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Old 05-15-22, 07:22 PM
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Anyone else growing a Garden this year?

I've been a long time (not as long as others, but longer than some) gardener concentrating on produce. Last year I took a break after a long time but this year it's time to get back at it. Anyone else growing some of their own food this year?
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Old 05-15-22, 09:41 PM
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Have tomatoes and jalapeños planted.
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Old 05-15-22, 09:51 PM
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I gave up trying to grow anything edible because the squirrels and possums get it before it's ripe. So I grow things that look good in my garden.
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Old 05-15-22, 09:55 PM
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I sprouted a bunch of things from seeds, using those little peat moss pods.
The zucchini, basil, cilantro, summer squash, jalapeno, and red bell peppers look good.
Just noticed some habaneros and bay leaf popping up today.
Next year, I plan to use actual plants or seedling. Much quicker for this ****** gardener.
Will soon plant a host of dwarf fruit trees, like citrus and avocado.
Damn stores charge a ton for even the youngest trees.
Over the winter, I ripped out forty feet of ivy and built these terraced planters.
Time to get off my ass and wrap it up.

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Old 05-15-22, 10:02 PM
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taking a break this year, but does giving white clover a chance over grass count? We have a small enough backyard where watering just feels like a waste so we are seeing how the drought resistant, good-looking weed grows!
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Old 05-16-22, 07:41 AM
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Mostly my wife's effort:
Tomatoes, spinach, kale, peas, beans, corn, onions, peppers, garlic, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, herbs, arugula..........
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Old 05-16-22, 08:26 AM
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Salsa: Tomatoes, Jalapenos, cilantro. Still buy the onions though.

BTW that's lots of tomatoes, as in a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes.

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Old 05-16-22, 08:52 AM
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Now that NJ legalized "it" a couple of months ago, no.
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Old 05-16-22, 04:19 PM
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Every year...but I typically grow things not typically found in a traditional garden, such as Cassava, Moringa, Purslane and too many others to list. And I also have learned which "weeds" are edible, they actually are quite nutritious, especially if you don't use any soil amendments/x-icides and let plant naturally be fed from healthy soil organisms that will mine all the nutrition for the plant and in turn you.

However, every year I do grow some traditional garden plants, especially tomatoes, which I can't resist. They're so well hidden in the "Jungle" I've never had a problem with pests, including the ever present racoon and opossum that visit my yard; they seem to love the grubs and I'm always covering up holes they create.


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Old 05-16-22, 07:13 PM
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My favorite pistil ever.

The cukes are doing well also.
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Old 05-16-22, 07:48 PM
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Over here in the Bastrop Piney Woods Central Texas its only, cilantro, onions, yarrow root, chili pequines, native peaches, asparagus, and rattle snake beans. Everything else just feeds the squirrels, possums, rabbits, deer, and voles. So many voles that we have to cut back on dry cat food. Our cats have always been fat and happy... Ha
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Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
Over here in the Bastrop Piney Woods Central Texas its only, cilantro, onions, yarrow root, chili pequines, native peaches, asparagus, and rattle snake beans. Everything else just feeds the squirrels, possums, rabbits, deer, and voles. So many voles that we have to cut back on dry cat food. Our cats have always been fat and happy... Ha
You could work the problem backwards and plant a deer, squirrel, and rabbit garden.
Harvest the deer.
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Old 05-17-22, 11:10 AM
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My garden grows year round on all sides of the house.
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Old 05-17-22, 12:28 PM
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I've got a small community garden plot - roughly 4'x12', divided into 3 4x4 squares. Every year I try to squeeze too much into the plot because there's so much I want to grow, but this year I'm trying to take a more limited approach.

I've got raspberries (both red and golden) in one section, for the kids; several varieties of beans (Scarlet Runner, Good Mother Stallard, Anasazi, and Zuni Gold) in a second section, some of which will be eaten fresh and others saved as dry beans; and corn in the 3rd section. I've never had much success with corn on such a small scale, but the kids asked so I'm giving it another try. I just bought a six-pack of strawberry seedlings which I'll try to fit in around the edges of the raspberries, and I'm hoping I can get one pattypan squash plant among the beans (one nice thing about our community garden, lots of people grow squash and we have a beehive nearby so even if I only have one plant it will still get pollinated).

I'm always trying to find a balance between growing things that are expensive (raspberries) or much better as fresh as possible (corn), versus things I know will be productive (beans, squash). I like to think that beans I grow myself have the smallest carbon footprint of any protein; they're probably net carbon negative. The Scarlet Runners in particular grow very well here in San Francisco.
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Old 05-17-22, 12:43 PM
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5 Tomatoes, Early Girl Improved, Black Krim, Brandywine Red, Kellogg's Breakfast, and Superweet 100. (the big shrub in the background is not a tomato) The Early Girl and the Supersweet (cherry) are pretty much guaranteed to produce, the other 3 are heirlooms and sometimes don't work out - they are high risk / high reward.

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Old 05-21-22, 10:09 PM
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I’m only a 10 minute walk from a year round farmers market so to support those people that’s where we get our organic vegetables and fruit. We do have large patio’s with two large sitting areas so my gardening is mostly succulents and some flowers in pots.

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Outstanding presentation on Regenerative farming, which we gardeners can adopt and have the exact same results. No use of fertilizers nor x-cides to pollute our water/aquifers. And we provide habitat for all the animals, including insects, which are very important. I've never seen so many types of birds until I started creating habitat, AKA gardening the Regenerative way -- healthy soil is the foundation.








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Whoops, forgot to post the presentation of a talk about Regenerative Farming.

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I have some tomatoes on the back porch where the deer can't get them. Our peach tree was very fruitful this year, but in spite of them being very green and small the squirrels and deer and pretty much decimated them. The pears are so hard the critters won't even eat them.
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We've been eating the acre of violets for the last year, trying to encourage the sparse plantains (broad-leaf herb, not bananas) to increase, and have transplanted a three year old peach tree. We are introducing soil/light oriented food plants this year and attempting seasonal rotation. My biologist wife is the genius in charge, while I provide muscle 💪
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