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10/19/13 8:19 P

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My garden was awesome this year. I am still getting a few tomatoes and still have kale and collards that we have been picking. Next year we are adding more garden space and will add pumpkins and cukes. The rabbits ate all our beans so we need to figure a plan to keep them away.

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I rent and there isn't any space for a garden. Plus I'm have black thumb. I could kill a cactus! If I had the space, I don't know if I would plant one. I'd like to, but I'm afraid that everything would die. I might just stick to buying and leave the planting to those of you who can do it.

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10/11/13 5:27 P

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10/11/13 8:51 A

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I've maintained raised beds for three summers now, but last season was hit quite hard by the horrible weather we had SW Ontario. July was too hot and then August was too cold. The only things that did well were the ghost peppers and the beans. The tomatoes were carrying a LOT of fruit but never turned red/orange/yellow. The cayennes and other hot peppers are going back into pots next year. They don't like the beds. Fingers crossed for a better season

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10/7/13 8:51 P

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Yes, this is our first year with this raised bed layout. We planted acorn and butternut squash, kale, cucumbers, garlic, tomatoes, onion, peppers, carrot, and a selection of herbs.
We also have some fruit trees, cherry, apple, saskatoon.

Next season I would like to focus on more squash, and add some trellis to grow vertically.
The kale was hit hard by cabbage moths :( But I will try again! LOVE kale.

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10/7/13 9:49 A

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yes...on our deck!

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10/7/13 9:42 A

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This year my husband planted a garden and grew some vegetables. Its a start. We just moved into our home and the soil will need lots of work to get it really rich. But it is a good start.

In the end, the best things in life came from our own inner growth and that came from dealing with things that we wish didn't exist and making them better. So in that way, bad things are a huge blessing.


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6/24/13 10:53 A

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I am getting ready to plant a veggie garden in my side yard- raised bed.
My containers are growing very well!
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6/20/13 8:12 P

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I don't know where you live, Starfish1961, but in hot country (Phoenix, AZ for me), spinach is a cool weather crop.

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6/20/13 9:47 A

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Thanks; I will have some this afternoon , I hope we are not watering it to much , it seems like its turning yellow , or maybe to much sun. I did however plant more seeds in week intervals ;) THANKS AGAIN

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6/20/13 9:09 A

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www.almanac.com/plant/spinach

just in case I was wrong in my anticipated advice - I looked it up.
I harvest as it grows, and leave the plant there to create more leaves

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6/19/13 11:33 P

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We have a garden every year , my husband does most of the work for it. We plant tomatos , 3 kinds of peppers , beans , collard greens & swiss chard , added beets this year also. Spinach too , was wondering if you pick the leaves as they're ready , does it keep comming in or do you just get a few handfuls from each plant and have to plant every week or so to have it through the season??

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6/19/13 7:08 P

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Let me know what you find out about the squash plants...mine didn't even sprout.

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6/19/13 9:30 A

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I have a 4 X 8 raised garden. I planted cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and bell peppers. The cucumbers are going crazy due to our unusually higher rainfall this month and we have already eaten about 5 of them. The tomatoes are starting to turn red but haven't been able to pick any yet.
All but one of my squash plants didn't thrive so I am reading up on those to see what I need to do or not do next time. The bell peppers are pea size so they have a way to go.
I do love a garden and find this size is manageable with a full time job and family. My dream is to one day have a greenhouse but in the meantime I am enjoying my little garden.

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6/17/13 5:55 A

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I have a mystery crop growing in my compost bin (it's an open one, and I turned it over earlier this year, to take some of the contents to put around my newly-planted rhubarb).

I noticed that there are some plants coming up - they have the look of vine crops - likely squash or pumpkin. I would have guessed the seeds would have frozen through the winter; but I guess not. Last year I had a squash grow in that bin, as well (again an unintentional crop)

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6/16/13 4:18 P

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Yes- I plant in containers.



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6/16/13 2:55 P

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Wish I could plant a garden, I live in a trailer park, so it's out of the question. Is there something I could plant and put on my porch or in the house. I would love some fresh herbs. I need to can again this summer, I've canned tomatoes.

