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2017-04-20 03:05:49 PM  
I have some cilantro and parsley on my back patio. It's ready for pickin. My oregano never got going.
 
2017-04-20 03:14:36 PM  
IT'S 420!! YOU KNOW WHAT GREEN I'M GROWIN'!!! DANK NUGSSSSSS!

/i am so sorry...
 
2017-04-20 03:15:02 PM  
I think I'm going to try just a few tomato plants this year.
 
2017-04-20 03:16:29 PM  
Couple of different varieties of tomatoes, basil. Maybe potatoes too, since the purple ones did really well last year.
 
2017-04-20 03:17:49 PM  
I started a pineapple plant last fall, and it's finally big enough that I just transferred it to a bigger pot this week. I'm not sure how long it will take to bear fruit, but I have heard that the sweetness correlates with how hot it is kept.
 
2017-04-20 03:18:32 PM  
ALL THE THINGS.

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2017-04-20 03:20:50 PM  
I'm gonna do an herb garden.

My usual tomatoes and red chiles.
I only have a patio so I can't really do much.
Especially with the goddamn geese trying to eat all my stuff.
 
2017-04-20 03:23:50 PM  
At the community garden I have been battling root knot nematodes. Just got plants and seeds in the ground in the last few weeks. Tomatoes (a bunch), cucumbers, zucchini and a row of onions.

At home I have been battling rabbits and gophers. More tomatoes, some cilantro, a row of beets, and a row of carrots. After the tomatoes get their start I'm going to try some lettuce and spinach among the stalks and in their shade.
 
2017-04-20 03:31:50 PM  
Got heirloom green beefsteak tomatoes and purple collards growing in the windowsill; most already 2-3" tall and looking pretty sturdy - will transfer to the plot outside around the 10th of May.  Winter red lettuce never sprouted.  Those were from the seed bank at the local library, courtesy of a gardening club.

3 rhubarb sets went in the ground about 3 weeks ago.  Not sure how much I'll get the first year, but they're an investment.

I'll be sowing another leafy green directly in a few weeks (chard, mustard, or kale), and then doing a full herb array - mostly in pots.
Multiple Italian sweet basil.
Thai basil
Parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme (insert Simon & Garfunkel), oregano, chives, dill.
Possibly marjoram
 
2017-04-20 03:41:58 PM  
Love gardening.  My garden will have all the normal herbs, rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, chives, dill.

I always do 3-5 jalapenos, so I have more than I can ever eat and give away - bacon wrapped poppers for days.

Zuccini, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, corn, kale, sweet peppers, and maybe one or two others.

First year trying to get away from a flat earth garden, planning on grabbing some corrugated metal to DIY some of these

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2017-04-20 03:49:25 PM  
One of the only tips i can give is to plant metigolds with your eats, like tomatos. Seems some critters, like rabbits, don't care for em. Cuts down on sharing your garden with them.
 
2017-04-20 03:53:18 PM  
You know how some crazy people collect cats?  We collect plants.

So, aside from the things up there we have tomatoes, basil, and cucumbers in the greenhouse.  Corn will be in the garden when the ground warms a bit more.  I don't think we're doing onions at the house garden but they are at the community farm.

Garlic overwintered very well this year.  Potatoes are in a raised box this year.

We'll have peas and radishes in the ground this weekend. Our overwintering beets didn't do so great.  Leaf miners suck.

I took out the raspberries, but still have blueberries, honey berries, and gooseberries growing.  Rhubarb and asparagus are ready now.

We have a large variety of herbs too, both culinary and medicinal. The classic parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, as well as cilantro, dill, and winter savory.  Spearmint and peppermint in pots, but the lemon balm escaped and is everywhere.

Then there's agastache, fever few, vervain, valerian, echinacea, horehound, alexanders, yarrow.

I think I've covered it all at home.
 
2017-04-20 03:58:48 PM  
I will only plant tomatoes at home this year.  I always end up with more than my extended family and friends can consume.  I could "can" some in Mason jars, but that's a lot of messy work and I'm not convinced I would use them if I did.

