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Title: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 19, 2011, 10:47:19 PM
I decided to try growing a few tomatoes this summer. And I do believe we have a few.   Is anyone else growing vegetables this summer?
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 19, 2011, 11:32:13 PM
I'm jealous!  Our cherry tomatoes have just started to flower, so no tomatoes yet.  I love tomatoes and am really impatient.

We have been reaping the benefits of our peas, though, and the cuke plants are flowering like crazy.  The green beans just started to flower too.

The romaine lettuce is doing well, and the basil is taking over everything, including the chives.  We've got to give my sister some basil to thin it out.

No peppers yet, and the onions aren't ready.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 20, 2011, 12:47:34 AM
I'm jealous!  Our cherry tomatoes have just started to flower, so no tomatoes yet.  I love tomatoes and am really impatient.

We have been reaping the benefits of our peas, though, and the cuke plants are flowering like crazy.  The green beans just started to flower too.

The romaine lettuce is doing well, and the basil is taking over everything, including the chives.  We've got to give my sister some basil to thin it out.

No peppers yet, and the onions aren't ready.

WOW... I'm going to your house! You have everything!  Yummers!  May I ask what is a cuke plant? I have never heard of that before...

Your garden sounds delightful... Unfortunately, we have a swimming pool, which takes up most of the yard, and no grass anywhere back there! So I am using huge pots to grow the tomatoes...

So... what time should I arrive at your place for dinner tomorrow!  lol 

Have a great night Larissa, I'll check back tomorrow, to find out what a cuke plant is... Thanks for the chat, Cari
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 20, 2011, 12:50:29 AM
Oh, LOL!  I forget that not everyone in the world calls cucumbers "cukes," like my family does.  So yeah, cucumbers.

We have a bunch of the plants in pots & window boxes on the deck, and Eric built a garden box in the yard.  It's basically the whole yard, but that was mostly useless anyway.  It was all just a bit of weeds under this big ol' tree.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: LisaE on July 20, 2011, 01:34:41 AM
My guess is you are from the northeast, cukes is pretty common.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 20, 2011, 06:50:20 AM
We always have a garden.  Tomatoes are green and hopefully ready soon; cucumbers are full of flowers, we have already gotten a few mutantly large green and yellow squash, spinach, beans, carrots.  The mint has taken over the lemon balm and the basil is trying to take over the sage.  I really need to get out there this morning and water and weed!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on July 20, 2011, 09:48:03 AM
I have been growing a few vegetables as well. I have lots of tomatoes and the cherry tomatoes are just starting to ripen( I am super excited!) . I also have some green and red bell peppers, collard green, parsley and oregano. The picture below was taken over 3 weeks ago.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: aimeesrockworks on July 20, 2011, 11:34:36 AM
Hmmm, I'm from the NW and my family calls them 'cukes' too...   8)

My potatoes, carrots and kohlrabi and raspberries seem pleased with our incredibly long "spring" (cold/wet/rainy) ... zucc/delicata squash are stunted but giving it their all ... the tomatoes (that I planted to replace other dead veg) are limping as well as my peppers. 

Mainly, I'm growing the most fabulous weeds I've ever had.  If I get brave, and it stops raining long enough for me to remove enough weeds for a picture, I'll see if I can post something green.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 20, 2011, 01:48:56 PM
Hmmm, I'm from the NW and my family calls them 'cukes' too...   8)

My potatoes, carrots and kohlrabi and raspberries seem pleased with our incredibly long "spring" (cold/wet/rainy) ... zucc/delicata squash are stunted but giving it their all ... the tomatoes (that I planted to replace other dead veg) are limping as well as my peppers. 

Mainly, I'm growing the most fabulous weeds I've ever had.  If I get brave, and it stops raining long enough for me to remove enough weeds for a picture, I'll see if I can post something green.


aimeesrockworks: LMAO   :D  I can't wait to see your weed pictures!  Question... what is a kohlrabi?  I guess I could look it up on the net, but na... Love to hear others chuckle... like Larissa and her cukes... lol

Larissa:  OH Cucumbers! ... Thanks for clearing that up for me ... LOL

Wow! Look at the numerous vegetables everyone is growing in their gardens. Do my five tomatoes on one plant count as "numerous vegetables?" LOL

Thanks everyone for sharing...
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 22, 2011, 09:59:21 AM
I have already eaten sweet pea pods, strawberries and blueberries from my garden plus herbs, dill, lemon and lime thyme, mint, lavender, and a few others I cant think of now.
 I have tomatoes which wont be ready till September and potatoes too ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 22, 2011, 08:17:35 PM
We have gotten our first tomatoes off of our plants as well as more raspberries than my kids could eat!  My only problem now is that this heat wave is really drying everything out fast!  Need to start watering in the mornings again so I don't lose everything.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CraftedRoots on July 22, 2011, 09:29:20 PM
We always have tomatoes, though I'd like more fruits. The pears are growing on our pear trees. :D We've also begun hydroponics, so we have some tomato plants growing in the basement. For now, though, the ones outdoors are growing faster.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 23, 2011, 02:35:16 AM
CraftedRoots:  LMAO  Cool... can you send me some of those basement grown tomatoes... when they ripen   :o

 :P  So jealous... Pears, raspberries, blueberries, and herbs too!   WOW !  sweet peas! 

Question... some of the leaves on my tomato plants have holes in them (I know I could look it up on the net) but, any suggestions from anyone, as to what it may be?

Thanks everyone for posting... and sharing your garden, see you tomorrow.. have a good night!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: aimeesrockworks on July 24, 2011, 01:16:09 AM
Already eating blueberries Matt??  Mine aren't so tasty right now!  Raspberries are taking over though.

And that's Wedge, shopping for treats (he's totally weird, loves his veggies/fruits!).
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 24, 2011, 03:28:26 AM
Allright!  :o  Fantastic pictures aimeesrockworks!
Thanks for sharing them ... WTG!  ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 24, 2011, 12:06:01 PM
We have one green bean!  It's huge!  I'll get a photo later...
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 24, 2011, 07:05:08 PM
Blueberries
(http://i52.tinypic.com/8xrktc.jpg)

One Strawberry ;D
(http://i54.tinypic.com/vg3e5k.jpg)

1 inch cucumber
(http://i52.tinypic.com/2w3q249.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 24, 2011, 09:48:55 PM
We have one green bean!  It's huge!  I'll get a photo later...

LMAO...
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 24, 2011, 11:44:05 PM
We have one green bean!  It's huge!  I'll get a photo later...

LMAO...

Look!

(http://i54.tinypic.com/2rhtpau.jpg)

And then we ate it.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 25, 2011, 03:42:57 AM
Larissa: LMAO... Looks like the Bean "That Fed A Family."  ;D  Great photo and thanks for the laugh  :)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 25, 2011, 07:40:29 AM
In honor of Larissa's one green been I present to you our one asparagus!

(http://i56.tinypic.com/dfgfic.jpg)

Also, we have a gourd plant that returns in a different spot every year...this year I decided to just let it go and fight to keep it from taking over my other plants.  So, every few days I go an detangle the dumb thing from my tomatoes and other plants and lay the runners out.  I guess now I need to find out how to dry gourds!

(http://i54.tinypic.com/20qmiwp.jpg)

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 25, 2011, 12:30:00 PM
LMAO...  Very nice Kimberly

I am from Huntington Beach CA. and I have to tell you all... I have never actually seen an asparagus plant until now! Yes yes... I know it's shocking! so thank you Kimberly for sharing. ;o)

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on July 25, 2011, 12:38:19 PM
I haven't attempted anything this year. Last summer I had some tomatos. But they got taken over very quickly by large spider webs (I really do not like spiders) complete with the spiders.
Gardens in these parts have to be fenced and you need to do a lot of extra stuff to keep the deer and other assorted creatures out. My neighbors play a radio constantly in theirs and have double fencing spaced just right so the deer can't jump over. They have 4 kids, and still too much produce. We often get some. And we have a farm just down the road where we can get all kinds of stuff. All the benefits  and none of the work. ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: aimeesrockworks on July 25, 2011, 01:22:29 PM
I'm going to have go find myself a farm stand... that's all there is to it!

I like the "My one ______" part of this thread.   ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 25, 2011, 04:03:39 PM
Dragonclaw:  LOL  love your 'One' strawberry! 


trusk4u: Spiders I can live with... but it's those Japanese beetles (the iridescent ones) they buzz by my head and SCARE  :o the heck out of me! 


aimeesrockworks: LOL  I hear ya!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 25, 2011, 04:36:05 PM
I have eaten a few strawberries off our plants but that was the only one ripe when I took the pic ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on July 25, 2011, 08:09:19 PM
I love everybody's pictures!  Our garden has been growing quite nicely and we've definitely eaten lots out of it!  The strawberry plants Andy's aunt gave us have been slowly popping out strawberries, but they've been eaten right as they get red :D  Our tomatoes have been delicious, beans tasty and the cucumber!  Our one jalapeno was toooooo hot for my taste.  :(  Yesterday Andy made pickled beans and we tried one today and yum!

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-lv7_8eA2EqA/TiMFojk-BCI/AAAAAAAACws/GJfHZQb6biU/s400/DSC01678.JPG)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 25, 2011, 09:04:15 PM
I so love this thread!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 26, 2011, 09:51:17 AM
I so love this thread!
Me too!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 28, 2011, 12:25:43 AM
dahlish: You have a very nice garden. I see jalapeno's ... how very cool! or I should I say HOT!  WTG

Larissa and Dragon:  ME THREE!  lol   :) ;) :) ;)


I think I tried to drown one of my tomato plants... He/She doesn't look to good... yellow leaves, poor baby We'll see what happens in the next couple of days... ;o)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 28, 2011, 09:17:25 AM
I just noticed I have a bunch of tomatos on my plants YAY!!!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on July 28, 2011, 12:05:04 PM
Thanks!

Andy got his remote helicopter in the mail this week and has accidentally lopped off a few limbs on our tomato plants....not the ones in the big garden, but the few we have around the yard.   ::)

Andy picked another big cucumber out of the garden and I'm seeing lots more beans and tomatoes!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 28, 2011, 01:08:56 PM
Dragonclaw:  YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Now... maybe you can tell your plants to send a tomatopathic (telepathic) message to my tomato plants  ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: LisaE on July 28, 2011, 03:22:06 PM
Thanks!

Andy got his remote helicopter in the mail this week and has accidentally lopped off a few limbs on our tomato plants....not the ones in the big garden, but the few we have around the yard.   ::)

Andy picked another big cucumber out of the garden and I'm seeing lots more beans and tomatoes!
That helicopter needs to be grounded or sent to a park!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 31, 2011, 10:01:23 AM
I just noticed I have a bunch of tomatos on my plants YAY!!!

Congrats!  I'm jealous.

And Gina, that's hysterical.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 31, 2011, 08:02:02 PM
We have cucumbers!!!

There are more like 4 or 5, but these are the decent shots I got.

(http://i51.tinypic.com/2cqbtcm.jpg)

(http://i51.tinypic.com/b5peaa.jpg)

(http://i54.tinypic.com/1zflncx.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 31, 2011, 10:46:57 PM
Dragonclaw:  YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Now... maybe you can tell your plants to send a tomatopathic (telepathic) message to my tomato plants  ;)
I talked sweet to them, Now let's see if they were willing to help ^-^
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 01, 2011, 01:20:28 PM
Thanks!

Andy got his remote helicopter in the mail this week and has accidentally lopped off a few limbs on our tomato plants....not the ones in the big garden, but the few we have around the yard.   ::)

Andy picked another big cucumber out of the garden and I'm seeing lots more beans and tomatoes!
That helicopter needs to be grounded or sent to a park!

lol I agree!  over the weekend he flew it while camping and he seems to have better control so I *might* be able to trust it outside :D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on August 01, 2011, 05:37:59 PM
Finally have some baby cucumbers here that should be ready soon and a mixing bowl full of tomatoes!  Two of the plants decided to explode this week so we will be eating a lot of tomato based stuff.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 01, 2011, 05:56:52 PM
Dragonclaw:  YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Now... maybe you can tell your plants to send a tomatopathic (telepathic) message to my tomato plants  ;)
I talked sweet to them, Now let's see if they were willing to help ^-^

Thanks Dragonclaw...I'll tell the tomatoes...lol

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 01, 2011, 05:59:04 PM
CUKES!!!!!!  ;D

YAHOOOOO!!!! 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: aimeesrockworks on August 04, 2011, 12:13:27 PM
I now have something to blame my garden woes on... other than the weather that is. 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 04, 2011, 12:16:36 PM
Caught him red-hooved!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 04, 2011, 01:05:58 PM
Caught him red-hooved!

 ^-^
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 04, 2011, 02:11:33 PM
Dragonclaw:  LOL  love your 'One' strawberry! 


trusk4u: Spiders I can live with... but it's those Japanese beetles (the iridescent ones) they buzz by my head and SCARE  :o the heck out of me! 


aimeesrockworks: LOL  I hear ya!

We get those here too, but they don't seem as bad for some reason. When we lived in Indiana we has loads of them. And they eat everything!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 04, 2011, 02:13:43 PM
Finally have some baby cucumbers here that should be ready soon and a mixing bowl full of tomatoes!  Two of the plants decided to explode this week so we will be eating a lot of tomato based stuff.

