How does your garden grow?

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  1. BLT

    BLT Chicken

    Mary Mary, quite contrary...

    I'm going for a spaghetti sauce-themed garden this year: San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, Genovese basil, and oregano. I'm also going to plant some sweet corn, cauliflower, green beans, Charentais melons, and sweet potatoes. Still debating between a wooden pallet garden, building planter boxes, or topsoil bag gardening. My seedlings are coming up every day--hooray!
     
  2. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    There were garlic, rhubarb, and strawberries planted here before we moved in. We maintain those, and also have about 9-10 herbs, several varieties of tomatoes and peppers, and usually something green. Brussels sprouts didn't work well for us in 2012, but rainbow chard was a major success last year.

    This house has beds on all four sides, and down the east side of the back yard, so we've got lots of room for veg and flowers. Unfortunately, we have a very short growing season up here in Montana. I won't be able to plant until Easter weekend at the very earliest, but it's probably safest to wait until May. I lost hundreds of tomatoes to frost in 2012 when it started snowing the second day of October. :sad:
     
  3. Becky1030

    Becky1030 Chicken

    Great topic; I wasn't sure if anyone might be gardening types here.

    Is this your first try at gardening, or a first at your current location? Being lazy, I just throw some poop bags in the ground and plant starters from Home Depot. My sister does pretty well with vertical gardening, though.

    I'm mostly a lover of ornamentals, but I have a pineapple coming in, and plan to put in some jalapenos soon...one of the few foods I make is salsa. I've tried cilantro, but it's finicky, and so far I've been too lazy to attempt to battle the bugs to try tomatoes.
     
  4. kthom

    kthom Cute Food <3 Staff Member

    I tried to grow herbs last year and failed. My basil never really took off and my Cilantro grew but we went on vacation and it died while we were away. I know, herbs should be easy, but I've actually killed a catcus before, so I suck at gardening. I might try to do something again this year, but I need to grow stuff that doesn't require much or any sun because we really don't get a lot with the way our building is facing and the way the roof extends over the patio (apartment).
     
  5. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    That hasn't been much of a problem for us, but we companion plant our tomatoes with marigolds.
     
  6. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I still have snow. But I can't wait to plant my gardens. I think I'll build a planter box where our hot tub used to be.
     
  7. SassyLlama

    SassyLlama Goose

    I feel like not using your hot tub as the planter is clearly a missed opportunity.
     
  8. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Giant herb garden > human soup pot
     
  9. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    There were squirrels living in it.
     
  10. Becky1030

    Becky1030 Chicken

    Cool tip. I've tried to read/learn about these kinds of tips, but get overwhelmed and give up. I try to read other gardening forums (Dave's Garden; GardenWeb), but the planting seasons here are so different I still get confused. I suppose I should just keep putting stuff in and see what happens.

    Also: I agree with Sassy. You took out the hot tub?
     
  11. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    Please tell me you make homemade strawberry rhubarb pie.
     
  12. BLT

    BLT Chicken

    is your first try at gardening, or a first at your current location? Being lazy, I just throw some poop bags in the ground and plant starters from Home Depot. My sister does pretty well with vertical gardening, though.


    I love to garden, but we've only been at this house for 3 years so I've been doing it in stages. I've planted a peach tree and a fig tree, done the front yard in bulbs that are coming up for year 2--daffodils and tulips--and I generally plant a few squash and tomato plants from Home Depot in pots. I saw a really cool post on starting an in-ground garden by growing directly in the soil bags, pulling up the bags and tilling it in the 2nd year. We don't have any beds in the backyard and digging up grass is a pain in the butt.

    http://alwaysmakingsomething-tina.blogspot.com/2013/04/bag-garden.html
     

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  13. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Honestly, I never touch the rhubarb except to harvest it for the neighbors. The strawberries don't come in until much later, and I hate that every rhubarb recipe calls for like five cups of sugar.
     
  14. BLT

    BLT Chicken

    Do you have good luck starting stuff inside? I think I'm most excited about my sweet potatoes. You start them in glasses of water, twist off the sprouts, root them, and plant them. Apparently, sweet potato vine tips are excellent for stir-frying or using in place of spinach, so you've got a warm weather crop of greens and the sweet potatoes in the fall!
     
  15. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    gahhhhhh you are missing a real treat! Can you mail a pie? I would totally mail you a pie.
     
  16. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I've never tried to start things inside because we don't really get adequate sunlight through our windows. The best windows face north.
     
  17. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    My neighbor makes strawberry rhubarb cake, but I'm not kidding about all the sugar. I think her recipe calls for 3-4 cups of sugar AND 2 cups of marshmallows. It's ridiculous.
     
  18. BLT

    BLT Chicken

    You don't need sunlight for them--they sprout out and vine because of the rooting in the water glass. I think they're in the can't-kill-them-with-a-stick category.
     
  19. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I wouldn't plant sweet potatoes. We don't eat enough to spend the garden space. If I were to start plants inside, it would probably be peppers and tomatoes, and then I would need lamps.
     
  20. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I thought about buying lamps and shit but figure I'll just spend my money on herb and veg plants once it thaws instead. The good nursery here has a big sale at the end of April every year and I buy everything. Then I spend 3 weeks dragging it in at night (it was all in pots). Memorial Day is "safe" for annuals here.
    Also the hot tub broke years ago and wasn't worth fixing, I'd rather have had that, but by the time I officially moved in it was a biohazard.
     
  21. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    The only things I'm really interested in growing are herbs, garlic and mushrooms, but I looked up how to grow those things in apartments and it was too much work and too much waiting. I wish I could, but I know I'd get frustrated and buy it all anyway.
     
  22. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Yeah, same. We buy fairly mature plants to compensate for planting late. It seems easier than trying to grow things from seeds myself.
     
  23. lrrr

    lrrr Role Model Staff Member

    Mushroom in a box.

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  24. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Eeewwww fungus. I have some little ones that grow under the line trees when it rains. I pull up the ones that look like penises that grow in the grass, but the white ones don't kill the dog. I'm sure that wouldn't raise any suspicion at the border, I'll happily send them to you.
     
  25. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    Omg. :lol:

    I kind of want to try this just because.
     

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