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OMG Kelley I do believe it! I went ahead and transplanted seedlings, my tomatoes didn't survive though, hopefully everything else will. Though it looks like some beans may be goners. Hopefully we are ALL done with frost and snow for the season.



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Here's a new link about using coconuts to start seeds and how to compost that you might find interesting. I'm not sure about the "Three Minutes to a Better Garden" claim. www.apartmenttherapy.com/three-minut
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4/9/13 10:49 P

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Wow, it's amazing how folks are still getting snow! (We had a freak snowstorm last week, though only an inch of snow came.)

Today is the first day we've actually had warmth AND humidity! I even had to turn on the air conditioning tonight, it felt so humid in here! But I don't trust this...cause next week it may be snowing again! Ha!

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We're getting snow here in Ontario too on Thursday. Enough already.

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Evelyn - I'm in Chicago. We are supposed to get snow this week. Can you believe it!

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What a great thread!

Beth I have farm envy - glad to know there's a resource in the group.

Kelly I don't remember what area you are in, I have found collards to be the most prolific of the greens. We let one go to seed a few years ago and have had lots of luck getting plants from those seeds, never had to buy another seed pack since. They also do well when it's a bit warmer in the summer, some greens don't seem to do as well for me.

In the fall i planted peppers and herbs so those have been doing well, I also planted tomatoes and am embarrassed to say that I don't remember doing it so have no idea what variety they are... they are doing well though lol

I started some seeds late last week: corn, kabucha, zucchini, 2 pumpkin varieties, spaghetti squash, butternut and sunflowers.

Today I want to start beans, and maybe direct sow some greens, it's 80 degrees right now, hopefully it won't stay too too warm for the greens.

I also like to plant flowers throughout the vegetables to add colors and encourage pollinators.

A great resource that I have is a book called: Great Garden Companions: A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden

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She does a great job explaining companion planting and when to plant.



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Thanks Shivamoon for that link! I tend to just throw stuff into the ground and hope it grows. This will help me do it right.
Thanks Kelly for the compliment.
I went to do a yard clean-up yesterday and couldn't - the place still had too much snow if you would believe it. Shivamoon, like you plan to, when I retired I started weeding flowerbeds and trimming bushes for people who loved gardens but couldn't manage them any more. There is a real call for that kind of work. My late husband was a horticulturalist, so I picked up a bit of stuff from him but I am no expert and I tell my customers that. They teach me.

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H D has a 4 X 4 X 7 cedar raised garden box on sale. This might make it possible for a person with both limited space and funds to enjoy growing real food.

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Terry - this is my big test to see if I can garden. I guess can isn't the right word but am willing to put in the time necessary to make my plants grow and cultivate crops even in containers. It's the option I have available to me. I can always get more containers. I want to eventually grow enough tomatoes to can my own for sauces etc so I can stop buying canned tomato products like diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce etc.

My sister and I ordered plants last night. I got two tomato plants (one red and one yellow), two green beans (my husband loves green beans), one zucchini and one yellow squash.

Beth - I'm very impressed with your "garden". I'm checking out the Johnny's Selected Seeds for other veggies I couldn't get from the site last night. Thank you for the information.

Boni - this is a great topic and right on time!

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Thanks for the link, Shiva--that looks like an interesting course. I'll probably take it!

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Thanks for those links, Kelly--that does sound like what I have in mind for this summer, too...just a little something to help a little with the produce now and then, but not a huge garden to care for.

You mentioned ignoring plants. I found out last summer that I tend to do that if they are planted in the ground, but do better if they are planted in pots. Why that is, I don't know. I guess mentally I think if they are in the ground, then the "ground" should take care of them or something! LOL!!! So I ignore them....but I fuss over the potted ones. (So it sounds like a potted garden is what I need.)

Man, don't ya love that pic of the cherry tomoatoes! That would actually make a pretty pot to have anywhere, even on a porch or deck.

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Below is Phil Nauta's short class on how to prepare soil for a garden.

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Beth - holy cow that's a lot of plants.

Terry - These are the boxes I bought.

You can use any container or even make your own. I got 3 boxes. I found a company that has plants that aren't GMO and look pretty good.

Here is the link for the plants.

www.tastefulgarden.com

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I tend to ignore plants so I'm hoping this can be a good way for me to make a garden happen. I do good for a while but then forget about them and my husband ends up taking care of them.

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Hey Terry,
That's a good reminder. I often do wish for just a little more. I'm going to stop that and just work on making this little spot a sanctuary. I had my contractor take out a pad of concrete, about 4'x4 1/2' that used to have a shed on it, and that made a huge difference. The soil underneath was thick clay, not a worm in site. The homeowner's association my house belongs to has yard folks who mow and rake up leaves on the common property lawns; they bag that all up and take it away. Last Monday and today they gave me big bags of leaves and grass clippings, which make a perfect mulch -- so the worms and microbes will be moving over to that spot soon, happy to build their homes and raise their families there. I'm going to keep at it and wait a season before I try to plant there.

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If you are interested in heirloom seeds, try Baker Creek, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Seeds of Change, and Seed Savers Exchange.

