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 Post subject: Gardening goals for 2012?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:25 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Gardening goals for 2012?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:50 am 
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Have a garden!

Really, that's all we can hope for right now, since where we currently live only lets us use things in nice pots that are on the porch or carport, where they don't get much light.

So, living somewhere else where they don't care. We want to buy a place but we aren't so sure the market will let us right now. Sure, houses are cheap, but loans aren't easy to get, it turns out. Even if you are asking for an amount that will have payments that are LESS than our rent. Meh.

Coud fill a thread with the "gardening pipe dreams" though, that's for sure.

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- My own yard
- Raised beds hella high to make my back happy
- Blueberries
- Figs
- Indoor citrus
- Floral cutting garden
- Concord grapes
And super dream-like, of course:
- Greenhouse

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:39 pm 
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-lots of greens, especially the exotic ones I can't buy at the store
-carrots of all colours and sizes
-eggplant
-dwarf tomato plants
-herbs that i don't accidentally kill during an unfortunate heatwave that coincides with construction on my balcony : (

i only have a container garden on my balcony, so if i can get even a steady supply of greens and the occasional other vegetable, i will be so happy!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:53 pm 
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-Blackberries and mandarin oranges
-Taking better care of the compost so I can harvest it more than once every other year or so
-potatoes
-And this is yard, more than garden, but get rid of the ugly plants and replace them with something native and drought tolerant
-Don't let anyone kill our remaining trees


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:43 pm 
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Garden! Heh. I have a yard, and clearly there used to be some kind of gardening going on back there; I'd like to get that going again. A friend who likes gardening has offered to help.

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figure out a permanent pathway solution. gravel?
eradicate all weeds and grass.
grow things that I know will work - eggplant, zucchini, peppers.
try new varieties of these summer veggies.
dig up blackberry bush - anyone want a free blackberry? it's too thorny, and attacks my dog.
keep peach trees on a watering/fertilizer schedule, especially if we have another drought.
plant pomegranate and apple trees. wish I did that 3 years ago when I moved in.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening goals for 2012?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:58 am 
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I have no idea where I'll be next gardening season, but this is what I want to do:

Double the number of tomato plants so I can make paste, sauce, and sun dried for the pantry. The worm castings I get from the worm bin sets off so many volunteers, this shouldn't be a problem.

Same for peppers--both toms and peppers are hellaexpensive at the store. And I'm starting to grow in my vegan journey where I want to do as much for myself as I can so other animals and humans aren't being exploited.

Sunchokes
Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes
Acquire a fruit or nut bush/tree
Herbs

In 5 years I would like to be able to grow my own mushrooms.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening goals for 2012?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:04 am 
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My goal is actually to scale back in 2012. I was so excited by my gardening success the 1st two years that I dug 2 more beds on the other side of the yard. But they are surrounded by too many paths and I can't keep up with the weeding. They also don't get a ton of sun. So I decided to remove them and put a swing set or something there for my son instead.

Luckily I built them just with cinder blocks, so they should be pretty easy to remove. I'm sad to lose the extra space, but ultimately I think I'll be able to grow better stuff on the other side of the yard when I can focus my limited time there instead of spreading it too thin.

I also need to get a soil test and amend amend amend. I can just tell something is wrong, the plants aren't growing as well as they did a few years ago.

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Find some way to garden at my new rental house...which is very shaded.

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Tend to what I plant and keep it alive throughout the growing season!!

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening goals for 2012?
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We have a ton of space but gross, probably polluted soil. I want to build raised beds for greens, tomatoes, squashes and other regular eats!

Also, save my lavender plants from their likely death in pots and successfully grow cilantro!

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening goals for 2012?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:42 pm 
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jessica wrote:
dig up blackberry bush - anyone want a free blackberry? it's too thorny, and attacks my dog.

