months of chemo, he didn't make it. During those last few days I wasn't sure what to do with myself to keep from worrying. So I took to the little patch of land behind my family's restaurant. It was small, tucked behind the storage shed, every inch was unruly and covered with trash and debri, broken chairs, rotting wood, weeds as tall as me, dirt, you name it.

And underneath all of this, it had already been laid over with asphalt and concrete (I did not know this at the time.) It became my little project every day to remove some debri, pull some weeds, dig in the dirt. Until I hit that asphalt. At first I became discouraged, thinking a garden would never grow here, but then I decided to take a pickax to it. And day by day I would chip off a small about the size of a postcard. Sometimes more if I got lucky. And eventually I got to the ground underneath.

All of this was a great workout for me, and helped me get through a rough patch. I never knew till then that gardening was included under "cardio activities" in the cardio tracker! Anyways, I hope to meet some fellow gardeners here that have tips and stories to tell, especially tips about gardening organically and composting!

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11/10/11 7:54 P

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Hi, folks. I thought this might be a fun group to join. I grow vegetables organically and sell them at farmers markets as my summer job. Well, spring-fall-and-summer job! Sometimes I feel like a total hypocrite to be selling such good food but looking so overweight. I eat well, just too much and I don't move enough.

Check that. I DID eat too much and DID not move enough. I lost about 15 pounds over the summer and then about 18 since the end of September. One of my goals is to start next year's market season in May looking like a poster child for healthy eating!

I joined SP about a week or so ago and immediately hit a plateau. :D But hey, today I finally broke through it. It'll be fun to watch my ticker move to the RIGHT and the RIGHT weight for me. Looking forward to reading posts in this group. : )

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11/8/11 10:42 P

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The sun was so hot (as well as the wind) in Texas this summer that I used my tomato cages for support and covered my garden with row cover to keep out the heat! I just fastened it to the wires with clothes pins. It worked to keep my lettuce from scorching.


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11/8/11 4:42 A

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Hi there :)

Never bothered to look at the teams listing until now and I'm glad I did!

I'm a SAHM with 2 young girls into whom I'm trying to instill a love of gardening. We live in Australia and have worked to transform our typical suburban garden into a haven for local wildlife and also a source of yummy, home grown food for us.

Gardening is my absolute passion and I spend as much time outdoors as I can. No matter how bad things get with the lack of sleep, constant whining etc that you get with young children, after 10 minutes outside (even in the pouring rain!) I find myself feeling relaxed and smiling. Definitely the best stress relief ever!
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Unable to walk? Recuperating, disabled or wheelchair bound? Then chair exercise is for you! All are welcome to join our wonderful team. Disability or not, we will help you get moving!!
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11/6/11 10:01 P

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1. FIRST NAME? Kathy
2. CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE? Euless, TX
3. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? January 20
4. SIGNIFICANT OTHER? Yes
5. CHILDREN? GRANDCHILDREN? 5 children, 4 granddaughters
6. PETS? Not any more
7. FAVORITE SNACK FOOD? yogurt
8. FAVORITE EXERCISE? riding my Schwinn comfort bike
9. HOBBY? Gardening, reading, Facebook
10.ANYTHING ELSE? I still work at a demanding, stressful job and am doing an internship as well. I have an organic square-foot garden in my back yard and love working in it. I am having foot surgery on Nov. 18th, 2011 and need someone to hold me accountable while I recover and can't exercise.

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10/8/11 7:08 P

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Hello! I just joined this site last night. I am looking to lose weight and provide a healthier lifestyle for my family. I've recently had my third baby, and I'm hoping to lose the weight a bit more quickly and get in better shape. I had some health issues with this one, so I'm trying to drop pounds to help with tendonitis & joint pain and eat better to help maintain a healthy blood pressure.

I'm a writer, birth doula, and Reiki Master who is currently slumming it in retail to pay the bills. We recently moved from Western North Carolina to Southeast Missouri in an attempt to realize our homesteading dreams. I didn't do too much with the gardening this year, since I was having some health problems (and it was unbearably hot this year!). But we do have a few goats and chickens, and I'm now hoping to start a late fall garden if possible. I home/unschool our girls, and I'm hoping to make our new fitness journey into a nice homeschool project that the whole family can enjoy.