Will Allen of Growing Power grows food on blacktop, so whatever you have can become a garden. www.growingpower.org/index.htm

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Shiva, your "two parking space" size yard sounds delightful to me! I used to would have never said that. I wanted lots and lots of land!! Well, where I live now I have land to garden on...but also a lot of yard to mow and that yard has become a headache! Ha! I now long for the days when I lived in an apartment and did not have to deal with all that!

But of course when I lived in an apartment I wanted some land to garden (we humans are never satisfied, are we!) But now, after experiencing BOTH worlds, I now realize all I want is a small area to garden and a small yard--sounds a lot like what you have.

Just wanted to let you know that, in case you ever have moments when you wish for more space, just know there are those of us who wish for less space! Ha!

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Kelly, may I ask what you mean by "garden boxes" or "grow boxes"? This sounds like something I might be interested in "if" I decide to garden this year. (For a couple of personal reasons, I may choose not to this year.)

I found out last summer that having a spot of land available to me to garden on was no guarentee that things would grow well. (Of course, we had that blistering hot summer last year and that was not good for anything.) But the area I plant in is also so prone to weed and grass growth that I almost wish I just had some boxes to plant in instead.

I'm like you and want to avoid the cost of raised bed gardens at this time. (I have the space, but not the moolah! Ha!) And I'm thinking "if" I garden this year I want to go small scale.

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Kelly, Johnny's Selected Seeds is my favorite seed source. It is 100% employee owned, and they do not use GMOs. (I called and asked them.) They have a great variety of organic seeds.

Kale and lettuces are cold weather crops, so get them in as soon as you can. (We are starting to take ours out.) Things like tomatoes, squash, melons, peppers are summer crops.

If y'all have any questions about growing vegetables, you can message me directly. We recently bought a small farm, and I have made tons of mistakes, so I am happy to pass anything I have learned on if it would help. I currently have 450 tomato plants started, 350 lettuces, 200 peppers cucumbers, squash, 100 eggplants, marigolds, and several other things ready to go. I've got peas, garlic, leeks, herbs, broccoli, and greens in the ground right now, which we are currently harvesting, so I get some stuff right, too. emoticon

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I have a very small yard (sized at about 2 large parking spaces) but am working hard this year to redesign it and transform the heavy clay soil into beautiful rich earth. I signed up for a year long organic gardening academy on-line at:
www.SmilingGardener.com
It is run by Phil Nauta, who incidentally is Heather Nauta's husband. Heather does the fun cooking videos at: www.HealthyEatingStartsHere.com and has recipes at: www.HealthyVeganRecipes.net

My plan is to make my own garden into something beautiful and possibly turn my newly learned skills into a business of transforming small spaces into wonderful gardens for a second career. Where I live, many people have only tiny yards to work with, and it can be hard to figure out what to do with them. I'm moving slowly through the courses since I'm still busy with my first career (but planning to retire within the next year.) As far as the new business goes, I'll see, but I'm really enjoying putting the new knowledge into practice.

By the way, Phil gives free organic gardening classes (short videos) that are really great but just not as in-depth as the ones at the academy. They're fun to watch and I'm using them as an overview since I have so little time right now.

Here's my hint: Never ever mix clay and sandy soils in an attempt to enrich the sandiness or break up the clay. What you will get will be much more akin to concrete. Best to do what a previous poster (sorry, I forget your name) did and add compost, mulch, and other organic matter to both types to improve what you have.

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That reminds me of when I had worms in my classroom. The kids got a great kick out of feeding the worms their lunch scraps.

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I started putting the food scraps from my smoothies, and a little yard dirt, in a plastic tub to feed the 30 worms I purchased at the Big Box Mart. My sandy soil is now turning into rich dark soil and I have thousands (estimate) of healthy worms to feed. I bought a couple of 2X10s and will soon have two 4x4 gardens. The intention is to grow Kale, Chard, Bok Choy, carrots and a few other ingredients for my smoothies then start the process over again. I didn't expect the good feeling I get from seeing the rich soil and healthy worms.....looking forward to the produce.

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We have a good sized garden every year,we grow mostly a variety of lettuce as we are big salad eaters.Also tomatoes ,cherry and large,zucchini,peppers,spinach,cukes and this year will add kale! We usually buy the baby plants instead of grow from seed as they are a little hardier. Diane

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I've wanted to garden for years. Unfortunately it hasn't happened....until this year. I bought some garden boxes have found some websites for non-GMO plants and some organic soil. When I looked at buying seeds I found that Monsanto owns the majority of the seed companies so therefore I don't trust them. I was going to do raised beds but found it to be too expensive when I calculated how much soil I would have to buy. When I looked into working with the soil I have and making it healthy enough to grow produce without chemicals it would have taken way too long. So enter the grow boxes. I'm super excited about this year. So far I'm going to do tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash and some herbs. I have one more box to figure out but have't yet. Can't wait to hear what you guys are doing so I can get some more ideas.

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I know for many of you (and me) the frost still isn't out of the ground, but I thought you might be interested in this link. growingrealfood.com/ Even though my gardens are very small, I've been thinking of incorporating more edibles into my garden and to adding some more containers. My best success is with herbs and cherry tomatoes, but I'm thinking I could add spinach and kale to the perennials. Do any of you have some good gardening links? I know we talked about "Square Foot Gardening" last year and one of you had a great idea about planting seeds right in the bags of soil for those of us without much space.

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