On the farm, we'll have corn, soy beans, millet, sunflowers and turnips.  Most to feed cattle, and some for a dove field.
 
2017-04-20 04:45:57 PM  
I should grow food. I don't, but I should.
 
2017-04-20 04:55:51 PM  
has the 420 angle been covered yet? yes? moving on...
 
2017-04-20 05:00:54 PM  
Goddamned rats are eating my loquats.
 
2017-04-20 05:01:59 PM  

Saborlas: I should grow food. I don't, but I should.


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2017-04-20 05:06:09 PM  
All I wanna do is grow some damn poppies in the vacant lot next door. But it's too late to sow them.
 
2017-04-20 05:09:18 PM  
Nothing.  I'm not feeding the army of rats around my house.
 
2017-04-20 05:10:10 PM  
Outside: Catnip
Inside: Honeysuckle for the cats. Inside because it is invasive.
 
2017-04-20 05:12:56 PM  
let's see.. I have a bay laurel bush I'm going to try to propagate.  Mint. Basil. Cilantro. Rosemary. Sage.

I'm going to try and grow some potatoes in trash bags using leaves. see if that works.
 
2017-04-20 05:15:12 PM  
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2017-04-20 05:19:04 PM  

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That's the ugliest goddamned broccoli I've ever seen.
 
2017-04-20 05:20:26 PM  
Just chives and Monarch butterflies.   Same as always.

Trying to grow native milkweed from seed this year.  Wish me luck, and if any of you have tips or sources for plants, I would love your input.
 
2017-04-20 05:21:14 PM  
Outside the rosemary tree is in its twelfth year of dominating that corner of the yard.  I might get more than the single lonely blueberry the birds left me last summer.

Inside:

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Back row, left to right:
Thai basil, Italian basil, dill, sage, parsley

Front row:
Lemon balm, savory, mint, tarragon

The dill and basil grow a couple inches a day.  I've been altering my weekly menu plans to include more things that will use them up.  Tonight is a chicken/rice/asparagus sort of one-pot thing that just has listed in the ingredients "1/4 C fresh herbs" so I can vary it up as suits my supply.
 
2017-04-20 05:21:45 PM  
Small Wonder Hybrid Spaghetti Squash - this is small enough for two people, tomatoes (of course) Early Girl, yellow cherry, Sweet 100 (red cherry), Garden Gem (heritage/modern hybrid plum), Orange beefsteak, Lemon cucumber, 5-6 types of strawberries, maybe zucchini (I like to can a tomato/zucchini mix). Misc. herbs (no pot).

Mint all over the place (freaking weeds!), although Chocolate Mint makes an amazing jelly.

I dry most of the cherry tomatoes, great in salads and on pizza.

Won't try listing our perennial berries, fruits and grapes; we have lots.
 
2017-04-20 05:24:40 PM  
I'm growing taters and mustard this year. Mmmmmmmm

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2017-04-20 05:27:25 PM  
White cherry tomatoes.I give away 30ish seeds to 4 or 5 people every year to spread the heirloom around. Very hardy plant, easy to grow, produces a ton, and yummy.
 
2017-04-20 05:29:45 PM  

atlfarkette: I have some cilantro and parsley on my back patio. It's ready for pickin. My oregano never got going.


My oregano is taking over the goddam world.

Fat Old Broad: Just chives and Monarch butterflies.   Same as always.

Trying to grow native milkweed from seed this year.  Wish me luck, and if any of you have tips or sources for plants, I would love your input.


Honey Nut Cheerios is giving a way free seeds for the bees and suppose butterflies. Just go to their website. Got mine last week, there's a ton of different kinds of seeds in there.
 
2017-04-20 05:33:56 PM  
Still have to start tomatoes & peppers from seed if time, else I'll but them.

Row cover arrived today - I'll be replacing the plastic this weekend.

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2017-04-20 05:34:27 PM  

blondambition: atlfarkette: I have some cilantro and parsley on my back patio. It's ready for pickin. My oregano never got going.

My oregano is taking over the goddam world.

...

I made the mistake of planting oregano outside. For a decade now the standing joke at my house is that "oregano" is the Italian word meaning invasive ground cover.
 
