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6/23/11 12:37 P

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we plant a big garden every year and we have are own apple pears and cherries i want to add plums next

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6/23/11 10:29 A

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DH grew up in a family of gardeners, so he insists on having a large garden.
I've grown to appreciate it (except when I'm up to my eyeballs in buckets filled with tomatoes) - LOL.

We make out ouwn salsa and freeze strawberries and rhubarb every year.

Yum!

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5/20/11 6:00 P

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Produce market, grocery store

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@LARRI21 - There are an amazing number of garden plants you can grow on an apartment porch, GreenThumb or no. Containers of all shapes and sizes (cheap at yard sales and thrift stores) can create a fun "decor" and you can grow herbs without any effort at all. In fact, the more you forget them, the better they grow. I recommend thyme, oregano, cilantro, and parsley. Basil is temperamental, but delicious. Tomatoes are popular, as are self pollinating blueberries and citrus and other fruit trees. It's fun to grow peas and nasturtiums, too. They follow strings or railings and look nice.
Have fun!
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5/20/11 6:45 A

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I'm in a second floor apartment. I don't have garden space. But I do plan to try to grow grape tomatoes in a container in the back porch. I don't have much of a "green thumb" though, so don't expect much.

Most Farmer's Markets around here take place while I am working or while I am on my way to work. I will sometimes stop at a local farm stand for fresh produce. But most of my fresh (or otherwise) produce comes from the grocery store.

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5/19/11 11:00 P

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I have never got moving early enough on a Saturday to get to the farmers market....lol
Don't have a place for a garden although am working on it and may get hubby to build something for me to have one....

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5/19/11 8:05 P

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Since we will be moving into military housing this summer it will not be encouraged for us to plant a garden. They are kind of sticklers on that. I will be going to the local farmer's market though to help support the local farmers! emoticon emoticon

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5/19/11 7:54 P

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Wish we did have a pick-your-own orchard nearby, that would be wonderful. We've planted 3 apple trees , all at least 4 years old, but so far little joy. I hope this year will be better. We do garden. My DH added 4 new raised beds for cantaloupes, watermelons and cukes this year. We have broccoli & Bok Choy coming along, Lettuce & spinach we're eating now, and corn just planted. The garden is ready to plant beans, tomatos, tomatillas, and several kinds of peppers as well, and all but the beans are well started indoors, but it is pouring cats & dogs outside at present - planting will have to wait for drier weather!

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5/19/11 6:36 P

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I mostly garden. Every year it gets a little bigger. This year I added 7 new 3x6 raised beds. I do tomatoes , several kinds of peppers, beans & peas, potatos, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots, kohlrabi, peanuts, zucchini, cucumbers, 3 kinds of melon, pumpkin, onions, garlic & tomatillos. This year I'm expanding my herbs to include more and adding horseradish, mustard greens, watercress and artichoke to what I grow. I'm probably forgetting something else I planted but I have it all charted out as to what goes where.

ETA...I remembered what I forgot...my raspberries! I have several bushes that are taking over behind the garage.

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5/19/11 6:23 P

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We do both, we plant tomatoes, cukes, peas, green beans, zucchini, summer squash, delicata squash, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, we also have 2 pear and 2 apple tees.

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5/19/11 6:12 P

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i do both



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5/19/11 5:34 P

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I too live in a townhome with a deck and I grow only herbs in containers. The other plants are houseplants summering outside, or flowers. In my area I am fortunate to have at least three farms within 10 minutes, so I get tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, watermelons, and in the fall wonderful apples, usually every week. Sometimes I buy broccoli and eggplants, cucumbers, and beets, and of course the ubiquitous zucchini. I found it just as good to shop and buy at the farms, rather than try to grow on my deck. I would like to be in a community garden, but we don't have those here in the country. There are a lot in the city, where they assign lots and provide water and deer fencing, etc. I think that would be very sociable and fun. When I graduate to my city apartment, I hope to do that.

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5/19/11 4:46 P

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I do garden, I grow tomatoes, squash, potatoes, green beans and spinach. Where I live we do not have the greatest soil conditions to grow alot of things, I do raised beds for the few things that I do grow. this year I am going to try my luck at growing eggplant.

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5/19/11 4:40 P

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I had to start slow this year b/c it's my first time and I'm just now going to learn to can this year. I hope I do well. If I do, next year I'll do a bigger one. I've got a 20x30 right now.

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5/19/11 4:33 P

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It's really hard growing anything in Nevada, the dirt is like sand. I did plant some flowers the other day but then it snowed! Unfortunately they froze. Need to wait until the snow is melted off the mountain. That is the true sign that it's ok to plant.

