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Gardening

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by itsstillmatt, May 6, 2006.

  1. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Does anybody here grow vegetables?

    My wife and I just planted this years "crop". Hopefully we will get something to eat. Anybody have any tips on developing a green thumb?
     
  2. shellshock

    shellshock Senior member

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    hopefully you're lucky enough to have good soil. the soil around my house is quite sandy and my dad had to work on it for years (compost, etc) to get things growing nicely.
     
  3. Reggs

    Reggs Senior member

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    Ever since I moved in my condo, Iv wanted to have a bunch of jasmine outside, but instead of diving right in I got a bunch of cheap $4-8 plants at Target so I could get the hang of not killing them. Only a few have died so far.
     
  4. globetrotter

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    2 years ago I planted a very nice garden,but lost everything to gophers and squirels. very frustrating.
     
  5. shellshock

    shellshock Senior member

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    2 years ago I planted a very nice garden,but lost everything to gophers and squirels. very frustrating.

    thats when you get out the pellet gun and snipe those fools.
     
  6. javyn

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    I grow cucumbers from seed every once in a while. It's fun and I love to eat cucumbers. I have some going now that are taking off. I had to thin them out today, which I hate doing heheh. Sending so many poor helpless cuke plants to their deaths in the trash can just because they aren't as tall as their brothers.
     
  7. Stuttjukken

    Stuttjukken Well-Known Member

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    Potatoes and onions here in the north.
     
  8. Fabienne

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    Tomatoes in several shapes and colors, radishes, sorrel, various herbs (thyme, basil, rosemary, parsley, dill, oregano, tarragon, mint, some from seed). So far, pretty good luck with the wild life, they keep off from year to year. I try not to overextend myself, I only do what I think I can maintain, especially because weeds will invade in 24 hours. Later in the year, I'll try mache for the first time.
     
  9. constant struggle

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    bumping this thread, im starting a container garden on my deck this year... so far planted 3 types of peas and cilantro
    planting carrots next week
    followed by peppers, tomatoes, herbs in may

    my peas are finally coming up... the sticks are basically going to be used as stakes for the vines
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  10. kwilkinson

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    ^Awesome. I've got a couple planters on my balcony right now. Nothing major, but a couple varieties of heirloom tomatoes and basil. Having fresh tomatoes and basil all summer long is going to make me a happy camper.
     
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    Tomatoes in several shapes and colors, radishes, sorrel, various herbs (thyme, basil, rosemary, parsley, dill, oregano, tarragon, mint, some from seed). So far, pretty good luck with the wild life, they keep off from year to year. I try not to overextend myself, I only do what I think I can maintain, especially because weeds will invade in 24 hours. Later in the year, I'll try mache for the first time.

    That's awesome. Where do you live? I would be nice to have the climate to keep all that stuff growing year-round. I've at times wondered about getting an indoor greenhouse so that at the very least I could keep fresh basil and thyme going year-round.
     
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    That's awesome. Where do you live? I would be nice to have the climate to keep all that stuff growing year-round. I've at times wondered about getting an indoor greenhouse so that at the very least I could keep fresh basil and thyme going year-round.

    Check out the Aerogarden. We've had one for a couple of years now. Perfect for growing indoor herbs.
     
  14. JustinW

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    Just basil and cherry tomatoes, I don't do much in the way of edibles.

    I do plan to re-do our courtyard as a tropical, balinese/Timorese garden.

    I planted some kangaroo paw and jacarandas last month - we'll see how they do in Zone 9.
     
  15. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    Does anybody here grow vegetables?

    My wife and I just planted this years "crop". Hopefully we will get something to eat. Anybody have any tips on developing a green thumb?


    Kiss a hippie. I can recommend you some if you find your self short on candidates.
     
  16. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There are numerous varieties of any favorite vegetable. The key is to grow those that do well in your micro climate. I find that out by asking what did well for my neighbors the previous year. For example not all varieties of tomatoes do well in our clay soil and hot, dry summer air.

    I have a real Einstein for a neighbor who keeps trying to grow tropical plants. He can never understand why they die [​IMG]
     
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    Check out the Aerogarden. We've had one for a couple of years now. Perfect for growing indoor herbs.

    Do you have one?

    One thing i'm wondering is how quickly the plants replenish themselves after you cut off branches for use? I use quite a lot of thyme in particular since it's used in just about everything.
     
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    Do you have one?

    One thing i'm wondering is how quickly the plants replenish themselves after you cut off branches for use? I use quite a lot of thyme in particular since it's used in just about everything.


    Yes, we have the biggest model. There are six (I think) planting spots. Just plant more than one spot in thyme if you want. For me, I like basil, as I love cooking with pesto. I'll harvest and make a big batch of pesto, then freeze it in single size portions. I love sage too. We even grow some little Japanese peppers.
     
  19. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    I've got oregano, sage, thyme, chives, spearmint, rosemary, and tarragon in my herb garden right now. Figure to add some basil, parsley, dill and a few others soon.
    I've got a couple of cherry trees that produce good fruit and three apple trees that I've recently pruned back into shape, although one is likely not going to make it much longer. I've also managed to nurse my two lemons back to health and am getting a nice small crop with plenty of new fruit starting to set. I also have a plum tree but the fruit is only good for cooking with. Plum only goes so far.

    We will also plant tomatoes as soon as I recover the small green house I built for them. Were also planning radishes, carrots, and squash as well as maybe some lettuce and what ever else strikes our fancy.

    My only advice is plenty of compost, work the soil as deep as you can and don't over think it.
     
  20. GQgeek

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    Yes, we have the biggest model. There are six (I think) planting spots. Just plant more than one spot in thyme if you want. For me, I like basil, as I love cooking with pesto. I'll harvest and make a big batch of pesto, then freeze it in single size portions. I love sage too. We even grow some little Japanese peppers.
    If I go through a few sprigs of thyme per week, how many spots do you think i'd need?
     

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