I'm Cherie - an avid gardener, except this year as I am recvering from a knee replacement. Next year I plan to be back in the garden! My favorite veggie gardening includes tomatoes, squash, cukes, peas & beans, & sometimes okra. Flowers - well, everything.
I'm a HUGE fan of heirloom tomatoes & hope to start planting other heirloom plants - squashes etc. I live in the country & we have lots of space to garden. We own a massive tiller, not the little thing you see on TV. It takes a lot of work to start a new garden space - we have a lot of clay & quartz rocks. Sometimes the tiller can't hanle the quartz & I have to use a pick-ax to break it up & then haul it off by hand!
So it's major work & I get pretty strong & fit just gardening. After all the tilling & rock breaking I have to ammend the soil. I use newspapers on the bottom (to slow weed growth), our garden compost, horse manure from a nearby stable, cow manure from the farmers' co-op, etc. etc. We get giant, healthy plants that produce like crazy.
SOoo.. I've rambeled on too long - I'm glad to be here. Thanks to Bkwrm for inviting me!
Stay calm and carry on.