Vegetable Gardening Anyone?

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  1. thelox714

    thelox714 Earning My Ears

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    Hello to all,

    I know there are many other forums for gardening but wondered how many people here on the DIS had their own vegetable gardens, regardless of size. I am only in my second season but enjoying every minute of it.

    Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are just the tip of the iceberg. What are other DIS members growing out there?

    Luis
     
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  3. LockShockBarrel

    LockShockBarrel Pudge controls the weather.

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    I don't grow veggies (pretty much just keep some orchids around) but if you ever go to Epcot you should check out the Behind the Seeds tour. It's an hour long guided walking tour of the greenhouses you see during the Living with the Land ride.
     
  4. mybestieismickey

    mybestieismickey DIS Veteran

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    We haven't planted yet, but will get to it in probably April. Our garden changes. This year we will likely do carrots, corn, green beans, green onions and tomatoes. We may try yellow onions again, but they didn't do too well last year and while our peas were great, we weren't too good about remembering to use them. Although my dog was more than happy to snack off the plant once she figured out what was there. :rotfl: Our goal this year is to be much better about using the produce. We garden box it, but we get lots of produce from our 6x6 box.
     
  5. thelox714

    thelox714 Earning My Ears

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    I love orchids. I think they are my favorite flower but they are not easy to care for and are too expensive to buy. I actually took that tour on our December trip and I loved it. Heck, I loved the boat ride.

    I haven't tried corn yet but I have tried yellow onions from seed and they are a hard bunch. I know I can buy the "sets" but I get more satisfaction from seeing it grow from something so small.

    I tried growing snow peas last year and loved them but my issue was getting them into the house. I would drop one into my basket and eating one. I never really got much but they grew really well.

    I'm lucky enough to have about 100 sq ft of actual garden space and much more room for as many containers as I please. I am looking into doing more vertical gardening to get more out of it.
     
  6. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

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    I grow mostly tomatoes and cucumbers. Even though I've lived in our present home for 18 years and tried, I cannot get asparagus to grow here. They are perennial, and I had a wonderful crops when we lived in NJ or PA, but here, no.

    I have raspberry plants and they are easy to grow and very prolific.

    I have a small herb garden, and I love fresh basil and parsley and I do grow onion sets. I haven't had luck with rosemary and thyme, but I'll try again. Celantro grows well, but I'm not crazy about it.

    Bobbi:thumbsup2

    DH and I enjoyed the Behind the Seeds tour . I always go to F&G at Epcot.
     
  7. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    I don't have a vegie patch but I grow my vegetables in amoung the flower beds. Whilst it doesn't look as pretty or neat, I find that I lose less crop to the insects this way.

    My garden soil is sandy loam; so I've found that lettuce of all sorts grows well, cherry tomatoes (no luck with any other variety), zucchini and squash seem to thrive. Potatoes also grow wild in my garden.
    I've had moderate success with corn, pumpkin and eggplant.
    Little or no luck at all with beans, cucumber nor snow peas.

    I've got a number of (small) fruit trees - apricot, cherry, apple, black currant and practically every type of popular citrus (orange, mandarin, cumquat, grapefruit, lemon and lime). We also have a smattering of strawberry plants that we use as border/edging plants as well.

    Herbs also do reasonably well in my garden. I use them as border/edging plants so I have various varieties of thyme and oregano.

    I'm Asian - so I also have a curry leaf plant, galangal, Vietnamese mint and kaffir lime in my garden as well.

    Sadly, cilantro, basil, parsley, lemon grass either bolt to seed or die in my garden.

    Last year, we were away a lot; so I've not put in any vegies. Because we had so much rain, the fruit trees all seem to be growing well; but with very little fruit. I'm very hopeful for a better crop this year...and more time to plant the veg. Unfortunately, that probably means less time on the Dis for me...:rotfl:
     
  8. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

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    Princess, you reminded me! Mint grows very well. I have spearmint and peppermint, lots of it! Your garden sound wonderful!
     
  9. donaldduck352

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    Hold on to your tiller posters.Give me another month here in FLA,that way I know no more freezing,and I'll start posting pictures of my garden!! :thumbsup2
     
  10. DebºoºS

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    It's still way too cold here in the Garden State for planting but I am starting to plan. I'd like to try some new grapes and plant more lavendar. I plant herbs in between the flowers and also in large pots on the deck for easy access when I'm cooking.

    We have flower gardens both annual and perrenial. An ever growing/expanding vegetable gardens with tomatoes, peppers, squash, asparagus, pumpkins, cucumbers, onions, melons, lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, herbs and a mini vineyard with chardonnay grapes.
    :)Looking forward to everyones pics and growing tips this season.

    Here are links to my pics:
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    click the Disneyland rose for more from our flower gardens
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  11. SGMCO

    SGMCO Vintage Style is Sweet--Rumbleseat Fashions

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    I get excited for gardenling after the first of the year because I have to start planning out what veggies I want to plant (we have a short growing season here)

    I have been doing reserch for seeds that are perfect for colder shorter seasons and was able to order some of these. I hope they will grow easier than the generic brand seeds that you get from Home depot.

    I will be able to plant brocolli, snow peas, carrots and lettus (these all do well here) in april and will have to wait on putting out tomatoes (roma--love fresh maranara) until late May early June depending on weather. I also will be planting summer squash (I like pattypan--they did great last year) and I'm going to try my hand at growing cantalopes (seeds especially for shorter season)and a Watermellon (created for shorter seasons) I can't wait.

    I have established Herb Oregano plant that thrives and I usually plant sweet Basil(brought my basil plant in my strawberry pot inside over the winter and it's did great--yum fresh basil every week) and thinking about Rosemary.

