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Back to Back Survivor

Since: 3.1.02
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Food prices aren't coming down anytime soon. The weather is getting warmer. Green is in. Even the Obama's have dug up a patch in the South Lawn. Are you planting a vegetable garden this year too ? In the 40's they were called "victory gardens", for me it will be a victory if I can get habaneros bigger than golf balls again this year.

We are planting tomatoes (Grape, cherry, heirloom & beefsteak), sweet peppers (red, yellow, cubanelle, banana), cucumbers, lettuce, butternut & acorn squash and as many hot peppers as I can squeeze in. I might even toss pumpkin seeds into the sunny corner of the backyard and see how many I can get before the squirrels & deer begin to attack.

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Since: 22.2.04
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We've got basil, oregano, parley, dill, cilantro, rosemary, and mint in pots out on the back porch. In the current apartment there's no backyard, so we can't grow any vegetables very well except for some things like radishes and I hate radishes. At the new place we just bought, there is potential to have raised bed gardens out back, but we wouldn't have time to get them going until it's too late. Next year.

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DJ FrostyFreeze

Since: 2.1.02
From: Hawthorne, CA

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.33
Read it and weep, fella

We dont have a real backyard. It's more like a big paved patio, but we do have flowerbeds. We have a small lemon tree already, and my wife's strawberry lemonade is THE BOOOOMB. I think we're doing a dwarf orange tree next. Prolly no veggies, though.

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I wish I could. I am terrible at planting and growing things. I can cause silk plants to wilt and die.

I will give it a shot next year though.

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Since: 9.12.01
From: Bay City, OR

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.50
We rented heavy machinery last year in order to dig some garden beds out of the field.

This year, the plan is raised beds.

Lise would have to updated you on what we have germinating /growing in the varioud greenhouse things in the porch.

My onions from last year are still there. They can't be any good now, can they?

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Since: 7.11.02
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We did a bunch of landscaping this spring, and my wife requested some space for a garden. So, we planted green beans, squash, cucumbers, spinach and lettuce (all chosen by my daughter). Everything seems to have taken root and is growing well. I'm curious to see how it works out. But, we're doing it more on a whim and to have fresher vegetables rather than as any big money saving measure.
Mrs. Guru

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.64
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    My onions from last year are still there. They can't be any good now, can they?

They are not. They need to be pulled up and put in the compost bin around the corner from them (along with the weeds). They are mushy. DO NOT PLANT ONIONS in that bed while I am gone... if you put onions in my tomato spot again... you're gonna get it. The onion starts outside the door need water though.

We have as starts:
Tomatoes (The absolutely most important home grown veggie)
Siletz *
Red Currant Tomato * (tiny pea sized tomatoes)
Early Girl Hybrid *
Oregon Spring *

Tomatillo (This will be a trial year to see if they'll grow) *

Early Jalapino * (I did get one good plant last year, but there was absolutely not even a hint of spice in the peppers, but last year was a really bad year for everything, so I'll give it one more before I never plant it again)

Cabbage Family (again these did rather poorly last year, but they didn't get transplanted at the right time, and didn't get properly hardened off)
Roodnerf Brussel Sprouts*
Derby Day Cabbage*
Packman Hybrid Broccoli *

Sweet Basil * (always plant)
Thai Basil * (also always plant, I need to remember to start extra plants in another few weeks so I don't end up with a ton of basil, then no basil at the end of the season)
Dill * (This will be taking the place of the parsley, or maybe I'll put it out in the garden, haven't decided. It does get BIG)

Root Veggies (these will get planted when the ground warms up outside)
Golden Beet
Cherry Belle Radish
Watermelon Radish (it looks cool, it's like a backwards radish)
Mokum Carrot
Nelson Carrot

Fairy Tale * (this did poorly last year, but like I mentioned last year was horrible)
Millionaire (this supposedly did really well in the Territorial test gardens in central Oregon last year)

Green Slam

Spaghetti Squash
Sugar Baby Watermelon
Howden Pumpkin

Tom Thumb
Pot and Patio Blend
Roquette Arugula

Green Globe Artichokes *

Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflower * (just a couple)

Sweet Sansei Edamame
Black Pearl Edamame
Sayamusuame Edamame
(well, the slugs don't seem to eat edamame...they attacked my other beans pretty bad last year)

Sugar Lace
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Green Arrow Bush
Kei Posiskunk

Since: 7.1.02
From: Central PA, USA

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.81
Not really enough room for a full garden, but hoping to plant tomatoes and cucumbers (in limited quantities) as per usual.

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Since: 10.1.08
From: westbury, new york

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53
Technically, I don't plant and raise the garden, but I help my mom with it here and there. Mostly, I help get her started by digging up the soil and getting the sticks for the tomatoes to grow on in place. My mom grows a pretty good variety: we always have tomatoes and cucumbers each year and usually have basil, cilantro, eggplant, carrots, and maybe another item or two in there. Though, after looking at the list, she can't compare to Lise's green thumb. With that many items growing, you should have your own show at HGTV or something

Mrs. Guru

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no no.. those are the seeds I started. Who knows what we'll actually get for mature plants. Last year we got... herbs, a couple handfuls of beans and I think 2 tomatoes that matured and the deer didn't eat.

Last year was a really bad year for growing anything except grass (cold, wet, and we got snow in April), so a little more hopeful this year.

We are hopefully reworking the beds so they are a little more raised, putting deer fencing in, and giving the tomatoes in the south facing beds with extra reflection behind them, and season starters around them.
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