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wish our village had a public garden. I'd love to expand mine, but don't have the room. I thought about asking my neighbor to use his but lost track of time this season.

My tomatoes are doing well as are the cukes. My sugar snap peas seem to get lost on the vine - I have to search for them really hard.



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We moved into our house at the end of February. The previous owner had so many plants and flowers planted that I wanted to see what was there before I plotted out where to put my garden. Now that I know what I want to get rid of and what I want to keep, I can get things cleared and ready for a garden next year.

I have really missed having a garden this year.

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I'm swimming in tomatoes! A good problem to have. I've been gifting them to my elderly neighbors. Harvested 2 patty pan squash's so far. had to put netting over the plant since the birds were eating all the blooms and I wasn't getting any veggies. Now the plant is filled with blooms and I may be up to my ears in squash really soon! emoticon

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I grow leafy green in pots so that I can fertilize/consume one pot at a time :D I was told that you are not supposed to harvest right after you fertilize. I'm now trying to get some free buckets to start composting. We'll see how that goes :) I have bok choy, an indian plant called "malabar" and salad lettuce.

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I'm just beginning to experiment with herbs. Love cilantro. My basil is turning brown. Not sure why. maybe slugs?

Are you growing leafy greens in pots? I'm looking to do more in pots myself. Would love to have a portable 'salad'.

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I now have 6 pots of herbs and vegetables. I tried tomatoes for 2 years, the plants died before the tomatoes turned. I'm now growing mostly leafy green, scallions, and cilantros.

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Working on getting my garden in. We're expanding!

Anyone else gardening this year? It's a great way to get more fresh veggies in your diet. Nothing better than picking a tomato fresh from your own garden to have with a meal.

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I think the squash likes cooler weather. I have tons of baby patty pans on the vine. I'll need to cover them tonight. Maybe I can save them from the frost.

Tomatoes are done. I didn't get too many large tomatoes this year. I'll try a different variety next year. We're pulling hot peppers tomorrow afternoon.

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We noticed at the community garden that people growing squash were not getting many squash even though they had tons of flowers. The Brussel sprout growers weren't having much luck either. Cucumbers and tomatoes were very prolific. We still have some tomato plants in the ground along with carrots, kale, Swiss chard and celeriac.

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Lots of tomatoes & hot peppers. I canned some cowboy candy for the hubby. Hot peppers in a sweet syrup. He loves the stuff. I was able to make 6 jars of raspberry preserves with all the berries we picked in the yard. It was a good year for berries. Fruit in general I think because our apple tree is loaded with apples.

I've harvested 2 patty pan squash.TWO! I'm not happy. I've had tons of blossoms and only 2 squash. The squirrels were eating the tiny squash until I started spraying the plants with hot pepper water. Now the birds are eating the blossoms! It may be too late to cover with mesh or something.

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No. DH was concerned because our garden is going in near our neighbor's fence and they were supposed to replace the fencing and are currently building a new shed. It's quite frustrating since we could have had veggies already if we had put it in during May as planned. He claims we can start it over the holiday but now to figure out what will grow this late in the season.
Patty Pan squash is yummy. Congrats on your bounty this year.





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With all this rain, my garden is doing fantastic! I've been getting green beans and lots of hot peppers. My patty pan squash is growing out of control! Everything seems to be doing well except for my watermelon. Seems to be stunted.

anyone else gardening this year?

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In my garden:
all plants:
Variety of hot peppers
Sweet pepper
tomatoes - variety
basil
green beans
patty pan squash
cukes & pickles

All seeds:
radishes
carrots
spinach

Need to plant cilantro and maybe some other herbs this year. I'd like to get a couple of yellow squash plants for the front flower bed.

Anyone else planting this year?

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I ended up making a caramelized onion and basil pizza on friday night to use up some of the basil. It was yummy. I pulled the only pepper from our pepper plant because it has a brown spot on it and staked the plant. Not sure that we are going to get anymore peppers from it but need to try. emoticon



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I need to use my basil as well. We had planned to have pesto this week but it didn't work out. I think one of our cherry tomato plants in done and we only got about 5 tomatoes from it. Not sure how the bell pepper is going to fair. We need to get a stake on it but it doesn't appear to be growing any new peppers as I had to pull one that an animal or something got to.



