What will be in your garden this year?

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What will be in your garden this year?
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Sat, 02-20-2010 - 9:27pm

We had our first garden last year. It was . . . okay. We really had NO idea what we were doing so on Memorial Day, we planted our squash, zucchini, carrots, lettuce, and green onions. Well, we had a tree cut down (which of course fell onto the garden) the next day, moving our seeds around. So it was really a hot mess. We had an abundance of lettuce for several weeks; sufficient squash and zucchini; more green onions than I could use in a decade much less before they went bad; and quite possibly the worst looking carrots I've ever seen.


Needless to say, I'm hopeful that this year will be better. I'm trying to do some research on what we should grow (based on our level of "experience" as well as our space and our dedication to the garden). Does anyone have thoughts - either based on experience or maybe a good link?


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Registered: 04-28-2007
Sat, 02-20-2010 - 11:57pm
We live in an apartment and I hope to be in a house by summer but it will still be a rental. I do want to try one of those little window herb sets though! Gotta find some again.

 


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Registered: 07-26-1997
Sun, 02-21-2010 - 12:08am
No garden for me.

 

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Sun, 02-21-2010 - 7:39am

Pole beans are really easy to grow, green peas, grape tomatoes also do well and cucumbers may be worth trying (I liked to have mine grow on a trellis to avoid ground rot).


Avoid harder to grow things like bell peppers, corn and don't mess with watermellon or pumpkin unless you have a large enough area to support them.

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Registered: 07-26-1997
Sun, 02-21-2010 - 9:43am
I did pumpkins one year.

 

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Registered: 06-30-2003
Sun, 02-21-2010 - 10:56am

You should check out "Square Foot Gardening", by Mel Bartholemew; he has a preety good method for getting gardeners started.

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Registered: 05-21-2003
Sun, 02-21-2010 - 12:26pm
I mostly do container gardening. This year, I'll be sticking w/things that have been successful in the past--grape/cherry tomatoes, maybe one regular tomato plant, green peppers. I may do one or 2 zucchini plants in the ground; I've had limited success w/those in containers. We'll see how I feel when it's actually time to plant things!
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 02-21-2010 - 2:00pm

Let's see: Our first year..we had tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, and zuchinni


We got a lot of tomatoes, very little green beans, some cucumbers, and not many zuchinni


We had a boxed in row.


Last summer, we dug into our yard a little and planted zuchinni and cucumbers


We did tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, and green beans too


I made the mistake of getting pole beans instead of bush beans and did not like the pole beans at all--too tough. We got tons of banana peppers and stuffed them and put them in stuff. We got a decent amount of green peppers. It wasn't a great year for tomatoes as most people got blight. We didn't but we didn't get as much as the last time we did them.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 8:19pm

google for co-operative extension service. Our local one is affliated with the state university.

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Registered: 12-13-2007
Wed, 03-03-2010 - 12:13am

We are lucky that we live very rurally, and one of the previous tenants made a HUGE fenced-in garden area.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 03-03-2010 - 12:44pm

I have to have tomatoes! I'm going to start some heirloom seeds in a week or two, so hopefully they will be ready to plant after the last frost in May. I ordered some seeds from tomato bob, he has a 25 cent pkt seed special every month. So far I have pole beans, sugar peas, lettuce, radishes, cucumber and hot pepper seeds.

Good luck! Hopefully it will be a good growing season.

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