You can freeze some too. Great for sauces and stuff in the winter!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on August 04, 2011, 02:42:27 PM
Finally have some baby cucumbers here that should be ready soon and a mixing bowl full of tomatoes!  Two of the plants decided to explode this week so we will be eating a lot of tomato based stuff.

You can freeze some too. Great for sauces and stuff in the winter!
After a bit more sun this weekend I should have enough to make a big batch of sauce for this winter. Just need to find a good day where I can stay at home and cook!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 04, 2011, 09:47:58 PM
Caught him red-hooved!

LOL... Larissa

WOW aimeesrock... That's a great picture!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 05, 2011, 05:48:02 PM
It's a terrible photo, but one of the cukes is turning into a real one!

(http://i53.tinypic.com/2ztg6xf.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 06, 2011, 03:37:08 AM
It's a bird?  It's a plane.... No... It's super Cuke!  ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 06, 2011, 10:31:14 PM
LOL!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 07, 2011, 07:05:56 PM
I'm pretty sure it's official that our strawberry plants are dead.   :(  I watered them like crazy every day but to no avail, they shriveled up and don't look like they're coming back.  booo!

On the bright side our tomato plants are exploding, we picked a few more jalapenos, beans and cucumbers!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 07, 2011, 10:41:17 PM
Oh no!  Sorry about those strawberries.  It's been really hot here too, hard to keep the plants wet enough.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 08, 2011, 04:35:22 PM
Thanks!  Yeah it makes me sad, I was really looking forward to fresh strawberries!  Maybe this weekend I can snag some fresh raspberries from my dad.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 10, 2011, 06:17:44 PM
I'm pretty sure it's official that our strawberry plants are dead.   :(  I watered them like crazy every day but to no avail, they shriveled up and don't look like they're coming back.  booo!

On the bright side our tomato plants are exploding, we picked a few more jalapenos, beans and cucumbers!

Sorry to hear about the strawberry plants  :(
Yea for the tomatoes, jalapenos, beans and cukes ;o) cucumbers.

Speaking of tomatoes ... just picked a few take a look
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 10, 2011, 07:03:21 PM
Those look great!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 10, 2011, 07:24:50 PM
Yummy!
Strawberry plants can be kind of finicky to grow. They might have benefitted from a little shade cloth to keep the direct sun off and straw or some type of mulch around them, but not right to the plant to keep the soil cooler and damp. Of course if they are too wet, they will rot at the base.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 11, 2011, 12:11:09 AM
Awesome tomatoes!!  Ours are starting to come in.  I found this tiny guy for the first time today...

(http://i53.tinypic.com/16gmyko.jpg)

And then Eric realized there was a bigger one right next to it.

(http://i54.tinypic.com/25ow02b.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 11, 2011, 09:18:53 AM
Yummy!
Strawberry plants can be kind of finicky to grow. They might have benefitted from a little shade cloth to keep the direct sun off and straw or some type of mulch around them, but not right to the plant to keep the soil cooler and damp. Of course if they are too wet, they will rot at the base.

Andy's aunt gave us 2 hanging baskets of strawberries and we hung them in our porch so they got some direct sunlight but not constant.  They did alright for the first 2 weeks and popped off a few small strawberries each.  Then I'm not sure if it was just the heat or what but they up and died.  We tried hanging them on our apple tree (which is dying :( ) so they get more sun but I think they're just goners!  :(
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on August 12, 2011, 10:49:52 AM
Ate my first cherry tomato yesterday 8)
(http://i54.tinypic.com/29p4rw4.jpg)
Have you ever seen potato fruit? From my brief research they are most often seen on heritage potatos and they are not edible (toxic) but each little fruit has about 300 potato seeds in it.
(http://i54.tinypic.com/2j4ydd0.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 12, 2011, 11:36:41 AM
I ate :evil: the four cherry tomatoes I picked the other day... sweet and delicious

Matt... nope I have not seen potato fruit? Interesting, you can't eat it but you can use the seeds?
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on August 13, 2011, 09:37:44 AM
I ate :evil: the four cherry tomatoes I picked the other day... sweet and delicious

Matt... nope I have not seen potato fruit? Interesting, you can't eat it but you can use the seeds?
I'm gonna plant some of the seeds this fall and next spring to see if they come up.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 13, 2011, 11:04:29 AM
Yummy!
Strawberry plants can be kind of finicky to grow. They might have benefitted from a little shade cloth to keep the direct sun off and straw or some type of mulch around them, but not right to the plant to keep the soil cooler and damp. Of course if they are too wet, they will rot at the base.

Andy's aunt gave us 2 hanging baskets of strawberries and we hung them in our porch so they got some direct sunlight but not constant.  They did alright for the first 2 weeks and popped off a few small strawberries each.  Then I'm not sure if it was just the heat or what but they up and died.  We tried hanging them on our apple tree (which is dying :( ) so they get more sun but I think they're just goners!  :(

It could have been the hanging planters. They tend to dry out very quickly. I've tried having them in my yard  with flowers and they never did well no matter where I put them, so I gave up.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 14, 2011, 01:41:42 AM
We ate our first cucumber!

(http://i55.tinypic.com/2ntuz6.jpg)

(http://i55.tinypic.com/20pcld.jpg)

(http://i55.tinypic.com/2n1ywdf.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 14, 2011, 10:34:39 AM
Very cool Larissa, You've now been cuked!  ;D  WTG congrats. 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 14, 2011, 12:43:01 PM
Very cool Larissa, You've now been cuked!  ;D  WTG congrats.

I love this forum! It and the people make me smile!
"You've been cuked!"  ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 14, 2011, 12:45:52 PM
Very cool Larissa, You've now been cuked!  ;D  WTG congrats.

Me too... Teresa  lol  It's all fun!

I love this forum! It and the people make me smile!
"You've been cuked!"  ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 14, 2011, 12:47:50 PM
LOL.... Not having a good day today...

I wrote my reply in the quote...lol

Me too Teresa... lol  it's all good!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 15, 2011, 12:32:02 PM
Some cherry tomatoes I picked yesterday. I have already picked so many in the last 3 weeks, I had to cook and freeze some.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 15, 2011, 12:41:26 PM
WOW!  :o Colette! I'll be right over to help you eat them! WTG ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 15, 2011, 12:46:34 PM
WOW!  :o Colette! I'll be right over to help you eat them! WTG ;D
Great! I'll be waiting for you. I have more than enough   ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 15, 2011, 03:01:54 PM
Yummy!
Strawberry plants can be kind of finicky to grow. They might have benefitted from a little shade cloth to keep the direct sun off and straw or some type of mulch around them, but not right to the plant to keep the soil cooler and damp. Of course if they are too wet, they will rot at the base.

Andy's aunt gave us 2 hanging baskets of strawberries and we hung them in our porch so they got some direct sunlight but not constant.  They did alright for the first 2 weeks and popped off a few small strawberries each.  Then I'm not sure if it was just the heat or what but they up and died.  We tried hanging them on our apple tree (which is dying :( ) so they get more sun but I think they're just goners!  :(

It could have been the hanging planters. They tend to dry out very quickly. I've tried having them in my yard  with flowers and they never did well no matter where I put them, so I gave up.

Oh good, it isn't just Gina the plant killer striking again  ^-^

When I was 10 I killed a plant that you only had to water twice a year!   ???
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 16, 2011, 07:22:32 AM
Yummy!
Strawberry plants can be kind of finicky to grow. They might have benefitted from a little shade cloth to keep the direct sun off and straw or some type of mulch around them, but not right to the plant to keep the soil cooler and damp. Of course if they are too wet, they will rot at the base.

Andy's aunt gave us 2 hanging baskets of strawberries and we hung them in our porch so they got some direct sunlight but not constant.  They did alright for the first 2 weeks and popped off a few small strawberries each.  Then I'm not sure if it was just the heat or what but they up and died.  We tried hanging them on our apple tree (which is dying :( ) so they get more sun but I think they're just goners!  :(

It could have been the hanging planters. They tend to dry out very quickly. I've tried having them in my yard  with flowers and they never did well no matter where I put them, so I gave up.

Oh good, it isn't just Gina the plant killer striking again  ^-^

When I was 10 I killed a plant that you only had to water twice a year!   ???

OMG, I've killed several cacti, 4 or 5 California jades, an aloe, bamboo, 2 bonsai trees, 2 or 3 orchids, and god knows what else.  I leave this garden to E.  I try not to even look to closely at the veggies or they might wither.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on August 16, 2011, 09:25:32 AM
Some cherry tomatoes I picked yesterday. I have already picked so many in the last 3 weeks, I had to cook and freeze some.
I was gonna brag about eating three more cherry tomatos from my plant, then I see this pic...  :'( :evil: ^-^
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 16, 2011, 11:31:09 AM
I hear ya Matt! lol  ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 16, 2011, 12:46:50 PM
Some cherry tomatoes I picked yesterday. I have already picked so many in the last 3 weeks, I had to cook and freeze some.
I was gonna brag about eating three more cherry tomatos from my plant, then I see this pic...  :'( :evil: ^-^

It's more than I've got!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 16, 2011, 02:42:31 PM
Some cherry tomatoes I picked yesterday. I have already picked so many in the last 3 weeks, I had to cook and freeze some.
I was gonna brag about eating three more cherry tomatos from my plant, then I see this pic...  :'( :evil: ^-^
Lol  :evil:
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 16, 2011, 03:34:04 PM
(http://i55.tinypic.com/1zn0dj5.jpg)

One of my sellers brought in this handpainted bowl on Saturday. You guys need to put all your produce in here!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on August 16, 2011, 07:33:28 PM
(http://i55.tinypic.com/1zn0dj5.jpg)

One of my sellers brought in this handpainted bowl on Saturday. You guys need to put all your produce in here!
There is more produce on the bowl than I have to put in it ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 16, 2011, 10:11:47 PM
(http://i55.tinypic.com/1zn0dj5.jpg)

One of my sellers brought in this handpainted bowl on Saturday. You guys need to put all your produce in here!
There is more produce on the bowl than I have to put in it ;D


LOL!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MonikaP on August 17, 2011, 10:43:32 AM
We have one green bean!  It's huge!  I'll get a photo later...

LMAO...

Look!

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And then we ate it.

LMAOOOOOOOOOOO
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MonikaP on August 17, 2011, 10:49:28 AM
I now have something to blame my garden woes on... other than the weather that is.

LOL that's too cute!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MonikaP on August 17, 2011, 10:55:09 AM
Some cherry tomatoes I picked yesterday. I have already picked so many in the last 3 weeks, I had to cook and freeze some.

wow, those look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :o
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Blue Highways on August 19, 2011, 07:14:40 PM
I've been blessed with some very healthy plants this year (and rain just when they need it!) My cherry tomatoes are turning red but the big ones are taking their sweet time.

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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 20, 2011, 07:33:57 AM
I've been blessed with some very healthy plants this year (and rain just when they need it!) My cherry tomatoes are turning red but the big ones are taking their sweet time.

(http://i53.tinypic.com/28tibm1.jpg)
Wow! what a beautiful basket! It looks so yummy  ;D
I know what you mean about the big tomatoes. Mine are doing the same. I've had plenty of cherry tomatoes as well, but only a few big ones.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 20, 2011, 03:53:38 PM
Nothing as good as home grown produce! Yummy!!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 25, 2011, 06:33:23 PM
Everybody's gardens are looking good!  :)  I just noticed the other day that our purple peppers are big!  I haven't picked them because I don't honestly know when they're "done".  :D  The carrots are getting bigger and there are slugs all over my yard!  Does anyone know how that really happens?  It's like they started in the rhubarb and now I'm stepping on them everywhere.  Ew.

Also, I need tips on freezing/canning tomatoes please!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 26, 2011, 12:23:46 PM
Everybody's gardens are looking good!  :)  I just noticed the other day that our purple peppers are big!  I haven't picked them because I don't honestly know when they're "done".  :D  The carrots are getting bigger and there are slugs all over my yard!  Does anyone know how that really happens?  It's like they started in the rhubarb and now I'm stepping on them everywhere.  Ew.

Also, I need tips on freezing/canning tomatoes please!

Put some small bowls of beer near the plants that the slugs are liking. They will be attracted to the beer and crawl in and drown. Just be sure to change it frequently and buy the cheapest stuff you can find.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 26, 2011, 01:27:01 PM
Just a note:  I'm going to be REALLY pissed if the hurricane kills our plants before the cherry tomatoes have had a chance to get ripe!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 26, 2011, 04:15:27 PM
Just a note:  I'm going to be REALLY pissed if the hurricane kills our plants before the cherry tomatoes have had a chance to get ripe!

If they do I can send you one of our giant plants to make up for it :D  We have tomatoes coming out of our ears!

We did try the beer thing once, but Andy used a disc golf disc so they couldn't really get in :D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on August 26, 2011, 05:33:33 PM
Just a note:  I'm going to be REALLY pissed if the hurricane kills our plants before the cherry tomatoes have had a chance to get ripe!
That pesky hurricane will know the wrath of Larissa :police: :police: if it dares to offend her tomato plants ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 26, 2011, 07:05:01 PM
Just a note:  I'm going to be REALLY pissed if the hurricane kills our plants before the cherry tomatoes have had a chance to get ripe!
Lol Larissa, I know what you mean! I would be too  ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 26, 2011, 11:21:44 PM
Just a note:  I'm going to be REALLY pissed if the hurricane kills our plants before the cherry tomatoes have had a chance to get ripe!
That pesky hurricane will know the wrath of Larissa :police: :police: if it dares to offend her tomato plants ;D

Precisely!  (and Gina, you rock)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 28, 2011, 01:14:33 PM
lol.  I hope your plants survived!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 28, 2011, 03:18:50 PM
We've had at least one casualty.

