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How Do You Grow Your Veggie Garden?
April 16, 2013
2:25 pm
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It almost that time again to get our gardens ready to plant. I have noticed more and more of the reader that have smaller outside spaces are doing a lot of container gardening, I think that is great, any place you have spot that has sun, you can grow something you like, and doesn’t it always taste better?

   We have the space for a large garden, but our soil is very clay like, so a few years ago I made a raised bed 4ft deep and 16 ft long out of landscape timbers, I made the frame, killed of the grass and put down a layer of newspaper, then we filled it with soil. Every year, I add a few bags of cow manure. It produces very well, mostly tomatoes, onions and lettuce (now if I could just grow bacon) the area is now getting a little more shade than it should, so I have started planting in huge flower pots. A few years back a local store was closing and no one wanted wanted the pots so I brought them home and now use them for all of my herbs and jallapeno peppers, and even some cherry tomatoes, it worked out very well and is easy to work, do have to get down on my knees.

         Won’t you  Share with us how and what you grow in your garden.

                                               Thank you.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

April 18, 2013
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I have several boxes 3’x6′, 2’x8′ and odd sizes. I live in the Rockies @ 8400′ and our dirt is decomposed granite.The season is short so I have hoop covers for them to extend the season.

I grow vegetables and herbs with flowers scattered through for color and to keep down the bugs.


April 18, 2013
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I have been hugely unsuccessful growing anything in the ground out here in the country – waaay too many underground critters.  Just as soon as my plants start doing well, I’ll go out to water one day and every drop disappears into a new subway tunnel.  :/  The moles, voles, gophers, and ground squirrels turn the ground into swiss cheese!  And if they don’t make large tunnels, they’ll eat enough of the roots that the plants just suddenly go kaput.  hissy-fit

OR……my goats will escape and eat my extremely rare, can’t-even-get-them-in-this-country-yet  tomato plants that a friend with “connections” gave me.  Devastating.  no

So reminding myself that I was an urban gardener long before we moved to the country (duh), last year, I put everything on containers on our porch.  It worked very well!  I grew six different kinds of tomatoes – Sungold, red Supersweet 100, Sweet Gold (3 cherries) and Brandywine, Green Zebra, and Marvel Stripe.  Planted them in large pots (22″ across, 24″ deep?) and supported them with strong cages I made with cattle panel.  I anchored the cages onto the pot w/a single stake so when the wind blew the plants, the cages wouldn’t topple and break the plant.  

I planted them as I would if I were planting them in the ground – broke off all “branches” off the stems of the seedlings except the top few and planted them deep so the buried stems would grow roots.  They survive the heat of summer better that way.  I watered deep (slow soak) once or twice a week.  I also ground up my eggshells and worked them into the top soil for sweetness.  They were fabulous!  We had tons of the cherry tomatoes!  I’d pick large bowl fulls, shmear them with a little chevre, and eat them like candy.  Yummm!

This year I’m planting pretty much the same things in the same soil but just rejuvenating it with bunny berries and compost.  Tomatoes (Sungold, Brandywine, Roma), jalapeno peppers, cilantro, parsley, chives, basil, green onions, lettuce, chard, and will add dill and more flowers (marigolds).  

I think the key to success in a container garden must be using the right pot for the needs of the plant.  Tomatoes need large, deep pots to keep moisture longer, allow the root system to grow deep and full, and keep the roots somewhat cool.  On the other hand, lettuces and the sort can do well in small, shallower containers with a lot less dirt because they grow so fast and can be harvested continually – reducing the amount of water the plant needs each time you pluck the leaves off.  Ha!  I’m AM learning!

I’m still going to try to grow something in the ground (three sisters – corn, squash, beans) but will keep the things I prize most (herbs and tomatoes) in pots – safely away from the critters.

April 18, 2013
11:04 pm
Linda Goble
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Chicken pot pie,

I understand the frustration with critters eating your veggies.  I might suggest you use hardware cloth underneath.  We always had problems with moles eating our root crops.  last year we put a raised bed and hardware cloth in the bottom.  Also we got a scarecrow sprayer that hooks to garden hose that is motion controlled it makes a clicking noise and will spray.  It kept deer out and also the white moths didn’t like it some drowned.  Good luck!!!!


April 25, 2013
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It has been too cold in NW MO to put anything in the ground yet, but last night the weatherman said we will not have any more freezes until fall!  I have a couple hundred seedlings (mostly tomato and herb) ready to go, and will plant lettuces tomorrow. 

This year is the first year I will have a stall at the Farmer’s market.  That is exciting, but scary. What if nothing grows. 

Also this year, I am planting a herb and lettuce garden in galvanized wash tubs right outside the back door. Lazy me got tired of going out to the garden for basil or a sprig of parsley. 

The garlic looks good this year–was planted on Halloween, now about 10 inches tall.

My favorite tomato is Costuluto Genovese

April 25, 2013
12:25 pm
Miss Judy
West Central MO
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West central Mo has been cold and rainy and I haven’t planted a thing! I have tomatoes and peppers ready to put in the ground…hopefully Friday or Saturday we can get something done! I usually have everything in the garden by the first of May. I don’t even have any lettuce plantedno

April 30, 2013
12:36 pm
Ag Adventure
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I did a little direct sow in southern Illinois and planted a few of my hardier varieties. I did almost everything last year in raised beds and containers but I am branching out into 4’x10′ patches in a converted horse pen that is about 20′ x 40′. I am hoping the darn vinyl fence does a better job keeping the horses and cows out than it did keeping them in! They don’t bother the herbs too much so those are decoratively placed around the vegetable garden intermixed with flowers and other good companions. I am trying the square foot gardening idea paired with organic practices. We shall see how it goes!

April 30, 2013
1:56 pm
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AG good luck with keeping them out ;)   It’s nice when you get to reap the benefits of your garden instead of your livestock.

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