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8/26/09 1:01 P

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We're doing a raised garden next spring. It's always hot here in Vegas so we add one of those tent like things for shade.

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8/26/09 12:55 P

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I successfully grew 3 cantaloupe out of a pot, as well as jalapenos and green beans

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8/26/09 8:33 A

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Really ? You've got parrots in Texas. That's interesting. I like the idea of hanging red ornaments off the tomato plants to deter the birds. While we don't have any wild parrots, we do have lots of other blue collar birds like sparrows, wrens, starlings, crows, etc...

The squirrel didn't care last week. Now, before that, the squirrel did ignore the green tomatoes and went right after the one red one. That changed. These days, it goes after the green ones too. I've been guarding my one lonely tomato still on the vine.

Here in the Northeast, our problem hasn't been heat. Our problem has been rain, way too much rain. For a while there, I was more worried that my tomatoes were going to drown.

Oh, my brother and SIL, they have a thriving cantaloupe plant in the front yard. it outgrew its pot. It has some gorgeous flowers. I wonder if we do get some fruit. that would be cool.

We've had a rough growing season here because of the rain.

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8/25/09 5:25 P

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We have parrots! They leave the tomatoes alone, but we can't grow corn or sunflowers. It's really funny to see a parrot with a sunflower; they're big enough that they pull the stem over, so they're hanging upside down from the flower stripping out the seeds. They husk the corn completely, then eat the kernels all the way down into the cob.

Other birds get the tomatoes, but hanging red Christmas ornaments on the plants a few weeks before they start to ripen helps. They get "trained" away from pecking at pretty red things. Interestingly enough, the birds don't bother yellow or orange tomatoes, only red ones.

Not that there are any tomatoes of any color to be had now. It's a sad brown wasteland out there, after 62 almost-consecutive 100 degree days. (There's been one day in August that didn't hit 100.) Normally we would have set out new fall tomatoes by now, but it's hopeless in this kind of heat. I do have some peppers that are hanging in there, and one lonely, kinda sickly squash plant. I'm going to plant zucchini and cucumber this weekend, but I honestly don't expect it to come to much.
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The good news is that we're allowed to water at the community garden. The city is under stage... I don't know, like, 17?... water restriction-- even-numbered addresses can only water on Tuesdays between 10 pm and 7 am, and odd-numbered addresses on Friday; no car-washing unless you do it with a bucket, over the lawn; no water in restaurants unless you specifically order it; all fountains turned off, etc. There's no exemption for food-producing gardens or even for agriculture if the farm is on city water. However, our community garden happens to be on state land, and the state doesn't have to follow city restrictions. They can do what they d**n well please. The state office buildings have green lawns, and we have sickly squash.

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8/24/09 5:00 P

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I'd like to grow a few things, but there are so many critters in the woods off the backyard, I'm sure that anything I planted would be eaten long before it was ready to harvest. We have rabbits out the wazoo, and voles back in the wazoo, plus raccoons, deer, coyotes, and--if you believe the people calling the radio shows--a few wildcats and wolves.

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8/24/09 12:23 P

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well at least it was a squirrel and not the neighbourhood scum who just like to steal things because they're there... My tomatoes struggled a lot this year with viruses and when they did produce, if I didn't pick things fast enough, it disappeared, and no squirrels were involved.

I sympathize, Karen!

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So, Thursday afternoon, I had seven tomatoes growing on my plant. Friday morning, I was heading to the gym and decided to check my plant. I had ONE tomato !

That crummy squirrel ATE six of my tomatoes !!! They weren't even red yet. They were still growing.

Mind you, that same squirrel had eaten the first tomato my plant had. Luckily, I got the next two. But, jeepers... you can't win. I finally get tomatoes on my plant and a stooooopid squirrel eats them !

grrrrrr....

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7/6/09 8:28 P

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I think that gardening is wonderful exercise! We have been doing landscaping in our yard all summer. We have flowers and three tomato plants! We mow two yards and help with another.

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Good news ! My tomato plant survived the biblical flooding we had last week ! I've got three teeny tiny tomatoes growing as well as one a smidge bigger.

