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I am working on more space in my yard and patio for year round gardening. I had a secessful spring crop, small but encourgaging, and woring on late summer

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Cass - glad to hear you're so excited about gardening. This year I was going to get all my landscaping done finally. WAS is the operative word, since I proceeded to break my ankle so my flower beds are on hold at the moment and it won't be until Fall that I can do any planting/rearranging. Hubby is taking care of the vegetable garden at the moment, and hopefully I will be off the crutches in another 2 weeks and can assist with the weeding and other garden chores, but no digging or other heavy tasks for another month after that.

Hope your plants do well.

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I know what you mean about the squirrels and pears. Last year my pear tree was loaded with pears, but I don't think we got a single one - the squirrels got most of them. We were too busy to try and pick any at the time anyway, so at least they didn't go to waste.

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Going to check out Rusty gardener. Been hooked on John Kohler..."growing your greens". This guy has over 900 You Tube videos. Off to bed now. Have an early and long day tomorrow.

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I can't wait for my whole yard to be an Eden like my great grandmother use to have. Been doctoring an old pear tree for the past year since moved into my parents old house and the few I could fight the squirrels for are very sweet though small. Never thought I would get excited over worms but the ground is full of them. I remember before the remodeling there where figs, pears, pecans and roses every where. I want that for my grandchildren.

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this is the first time in 20 years I have tried gardening. I am so excited... planted seeds and started some things on a bay window seat minus the cushions because of the bright sun and already my okra, and spinach and chard are sprouting. Also harvested seeds from some dried gogi berries and to my amazement they are all sprouting too.

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working to put my veggie garden back to Eden

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I grew pickling cucumbers and lemon cucumbers. One lemon cucumber ONLY. I have no idea why, the plant is healthy. The pickling cucumbers did well, the only problem is grandkids picking them and eating them when they're tiny!

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tHANKS FOR THE HEADS UP ON RUSTY GARDENER

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I'm trying container gardening this year...I have half my tomatoes in the ground and the other half in 5 gal. containers...we'll see what happens...
There is a lot of useful info on You Tube with :Rusty Gardener"...you might want to take a look at it!
A beautiful day today...out to the gardens!

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Good morning, Gardeners! I have a terrible time with squash bugs every year. So this year I am doing vertical gardening for my squash vines, as well as my cucumbers and melons. I read that squash bugs don't climb very high on the vine, and so the vines will be protected. I can try to rid the lower vine by squishing the buggers. Also, for any plants that don't require pollination, like carrots, lettuce, spinach.., I keep them under a covered dome (use bent fence with sheer curtain over it). emoticon

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Artichokes are a perennial where I live. The foliage is attractive enough for any front yard. They do attract aphids though.
I'm growing a tomato I'd never heard of until my grandson spotted it at Tomatomania, called Zapoteca. It is described as a stuffing tomato. We'll see.

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we just saw a show about growing artichokes mom wants to try them, we will try using our earth boxes

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I just grow the same varieties every year - Mortgage Lifter, Box Car Willie, Kentucky Beefsteak, Big Rainbow, and Heinz are my main ones. I do like Aunt Ruby's German Green and White Potato leaf (more of a cream colored, and the skins are very soft, so they have to be handled carefully). Also like Black from Tula - excellent flavor, but they do split easily so you have to be diligent in picking them promptly if that happens. That one is a high acid variety, so also good for canning.

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I am interested in what new varieties you are planning to plant this year. Especially tomatoes as Tomatomania is coming to my town this weekend.

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Lots of good ideas . . Thanks !

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My first thought would be to put in some drainage tile along your porch. Just underneath the ground. Drainage tile is a piece of black plastic (cylinder in shape) with a lot of holes in it. The water would drain off the hill, go into the drainage tile, and send it mostly elsewhere.

