Less than a month and a half away from the last frost date for my state, and so the kids and I started the garden today!! We start inside around this time then will move them out as they get bigger/it gets warmer. We just did broccoli, jelly bean tomatoes, Basil and rosemary today.
Anyone else love to garden??
03-11-2012, 03:47 PM
I miss gardening! My mom and I always did that growing up. My last house had a great spot for a large garden. We will do a couple of large pots that I can put out at the end of the driveway but otherwise we are so shaded that I can't get much to grow :( I'm pretty dependent on my farmer's market but this year I will have a CSA too.
03-11-2012, 08:19 PM
We're about ready to start here in TN! The end of the month. I need to get it tilled still - I tried to just hoe up the beds but they are rock hard now. Too much clay in the mix still. :)
03-12-2012, 12:22 PM
Yes! Ours is an urban one though as we live in the city. After 9 years of marriage I finally convinced my husband to give up some of his precious grass (that we don't use because it is on the side of our house and not fenced from the road) and we put in 4 large raised beds for various veggies, 3 cattle panel trellises for green pole beans, and a healthy row of raspberries. I'm trying to convince him to give up more of that unused lawn space that we just watch grow so he can mow it and I could double the size. Hubby was kind enough to fence it in with a low cedar fence so the kids can be in there with me and I don't have to worry about them running out onto the street. Also in various parts of our back yard scattered here and there are various raised beds and pots for lettuce, blueberries, herbs and this year I'm going to try melon (a challenge for living in Oregon I think). Now if our weather would just cooperate I could get to planting. I'm really looking forward to it as my 5 year old is very interested and excited about every aspect of it. It will be an awesome learning experience for him about how to grow food and how it ends up on your table.
04-02-2012, 02:26 PM
I am so excited to garden this year! We've moved from the mountains of NM (7000' elev) to the city (5000' elev) so we can grow so much more!!!
Outside in the last couple weeks we've planted peas, beans, lettuce, spinach, carrots. The warm spell helped germinate the peas and lettuce in less than a week. In the greenhouse we started tomatoes, arugula, more lettuce, squashes, watermelon, cucumber, flowers...the arugula sprouted in two days!
I grew up gardening and have good memories of planting seeds with my dad...its a great thing to do with your kids.
04-15-2012, 07:55 PM
My husband has half of our yard converted to a garden; I'm so excited to be able to make our son's solid food with it.
04-17-2012, 11:32 AM
We have raised beds (like square foot gardening), and we started our seeds indoors for the first time this year. The kids are loving watching them grow!
04-19-2012, 05:54 PM
yes! Garden seeds are started and under lights! Cant wait!:thumbsup:
04-20-2012, 10:21 AM
Sure do! I've got 2 raised beds, one has chard, beets, onions and a tomato seedling under a cloche, the other has spinach and more chard so far.
04-23-2012, 03:02 PM
I've been workin' on the garden for over a month now. I garden by the moon so it takes a little longer :mrgreen:
I have stuff all over the yard-potatoes in a bathtub, toms in containers, startin' some Bonsai trees (whisteria), and other stuff.
We also have the dewberries startin' to put fruit on, as are the plums and blackberries.
I love Spring time!!!
04-23-2012, 05:47 PM
We moved last month and our new place has a nice big garden. The previous owners had garlic and asparagus so that was already here for us :lostit: We added 5 different peppers, 4 types of tomatoes, cucumbers, summer and butternut squash, zuchinni, 1 loney strawberry plant, blackberry bush, red onions, corn, and watermelon. I need to plant my carrots and okra still.
04-24-2012, 08:49 PM
Tips for growing longer carrots:
As soon as they start to sprout, put a 2x4 on top of them! Keep the ground moist, but not saturated, and the plant uses no energy putting on leaves, so it uses all it's energy growing a longer root!!! Wait two weeks then pull the 2x4 up! Our carrots used to average 4-6", but now most are over a foot long!
04-25-2012, 10:19 PM
grew a garden for the first time this year. So excited that everything is starting to grow, and some of the veggies are huge!! Can't wait to eat my own organic foods!!
04-26-2012, 11:09 AM
Yes, and we just started some indoor seeds too - for sunflowers, nasturtium, bell peppers, hot peppers, and cilantro. I'm planning on doing a lot of direct seeding to once it warms up, but it's fun to start some early just to watch the sprouts go. Thanks for our mild winter, our herb garden is already rocking, and I love going outside to snip fresh herbs when I want to.
04-30-2012, 03:59 PM
I Love spring gardening! Picked my first cucumber and 3 cherry tomatoes today! Yay!
04-30-2012, 09:20 PM
We are trying our hand at gardening for the first time this year! So far, so good! Our plants are doing really well, especially the peppers, tomatoes, and arugula!
05-01-2012, 11:47 AM
I am hoping to start my little seedlings here within the next week or two. :) I can't wait to have yummy fresh veggies for my smoothies! <3
05-05-2012, 08:47 AM
We still have a couple more weeks before putting anything outside, but my dining room table looks great. Lol Tomatoes, green onions, pumpkins (seed starter kits from birthday party) pole beans, peas, cucumbers and watermelon (which will totally die in our 2b zone but yds chose them). Also have carrots, beets and herbs to sow outside.
I checked yesterday and I can see some of the strawberries we planted last summer peeking out. I have lots of blueberry, rhubarb and raspberries sitting in pots by the back door to go out.
Plus, this year I am finally doing something abour our front and side yards (house is 2yo), so I ordered 2 lilacs and a silvery "fringe" tree for the front, and I picked up some bulbs to throw in the yet-to-be-built raised bed at the top of the yet-to-be-paved driveway. :-) Will probably just put some low maintenance ground cover in there with the lilys, hostas and irises.
I love my house but hate living in such a craptastic zone. I miss living in zones 4-5.