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Mon Apr 30, 2018, 12:23 PM

After the long, long, winter

we are finally getting some spring-like weather this week, and I'm getting pretty excited about the vegetable garden we've got planned for this year.

My hubby has already planted two lettuces, which are just coming up and look like little green dots in the soil.

In addition, in the cold frame, we've started cucumbers, Hungarian Hot Wax peppers, sugar snap peas, and Blue Lake green beans.

Hubby came home with a package of "asparagus bean" seeds a few weeks ago. Don't know if we'll actually try these or not. He always likes to try something sort of exotic every year. The picture on the front of the packet shows a green bean-like product only it's supposed to grow 2-3 feet long! We'll see about that one.

Hubby put the trellises up yesterday for the beans and the peas. We had to cover the lettuce rows both Saturday and Sunday nights because it was down into the 20s here overnight.

And, last but not least, we have some nice varieties of tomatoes in the works .... Early Girl, Better Boy, Roma, Beefsteak, Rutgers Heirloom, and one Moby Grape plant for me. These are the varieties of tomatoes that have always done well for us in the past.

What do other DUers plant in their veggie gardens?

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Reply After the long, long, winter (Original post)
Ohiogal Apr 2018 OP
Arkansas Granny Apr 2018 #1
Ohiogal Apr 2018 #2
alfie Apr 2018 #3
Ohiogal Apr 2018 #5
Kaleva Apr 2018 #4
Ohiogal Apr 2018 #6
NutmegYankee May 2018 #7
spinbaby May 2018 #8
WhiteTara May 2018 #9

Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 01:06 PM

1. You should try the asparagus bean if you have room for a few plants.

They will grow really long, but they are best at about 18 inches. Very good in stir fry or cooked as you would any other string bean.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 01:17 PM

2. Thanks for the advice!

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I'll definitely try them, now!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 01:37 PM

3. I have cut way back on the size of my veggie garden

I am approaching my mid 70's and gardening has become harder and harder. I have a hoop trellis for beans and have planted one side in Malibu green beans and the other side in Christmas limas. Both will reach very long lengths and are prolific producers. I will plant one beedsteak tomato. I did that last year and it took over a 4 square foot bed and beyond. One tomato fed two of us two days. Otherwise I will have parsley and basil and that is it. I have a patio pot sized blue berry bush that is full of little green berries and a somewhat larger bush that need putting in the ground. It has bloomed but no berries yet. I am waiting for a helper to dig the hole for me. I just put the beans out yesterday and today. The basil can go in in another couple of weeks.

Good luck with your garden!

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Response to alfie (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 02:25 PM

5. We aren't getting any younger either!

I'm so envious of your blueberry plants. I tried them a few years ago, but no luck. My biggest problem is that my yard is full of shade, except for the open space in the back yard where the garden is. And my husband won't let me plant a blueberry or raspberry bush right out in the middle of the yard because he doesn't want to be bothered mowing around it (I guess I can't blame him). I picked fresh blueberries at a farm on vacation last year and oh, they were the best -- big, juicy, and sweet.

I have never heard of Malibu green beans! Sounds interesting!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 01:53 PM

4. It's going to be the basics this year

Tomatoes, beans, snap peas and peppers. Much of my work this year will will be for prepping for next year.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 02:26 PM

6. What kind of peppers?

My favorites are sweet red bell peppers, but my husband MUST have his Hungarian Hot Wax.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2018, 05:27 AM

7. I've built raised beds in a terrace like arrangement since my sunny area is a slope.

Iím slowly raising the height to 16-21 inches to help for when I get older.

Iíll have several tomatoes, bush and pole beans, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and few bell peppers. I plan to use a 4íx8í bed to grow some sweet corn.

In other beds, Iíve already got sugar snap peas, spinach, lettuce, carrots, leeks, and broccoli going.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2018, 02:22 PM

8. I don't do a vegetable garden

Our only sunny area is the front yard, so itís flowers for us with a few herbs here and there. Thank goodness the farmersí market is within walking distance.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2018, 06:59 PM

9. I got the artichokes in today

little sweet peas to climb a fence that exposes us to the road, I put in many drip parts. Tomorrow, more of the same. Wednesday is going to be the big burn because it's supposed to rain Tuesday night and sprinkly on Wednesday.

I'm sort of back up on the getting things moved into bigger pots or into the ground. But everyday, I just keep at it.

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