My second thought would be, what do you have planted on the hill side? Anything? I don't know what your location looks like, or what you are looking for, but if you planted something on the hillside, like trees or flowers, those would help absorb a lot of the water. I know willow trees love moist soil, and they help fight erosion. Day lilies would be another suggestion.

My third thought would be to raise your flower beds around the back, to help keep their feet a little drier, as someone else already said. I'd suggest putting some gravel or sand in the bottom to help keep things dry.

You wouldn't need to do ALL of these things. These are just suggestions of your alternatives.

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Tried growing broccoli. It worked well, very low maintenance and the taste was great!


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Thank you so much for the information ; ) Nothing is quite as therapeutic for me as digging in the dirt !

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There is another forum called "Gardening Ideas, Advice, Questions" and the first topic is "gardening questions and solutions! 2013" that you might want to post this on. It hasn't been active since the fall, but should pick up now that many of us are once again starting to plan and plant for this season.

I would definitely recommend raising the soil level next to your house so that water doesn't all drain towards it. Perhaps building a raised bed right there and using stone or timbers or other materials as a border may help. As to what flowers and veggies don't mind damp feet, I'll have to do some checking. Hopefully someone else may have some suggestions. We do have at least a couple of master gardeners on this team that I know of, and I'm sure they can help more than I can. Root vegetables definitely do NOT like damp feet and will rot if the soil stays wet.

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I don't know if this is the right thread to ask this question so if I'm in the wrong spot, forgive me and tell me where the proper thread is ; )

My back yard slopes down slightly toward the back of my house. The flower beds around the back porch get way too much water when it rains or snows. I am limited in how much I can dig, but I am concerned at water getting under the concrete slab of the porch. Would you add organic matter and extra soil to raise it as much as you could or something else? Can anyone suggest flowers/ veggies that don't mind damp feet.

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Well, I finally got Dear Hubby to buy me a raised bed container. I want two more at least. I've been trying to get him to do this for years. So after that he got the kids and I mini greenhouse kits to start our seeds in, another first for us. Usually he does the gardening and its very traditional in his ways. I'm just so excited. Now if he'll just get my mulch bed going. I have one I made from a garbage can but its too small. I need way bigger.

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I did Russian Kale (purplish green) and let the chickens keep it pruned. There was plenty for us both. Their pruning outer leaves kept tender ones in the center coming for me. Only after the snow hit hard did the deer venture to the center to get at i and finish them. Worked well to pull almost spent plants and toss them into the coop for chickens to play with.

Will definitely do them again.

This next year I will try cilantro... some protected to assure I get some ... and some in open for both chickens and me.



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You can grow a tree in a pot. Just takes a huge one and lots of organic supplimental top dressing and pruning and if inside a bit of toothbrush pollinating. Then when you are in your own place plant it.

I have two trees in the yard.. one way back in the field which the deer or bear gets.... there are more than enough apples for cider, juice, freezer, fresh, storage, pies, cobbler/crisps, applesauce, apple butter and feeding the chickens with plenty left over for friends as well as the local food distribution center. I'm only one person!!



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I grew a black tomato called Indigo Rose, that is supposed to be very high in antioxidants. It was quite beautiful in a pot on the deck.

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ALEXISNERDY-- Research the varieties that will grow well in your area and just plant them as your can afford it. Bareroot trees are less expensive but will take years longer to produce, so it might be worth the bucks to pay for a potted dwarf tree that will give you fruit this season AND plant a semi-dwarf bareroot in the ground for later. By the time the dwarf is dying out, the other will be producing. We wish we had started our orchard many years ago instead of just last year~

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I grew most of my veggies in containers...

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I grew organic kale and chard which was new for me this last year and it was awesome emoticon

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Wonderful goal to grow an orchard. Pretty tough for a broke college student and you probably don't have the land to put it on. When you do find your little Eden I hope you don't have to move around as much as I have. The idea of planting the trees then never getting to harvest the fruit drove me nuts. Do start by planting berries. They are easier than trees. Do research your varieties before planting. I was thrilled when I moved into a house with an apple tree. Who plants a tree that only gives eating apples that don't even keep very well. So the tree is gone after we put up with many years of hornets and bees drunk on the rotting fruit. We didn't like these apples at all. If you plant apples, make it a dwarf variety and something that at least makes sauce.

