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Old January 24th, 2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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I am curious who has a garden every year? What do you grow, how much and why?

I am going to do a garden this year and looking for ideas, tips, etc.
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We grow a garden ever year.
2-3 types of sweet corn
Red and yukon potatoes
early girl and roma tomatoes
pumpkins and zuchinni
strawberries and blueberries
peppers

We do it becuase me enjoy growing them. I really don't think that there is much of a savings its more just growing your own food.
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I have a garden every year. I usually stick with potatoes, peppers, sweet corn, and tomatoes. I love to watch stuff grow. I usually start my plants indoors and take them out when it gets nice enough.
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i buy my stuff already started, seems like they grow better in my sandy soil.i do pickles,peppers,lettuce,tomato. i always put miracle grow on every couple of weeks..try to wrap a fence around it so animals dont eat all your plants.
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My parents do a big garden every year...it is probably 50'x250' and fenced in to keep the rabbits and deer out.

They grow jalapenos, habaneros, red peppers, green peppers, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, pumpkins, onions, strawberries, and they have grapes and mulberries in another part of the yard. My mom does it because she loves playing around in the garden, plus she loves to can food and make her own salsa (better than any store bought). I don't mind because I have all kinds of fresh veggies and fruit throughout the year.
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i buy my stuff already started, seems like they grow better in my sandy soil.i do pickles,peppers,lettuce,tomato. i always put miracle grow on every couple of weeks..try to wrap a fence around it so animals dont eat all your plants.
corn on the cob with carrots, potatoes and venison anyone?
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corn on the cob with carrots, potatoes and venison anyone?
Do you finish that off with a box of cupcakes and Snickers bars?
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yea i have sweet corn down the road, deer in the yard ,carrots accross the street ,and aspargas on the other corner...dont really need to grow much because food is around every corner...
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I attempted to grow a watermelon this spring/summer and it turned out the size of a pool ball so i gave up.
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Ive had a garden for a few years now, this past year I spent the most time on it and from a small 20x20 plot I got more than I could use, since I dont can ( I do freeze some) I ended up giving a ton away to family/neighbors etc

Things I wouldnt go without:

-Roma tomatoes

-Any indeterminate variety of cherry or grape tomatoes - they produce from midsummer just about until frost and are great to just grab a handfull and eat

I usually grow a few different varieties of tomato but I focus on the two above

-zucchini

-green peppers

-pickling size cucumbers - build a trellis of ANY kind and train them, you wont regret it. They will be straight and clean and easy to find and pick.

-sweet corn, just about any old bi-color sweet corn. Stuffs so good when its from your garden you eat it right off the stalk, no cooking necessary

-green beans - fun way to do it is to plant the green beans right next to the corn plants, corn grows really fast and the green beans will grow right up the corn stalks - no need to put up a trellis.

-cabbage - get a cabbage moth net and string it over your cabbage plants. Theres no way to keep the cabbage moths off the plants without some heavy pesticide. Homegrown cabbage tastes REALLY good compared to store bought stuff

-pumpkins are easy to grow but they need a TON of space, I had 4 plants that I pretty much neglected last year and let them take over some of the lawn and some of the neighbors yard(I told him he could just mow over them or let them grow and he could have the pumpkins that grow for his daughters, he let them grow) and got about 8 good size pumpkins.

-watermelons - I havent yet had terribly good results but Im still working on the melons

-jalapeno peppers

Get a balanced slow release fertilizer - I think Ive been using a miracle grow 10-10-10 or something like it. Till it in in the spring when you prep your soil

Also check your city hall, Warren has free prepped compost for residents all summer long so Ive never really needed to buy topsoil. You can take like 40 gallons at a time and they dont bitch.
Also look into starting a compost pile at your house for kitchen waste/grass clippings/shredded paper (most of my bills get composted). I use 2 50 gallon drums that I made tumblers out of and they work really well - that is I am not able to fill them they break down so fast. I empty them when the compost/dirt makes it too heavy to turn the drum.

To keep weeds down in the garden get a bale of straw (not hay, too many weed seeds) and spread it between the rows and plants. It REALLY helps keep the maintenance down. Ive also used wood chip mulch thats shredded pretty fine, but they say if you get some with black walnut shredded in it can inhibit the growth of some plants.

