When do you stop gardening?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
When do you stop gardening?
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Wed, 10-05-2011 - 3:03pm

What time of year do you hang up your garden gloves? I'm thinking of calling it quits for the year. Our greenhouse recently had an infestation of bugs. Not sure how or why it happened, but it's been discouraging. We've also had a few frosts now, so things are starting to die out on their own. I cut the last of the broccoli and cucumbers this week and have picked about 20 lbs of tomatoes. We had a good year, but I feel like I am done for now.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 1:02am

Never. I'm in coastal SoCal so we can garden year round here, just grow different veggies for the warm or cool season...and some things grow year 'round. Some years some summer crops like zucchini will continue producing into the winter.

Tomatoes are done for me, I think they got a disease of some sort. Usually the indeterminate varieties are still producing now. A late summer planting of Persian cucumbers is doing well, and peppers are all still producing. Zucchini is still fruiting. Pomegranates are ready to be picked which is early compared to most years, and the persimmons should start coming ripe in a few weeks. A couple of weeks ago I put in transplants of cauliflower and a short season tomato. I just planted some snap pea seeds today and amended the bed for greens--I'll probably sow Swiss chard and spinach

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Registered: 02-19-2009
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 12:03pm
Wow Elc, you really have a lot of stuff growing! I bet it can feel like a full time job sometimes but, like you said, so nice to have fresh (and free!) veggies all year long. We just had our first snow this weekend and have pretty much closed up shop.
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Registered: 05-30-2003
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 12:56am

I garden most of the year since I live near Dallas where the weather let's me do it.

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 2:01pm
That's nice. I always think it would be nice to be able to garden all year long, but I do also like the break between seasons. I guess it would be more appealing to garden though the winter if there wasn't a foot of snow outside though! :-)
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