2017-04-20 05:35:22 PM  

blondambition: atlfarkette: I have some cilantro and parsley on my back patio. It's ready for pickin. My oregano never got going.

My oregano is taking over the goddam world.

Fat Old Broad: Just chives and Monarch butterflies.   Same as always.

Trying to grow native milkweed from seed this year.  Wish me luck, and if any of you have tips or sources for plants, I would love your input.

Honey Nut Cheerios is giving a way free seeds for the bees and suppose butterflies. Just go to their website. Got mine last week, there's a ton of different kinds of seeds in there.


They caught hell because some of the seeds they were offering may be invasive.
 
2017-04-20 05:40:24 PM  
Big Boy tomatoes,,green and yellow bell peppers, habanero pepers, jalapeno peppers, thyme, basil, rosemary.  Cilantro never does well in my little back yard area....gonna also get one or two of those topsy turvy tomater growers....
Going for some salsa this year if the raccoons will leave my damn bell peppers alone...
 
2017-04-20 05:43:26 PM  
Not doing a garden this year.  I just have a sad little sweet basil on the kitchen table by itself.

Didn't figure I should plant a garden where I won't be living come harvest time.
 
2017-04-20 05:43:31 PM  

meat0918: blondambition: atlfarkette: I have some cilantro and parsley on my back patio. It's ready for pickin. My oregano never got going.

My oregano is taking over the goddam world.

Fat Old Broad: Just chives and Monarch butterflies.   Same as always.

Trying to grow native milkweed from seed this year.  Wish me luck, and if any of you have tips or sources for plants, I would love your input.

Honey Nut Cheerios is giving a way free seeds for the bees and suppose butterflies. Just go to their website. Got mine last week, there's a ton of different kinds of seeds in there.

They caught hell because some of the seeds they were offering may be invasive.


I checked the ones I got and they are A-okay in Washington.
 
2017-04-20 05:44:37 PM  
My wife and I just bought a new house, and it has a huge backyard that gets a decent amount of light. We're planning on building a horseshoe hugelkultur bed, like this, but bigger:
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The plan is to have a fire pit and adirondack chairs in the middle, so around a 30' diameter, and 6' high walls.
 
2017-04-20 05:46:25 PM  
It's do-or-die for the small banana plant that's been inside for the winter. It has stayed the exact 12" height all winter. I'm gonna put it out into the sun and it will kickstart it or kill it.

Will also try culantro (NOT a typo) again.
 
2017-04-20 05:49:18 PM  
Love to garden.  Dad has  a 1/2 acre of garden tilled soil at his place. It's always a battle with the rabbits.  The coyotes are all fat and happy but the rabbits screw and reproduce like, uh well rabbits. Most likely the last year I will get to garden out there.  He's terminal and won't see July.  The house and land is all for sale.
 
2017-04-20 05:50:21 PM  
Meh, it's past time to start planning here, but not too late to start planting.  A feller I know who got a jump on things had to rush to cover his seedlings 2 or 3 weeks ago to protect them from a late-ish frost.

I haven't grown a garden in 3 years, the first two of which I was struggling to get sober.  Last spring I wasn't really interested in a garden - the only help I get from the family is the eating part anyway.  This year... I don't know.  Still don't seem interested.  Might be like a lot of things in my past: seemed like a good idea when I was drunk.
 
2017-04-20 05:51:32 PM  

AquaTatanka: Not doing a garden this year.  I just have a sad little sweet basil on the kitchen table by itself.

Didn't figure I should plant a garden where I won't be living come harvest time.


Sorry to hear that.  Please pass my early condolences to your family.
 
2017-04-20 05:55:02 PM  

Theaetetus: My wife and I just bought a new house, and it has a huge backyard that gets a decent amount of light. We're planning on building a horseshoe hugelkultur bed, like this, but bigger:
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The plan is to have a fire pit and adirondack chairs in the middle, so around a 30' diameter, and 6' high walls.


Nice!

We did a lower hugelkultur bed along the driveway. It's sunk a bit.
 