(http://i54.tinypic.com/bi0878.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 28, 2011, 07:05:19 PM
:(

Right now I am oven drying tomatoes!  Andy pulled up carrots and jalapenos and lots more tomatoes!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on September 03, 2011, 06:56:54 PM
We've had at least one casualty.


Glad to hear only one casualty  :o  How about those CUKES! 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on September 05, 2011, 09:59:26 PM
LOL!  The cukes are doing terrifically.  We just picked 3 more, kept 2 and gave one to my sis/nephew.  They loved it.  Lots more are on the way too.

Our cherry tomatoes are becoming prolific, but damnit it takes forever for them to get red!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on September 06, 2011, 03:06:43 PM
Just a note:  I'm going to be REALLY pissed if the hurricane kills our plants before the cherry tomatoes have had a chance to get ripe!
DId your plants survive okay?
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on September 06, 2011, 04:32:38 PM
Yeah, they're in pretty good shape.  Our tomatoes refuse to actually turn red so far, but they're still standing.  One fell over, but still seems to be healthy anyway.  The green beans are beaning regularly, and the beans are HUGE.  And the cukes are going phenomenally, as are the jalapenos & onions.  And basil.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on September 07, 2011, 05:34:05 AM
Glad yours made it!  I lost at least 2 tomato plants but the cucumbers are still going strong.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on September 07, 2011, 04:43:32 PM
The tomatoes will all turn red at almost the same time. The plant that fell over is probably top heavy and just needs some support. Green beans from the garden are so good! Basil you can freeze in to little cubes and use all winter in whatever you're cooking. Those mini ice cube trays work great!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on September 07, 2011, 07:49:28 PM
That's neat about the basil; I had no idea!  And yeah, the garden wasn't the best organized this year, and the beans are not only growing up the poles, but also up the tomato plants and cukes.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on September 12, 2011, 09:30:40 AM
My tomatos are producing nicely, my roomie has eaten several zuccini (yuck) and it appears that we might not get any  cukes this year :(

(http://i52.tinypic.com/2qi4rvp.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on September 12, 2011, 08:57:57 PM
The tomatoes look great!  Sorry about the cukes, but I love zucchini.  You could steal them from your roomie & send them to me instead!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on September 13, 2011, 08:49:13 AM
I love zucchini too!  Have you ever put them on the grill?  Yuuuuuuuum!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on September 13, 2011, 04:17:22 PM
I love zucchini too!  Have you ever put them on the grill?  Yuuuuuuuum!
YUCK :-X :-X .... I was forced to eat zuccini as a child and will not eat it now! :(
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on September 13, 2011, 04:38:34 PM
Try Chocolate Zucchini Cake. I'll bet you like it them. Frankly, you don 't even know it's in there and it' so good!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on September 13, 2011, 08:49:47 PM
Try Chocolate Zucchini Cake. I'll bet you like it them. Frankly, you don 't even know it's in there and it' so good!

That sounds crazy enough to be delicious!  :D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on September 14, 2011, 07:17:56 PM
I love grilled zucchini!

T, got a recipe?!

And... and... WE'VE GOT AN ORANGE TOMATO!!!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on September 15, 2011, 07:37:40 AM
I love zucchini too! anyway it's made. Just love them  :-*
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: aimeesrockworks on September 15, 2011, 11:34:31 AM
YUCK :-X :-X .... I was forced to eat zuccini as a child and will not eat it now! :(

My dog will eat all of your zucchini... and I'm so not kidding.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on September 16, 2011, 08:54:24 AM
I have eaten zuccini bread and brownies with zuccini in them, as long as you don't tell me it's in it till after I am done eating
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on September 16, 2011, 05:00:34 PM
Yay Larissa for an almost? tomato!  :)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on September 17, 2011, 09:47:37 PM
Yay Larissa for an almost? tomato!  :)

Almost!

(http://i56.tinypic.com/2zyeulj.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on September 18, 2011, 04:37:57 PM
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c cocoa
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. margarine or butter
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. grated orange peel
2 c. shredded zucchini
1/2 c. milk
1 c. chopped nuts
Cream together margarine and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs-mix well. Add alternately wet and dry ingredients to creamed mixture mixing well. Fold in remaining ingredients until well mixed. Pour into greased and floured loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Cool and enjoy!

It freezes well too! 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on September 18, 2011, 05:27:17 PM
Mmmmmmmmm... now I wanna go buy zucchini!  I saved this to my "recipe" folder.  Awesome.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: lisianblue on October 07, 2011, 12:48:41 AM
I am so jealous!!!!!  I've tried a few things in pots the past few years, but haven't had much luck - except with tomatoes! and I don't even eat the things!  - a few, but mostly grow them for a friend of mine.
My plant didn't do so well this year tho. -
and then after I got to Colorado Springs late July I planted a few plants that but they really didn't grow very much - so I finally gave up on them!  But what beautiful gardens you guys have!
Last time I had a garden was in 98 - and just as it was really getting good - my landlords cows attacked it - and there was nothing left! oh well!
I used to have the best recipe for zucchini bread.  It was one way to get some vegies into my kids! lo
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: tiffanysbraceletdesigns on October 07, 2011, 07:05:46 AM
Don't feel bad Kris! Not only do i fail at trying to grow anything , somehow I have even managed to kill healthy plants. Which is kinda hard for even me to believe being a science major.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: lisianblue on October 08, 2011, 02:41:41 AM
lo Tiffany - maybe as a science major you over analyze it? But don't give up - sometimes it eventually happens - it took more than a few dead plants before I started figuring it out better.  and I still kill some off!
All my other plants - flowers - did great this year - just the tomato plant & the ones planted late in co. didn't do so well.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on October 12, 2011, 06:49:48 AM
My garden is basically done for the year...except for the raspberries which just seem to go on and on!  I spent a few hours in the yard the other day pulling dead plants and planning for next year!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: lisianblue on October 14, 2011, 03:22:32 AM
My garden is basically done for the year...except for the raspberries which just seem to go on and on!  I spent a few hours in the yard the other day pulling dead plants and planning for next year!
yes it is getting cooler       mmmmmmm raspberries  enjoy
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on October 16, 2011, 04:53:40 AM
Hi Everyone!

WOW!  I missed everyone and the garden postings... But as all good things come to and end, my tomato plants are slowing down... bummer!

Hope everyone is doing well 'o)

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on October 16, 2011, 03:08:12 PM
I just picked a bunch of last minute beans and tomatoes yesterday.  Hoping for some more of the green tomatoes to turn orange before they go kaplooey.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: ldkeesee on October 17, 2011, 09:07:04 AM
 :( My veggie garden burned up already from the Texas heat. I even watered every day, even made shelter for shade, but they just couldn't take the heat. All I have left is my jalepeno plants. I will be setting out some winter onion sets and spinach.

Linda
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on October 20, 2011, 02:20:37 PM
:( My veggie garden burned up already from the Texas heat. I even watered every day, even made shelter for shade, but they just couldn't take the heat. All I have left is my jalepeno plants. I will be setting out some winter onion sets and spinach.

Linda

Yikes! With the awful drought you guys are in there it's a wonder anything survived! We had a pretty bad drought here a few years back, but it was no where near as bad as it is down there.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on November 02, 2011, 09:48:43 AM
Had our first frost, saved all the tomatos I could hopefully they will ripen in the garage.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on November 02, 2011, 07:51:18 PM
Had our first frost, saved all the tomatos I could hopefully they will ripen in the garage.

As long as they get some light they should ripen okay.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on November 02, 2011, 08:30:30 PM
Well... just picked the last of my tomatoes off the vine.  It was fun while it lasted.  There's always next year!

Maybe I'll try cukes next year!  :evil:   :evil:    :evil:


Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on November 03, 2011, 07:11:20 AM
My garden is done for the year as well. I had so many tomatoes, I was sick of it. I gave a some to friends and neighbors. I just picked my last bell peppers this morning.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on November 28, 2011, 03:42:57 AM
Hi my green thumb friends! :)  I wanted to take a few minutes and tell you how much fun I had, reading about different gardens and getting to know those who planted the seeds! LOL ;)
I learned a few things and I certainly laughed a lot as well… “Cukes” still puts a smile on my face! ;D 

This isn’t farewell…  :o I hope we will all be back in the spring to share new stories, laughs, and show off our green thumbs…  ;) Thanks again everyone, see you around HAF… and I wish you all much success with your Handmade Artists Shop!

Cari
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: ldkeesee on December 05, 2011, 07:49:15 AM
My garden burned up pretty quick in the Texas heat. But my jalepeno are still doing great. Next year I hope I have better luck. Just hope we don't have the heat like we had this year, I have lived in Texas all my life and I never remember a summer that scourched everything like it did this year.

Linda
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on December 05, 2011, 10:53:02 AM
Hi Linda,

Of course I heard about the Texas heatwave... and your Jalepeno's survived.... WOW!  LOL 

On a serious note... I'm hoping with ya, next year isn't like this past summer!  ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on January 14, 2012, 04:37:14 AM
YUCK :-X :-X .... I was forced to eat zuccini as a child and will not eat it now! :(

My dog will eat all of your zucchini... and I'm so not kidding.
LOL ... My dog loves vegetables too!  LOL ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: ldkeesee on January 14, 2012, 07:20:54 AM
I need to get my onion sets in the ground.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on January 14, 2012, 10:40:11 AM
I need to get my onion sets in the ground.

Do you do that in the dead of winter?  Or are you in a warmer climate?
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: ldkeesee on January 14, 2012, 11:52:58 AM
I'm in Texas. Yes I usually plant onions, spinach, and radishes around this time of the year.
I took me a cutting off of one of my tomato plants last year before the heat killed it. Just to see if I could get it to root, and if so how it will do this year when planted. Well it rooted and it's ready to go as soon as it warms up. Around March or April. Hopefully it will produce and produce earlier before it get hot. Store bought tomatoes can't compare to home grown. Mmmm.  ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on January 14, 2012, 03:22:29 PM
I agree with home grown tomatoes... Delicious! I can't wait for spring to start a new crop... Maybe I'll try Cukes (LOL... ;) ) this year!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: ldkeesee on February 09, 2012, 10:35:13 AM
I got my garden tilled, green onions in the ground. Pulled weeds out of flower beds, vacuumed & mulched leaves and added to my flower beds. :D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on February 09, 2012, 12:18:20 PM
I got my garden tilled, green onions in the ground. Pulled weeds out of flower beds, vacuumed & mulched leaves and added to my flower beds. :D

I'm jealous.  We had snow last night.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: ldkeesee on February 10, 2012, 01:06:36 PM
I wish we would get some snow. It has been a really mild winter, afraid to see what this summer will be like. Just hope it won't be like last summer. That was miserable, and the heat killed a lot of grass, trees and shrubs. I never remember having a summer that bad.  :(
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on February 10, 2012, 09:20:29 PM
We're supposed to get 1-3" tomorrow.  I'll happily ship it to you!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on February 11, 2012, 12:28:29 AM
I got my garden tilled, green onions in the ground. Pulled weeds out of flower beds, vacuumed & mulched leaves and added to my flower beds. :D

Wow Linda... You go!  I will place my fresh vegie order with you... lol 
My friend just moved to Austin for work... she told me last week she had Tornado warnings... Yikes! :o

I hope you don't have a summer like last year as well!   :o
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: ldkeesee on February 11, 2012, 04:57:05 AM
We're supposed to get 1-3" tomorrow.  I'll happily ship it to you!
Bring it on. We need some snow or ice, or the bugs are going to be terrible this summer.  ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: ldkeesee on February 11, 2012, 05:20:36 AM
I got my garden tilled, green onions in the ground. Pulled weeds out of flower beds, vacuumed & mulched leaves and added to my flower beds. :D


Wow Linda... You go!  I will place my fresh vegie order with you... lol 
My friend just moved to Austin for work... she told me last week she had Tornado warnings... Yikes! :o

I hope you don't have a summer like last year as well!   :o

I use to go through Austin to visit my daughter (she lives in Wimberly) but now I cut off at round rock and go around the edge of Austin. I thought traffic was bad here in Ft Worth. But Austin is worst :-\
The weather is getting really weird. We can have tornado's anytime now. Use to be only in the spring. The last couple yrs we have even experienced some tremors.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on February 11, 2012, 10:39:02 AM
Wow! Tremors? Really! My goodness... never would have thought that.  Well, my friend (Kathleen) is from So. California.... so tremors won't bother her to much! lol ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on March 11, 2012, 10:51:37 PM
I got a surprise gift of a greenhouse in a box...  ;DYAY ;D ... from my sis... I will post a pic once it is assembled
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 12, 2012, 05:42:39 AM
I got a surprise gift of a greenhouse in a box...  ;DYAY ;D ... from my sis... I will post a pic once it is assembled


Jealous!  I would love a greenhouse, but we can't have one until the kids decide they are willing to give up their playset so I can have that space back.  In the meantime, it is supposed to be nice today so I want to get out and at least get some of my beds turned over and ready for plants.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dee38753 on March 12, 2012, 06:37:32 AM
I am also from the south and have already begun the preparations for my garden spot. I have already set out my onions and have my tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant, and cucumbers growing in little pots in the house.

