What does your garden grow?
Where are you and what are you planting?
Home is Napa Ca. for me. The weather is mild enough that my edibles went in the ground almost a month ago.
Sweet 100 tomatoes
Early Girl Tomatoes
I have tried strawberries with mixed results. I have a gift for killing basil. There are enough wild fennel and wild blackberries around that I can fill my needs without devoting space at home to them.
What has your homestead provided you in the past? What are this years crops?
My South Florida garden grows what it can grow itself since I have not been giving it the care I used to...
banana (no great producer-my fault probabably)
pineapple (i just recylce the tops)
peppers (never enough- just a tease)
Cuban oregano (does the best)
Thai basil (another tease)
basil (tough to have a big beautiful one year-round- usually small and scraggly)
And I think that's it! If I had some of that CA soil I would have rosemary bushes all over the property because it's my favorite.
Jfood returned from a trip last Thursday evening and when he went to check the tomatoes on Friday morning he was devastated. The blight that has ravaged the tomato crops in CT took dead aim and scored a bull's eye on his garden. Twenty three tomato plants ravaged and destroyed. In the course of four days the plants went from looking fine to nothing to do but carefully place them into a giant garbage bag. :-(((((
But jfood first took as many ripe tomatoes off the vine as he could and enjoyed them with a good strip steak for dinner.
And he learned a lot this summer prior to this mournful event. So next year he and mrs jfood are taking some space in a different part of the back yard, building a structure (looking for 20X20 feet) to house a bigger and better vegetable garden and they will start the planning the layout as soon as the first frost hits in '09.
jfood, I am so sorry. Yesterday we watched bumble bees among the cherry tomato plants. My husband noticed all the pollen on the bees and, I thought to myself, I bet pollinating insects help to spread the spore. I looked thru Elliot Coleman's book at the bookstore. He has experimented with different kinds of cold frames, hoops, and hot houses. Your idea of a structure brings to mind some questions. Would something like Remay be enough to protect plants from evil spores?
I hope the rest of your garden is healthy and prosperous.
Here's hoping my plants don't get infected.
I'm very pleased to report I have spotted my first tomato on my Mr. Stripey plant. It's about the size of a lentil right now, but great things come from small beginnings.
And my okra have sprouted well -- probably 30 plants -- are about 2 inches tall, and they all have their first true leaf now.
West coast of Michigan here (about mid state). I plan on getting some of the cooler weather plants in this weekend like peas, broc and cauli. I'm going to wait another week to hedge my bets against frost before planting the bulk. I'm sooo envious of those of you in warmer climates that can grow citrus! Here's my list:
Aforementiond peas, broccoli and cauliflower
Green beans, climbing and bush
Heirloom rainbow tomatoes
Asparagus (only 5 crowns survived from last yr., 10 new this yr.)
Red Beauty belle peppers
Lettuce's: Looseleaf blend, Simpson, Little Caesar romaine
Carrots: Rainbow mix, Little Finger, Danvers Half Long
Honey 'n Pearl sweet corn
Zucchini (Cocozelle and golden)
Acorn and Butternut squash
Honeydew and watermelon
Herbs: Parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, lemon thyme, dill, basil's, cilantro and chives.
Not veggies but I'm putting in a few snapdragons, nasturtiums and marigolds for color and pest control. I'm staying away from my beloved Zinnia's because they were a Japanese Beetle magnate last year.
This year is my first time growing corn and I've decided to try the Three Sister's method. I'm anxious and curious to see how it turns out!
I did a silly thing for someone in Berkeley CA and planted corn for this year for the first time. (Quickie.) It's in a raised bed in the driveway with lots of sun and reflected heat, so it may it have a chance. At this point the sprouts are 3 inches tall.
Also in the driveway in pots and raised beds I've planted six peppers, a lemon cucumber, and 4 tomatoes (an Early Girl, a cherry, Roma and a Lemon Boy). The snow peas and lettuce are still producing, but slowing down. The basil is just sitting there. The strawberry plants have flowers. I've given up on cilantro.
Elsewhere, I'm growing potatoes in a black plastic stacking composter, adding layers as the plants grow.
Fennel, thyme, oregano, arugula, chives and mint are growing wherever they like.
The three artichoke plants are taking over a flower bed.
The raspberries seem to prefer the lawn to their bed this year. Very annoying.
Fruit trees include Bing cherry, apricot, plum, two Asian pears, golden delicious apple, a persimmon and a fig tree. The fig tree hardly counts, though, because the squirrels get most of them. I also have a Myer lemon and a Eureka lemon in huge terra cotta pots. They're practically my favorite things, because they were rather extravagant presents from my SO. (He finally knows not to give me jewelry or clothes.) And my most recent birthday present, a lime tree, has flowers on it!
Just came in from planting! We are in SE Connecticut. 13 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, 5 varieties of beets, 3 types of carrots, parsnips, cukes, 5 types of zucchini/squash (although I'm in that for the blossoms!), 5 types of bush beans, 5 types of peppers, oregano, thyme, sage, basil, parsley, cabbage, 4 types of potatoes, romaine, mesclun, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something! Strawberries...chives....I think that's it....and rosemary...happy planting!
Live in the Canadian Prairies.....
8 varieties of Tomato, Shallots, garlic, white onion, gourmet French Filet green beans.ultra slender, romaine and butter lettuce, swisschard (Lots), cool breeze cucs, sugar snap peas, radishes, carrots.
