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Anyone else garden?

by opa Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:59 am

I love growing crops every summer. There's nothing better than fresh greens straight out of the field. This year we've grown a little bit of everything. I even grew some tobacco from seed just to have something pretty to look at. I'll have to share some pics when everything starts coming in. I planted everything a bit late this year. My dry bush beans are starting to flower now. I just wish my chili peppers would hurry up. I love fresh peppers.

Any other green thumbs on the board?
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Re: Anyone else garden?

by Nemoide Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:13 pm

I used to love gardening when I lived with my parents, who had a large yard. I really felt like digging in the soil kept me connected to the earth. And there's nothing as good as a home-grown heirloom tomato.

Unfortunately, since I moved into an apartment a while back, I have no space for a garden. I considered renting a plot in a community garden, but I'd have to put up my own fence, which I'm not wild about. I had enough bad experiences with critters eating my stuff to make me wary of trying again without adequate fencing.
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Re: Anyone else garden?

by opa Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:46 am

With the exception of squash bugs, I have been fortunate that the ne'er-do-wells mostly leave my crops alone. I do see new deer prints every day in the ground but I don't think they're too interested in anything. They'll probably attack the watermelon when they come in but we'll see.

I had an old gentleman tell me that marigolds help keep the deer away. I have no clue if that's true or not but I had about thirty or so marigolds that I grew left over so they are now nestled in the edge of the garden.
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Re: Anyone else garden?

by prfsnl_gmr Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:07 am

In what part of the country do you live, opa? I do and have done a good bit of gardening in the Midwest (where I grew up) and the Southeast (where I live now), and I’d be happy to share some tips.

Growing up, we grew tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans, field peas, collard greens, and corn, among other crops. Where I live now, we’ve grown tomatoes, eggplants, and salad greens. A few years ago, however, we moved into a house with a wooded lot, which has brought a new set of challenges. We’ve grown a few things by our house, but we haven’t yet re-established a sizable garden. We’d like to in the relatively near future, though.
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by Ack Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:18 am

Marigolds have a bitter taste and smell that rabbits and deer don't find pleasant, but they will just jump over or walk through them, so no, they don't stop them. That said, deer and rabbits will only eat Marigolds when desperate and starving, so you have some gorgeous flowers that are unlikely to get destroyed.
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by marurun Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:08 pm

Marigolds also keep away some kinds of harmful nematodes.
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Re: Anyone else garden?

by opa Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:00 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:In what part of the country do you live, opa? I do and have done a good bit of gardening in the Midwest (where I grew up) and the Southeast (where I live now), and I’d be happy to share some tips.

Growing up, we grew tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans, field peas, collard greens, and corn, among other crops. Where I live now, we’ve grown tomatoes, eggplants, and salad greens. A few years ago, however, we moved into a house with a wooded lot, which has brought a new set of challenges. We’ve grown a few things by our house, but we haven’t yet re-established a sizable garden. We’d like to in the relatively near future, though.

I'm in the Southeast as well. South enough to start planting on time but far enough from the equator to tolerate the summer heat.

Thankfully there's enough space here to not worry about a treeline. Really my biggest concern is wind. I'd love to build a greenhouse but I don't want it to fly away.
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Re: Anyone else garden?

by Anapan Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:31 am

I grow a lot of herbs, and recently planted a couple of pot plants (legal here now, so even tho I don't smoke anymore, I think it's my civic duty now).

No matter which type of Oregano I grow, they don't taste or smell right, but the rest are awesome.
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I have some ornamental peppers, I gave up on any spicy ones as the neighborhood apparently has enough other varieties that the bees turn them all into sweet bell flavor.

I also help my parents out with their garden & canning in trade for my fresh produce. I love the berry varieties of tomato I have growing in their garden, but I only get 1-2 meals out of the lot of them. Awesome salad from them and a whipped cream dressing.

I put a kibosh on marigold a long time ago as the fowl odour can make me nauseous from a distance. I put a pile of chive seeds in front of all the roses and other aphid attracting plants and since they're perennial they almost perfectly protect the plants in my parents garden that were plagued before. One of my varieties of parsley will need to be transplanted closer to the chive section soon.
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Re: Anyone else garden?

by marurun Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:22 pm

I like growing plants that are otherwise expensive to buy (chard, herbs) or are hard to find in good form (tomatoes). That way I get the best results from integrating my garden into regular shopping and cooking.
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