I can't wait to put them in the ground and get many returns for the loving care they have received so far.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on March 17, 2012, 06:44:45 PM
We started some of the "seed starters," but Eric needs to get on the ball to do more.  I say he needs to do it 'cause I've got a severely brown thumb and am afraid to get too close to the plants lest I kill them all.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 17, 2012, 07:42:11 PM
Pulling weeds and turning beds and got the seeds started.  Also, put in grape plants today so we shall see how they do.  The boys picked that as their plant pick this year and I really have no clue how to care for them so off to do some more research.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 21, 2012, 06:33:01 PM
This year our veggies are much more organized.  Eric & our friend EJ cleaned out the garden box last week, and today Eric planted cukes, peas, beans, one watermelon (the mini sort), bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, mesclun, mustard greens, lettuce, chard, and cherry tomatoes.

We've also got a blueberry bush started by the side of the driveway, around which I tossed a wildflower "butterfly & hummingbird" mix, and they all seem to be growing like crazy.  Every time we look throughout the day there seem to be more flower plants springing up.

In another area, we planted 3 sunflowers that seem to be really strong, and some more flowers that are taking longer to germinate.

We have flourishing chives in one window box (one plant that's good for use, the other is flowering), and a bunch of other herbs still in the starter boxes.

So far so good!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on April 21, 2012, 11:29:43 PM
Wow!  Larissa and Kimberly are already planting, Geezzzzz!  OK I think you two should ship some of your garden goodies to me (cheshire grin, batting eyes).   ^-^

I don’t know if I’ll be planting my tomatoes yet… Weather here has been really weird. We shall see…. Great job Larissa and Kimberly!  ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dee38753 on April 22, 2012, 07:09:48 AM
WTG ladies!!!

My squash, cucumbers, jalepenos are blooming. I have tomatoes on the plants...small...but they are there. brussels and eggplant are looking good. Basil, dill, cilantro, chives, and rosemary are doing great!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Blue Highways on April 22, 2012, 11:22:00 AM
Well, I for one am SO happy I resisted planting during the unusual sweet weather we've had.... We are supposed to get...gulp....snow tonight  :-\
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 22, 2012, 11:42:16 AM
Ick!

We've got rain today, which is actually wonderful.  We've been having to water even more than once a day because it's been so hot & dry here.  The plants have to be ecstatic to have a steady light rain.

Oh, and there's such a multitude of wildflower sprouts around the blueberry bush now that I can see them from the 2nd floor window.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Blue Highways on April 22, 2012, 01:29:31 PM
Get a net for those blueberries or the birds will win!  ;)
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Post by: Larissa on April 22, 2012, 01:36:21 PM
Thanks for the tip!
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Post by: lisianblue on April 23, 2012, 01:00:08 AM
heheh snow!! yeah, I put out some of my plants a few weeks ago - and then brought them in a week later - becaue it was snowing in the middle of April! 

Dee - is your rosemary plant in a pot or in the ground???
I love rosemary, and have tried a bunch of plants - which always die - in pots.  I don't really have a place I can plant them in the ground.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated.  My basil, cilantro and flowers  are doing great tho.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dee38753 on April 23, 2012, 05:27:29 AM
Kris...my rosemary is in both...I have a large bush outside in my herb garden and small pot in the kitchen. I use rosemary a lot!!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 23, 2012, 04:05:39 PM
I caught a couple birds eating some of my ungerminated flower seeds right out of the ground this morning!  Little beasts!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dee38753 on April 23, 2012, 06:04:41 PM
I caught a couple birds eating some of my ungerminated flower seeds right out of the ground this morning!  Little beasts!

I have seen that in the past...they really don't understand we want them to stay and grow!! Or maybe they just really don't care...after all...they are hungry!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 23, 2012, 07:05:37 PM
I have a birdfeeder I've been meaning to hang.  Maybe then they'll leave my flowers alone.
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Post by: Dee38753 on April 24, 2012, 12:39:15 AM
Good idea....it is certainly worth a try!
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Post by: myeuropeantouch on April 24, 2012, 06:43:23 PM
All this talk reminds me of my Papa's garden and me working in it with him...awwww ...memories....
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Nancy Pace on April 25, 2012, 11:27:35 AM
We planted our tiny garden last night, our yard is a postage stamp size and lots of shade.
My hubby built us 2 raised beds for veggies, I have a well established herb garden I reap all year long because it is so protected.
I love herbs and Dee my favorite is Rosemary:) I have lots of flowers blooming like Peony,
red Rambler, and my spring flowers put on a nice show too.
We had a frost last week but decided to chance the tomatoes and peppers anyway. We are only planting those and onions and garlic this year. I have no room for "cukes" Larissa, I tried last year and they climbed the tree beside the garden and were hard to find in the leaves,LOL!
I am a county girl and miss my big garden and my fruit trees and berries.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 25, 2012, 12:43:13 PM
We lost a lot of cukes last year to lack of support.  This year we're getting tomato cages & fences to hold up the cukes & tomatoes.  And this time, Eric planted the beans & peas closer to the deck so we can train them right up the deck railing.  It should work a lot better.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dee38753 on April 25, 2012, 12:58:19 PM
I planted bush type grean beans and cukes...so I wouldn't have that problem.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: grannyscrafts1912 on April 26, 2012, 08:25:19 AM
good morning was going to plant corn, squash, onions, watermelon today but its raining should have done it yesterday. a day late a dollor short
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on April 27, 2012, 09:14:53 AM
This time, I have planting some spices only. I don't think I'll have time for tomatoes. I currently have some oregano, rosemary, chives and basil in pots. Can't wait to use them.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Nancy Pace on April 27, 2012, 04:30:29 PM
Collette I grow herbs all year in my garden. I cut them a lot to cook with, I know you will enjoy yours:)
Dee, we have tried bush cukes several times and they still spread out and vine. I have used tomato cages too like Eric and Larissa are doing, works ok.
I love to play in the dirt!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on May 13, 2012, 04:21:44 PM
Hi Everyone,

Well, I see that some of you have been very busy with your gardens already! WOW! Am I late this year or what?  I am going to Lowes to pick up soil and some Tiny Tim, or Tumbling Toms or Small Fry tomatoes. (I am chuckling at the names)

So let’s all keep the garden updates going again this year! Thanks and have a great Mother’s Day!

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on June 05, 2012, 10:31:03 PM
I have tomatos, broccoli, cabbages, Elephant garlic, etc.
Here is a pic of a rose in my yard... the photo is about a minute late as the flower was in the sun and the shadowde fence made  a striking photo that I missed... I will try again tomorrow if I remember and the sun is shining...
(http://i49.tinypic.com/2hhd3i8.jpg)
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Post by: Larissa on June 05, 2012, 10:56:37 PM
Those colors!
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Post by: CrochetHooked on June 05, 2012, 11:25:17 PM
Matt what a gorgeous rose and in your yard no less. Terrific picture! And I see there may be a more impressive picture? Hoping for the sun 8) to shine for you and a reminder ‘Pic of Rose… Pic of Rose!


Update on my little Tomatoes there isn’t an update. :-[  Waiting for the weather to warm up a little. That is so like So. California, although the month of June is usually called 'June Gloom’ Mornings are usually over cast.

How is everyone else doing with their delicious gardens?
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 06, 2012, 08:35:03 AM
The beans and/or peas seem to be doing well, but I question the rest.  My wildflowers, though, are growing like they belong in Little Shop of Horrors.  Only one sort of flower so far, clusters of tiny white ones.  Can't wait to see what else comes up.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 06, 2012, 01:38:24 PM
The beans and/or peas seem to be doing well, but I question the rest.  My wildflowers, though, are growing like they belong in Little Shop of Horrors.  Only one sort of flower so far, clusters of tiny white ones.  Can't wait to see what else comes up.

Little Shop of Horrors…  :-\  oh dear me!  Larissa, what about my friends the ‘Cuke’, will they join the beans and peas? I hope everything comes out plentiful for you and Eric.



I do have a Gardenia bush that is growing out of control… needs grooming. Right above the plant is the kitchen window and in the late evenings, I can smell the flowers sweet aroma.


(http://i49.tinypic.com/33wbqz4.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: SoapMom on June 07, 2012, 05:03:50 PM
We have a ton of land, but since I'm preggers and due in August, I decided a big garden wasn't going to work this year.  I started a pallet garden so I wouldn't have to weed (google "pallet garden" to see one).  Trouble is, I've been so busy, and I have a black thumb, that most of my garden has died.  I started my seeds to late, so when the heat came, my spring plants were just starting.  My timing is all off.  I don't know if it's too late now to start hot weather plants or not ... so now my pallet is full of dead things.  For now...
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 07, 2012, 06:00:21 PM
We have a ton of land, but since I'm preggers and due in August, I decided a big garden wasn't going to work this year.  I started a pallet garden so I wouldn't have to weed (google "pallet garden" to see one).  Trouble is, I've been so busy, and I have a black thumb, that most of my garden has died.  I started my seeds to late, so when the heat came, my spring plants were just starting.  My timing is all off.  I don't know if it's too late now to start hot weather plants or not ... so now my pallet is full of dead things.  For now...


Awwwww!  SoapMom, 8)  OMy goodness what an excellent idea! SoapMom! Wow!  Very cool, I have never heard of such a thing. But it sounds to me you have something much better growing in your tummy! Congrats!  Sorry to hear about all the dead pallet garden, but great try! It will be better for you next season… and in a few years you will have help!  YEAH!


Thanks for sharing ‘Pallet Garden’ with us all! :)

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 09, 2012, 11:55:44 PM
My chamomile is sprouting!  I don't have any lavender yet, but I'm hopeful.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 11, 2012, 05:06:34 AM
Yeah for the chamomile Larissa! Go Lavender Go! 8)
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Post by: Nancy Pace on June 11, 2012, 07:40:03 AM
I opted to plant eggplant where I grew sunflowers last year, they are getting ready to bloom! I am trying a white one this year and flanking it with the Black beauty ones we love:)
The birds are taking my ripe grape tomatoes so far I have not tasted a one, I believe I will need netting.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 11, 2012, 07:54:08 AM
We are doing our usual cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and such but the plant that is doing the best is the raspberries....6 ft tall and climbing and full of buds!  We also tried grapes which I wasn't sure about when I put them in, but we have new vines so they might just make it.
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Post by: aimeesrockworks on June 11, 2012, 11:52:55 AM
Most of my starts/seeds have either drowned or are barely getting by with modified life jackets. 

Time to go scour the grocery store veggie start leftovers!!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 11, 2012, 12:12:12 PM
I looked up the germination period for lavender & it turns out it's up to a month, so I'm not giving up hope yet.  Here's the chamomile...

(http://i49.tinypic.com/27wwt9j.jpg)

This is the time when normally they'd be crushed by watering, but because the water is coming up from under through the peat pot, I expect them to grow like weeds.
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Post by: CrochetHooked on June 11, 2012, 05:08:03 PM

Nancy:  Cool!  Love grape toms! Thanks Nancy for the update, keep us informed about the eggplant


Kimberly: CUKES! LOL (for some strange reason that nickname will always stick in my head, thanks to Larissa)  Good gardening Kimberly!


Kim: Sorry to hear about the drowning, at least they had a fighting chance with the "modified life jackets.” (LMAO Kim)


Larissa:  Excellent!  Sweet! Don’t give up on hope ever!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on June 11, 2012, 08:11:05 PM
speaking of cukes....I just harvested 3 large baskets.  1 of pickling cucumbers and 2 regular cukes.  and I don't even like cukes. hahaha  I'm just waiting for my peas, corn, potaotes and my favorite...tomatoes.
Debbi
 :-*
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 13, 2012, 02:07:58 AM
Sweet!  A Cukes grower! LOL  8)   Well done Debbi


I was getting ready to plant the tomatoes seeds and look what I found…  :-\   The barrels are on the side of the house (best place for all day sun), and not a place I go unless I am growing tomatoes.  :-X  I had no idea the tomatoes started without me.  Bad Gardener!  :o 



(http://i49.tinypic.com/2l8du1v.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 13, 2012, 09:34:22 AM
Oops!
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Post by: CrochetHooked on June 13, 2012, 10:28:19 AM
Oops!


 :'(  You’re so right Larissa!  8)


But I did manage to trim the Gardenia plant… looks much better!


(http://i46.tinypic.com/6r32nm.jpg)

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Post by: trusk4u on June 13, 2012, 12:22:45 PM
I have tomatos, broccoli, cabbages, Elephant garlic, etc.
Here is a pic of a rose in my yard... the photo is about a minute late as the flower was in the sun and the shadowde fence made  a striking photo that I missed... I will try again tomorrow if I remember and the sun is shining...
(http://i49.tinypic.com/2hhd3i8.jpg)

Beautiful rose! I had some lovely oes out front but the deer also loved them! They chewed the bush so much that it died. I can't plant daylilies either,they just chomp the tops off. 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: lisianblue on June 14, 2012, 12:09:37 AM
Cari - i'm so jealous!  That gardenia is beautifu!  I had one in a pot that did pretty good, but unfortunately lost it when my neighbor was taking care of my plants last winter. 
 Nancy oh hopefully you will get to taste those tomatoes soon! 