2017-04-20 05:56:41 PM  

AquaTatanka: Not doing a garden this year.  I just have a sad little sweet basil on the kitchen table by itself.

Didn't figure I should plant a garden where I won't be living come harvest time.


(protectively wraps tail around yr ankle)
 
2017-04-20 05:56:55 PM  

meat0918: blondambition: atlfarkette: I have some cilantro and parsley on my back patio. It's ready for pickin. My oregano never got going.

My oregano is taking over the goddam world.

Fat Old Broad: Just chives and Monarch butterflies.   Same as always.

Trying to grow native milkweed from seed this year.  Wish me luck, and if any of you have tips or sources for plants, I would love your input.

Honey Nut Cheerios is giving a way free seeds for the bees and suppose butterflies. Just go to their website. Got mine last week, there's a ton of different kinds of seeds in there.

They caught hell because some of the seeds they were offering may be invasive.


Not only that but plants that attract butterflies in the wrong places can throw off their migration patterns, more harm than good.
 
2017-04-20 05:59:57 PM  
We've got 2 planters in the window with sweet basil, purple basil, rosemary, German thyme, oregano, hot and spicy oregano, and pineapple sage.

Backyard, a dozen strawberries, 2 blueberry bushes and 2 blackberry bushes. Unfortunately we lost about a quarter of the blueberries when we had 4 days straight of frost, luckily the others hadn't started blooming yet.

We've been toying with the idea of doing a small 'shelfponics' system for fresh lettuce, has anyone tried it? It seems pretty straightforward, but lots of things seem pretty straightforward before you start.
 
2017-04-20 06:02:25 PM  
2nd year into trying to grow figs and get an asparagus bed started.
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2017-04-20 06:03:44 PM  

meat0918: Theaetetus: My wife and I just bought a new house, and it has a huge backyard that gets a decent amount of light. We're planning on building a horseshoe hugelkultur bed, like this, but bigger:
[s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 500x374]
The plan is to have a fire pit and adirondack chairs in the middle, so around a 30' diameter, and 6' high walls.

Nice!

We did a lower hugelkultur bed along the driveway. It's sunk a bit.


Thing I was reading said they sink about 10-15% in the first year, so I figure if I start at 7', then it'll be about 6' after a year.
Would like it to be a windbreak for the firepit during the fall. The eventual plan is to be able to reach back, grab some squash right off the vine, and throw it on a grill. :)
 
2017-04-20 06:06:10 PM  

MerelyFoolish: I will only plant tomatoes at home this year.  I always end up with more than my extended family and friends can consume.  I could "can" some in Mason jars, but that's a lot of messy work and I'm not convinced I would use them if I did.


Make sauce and freeze it. You can put it in ziplock bags to get all of the air out and they will stack quite nicely. Sandwich bags for a single serving, larger bags for making lasagna. SO MUCH BETTER than canned or store jars, much less acid and sugar too. My second favorite thing about growing tomatoes after cutting up a chilled tomato to eat with just a bit of salt and pepper.
 
2017-04-20 06:09:45 PM  

praxcelis: blondambition: atlfarkette: I have some cilantro and parsley on my back patio. It's ready for pickin. My oregano never got going.

My oregano is taking over the goddam world.
...

I made the mistake of planting oregano outside. For a decade now the standing joke at my house is that "oregano" is the Italian word meaning invasive ground cover.


You misspelled "mint"
 
2017-04-20 06:10:58 PM  
Maybe... I don't really wanna know... how your garden grows... 'cause I just want to fly
Lately... did you ever feel the pain... in the morning rain... as it soaks you to the bone?Maybe I just want to fly; I want to live; I don't want to die
Maybe I just want to breathe; maybe I just don't believe
Maybe you're the same as me; we see things they'll never see
You and I were gonna live forever...

/earworm for those old enough
//yes, I punctuate song lyrics
 
2017-04-20 06:11:03 PM  
Just finished the switchover from the winter crops a couple weeks ago. Now have spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, basil, beans, bell and hot peppers, chives, and oregano.

I have a metric farkton of celery and lettuce in my fridge from the final winter harvest.
 
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