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    The 2010 Garden Thread

    This is where I will share our gardening madness.

    We are in zone 5a (National Gardening Association) and have been gardening at this location for over 10 years.

    The plan

    Potatoes (4 varieties)
    Greens (lettuce, spinach, chard, collards, mustard, beets)
    Tomatoes (3 or 4 varieties)
    zucchini
    yellow squash
    pole beans
    sugar snap peas
    cucumbers
    spaghetti squash
    green onions
    scallions
    okra
    hot peppers ( 3 varieties)
    garlic

    strawberries
    rhubarb

    thyme
    basil
    oregano
    tarragon
    fennel
    sorrel
    mint
    sage

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    The main plot. (40ftx40ft)
    From left to right,
    Row 1 greens
    2 Tomatoes with basil in between
    3 Potatoes
    4 Tomatoes with beets in between
    5 The bean fence
    6 yellow squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes
    7 onions, garlic



    Potatoes being planted



    The sorrel survived the harsh winter. I like this "citrusy" flavor in soups.



    The tarragon fared well too. This makes an awesome pesto sauce for fish.


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    Between planning a wedding, buying a new house, and selling my house...I haven't even bought plants or seeds yet for this year.


    I'll be getting a late start on my garden. I doubt I'll even touch it before May 15th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmur5074 View Post
    Between planning a wedding, buying a new house, and selling my house...I haven't even bought plants or seeds yet for this year.


    I'll be getting a late start on my garden. I doubt I'll even touch it before May 15th.
    Look into herbs and rhubarb. Get these established. Check your soil, some greenhouses offer soil analysis.

    Cucumbers, radishes, beets should do well if you get the time.


    You can still work in a cold frame crop this fall.

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    I am going to be planting in an old bathtub this year, as well as some smaller containers. The plan is for yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, catnip, and some as yet to be determined others. I have oregano, rosemary, and lemon balm year round. I may try planting some blueberry bushes and other perrenials as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    I am going to be planting in an old bathtub this year, as well as some smaller containers. The plan is for yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, catnip, and some as yet to be determined others. I have oregano, rosemary, and lemon balm year round. I may try planting some blueberry bushes and other perrenials as well.
    That's a mighty big tub ya got there!

    Good luck!

    I am jealous of zones that rosemary flourishes in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMGreat101 View Post
    That's a mighty big tub ya got there!

    Good luck!

    I am jealous of zones that rosemary flourishes in.
    Silly. The other, smaller containers have a lot to do with volume. And just for that I'm going to send you a pic of my rosemary all decked out in her gorgeous and tasty blooms.

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    While the seeds in the garden are germinating, I will fill in with some pics of our landscaping.

    The main herb garden. There are many herbs throughout the raised beds elsewhere. This is convenient when I am grilling.



    This is not rosemary, it is lavender. We will use this in a blend called Herbs De Provence.


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    The back of the house looking east.





    The front of the house looking west.



    The triangle garden.



    60 foot fence row of rhubarb.


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    I was slave labor in two HUGE gardens from the time I could hold a hoe until I was about 14. I always said I would not do my own garden. If I can't get it at the store or a vegetable stand, I don't need it. I will, however, plant 5-6 Better Boy tomato plants because I love home-grown tomato sandwiches.
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    Very nice garden! I want to graze on all that green grass!

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    I have impatiens, hostas, and lavender in the front of my home. Around the deck in back I have sedums, hostas, and something I can't identify. The only herbs I grow are basil, parsley, rosemary, and mint. I'm not much of a gardener.




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    I wish I had a garden The closest thing we have is our neighbors' grow operation they probably have going on in their apartment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    Very nice garden! I want to graze on all that green grass!
    The grass is one of my duties. It does not help to have neighbors that love ground ivy and dandelions.

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    I bought a bb gun. I was a pretty good shot, plink the li'l buggers in the butt and off they go. Best shot, direct hit, standing in basement with both back doors open, hitting rabbit 15 ft out the back door. (There are also many one shot/kill notches too.)

    One afternoon I caught a rabbit digging in the grass out in the parking area. I barely opened the front door and plinked the li'l bugger and off he went. I retired for the evening and got one of my world famous "mason jaritas" and called a friend to boast of my safari. Then the doorbell rang. I walked to the front door and there were two police cars and three police officers. I told my friend I would get back to him. The first office stepped up to the door and said they had a report of a person with a shotgun. I lol'd and told them what had happened. I take a lot of pride in my lawn/landscaping. Two of the officers laughed while the third read me the riot act. As they left, the two lolly officers looked at each other and commented on how awesome my lawn and landscaping looked.

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    I usually have a quarter acre to a half an acre planted. I have to hook the tractor up to the tiller to get rid of the weeds from winter. I've been holding off since it has been snowing off and on. One thing I will NOT plant are tomatoes. I hate the things
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    I usually have a quarter acre to a half an acre planted. I have to hook the tractor up to the tiller to get rid of the weeds from winter. I've been holding off since it has been snowing off and on. One thing I will NOT plant are tomatoes. I hate the things

    There's something you won't eat?????




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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    I usually have a quarter acre to a half an acre planted. I have to hook the tractor up to the tiller to get rid of the weeds from winter. I've been holding off since it has been snowing off and on. One thing I will NOT plant are tomatoes. I hate the things
    Spaghetti, salsa, pico de gallo, pizza???


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    My rosemary, it's about 6' across and a bit over 4' high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post

    My rosemary, it's about 6' across and a bit over 4' high.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    The only herbs I grow are basil, parsley, rosemary, and mint.

    So are you all going to Scarborough Fair or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    So are you all going to Scarborough Fair or something?
    One of my friends has something she calls "Scarborough Faire Chicken" that yes, has parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. I like it but it needs some spice to go with the herbs.
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