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Do you plant a Veggie Garden?

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#1 by valerie » Thu Mar 17, 2016 06:33

This year I have plans for a veggie garden,

I have planted some seedlings a week or so ago and several varieties of tomato
plants have already made their way thru the soil and stretching towards the sun
from the window.

I am primarily focusing on Tomatoes and Green Bell Peppers. I am also going
to plant cucumbers, green beans, yellow squash, zucchini, watermelon and cantaloup.
In addition, I may plant a few stalks of corn, a bit of lettuce, and a few other veggies.

Most of my property is very shaded because I basically live in the woods. There is
a some what sunny location in one area that primarily gets morning and early
afternoon sun. So I suspect some veggies may not do too well but I shall see.

I don't have a tiller and thinking about using some of my ClixSense earnings for
to choose an Amazon Gift Card through Tango. I see some small electric tillers
that have very good reviews there. Seems strange to me for a tiller to have an
electrical cord but the area in which I am going to plant, is close to the house so
I guess that would work out ok.
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#2 by tomy49 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 07:20

good luck to you. :clap:
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#3 by gorfman44 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 07:42

Had you considered renting a small tiller first to see how it works before making a purchase? Just a thought!
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#4 by Pasappan » Thu Mar 17, 2016 07:57

I am also having the shaded area problems - but i have managed to arrange the plants in a way that all of them get pretty well in the available unshaded area. as here is no place over the roof because it is a slanted one I am lacking some what 1600 sq. feet sunny area in my house site. but it is okay for me and during the last two months I have got yield of 3 kg Tomato, 2.5 kg s of snake gourd, and more than 3 kg Bitter gourd besides spinach, Ladies Finger etc. In my site I am having 18 Coconut trees and more than 10 Banana trees and 30+ areca nut trees.
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#5 by valerie » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:51

@gorfman44 no hadn't thought about renting one but I have used gas tillers before.
Amazon has an electric one with mostly all good reviews for $125.00....
' Earthwise TC70001 11-Inch 8-1/2 Amp Electric Tiller/Cultivator ' I was just going
to use a shovel and then kept going through my seeds and decided to plant more
and more stuff. :mrgreen:

What I am mainly concerned about is critters.....mainly squirrels, birds, and raccoons.
I'll have to make a scarecrow, buy mesh fencing, pie pans and sit on my balcony with
a shotgun. :lol:

@Pasappan I sure wish I could grow those kinds of trees here. I love coconut especially.

I'll take some photos later after I get the garden started.
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#6 by gorfman44 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:20

"Valerie's Veggies" sounds pretty ambitious! I'm sure you will enjoy the results of your harvest! You may have to take a leave of absence from clixsense while you guard your "green acres" from the critters! :lol:
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#7 by Charez » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:43

Valerie, what about aromatic herbs ? It can grow easy and it's delicious everywhere. Having veggie garden is good, all have better taste compared to supermarkets selling hybrid legumes

Did you know, for 2.20 lb of Strawberry, they need 1.32 gallon of oil so you can buy during every seasons of the year.
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#8 by valerie » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:38

I'm sort of a cross breed between a city girl and a country girl.

I was born and grew up in the North...Chicago land. Concrete jungle.

My family retired and went back to their roots so my latter high school years
was in the South......on 300 acres of property, and every veggie that could
be grown there including fruit trees and cows and chickens. We had strawberries
and everything. Of course, I had no interest because I was too busy with my
friends, school, music, and all that teenage stuff.

There's a strawberry/pumpkin farm a few miles from where I live so I usually
buy my strawberries there when they come in. Some times I make strawberry
preserves. Mostly, I like to eat strawberries as they are, fresh with sugar,
strawberry shortcake and ice cream. HEAVEN!

Well today you don't know what is in your food any more and It's fun and better
for you to grow your own.
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#9 by RoseGold » Thu Mar 17, 2016 13:06

Home grown veggies taste better and more enjoyable. Nothing like those fresh veggies from your own garden. May your garden grow.. :thumbup: :D :thumbup:
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#10 by proadco » Thu Mar 17, 2016 14:43

I grow Organic Tomatoes every year.



No Monsanto Seeds For Me.

No No Frankenstein Veggies.
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#11 by valerie » Thu Mar 17, 2016 17:59

ProAdCo wrote: I grow Organic Tomatoes every year.



No Monsanto Seeds For Me.

No No Frankenstein Veggies.

