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    06-19-2012, 08:20 PM
Smile How does your garden grow?

Well, not really well right now without any rain! But we got some stuff going.
So this year we planted...
Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Onions, Potatoes, Carrots, Lettuce, Spinach, Squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Jalepenoes, two kinds of tomatoes, and corn!
We also have 3 new very poor apple trees, a nectarine, almost dead plum (got something wrong with it, got a good spray ideas?), great pear tree, dozens of peach trees that naturalized on the hillside, and my strawberry garden.
We used to do a 5,000 square foot garden when we lived down by the river. Had an artesian well. Now we can hardly keep the horses watered! So we downsized, BIG TIME! Plus I got tired processing all the produce with no help, but that's another story! Please show your gardens!!!

The garden!

Pulled up all but a few of the squash, had 20 plants in that dirt area.

Anyone need green beans? LOL!

Strawberry bed, and a poor little grape vine I've been trying to grow FOR 5 YEARS! It's survived horses and a transplant, then got eaten to a nub by the pygmies, now it's got the green light! Grow baby grow!

Man I need RAIN! Hope yours is doing well!
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    06-19-2012, 09:58 PM
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Lovely pics!!
I'm resizing mine now, lest I feeze up the thread with a huge photo bomb....
Be back in a bit.
    06-20-2012, 12:04 AM
Wow, nice garden...amazing califlower. I would be so red in the face if you saw my pathetic little potato and tomato "patch". No pics from me! I don't even have a tomato, yet!

>>>running from computer screen, screaming for hubby...I want a nice garden patch, tooooo! Sniffle<<<<
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    06-20-2012, 12:18 AM
Checked a gardening thread and scored 5 carrots! Thanks Fly! :)

I do a pretty good sized garden (probably 3/4 of an acre) with my mom. We're growing sweet corn, peas (snow & snap), green beans, carrots, kohlrabi, green peppers, jalapenos, 3 different tomatoes (paste, juice, sandwich) brussel sprouts (ick - only my dad eats them), onions, gold & red potatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon & honeydew.

Then there's the herb garden with rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano & spearmint. Also do asparagus but it's gone to seed now

At my house we have a big strawberry bed and 2 bartlett pear trees.

I, too have been watering. We really need some rain but between the horse manure fertilizer and the soaker hoses, it's doing pretty well. I have a stock tank for "manure tea" but no rainwater to fill it. Won't be long and I'll be cussing how many green beans I have to snap and can.
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    06-20-2012, 12:30 AM
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Ok, lets see if I can remember what I planted/am currently putting in-
Broccoli, purple and green cauliflower, onions, 4 types of lettuce, 6 types of garlic, swiss chard, 4 types of potatoes, carrots, spinach, all kinds of squash, yellow and green zucchini, beans, melons, peas, pumpkins, um can't remember what else... but there are some I'm forgetting.

I also grow some herbs- 5 different basils, 3 different thymes, oregano, parsley, sage, marjoram, bee balm, tarragon, lemon balm, mint, lavender and a couple of other things.

And instead of a traditional orchard I worked the trees and bushes into the landscape design... apples (had 2 matures already here) cherry, peach, plum, pear, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, and grape. I plan to now add some of the more uncommon things like elderberry, gooseberry, mulberry, pawpaw, and a few others.

Anyway, it is a work in progress.

One of the gardens-

Garden sm.jpg

Ripening blueberry (Oh.. hurry hurry pretty berries!)


Purple cauliflower, which is quite tasty-


Young catawba grapes




Buttercrunch lettuce

Lettuce sm.jpg

Almost ready onions mixed with carrots


Spinach with red lettuce in the background

Spinach sm.jpg
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    06-20-2012, 01:36 AM
Wow, lockwood, even though you are stingy w the popcorn - I have to admit, you have a beautiful garden!
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    06-20-2012, 02:00 AM
Lockwood I am GREEN and PURPLE with ENVY!
My little dehydrated garden looks so poor next to yours! It is STUNNING! So envious of your blueberries, ours are new and very pathetic! Those grapes are lovely!