Ok, so I have a patio!  I decided to try some strawberries!  Do they need lots of water???  I do live in the hot SW desert.  My basil and rosemary are doing pretty good so far.  Rosemary which seems so hardy & supposedly drought tolerant  hasn't done well for me in the past -

Wishing I had a place I could actually grow some vegies!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on June 14, 2012, 11:37:36 AM
Cari - i'm so jealous!  That gardenia is beautifu!  I had one in a pot that did pretty good, but unfortunately lost it when my neighbor was taking care of my plants last winter. 
 Nancy oh hopefully you will get to taste those tomatoes soon! 

Ok, so I have a patio!  I decided to try some strawberries!  Do they need lots of water???  I do live in the hot SW desert.  My basil and rosemary are doing pretty good so far.  Rosemary which seems so hardy & supposedly drought tolerant  hasn't done well for me in the past -

It does get quite hot here in NC, not like the SW though.  My rosemary just explodes, and it's been going for 2 years now.  I love rosemary.  I prefer fresh herbs when I cook.  Now for patio gardening, strawberries should not go dry.  You can also get small tomaotes as a bush so you don't have to worry about staking it up.  If you can find it in a bush, it's good for patio planters...peas, peppers, chili peppers are great.  Even if you don't like chili peppers, the plant is lush and green, and the peppers colors are amazing, so it looks good too.
Wishing I had a place I could actually grow some vegies!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: lisianblue on June 14, 2012, 09:02:25 PM
I've tried a few things, without much success!  Had a long vine of a squash a few years ago - got flowers on it, but that's all it did! I have had good luck with tomatoes, but honestly I rarely eat them!  Too acidic for my stomach. 
I was sort of hoping to be in Col by now and maybe even growing some things, but............I' not!
It does get hot in NC, but it's also humid there - something we don't have much of! 
Will keep the strawberries well watered!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on June 15, 2012, 11:32:41 AM
you all got me going, so I shared some pics of our gardens in my blog today.
Debbi
http://www.yankeeburrowcreations.com/2012/06/how-our-gardens-grow.html
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 18, 2012, 08:12:30 PM
I HAVE TWO TINY LITTLE LAVENDER SPROUTS!!!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on June 18, 2012, 08:39:09 PM
I HAVE TWO TINY LITTLE LAVENDER SPROUTS!!!

Yea!!!!!   :D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: lisianblue on June 18, 2012, 09:47:50 PM
I HAVE TWO TINY LITTLE LAVENDER SPROUTS!!!
YAY!
Oh yeah, Larissa and anyone else - I have found that putting a plastic bag over the seed pots really helps keep the moisture in and these tiny plants don't have to be watered as often.  Direct sunlight can become hazardous though!

As I was enjoying a piece of baked chicken with fresh basil and rosemary I tried to post a picture, but my computer just froze up - so I'm trying it again!
No, it's not a vegie or a fruit, it's my hibiscus 4 weeks after I bought it last year!  It was almot dead when I brought it home - got it for a great price!
(http://i46.tinypic.com/2euq05t.jpg)

I think I got  5 flowers on it last year, so far this year, this is the 5th one!
(http://i46.tinypic.com/16k7vwp.jpg)
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Post by: Larissa on June 18, 2012, 10:43:06 PM
Beautiful!  And yeah, I was doing the baggies too.  Just took them off today.
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Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on June 19, 2012, 07:49:05 PM
that is beautiful!  I have 2 hibiscus plants in front, but the kids keep running over 1 with a mower.  They don't run over the 2nd one.  It's leaves make it look like a marijuana plant.  Maybe that's why????   :laugh:

debbi
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 19, 2012, 08:02:22 PM
Geez, once they grow, they grow fast!

Lavender sprouts....

(http://i48.tinypic.com/2zjm3d4.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 20, 2012, 12:21:19 PM
YAHOOOOOOO


Larissa has Sprouts! Congratulations! 8)   Question Larissa… Doing baggies? What is that?
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 20, 2012, 03:38:29 PM
Since these aren't the seed starter trays with all the little compartments & the plastic lid, I put baggies upside-down over each pot so it still had that greenhouse effect.

Taking them off made the chamomile start drying out, so I put them back.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 20, 2012, 04:22:04 PM
Oh… I see, that’s really clever!  8)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 20, 2012, 04:29:48 PM
Oh… I see, that’s really clever!  8)

Eric's idea.  I *might* tell him you said so.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: lisianblue on June 20, 2012, 10:55:06 PM
Thanks Larissa.
Yeah I usually leave the bags on until the plants are a couple of inches.

Debbi - thank you!  a hibiscus plant with leaves that look like marijuana???? really!
Too bad the one keeps getting mowed down!

I had a really pretty one a few years ago - somebody stole it off my patio!   I had two plants that were both white with red centers produce seeds a number of years ago, I had wanted to grow some from those seeds and try to get the stolen one to seed and then cross pollinate them.    I have one plant left that is now 3 years old, and some new seedlings from this year, but I think it may be a while before they produce flowers.   I almost killed the 3 yr old one - so it's struggling, but hanging in there! 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on June 22, 2012, 09:29:40 AM
they are a finiky plant.  I had 2 "regular" hibiscus that's suppose to come back every year, but 1 kept getting mowed over.  Then I found this amazing one at a green house to replace the mowed one, but it looked different (like marijuian leaves).  I was told that it would only grow for one year.  That was 4 years ago.  Now this year the kids keep mowing over my other "regular" one.  I just can't seem to keep my landscape balanced. hahaha
Debbi
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: FidelaTresori on June 22, 2012, 11:58:20 AM
We do have a garden.  I let my hubs plant with whatever he wants, as he usually ends up tending it.  (http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/hippywife/6b550744.gif)


Right now we have summer squash and cukes coming out our ears, and lots of herbs.  Corn is nearly ready, I think, as is butternut squash.  He needs to replant turnips as we've already eaten most of those.  I don't know what all else he has out there except some watermelon for me (he hates it! LOL)  Tomatoes are coming on slow. They were late to flower and didn't flower very profusely this year.   It didn't help that the chickens ate a bunch of the tomato plants.  They loooove tomato plants.   I wish it were only the hornworms they would eat, as they love those, too.   But no. (http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/hippywife/geez.gif)

Can't begrudge them too much as they do keep us in plenty of fresh rich eggs and a wee bit of egg money.  Not much, just some pocket change for the husband when he takes a few dozen into work.  (http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/hippywife/funkychickn.gif)

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: normasbathandbody on June 22, 2012, 04:50:34 PM
I wish that I had a garden! I tried to grow some of those
mini tomatoes in a pot and I got a few off the vine before
they died. ::)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 03, 2012, 11:50:04 PM
I wish that I had a garden! I tried to grow some of those
mini tomatoes in a pot and I got a few off the vine before
they died. ::)


I hear ya Norma, no toms for us this year… :'(  I think we need to travel to Debb’s (yankeeburrowcreations) place and have a veggie feast! LOL  ;D
 ^-^ Then swing by Fidela’s house and have some of that watermellon…. THEN….


Stop by Larissa’s to be fitted for a new sweater! LOL 8)


Speaking of Larissa… How is the lavender coming along?

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 05, 2012, 04:44:02 PM
Well... my wildflowers are doing great.  I now have 4 little lavender sprouts.

And the chamomile ALL FREAKIN' DIED.  I give up.  They have 3 already-growing plants/$10 on homedepot.com and I'm going to buy some.  Sigh.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: FidelaTresori on July 06, 2012, 08:25:11 PM
Probably should try to avoid buying any plants at big retailers like that.  You always run a risk of disease, and if they do have disease, these huge distributors cause it to be spread very far and wide, very quickly.

There was a bad tomato blight a couple of years ago that got some real legs because of these kinds of retailers/distributors.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 06, 2012, 08:26:58 PM
Hm, probably a good point, but I can't seem to find it at any local nurseries.  I'd be growing it in a pot, not with other plants, so I could keep an eye on it at least.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: FidelaTresori on July 06, 2012, 08:35:17 PM
Can you start inside from seed?  Might check with some of the more reputable heirloom seed catalogs, rather than the ones like Burpee.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 06, 2012, 08:36:41 PM
That's what we've been trying to do repeatedly.  Not sure what brand the seeds were.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 07, 2012, 12:26:49 AM
Probably should try to avoid buying any plants at big retailers like that.  You always run a risk of disease, and if they do have disease, these huge distributors cause it to be spread very far and wide, very quickly.

There was a bad tomato blight a couple of years ago that got some real legs because of these kinds of retailers/distributors.


Wow! I was not aware, to be careful when purchasing from a retailer. That is kinda scary.  :o
Although reading up on growing tomatoes a few weeks ago, starting from seeds was recommended and using a special mix (not potting soil) for germinating and indoors was also recommended.
Thanks Fidela for the info!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: FidelaTresori on July 07, 2012, 08:02:30 AM
You're welcome, Cari.  It's wise to never buy plants from them at all.  You just never know what you're going to bring home that you didn't intend.

It's good to start plants inside in a biodegradable pot so you can plant the whole thing and not risk shocking them by transplanting.  These little newspaper pots are great, and safe as the inks are vegetable based.  Just avoid the slick ad pages.

http://www.ehow.com/video_1745_create-seed-starting.html

And they're handmade. ;0)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on July 07, 2012, 11:55:22 AM
Our garden is both better and worse than last year.  I bought African Daisies for the front of the house and they are beautiful!  Only my orange marigolds bloomed, the yellow ones look like they've been pecked off by the birds before they ever bloomed.   ::)

Andy's garden has red peppers popping up, bigger tomatoes popping and carrots.  A baby bunny ate all of our green beans!  :(  He's also been scavenging the bird seed that has been exploded onto the walkway.  He drives Ein crazy when I go to take him for a walk in the morning.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 08, 2012, 01:58:53 PM
Our garden is both better and worse than last year.  I bought African Daisies for the front of the house and they are beautiful!  Only my orange marigolds bloomed, the yellow ones look like they've been pecked off by the birds before they ever bloomed.   ::)

Andy's garden has red peppers popping up, bigger tomatoes popping and carrots.  A baby bunny ate all of our green beans!  :(  He's also been scavenging the bird seed that has been exploded onto the walkway.  He drives Ein crazy when I go to take him for a walk in the morning.
GINA! Hi there!  Sorry to hear about the garden :o , darn those birds, can’t they pick on those wild flowers on the other side of town! :-\  Oh that bunny… Not the green beans! My favorite! Now that is totally uncalled for!  8)


I’m happy to see ya!  Maybe that will help ease the frustrations!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on July 08, 2012, 02:27:15 PM
lol Cari.  :D  Now that they've picked the beans they're starting to nibble on the carrots.  It has to be the baby bunnies because we have a fence up to keep them out but somehow something small keeps getting in!  At least the slug repellant has been working and there are no slugs like last year!  And yep, I looked and my marigolds are done.  :(  At least some of them bloomed for a bit.  I'm thinking of digging up the stuff on the side of my house (which is now weeds) and making a big fairy garden.  Our local nursery has some super cute stuff to build it with.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 09, 2012, 09:05:32 PM
So far my garden has gifted me with lots of strawberries, 7 artichokes, a handfull of peapods and three blueberries... (more ripening)...as well as lots of green onions and various herbs
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 09, 2012, 09:46:04 PM
So far my garden has gifted me with lots of strawberries, 7 artichokes, a handfull of peapods and three blueberries... (more ripening)...as well as lots of green onions and various herbs


Matt… ;)  We (meaning EVERYONE here at HAF) will be on your front door step waiting patiently for a bag of goodies!  ^-^   


Wonderful Matt, congratulations! Sounds so very yummie!

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 09, 2012, 09:49:11 PM
lol Cari.  :D  Now that they've picked the beans they're starting to nibble on the carrots.  It has to be the baby bunnies because we have a fence up to keep them out but somehow something small keeps getting in!  At least the slug repellant has been working and there are no slugs like last year!  And yep, I looked and my marigolds are done.  :(  At least some of them bloomed for a bit.  I'm thinking of digging up the stuff on the side of my house (which is now weeds) and making a big fairy garden.  Our local nursery has some super cute stuff to build it with.


