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4/20/08 4:56 P

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Sorry Leslie I have been so busy that I just got to this post.

I just bought them at Walmart it is a black tray and holds 72 discs, you add water and they expand. So far the plants are doing really good and are getting big. So we planted 9 different things (I have two trays) I think we planted them to early since I probably won't be able to transplant them outside till end of May or beginning of June but some of them have over 100 days till you get something so I wanted to give it time that maybe we will get something out of it.

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We did a vegetable garden for a couple of years back before we had kids. We're now living in a different home and the kids are older, so we're gonna give it a try again this year. The kids can't wait, and I'm kinda anxious to start myself. We're gonna plant some seeds this weekend inside, then transfer them outside when it's warm enough.

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I love to garden. Started doing vegetables a few years ago. You really just have to try. You will learn along the way. It is a great thing to do.

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4/15/08 2:38 P

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I cant grow anything.. seriously I kill everything..whether its house plants or outside plants.. we really really want to try to do something this year with our lawn and make some kind of flower garden.. but between my mom and me we are horrible at it lol

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I grow a lot of veggies, depending on how much room you have, you can plant in the ground or in pots on a deck. I have also seen people that grow their veggies in between there flowers, you can grow garlic and onions very easy. Joany

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I don't have a lot of room in our back yard, but we had a mini garden last year. Tomatoes, jalepenos, cilantro, zucchini and green beans (The cucumbers, onions, and carrots didn't make it. It was my first attempt and my kids and I had a lot of fun watching it grow and develop into edible things!

It started out as a "salsa garden" and then we added a few more veggies. As the green beans became ready to harvest, we picked the ones that were ready, wiped them with a damp rag and tossed them into a freezer bag and into the freezer. With only about 8 plants we ended up with 3 or 4 gallon size bags! Extra tomatoes that didn't end up on salads, taco, burgers or in salsa were canned (my first at canning too! It was soooo easy!). Extra jalepenos were frozen whole just like the green beans.

We started all of our seeds in small dixie cups until they were about 3 inches tall and then transplanted them to the garden. Once the tomatoes are 3-6 inches high you'll need to add some stakes to support the plant, unless you use the topsy turvey. My daughter wants to get one and try it out...I think they look pretty cool!

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Go to a nursery instead of like an Orchard or somewhere like that when you go to buy the seeds or wee plants. I find that people at the nursery tend to know more about the plants and their upkeep, and be friendly and more than willing to help educate you.

Just be sure to start with easy stuff. Corn, tomatoes, squash, strawberries, lettuce... if you can remember to water and weed you'll grow successful plants. I'm sure there are plenty of resources on the web... I just have never looked for any as we dont have any "dirt" that's not in a flower pot, so I stick to succulents. I'm sure you'll do just fine, just dont be afraid to ask what's best for the planties you choose!

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4/14/08 10:39 A

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I haven't tried the topsyturvy yet, going to check at the local greenhouse if they have something comparable to it. I have tried to start plants in the house and not had a lot of luck. Some vegetables I just plant the seeds direct. I usually buy a tomato plant and the kohlrabi plants I will buy 6 or so and also some seeds so I have fresh ones at different times. Otherwise they get a little woody, but they are good cooked also. I like to eat them raw. I live in Wisconsin so its a little cold and muddy to start much of anything yet.

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I'd love to have a full-fledged vegetable and flower garden some day. Right now, all I have room for is tomatoes. I'd love to do square-foot gardening. There are gardening groups at Spark that you might find helpful.

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Hey Jayne! Yeah, I saw that topsy Turvey thingie on the tv, that's sort of got me thinking about growing a garden! How hard was it though to start, did you have lot's of lively plants, I'm just afraid I'll kill off too many plants and waste my time and money. You know...

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We grow our own veggies, and we also have strawberries. I believe those disc things are only for starting the plants and may need to be transplanted into the ground or a larger pot.
I usually grow tomatoes, corn, green beans, pea pods kohlrabi,onions,radishes, simpson lettuce,potatoes.
We do not plant a large garden since there are only 2 of us. I only plant a few seeds. I have been thinking of getting one of those topsyturvey tomato planters and trying that. Tomatoes tend to spread out so much in the garden and take up so much room.
Have to do a little more checking on that. emoticon

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Hey Megs...where did you get those disc things. I will have to look into that. Seems like a good idea for an inexperienced gardner like myself.

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I was just discussing this with my husband. Veggies and fruits are so expensive (especially organic). We've got 3 acres of land - 2 acres are leased out to a local farmer), but since I have the room to start a garden, I really need to try and do it. The problem is that I'm not very good with gardening. I definitely do not have a green thumb.

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I am not much help other than I am going to try and grow some stuff myself. I bought these black plastic trays that had discs in them, you add water and they expand then you put your seeds in them. The plants so far are getting pretty big so I hope that I will get something out of them. And I think I have 9 different things. I figured what is the harm in trying it out one year.

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So I was doing some thinking and with all the crazy prices of everything from gas to clothes to food, I was thinking of growing some of my own fruits and veggies. I've never really grown anything. I think the last thing I germinated a pumpkin seed in like the 3rd grade. I just wanted to know if anyone else grows their own veggies and fruits and how you did it. And is it really worth the effort? I just would like some opinions on it. emoticon

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