What Are We Growing This Year?

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    Awesome, @Sheldon Scott ! Those are the broccoli that you started in the Aerogarden , correct ?
    For some reason, some of the new sprouter sponges do not seem to be working right. I put squash in three of them, and it didn't sprout. I put watermelon in four more, and that sprouted fine.
    I took out the squash seeds and put in spinach and that didn't sprout either.
    The watermelon (in the meantime) got large enough to transplant, so I did, and then started some Black Krim tomatoes, and those have now sprouted.
    So, this time, I am going to toss the grow sponges, and use fresh ones and start something else in that space. For some reason those sponges must have not been right for the seeds to sprout.
    We have the tomatoes and watermelon in the dining room window, and then I put the grow light on them part of the day.
    I also started some lettuce and spinach in a couple of planters and those are already sprouting. Hoping we can just keep those in the planters and help ourselves to the greens for salads as they grow.
     
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    Yes, the broccoli was started in the aerogarden as was the peppers I've already put in pots and the cabbage I plan to put in the garden today. It rained all day yesterday and we sure needed it. Our jalapeno peppers never sprouted but I think that's because they were old seeds.
     
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    I have raised gardens. Three reasons for this:
    1. Our ground is root and rock.
    2. I have a hard time getting up and down on my knees.
    3. It keeps the ground critters out of them.

    I have planted lots of things and they grow and sometimes they don't grow. It is like a hit and miss around my place becasue I live on the west side of a forested mountain. We are like a seperate ecological area as we sometimes get weather that nobody else around us gets or we get nothing and everyone else gets it.
    This year I am thinking about planting Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, lettuce, spinach and purple beans. Last year we grew a boatload of tomatoes and then found out that I am allergic to them. I throew them in the woods for the animals to eat....far away from my raised gardens.

    Here is a picture of my gardens from last year...
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    Your raised beds are very colorful, @Debbie Allen ! It looks like you live with a lot of trees around your house blocking the sunshine.
    We live in town; but we have a lot of trees on the lot, and have to try and garden around the shady areas, too.
    Some things , we can grow in the shady areas, because it gets so hot here in the summer in Alabama that the more sensitive plants can't take all of the heat.
    We don't have so much rocks, but the ground is very hard clay, and of course , we have lots of those tree roots also; so we have a combination of in-ground gardening and container or raised beds.
    We are adding mulch and compost to the ground where we plant, and we now are starting to get more earthworms, which is a good thing.
    Debbie, your home looks so pretty and peaceful there in the woods ! What part of the country are you in ?
     
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    I am in the mid-Atlantic in the north easter panhandle of West Virginia.
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    Our summers are hot and dry which is a contrast to most years of a wet spring and/or winter. The past two winters have been on the dry side, even this years that we had that huge amount of snow at 42 inches. The rest of the winter was kind of dry. Not so sure what this year will bring in the way of vegetables.
     
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    I've only been to W. Virginia once and that was when I was working an election there. I thought it was very humid, lol. I'm used to drier heat in Fresno.
     
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    WV has many different kinds of ecosystmes going on in the state and depends on which part and what time fo the year you are here. That is why is is so hard to predict what will and what won't grow good in a garden. I do have several gardens that are not raised but only are sectioned off.

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    Can't remember where I was, but it was May or June. It wasn't a Nov. Election that I know. I'm thinking Chester County but I may be mixing that up with a Chester county I worked in PA.
     
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    When I first moved up here to my parent's cabin it was early May and it was 97 degrees and very humid that whole month. I didn't have anything. I didn't have A/C and only had a wood burning fireplace and baseboard heat. It was their vacation cabin. We live and have remodeled it now. I thank every day that I can go outside and garden on my parent's for giving us this cabin. I love to garden and I love animals and this is the perfect place for me.

    This is just another garden that we made when we had to have a dead tree cut down and we couldn't move it so we just made a garden there.
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    Yesterday was just a beautiful day here, and I set out the little tomato plants during the day and let them get a taste of real sunshine.
    I also took out the containers with lettuce and spinach in them. I am hoping that since they have sprouted, the bird and squirrels will not eat them like they did last year. It is warm enough now that they can pretty much be left outside.
    I got some of those little expanding peat disks, and am going to start more greens there and then set them outside once they are up and growing.

