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3/22/13 1:44 P

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:) Very cool. I also don't have much space too but I grow quite a lot of plants myself. Have you seen my garden videos on youtube? are you on facebook?

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3/22/13 12:41 P

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Oh my, what am I NOT growing!
Tomatoes, (9 different varieties this year), bell peppers, 4 different varieites, 3 different varieites of hot peppers, 3 different varieties of eggplant, 2 different varieties of winter squash, 2 different varieties of watermelon, virginia peanuts, sunchokes, swiss chard, Jacobs coat Amaranth, strawberry spinach, regular spinach, 2 different varieties of cukes, garlic (which was already started), lettuce, arugala, grapes, snow peas, sugar snap peas.
All in an very small area that gets a lot of shade. (for pictures on how small take a look at my blog)
Proof that shows you can grow a whole heck of a lot in a tiny space!

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3/22/13 11:36 A

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I am zone 9 so most of my stuff are already in the ground. :) But doesn't stop me from having some fun again. I have a lot of fun starting seeds again. I will most likely be using these tomatoes for Grafting practice. These tomatoes i am growing now from seed are ones i germinated outside under natural weather conditions. Are day lows still get down to low 40's. So we are not out of the woods from any surprise hale and such.

Which vegetables are you going MSDESERTRODENT?

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3/22/13 10:01 A

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I'm in zone 7 in Northern MD.
I actually keep a blog of what we're doing, what varieties we're growing this year, etc etc.
I've tried now about 25 different varieties of "maters" (what we call tomatoes), 7 different varieties of cukes, around 7 different varieties of winter squash, etc etc.
At this point though, regarding a challenge like this, I've already gotten all my seedlings going and now they are all in pots and measuring between 4 to 7 inches tall.
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3/22/13 12:22 A

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The Challenge Idea is to report on your progress. Feel free to show off :) those first true leaves or first blossom sets, first fruit set and so forth.

Here is a video i made for a friend in the Philipines who is growing some tomato plants that got leggy on her. I advice her on potting them up and planting them deeper. But she was afraid because her plants did not have true leaves. So earlier today i told her that would do a video for her to show how to separate the seedlings and how i pot them up. If any of you are interested in checking it out. Here is the link. So if any of you want to grow Tomatoes - check and see if you have any of the varieties i am growing here. and just report back on how your plants are doing in your Zone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx1ZmKF-
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3/21/13 9:41 P

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Grebjack - I'm in the bottom edge of 5b in Indiana. My heirloom tomato, eggplant, and corbaci Turkish peppers are just up and growing inside. Due to this later cool weather I've sprouted some ishikura onions and lacinto kale inside. I'm usually planting something outside about now but the ground is way too cool. I don't have a grow light but a pretty good SW facing window. So what exactly is the challenge?

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3/21/13 8:09 P

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I like both ideas, but I'm particularly into starting the grow out challenge NOW cause I have a lot of my seeds started already. Anybody else in 5B?

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3/20/13 6:12 P

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I was thinking of doing this under the challenges forum a little later in the year. In my family we have a "contest" to see who can grow the biggest tomato. It's all on the honor system, of course. But we could do a biggest tomato, potato, zucchini, etc, and people could post not only the weight but the variety of tomato. Winner at the end of the season gets a trophy from the team.

Could also do a challenge to see who harvests the first ripe tomato, first orange pumpkin, etc. in each zone. Cherry tomatoes don't count. Again also post the variety. That way we can see what different varieties are being grown and where, and which ones produce large fruit as well as which ones produce earliest.

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3/20/13 4:51 P

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Here is something that might be fun to do as a grow out challenge. Find a partner who has a similar zone to your own and plant 4 different type of vegetable plants. Could be a Tomato, Pepper Plant, Cucumber plant, Eggplant and list the variety your growing. If you like you can mail the other person the seeds to get started and try to start at the same time and see how they turn out in your growing area. We can do a picture update every 2 weeks to see how each of our vegetable plants are doing? Is it something anybody would be interested in?

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