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    Any Gardeners Out There?

    What are you growing? And how do you manage the time to both dig in the dirt and ride? I seem to have a hard time doing both.
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    Interesting you should ask. I'm a landscape designer - my work is all coming to life. 1000's of tulips, lettuces, peas and herbs in the vegetable garden. I try to ride very early and then again before dark. Joyful time of the year for me. What are you growing? Pics?

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    This year I got an allotment and plan to have an organic garden with heaps of vegetables and herbs. The allotment is in the countryside and I am not sure of the distance but probably under an hour ride and since I live car free, I will be ridding back and forth to do my gardening, I do have access to a car when needed I should add. This is a great way to combine two hobbies and get out of the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon P
    This year I got an allotment and plan to have an organic garden with heaps of vegetables and herbs. The allotment is in the countryside and I am not sure of the distance but probably under an hour ride and since I live car free, I will be ridding back and forth to do my gardening, I do have access to a car when needed I should add. This is a great way to combine two hobbies and get out of the city.

    I've never heard of an allotment. where is it?
    What will you grow?
    Had the land been use before?
    Have you thought about amendments?

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    I've never heard of an allotment. where is it?
    What will you grow?
    Had the land been use before?
    Have you thought about amendments?
    An Allotment is a small lot, mine will be a half lot at 3X7 metres, and I rent it from the local municipal authority for $20 Canadian. This allotment has been organic for 25 years and is/was on land used by the National Defence people. If you want to have a look go to: http://gaga.ncf.ca/ I live in a townhouse so I can't go much. I am sure there must be something in your region of the continent.
    Not sue what you meen by amendments.

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    Add up the time you spend reading the depressing morning papers,then the time listening to the rehash,endlessly on evening tv. add those minutes to doing something pleasurable and self rewarding, and VOILA, time for gardening

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    I'm growing some 20+ varieties of heirloom tomatos, also peppers, beans, corn, peas, strawberries, garlic, onions, lettuce, sunflowers.

    I love growing odd tomatos. I'm growing black pear shaped, bi- colored, ruffled ones, lemon shaped, big and small. When I get burned out from riding like I did last month with the bike club's March Madness, I spent my time in the garden.

    Ride over the earth, then dig in it. Seems complimentary to me!

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    I love growing odd tomatos. I'm growing black pear shaped, bi- colored, ruffled ones, lemon shaped, big and small.
    Do you know where I can get some seeds, these tomatos sound really intersting.

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    I'm not a gardener myself but my parents love to grow(or try to grow) plants in the backyard.

    My mom has a half-dozen or so orchids around the house. All purple and white, they are actually blooming now, beautiful flowers.

    In the backyard we have an orange tree, passion fruit vine, grape vine, lemon tree, mango tree(hasn't had fruit in 3 years...), and various flowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travelinguyrt
    Add up the time you spend reading the depressing morning papers,then the time listening to the rehash,endlessly on evening tv. add those minutes to doing something pleasurable and self rewarding, and VOILA, time for gardening
    I used to be a news junkie, but I got so sick of it that I pretty much quit cold turkey, and my life is infintely better.
    Dead last finish is better than did not finish and infinitely better than did not start.

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    I've owned my house for two years and I've been working hard on turning the mess of weeds and rock-hard dirt that it was when I bought it into a beautiful xeriscaped garden. For amendments I use manure, peat moss, and this bagged compost stuff that I love. I've got different varieties of sage, butterfly bushes, lavender, yucca, iris, coneflower, ice plants, vinca, sunflowers, and a bunch of other low-water plants.

    My bulbs are all coming up: crocus (my favorites!), hyacinths, a few tulips, allum (is that what they're called?) and a few others. I plan to add some every fall.

    I grow a small vegetable garden in the back. So far just the usual: tomatoes, squash, carrots, peppers.

    I get my summers off, so I like to ride in the mornings, then garden in the afternoons.

    Does anyone have experience/advice w/ a raised veggie garden bed? I'm considering trying it this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon P
    An Allotment is a small lot, mine will be a half lot at 3X7 metres, and I rent it from the local municipal authority for $20 Canadian. This allotment has been organic for 25 years and is/was on land used by the National Defence people. If you want to have a look go to: http://gaga.ncf.ca/ I live in a townhouse so I can't go much. I am sure there must be something in your region of the continent.
    Not sue what you meen by amendments.

    Amendments - organic fertilizers, compost ect. And I have plenty of land. As well as 38 beach front properties that I have developed and maintain the gardens. I do English/cottqage gardens. I just this year a took on a community garden. Like I need more projects.

    good site, lots of links I would recommmend for seeds & exchanges, heirloom vegetables.
    http://www.vegparadise.com/heirloom.html

    Enjoy- the bounty is more than dinner.

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    Ask those guys over in the SS/Fixed Gear forum. I'm sue they have plenty of tips for making time to "grow things".