Yes, please! We bought one earlier this year and wanted more, but that's all we could find at the time. I vowed not to buy thorny plants, but then I found out that all the fruit that does best in Texas has thorns. So now we have a mandarin dwarf, a Mexican lime dwarf, and a blackberry bush, all with thorns.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening goals for 2012?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:11 am 
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I want to turn the beds we dug this year into raised beds, apply compost on a regular basis, not just once or twice during the season, since I saw good results immediately after, and keep the weeds more under control than I did this year. The beds which had companion plants which were greens of sorts with the larger types of plants took care of the weeds themselves once they got established, so keep doing this. I also want to actually grow potatoes this year, since I failed them by not hilling up enough dirt last time. I also want to make an indoor hydroponic system, and right now I am figuring out the best plants to put in it, but that will not have to wait until 2012, thats for now.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening goals for 2012?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:21 am 
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1. Take down the dying red pine in out front and replace it with a paper birch.
2. Tamarack and pear trees in the back yard alongside the lilacs.
3. Fewer tomatoes, more peppers, more beans. Peppers need to be in pots.
4. Fergawdsakes, don't direct-sow melons. You cannot direct sow them, you are in zone 5b. Duh.
5. Add to the perennial herb garden: chamomile, lemon balm, chives, lavender.
6. Harvest the garlic I planted. Squeeeee!
7. Figure out some perennial herbs that a) are not catnip, which is EVERYWHERE already and b) will grow in the north-facing front yard.
8. Indoor citrus. I'M GOING TO FIGURE IT OUT I SWEAR.

If anyone wants to grow potatoes but doesn't have the space, grow them in 5-gallon buckets! It's a totally "set it and forget it" kind of gardening.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening goals for 2012?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:22 am 
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vegetable_assassin wrote:
The beds which had companion plants which were greens of sorts with the larger types of plants took care of the weeds themselves once they got established, so keep doing this.

Can you tell me more about this? It sounds interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening goals for 2012?
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1.) Get my grow card so I can grow my own instead of buying from dispensaries.
2.) Start a little vegetable garden with the hubby. :)

A simple start, I think.

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mollyjade-

There are plants which help eachother in some way, either one of them depletes certain nutrients from the soil and the other provides those things, or they repel bugs from eachother, things like that. I found some information and lists online about which plants want to live next to eachother or in the same bed, basically, and planted them in a way so more of the space got used. For example, there are lots of greens that like to live with tomatoes, so I did tomato plants started from seeds that I had started inside, and sowed the area that they were to grow in with arugala in one case, and planted those tomatoes with the arugala. Another tomato pairing I had was with bok choy, another with kale. Then the space is more filled since low plants are growing as are higher plants, the ground stays more wet since there is less dirt exposed to the air and sun, and the plants need less attention, and choke out weeds once they get going. The issue I had was that the weeds got kind of out of control at first since they were growing when I was waiting for the seeds to sprout, and I didn't pull them at first since I wasn't sure which ones were weeds and which ones I had planted. I also did cucumbers and carrots together, peas and rutabega, spinach and strawberries, things like that. If you want more information about which companion plants go together I can try to find some of the websites I used, but the info is out there, and it is a good thing to do for sure, since I think it helped my plants be healthy. Just need to manage it better next time.


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Thanks vegetable_assassin! I've read about growing certain things next to each other, basil and tomatoes for instance. But I've never heard about growing them in the same spot. I'll have to look into it. I like the idea of using up every square inch of the plot.


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I love these lists! My dreams are kind of too big for 2012, but I really want an edible yet well-landscaped front yard...

Barring that, I'd like two more beds, and whatever I do I want to order seeds from heirloom organic gardeners. I'd also like to figure out my ideal composting situation. Oh and lavender!

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IsaChandra wrote:
Oh and lavender!

Yes! Me too, but I want the kind that has those tufts of petals at the top. Like a floofy hairdo.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:11 pm 
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I have big plans (probably too big). I want my whole front yard to be raised beds with no grass. I want to plant one more pear tree (to be friends with the loner one I have), and have a little branch fence between those and the cherry trees and grow kiwis and grapes on the fence. Inside the horseshoe shaped fence will be the raised beds. My front yard gets sun all day, so I'm hoping to do loads of tomatoes, peppers, greens, beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, blueberry bushes, strawberry patch, etc, and for the garden patch in the backyard I'd like to do cucumbers, squash, zucchini, and maybe pumpkins. I'd like to grow as much food as I possibly can on my little lot so we can spend significantly less on groceries.


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Muffin-Tuffin wrote:
Find some way to garden at my new rental house...which is very shaded.


Mine is too. It is also far too small to be called a garden but I want to get it in shape and get some really nice pots and grow what I can in the little space I have. I really want to grow potatoes.


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AmandaMelanie, that sounds ambitious. I want more fruit! I have strawberries and a not-yet-fruiting lemon tree but I want all sorts that grow in semi-tropical regions. My nursery has avocado and lychee!

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