If its going a couple days without rain then you WILL need to water every day to get the most out of the garden. A good soak for 10-15 minutes every morning is good especially during the dry parts of summer.

Another trick is to buy a couple flats of marigolds (they're cheap at nurserys) and plant them EVERYWHERE in the garden. Around the perimeter, in between rows, etc. Also buy a pack of bush Nasturtium seeds and plant them all around the garden too. Not only do they look really nice, but they both either repel certain pests or attract other pests to THEIR leaves so they'll stay off you veggies.

Another, is when you start to see aphids eating the leaves on your tomatoes (and fruit trees if you have them - I have apples trees) go on Amazon.con and no shit, buy a box of ladybugs and a couple seed pods of praying mantis's - like $25 shipped to your door. Follow the directions when you get them and they will clean your shit right up.

If you end up buying seedlings from a nursery, pay close attention to planting dates. If it dips in the low 40s-30s it will wipe out young tomatoes.

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Im really looking forward to the garden this year >_<
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my parents usually make a halfassed attempt at a garden every year the soil by my house sucks so its kind of useless. but sometimes i have "science projects" that i grow in a cooler in my basement.
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My asparagus sucks. it has barely grown at all in two years, what did I do wrong? I have 50 of them planted
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my parents usually make a halfassed attempt at a garden every year the soil by my house sucks so its kind of useless. but sometimes i have "science projects" that i grow in a cooler in my basement.
and by "science projects" you mean...
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I haven't since we have lived where we are now, but I think next year I may try a few things and see if I can get anything to grow in the sandy yard!
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I am sure everyone wants to see my garden
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Ive had a garden for a few years now, this past year I spent the most time on it and from a small 20x20 plot I got more than I could use, since I dont can ( I do freeze some) I ended up giving a ton away to family/neighbors etc

Things I wouldnt go without:

-Roma tomatoes

-Any indeterminate variety of cherry or grape tomatoes - they produce from midsummer just about until frost and are great to just grab a handfull and eat

I usually grow a few different varieties of tomato but I focus on the two above

-zucchini

-green peppers

-pickling size cucumbers - build a trellis of ANY kind and train them, you wont regret it. They will be straight and clean and easy to find and pick.

-sweet corn, just about any old bi-color sweet corn. Stuffs so good when its from your garden you eat it right off the stalk, no cooking necessary

-green beans - fun way to do it is to plant the green beans right next to the corn plants, corn grows really fast and the green beans will grow right up the corn stalks - no need to put up a trellis.

-cabbage - get a cabbage moth net and string it over your cabbage plants. Theres no way to keep the cabbage moths off the plants without some heavy pesticide. Homegrown cabbage tastes REALLY good compared to store bought stuff

-pumpkins are easy to grow but they need a TON of space, I had 4 plants that I pretty much neglected last year and let them take over some of the lawn and some of the neighbors yard(I told him he could just mow over them or let them grow and he could have the pumpkins that grow for his daughters, he let them grow) and got about 8 good size pumpkins.

-watermelons - I havent yet had terribly good results but Im still working on the melons

-jalapeno peppers

Get a balanced slow release fertilizer - I think Ive been using a miracle grow 10-10-10 or something like it. Till it in in the spring when you prep your soil

Also check your city hall, Warren has free prepped compost for residents all summer long so Ive never really needed to buy topsoil. You can take like 40 gallons at a time and they dont bitch.
Also look into starting a compost pile at your house for kitchen waste/grass clippings/shredded paper (most of my bills get composted). I use 2 50 gallon drums that I made tumblers out of and they work really well - that is I am not able to fill them they break down so fast. I empty them when the compost/dirt makes it too heavy to turn the drum.

To keep weeds down in the garden get a bale of straw (not hay, too many weed seeds) and spread it between the rows and plants. It REALLY helps keep the maintenance down. Ive also used wood chip mulch thats shredded pretty fine, but they say if you get some with black walnut shredded in it can inhibit the growth of some plants.

If its going a couple days without rain then you WILL need to water every day to get the most out of the garden. A good soak for 10-15 minutes every morning is good especially during the dry parts of summer.