I'm still figuring this site out, but I'd love to make any friends with similar interests or goals. Or who just need a friendly cheerleader! I look forward to getting to know everyone and contributing on the site. Hopefully it will help me keep with it!



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9/15/11 5:46 P

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Hello everyone,
My name is Jerrie, and I love to grow healthy real foods no Chemicals. . Living in AZ has been a challenge with the garden and the heat. It took me many years to get the growing and planting thing down. August is the worst month of all. I need a pergola or canvas top to keep the sun from beating the plants to death. Maybe next year. emoticon squash, melons are growing now and one lone pumpkin… I also have a worm farm to eat table scrapes. My husband is wondering what I will be doing next….

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9/13/11 9:52 P

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Okay. I FINALLY decided to join this team. Glad it/ you are here!

I live in the Central Coast area of California. Zone 17. Seems like nothing grows here OR everything should grow here. LOL

What really grows here is mold b/c of the fog and moisture.

I'm doing a Container Garden (keeps the cats, and the underground critters at bay.)

Frustration is my middle name. However, my other name is Determined!!

Almost like losing weight, eh?



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9/12/11 12:06 P

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Hello. I joined SP and some of the forums a few weeks ago. Not a total SP fan, but I love the interactive nature of their set up and it's been a great tool to keep track of my goals and nutrition.

I live in SW Washington state with my college age daughter and 5 year old Springer Spaniel. We love to walk and my dog has also lost some weight this summer from all the walking we're doing! I love plants in general and swing back and forth between being passionate about ornamentals and edibles. I'm a terrible collector, but, hey, everybody has their hobby, right? Some women collect shoes, purses, jewelry, whatever. I collect plants and that's all about it! Currently, I'm experimenting with integrating edibles into my home's landscape so I can combine both. My only inputs are compost and composted manure, and my yard is small enough that I can usually deal with pest problems by hand removal, so I guess that's pretty organic! Having fun with the integration-blueberries instead of other bushes, thyme and marjoram as ground cover around my bog garden, stuff like that.

So, I'm looking forward to plowing through the backlog of posts here. And thanks to SP for setting it all up!


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7/31/11 8:06 A

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Hi, my name is Barbara and I live in a small town in southeast PA. I joined Sparks 3 weeks ago and just found this team today. (There is so much here to discover) I am not a big gardener but this spring I planted a table top garden with lettuces and herbs. The lettuce is just about finished. There are still a few bolted plants for me to finish off. What can I plant now that will survive the heat and grow?

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7/25/11 10:27 A

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Just wanted to stop and say HI!! I didn't know this team was here, but I do put all my raw veggie material, egg shells, coffee grounds, used loose tea either on the garden or in my compost bin.

Looking forward to being a member of this group!!!



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7/21/11 1:30 A

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Sounds like a great garden! I've never grown chickpeas or known anyone who has either. Sorry!


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7/20/11 11:10 A

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Hello, Everyone!

I love vegetable gardening but hate having to spray any sort of herbicide or pesticide on my plants. I'm in northeast North Carolina. We have hot humid summers (average highs in the 90s) and rather mild winters (average lows in the 30s). I'd comment on precipitation but it is very unpredictable so...I water when required. I also amend the soil every year with compost and for the ph desired in a particular area.

-I try to grow any vegetable I can. I have a lot of luck with onions, garlic, potatoes, asparagus, hybrid tomatoes (only heirloom that survives blight w/o spraying is cherokee purple so far...I try new ones each year..), beets, carrots, peppers, okra, summer squash, and various herbs. I also have muscadine grapes, figs, blueberries and just added a couple of blackberry plants if they survive the deer...

-Anyone ever grown chickpeas? I'd like to give them a try but don't know a thing about them other than they like cooler temps (or so I read) so I would suppose to plant them as a fall crop where I live (?)

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7/10/11 11:08 P

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Hi Everyone!

I'm new to spark & to gardening, but enjoying both currently!

