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#1 Gerowen

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 05:37

Does anybody here raise a garden?  This is only the 2nd year we've tried raising one.  Last year's didn't do so hot, and was a learning experience.  This year's garden has exploded after applying lessons learned last year.  I just posted a blog about it on my Wordpress page, you can check it out and see pictures here.

 

https://gerowen.word...e-18-june-2014/




#2 Lizardslap

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 16:38

I do container gardening for the most part mostly because its not my house but I have had some great success
 
 
your garden looks good but bean vines lol
 
Have you been working on a good compost heap I raise rabbits and used a wormbed for some really good results
 
this is spearmint from last year one is planted in strait worm poop/bunny poop the other is just some decent dirt however it roasted itself when it ran out of food in that pot
 

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got a little crazy last year lol
 
 
this ones my favorite found it in the trash and its over 10ft now its about 6 almost 7 in the pic
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#3 n_K

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 16:47

Yes, mainly fruit and veg such as strawberries and tomatoes (both much better home grown than you'll ever get in the shops).

Very relaxing and brilliant when all the hard work put in yields good results :)



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 01:12

I do container gardening for the most part mostly because its not my house but I have had some great success
 
 
your garden looks good but bean vines lol
 
Have you been working on a good compost heap I raise rabbits and used a wormbed for some really good results
 
this is spearmint from last year one is planted in strait worm poop/bunny poop the other is just some decent dirt however it roasted itself when it ran out of food in that pot
 

Spoiler

 
 
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got a little crazy last year lol
 
 
this ones my favorite found it in the trash and its over 10ft now its about 6 almost 7 in the pic
Spoiler

 

Yeah I planted my peas a bit too late, but if I can keep them alive until cold weather they should do much better once it cools off.  I don't have a compost heap, but this fall I plan on going over to my neighbor's house down the road and loading my pickup with horse manure and tilling that into the garden plot and letting it sit over the course of the winter to enrich the soil for next year.



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 01:25

The only thing I learned after trying some gardening is how incredibly inflexible I am, then proceeded to dislocate my shoulder pulling out some weeds.



#6 Lizardslap

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 02:09

Yeah I planted my peas a bit too late, but if I can keep them alive until cold weather they should do much better once it cools off.  I don't have a compost heap, but this fall I plan on going over to my neighbor's house down the road and loading my pickup with horse manure and tilling that into the garden plot and letting it sit over the course of the winter to enrich the soil for next year.

Looks good  makes me jealous you have some decent looking dirt there way better than the sand I got down here in Florida Do you plan to grow some animals at any point?

I would love to have a farm but I live in the city and I raise Rabbits cuz well thats close enough for me



#7 OP Gerowen

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 03:41

Looks good  makes me jealous you have some decent looking dirt there way better than the sand I got down here in Florida Do you plan to grow some animals at any point?

I would love to have a farm but I live in the city and I raise Rabbits cuz well thats close enough for me

I've thought about getting some chickens for fresh eggs.  We had chickens when I was growing up.  I can get them pretty cheap at one of the local stock yards, but haven't gotten around to building a chicken house/lot to keep them in yet.  Don't have a huge need to raise a lot of animals here besides chickens because I hunt deer and squirrel every year and that keeps us stocked up with red meat for most of the year.  We've even started seeing a population of wild hogs, so I won't even need to raise those now, just go out in the woods and find one, :p



#8 Lizardslap

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 14:32

Chickens are great as long as there a good walk away from the house lol and they keep the bug population down



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:49

Picked some more green beans today and got them on a string to dry out.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:50

I'm attempting to make my yard suitable. Like Lizardslap said, the soil is more like sand in Florida :p



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:58

I have cantalope in the corn field, tomatoes in a container, and flowers in a pot. :shifty:



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:13

I'm attempting to make my yard suitable. Like Lizardslap said, the soil is more like sand in Florida :p

Yeah I talk on the CB radio a lot, and lately I've been getting a lot of skip from Florida.  It took me a little while to realize that when people say they are "in the sandpile" they're saying they're in Florida, :p

 

I have cantalope in the corn field, tomatoes in a container, and flowers in a pot. :shifty:

Part of my  maintenance today involved tying up my tomato plants cause' they've gotten so big they out-grew the original ties I had holding them to their stakes.  In the process of tying them up, found out I have about a dozen little green tomatoes about the size of my thumb-nail, :-)



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:49

Grew up on a farm and have gardened all my life. Much of what I learned was summarized in 1977 by James Crockett in this book Crockett's Victory Garden, based on his PBS series. A thick paperback.

It's a guide to PRACTICAL gardening in a KISS (keep it simple stupid) manner. Lots of little tricks, and many big ones. If you could only have one gardening book this would be it.

Crockett used more insecticides than we do today what with resistant hybrids and the like, but the book is organized as a gardening calendar, guiding you month by month as to what should be done to prepare for the next planting, caring for the garden, harvest etc.

http://www.amazon.co...6&robot_redir=1

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:59

Does anybody here raise a garden?  This is only the 2nd year we've tried raising one.  Last year's didn't do so hot, and was a learning experience.  This year's garden has exploded after applying lessons learned last year.  I just posted a blog about it on my Wordpress page, you can check it out and see pictures here.

 

https://gerowen.word...e-18-june-2014/

This  - http://www.mysquaref...te-garden-plan/

Is something my Wife, 2.5 year old, and I dabble in! Awesome fun, learning experience, and good eating to boot. We grow herbs (Mint,Cilantro,Rosemary,Lavender,etc) in one, veggies in another. We've grown and consumed Garlic, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Eggplant, Yellow Squash, watermelon, Pumpkin, Green Beans,Sunflower (seeds).



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Posted 06 July 2014 - 03:42

I love gardening. I have an avocado and mango growing from seed, along with papaya, banana, pineapple and chayote and tomatoes. I have horrible luck with store bought seeds, I started to dabble in propagation of bougainvillea and plumeria recently, with mixed success. Such a great hobby, but this south Florida humidity is brutal this time of year...

Papaya and Banana

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Mango

https://www.dropbox....21 10.06.31.jpg

 

Avocado, tomato, pineapple, etc

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Pineapple, tamarind, grapefruit

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