Another trick is to buy a couple flats of marigolds (they're cheap at nurserys) and plant them EVERYWHERE in the garden. Around the perimeter, in between rows, etc. Also buy a pack of bush Nasturtium seeds and plant them all around the garden too. Not only do they look really nice, but they both either repel certain pests or attract other pests to THEIR leaves so they'll stay off you veggies.

Another, is when you start to see aphids eating the leaves on your tomatoes (and fruit trees if you have them - I have apples trees) go on Amazon.con and no shit, buy a box of ladybugs and a couple seed pods of praying mantis's - like $25 shipped to your door. Follow the directions when you get them and they will clean your shit right up.

If you end up buying seedlings from a nursery, pay close attention to planting dates. If it dips in the low 40s-30s it will wipe out young tomatoes.

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Im really looking forward to the garden this year >_<
Good stuff. Thanks,

I havn't done a garden in years and been thinking about it. Probably do something around 20x20 or so. I have already designed a fence, similar to a friends, we have deer in the area along with rabbits,etc. Not sure what veggies we will do, the boss will make most of those decisions.
Do most of you plant seeds or but starters from a nursery?
What type of top soil do you mix in when you start your garden?
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i only grow tomato's roma, and cherry. and jalapeno and habanero peppers. Nothing else interests me.
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Good stuff. Thanks,

I havn't done a garden in years and been thinking about it. Probably do something around 20x20 or so. I have already designed a fence, similar to a friends, we have deer in the area along with rabbits,etc. Not sure what veggies we will do, the boss will make most of those decisions.
Do most of you plant seeds or but starters from a nursery?
What type of top soil do you mix in when you start your garden?
I do about 50/50 from seed and nursery seedlings. For instance the cherry/grape tomatoes- I like to buy big seedlings from the nursery and plant them early so I get a long season out of them, but most tomatoes Ill start from seeds. Starting them indoors takes a little planning too, seedlings grown indoors will grown thin and weak and when you transplant them the first stiff breeze will knock them down (tomatoes for instance) You want to acclimate them to outside sun and wind before you transplant <==stuff like that makes it easier to just buy seedlings especially if your not planting 1/2 acre.

Also a 20x20 will be surprisingly easy to overcrowd. I would spend the time and effort to prep the ground this time, buy your few seedlings and focus on tending them. Leave lots of space to get around in the garden and keep weeds and pests in check. If you can get into it this year then you can fill in the space next year.

Topsoil Ive only bought once (before I found out the city gives free compost). I bought bulk topsoil/peat mix from a landscape supply. Depending on your ground you may or may not need to. If you have decent dirt then till in a little fertilizer and top with compost or mulch(straw/wood chips) and your soil will fix itself. If you are going to buy a couple yards to raise your growing bed a couple inches do it this way - lay out your garden then spread 4-6 layers of wet newspaper around, then spread your topsoil and mulch right on top. The newspaper will smother the grass and weeds and it will all decompose by halfway thru the year. Saves the work of tilling old ground and doesnt bother the plants one bit.


bottom line is dont overdo it, concentrate on watering/maintenance. Get elaborate next year
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I grow a small garden for fresh veggies.
Carrots
Tomato's
and red skin pototos from Posen
Corn
I buy to can

Green Beans , cukes are easy to grow.

pea's on sale in the fall all ready in the can's.
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Last year was broccoli, zucchini, green peppers, jalapeños, celery, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, onions, eggplant, rutabaga, turnips, and squash.
I froze zucchini, turnips, green beans, tomatos, celery, peppers. Steve made pickles and we have a couple bushels of squash in the basement as well as the onions.
We shouldn't have to buy any of those veggies from the store anytime soon. I lost a lot of the celery because I couldn't keep up with it. Our tomatoes got too wet and got black rot. I have zucchini from 2008 that's in the freezer.
This year - no broccoli and less turnips and rutabagas since the deer really didn't want it when they could have sunflower heads and the green bean plants. We had to replant those twice and did manage to get a lot.
My problem was getting the time to work in the garden since my hours at work got sucky and I worked 12-9 and 11-8 p.m. In the morning when the plants are wet you're not really supposed to touch them. The bean leaves will turn brown.
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