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Fri May 2, 2014, 11:14 PM

 

My garden is doing great!

I'm growing in pots because I had a problem with some critter digging my plants up, and my father helped me put them in large pots. I have two varieties of heirloom tomatoes, attempt #2 at cucumbers since my little gorgeous varmint cat uprooted the one I had started from seed the first time (I love her, she is forgiven), a tabasco pepper plant that I can scarcely believe I have FINALLY successfully grown (I think I've tried like 4 times to get one off the ground and looking good), a bell pepper for my father (which I despise, but I'm even kind to it, too) and a jalepeno pepper along with a shedload of onions.

I never would have guessed I had a green thumb, and I don't want to jinx myself, but I think I'm doing okay. I really love looking at them every morning then coming home in the evening, watering them and it seems like they have already grown.

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Aerows May 2014 OP
NRaleighLiberal May 2014 #1
Aerows May 2014 #2
Erich Bloodaxe BSN May 2014 #3
NJCher May 2014 #4
Curmudgeoness May 2014 #5
Aerows May 2014 #6
Curmudgeoness May 2014 #7
Aerows May 2014 #8

Response to Aerows (Original post)

Fri May 2, 2014, 11:17 PM

1. well done - gardening should be fun!

when you think of it, growing something is just a plant (or seed), good dirt, a container to hold the dirt and plant, sufficient water and sun. Where things go wrong are usually neglect, critters, disease or weather.

Watch/read your plants - they usually tell you when something is wrong - and act accordingly.

Each year is so different, and even the most experienced, "best" gardeners have rough seasons (last year was my worst in 22 years living here)...weather related, which triggered diseases.

good luck! I am just getting mine planted.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Fri May 2, 2014, 11:29 PM

2. If you would have told me I would enjoy it this much

 

a few years ago, I would have thought you were crazy. I don't have to travel anymore, though, so now I can come home and actually do things like grow a garden. My dad has always grown vegetables, and it is now something we do together. I can tell he is proud when he walks over and looks at our work .

It really is a good thing to bring people together.

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 09:15 AM

3. You're way ahead of me.

The garlic that survived the winter is uncurling, starting to look better, even if only about half made it through. My snow peas are a few inches high, the cucumbers have just broken the surface, and I only got pumpkin seeds into the ground a couple of days ago. Some of the sunflowers are 4-5 inches high already, though, and I've got strawberries flowering (and spreading out into areas I normally mow). And I still haven't gotten the beans in yet.

Going with dad out to a garden supplier type this morning; he wants to pick up some pre-started tomatoes and peppers and whatnot for the bed he put in.

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 10:26 AM

4. growing in pots is underrated

I learned a cool tip from NRaleighLiberal, which I will repeat here. You can put tomatoes and eggplant (peppers, too) in those plain 'ole blacks pots that come from the nursery and given some compost, they will do very well. The roots love that warmth that's absorbed into the driveway.

Now this being NJ, we are known for our asphalt, even though our slogan is "The Garden State." I have a large area of asphalt and have been happily growing peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes under these circumstances, even though I have 14 raised beds in another part of my property

So congrats on your garden, Aerows! Let us know how the lettuce is doing.


Cher

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 06:43 PM

5. I am so glad that you are enjoying it

and that you are having time to spend with your father doing something that he loves too.

I don't believe in green thumbs. I believe that everyone can do just as well if they don't neglect their plants...although some years, everyone will do just as crappy. Conditions can be brutal. I don't know how people make a living farming without ulcers.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #5)

Sat May 3, 2014, 07:06 PM

6. Me either!

 

I was trying to grow lettuce and something dug it all up. I think it was armadillos, but I can't be sure. It sure dug big holes, though, that's why dad suggested and helped me switch them to pots. I even have an icky old bell pepper plant growing just for him (and even though I don't like it's fruits - my least favorite food of any sort - it is doing well LOL).

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Response to Aerows (Reply #6)

Sat May 3, 2014, 07:13 PM

7. I just planted my lettuce today.

I always plant it in window boxes because of critters. I am hoping that we are finally safe from heavy frost, but I am not close to ready to put in anything else. Calling for 36 degrees tonight.

And as to those bell peppers----yummy, I love them. I eat them like apples. I put them in so many foods. I stuff them. But fresh and raw is best!

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #7)

Sat May 3, 2014, 07:16 PM

8. My butter lettuce actually started forming heads

 

Then one morning I went out to look at it and all of the ones forming heads had been dug around and left wilting there .

That's why I'm doing pots. I may get another box and try again with the lettuce. I have my hands full right now, though, with what I have. I REALLY wanted to grow some lettuce though.

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