YEAH ! I'll have fresh Juliet tomatoes in a few weeks.

my heirloom is still growing. I think I'll re-pot it later this week. I may hit the garden store to see what they've got for peppers. Since the tomato plant seems to be doing well, I may try a pepper plant.



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Ha, Nora! I'm drinking less coffee, but every time I think about giving up completely, my Keurig changes my mind! That's great about the composting. I think it is a really good thing.

So I have been a little surprised at how early some veggies are popping up. We had squash in our CSA share yesterday, and snow peas for the second week. The broccoli has been wonderful, and the greens!

My roses, that I thought were dead sticks when I planted them in May, are all now in full bloom. They are my first roses ever, and I'm quite pleased.

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7/1/09 2:24 P

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Karen - I've actually started getting zucchini & tomatoes from my garden. And peas! Although they look like got burned by the last heat wave & I don't think they're going to survive...

My cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, peppers, and beans are all starting to bloom. So it should just be another few weeks before I'll be in full harvest!

Oh! And one of my eggplant is about to explode in flowers!

I'm very excited & looking forward to making many homemade veggie pizzas :-)

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7/1/09 2:08 P

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the landlord has nice flower gardens around the house, but has decided this year to fill in the veggie area with grass.

so i'm doing a couple of pots, too. i have two tomato and two pepper (hot), salsa, here i come! i am also growing several herbs - parsley, sage, chives, rosemary, cilantro, basil, oregano... so far i haven't had to go and water it at all.

joey - some of my favorite shade garden plants - rhododendrons, hostas and bleeding hearts.

i do think of you every time i tear open my k-cups, though. landlord has worms in the basement for composting, so i'm doing that, too. :)

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Holly !!! You're already harvesting squash ? Shoot, my tomato plant barely has flowers. I still have one plant inside because it's still small.

If I'm lucky, I might have tomatoes by the end of summer. too much rain this season.

*sigh*



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7/1/09 12:35 P

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I ate the first squash out of my garden yesterday. It was fantastic! My plants are blooming with all the rain and I should have a great supply of fresh veggies all summer long. It's my favorite season. My beets are almost ready. I have a "survival of the fittest" garden. I don't have a clue what I'm doing, but it's fun and rewarding.

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5/20/09 11:01 P

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I've been wanting a veggie garden since we moved in to our "new" home two years ago.

This spring, I started a small raised bed and put in seeds for beans, lettuce, basil, broccoli, and tomatoes. It's been a complete failure! Everything has been eaten by something, maybe peacocks, squirrels, raccoons, or gosh-knows-what. I tried planting some seedlings with a cage around them. That didn't work either.

I planted some seedlings (basil and tomatoes) in a container on the patio with a cage around them. At least some of those seem to be surviving. But now I'm leaving at the end of May for a month and it looks like I will just have to start over in July!

Back to the drawing board...
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5/20/09 2:55 P

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yum, fresh beets.
I am going to look into the leaf lettuce seeds. I adore when a salad has lots of different colors.

Thanks for the tips.



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My work schedule is so obnoxious that I haven't had good blocks of gardening time this spring. Our seasons are early, and I missed the window for planting squash and beans. I've got some tomatoes (Picked one last week and one yesterday) and quite a few pepper plants, but zucchini and beans will have to be a fall crop for me this year. I'll be getting back from my trip at exactly the right time to get the fall garden started, though. I really, really want to get some winter squash this year.

I'm still eating artichokes almost every day! I also just pulled the last of the beets. I'd forgotten (or never knew) how much I like fresh beets, and I think I like the greens even more than the roots. The only problem is that I forgot I'd eaten them, and the next day when I used the bathroom, I thought I was dying. Everything was bright pink. Freaked me out.
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By the way, if you have lots of room in your window boxes/herb garden, leaf lettuce works really well. If you get a seed mix with lots of colored varieties, it's as pretty as most flowers. And anytime I have shallots or garlic that are past their prime, I make a little hole and stick them in with my herbs, and then use the greens like chives or green onions.

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5/20/09 10:17 A

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Container gardening is a good way to go. It is much easier to keep control of. I'm not sure about the glads; you'll have to do some reading about that!