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You guys did some pretty neat stuff this year!

I, being the broke recent college grad that I am, don't have a place to plant my own garden yet, but I did work as an apprentice at a farm last season and have gotten a lot of ideas for when I get my own place. The big one: I'd love to grow an orchard. How cool would that be? Fresh apples, apple pie, jam, cider....oh, how delightful that would be!

Anyone have experience growing fruit trees, or even nut trees? Any advice or resources I should check out?

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I tried growing carrots that came in different colors this year - purple, white, yellow, light orange. Didn't have the area ready for spring planting so I planted them later in the year for a fall crop. I don't know if it was the weather or if I got them in too late, but they didn't get very big. They WERE interesting and they tasted fine. No real difference from the orange carrots I usually would grow.


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I've been playing with Tomato Grafting and have gotten real good at it. I can graft up to 5 varieties of tomatoes on to one plant like a Christmas tree. Here is just a small example of what i have done. Regular leaf and Potato leaf variety tomato varieties on 1 plant.

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This was my first year growing lots of things indoors, and I found myself doing a lot of adjusting and jury-rigging. I ended up planting my seedlings in fabric pots in plastic bags, arranging them on chairs in front of my sunniest window. I probably wouldn't do this again without a balcony, haha.

For all that, though, I got a lot of produce! Using vegan fertilizers, I got lots of tulsi for tea, tons of lemon balm and basil, a few little cherry tomatoes of two heritage varieties, lettuce, arugula, and dwarf sunflowers.

My parsley, strawberries, mizuna, and mustard greens didn't make it, probably because I over-watered or it was too hot. Now that it's cold outside (less so indoors, on the window), I'm thinking of restarting some of them and then growing them through the winter and spring. Anyone know what grows well in cold weather (but indoors, climate-controlled)?

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I grew beets and they did very well

Were sweet and tasty

I planted only a few plants just to see how they would do and they did well

Next planting season I will do more

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I'm still struggling to get my planter boxes going since moving to this new house. My cherry tomatoes did well, but the big ones never did anything. I planted green beans in pots and have enjoyed them with several meals now and have my herbs in window boxes on my front porch. This new house has a septic drain field that takes up the majority of the back yard. The space that is not a leach field, I've used for lots of fruit trees.

Last year I put in a mango, peach, avocado and two orange trees. This morning, we put in a fig, a pear and a plum. We're in Florida, so we're not "supposed" to be able to grow many of these fruits here, but I found a local green market that has some trees specifically engineered to grow in warmer climates.

The peach tree came with blooms, so I got a few peaches last spring. All of the mangos fell off before ripening...bummed about that, and nothing else is mature enough to produce.

Soooo, trying lots of new stuff, but still waiting to see if they "work".

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Hi, Linda! I have a "Spin Bin Compost Tumbler" that I bought from Arbico Organics (www.arbico-organics.com). It has a 60 lb capacity for $129.50. It does a pretty good job, too, but my garden is about 30' x 40', and in Central Florida, the soil is very sandy, so I need a lot of organic material to amend it. The composter that I want is much more expensive: A Mantis Compost T-Twin that costs $499.00. It will be a good while before I can save up for that one, LOL, but it has two bins. This can compost up to 10 bushels in each chamber, and makes compost in about 14 days to a month, so you can "stagger" your composting efforts and have a continuous supply. Mantis also has smaller ones and I love their products, so save I must! In the meantime, my little "Spin Bin" is doing a good job! I have a Worx leaf blower/vac/mulcher thing that i use to mulch the leaves and stuff before I put them in th composter, and the compost that it produces is great! It also is completely contained, so it doesn't attract pests, and animals can't get in it.

