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 Post subject: Loolie's Veggie Garden 2012
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 1:35 pm 
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This is going to be pretty picture heavy, so here goes! My veggie garden of 2012 - freshly planted last week! Finally just got around to posting the pics now!

Paul (my fiance) and I are trying out some old favourites and new varieties this year, as well as an experimental planting of seeds and green onion bulbs in a soil bed along the fence in our backyard. Starting with the veggies, we planted everything in containers as the spot that gets the hot afternoon sun in our backyard happens to be right in the middle of our yard. We tried putting everything in containers on the deck last year and had a lot of success, so we're doing the same thing this year.

We purchased all of the veggies at Urban Harvest on Queen West in Toronto. They grow organic veggies from non-GMO seeds, many of which are heirloom varieties. We love supporting their small business, especially since they place an emphasis on organic gardening and ecological diversity.

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We're growing two varieties of sweet pepper: Tequila Sunrise and Corno di Toro. Paul and I love our hot peppers, so we have four different varieties: Red Rocket, Hungarian Wax, Red Cayenne, and Chinese Five Colour Hot Pepper. We have two plants growing of each variety of pepper for a grand total of 12 pepper plants!

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There are four different types of tomatoes growing, most of which are cherry tomatoes that are best suited to growing in pots. We've got: Matt's Wild Cherry Tomato, Isis Candy Tomato, Red Pear Cherry Tomato, and Baxter's Bush Cherry Tomato. The Isis Candy and Red Pear are new ones for this year, so it will be exciting to see how they grow!

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And here we have the herbs...we purchased all of the herbs from Richter's Herbs because they also grow using organic, non-GMO seeds and have a huge variety to choose from. The herbs are growing on a stand up at the top of our deck where they have a bit of protection from the wind by being closer to the house, but still get plenty of sunlight. It is great to have the herbs so close to the kitchen - we can just open the back patio door from the kitchen and can pick some fresh herbs for cooking!

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On the top row, we have Zaatar (a spice used in the Middle East for hummus, dips and soups - a new one for us to grow!), Lemongrass (our first time growing this, too!), Salad Burnet (salad green that tastes like cucumber), and four different varieties of Basil: African Spice, Pesto Perpetuo, Thai, and Genovese. I also have a little pot growing some Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce from seed.

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On the bottom row, I have lots of mint growing - a first for us as I recently discovered my love for mint! Paul isn't a huge mint fan, but that just means more for me haha! We've got Peppermint, Sweet Pear Mint, Pineapple Mint, and Grapefruit Mint - yum! We've also got some dill and cilantro growing, too.

Since we have way more herbs this year than last year, we had to expand and plant herbs in the spots for planters on our deck! We actually like having the herbs in the planters even more than flowers because they look great and smell amazing.

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On the right side of the deck, we're growing Vietnamese Cilantro, Rex Rosemary, and Lady Lavender.

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On the left side of the deck, we're growing Greek Oregano, Blue Boy Rosemary, and Garlic Chives.

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This plot of soil in the backyard is an experiment to see what will grow there. At the moment, there are tons of cherry blossoms scattered throughout the soil from our neighbour's tree. This giant cherry tree blocks out much of the sunlight, so the plot only gets a few hours of sunshine a day in the afternoon. We are hoping it is enough light to grow some plants that don't mind a bit of shade. We planted some green onion bulbs that are already coming up. Also, a couple of the herbs that like the shade and moist soil have been planted - Bloody Dock and Sushni (salad greens).

Everything else is being grown from seed, so it will be interesting to see what pops up! Hopefully, not too many weeds! I made this diagram:

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The diagram will be helpful to remember what exactly was planted where - what grows, and what doesn't. As you can see, we planted three types of beans (Golden Wax, Royal Burgundy, and Tender Green), Cherrybelle Radish, Pak Choi, Tres Fine Endive, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Red Russian Kale, and Wasabi Arugula. Hopefully everything grows!

There you have it - the beginnings of another wonderful fresh veggie garden! I'll be posting more updates later!

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 Post subject: Re: Loolie's Veggie Garden 2012
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 8:13 am 
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Looks awesome!!


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 Post subject: Re: Loolie's Veggie Garden 2012
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Fantastic.

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 Post subject: Re: Loolie's Veggie Garden 2012
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Thank you! :) Updates to come!

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This looks great!

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Thank you! :) Updates to come!

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Really lovely and inspiring!


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Here's an update! It has been less than a month since I planted and everything is growing like crazy! yay! Here are the herbs, as well as some pots of mustard greens/lettuce that I'm going to harvest as baby greens for tonight's dinner:

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Here are some pics of what's growing in the plot of land that is mostly shaded in my backyard...this was all just planted as an experiment to see what would grow there! It looks like the green onions are doing fine, and so are the bush beans. The rest of the garden is somewhat a mystery to me (besides the Bloody Dock and Sushni in the corner that were planted as plants, not seeds)... I think that many of the seeds shifted around after I watered them as I'm no longer sure what sprouted and what didn't! I think I have a row of radishes and a row of endive. I think there are also some kale plants growing...and the rest is a mystery. I'm hoping that it's my rainbow swiss chard and not just a whole pile of weeds!

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And now here are the tomatoes and peppers, my main reason for having a garden! Everything is growing wonderfully! The peppers and tomatoes have flowers on them, and even two tomato plants have little tiny tomatoes growing already!!!

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More pics....as we have our first hot pepper growing, and more tomatoes!!

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You can see the tops of the radishes just peeking through the soil....

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And some bush beans are growing!

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Wow everything looks so happy and healthy! Nice garden!

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Here are some radishes that I just picked! I'm happy that some things are growing in a shady part of the backyard!

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Those are some pretty radishes!

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here are some things that I picked today - so so yummy! I've used some of the peppers in a stir-fry and a salad, and the tomatoes just got eaten!

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So pretty! Those radishes look delicious!

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