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This heat is burning up my tomato plants. I'm losing 2 that have produce about 10 ripe cherry tomatoes so far. I don't expect much more from them.

Cilantro is done - gone to seed. I need to start clipping my basil and freezing it. I saw a recipe for pesto - but I don't like the idea of the nuts. Maybe I can just do it without? Experiment time!

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My garden this year: 8 tomato plants of different varieties. We have 4 "volunteers" that came up from last year. I wonder what those will be. I plan on gifting tomatoes this year since I have elderly neighbors that aren't planting this year. Share the bounty.

Hubby has about 10 different hot pepper varieties. 2 cucumber plants and about 3 or 4 green beans. I just planted more seeds.

basil & cilantro as well. I'd love to do more herbs. Maybe I'll check my seed stash.

Anyone else gardening or getting a CSA? What are you harvesting & cooking?

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We never did get anything planted so good thing for our csa. I have to figure out what to do with beets, napa cabbage, and kolhrabi as well as a zucchini and broccoli.

Off to go find some new recipes to try emoticon



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Our hot pepper plants are doing well and producing a lot of peppers. I'll be canning some for the hubby tomorrow.

Cherry tomatoes are just starting to get ripe. Cucumbers are doing well, but not producing. STill waiting on the squash plants to produce. I'm getting impatient! emoticon

Going to hit the LaGrange farmers market tomorrow, see what's there.

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Wow already emoticon



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For the cukes I do. I need to get working on my front raised beds. I now have 1- zucchini, 1 yellow squash and 1 patty pan that need to go in up there.

My radishes have sprouted. emoticon

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We haven't started yet and with the weather this weekend I'm kinda glad. I know it probably won't frost but wowzas... going from 90's to the 40's is a bit extreme.

Do you have a trellis for your squash or cukes?



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We put ours in yesterday. Most of it. 10 hot pepper plants - different varieties for my husband. 4 tomato plants, 2 cukes, lettuce & radishes. I have zucchini & yellow squash to plant. I was hoping to get them in out in front of the house in my raised beds.

I pray we don't get a frost any time soon.

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We are hoping to actually go through with starting a garden this year. Hopefully DH will help because I know I can't do it on my own right now. If he doesn't want to actually dig up the yard I think I am at least going to get a container of bell peppers and grape tomatoes started because those are the most expensive items we buy at the store usually that we can easily grow.



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Anyone gardening this year? I hope to get my garden tilled up this week. Weather permitting. I have some cooler weather seeds. Lettuce, radishes & I forget what else. I'd like to get a head start. We don't put in our veggies until Mother's Day.

I can't wait for a fresh tomato! emoticon

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Went to the LaGrange farmers market. One of the farmers had "fill a bag" for $4.00! I stocked up on baby patty pan squash, jalapeno's, banana peppers and a few big zucchini (for bread). They also had cukes, but I have enough of those in my yard.

Now to find a recipe for the patty pan....

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There is a recipe to make kale chips. Have no idea what they taste like but they are supposedly easy to make.

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I do all my shopping at Tony's in No. Riverside - well, fruit & veggies at least. They have the best selection & price.

Came home to find 9 HUGE cucumbers on the vine. My sister was housesitting and had been picking them throughout the week as well. 3 tomatoes are ripe. I need to get in there & pick the cherry tomatoes.

I know what you mean about the huge bags of kale or something else your family wouldn't eat. I've been tempted to try it. I saw one that deilvers to the Hinsdale oasis on 294. The closest delivery to me so far. But still - what if we get that giant delivery of something we can't eat it all or the kids won't eat?

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I am jealous.

Before we had dogs we tried growing vegetables. We are just not people of the garden. After several years of first degree herbicide we've become avid fans of Pete's Market in the city and Tony's in North Riverside. And we've been known to pull over for a farmer's market. Walking in those 2 stores is a constant reminder of how lucky I am to live as close as I do to these places of vegetable and fruit nirvana.