We did have all the cool weather stuff, long gone now. I haven't had rain in four weeks, and there isn't any on the way. I'm actually sump pumping water out of our old hand dug well and then moving the soaker hose around 20 times a day! There isn't enough pressure to run more than one at a time, hilarious!
We've only been here for two years so there is MUCH work to be done, how do ya like that paint job on the barns??? LOL! Can't decide if I want to go brown or green...

Where did you order your purple cauliflower?!?! I love it! What little girl wouldn't eat purple veggies?! I've always wanted the pretty (nutritious) varieties but my DH thinks it's a waste of space, he's a purest. Just you wait, next year we'll be growing a rainbow, even if I have to freak him out and switch the plants at night!

WOW MHF, 3/4 of an acre! I'd go crazy! I've let the weeds go a bit nuts, I'm about to throw up my hands on this one. Does your grass look like mine? How embarrassing! We quit mowing because the dust is so bad. I've never done manure tea, saw it on Martha Stewart and I've been dying to try it! We use organic mushroom compost, goat poop, and there's a little horse in there. We'll be adding chicken litter in the fall.
Oh, I want a bucket of your snow peas! My favorite! Got too hot too early for them here. In the fall... Cuss a blue streak when snappin, I'll be cussin with you!

Ugh, my pictures look ick. We even had to start haying the horses this week. :(
I swear my yard usually has nice grass! And it's usually weed eaten too!
Guess I should have looked at that before posting. Missy, get those picts up, I can't be the only gardner of SHAME compared to ^^^THAT^^^!
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    06-20-2012, 08:55 AM
It's not too bad, we've downsized a bit actually. My sister doesn't have time to help this year so we did less. We also leave enough space between rows that we can drive the cub w/the tiller between, then we only have to weed right around the plants. It's a lot of work to can it all but it saves a good chunk of money on groceries. Couldn't tell you the last time I bought canned veggies from the store.

Manure tea is awesome (when you get rain). We took the big kitty litter buckets and cut holes in them with a hole saw, then stapled mesh screen over the holes, fill with manure and let it soak. We use the plastic rubbermaid tanks - they have a drain spout that a hose fits on.

Sadly, our grass is getting brown & crunchy. Haven't mowed in almost 2 weeks :( I'm not wasting water on my lawn, I am watering our smaller pastures though. We've still got plenty of pasture grass but if we don't get some darn rain, I might cry. Lol.
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    06-20-2012, 12:07 PM
We only grow stuff that we like preserved or will last in storage. So garlic, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers, beans, peas, pumpkins, zuchinni, as well as blue berries, rhubarb, and hopefully wild black berries, and plans for another kind of berry but can't decided what kind.

The garden is only 10 by 30 feet big, but we usually get enough stuff to make dozens of breads, pies, muffins, tomato sauce, garlic paste, and more for usually into the winter. The potatoes and onions and whatever garlic isn't turned into paste are stored in our basement.
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    06-20-2012, 01:34 PM
Great idea for a thread. As some of you know I am an avid member of "The Easy Garden" forum, too. I've harvested lettuce, radishes, sugar snap peas, Little Marvel peas, potatoes, beets, onions and spinach (planted last FAll) so far this year, along with a couple of turnips. I got into raised beds a few years back. I've been actively studying gardening for about 3-4 years now. My beds don't look garden-magazine pretty, BUT, I've learned a few things about avoiding monocultures, mulching, severe composting, double digging and companion planting.
Here are some pictures:
2011, eight garden beds after tilling

I spent one month after my DD's April 2, 2011 wedding, double digging 4 of my beds. I ran out of 2011 Spring "window" to do the other 4, SO...they'll have to wait until after this year's harvest. Here is the article that tells you how and why to do this, and the great advantages are that you do the work ONCE, add compost regularly and always have a deep bed that nobody compresses. My "raised beds" are double dug about 30 inches deep, below ground level, and run ~3 1/2' x 12'.
G6985 Raised-Bed Gardening | University of Missouri Extension
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