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I have about 100 sq foot garden in my backyard for veggies and this is my first year doing it so I'm on a huge learning curve! This year I have carrots, peas, broccoli, beets, radishes, potatoes, acorn squash, and cantaloupe. So far I haven't been able to harvest anything edible yet and will have to replant the melons, but the rain has been good so far and I enjoy weeding in the evenings for light exercise. Perhaps next year I will know what I'm doing. lol

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6/14/13 11:26 P

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I wish I could. I cant breath good enough to keep it up. My neighbor does and he lets me raid it, thank goodness

This is the link to the Atkins website. even tho I dont fully do it the atkins way anymore I do still eat from the atkins food list/eat. I just count carbs different than they do.
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6/14/13 6:51 A

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thanks for the rhubarb recipe link.
I'm also on the hunt for some 'savory' ones.
Thus far, those are sadly lacking

I may buy some pots of herbs soon.
I have chives, but there's only so much versatility with those ;)

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6/13/13 12:20 P

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I have a small garden but I'm still learning. This year I have chard, kale, carrots and herbs. I'm hoping to add a few more vegetables still. Hopefully some snap peas and cucumbers. I'm running late on my tomatoes. We also have a good patch of raspberries (first 5 were ready today!), 3 young blueberry bushes and some strawberries. My 3 year old has a tiny patch of the garden and he has beans, corn, chard, kale and strawberries. :)

CMCOLE- this is my absolute favorite rhubarb recipe. www.cookusinterruptus.com/strawberry
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6/13/13 6:13 A

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Oh, Rapunzel - your post reminds me of where we lived previously (two different locations).

First one - the deer demolished everything, no matter how many urban remedies we tried.
What they didn't eat, they sampled, and ruined, anyway.

The second one it was the rabbits and slugs (well the first one had lots of slugs, too).

Last year, I had some wonderful greens, including arugula, and an invasion of some sort of moth came, and overnight, stripped them down to bare stems. It was only upon very close inspection, you could see the little caterpillars in the pot

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Yes and rabbits come and demolish it.

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No, I wish I could.

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6/10/13 9:08 A

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During the season (I'm zone 5 no palms or plumeria for me!) whatever I don't plant to eat, I buy from my farmer's market. I believe in eating local and in season as much as possible.

So I have several raised beds (heavy clay around here) and also use containers. My vegetables are also mixed in with my perennials. Eggplant and okra have beautiful flowers.
I garden organic and in the summer I have heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, pole beans, bush beans, drying beans (pole beans make good privacy screens), beets, chard, radishes, mesclun, broccoli, collards, summer squash and cucumbers. Flowers like marigolds and geranium are mixed in for pest control as are herbs to attract beneficial insects. I also have edible flowers like calendula and nasturtiums mixed in. That's just summer - then I have the fall crops like more snap peas, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts etc.

I don't have a big yard either so it's fenced to keep the dogs in and deer out. I have to plant extra for the rabbits though.

Can you tell gardening is one of my favorite subjects? Everyone can plant some vegetables. You can do a salsa garden just in 2 containers. There are lettuce blends just for pots as well as other vegetables like cucumbers anbd summer squash which are bred to be small for containers. I'm trying corn this year which usually takes up a lot of space but this one was hybridized for containers.

Nothing beats the pleasure of going out and eating something right off the vine or plant. A cherry tomato popped in your mouth when you're out in the garden beats anything.
Oh and I forgot about the fruit - the strawberries, blueberries and raspberries usually never make it into the house because I don't have room for too many plants and they are just too delicious. Also my one dog loves strawberries and she usually gets them before I do.

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6/10/13 8:46 A

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We don't plant a garden per se. We have plants in the ground that are flowers, colorful foliage, all types of palm plants/trees, and rosemary. We also have many outside potted plants like ponytail palms, plumeria (just bloomed for the first time in 4 years), bromeliads, chive, basil, ferns and we just bought a few datil pepper plants. Inside we have a large bamboo pot, orchids and African Violets. We usually do all our vegetables in pots around the pool because we have so many deer that would eat them otherwise.

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6/10/13 6:51 A

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Flowers or Vegetables.

I inherited a perennial garden from the previous owners, and I wish I could take it all out of there with a backhoe. The choice of plants (except perhaps one or two) are not ones I'd put there. Plus, there's a landscaping fabric down, which makes it nearly impossible to dig in it. Doesn't keep the weeds at bay, though.

In another location, I've planted a few flowers that I prefer.

I have a few window/rail boxes with some greens (if the weather would improve so they would grow). Plus, my neighbour gave me some rhubarb crowns, so I'm hoping that next year I'll have a harvest of rhubarb (now all I need to do is round up some more recipes).

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