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post #51 of 616 Old 06-23-2012, 09:13 PM
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Thank you Missy.
Not sure how resourceful I would have been had I not been blessed with such a wonderful child.
And yes, vampires know better than to mess with the likes of me.

Certain varieties of garlics grow better in different parts of the country. Most northern hardy garlics here (zone 5-6) grow about chest high. I have a hard time getting a good return on the southern varieties, so I’m wondering if it was elephant garlic which grows big like leeks.
If you have ever planted tulips, you gan grow garlic. It's almost that easy.

Looking back over my previous post I realize it didn’t make much sense to most readers. Sorry about that…

Even though I live in a more rural area, most people here do not garden and those that do will only grow tomatoes and peppers. (Not saying there is anything wrong with that.)
It isn’t that we don’t have good soil or a good growing season, it is because that‘s just the way people have always done things around here so it makes me a bit of an oddity
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Our one little apple tree has produced a lot of apples this year. We also have several pecan trees. It will be late fall before they mature.
As far as vegetables, all we planted was squash and tomatoes. We don't have enough water for a really big garden. I also have some roses and a lot of hanging baskets with different flowers in them.
Ohhh, what color roses and flowers?
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Pecan trees are nice to have. We had some when I lived in the south, but it is too cold here I think for them.
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Red ones


And yellow ones


And different red ones


That's all I have pictures of right now. I have a pink one, but it doesn't bloom very often.

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I love to garden, when I have time....BUT, since I live at the lake house in the summer, I do NOT have much space. So, here at this house, I have a very small lot, spit in two by the road. On the lake side, I have 3 small "green areas". They average about 200 sq ft each, and we also have grass, bushes, etc, as well as a pondless waterfall. WE are truly specialists is using every square inch, inside and out. I have flowers (climbing roses (use the height) clematis, hydrangea, and a bunch of perennials in beds as well as pots, and plant my veggies and herbs among them as accents. I have several lettuces, including Romaine, which I cannot eat fast enough, tomatoes, cherry and regular slicing, mint, Stevia, Lavender, Basil (2 kinds) dill, Cilantro, Eggplant, celery, a few corn, blueberries, and several kinds of peppers-Ancho, traditional green, and jalapenos, as well as cucumbers. That is just on one side of the street, since that is where all the water (lake as well as city water service) is.

Across the street, is where we park, so much of it is grass. I do, however, have beds on the perimeter. The south side has many trees, so watering is tough. That is mostly Hostas, with dill, lettuce and tomatoes in a couple pots. On the other side I have red raspberries, which look to be having an "off year", thanks to me cutting them back too much last fall. I also have a couple tomatoes and celery there, but the don't get enough sun, I think. I also have a small bed with Zucchini, more cukes, cauliflower(a failed experiment) as well as a couple broccoli and brussel sprouts, which I never seem to have luck with, but what the heck. Many folks have no idea it is all there.

I have fun with it, it is really manageable, and is enough for me, my kids down the street, and a few neighbors.

My hubby lives in Va most of the time, and he has the raised beds, as well as his earth boxes. He had no intention of planting the raised beds, and thought he would just stick to the boxes on the deck, but got roped into a real garden by the adult kids who help him, since they live in townhouses....They always bring me some when they visit. I am very jealous of his extended season tho-wish I could get another couple months come fall.

I will have to try and get some pics tomorrow. I am somewhat jealous of the space some of you have, altho, mine is easy to keep, and I wouldn;t can them anyways. I can always live vicariously through my BO who has 300 acres....more than enough.

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Zone 4 gardner here and it's slow going. Your gardens are huge compared to mine right now. My corn is only about 6" high. I am a little worried about my tomatoes because they are way behind too. I plant a "Salsa Garden" with roma tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapenos, and other peppers. I bottle tons of salsa every fall. Hubby works a lot of grave shifts and takes it to work. I also planted corn, blue potatoes, peas, beans, and carrots. I'll take pics when it's worth looking at :)

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OMG I LOVE GARDENING AND GROWING THINGS!! I seriously want sunflowers all around my home one day!

Sadly not the right place to start where I'm at.. the wind is brutal, lots of birds (due to no real predators except cats and dogs,) so my green thumbing days will wait. But I LOVE harvesting corn and garlic and little potatoes and asparagus and rhubarb and snap peas and tomatoes and cucumbers and watermelons and basically anything!! Give me a basket and a couple acres of berry bushes and you'll make my day!

Gorgeous flowers on this thread though! Roses are lovely, as are the wild flowers.
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Flowers? Here's a couple, but I can't take credit. The lady who had the farm 40 years ago LOVED Iris! There are a gazillion! Only shots are a few I took to send my grandmother, will have to wait till next spring to get bed shots...











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Love the iris-and a cute little girl you grew too!

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OMG I LOVE GARDENING AND GROWING THINGS!! I seriously want sunflowers all around my home one day!

Sadly not the right place to start where I'm at.. the wind is brutal, lots of birds (due to no real predators except cats and dogs,) so my green thumbing days will wait. But I LOVE harvesting corn and garlic and little potatoes and asparagus and rhubarb and snap peas and tomatoes and cucumbers and watermelons and basically anything!! Give me a basket and a couple acres of berry bushes and you'll make my day!

Gorgeous flowers on this thread though! Roses are lovely, as are the wild flowers.
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I agree Lockwood! It's sad that most kids don't learn or care to learn about gardening and being self sufficient. My daughter loves helping in the garden, she eats her veggies very well and always has. I think that growing & picking them herself helped with that.

I have lots of friends that have never grown anything or canned. One in particular that tells me I'm crazy when I'm on the millionth quart of green beans in the canner She says "Isn't it easier just to buy them at the store?" Well of course but when it comes from home, I know exactly what's on it, in it and let's face it, tastes better.

Had creamed peas out of the garden last night, yummo! My kiddo likes shelling them, makes it even better when I don't have to
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