Check your library for books about container gardening. The core concept (for flowers) is to have
a thriller (something tall and spectacular)
a filler (something to take up space) and
a spiller (something that will grow out over the sides.

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5/19/09 11:46 A

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Thanks J.
What would you plant in an outdoor porch setting? I heard Gladiolas (sp?) keep away bugs and look nice.





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5/19/09 11:23 A

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Sounds like a lot of great plans! Sandy, one thing I learned with herbs was to grow things that you use a lot of. It is great to use fresh herbs in cooking, but most people can't use what three oregano plants produce. However, most herbs can be easily dried at home, and kept fresh by freezing in Ziplock baggies.

You can grow many herbs indoors, in small containers in the kitchen. Good herbs for containers are rosemary, thyme, oregano, and other small leaf herbs. You can grow basil and parsley indoors, but keep them cut back so the get bushier instead of taller.

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5/19/09 9:50 A

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I typically don't log my gardening - I treat it as bonus calories. Although if it is a big day, then I certaintly have to make up with some extra calories.

This is a semi big gardening year for me. Overtime my trees have gotten so big that my yard has gone from full sun to mostly shade.

I transplated many of my plants to that last spot of sun that I have and have been replanting with shade tolerant plants. It has been alot of fun researching and finding new plants. I shop at HomeDepot some but also like to buy my plants online at bluestoneperennials.com.

I had a new brick paver patio put in over the winter with a retaining wall. This allowed me to put in a new shade garden under the deck stairs. I had to carry 30 bags of Top Soil (40lbs each) from the car to the back of the house.

Happy gardening!

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5/18/09 8:11 P

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My Joey, how we think alike...

When I get settled in Virginia I am going to do my first ever bit of gardening. I don't have any land to plant in but I will have the ability to use window boxes on my porch. I am going to start this year with herbs and a few flowers.

This desire to garden came about when I began considering my life in the future. What did I want to try that was new. Gardening was probably in my top ten things.

If you have any advice on herb gardens please, let me know.

Can't wait to get my hands into some soil!!

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5/18/09 1:25 P

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To answer the question, you absolutely should log gardening as exercise. Bending and pulling and shoveling and lifting... Best workout ever!!

I have the good fortune of living in an area where I keep a garden all year. I can grow lettuce, spinach, beets and cabbage in the winter. My garden is mostly in already for summer... I have zucchini, peas, 4 kinds of tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeños, basil, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon...

Only the part of my yard that is in front of my fence gets enough sun, so anything that has a shallow root is in a pot.

So my stairs and porch are littered with pots :-)

Fortunately I'm growing for 1, so a few of each plant is plenty.

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I have a little tiny yard and it doesn't grow vegetables too well. (we had much better luck at our previous place). So I will probably just put in a couple tomato, bell pepper, and cucumber plants.

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Phew, those are ambitious plans, Joey. You should definitely log your gardening because it is extra activity.

I've never been much of a gardener. I love plants, but I just don't have a green thumb.

However, I'm giving it a go this year i.e. I'm buying a couple of starter tomato plants this week. My local green house has small heirloom, cherry, roma and beef steak tomato plants. So, I figured I'd give gardening a try.



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I'm not sure whether to log gardening time or not! It sure can be hard work.

Last year we took out 60 year old shrubbery from all around our house and yard, and laid out new gardens. There is still lots of work to do, and of course, planting. I put in three new rose bushes a couple of weeks ago, and one has already sprouted. I also had a free pack of tomato seeds from the local plant place, and now have 15 tomato seedlings almost ready to put into beds.

I think I am going to put in a shade garden on the north side (front) of our house, so I've started making a list of plants I like, which like the shade. That side of the house gets a little sun this time of year, but not enough so that flowers and vines would do well. I am also putting in a large flower garden in the yard where we had to have a tree taken down last year.

Plus, there's the lawn. We have so much creeping charlie and so many dandelions that I think I am going to have to break down and use some sort of weed killer. We have to be careful what we use, because of the lakes. Fortunately, the garden centers around here only carry stuff that is safe for them.

How 'bout y'all? Garden plans for the year?

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