I have a friend in Palos that has joined a community farm. She pays a few hundred dollars as year and gets deliveries of whatever is ready to harvest every week or two. That sounds good at first but I still don't know what I would do with 3 giant grocery bags full of kale or swiss chard.

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I'm jealous of you gardeners harvesting fresh veggies! They sound wonderful!

I noticed the other day that I have a couple of "volunteer" tomato plants in my garden area. I haven't planted tomato plants in several years, so I have no clue why they sprouted this year! I'm not complaiing though. They have green tomatoes on them already, and I'm anxiously watching them to see when they ripen.

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Picked our first cucumber from the garden yesterday. I feel like a little kid! Can't wait to enjoy it. Maybe tomorrow with our dinner.

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My garden is like a jungle! I picked my first ripe tomato last night. I can't wait to try it. Maybe with a salad tonight.

We should have a few cucumbers in the next few days.

Picking more raspberries tonight. I made 3 pints of jam last week with what I picked. The rest we'll eat.

I hope to make it to a farmers market this week.

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My raspberries are starting to ripen. It seems really early for them this year. I'm not complaining!

I bought some green bean seeds. They say 45 days or so until I can pick. I'm going to stagger the planting. I hope they take. With all this rain we've had.

What kind of beans did you plant? Did you plant from seeds?

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I'm very excited because we have pea pods forming and our bean plants are getting huge! And our tomato plants have flowers on them.

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I picked up some strawberries on my trip into Wisconsin this weekend. Yummy! We're going to go pick some ourselves in Indiana on Fathers Day. My husband wants me to make preserves.

My garden is doing good except for the cabbage. slugs are having a field day. I'm trying to salvage what's left of the plant. I put out beer traps. Next is crushed egg shells.

I agree, if you start with plants you'll be fine. If you can find Early Girl tomatoes, but those. They're the earliest producing tomatoes.

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You're garden will be fine if you stick to plants. Peppers and tomatoes are the best to start now. Beans and peas are good too. I wouldn't plant lettuce now though. Its getting too hot out and it'll probably wilt.

Oh and I just got some awesome michigan strawberries at the wheaton farmers market yesterday! I LOVE FARMERS MARKETS!

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I'm starting my garden this weekend. It's a little late, but I'm starting with plants not seeds. I have to prep the ground first. I've never done more then container gardening, and I have some hot peppers going, and some herbs going, but I really want to do a plot of veggies. I hope I am not starting too late. :) All I can do is try!

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We have our first tomato forming. emoticon With all this rain our garden is really taking off.

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I do vermicomposting. A worm bin. It's done in the house. Not for the squeamish. I'm starting my 2nd bin because my 1st bin can't keep up with all the fruit & veggie scraps we produce around here. If that's something you're interested in I can help with that.

No smell. No bugs. No one even knows I have it unless I tell them. emoticon Makes great compost for indoor plants, outdoor - veggies & flowers alike!

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I know, it seems that a enclosed compost system should be allowed but our association is worried about bugs, animals, and smell. I'm convinced though that our neighbor must compost somehow, maybe in her garage.



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I think I'm familiar with composting why would you not be allowed to do it in your own yard?

I have so many animals in my neighborhood a garden would not survive after the first week. I just saw Ralphie the possum yesterday I thought he left. But he just moved to the back of the yard. I'm sure he would decimate any garden I had.

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We are planning on putting in our garden over Memorial Day weekend. I know we are growing tomatoes (regular and yellow pear I think), cukes, hot peppers, and bell peppers. I think that is all we are going to try this year.

I wanted to go to a meetup that was making a compost bin but DH remembered that we aren't allowed to compost in our yard. I'm not sure if my MIL has any compost left from my FIL's bin. Any suggestions for similar product?



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I only went camping once when I was a kid in girl scouts. We slept in tents and it poured rain all night and we were told not to touch the side of the canvas tent or it would leak. So what did the four of us girls in tent do... we touched it and it DID leak!

I think I would actually enjoy camping in an RV somewhere I should put that on my traveling bucket list.

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No, we just have a big garden. We have a camper and LOVE to camp every chance we get.



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Debbie do you live on a farm? I also noticed an RV in your avatar do you travel around the country in one?