Sweet Gina!  Sounds like you will be a busy bee (no pun… oh heck sure there was pun intended) LOL  But I have a question… What is a fairy garden? ???   I know I could look it up on google, but I want to hear your version.  ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on July 10, 2012, 08:41:19 AM
hehe Cari :D

A fairy garden is a bunch of little fairy figures that you spread around and you can make them little houses out of melon rinds or pumpkins and if you want plant flowers around them.  My grandmother-in-law gave me a book about them with pictures showing fairy houses made from sticks and other lawn things.  I have two little fairies hiding in my marigolds actually :D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 10, 2012, 02:08:38 PM
hehe Cari :D

A fairy garden is a bunch of little fairy figures that you spread around and you can make them little houses out of melon rinds or pumpkins and if you want plant flowers around them.  My grandmother-in-law gave me a book about them with pictures showing fairy houses made from sticks and other lawn things.  I have two little fairies hiding in my marigolds actually :D


Ah… Gina… You feeling all right? You have fairies in your Marigolds? Really?  ???    :laugh: :laugh:


Just kidding!  Sweet, I bet your kids would also enjoy the Fairy Garden.  Good Luck!  Please share pictures when you are finished!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on July 10, 2012, 06:08:00 PM
lol :D  I definitely will!  :)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Blue Highways on July 10, 2012, 06:30:36 PM
Ach! I have discovered there is a deer that is eating the tops off of all my veggie plants. I would never have thought that tomato plants would hold any gastronomic appeal to any creature.
Weeds have taken over in my absence but I only had the energy to clear 3 beds before my stinkin' cold said enough for today.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Uniqlets on July 11, 2012, 06:24:31 AM
Every year, just before the flowers opened, the deer used to eat the blooms on my mother's tulips.  She took to arranging blockades around them each evening.  The deer always won.
Ach! I have discovered there is a deer that is eating the tops off of all my veggie plants. I would never have thought that tomato plants would hold any gastronomic appeal to any creature.
Weeds have taken over in my absence but I only had the energy to clear 3 beds before my stinkin' cold said enough for today.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: FidelaTresori on July 11, 2012, 07:22:54 AM
Our chickens love the tomato plants most of all, Andrea.  We have to keep them, or at least try to keep them, away from them.  This year, not so successful which wasn't a big deal as they didn't flower anyway. 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 26, 2012, 11:27:09 AM
Potatoes from my garden... for breakfast!
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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Blue Highways on July 26, 2012, 11:59:52 AM
Oh darn. That looks so good!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on July 26, 2012, 09:21:19 PM
yuuuum!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 26, 2012, 10:51:21 PM
It was delicious :-*
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 29, 2012, 10:11:22 AM
Potatoes from my garden... for breakfast!
(http://i48.tinypic.com/11qo9rl.jpg)




Matt, I can smell those delicious, mouth watering, iron skillet cooked potatoes in California! Wow!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on August 03, 2012, 10:51:11 PM
Oh yes Cari.. I only fry using a cast iron pan... and I cook with stainless steel...
Here is my first tomato of the year... it is so large I might have to split into two meals...lol

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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 04, 2012, 11:04:23 AM
Oh yes Cari.. I only fry using a cast iron pan... and I cook with stainless steel...
Here is my first tomato of the year... it is so large I might have to split into two meals...lol

(http://i48.tinypic.com/2w6ccy1.jpg)


LOL Matt! I hope you enjoy your feast!


I have 4 cast iron skillets that were used by my great grandmother and grandmother… talk about seasoning! LOL
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 12, 2012, 12:04:36 PM
Matt, I'll be right over to share!

Our veggies all went kaput this year.  Once we found out we had to move 9/1, we kind of lost the oomph to care for the garden.  But we're bringing the garden box to Franklin Lakes, and Eric will have to build a bunch more for all that land we'll have!

Oh, and while one stem of Eric's cascade hops is doing well, we found out why all the others were decimated.  Hop merchants!

(http://i47.tinypic.com/2z49x6w.jpg)

Hundreds of them, all on the undersides of the leaves where we didn't see them, the little bastards.  So next year he's planting marigolds around the hops.  And other garden stuff.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: ArtbyNancyPace on August 12, 2012, 05:51:54 PM
Larissa, I have never grown hops, do they need a lot of sun?
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 12, 2012, 07:09:15 PM
Depends on the variety, I think.  They're Eric's babies.  They're in a really sunny spot & the cascade is doing well.  There's one variety he's got that's the toughest to grow here because they're British & are used to a different climate.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 14, 2012, 04:59:41 PM
This week I'll be making garden paella featuring tomatoes and red peppers from our garden!  Wheeee!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on August 14, 2012, 09:10:51 PM
ooooh I love red peppers and tomatoes.  You will have great garden in the new place, lots of room to expand and experiment.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 15, 2012, 08:44:51 AM
This summer I was too lazy to really plant anything. Besides, I have a lot of tomatoes left from the last season. Frozen of course.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 15, 2012, 10:36:13 AM
I just don't have the energy for it anymore. I did a lot when when I was younger and I did enjoy it. Now, I'm paranoid of finding snakes since we do get the poisonous varieties around here. I do not like them at all!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 15, 2012, 11:35:01 AM
I just don't have the energy for it anymore. I did a lot when when I was younger and I did enjoy it. Now, I'm paranoid of finding snakes since we do get the poisonous varieties around here. I do not like them at all!
I hate snakes too and most things that crawl; One of the reasons I am afraid of moving in warmer climates...
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 15, 2012, 07:46:42 PM
I'm a freak who likes snakes.   ;D  Only reason I don't own any is 'cause I wouldn't want to feed one pet to another (mice).
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 16, 2012, 08:04:15 AM
I'm a freak who likes snakes.   ;D  Only reason I don't own any is 'cause I wouldn't want to feed one pet to another (mice).

I really think that you and my daughter would get on swimmingly. She likes snakes (and other odd critters)too.  Her profile pic on FB is one she had taken with a baby alligator when she in FL. at the APA convention recently.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on August 16, 2012, 08:55:55 AM
I just don't have the energy for it anymore. I did a lot when when I was younger and I did enjoy it. Now, I'm paranoid of finding snakes since we do get the poisonous varieties around here. I do not like them at all!
I hate snakes too and most things that crawl; One of the reasons I am afraid of moving in warmer climates...

I understand about the warmer climates, I live in FL and we do have to deal with a lot of "critters"., they get into the house and that drives me crazy, palmetto bugs, spiders, eeeewwwww.  A good can of bug spray helps to have handy.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 16, 2012, 09:02:04 AM
I'm a freak who likes snakes.   ;D  Only reason I don't own any is 'cause I wouldn't want to feed one pet to another (mice).
I can't even look at snakes on TV. My daughter even knows to switch channels very quick when they are showing anything with snakes lol..
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 16, 2012, 11:24:39 AM
When I used to live in FL a snake got into our pantry!  During dinner my dad went to grab something and it came shooting out!  Pretty sure it was just a garter snake but still....it took awhile to get my mom or I to go in there!  :D

I also remember constantly stepping on cockroaches in Florida.  Yuck.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 16, 2012, 12:04:08 PM
OMG Gina! I would have had heart failure on the spot I'm sure. I've heard of them getting into peoples homes and stuff, but they are leaving windows open with no screen and stuff like that.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 16, 2012, 12:15:29 PM
When I used to live in FL a snake got into our pantry!  During dinner my dad went to grab something and it came shooting out!  Pretty sure it was just a garter snake but still....it took awhile to get my mom or I to go in there!  :D

I also remember constantly stepping on cockroaches in Florida.  Yuck.
It would have taken me a long time to get over this as well.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 16, 2012, 06:41:40 PM
If my dad told me a snake was in our pantry, I'd be over there like a shot, trying to get a good look.  :D

But anything with more than 5 legs freaks me out!  I don't do insects or arachnids AT ALL.  I don't understand people who like or keep tarantulas.  And I gave my Savannah monitor to a friend years ago because he wouldn't eat freeze-dried food & keeping live crickets got to be too much for me.

One thing I will NOT be upset to leave in this house is the house centipedes.  We have a colony of them, and though I'm told they're good & mean the house is clean & devoid of other bugs, I don't care.  They have a zillion legs, are a creepy grey/tan/green that easily camouflages them, and they get HUGE.  And they're fast.  I despise them.  Never had 'em before we moved here, so I'll be happy NOT to have them at the new place.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on August 17, 2012, 12:23:05 AM
OMG Gina! I would have had heart failure on the spot I'm sure. I've heard of them getting into peoples homes and stuff, but they are leaving windows open with no screen and stuff like that.
I never leave my windows open, not ever, as my daughter has a phobia about open windows so that said, they get in anyway. and when you step on one, they crunch.  EWWWWWWWW.  I don't get many because I spray a lot, just have to make sure my dogs are safe. But recently my car became infested and you never knew it until dark when I could not see them but they crawl on me and I almost wrecked.  They are just looking for food and at the time we were going through a dry spell,they look for cool, moist, dark.  Got rid of them, only on occasion do I see one now but I also don't drive at night anymore.  LOL
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 17, 2012, 09:15:45 AM
If my dad told me a snake was in our pantry, I'd be over there like a shot, trying to get a good look.  :D

But anything with more than 5 legs freaks me out!  I don't do insects or arachnids AT ALL.  I don't understand people who like or keep tarantulas.  And I gave my Savannah monitor to a friend years ago because he wouldn't eat freeze-dried food & keeping live crickets got to be too much for me.

One thing I will NOT be upset to leave in this house is the house centipedes.  We have a colony of them, and though I'm told they're good & mean the house is clean & devoid of other bugs, I don't care.  They have a zillion legs, are a creepy grey/tan/green that easily camouflages them, and they get HUGE.  And they're fast.  I despise them.  Never had 'em before we moved here, so I'll be happy NOT to have them at the new place.
Ewwwww Centipedes, something else I can't stand...
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 18, 2012, 09:15:03 AM
But recently my car became infested and you never knew it until dark when I could not see them but they crawl on me and I almost wrecked. 

Kudos for not crashing, 'cause I definitely would have.  I'd have been screaming and thrashing, and ended up headfirst into a tree.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 18, 2012, 09:16:12 AM
Ewwwww Centipedes, something else I can't stand...

And these are especially creepy.  Google house centipedes for photos.  I refuse to post a photo here because I'll never come back to the thread.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on August 18, 2012, 10:45:52 AM
Ok Larissa, I did google them, and OMG,  don't blame you, not something I want to see again.  They are really creepy looking.  BUT on the other hand they do keep the other insects to a minimum, right. 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on August 18, 2012, 10:54:22 AM
I have a garter snake living under my house, and for him I am grateful since he eats these nasty bugs. lol.  You want to see a picture of him? I named him Spot.
Debbi
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 18, 2012, 12:44:08 PM
I'd love a photo of Spot!  And Pam, I suppose that's a bright side, but I'd much rather have a Spot living here to take care of that for me.  What gets me is our ridiculous cats... All ready to hunt their toys, but though they watch the centipedes like hawks, they don't really go.after them.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on August 18, 2012, 01:47:47 PM
Ewwwww Centipedes, something else I can't stand...

And these are especially creepy.  Google house centipedes for photos.  I refuse to post a photo here because I'll never come back to the thread.
I know what you mean. I can't stant them even on pictures as well :-(, and I refuse to google them lol...
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on August 18, 2012, 01:52:33 PM
I'd love a photo of Spot!  And Pam, I suppose that's a bright side, but I'd much rather have a Spot living here to take care of that for me.  What gets me is our ridiculous cats... All ready to hunt their toys, but though they watch the centipedes like hawks, they don't really go.after them.

You should have my pit, she plays with them til they just roll over and die, spiders, bugs, moths, no matter.  She drives them crazy and they just curl up and die.  So funny to watch her do it.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on August 18, 2012, 02:41:20 PM
I'd love a photo of Spot!  And Pam, I suppose that's a bright side, but I'd much rather have a Spot living here to take care of that for me.  What gets me is our ridiculous cats... All ready to hunt their toys, but though they watch the centipedes like hawks, they don't really go.after them.

(http://[[IMG]http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j383/ourhometoyours/spotthesnake.jpg)/img]

he's really just a baby, only about 12" long...for now.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on August 18, 2012, 02:42:01 PM
(http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j383/ourhometoyours/spotthesnake.jpg)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on August 18, 2012, 03:54:09 PM
Debbie, is this "spot"?

Now having that around would just freak me out.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Blue Highways on August 18, 2012, 04:27:12 PM
ack! I am desperately scared of snakes...heck, worms for that matter! Let's just say Spots life would be short around here *shudder* (please oh please no snake nightmares tonight)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on August 18, 2012, 08:07:42 PM
I'm sorry for freaking you guys out, I didn't mean for the picture to be so BIG.  :laugh:
He was actually no bigger than a finger, and you probably have some but won't see them because they will "run" as soon as they see you.
Debbi
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: dahlish on August 18, 2012, 08:40:30 PM
He's so cute!   :laugh:  I love looking at snakes, I just don't want them in the house.  :D

Just like I love watching wasps/bees but absolutely flip if they get too close to me.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on August 18, 2012, 08:50:50 PM
Oh no Debbie, the photo is not freaky, but knowing that one was living under my house or in my house would absolutely creep me out.  Cute snake though it might be.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on August 19, 2012, 11:58:22 AM
Spot is beautiful! 

Pam, I could totally see a pit doing that.  My parents' is the same way.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on August 19, 2012, 01:42:28 PM
Spot is beautiful! 

Pam, I could totally see a pit doing that.  My parents' is the same way.

Yep, my pit "Shila" must have gotten hold of something, cause she was throwing up this morning and though not sick anymore, she is lying around like she doesn't feel well. But you let a squirrel hit the ground and she is off like a rabbit. LOL.  If she doesn't act better by tomorrow gonna have to take her to the vet
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on March 29, 2013, 02:49:49 PM
My heirloom tomatoes have sprouted and I planted red potatoes today! I am really looking forward to some good fresh homegrown food!.... (now I'm hungry)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on March 29, 2013, 03:33:00 PM
We've been having such cold and snow that we haven't been able to move anything outside!  We've got a veritable jungle in the dining room:  Pumpkins, summer squash, butternut squash, watermelon, beefsteak tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, red potatoes, peas, green beans, Mexican red beans, corn, several kinds of bell & hot peppers, various flowers, and a bunch of other stuff, and it's all on a 6' table and the windowsill.

