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So far my container garden has yielded a green pepper, 1 cucumber, several cherry tomatoes and the promise of a few more of each. My large tomato plant has several tomatoes but as soon as they start to turn red they also go brown on the bottom. It is like the blight we had on our tomatoes a few years ago. Supposedly the blight is right in the seeds.

I am still hoping for an eggplant but the spinach died. It was too hot!

Next year I think I will plant more cucumbers, peppers, and cherry tomatoes for sure.

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My garden fizzled out. I had total knee replacement and could not get on the ground to tend to the plants. The first two weeks I lived in Indianapolis with my son and the weeds were the only thing thriving.

Maybe next year!!

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This year I have harvested a lot of potatoes - there are two months of meal size portions in the freezer if we eat potatoes with one meal every second day, plus enough to do the same again; the onions are about ready to come up and there are 70 of them; tomatoes just starting to ripen; green beans, beetroot, turnip, courgette, cucumber, swiss chard, kale, parsley, basil, mint, spinach, butternut, watermelons. Apart from the constant battle with insects who are getting to some of the produce before me, we have had some good food out of the garden. Lunch today was aubergine, tomato, onion and bacon cooked with a little oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar, egg cracked into it - oh wow, it was superb!

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Tomatoes are the only success I've had this year and that was limited. The vines still look pretty good and we might get some more fruit set if the weather cools off and we get some rain, neither of which are in the forecast. We have a few bell peppers and banana peppers if Bitsee and Peanut don't find them. Bitsee finished off the last chard plant yesterday. My hopes are pinned on a fall garden which we will start planting in 2-3 weeks: salad greens, mustard greens, turnips, beets, carrots, summer and winter squash, onions, more tomatoes if we can find the plants.

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Getting ready to get the last of the salad fixings. YUM

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I've picked everything except my peppers and parsley. Rabbits got my beets and radishes.

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emoticon Happy Days, I'm doing a Happy Dance. We had a cool front come through on Friday and it rained gentle Spring rains every day since it cooled down. I went out to check on our lettuce this morning and it is waiting for me to come out and cut some for dinner. I am SO HAPPY emoticon the last time we checked it, nothing was there. Some bug had come along and eaten all of the Arugula, BUT, it is back too. YUM, YUM emoticon

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I love getting outside especially at odd hours...early morning or after dark (we live in the city, so it's never really dark). And the seasons are great here in Upstate NY...we get all four seasons, so we really appreciate the growing season we have. One of the hardest things is waiting until mid-May to plant if we have some warm weather in April; it never fails that we will have a frost if you try to jump in early!

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My green pepper isn't dead, but it isn't growing! My tomatoes are just starting to ripen; my zucchini is finally starting to grow. I think the rain we had here and the hot temps made some stuff grow differently this year. My Swiss chard has been amazing! My basil is coming back after almost dying off earlier this year. It is fun to try different veggies and see what happens. I tried raspberries one year...the bramble overtook my yard and I had to take them out. The blueberries never thrived (I had three plants; two just disappeared). At least I don't have to worry about deer in the city!

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emoticon My container garden on my deck is looking good for the most part. I have a baby cucumber, a green pepper, and cherry tomatoes coming on, My large tomato plant has lots of green tomatoes but they only get to 1/2 their size and get brown spots on the bottom. It looks like the blight that went through tomatoes a few years back! My eggplant is not blossomed or yielding anything yet and my spinach plants died. BUT I am learning and having fun!

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Here are some other items that you get from gardening. Just for your information.

Being out in a garden also gets you Vitamin D3. It is a necessary vitamin that everyone needs. You also get the stress relief and down time away from the TV, Phone and other electrical items that suck your brains IQ out. You can actually become more balanced emotionally working in a garden as well as getting to know about the seasons, even on the west coast here, and rotate your food crops to rotate your Vitamin intake that you get from your garden.

You also get a higher vitamin and mineral count from your own grown veggies than from the grocers. The Fruit and Veg that you buy from the grocers has been proven to be lower in vitamin and minerals than home grown. The grocers care more about transportability and shelf life than content. Just remember what you buy in a store is usually at least 1 month old! All Veg and Fruit start to degrade within the first 24 hours. Some more than others.

It also gives you quiet time with your family. Kids love to garden once they are introduced to it and love to eat what they grow. So if you have kids that are picky take them down to choose their seeds and have them help you grow them. It also teaches them where their food actually comes from. They don't come from a freezer and they don't come from a can.