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Tsisquausdi- What kind of composter did you buy? I have always wanted the kind that you turn like a tumbler. Also you mentioned that you wished you had gotten a bigger one. How big is your's?

Maybe some day I'll be able to get one,
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I live in a subdivision, and this year, I bought a composter - AWESOME! The finished compost is wonderful, and I'm not annoying the neighbors with a compost pile! My only reget is that I couldn't afford a bigger one!

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Grew anagallis (scarlet pimpernel) in that patch of turf between the sidewalk and the road that gets all the road salt plowed onto it. Nothing much survives there, but the anagallis loved it. I'll plant more next year.

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It was really hot this year and a lot of rain. My herbs all just died regardless of what I tried. I am dumping all the soil in the pots and starting over with new herbs. Hubby wants to set up a speial stnd for all the pots for the herbs that he saw in a magazine I told him okay as he has never taken an interest in them until he has to purchase fresh herbs at the grocery for me. He decided it was a worthwhile endeavor We even lost our rosemary plant of about 6 years, large and beautiful

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Heirloom seeds. The cosmos got enormously big, 6'. The stalks were 2" at the bottom. The carnations were spindly but bloomed continuously. Marigolds did fantastic.

The zinnias were not heirloom but were also grown from seed. They did very well with 1" stalks at the end of the summer and 4' tall.

The tomatoes were good, green peppers fair, basil okay. Cilantro was HORRIBLE. The plants looked exactly the same at the end of the season that they were at the beginning - pitifully small even for seedlings! It never grew at all. I tried parsley and that stunk too. I had to buy a parsley plant.

My daughter's heirloom tomatoes and peppers were much better than mine. She has an honest-to-goodness setup for light which I do not have. It was her tomato plants that grew out of control. I only planted determinate varieties and they produced well.

I don't know if I'll try seeds next year. It depends on how much cabin fever I have. I may forgo veggies this year in favor of farmer's markets and roadside stands. Also, my daughter would love help in her huge garden. I might help her in exchange for taking what I want.

All my veggies and herbs were grown in pots, as our vegetable garden is all berries now. The two largest containers looked like a ridiculous mess since I had an indeterminate tomato (my daughter's) in each one along with other tomatoes and stuff. I had to get lawn chairs to prop them off the patio bricks so they wouldn't rot.

I'm considering planting something else in my containers next year, like a decorative grass about 2-3' high. I saw that on TV and it was striking.

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Red cabbage
It survived the bugs much better than white cabbages.
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Alpine strawberries!
I started the seeds indoors, and some of the plants were only about an inch tall when I planted them out, but holy cow--I was harvesting berries (both red and yellow varieties) by July!

Super excited to see how they fare over the winter, and what kind of yields we see next year. They were VERY tasty.



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Where did you get the plants? Or did you just plant a sweet potatoes with eyes in the ground?



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Due to horrible drought and insane heat (like deserts and we're the Midwest!) we lost all of our long-standing herbs.

What a shock! We *bought* starts late-summer, so now we have happy but small barrels of herbs. It's not something new per se but it was certainly new to *buy* anything after years of being able to contend with rough weather. I think they just couldn't take it anymore.

I hope these fresh starts will do better next year, whatever comes our way!

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I grew regular sweet potatoes in my large planters this year - one per pot. They did excellent, some of the potatoes were over a foot long. I planted them on the side of the container, but I think they would do better if planted in the center, which is what I am going to do next year. The vines were very decorative, and hubby was also impressed, not only with their appearance but with how well each produced. They also make an effective ground cover, and I didn't have very many weeds survive where I planted them in the garden, so I may actually plant some in the flower beds where I have some bare spots or where I'm not sure what else to plant there yet.

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Did you plant any new varieties that you loved and will definitely try again? Did you try a new way of planting things? Found any ways that worked wonderfully in dealing with weeds, pests. Tried raised beds, growing veggies in containers, etc? What worked, what didn't?

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