Planning to plant the hardier,  bigger plants tomorrow, since it's getting to be in the mid-50s finally.  And tomorrow will be sunny too.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on March 30, 2013, 08:40:40 AM
our garden will be going in on Monday...it's suppose to be almost 70 here.  and the kids thought vacation from school meant laying around all day. hahaha
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on March 30, 2013, 09:06:25 AM
our garden will be going in on Monday...it's suppose to be almost 70 here.  and the kids thought vacation from school meant laying around all day. hahaha
This reminds me of my childhood... and it's the reason I didn't do a garden for many years... lol ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: myeuropeantouch on March 30, 2013, 06:19:40 PM
You guys are funny....I will be lucky if I can get a tomato plant in a pot on my 3rd floor patio......(smile)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on March 30, 2013, 09:06:28 PM
I have some really large pots and I am gonna try a couple things, but has to be somewhere the dogs can't get to them.  They eat EVERYTHING up to and including the pots.  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on March 31, 2013, 01:09:33 PM
Corn's in the ground!

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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on March 31, 2013, 05:00:29 PM
Yay Larissa...
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on April 01, 2013, 08:49:47 AM
It's been so cold here, I haven't even tried to plant anything yet. I think this year I'll focus on herbs only.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 01, 2013, 09:41:36 AM
Herbs are so much easier - do 'em in pots & move them in & out.  Turns out the temp is going to drop again, so we're planning to move the garden box over the corn & I'm picking up clear shower curtain liners so we can do a sort of makeshift greenhouse & hope it's enough.  I love having a husband who thinks outside the box.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on April 02, 2013, 10:45:30 AM
Herbs are so much easier - do 'em in pots & move them in & out.  Turns out the temp is going to drop again, so we're planning to move the garden box over the corn & I'm picking up clear shower curtain liners so we can do a sort of makeshift greenhouse & hope it's enough.  I love having a husband who thinks outside the box.
Clear shower curtain? Great idea Larissa. Let us know if it works....
Yeah, I am doing herbs exactly for the easiness of it. I am feeling really lazy this year, though I would love some tomatoes.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 02, 2013, 10:58:04 AM
I hope it is working!  It was COLD last night.  But there's condensation inside the curtains, so it's obviously at least somewhat warmer in there.  Fingers crossed!  We're hoping for the first harvest by June so during our mardi gras party we can send guests over to pick their own ears & throw them on the grill.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on April 03, 2013, 05:41:38 PM
(http://i47.tinypic.com/21d0lxv.jpg)
monday we took the kids and visited our local greenhouse.  now they are sitting on my back deck waiting for the forecasted rainstorm.  forecasted every day, but never rained.  :P   but we did get the corn seed in the ground!
 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 07, 2013, 08:38:48 PM
The shower curtains didn't work, so we need to replant the corn.  A bunch went in today, though.  I'm gonna be SORE tomorrow!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on April 08, 2013, 11:25:18 AM
The shower curtains didn't work, so we need to replant the corn.  A bunch went in today, though.  I'm gonna be SORE tomorrow!
Too bad the shower curtain didn't work. Hopefully, the nice weather is here to stay  ;D
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Beth on April 08, 2013, 05:28:36 PM
The shower curtains didn't work, so we need to replant the corn.  A bunch went in today, though.  I'm gonna be SORE tomorrow!


When I lived in Maine and grew veggies, I would always put an old sheet on top of things to keep the frost out.  I would have to put sticks into the ground to hold the sheets over the plants, but it always worked.  I did the same in the fall to keep what summer plants I had alive a bit longer:)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on April 08, 2013, 05:54:42 PM
well, it rained off and on all week, so we didn't get to plant till yesterday..between church services....1/4 acre all in.  corn, peas, 2 kinds of tomatoes, pickling cukes, reg cukes, red leaf lettuce, buttercrunch lettuce, butternut squash, brocolli, shale, yellow squash, zuchinni, and I feel that there was something else...shew were we tired.
Debbi
I blogged about it here, with pictures.
http://www.yankeeburrowcreations.com/2013/04/the-garden-is-in.html (http://www.yankeeburrowcreations.com/2013/04/the-garden-is-in.html)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MsMartyD on May 01, 2013, 08:22:25 PM
We planted some tomatoes....   They aren't blooming yet but they're still alive.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on May 02, 2013, 01:57:21 AM
well, it rained off and on all week, so we didn't get to plant till yesterday..between church services....1/4 acre all in.  corn, peas, 2 kinds of tomatoes, pickling cukes, reg cukes, red leaf lettuce, buttercrunch lettuce, butternut squash, brocolli, shale, yellow squash, zuchinni, and I feel that there was something else...shew were we tired.
Debbi
I blogged about it here, with pictures.
http://www.yankeeburrowcreations.com/2013/04/the-garden-is-in.html (http://www.yankeeburrowcreations.com/2013/04/the-garden-is-in.html)


I’m sooooo jealous!  :-\
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on May 02, 2013, 07:21:02 PM
Well as I have said before, I don't have a garden spot because of my idiot dogs, but due to a plant study this week with Jaeden we do have some experiments going on, we have 6 starters with Sunflowers, 3 starters with beefsteak tomatoes, 3 starters with bell pepper.  today we did two more cups with tomatoes and bellpeppers.  The sunflowers are already sprouting, a couple more days and we will have to transplant those and put them in pots at the front stoop.  We shall see, would be great if I could get a tomatoe or two and some peppers.

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MsMartyD on May 02, 2013, 08:21:32 PM
They are cukes in Tennessee too.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on May 03, 2013, 08:13:08 AM
Well as I have said before, I don't have a garden spot because of my idiot dogs, but due to a plant study this week with Jaeden we do have some experiments going on, we have 6 starters with Sunflowers, 3 starters with beefsteak tomatoes, 3 starters with bell pepper.  today we did two more cups with tomatoes and bellpeppers.  The sunflowers are already sprouting, a couple more days and we will have to transplant those and put them in pots at the front stoop.  We shall see, would be great if I could get a tomatoe or two and some peppers.
try hanging them from above (topsy turvy) that will keep them out of the dogs reach.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on May 03, 2013, 02:21:33 PM
The shower curtains didn't work, so we need to replant the corn.  A bunch went in today, though.  I'm gonna be SORE tomorrow!


When I lived in Maine and grew veggies, I would always put an old sheet on top of things to keep the frost out.  I would have to put sticks into the ground to hold the sheets over the plants, but it always worked.  I did the same in the fall to keep what summer plants I had alive a bit longer:)

I've done that too and it works great! Cheap too! :)
I've planted 1 grape tomato plant (it's blooming now) 1 basil, 1 rosemary, and 1 German thyme plant. They are the herbs we use the most. I have used some already and it's so good. I may go for some peppers too. Strawberries are in season here now. I saw the farmer near my house picking out in the field this morning. I know what I'm getting this weekend-a flat of berries to freeze and of course EAT!! ?
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on May 04, 2013, 12:00:16 PM
I have tomato seedlings coming up and peppers and of course the sunflower seedlings are ready to be transplanted already.  We are going to do container gardening.  So tomorrow it is off to the store for the herbs, I am thinking thyme, basil, parsley and some oregano.  We are also going to try cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, summer squash, and who knows what else.  I got a book on container gardening for some helpful tips on keeping these going.  Amazingly enough, they recommend using really large pots and combining many of these so we shall see. Wish me luck
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on May 04, 2013, 03:12:45 PM
Pam, don't forget to share with pictures.  :)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on May 04, 2013, 08:16:09 PM
Here you go, first installment, Jaeden's plant experiments begin.  Day 7 photos today of Sunflowers (1st photo) and the tomatoes and peppers (toothpick in tomatoes)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Vintage_Gypsy on May 17, 2013, 12:13:07 PM
I have tomatoes , swiss chard,oakleaf lettuce,dandelion,simpson lettuce,eggplant,basil,fennel,amaranth,collards,arugula, parsley,oregano,jalapeno peppers,and bloomsdale spinach, .... so far... I have 2 more boxes to work on...one I think will be all spices.. mostly basil.. I LOVE basil
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on May 18, 2013, 01:00:43 AM
We have a whole bunch of stuff happening; I need to get photos.  But for now, I need my flower mavens.  We have some flowers in the backyard I can't ID.  First, there's a bunch of ground cover/ivy back there, with these little purple flowers.  But two different kinds of leaves, so either the flowers go with one of the leaves or there are two different plants happening.  Behold:

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Anyone know what they are?  And are there two different flowers happening there?

Then there's this one cluster of pink flowers among the purple.  What are these?

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And then... a couple trees with these pretty white flowers... dogwood?  I know pink dogwood.  Is there also white dogwood?

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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Vintage_Gypsy on May 18, 2013, 07:31:55 AM
Lovely pictures ! That's one this I miss from up north.. all the dogwoods !
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on May 18, 2013, 09:14:06 AM
So that white flowering tree is dogwood?
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Beth on May 18, 2013, 08:06:14 PM
Ok.  I used to work in the garden dept at Lowe's and Home Depot, so here we go.
Picture #1:  Vinca
Picture #2:  Wild Violets
Picture #3:  Phlox
Pictures #4 & #5:  Dogwood




Vinca:  great ground cover.  I grew it in Maine.  I grew mine under my lilac bushes, but it can grow in full sun, if you give them a lot of water.


Wild Violets:  enjoy these!  They are so pretty and come up as "volunteers" sometimes where you don't want them.  You can always replant those if you want to.  They love shade to part sun.


Phlox:  low growing and spreads nicely.  Once established, it can make for a beautiful show this time of year.  Let me see if I can find a picture from my folks place back in Maine.  My Dad never did a thing to them and they flourished nicely!  Nope, can't
find it in a hurry.  Will have to look.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on May 18, 2013, 08:49:55 PM
Ha!  I knew someone here would be brilliant & informed enough to help us out!  Thanks, Beth.

And yeah, we were so happy!  We moved here September 1, so we had no idea what was here.  It started with the daffodils & hyacinths, then the vinca and violets, then the forsythias all over, and then the dogwoods.  I wonder if there's any more through the rest of the spring & summer!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Beth on May 18, 2013, 08:52:16 PM
I found the picture, but this stupid tiny pic won't work for me.  When I upload the pic the link is all messed up and intertwined with other wording.  Sorry.  Will send you the pic via email.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 09, 2013, 01:00:20 PM
It’s awesome to hear about everyone’s gardens… Especially the ‘Cukes’! LOL  I had never heard cucumbers called that until Larissa mentioned it, and to this day I still chuckle.


No tomatoes this year AGAIN! Busy with home repairs and stuff… but there’s always next year. So for now I will live through all of you and your gardens… Thanks! Keep the pictures coming.

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Vintage_Gypsy on June 09, 2013, 08:15:43 PM
This is a trumpet squash I grew from seeds brought back from Sicily...I'm keeping my
fingers crossed.. this is the first time I've grown one
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 26, 2013, 07:37:46 PM
Vintage Gypsy, that squash looks gorgeous!

And I'm back in this thread because I finally have decent plants to show & we know what's succeeding & what's not.

First, the hops.  Eric's growing hops for his beer brewing, and several of them (there are 5 varieties, two of each) are doing really well.  First year hops aren't expected to grow big, and some of these are first year.

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These insanely tall ones are the cascade hops, which do really well in this climate.

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We've got several varieties of tomato, from beefsteak to cherry, and they're mostly doing well.  A few have had a couple flowers, which makes me happy.

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Our original cucumbers all got a crew cut from the groundhog, so these are new ones, some regular, some pickling.  The front left one already has flower buds.

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The corn is really, REALLY happy about all the rain.  This is our "Suck It, Monsanto" mini cornfield.

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Next to the corn is the garden box where we've got the root veggies:  Potatoes, beets, onions, radishes, and carrots.  I'm especially excited about beets & carrots.

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Then are the pumpkins (left) and butternut squash (right).  These are obviously really, REALLY happy.  They may take over the yard.  And the squash are getting flower buds.

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Watermelons to the left, eggplant in the middle (yum!), and lettuce to the right.  There were 4 heads of lettuce and the ones there were bigger before either the groundhog or rabbits had a buffet, but they're all coming back.

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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 27, 2013, 12:54:09 AM
This is a trumpet squash I grew from seeds brought back from Sicily...I'm keeping my
fingers crossed.. this is the first time I've grown one


Sweet!  Seeds from Sicily… That is very cool!  Fingers crossed for you too!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 27, 2013, 01:02:33 AM

Larissa Dear… You are the ultimate Woman! From gardener to beekeeper to artist to lawyer… Wow! Congrats to you! Love to hear about all your adventures! ;D

You Go Larissa!

 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on June 27, 2013, 07:44:40 AM
Larissa,  I don't  where you get all that energy, but I would like to have some  ;D
This year I was too lazy so I only have a few potted plants.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 27, 2013, 08:27:10 AM
I've got to give credit where it's due - the veggies are probably 70% Eric.  The flowers are probably 60% me.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 29, 2013, 09:52:48 AM
Pickling cukes have HUGE flowers!

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And yeah, we need to do some weeding.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on June 29, 2013, 10:59:44 AM
Couple of six foot tall Elephant garlics from my garden...

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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on June 29, 2013, 04:05:49 PM
Couple of six foot tall Elephant garlics from my garden...

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Cool!! I want some of those. Maybe I'll try next year. It might be too late now.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on June 29, 2013, 09:36:04 PM
Holy crap.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on June 30, 2013, 04:34:33 AM
Couple of six foot tall Elephant garlics from my garden...