So as you can see there are many more pluses to having a garden than one thinks of at first.

My gardens are just producing like crazy still and I usually go around lunch time and eat my way through my garden. It is fresh, tastes great and is plentiful. I never leave hungry. Oh one other thing it is extremely low cal and full of fiber!

Keep having fun in the gardens everyone. It seems you all are having so much fun with them.

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How cool is this forum! I am a relatively new gardener...just a few years. I've gone from a weed-infested jungle to a pretty yard, including a small fairy garden. I am eagerly awaiting tomatoes...I have tons on the vine, but no ripe ones yet. The herbs are great...basil, summer savory, parsley. And earlier this year, we had a bumper crop of strawberries. I find gardening to be therapeutic..when I need some quiet time, I weed a little or water. When I need to be active, I weed furiously, mulch, prune big things, dig holes. And it is a great way to make sure this former coach potato gets outside time during our short summers (I live in Upstate NY).

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Hi Pollkat, I love planting a lot of lettuce at a time. As i thin the new sprouts, I love to eat them or I just transplant to a large container pot. But trust me nothing goes to waste when it comes to my lettuce bed. You can also use the smaller leafs in a store bought salad if your waiting on your lettuce to mature, or in a fruit salad. It's so tasty.

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For managing weeds: I put newspaper down and grass clippings on top of that. I also wet it slightly to keep it flat. It has worked great for keeping the weeds down on the pathways. I do need to put more down now that I've been walking on it a few months, but I will do this every year. Also started harvesting zucchini. It is becoming prolific. Getting one or two every day. Tomatoes are coming on and the plants are almost as tall as me now. Pepper plants are toppling over from the newly appeared peppers. Will have to stake tonight if it doesn't rain. It has rained in torrents almost every day for weeks. We get a day here and there of sunshine, but rain is in abundance this year. Lettuce has gotten away from me and is out of control. Planted too much at one time. Will have to reseed to keep it going. The pumpkin plants have absolutely covered the one end of the gardene. Hoping now I get some pumpkins to show for all the lost garden space. Beets are also doing well. Almost 3 inches tall and all thinned out. I'm afraid everything will come ready at one time and I'll be bombarded with canning everyday. But LOVE LOVE LOVE to garden.

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I am thankful for that!! ;-)

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It seems that nothing stops cherry tomatoes!!

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Our heat is making the garden less productive. We are getting lots of cherry tomatoes though!! ;-)

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My community garden is going for broke! I have a ton of tomatoes that are all ripening in weekly waves. I give bags to my Doctors to thank them for their wonderful care of me. They are all just tickled pink!

Every week I have at least one if not two Doctors appointment for the rest of the month! I'm hoping to have a surgery date for my back soon. I'll be able to get my back repaired and then heal from that!

At least my garden is able to take care of itself for now. I just need to water and weed.

Well, I'll talk with you all later.

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Ok Beth,

Nature does not like bare earth. So once you weed put down straw, mulch or something that covers the bare earth between your plants that will stop the weeds. Even shredded papers will work. You just need something to cover the earth that will decompose, allow water to pass and if it helps put more nutrients back into the soil that's even better. emoticon

You can also make it pleasing to the eye as well with different colors of things that can be used. Straw is really good as it decomposes it adds nutrients back into the soil and helps loosen the soil up.

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Make sure your spinach is well drained and it only needs about 6 hours of full sun. Check your soil as well. I live in Florida and spinach loves it sunshine. I mix it in with my gourmet lettuce bed. Good luck and we have a gardening team if any of you are interested. I also grow in raised beds and large flower pots for better drainage control...
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Everything is growing like crazy! Especially those weeds!

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Our cool weather has passed and we are getting that extremely hot air coming up from the southwest USA. Yesterday it was 97F (36C) and today is supposed to be hotter.
But it has done wonders for my garden. My yard has never looked so good. But if the hot
weather continues, things will start to show signs of stress.
We have been eating Romaine lettuce and Rhubarb chard almost every night in salads.
My tomatoes are so happy in this heat. And my Walla Walla Onions are HUGE!!!
First time growing those.
Herbs, carrots, squash, strawberries and garlic all doing well.

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Thank you for the information! emoticon

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You can buy some shade cloth and put it over them. I would use some bamboo stakes and put the cloth on that. You can find the shade cloth at any major gardening store as well as on line. That way during the hottest part of the day they will get some light shade.