I first planted all me 'staples' - basil, rosemary, tomatoes, chives, jalepenos & hawaiian chillis. they are all doing great, though the jalepenos were lookng a little sad for awhile - i added some comopost tea to everything one day & it really seemed to help
then - some garlic sprouted in my kitchen, so i threw that in the ground too!
i'll be curious to see how the garlic does when it comes out of the ground, the stems are 12" - 18" long right now & still very green
next - oregano, mint, nasturiums, arugula, lemongrass, gardenia & ngiht blooming jasmine
arugula wilted & then came back to life - i don't thing the front yard soil/sun is the right place for it., everything else is flourishing
today i found lemon verbena! one of my favorite herbs i've been searching for on Maui for 2 years, fingers crossed these will grow healthy & strong!! Also added some flowers & my first succulents this weekend, so much fun!

hoping to start a garden box as my next project, i love our farmer's market & think i'd love harvesting my own veggies even more. hoping this group will offer some great tips & inspiration for my next steps in gardening!



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Hi everyone,
My name is Jill, I live in MI, I have been gardening for close to 40 years ( all thou I am only 55) I always had a place where I could plant about 1/4 acre of garden, not counting the flowers all around the house and yard until four years ago. Four years ago I lost my house after loosing my job. I now live in an apartment complex (which I totally hate) but I do have a 4x8 foot balcony that I have FULL of flowers, 3 tomato plants, and one cucumber, green onions, peas, radishes, & carrots.
I started close to 300 plants in Feb. and my son and his fiancée planted them at her mothers house, plus I gave a bunch to friends & family.
I am a widower, I am disabled; I have two adult children and six grandchildren, two cats and my second hobby is sewing. I have been sewing longer than I have been gardening!
I'll post some pictures of my balcony garden when I get a chance.
thanks for letting me join in
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7/5/11 4:37 P

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Hi
I am now seventy but have been a life long gardener. I now live in A senior citizen community where I have tried to organize an organic senior citizen community garden & club...Unfortunately, though most of the residents are 10-15 yrs my junior, little interest has been shone....since we own garden space, and I am one of the few who use it, I have been able to estab. : a veg. garden, mixed perennial shade garden, and a sun garden primarily for fun an bouquets. I will try & add a few more pics on my spark page of my activity.It has turned out that my failure has given me an unexpected opp. to do just as I please! emoticon

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6/22/11 6:38 P

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Hi, I'm Dawn and i live in Alaska. i'm pretty new to gardening. I can keep my houseplants alive, but I've tried to grow herbs inside a few times and they always die quickly.
I decided to try planding outside this year, now that I have a yard, but it had been neglected for years. Who sould have guessed that under a ton of raspberry bushes (I did keep some) were some raised garden beds?
I got a late start because of all the time spent on the raspberries, so I got some starts from a nursery: broccoli, zuccini, red bell peppers, lettuce, and cherry tomatoes. They were pretty sad looking the first few days, too dry I think. I gave them a good drink and they've come back and are doing well so far. I also have a barrel of strawberries that I planted, a hanging basket of same which is doing great, and a single strawberry plant at work. I tried to be the bee for it with a cotton swab, but it didn't work.
My friend in SC started "Lasagna gardening" this year with great results and I am going to learn more about it and probably try it nest year, so i can spend the winter planning.

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6/19/11 6:09 A

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I celebrated my 69 B-day yesterday and I'm looking at getting a pacemaker on Jun 30. My garden is full of earwigs and ants. The ants are also in my bedroom. I'm doing a lot of sleeping the last few days and not to much in my garden. Hope July is ok to plant lettuce and onions. emoticon

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6/6/11 10:13 P

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I have been sparking for 11 weeks and have just found this team. I am very into gardening. I live in the outskirts of Sydney on a 13 acre farm. I have a vege patch that we started last winter and its keeps me busy. When I moved here 10 years ago there was only a large plum tree in the yard. Now we have a peach tree, a lemon, an orange, a mandarin tree, a nectarine and a apricot tree. Unfortunately my lime tree kicked the bucket so will be putting a new one soon. At the moment my spring bulbs are coming up. I also love to grow roses. They can be very rewarding when they flower but they can also be hard work as we get black spot on them during summer. I hope anyone who reads this has any ideas on how to get rid of it.