I have a few varieties of seeds. Mostly what I am planting is Augason Farms non-hybrid garden seeds.
Then I also have some 'Ferry Morse' packet seeds. Those are some that I purchased from Walmart a
couple of years ago. They actually come from Fulton, KY.

I didn't realize monsanto sold veggie seeds to consumers. Never thought about it really.
Monsanto does in fact often control farmers with their seeds......referring to crops. Bunch
of craziness to that. Which is also a good reason to plant your own vegetables.
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#12 by proadco » Thu Mar 17, 2016 19:38

A List of Some Seed Companies Owned by Monsanto
Or Sell Monsanto And Seminis Seeds – And – A List of Seed Companies Not Owned by Monsanto.




Sorry Val.


Ferry Morse owned by Monsanto
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#13 by Charez » Thu Mar 17, 2016 19:45

Monsanto is a real criminal :thumbdown:
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#14 by valerie » Thu Mar 17, 2016 20:39

ProAdCo wrote:
A List of Some Seed Companies Owned by Monsanto
Or Sell Monsanto And Seminis Seeds – And – A List of Seed Companies Not Owned by Monsanto.




Sorry Val.


Ferry Morse owned by Monsanto

That's kind of an old list so it might even be more now, or less.

Most of what I am planting is as I stated, Augason Farms.
Augason Farms sells the dooms day pepper stuff. It's pretty
good food too, most of it anyway that I have tried.

I just hope I can keep the critters away from the garden.

This is the seeds I have.....not an affiliate link:
Food Storage | Vegetable Garden Seeds #10 Can | Augason Farms
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#15 by lotoole » Thu Mar 17, 2016 21:23

I love gardening and used to start a big vegetable garden every year. It's exciting to see everything starting to grow. I also got ambitious and went out and bought peach, apple and cherry trees as well as blueberry and raspberry bushes. Gradually the garden broke my spirit. The rabbits came. The Japanese beetles attacked. Little green caterpillars showed up. The lush Zuchinni plants that stretched to the sun one day would become a wilted mess overnight due to underground attacks from pests that chewed up the roots. The peach trees packed with promising green, young fruit would be stripped of fruit within two days, with most of it lying wasted on the ground due to squirrels and raccoons. I finally waved the white flag of surrender and now get most of my produce at the local farmer's market. My organic approach to pest control just didn't work. However, I still grow Kentucky vining green beans on my fence line (a productive variety that nothing can kill) as well as heirloom tomatoes on the deck in pots.

I hope everyone fares better with their gardens!
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#16 by lotoole » Thu Mar 17, 2016 21:30

Valerie, regarding the tiller, consider a slightly larger one if you plan to have a large garden. I got a $125 tiller and found that I had to go over the garden spot multiple times because it didn't till deep enough. I started calling it my "tinker toy tiller" because it lacked the power I needed. For small spots, it's fine.
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#17 by tasman1 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 21:32

It is my wife job , I just dig a garden once a year and i know that I do not eat plastic tomatoes for last 15 years .........monsanto ???/ they are destroying the world . I call it German garbage
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#18 by mani786inder » Thu Mar 17, 2016 23:01

best of luck dear its very hard and good work.
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#19 by mary705 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 01:35

One of my dogs would be a good tiller if you shined a laser light back and forth for her to chase. She has a small path horseshoeing our shed from chasing squirrels and possums.

Good luck with the garden and keep us posted.
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#20 by valerie » Fri Mar 18, 2016 08:10

@mary705 Years ago I had an outside dog that loved to dig. He would dig huge deep holes.
It was almost an every day task of filling the holes.

@lotoole That is a lot of work down the drain, for sure. There's a ton of critters here and
moles.....moles.....moles. In regards to the tiller, that is exactly why I am considering
purchasing a small one.....in that I may not ever plant another garden. :lol:
Years ago I had a Troy that was very expensive. I only used it one season and sold it to
an Amish couple.

I do wish I had helped my grandfather in the veggie garden and watched how he planted
things. We had huge gardens and large strawberry patch. What we did back then was
share with family, friends, and neighbors. They'd help pick the stuff and mostly keep
what they picked because we couldn't use it all. The friends etc would have something
they grew that we didn't have and we'd go over to their garden and pick that. There
would be shelling time and I can recall friends and family sitting on the porch breaking
beans. I thought it fun to dig for potatoes so I would barely help do that some times.

Later when I married, we had tobacco because that is primarily the crop that was grown
for money in that area and that is the what his family always grew. They had corn and
stuff but I don't think they bothered much with a garden.....and they had TEN children!
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