Spinach is actually a winter grower along with the Swiss Chard, all Lettuce and Kale. It can be grown out of season you just need to baby it a bit. If it is in a pot just move it to the shade. Some morning sun would be fine but give it shade from noon on. With the heat it may go to bolt quickly. Going to bolt means flowering to set seed. Sometimes it gets a bit bitter when it is hot as well. Just play with it.

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My container garden is looking good. The tomatoes have blossoms and I have a green pepper that is growing daily! I also planted cucumbers and eggplant and their leaves look great. The only problem is my spinach plants. They are droopy and dry despite my watering efforts. Maybe it is too hot on our deck for them. Any suggestions?

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OH WOW!!!! I've had to start giving away some of my produce. My Pain Management Dr (Dr G) and my PCP (Dr K) both LOVE me! lol My garden is just producing like crazy Zucchini (green and yellow), 4 types of green beans, Patty pan squash, Cucumbers, Beet greens, and swiss chard! So much so that my daughter made two pans of Ratatouille! We still had enough for two bags for Dr G (Family of 4) and one bag for Dr K (on her own).

The Ratatouille was so good and flavorful. She used the herbs out of our backyard to season it along with some roasted garlic we had on hand. YUMMY!!! We all loved it. Put it with noodles, brown jasmine rice and some sprouted grain bread. All on different days of course.

Well that's it from CA for now. I'm so happy to see others are having a great garden year as well.

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Weeds, yes....but also butter crunch lettuce

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Weeds, weeds, weeds ...

Green beans and tomatoes are making, squash is growing and blossoming. Everything else is growing well too! It's a successful garden!




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Hi Happy Gardners.

It has been hot hot here in Colorado. BUT, I am so thrilled that we have plants peeking out from the Earth Boxes. Arugula and Red Leaf Lettuce, and Cilantro and radishes. YUM, I am so excited to be able to have a fresh arugula salad. I LOVE ARUGULA emoticon

I keep hoping the DH will givew in and let me buy tomatoes. emoticon

This is so much fun and what a emoticon idea BETH. Thanks, wish we could share our bounty.

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It has been unseasonably cool here this past month...but this coming week looks better.
I have had my tomatoes (in containers) under plastic every night, and it seems to have worked. They look great. Also my garlic is almost ready to harvest, maybe in a month?
And my herbs, onions, chard and lettuce are starting to look wonderful.
We have had about 10 strawberries to date off 7 plants...nice on my cereal at breakfast.

Have a good time out in your garden everyone... emoticon

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My garden is making progress. So far I've been able to harvest some broccoli (yum!), and my zucchini and tomatoes have babies growing. My cucumber and eggplant plants seem kind of slow--- they're growing, but not doing much. The onions are coming along great.

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Tonight I had my first sandwich made mostly from my garden veggies! emoticon

I had Oxheart tomato, Japanese Long Cucumber, Bell Pepper, on Sprouted grain bread, veginaise, mustard, several butter lettuce leaves (bought) and Go Veggie Smoked Provolone cheese. It was just amazing. I also had 1/2 cup of blueberries as my side. Mmmmm.

My garden is finally starting to seriously produce! This is a great year for my garden. I even have gourds starting on my Lakota squash vines! I'm so excited about this. I'm not sure how long it will be before they are ready to pick. I'll have to look on the packet to see again.

Serious nom, nom, noms ahead!

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Our asparagus is still making, we are starting to get green beans, tomatoes, the zucchini plants have blossoms and the thyme, rosemary, dill and chives are doing well. We had hoped to plant Okra but don't think we are going to make it. We will soon plant the fall garden.

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So far my garden is growing like crazy! I've had one harvest of 2 green and 1 yellow zucchini! They were wonderful!

I've had Beet greens as well and all the beans and tomatoes are going like crazy. Just waiting for everything to ripen. The Japanese Long Cucumbers are producing like crazy, and my Meyer Lemon is working overtime! I'm going to have to cull some of the lemons so the others will be able to grow to a good size. I've found out my Lakota squash is a vining squash! I didn't know and they didn't say! So I'm scrambling to get the vines in good areas where they can grow. If I'd had known I'd have trellised them and tied up the squash on it. Well next year! lol. The trash can lids to mound the zucchinis seem to be working. No powdery mildew as yet. We'll see if it lasts the season.

I'm so glad I have so many Drs and they all love veggies! At least I have somewhere to get rid of the excess food. I always grow way to much because I love to share it! Well that's it from CA. We've had great weather here and everything is just going great so far!