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5/25/11 10:25 A

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new to spark, not to organic gardening. Sun is out today, so hope all veggies will grow

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Hi I'm Michelle and I'm new to organic gardening too...only my 2nd year trying. Everything was actually doing pretty good in my garden, but today I went out and found cabbage worms. I had problems with this same pest last year, tried the old pick them off method, but I guess I missed some or couldn't keep up with them, because it didn't work. I'm looking forward to reading through the articles and advise on this team forum in hopes of finding a better solution.

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Well, I am new to this group...new to organic gardening...but not new to gardening...I am just ready to eat cleaner and part of that is organic gardening. Unfortunately, we had snow here this week so I am going to wait until next week to start the garden. I am hoping to have tomatoes and lots of herbs.

Can't wait to hear how things are going!

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In a class I learned to make a spray of organic soap, cayenne pepper and water. Don't know if it works for locust. My cats dispatch a surprising number of grass hoppers in my gardens.

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Actually soil remediation doesn't have to take that long. I have very dry clay soil but I added compost, (free at county sites) and sand from a friend who lives near the beach. I am growing onions, garlic, beets and broccoli and they are doing great.

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5/18/11 5:48 P

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Hi! I am a beginning organic gardener. I need to lose about 65lbs.

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Hi everybody, I'm Erin. I live in Western Washington, but I grew up in Eastern WA and have lived and gardened in MT and GA, too. Mostly I use the square foot gardening method for gardening, and also have several containers of different things. I garden organically because I find it cheaper than trying to purchase organic produce, and I know it's better for the environment.

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Hey ~AppLe here. Hubby is really the Gardener and I am the one who has to find a place to store all the goodies. I do help with weeding and watering. But, I enjoy hearing about everyone's harvest and good tips to try to make our bounty more healthy! emoticon

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Hello, my name is Jennifer. I'm new to organic gardening, and pretty much gardening of any type. I have had 2 tiny gardens my whole life. I skipped last year and I'm kinda glad I did because of the hot weather we had in Indiana. I need to learn a lot. My soil isn't good at all, and I know this. It will take time (years) to get the soil right but I'm not sure how long I will live in this house. For now, I still like to learn and do the best I can do on a year to year basis. When I don't have fresh veggies of my own, I like to go to farmer's markets, or by organic as much as possible. It's a whole new world out there and I'm loving every minute of it. Just recently I went to an Organic Gardens meeting through Meetup.com It was VERY interesting and a little over my head since there were farmers there who have been farming for 50 years or more. I was a little lost but it was still informative. I know so much more about organic foods from watching shows on PBS, Food Matters, Food Inc, and many other short DVD's or books.

One thing I'm really excited about is that I get to have 2 1/2 gardens this year! One at my house (small) and 1 1/2 at my grandma's house whose soil is WAY better than mine. They have used this garden for 30+ years and always throw scraps on it. They just do it for themselves so I'm not really sure if it would be considered organic but they don't and never have used any chemicals. They have never had the soil tested for organic but I know it's a lot more healthy than buying from the average store. I have planted just about everything other than carrorts, and potatoes. It's just too much to list. Some things like beans and peas are a first for me so I'm excited to see how they turn out! I'm excited to find this group and can't wait to learn all I can! -Jennifer emoticon

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I just became an intern Master Gardener. I finished the course which was on line and have been putting in active hours to get in my 50 volunteer hours for the first year. After that it drops to 25 which will be easy. So far I have over 13 hours in and we are having a big plant sale this week which will add a few more. I have had a vegetable garden for almost 50 years and have lots of flowers, fruit trees, grapes and berries. This will be a good year to stock up the pantry with home grown food since the grocery prices are climbing rapidly!