    I tried to plant asparagus with the dried roots (they didn't take) but from what I've read you can plant seeds in a section in your garde just devoted to the aparagus (so it won't be disturbed) and seeds tend to take better than the dried roots. Asparagus still takes up to 2 years to establish but can live and produce for up to 20 years once established.

    We have Strawberry plants, raspberry plants, blueberries (male and female for pollenating) wild currents.
    Hope everyones Garden is a Success this year--there's nothing better than fresh veggies from your own garden.
     
  12. hopemax

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    I had to post when I saw where the previous poster lived. I am also in Arvada. :goodvibes This will be my 2nd year gardening. Last year, the lettuce, carrots and zucchini did really well. Also, herbs and my cherry tomato plant. Not so much the Roma or the larger tomato plant. Actually, it's funny. I had one Roma, that the main stalk snapped in the wind. I was so disappointed. But I staked really tightly around the broken area, because I read that it could heal itself. But I bought a second one. The 2nd one did terrible. Produced 3 fruit, and all rotted at the bottom. The one with the broken stalk recovered, and I got about a dozen or so, but they were small. I tried cucumber, onions and corn, but I don't think I had enough fertilizer in their part of the garden because while they all grew, they were stunted. I waited too long to get the peas started, so I am looking forward to growing some this year.

    This year, I have some containers that I actually got from Disney, leftover from Food & Wine. We got them here, because I had a bunch of stuff stored at my parents that we had to move, from FL to CO anyway. But I have a large pot that I plan on using for potatoes. And some smaller boxes that I will use for the lettuce this year, and probably the tomatoes.
     
  13. SGMCO

    SGMCO Vintage Style is Sweet--Rumbleseat Fashions

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    Hi Neighbor:flower3: We'll have to compare how our gardens turn out and what was a success.
     
  14. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    My garden is a mess at the moment. We've had so much rain that the weeds are taking over the flower beds. Murphy's Law. I figured it was going to be a year where the drought in Oz might break and thought to give the beds a chance to recover. So, I deliberately didn't plant any summer veg this year...and also we were going to be away.

    I have wild cherry tomatoes growing and a heap of couch grass. I also turned around the other day and there is a complete pumpkin vine taking over one corner of the garden.

    Whilst my list of fruit trees sounds impressive, they are really only about 1 - 1.2 m high at best. But I might see if I can get out this weekend, weed and then take some shots to show you.

    princess::upsidedow
     
  15. shinysparklybubbles

    shinysparklybubbles DIS Veteran

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    We are in the process of buying a house and I can not wait to see how the sun hits the back yard so I can start a very simple garden. This will be my first attempt so it's going to be a big learning experience. I will be going with the motto keep it simple stupid! I guess I should starting read about growing stuff in NJ!! We have wonderful farms around us but would really like to grow some stuff on my own.
     
  16. SGMCO

    SGMCO Vintage Style is Sweet--Rumbleseat Fashions

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    I'm sure your garden will turn out great! we all had to have a start in gardening and it's a learning experiance and each year you learn more and more. :flower3:
     
  17. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

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    Most of the tomatoes that I get are volunteers, and last fall, I had 3 small, but perfect pumpkins growing under them. The pumpkins may have come from the compost heap.

    I must have had old seed, but finally after my second planting, I have parsley and basil germinating. I'll put them in the garden when it warms up. I love fresh basil and parsley!
     
  18. Noah

    Noah Easy, Direct, and Simple

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    Here in California, I am growing Nasturtium, Radishes, Kale, Collard Greens, Potato, Mint, and Tomato. My only problem is that the caterpillars kept eating the Kale and now it's the aphids.

    I'm going to read a book to find out the best solution.
     
  19. tinkergrumpybuns

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    Had a back yard garden for years, even added a trio of ducks for bugging and "fertilizing". Of course best to keep them out of garden until established! I use raised beds.
    Cukes, try making a half hoop over the raised bed ( mine are 4"x12") I staple the coated wire with the bigger rectangles to the edges and put a few stakes thru center so they don't sway in wind. I grow the cukes over them. Under I put stuff like lettuce what likes it cool so I can grown in heat of summer and reach under the hoop to pick hanging cukes!
    For fast crop, try bok choi. Only plant a few at a time and keep adding as you pick.

    I keep one area for herbs, the ducks run thru and it smells like stuffing, so I told them to knock it off! 8)
     
  20. CustomCartoonChecks

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    I like growing tomatoes, because there are so many varieties that can be used in so many different dishes from salads to soups. I grow various herbs, green beans, and just last year I started banana peppers. I will try out more red, orange and green peppers this year, as they are pretty easy to grow and are very flavorful. I grow spinach, also, because it is way more flavorful from the garden than from the local store (but it goes pretty quickly).
     
  21. BernardandMissBianca

    BernardandMissBianca <font color=red>I just love a dancing banana!<br>< Moderator

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    Started talking about the garden with my mom today, we plant at her house because she has more usable acreage.
    The rhubarb is starting to sprout, they look fabulous already.
    We typically plant yellow squash, pumpkin, hubbard squash, tomatoes (grape, cherry and beefsteak), corn, green beans, and cucumbers. And DD grows sunflowers, those do really well.

    we've tried green peppers but they don't take well.

    I have a huge front yard and I'm considering digging up the majority of it for a garden, A) so I can have more fresh veggies, and B) so I don't have to cut it! :rotfl2:

    I'd like to try potatoes this year, sweet potatoes and red potatoes.

    Our school's head of maintenance is starting a community garden this year at the school. We have big plans! We will be doing ground plantings and roof top gardens. Hopefully we can get plenty of people to help out over summer.
     

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