    Another exciting discovery was that all of our rose bushes are starting to leaf out. They just did SO poorly last year that I was not sure if they would even survive. So far, it looks like they all made it, and hopefully we will have roses again this summer.
    I raked the pine needles out of the side gardens along the fence line, and hopefully, we will have comfrey coming up soon, too.
    Last fall, I found a lilac bush on sale at Lowe's, and that is starting to leaf out, as well.
    Gardening is progressing. ! !
     
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    That's great Yvonne! I don't think you could kill roses here even if you wanted to, they do very well.
     
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    It looks like this is all I will continue growing for this year. Some seasons of life are just full of surprises. I will be "growing" grandbabies this season. :D

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    I am glad I haven't gotten around to planting much yet this year, because we are supposed to get snow again today and tomorrow. This was an odd winter. It was mild, but it doesn't want to end. The grass is still brown and the trees are still bare.
     
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    Spring Flower bed is in and our bright yellow and multi-colored Lantana is planted and mulched. Since we are using the vining Lantana instead of the bush ones for this flower bed...before you know it the Lantana will spread to fill in all of this bed. It will bring some cheerful color to all the green surrounding us now. And the butterflies, etc. love the Lantana too.:)

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    I am a newbie as well and probably should have said that with a capital "N". I'd like to try planting tomatoes in a container, so any advice is much appreciated. I was also reading the articles this morning about planting strawberries and may try that as well. For now, I have to do the garden in containers because our backyard is ripped apart until next year...sigh.
     
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    We do most of our gardening in containers, too, @Andie Nuckels . The yard has a lot of shade trees, and the ground itself is hard-packed clay, and not good for plants to grow in. Everything seems to grow a lot better when we plant it in a container where it has good soil, and then set it where it can get enough sunlight.
    One nice thing is that the containers can be re-used.
    Most of the ones that we have from last year are being re-used this year, and I just added some extra dirt and mixed it around, and they were ready to re-plant.
    We start everything inside in the Aerogardens, and then once it is large enough to move outside safely, I transplant it outside into the containers.

    I just planted the salad greens kit in the large Bounty Aerogarden.
    It has 9 growing spaces, and we should have lettuces growing in there all summer long for salads or sandwiches. I have been using both aerogardens for starting plants all this spring , but now I will just use the little Sprout Aerogarden for starting more plants, and grow the salad greens inside so they don't wilt and die when the heat of summer arrives.
     
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    Terrific! I finished planting most of what I plan on planting yesterday, and it's raining today. That's great because my plants seem to far prefer God's watering to my own, and that should give them a good start. I haven't decided yet whether to plant potatoes this year. I grow them in paper leaf bags, and I wasn't sure whether I wanted to fill them or not. I probably will since I never seem to have trouble with potatoes.
     
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    Everything I've planted is up and growing except the okra which I just planted the seeds a few days ago. The potatoes are starting to bloom which means I should be able to grub some new potatoes.
     
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    This year I have been very focused on what to plant this year. So far, I have planted dinner onions, lettuce, okra, green beans, corn, tomatoes, cucumber and bell peppers. I still have some space left and would like to plant one more thing. Any suggestions for zone 8?
     
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    Beets, summer squash or eggplant maybe?
     
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    Took my camera outside this morning and found that my bell pepper plant from last year is still producing this year...and for the first year our young fig tree is finally blooming with some figs. I'm sure the birds will get them before we do...but at least it's good to see some figs for a change. :)

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    The only thing continuing to survive this heat are my okra plants. So far, almost half a gallon and still producing. Would like to freeze a gallon of okra by end of August.
     
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    We've had temperatures above eighty here in Maine, which is nearly unbearable (I am joking, I'm sure you'll realize when you remember that I lived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas for more than twenty years), and I have had to hose down the rhubarb a few times a day because the leaves would wilt otherwise. Normally, I don't have to water anything here.
     
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    "What Are We Growing This Year?"

    Me? It's hair! Past year or so, hair is sprouting out, dark, black, on wrists, belly. Never had much body hair, and light-colored at that. Scary, as it may be a symptom of serious malfunction, Thyroid, maybe? OTOH, it's kinda nice after a lifetime of embarrassed appearance before peers in the pool in high school, honchos looking like gorillas at the beach, women seeking forests of "manly" hair. I made up for the lack of it, though, as one little and forward lady in Churubusco, Indiana could tell you.

    So, should I ask the Dr? I think testosterone is also involved in hair, but it's levels are OK, AFAIK.

    Is this "off-thread"?

    Frank
     
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