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5/19/11 4:30 P

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I like to farm pick. I think we have another few weeks until it's strawberry time

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5/19/11 3:40 P

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When I first started with SP nearly 8 weeks ago, I jump-started my exercise by digging up my 30' x 10' backyard down to 8-12" and then hand crumbing everything to remove weeds, seeds, grubs, and other undesirables.
Gardening is my favorite exercise. I don't feel like I'm "exercising" the way walking, jogging, or going to the gym does. Those activities are just too easy for me to put off, but the garden calls to me several times each day and here, in the Bay Area, the weather is plenty warm enough.
I currently have a self-pollinating blueberry bush, raspberries, a potted lime tree and a potted apricot tree, spinach and other salad greens, basil, cilantro, a dozen tomato plants of various sizes and varieties, sweet peppers, hot peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, watermelons, cantaloupes, pole beans, parsley, rutabagas, carrots, and garlic.
Good grief! No wonder it keeps me busy! And I love it!

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5/19/11 3:34 P

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Every year i plant a really big garden. I haven't planted anything yet as it is too early here. I'm probably gona plant peas,spinach,parsley and kale next week as those grow in the somewhat cold weather. If we don't get so much rain that i can till the garden that is the driest.(I have 3 different gardens in different spots). I also have strawberries, rhubarb and raspberries. Somebody gave me 4 trees of big blueberries last year,so we'll see how that goes. We have wild blueberries and cranberries. Every year i plant a new vegetable and this year it's going to be sweet potatoes.-Can't wait! emoticon

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5/19/11 2:53 P

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Produce market, grocery store, and picking when I can!!

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5/19/11 2:48 P

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I get my produce from the farmer's market or the grocery store. I went picking once, and it aggravated my allergies. I would love to start a garden, but, unfortunately I have a brown thumb.

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5/19/11 2:07 P

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I'm in a condo with a balcony and so far container gardening has not worked very well. Lots of expense and no produce.

Our area is exceptionally lucky in having several wonderful farmers markets which make a big difference.

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5/19/11 1:56 P

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I'm doing my very first garden this year. It's been raining for over a month though. I mean like 4-5 days a week on average! It's killing me. I do have mine in the ground and am seeing sprouts up to 8 inches high already, but I really need to weed and such and can't seem to convince mother nature to let me.

I don't go picking though. We originally thought about the garden b/c we're struggling hard with money. I mean, really hard. The nutrition part was an afterthought b/c I didn't start this journey until after plans were made. Anyway, my point is that the "local" places to go are too far away. The gas it would use would offset the money it would save. *sigh*

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5/19/11 1:42 P

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I've planted a veggie garden for the first time in many years. I would also like to go picking. We could do it in Indiana or Michigan. Thanks for the inspiration!

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5/19/11 1:34 P

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I live in Central Texas, so the summer heat & drought are limiting factors--some things just won't grow down here. But we grow as much as we can, and we do pick some produce as well.

In the spring we pick our own strawberries and that's when we plant our summer garden--tomatoes and peppers (so we can make salsa to go along with our strawberry margaritas!), okra, peas, and beans. I also put in a lot of herbs because I like to experiment with different flavors when I'm cooking.

Then in the hottest part of summer we pick peaches (Central Texas is a great place for peaches!) We also head over to nearby Luling to load up on watermelons during the annual Luling Watermelon festival.

Once our garden plays out in the fall, we plant our winter crops of lettuce, spinach, and chard. We've had success with other greens, but chard and spinach are our favorites. We've never picked our own Texas Ruby Red grapefruit, but you can buy them really cheap at roadside stands so we load up on those at Christmas time.

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5/19/11 1:33 P

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Oh, I am so envious as I would LOVE to go pick fresh blueberries! Where in NC are you? I am planting a veggie garden this year and also expanding mine. I'm in CO and we've been having lots of rain & very cold nights so haven't got it in yet..UGH! but hope to get it planted this weekend. This year I'm going to add Dino Kale and Collard Greens as they are about the best nutrient rich foods you can eat and they are filling. I'm also going to add sweet potatoes. For the things I don't grow, I go to the Farmer's Market on the weekends to get the fresh organic veggies and fruit I can't supply for myself. I always drag my husband along too and gets us both out and thinking about veggies and meals to make with them..together.

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Hi,

I was wondering who on the team is planting a garden this year and if you go produce picking for fresh healthy ways to get activity in and good home grown food?

I do both, and actually expanded our veggie garden patch this year. Let me tell you, this was one heck of a workout getting the area prepped, planting, and now keeping up with weeding, fertilizing, and watering. I am ever hopeful for a good year's harvest.

I also enjoy going picking to farms in our area that offer a good price on if you pick compared to store prices or when they pick. This alone is about endurance, strength, and well fun but also sweat. Since I am in NC the temps are rising with the humidity but I LOVE fresh food and I've got the freezer space to store stuff.

Recently in April I went strawberry picking for a new record of 36 lbs.! I just called my favorite blueberry fields and they open for the season tomorrow- of course, I called my husband immediately to give him the GREAT news. We do the blueberries as a family and though both my husband and son eat more than they pick and are slower than me it gets us all outside, chatting, and doing something to benefit our home. My goal is to pick as many blueberries as I did strawberries and be reaping the benefits of all those great treats.

How about you?



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