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    2012 Gardening Thread

    Well, it's that time of year again. Time to get out the tiller (or pots) and start planting. So, yesterday I got the tiller out and tilled up my garden area and let it dry. Today I added some compost and manure...then tilled it again before planting cold crops (cabbage, broccoli, red & white potatoes, onions, garlic, and lettuce).

    After growing up on a 100-acre fruit & vegetable farm, I always LOVE this time of year!!! I have always had a big garden: (1) for growing fruits/ vegetables to eat fresh/ can, and (2) for growing fruits/ vegetables to display in the Kentucky State Fair. However, this year I am planting a smaller garden, but excited nonetheless.

    Once May-June arrives I will plant my other vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, cucumbers, etc.)

    So, what is everyone else planting this year?
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    Not as impressive of a spread as you that's for sure!!

    I have my cold weather planted. Just direct seed since it's so nice outside and will be for a bit. This includes pak choi, collards, rainbow Swiss chard, spinach, and French breakfast radishes. I'm still hunting down Tuscan kale. My strawberries are already popping up and the same for the rhubarb. I do square foot gardening so while it looks like a lot, they are just small plots of each. I'm still trying to decide if I will plant a crop of rainbow carrots in the tomato plot before I plant the tomatoes.

    Later I will plant lettuce and mescaline, tomatoes, borage, chervil, oregano, cilantro, savory, thyme, sweet basil, Thai basil, and jalapenos.

    In short, I only plant $$ vegetables and herbs that don't drop in price even in the summer. Peppers, squash, corn, melon, cabbage, and cumbers are cheap in the summer. So they are not worth using up precious real estate for them.

    Now if I had more space, I would.
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    Tomatoes in a Topsy Turvy. Does that count?
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    Oh heck yeah! Tomatoes straight of the vine are far superior to anything from the store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorrmann View Post
    Tomatoes in a Topsy Turvy. Does that count?
    Me to

    And I don't even like tomatoes, in fact the taste of them induces projectile vomiting with me.

    But everyone else in my family likes them

    also have some Habenero and Cayenne Peppers that are growing nicely
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    Not as impressive of a spread as you that's for sure!!

    I have my cold weather planted. Just direct seed since it's so nice outside and will be for a bit. This includes pak choi, collards, rainbow Swiss chard, spinach, and French breakfast radishes. I'm still hunting down Tuscan kale. My strawberries are already popping up and the same for the rhubarb. I do square foot gardening so while it looks like a lot, they are just small plots of each. I'm still trying to decide if I will plant a crop of rainbow carrots in the tomato plot before I plant the tomatoes.

    Later I will plant lettuce and mescaline, tomatoes, borage, chervil, oregano, cilantro, savory, thyme, sweet basil, Thai basil, and jalapenos.

    In short, I only plant $$ vegetables and herbs that don't drop in price even in the summer. Peppers, squash, corn, melon, cabbage, and cumbers are cheap in the summer. So they are not worth using up precious real estate for them.

    Now if I had more space, I would.
    You have quite the spread Judith! Love that you grow all of the leafy greens and herbs. I need to take more time to do that also.

    I just picked my first asparagus sprouts a few days ago. YUM!

    Quote Originally Posted by dorrmann View Post
    Tomatoes in a Topsy Turvy. Does that count?
    YES, of course it does! You can also use a topsy turvy for strawberries, cucumber, peppers, etc.
    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsfang View Post
    Me to

    And I don't even like tomatoes, in fact the taste of them induces projectile vomiting with me.

    But everyone else in my family likes them

    also have some Habenero and Cayenne Peppers that are growing nicely
    I often grow things I don't like either. Some things I grow simply because they are fun to grow or because they show well at the state fair.

    I can't handle hot peppers though. I am a wuss. LOL.
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    I have a row of planters around the outside of my deck, which I believe were intended for flowers that I'm going to plant cucumbers in. Two years ago, I rigged a fencing system (using plastic fencing) going from the floor to ceiling of my deck to let the cukes climb up as they grow. It worked like a charm, but I didn't use ALL the planters dangit. Big healthy cukes, and it was nice cuz when I wanted one for a sandwich or whatever, I just walked out my back door and grabbed one straight off the vine. Here's a pic:
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    (Had a couple chille pepper plants there to the left, hahaha!)

    I'm going to try it again this year, this time using ALL the planters. Can't wait! I'll post pics of the progress, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsfang View Post
    Me to

    And I don't even like tomatoes, in fact the taste of them induces projectile vomiting with me.

    But everyone else in my family likes them

    also have some Habenero and Cayenne Peppers that are growing nicely
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