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OK, Weeds. A great topic. Here are some ideas that work quite well.

1. Put straw over the bare ground between the plants. The weeds can't grow there then.
2. Use some sort of mulch to cover the dirt.
3. Plant closer so the dirt gets covered by the plants totally. (My fav)
4. Use a stirrup hoe between the plants while the weeds are small and they will die.
5. Neem Oil is organic and digestible by all. It also, in higher concentrations, can kill weeds. Spray when there is no wind though and let it dry on the weed.

Nature hates bare earth so what you need to do is cover it somehow. Then the weeds won't grow. Just a few ideas. My friend loves the straw and I have to say it really does work.

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Thankful for all the wonderful rain we have gotten this spring!

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Sounds like everyone is doing well with their gardens. Planted seeds but they died. Just got
some plants from Walmart. Plan to do them in containers, and hanging basket. Got some Peppers, Tomatoes, Greek Basil, Rosemary & Tyme. Going to do the best I can.

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Well I attempted to start about 10 plants from seeds I have had around the house for at least the past 5 years. Two sprouts have managed to beat the odds and are trying to become plants emoticon

so today I will be re-starting the remaining 8 pots with new (hopefully) healthy ORGANIC seeds. emoticon emoticon

The corn stalks, cabbage are growing fantastic and God has watered everything on a regular basis so we should have a great turn out on that little corner of the yard. emoticon

Our local water company has offered rain barrels for purchase. They are completely set up with filters, gages, and faucets. It's offered at a cost of $60.00 so we are trying to decide the less costly avenue for us, buy the one offered or build our own.

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Amazing how quickly weeds grow. Back to the daily routine of picking and a pulling! Next year will try the newspaper idea! How do the seeds sprout through the newspaper?

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Great idea for the snail stoppers. I haven't had any problems in years with them. I use broken up (fine) eggshells, and also you can use wood ash. Sprinkle around the plants. It cuts them and they won't go over it. Organic too. :)

I haven't been receiving any posts from here so kind of forgot. My peas are up and going (no peas yet.) We will be eating our first lettuce tomorrow. Beans are up, cukes, cilantro, radishes, and spinach. Eggplants are in and toms. Have to check on the summer squash yet. So far, so good! Toms and EP's aren't happy with all the cold wet weather we've been having. Hopefully we'll get better weather for them soon.

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For snails and slugs you can use Sluggo. It is organic and won't hurt your plants or you. Also if you drink soda in the large plastic bottles or know people who do you can make a catcher. I think they are the 2 liter ones.

First drink or get rid of the soda. Rinse out the container. About a 1/3 of the way down from the top cut the bottle all the way around. Cut the neck of the bottle off just big enough so the snail shells can go through. Then when the bottle is dry put in Sluggo. Turn the top opposite how it normally goes on and push it into the main bottle part. The snails and slugs can only get in. They cannot get out. Then empty it every morning. Eventually it will slow down and they will disappear! emoticon

Or you can go on snail/slug hunts in the morning like my mom used to do until I made her some snail catchers.

As for sun I can't help you there. Sorry. emoticon

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emoticon everyone! Starting from seeds takes a bit longer but it's not to bad. Also don't always believe the "expiration" date on seeds. lol Legumes are good for up to 30 years! I had tomato seeds that were 10 years old so I planted them all figuring only a handful would grow. WRONG! They ALL grew! I had tomato plants coming out my ears!

My community garden is just growing like a weed. I have pictures on my site.

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Feel free to go look. My squashes have flowered and are growing. All my tomatoes are producing like crazy. I even have a purple Jalepeno! I never heard of it but my friend at the garden had an extra one she gave to me. lol

I hope everyone is having a great time with their gardens.

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My seeds just now started peeking up

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I had the same issue Colleen. I'm having to start mine all from seeds. I have had most of these seeds for a few years too...... Late start but I WILL proceed! LOL

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Thanks Maribeth...I will look for mark downs :)



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Colleen, a few days ago I saw veggie plants marked down really cheap. I think after most people are done buying plants the price goes way down. And you can plant them in just about anything--- I've used old detergent bottles and the containers cat litter comes in. So maybe it's not too late for this year. emoticon emoticon

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We didn't end up having the money...very sad :( hoping for next year...



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I have my garden growing... just watering it now.