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My garden is in! We have 9 different kinds of tomatoes, 8 hot peppers (different kinds) 2 cukes, 2 cabbage, eggplant, squash, hmmm, I think that's it.

We had our soil tested this year by the farm bureau. It was pretty good. Nicely fertilized. Hoping our veggies do good this year.

I can't wait for a fresh tomato out of the garden! I refuse to buy store ones.

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I will admit that it takes a lot of effort at first and upkeep throughout the summer, but its totally worth it. If you decide to start one and have any questions, let me know! emoticon

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Shannon you seem really experienced with gardening I admire that. I'm sure I'll learn a lot from you and maybe be inspired to try something on my own.

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Mrspirtle - Tomatoes and peppers tend to be easier from starter plants. Peppers are my favorite because there are so many different kinds. I love growing my own jalapenos because I use them so much, but I also enjoy these little sweet red peppers. They're great in a salad or italian cooking! Onions are also easy ones to grow!

I HIGHLY recommend growing your own herbs too! Basil, oregano, cilantro, and thyme are my favorite to have on hand.

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We are planning a raised bed garden this summer but are debating if we should get starter plants or start from seeds. The other problem we have is that we will be gone for several days in June so we need to figure out who we can convince to water the garden emoticon



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Yes, this year will be my first little garden. I recently moved to an apartment complex which has a community garden-Nice! A few weeks ago, if you participated in the community clean-up, you were entitled you to a free garden spot in the community garden-Nice! I figured the clean-up would help my new complex look great while getting excerise with all the walking, bending and picking-up stuff.
So know that I have a garden spot, any suggestions with what to plant. I know I want tomatoes, but what's the trick in getting some good tomatoes out of my new little garden spot? Should I buy starter plants? or Should I start them from seeds? How far apart should tomatoes be planted from each other? Any ideas, tricks of the trade or suggestions on where you bought your starter plants would be great. Have a good day emoticon



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I wish I could garden but unfortunatley I'm not good at it. I can do animals and humans but for some reason I'm terrible at gardening. I have a neighbor that has beautiful flower garden and he plants different ones that will blossom all year round so his garden is different every time you look at it. I wish I had that kind of talent.

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I buy a bale of straw and lay it all around my plants to keep the weeds down. I don't have time to weed either and no matter how much I offer - I can't get my girls to do it!

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My family has had a garden for as long as I can remember. Over the last couple of years, I have started to help my mom with it. Our favorite things to grow are peppers (sweet and hot), tomatoes, and beans. Recently we've added peas, lettuce, onions, rasberries, spinach, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. We also grow all of our own herbs like cilantro (MY FAVE!), different kinds of basil, chives, oregan, lemon balm, sage, rosemary, mint, parsley, and thyme. I actually just had a salad yesterday with some of our different kinds of lettuce!

Oh and Aurora also has one of those garden plot things near sugar grove. Gardening is one of those things that can cost a lot of money to start, but it pays off in the end. Its so worth having fresh vegetables in the summer!

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Hey Debbie! It's funny that you posted the link to DGPD garden plots. My sister and I (we both live in DG) rented a plot last year with the intention of having a full garden of veggies. Unfortunately, my hub went into the hospital in the early summmer and our great garden plans went down the drain. It is a wonderful idea though.

I have a small area in my yard where I used to grow tomatoes and peppers, but haven't had time to tend a garden for the past couple of years. I love fresh veggies, but it just seems I can't keep up with the weeding, watering, etc. Great job getting your plot ready. You will surely enjoy all those fresh veggies later this summer! emoticon

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Anyone else here grown their own veggies?

I just got my garden tilled up and ready for this years garden. We normally plants hot peppers (for the hubby) lots of tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. This year we planted 2 cabbages already since my neighbor gave us a few plants.

I'm headed out today to buy my plants at a nursery. I used to start my own seeds - but I just don't have the time or patience to do that anymore. When we lived in an apartment we used to container garden.

Anyone else gardening? either container or in the ground?

If I lived closer I would so take advantage of this: www.dgparks.org/Parks/garden-plots.h
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My plot here at home isn't that big - I just dream of what I could plant in another bit of yard.....

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