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Matt!  Watchout… Becareful… I heard they won’t eat you!  I promise! LOL  WOW! Matt… I have never seen anything like that before. I need to get out more! LOL 
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on June 30, 2013, 09:53:15 AM
Couple of six foot tall Elephant garlics from my garden...

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Matt!  Watchout… Becareful… I heard they won’t eat you!  I promise! LOL  WOW! Matt… I have never seen anything like that before. I need to get out more! LOL
The garlic bulbs were almost as big as a softball
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 08, 2013, 02:08:58 AM
Absolutely amazing… please do tell, what would you make that would ever call for baseball size garlic. WTG Matt!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 08, 2013, 08:10:58 AM
A really, really LARGE batch of chili (or if you're my husband, a normal sized batch of chili with a lot of garlic)?  A really potent vampire repellent?

 ;)

In other news... we have our first watermelon!

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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on July 08, 2013, 10:41:43 AM
A really, really LARGE batch of chili (or if you're my husband, a normal sized batch of chili with a lot of garlic)?  A really potent vampire repellent?

 ;)

In other news... we have our first watermelon!

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LOL Larissa… Ah yes, good old vampires! I forgot about them!   ;D


I am a fan of garlic, but Garlic Chili…lol I don’t know about that one?  :-\


Yahoo for the baby watermelon Larissa, congrats!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Dragonclaw on July 11, 2013, 09:49:59 PM
LOL Cari, I just chop it up and put it in a jar to use as needed.... but I do admit to eating quite a bit of the stuff..
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 12, 2013, 09:13:37 AM
Don't have pix right now, but our butternut squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes are flowering like crazy!  And I saw a couple of buds starting on the eggplants.  Yum!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on July 12, 2013, 11:15:35 AM
Nice to see all the produce and flowers! The few potted herbs I have are doing okay. Too much rain. Matt, that garlic is awesome! I love garlic, especially roasted So yummy!.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 18, 2013, 11:34:01 AM
Teresa, I planted hollyhock seeds out in the front yard, and they're just starting to sprout!  Every time I water them, they make me think of you.   :)

Something ate our two baby watermelons, some sort of bug, I think.   :(  Hopefully we'll get more.

The eggplant flowers have bloomed, a pale lavender that's gorgeous; I definitely need photos of those.  And the squash and pumpkin plants are taking up like half the yard, flowering insanely, and we'd better get a ton!  Good thing I like butternut squash soup!  My only lament is that if we had bees, our bees could be benefiting from all those awesome flowers.

The cukes are flowering too, and the tomatoes are flowering and growing actual fruit.

Also, the blackberry bush I thought was defunct and dying has not only new leaves, but new flowers too!  And the strawberries seem to be happy in front of our house, growing taller, flowering, and producing the teeny tiny beginnings of fruit.  Yay!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on July 18, 2013, 11:57:39 AM
Teresa, I planted hollyhock seeds out in the front yard, and they're just starting to sprout!  Every time I water them, they make me think of you.   :)

Something ate our two baby watermelons, some sort of bug, I think.   :(  Hopefully we'll get more.

The eggplant flowers have bloomed, a pale lavender that's gorgeous; I definitely need photos of those.  And the squash and pumpkin plants are taking up like half the yard, flowering insanely, and we'd better get a ton!  Good thing I like butternut squash soup!  My only lament is that if we had bees, our bees could be benefiting from all those awesome flowers.

The cukes are flowering too, and the tomatoes are flowering and growing actual fruit.

Also, the blackberry bush I thought was defunct and dying has not only new leaves, but new flowers too!  And the strawberries seem to be happy in front of our house, growing taller, flowering, and producing the teeny tiny beginnings of fruit.  Yay!

You are just a farmer at heart aren't you? :) When I was a kid we had hollyhocks in our yard. Tall and dark pink as I recall. I don't think they really had a scent, but they were pretty.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 18, 2013, 12:03:44 PM
Eric and I have been trying to figure out when we turned into a couple of hippies.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on July 18, 2013, 12:51:50 PM
Gee Larissa, I thought you and Eric were already hippies!  :laugh:


Every spring I get excited about putting in a garden, then comes summer with 100 degree heat, and the weeds flourish, and I could shoot myself for putting in a garden.  >:)


But I do love to can, so next year I'm going to look into a farming co-op.  let someone else do the work.  ;)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: chainmaille on July 18, 2013, 03:28:53 PM
Those garlics look amazing
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 18, 2013, 08:59:46 PM
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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Beth on July 18, 2013, 09:57:50 PM
Gosh, your plants look great and very healthy!  My poor daughter's tomato plants are not doing well at all.  It's tough gardening in clay which is all they have down here.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 18, 2013, 10:07:03 PM
Yeah, we have really good soil.  It's foothills & forest, and we found out the original owners had a huge veggie garden in the back, not far from where we planted ours.  We realized how good it was when we were digging and found tons of earthworms.  Tons of rocks, too, but we chucked those as we found 'em.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on July 20, 2013, 10:09:52 AM
I don't have the recipe with me, but I'll share my refrigerator pickle recipe with you. When they start coming in big time, this is a great way to use up some. Delicious, quick to make, few ingredients,  and super easy. NO canning!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 20, 2013, 10:25:49 AM
The hundred degree heat is trying to fry my garden...but we did get our first cucumber today!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 20, 2013, 01:57:14 PM
Yay, cuke!

We've been watering diligently, so hopefully our garden won't kick the bucket.  doing well so far!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 25, 2013, 11:55:40 PM
OMG, the beginnings of our first ear of corn!!!

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It's not the best shot in the world because I just took it in the dark dead of night, but it's there!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Beth on July 26, 2013, 06:59:33 AM
 :)  Looking good!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on July 26, 2013, 02:25:31 PM
ugh...with the excessive heat and rain we've been getting, our garden is crap.  I'm too busy to mess with it the way I should, and so next year, we'll be paying a farmer to grow what we want, then I can just have fun canning, and not fighting (and losing) the weeds.
Debbi
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Beth on July 30, 2013, 07:31:11 AM
This is a picture of my daughter's corn.


Larissa....it looks like they're growing at about the same pace as yours.


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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on July 31, 2013, 07:48:40 PM
That's great, Beth!  We're up to 6 visible ears of corn with silk & 5 or so more bulges where they're starting.

We were set to have a ton of tomatoes... and the groundhog ate them.  He even had the gall to pull two of the cages right out of the ground and throw them onto the cukes!  Twerp.

We did pull our first two radishes tonight!

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Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: CrochetHooked on August 11, 2013, 02:06:09 AM
Yay, cuke!



Thank you Larissa… I thought you would never say ’cuke’ again! LOL


Hope everyone is enjoying the veggies from their garden…
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on August 13, 2013, 04:22:02 PM
MMMM radishes!

Looking good! I just don't have the interest in a garden anymore. It helps that we are surrounded by small farms so we can get organic all the time!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on February 17, 2015, 09:53:12 AM
The sprouts are coming up in the seed starter we've got going in the dining room... we're trying to time things better this year, so we've started with just peppers and tomatoes - several varieties of each.  We've also been saving the clear plastic tubs our pretzels and snacks come in from BJs, so we can use them as little greenhouses for more starter plants once it gets a bit later in the season.  Now if it would just stop snowing...
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on February 18, 2015, 12:29:12 PM
Got tomatoes, peppers and a few other things sprouting and the rest go into the ground from seed.  Put in raspberry and blueberry bushes last fall so hopefully they survived the winter but will have to wait for this darn snow to stop to find out!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: YankeeBurrowCreations on February 18, 2015, 01:25:33 PM
Lucky for me, I am a member of our local evening farmers market where I sell my crafts...so I get a great choice of fresh veggies and fruits.  so no more fighting the heat, bugs, and weeds for me.
 ;)

We'll probably put in a few tomato plants, try pumpkin for science class, since Chuck has been out playing green acres on his tractor.  My daughter needs to hurry and build her house in that field so he'll stop pulling me into his "this years crop will be different" alter universe.
 :laugh:
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on February 18, 2015, 01:54:54 PM
LOL, Debbi!

I actually really like gardening, and Eric loves it.  Plus, the bees like the pollen & nectar, & I prefer that at least *some* of what they get isn't adulterated by 'cides and fertilizer.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on February 18, 2015, 02:20:35 PM
Debbie, we have the same thing....Andrew has an entire compound planned out and I just want to get the basic stuff done!


I love working in the yard and now that we actually have some property to play with I'm really looking forward to digging around this year
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on February 18, 2015, 03:00:46 PM
I don't mind doing gardening type stuff. I am just petrified of snakes and I always think there's going to be one lurking in the garden.  :o
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on February 18, 2015, 03:37:36 PM
I don't mind doing gardening type stuff. I am just petrified of snakes and I always think there's going to be one lurking in the garden.  :o


LOL!  When I was little I would spend the summers at my grandmother's house and she lived waaaaaaaaaaaaaay out in the boonies and had huge gardens.  Because of the critters eating her plants, she put rubber snakes in the garden to keep them out.  One day my aunt was out there and all of a sudden started jumping up and down and screaming in German about the monster in the garden....meaning the rubber snake that she was convinced was going to eat her alive!  Never laughed so hard in my life
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on February 18, 2015, 08:00:07 PM
I don't mind doing gardening type stuff. I am just petrified of snakes and I always think there's going to be one lurking in the garden.  :o


LOL!  When I was little I would spend the summers at my grandmother's house and she lived waaaaaaaaaaaaaay out in the boonies and had huge gardens.  Because of the critters eating her plants, she put rubber snakes in the garden to keep them out.  One day my aunt was out there and all of a sudden started jumping up and down and screaming in German about the monster in the garden....meaning the rubber snake that she was convinced was going to eat her alive!  Never laughed so hard in my life

That is AWESOME!

Snakes don't actually scare me.  Maybe they should, but they don't.  The grubs, on the other hand.  We have grubs in our ground, and I totally freak out if one touches me.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Colette on March 11, 2015, 09:16:25 AM
I am with Teresa, I am petrified of snakes. I can't even handle seeing them on TV sheesh!!
I don't like grubs ever or caterpillars and worms and anything that look like  those lol....
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on March 11, 2015, 09:43:09 AM
I have issues with photos of insects & arachnids (except for bees now) in books, even.  I don't want to touch that part of the page!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: beadthing on April 06, 2015, 12:35:53 PM
Growing tomatos, squash, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, basil romaine, other lettuces and radish
.  Will be planting carrots, radishes, corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, Juan canary melon and others as I decide
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 06, 2015, 03:04:42 PM
I'd have to look at our paper to see what we're planning this year, but I know that tomatoes, cukes, peppers, squash, beans, and peas are definitely involved.  This is the first year we actually drew out a map of where we'll be planting, how many plants of each, etc.  And we're going to be building a better fence to keep out the crittters, a big one around all 4 garden boxes with a door in it, rather than just fencing each one.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MulchandMore on April 06, 2015, 03:36:31 PM
Our garden is still covered by at least a foot or more of snow, and I scraped 3 ' of new "stuff" off my car this morning! So yes we will grow a garden, too much, but all organic....the way we beat the critters is plant extra, some for them and what they leave for us! I don't like snakes either, but my son will pick them up and relocate them to the back corner of our property, instead of watching me get the hoe and take care of them the way my Mom did! Worms and catepillars  on the other hand are fun to play with :laugh: (except the tomato hornworm.)
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 07, 2015, 07:53:53 AM
Planning out how we are going to do the garden this year and thinking of using pallets instead of turning over a huge patch of grass.  Never tried it, but it sounds like a great plan to me. 



Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on April 09, 2015, 07:21:41 AM
Growing up in the boonies of the UP, we had snakes. They were little copper bellies, grass snakes, etc. Didn't like them, but they didn't really bother me so much either. Living in the south, we have very large snakes and some are poisonous.

I bought a huge pot to put out on my deck and will plant herbs again. Being surrounded by farms and a really great farmer's market, I see no need to plant my own veggies.
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 09, 2015, 08:15:12 AM
Growing up in the boonies of the UP, we had snakes. They were little copper bellies, grass snakes, etc. Didn't like them, but they didn't really bother me so much either. Living in the south, we have very large snakes and some are poisonous.

I bought a huge pot to put out on my deck and will plant herbs again. Being surrounded by farms and a really great farmer's market, I see no need to plant my own veggies.


We have a ton of farmers markets here too, but I really like the idea of doing my own. 


Critters are going to be a problem for us so we have to come up with a plan to protect the plants here soon.

Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on April 09, 2015, 02:55:05 PM
We have farmers markets here too, but I honestly don't trust the vendors here not to use pesticides.  Plus, gardening is fun!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: Larissa on May 25, 2015, 10:04:40 PM
Our tomatoes are ecstatic this year, and our eggplants and peppers look pretty happy too!
Title: Re: Are you growing any vegetables this summer?
Post by: trusk4u on May 26, 2015, 09:55:02 AM
Gardening is fun and a lot of work. I did it for years and when I had kids at home it made real sense.

 
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We have farmers markets here too, but I honestly don't trust the vendors here not to use pesticides.   

That's why I LOVE the one we go to. ALL organic farming, ALL the time. Even the processed stuff like the pickled beets I love so much are field to jar. The cheeses come from organic farms, no hormone animals, and all that. It may be why it's a harder market to get into because they have strict standards.