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Patty - Thanks for the tip on the leaves. Our weather here in NH has been so abnormal lately. We had some snow in May then another frost. I think that maybe my plants got a bit frostbitten even though we covered them. I will try to get the Fish emulation to see if that will help. Our tomato plants have flowers and one little cherry tomato but the Spinach is not looking great. Thanks again.

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Hi Minilover1,

Usually it means to much water. Let it dry out a bit. That being said tomatoes though are huge feeders. Organic fertilizer is good but the Fish emulation is fantastic. You can use it every time you water if you want. Cucumbers also need extra feed as well. If the leaves are a bit faded or not so colorful you might want to feed them as well.

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So far here in CA it's been pretty good this year. My tomatoes are just loaded with flowers and tomatoes. My Japanese Long Cucumbers are full of flowers. My Bell peppers are loaded with flowers and peppers. My Jalapeños are doing well and my friend just gave me a purple jalapeño a week or so ago that has flowers on it right now and growing like a weed since it went into the compost. My various squashes are growing like weeds and the beans, edemame, beets and all the other items are doing fantastic! I just have to water, weed and wait for everything to grow so I can get to the harvesting part! lol

I've been having a fantastic time learning my new camera, taking tons of pictures of the flowers, plants and produce growing. I've been working at being steady since I do have neuropathy in my arms and can't always be stable.

I'll let you all know how things are going periodically.

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simply too much rain this year. My tomatoes need sun and the lettuce is full of snails.

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LYN-EDWY - Thanks for the suggestion. I will go to Home Depot today to pick some up.

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MINILOVER1...when my plant leaves turn yellow, usually there is not enough nitrogen in the soil. Try a balanced organic fertilizer perhaps?



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Plan to do some major weeding today to take back more of my beautiful back yard.

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Got my spinach, bell peppers, onions and tomato plants in a couple of weeks ago. We have had alot of rain here. I have a question though (I am new at this). If the leaves on my plants are yellow or faded, are they getting too much water or not enough? My spinach plants leaves are yellow instead of green like they were. Appreciate any suggestions. Have a great day! emoticon

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We got more precious rain today! Thank you Lord Jesus!!

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We've had more rain than needed and hasn't been above 52F all week. (About 10-15degrees below normal.) Still, I found some small ugly containers and planted some more lettuce, chard and carrots. Going to tuck them behind the garage in an out of the way place.
I finally repotted a couple tomato plants in larger containers, but I'm keeping them in my shed until the sun comes out. Also I have put my basil under a light in my shed...they need to warm up a little. It's supposed to warm up some tomorrow...but I'll be gone all day for the next 3 days, so I will be checking them every night when I get home. Monday I am soooo looking forward to...it's supposed to be sunny......all day.
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more rain tonight. we need rain but not this much.

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Used neem oil for insect control because it's organic at the suggestion of Snowtigrr.
Put cocoa bean mulch over bed containing garlic, peppers, butter crunch lettuce, and parsley.
Planted a long planter full of oregano, basil, thyme, sage, and rosemary.

Planting radishes and carrots in tubs next.

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We usually plant flowers and such on Memorial Day weekend but the rain and cold weather shut us down. Tomorrow is the day! I like to plant tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and onions. Maybe I will try leaf lettuce this year too. We usually do raised beds but I think I will do some container gardening too. Cherry tomatoes should be good.

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Rain without the theatrics!!


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Happy gardening everyone! It is a dreary day here. Hope we get some more much needed rain! ;-)

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I'm doing container gardening this year. I had one cherry tomato plant in a container last year and enjoyed these sweet morsels all summer. So I have another one in a container this year and also have some leaf lettuce for my sandwiches ready to plant in another container. I'm getting some great ideas from this thread! I hope to plant salad fixings so I can get fresh from my yard onto my table.

I eat local produce and visited a farm yesterday to purchase some of their asparagus.

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I finally got my garden planted this weekend. It's been a cold spring here.
This year I'm doing tomatoes, beans, basil, strawberries, and jalapeno's. I planted my blueberry bushes last year and they are pretty small to probably won't produce much yet.
Last year my tomatoes did amazing. I canned 50 pints of tomato sauce. We also have local orchards that do strawberries, blueberries and apples. We usually get enough blueberries to freeze and last most of the winter. Last fall we picked 4 bushels of apples and got 56 quarts of applesauce out of them.
My 4 yr old is very excited for the cherry tomatoes. We just planted them and he keeps asking when they will be ready.

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I had cherry tomatoes come up every year as volunteers, but not this year. I have to buy a couple of plants today.

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