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Hi Everyone,
I am a gardening greenhorn. My husband and I bought our house about 5 years ago and it has tons of flower beds (all populated with local plants... and lots of weeds), but the previous owners had literally done NOTHING in several years. I have never been much for gardening... so I have been slowly making these better, but VERY slowly and there is still a ton to be done.
We live in a temperate rain forest with lots of moisture and not a ton of sun, but I have identified that one of the beds would be our best place for a vegetable garden and am in the process of converting it. I am so excited to grow things that I can eat (and to start from nothing so that I know what really IS a weed... instead of waiting to see)!
I am hoping to do some lasagne gardening to get the soil quality up quickly and also get a composter started too. We do have a lot of bears, so composting may be tricky... but I'm ready to give it a try!
Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated! (I actually found a local expert who is coming over to talk to me tomorrow... I'm hoping she thinks my ideas are good...)


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Hi neighbors!

I am Cheryl and a newbie to Spark People.

I love gardening and I eat only a plant based diet. Hope to be able to grow some beans that I can dry and cook throughout the year.



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I love fava beans, but they are difficult to find where I live. I hope to plant some in my garden some day.

We have vegetable gardens at home and I also have a raised bed garden in our community garden. We also compost at both places.

I only eat plants, so I love having numerous types of beans, grains, lentils,and peas to cook.

“I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion', because it is a war against the child... A direct killing of the innocent child, 'Murder' by the mother herself... And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love... And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts...”
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Hello. My name is Jodi and I live in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. I have a small farm out in the country, about 4 acres. Currently I have a crop of fava beans going in a plot that's about 11 yards x 50 yards. They'll be ready for fresh harvest soon and some of the crop will go on to dry harvest in June. Then I'll plant the 3 sisters: field corn, squash, beans.

I'm doing the bulk of my vegetable gardening this season in containers. I'll be away for a month this summer and my husband doesn't have a lot of interest in caring for a veg garden when he has all his fruit trees to contend with.

My longterm goal is to build a set of concrete block raised beds so I don't have to bend so much. I'm working on a large-scale compost pile now to make good soil.

Locusts have wiped out the garden every year for the last 5 or 6 years. They let me get the early crops in, but tend to eat most of the rest. I have a serious problem with Mexican Bean Beetles (funny thing, being in Mexico and all). Any advice on dealing with these plagues would be appreciated. Also the grubs that burrow into corn cobs.

I look forward to sharing with you all.

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Lizzie, that is great. I wouldn't have thought to put the herbs in the shoe holder. I am going to do my first wigwam and a tower for my tomatoes. I plan to run my cucumbers up on chicken wire in an Earth Box. They are great to grow things in, too. Thanks for sharing.

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Hi Joan, I'm a big fan of vertical gardening too as my plots are fairly small. This year I'll be growing my squashes up a trellis, all the beans and peas up wigwams and I'm using a multi-pocket shoe holder for herbs and salads by my back door! Lizzie

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Hi everyone, I am Joan from SC. This is my first year of organic gardening. I have some garden already planted. Some I had to replant due to the dryness. It has rained a really gentle rain so we are showing new growth. I started my first compose pile this year. I retired and am home every day so I had to have something to peak my interest. Your worm farming caught my eye this morning. My grandson and his friends would love helping with the worms all summer. It could be their summer interest learning. I taught them to plant vegs 2 years ago. It was like a contest, They watched their rows every day to see who's veg came up first. The first time they got to pick their peppers and tomatoes they were so excited. Made all the backaches worthwhile. Children now days need to learn where their food comes from, how to create it and how to use organic methods. I am also teaching myself about vertical gardening (growing your vegs upward on supports, saves space and you can get more vegs for the ground space.) Glad I found your team and hope to learn a lot about worm farming and composting. Thanks Joan

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Hi, I live in North East UK and have a small yard as well as 2 plots on a community garden with organic status from the soil association. In the ground, in the polytunnel, anywhere I can, I'm going veg to eat. I love it - planning, sowing, re-planting and, of course, eating it! Lizzie

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Hi everyone,

I live in town with a small yard so only have a couple of 35 ft rows for my garden in a raised bed. I primarily grow heirloom tomatos along with a few herbs.

Good luck with your gardens this season!

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