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    Quote Originally Posted by christie133
    Does anyone have experience/advice w/ a raised veggie garden bed? I'm considering trying it this year.
    Raised beds are a great idea in Denver, here's my 2 cents worht:

    1. Use redwood or cedar lumber only, it will last long and it's pretty wood. No treated lumber.

    2. Dig out existing clay/hardpack/weeds down to about 10 inches or so.

    3. Build up frames as high as you'd like, use shielding (metal or plastic) around frame at ground level to prevent grass and weeds from creeping in.

    4. Fill with topsoil, compost, peat moss and coarse sand mixed well.

    5. Install watering system, off sprinkler system use drip systems as much as possible.

    6. Make some type of cover system in case of hail! Hail in Denver will trash a garden in minutes.

    This is a great way to garden, good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty
    Raised beds are a great idea in Denver, here's my 2 cents worht:

    1. Use redwood or cedar lumber only, it will last long and it's pretty wood. No treated lumber.

    2. Dig out existing clay/hardpack/weeds down to about 10 inches or so.

    3. Build up frames as high as you'd like, use shielding (metal or plastic) around frame at ground level to prevent grass and weeds from creeping in.

    4. Fill with topsoil, compost, peat moss and coarse sand mixed well.

    5. Install watering system, off sprinkler system use drip systems as much as possible.

    6. Make some type of cover system in case of hail! Hail in Denver will trash a garden in minutes.

    This is a great way to garden, good luck.
    Thanks for the tips! If I can get my act together in time, I'm definately going to try it this year for my veggie garden. Oh, and you're right about the hail--I lose plants every year because of it. Nightmare: Getting caught in a hailstorm while riding, coming home bruised and battered only to find the garden is also destroyed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty
    <snip> use shielding around frame at ground level to prevent grass and weeds from creeping in. <snip>
    a very important step.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christie133
    Thanks for the tips! If I can get my act together in time, I'm definately going to try it this year for my veggie garden. Oh, and you're right about the hail--I lose plants every year because of it. Nightmare: Getting caught in a hailstorm while riding, coming home bruised and battered only to find the garden is also destroyed!
    When I lived in Colo Springs, a friend of mine was driving home when it was just starting to hail. When he pulled into his driveway someone had pulled into his carport to protect his car and refused to get out until it passed. Friends car was beat up pretty bad.
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    There's a Joe Gardner. Does that count?

    Ok, sorry.

    Anyway,I have an indoor container garden, since I live in a high rise downtown. I grow geraniums, which are the second easiest flowers to grow. I also have some other year round flowers growing, some ivys, and a few pointsettas. I've got a few other plants scattered about that are fading fast (too much travel and no one responsible enough to water them). I have one of those huge leavy looking plant trees that take nothing much to grow at all. I just get the water in there and sit back and watch them grow.

    I kill orchids easily. So no more of those.

    Koffee

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    My place sits in a rather large stand of rather tall douglas fir, big leaf maple, dogwood and wild cherry trees, little sun direct prevents much of a traditional garden. My rhododendron garden is getting ready to show off, the Japanese Maples are leafing out, and the rock garden with hosta and wild flowers are coming on. Impatients will go in in a couple weeks, and geraniums in window boxes and deck containers this week. My favorite wildflower in the woods, the trillium, just finished last week, lambs tounge is everywhere now!
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    My ex girlfreind loved gardening with her mom. Meanwhile I hate it. I would help her out every now and then. I just don't enjoy toiling my ass off just to get flowers that die when winter comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalHead90
    I just don't enjoy toiling my ass off just to get flowers that die when winter comes.
    I used to feel this way, but for the past few years I've really been enjoying the stark beauty of a dormant garden in winter

    Shifty, your garden sounds like paradise.

    I also do lots of containers--flowers and herbs. I'll probably start them next week and add to them all spring. Anyone have luck w/ growing tomatoes in a pot? I'm also considering experimenting w/ that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christie133
    I used to feel this way, but for the past few years I've really been enjoying the stark beauty of a dormant garden in winter

    Shifty, your garden sounds like paradise.

    I also do lots of containers--flowers and herbs. I'll probably start them next week and add to them all spring. Anyone have luck w/ growing tomatoes in a pot? I'm also considering experimenting w/ that.
    Thanks, when it rains so much yo have to take the good with the bad. Actually we have a city park with a huge rhody garden, that's the real paradise this time of year.
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    I am fairly new to this whole gardening thing. I really don't want to eat anything my hands had any part in creating, so I went with flowers. I started last spring with some success. I just have a little tiny patch of dirt where I planted some of the basics: tulips, lillies, dahlias, daffodils, and a few others I forgot. Hopefully this year it will all come together... oh yes, and I also have some strawberry plants that actually gave me one strawberry last year!!!

    The daffodils have risen! Excuse the excitement, it's just that I have a really brown thumb so to see anything grow is amazing to me.

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    Lovely flower and lovely photo. Nice job Mirona!
    Dead last finish is better than did not finish and infinitely better than did not start.

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    My geranium I got in the fall last year just sprouted some buds. And thisother plant I have absolutely no idea what it is started sprouting flwoers all of a sudden. The one I have absolutely no name for is a beautiful flowering plant, but it only flowers once a year, which I figured out after the flowers bloomed last summer then just disappered until (literally) this morning.

    Koffee

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