Both the shallots, garlic and just recently the carrots have been planted in the late fall just prior to snowfall......they magically appear early in the spring once the snow melts...Kinda a head start .
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Manitoba here.... need I say more ???
1st time experiment with the carrots..planted them the first week in Nov08, just before snowfall. They remained dormant and yes !! When I checked last week already... they were up..all in a row 1/2 inch high Beauties. With the long germination period of carrots I thought what the heck.
On a somewhat similar level...I have a friend who one year did not pull her carrots out in time in the Fall... Big snow fall..lots of snow that winter.. Oh well come spring she goes to clear out the bed of last years carrots and Lo and behold they are perfect and crisp and the sweetest carrots you have ever tasted. "Nature's crisper " I guess....
I"m in Phoenix, AZ. Growing here is a challenge. This is the first year I'm really tryign to do a lot of vegetables. My husband built me a few raised beds in different spots around the yard so we can see what does well where in all the microclimates of shade, light and heat(especially heat since it can be so different depending on where it is in the yard - against a perimeter wall, near a house wall, west facing, southfacing, near trees,etc).
I've had citrus the whole time we've lived here: Key lime, valencia orange, lisbon lemon, pink grapefruit, and now meyer lemon. I've also done container tomatoes with hit or miss success over the years and a few herbs. This year I have a lot more going on:
Tomatoes: Sweet 100, Early Girl, Heat Wave. A few plants are doing quite well but others not so much. IT's gotten hot early here so I'm ont holding out promise for great production. I"ll put some more in late summer and hope for better luck in the fall.
Peppers: Sweet bell peppers, jalapeno, New Mexico These aren't doing so well. Some plants are growing well but the fruit is small and sad looking well. Other plants not growing well, even in the same bed. This is the first time for peppers so clearly I have more learning to do as these should do OK in our climate
Tomatillo - Another new crop. I only put in one plant. This might be a mistake? Growing reallly well and lots of flowers but now fruit set
Summer Squash/Zuchhini - doing really. Who can't grow summer squash? I don't actually love summer squash so I've been using a lot of the blossoms to keep down fruit production. What fruit I have been using I"ve been trying to use as baby squash and we have been enjoying that
Arugula - This did really well. I think we may be near the end though
Swiss Chard - also did really well, still going strong. Hoping for a few more weeks of good production but again now that the real summer heat seems to be here we'll see
Bok Choy - also did well. All three of these were in the same bed, seems to be a good bed for greens so will expand on that for fall planting
Cucumbers - we'll see. It's starting to flower and makes some small fruit. I've never grown this before. Do I need to give it something to climb on?
Eggplant - my regular old eggplant varieties are doing well and starting to set soe fruit. My Japanese eggplants didn't do much.
Strawberries- not a good crop for Arizona but wanted to try a little . We've had a couple fruit, the birds have enjoyed a couple. Too hot now to expect anymore
Radishes - no luck here
Cantaloupes - this i started from seed, seems to be doing well, just started to flower. Supposed to be a good summer crop here I believe so I"M hopeful in spite of the heat
carrots - started from seedling, we'll see what happens now iwth the heat. Not ready to harvest yet but have been doing OK.
I expanded my herbs a bit well and they're all doing well: Basil, rosemary, lemon thyme, pineapple sage, mint, garlic chives, cilantro. Next time around want to do some italian parsley which I forgot to put in this year.
All in all, for a first time attempt and not really knowing what I"m doing I"m pretty pleased. We've been able to use a fair amount of production so far and it's great to be able to head out and harvest something to use for dinner. Looking forward to better results in future seasons(we have two short seasons/year here).
Now if I could only find a spot for a fig tree....
My 8x16 city garden in Boston (typically producing ~300 lbs of produce each year) now has:
- 16 varying tomato plants
- 8 eggplant plants (2 varieties)
- 18 peppers (3 varieties)
- 2 rows of carrots
- 4 rows of greens
- beets (3 varieties)
- onions (2 varieties)
- squash (2 varieties)
- cucumber (2 varieties)
- herbs (most have carried over): parsley, sage, rosemary, cilantro, thyme, chives, mint
and I have a small square left . . . tbd
Oh, my...this is old and (so sorry) I never saw your post till this thread popped back up today. Cinnamon basil: yummy in caprese, delicious added to salad greens (I've been making a Thai beef salad lately that's perfect when it's too hot to cook), I made gelato from it. You could make pesto, too.
I'm waaaaay down here in SW Florida (Naples) even further south than kchurchill...eek! I'm just starting out with vegetables; Home Depot had a buy1get1 a few weeks ago so I took the plunge and got tomatoes and arugula. I have them in containers in southern exposure, tons of sun. The tomato varieties are
Bush Early Girl (I keep having to re-tie it to a stake to keep it upright--there are a number of fruit on it, growing bigger but still green)
Husky Cherry Red
and one other that I didn't save the name tag.
I've had rosemary in for over a year now and I have 2 flat leaf parsleys going and basil. A co-worker gave me a pot of Thai basil recently as a thank you for bringing her little ones some tie-dyed shirts from recent visit to San Francisco! LOLZ! That Thai basil is so beautiful with it's little purple flowers....should I be pinching the flowers off or something?? Everything seems to be doing fine; the only plant I totally lost was the catnip...could be a neighbor's cat totally devoured it or something but that sucker didn't last one week!
Pinch the flowers of the cute little thai basil :) Yes, and pick about 1" down. You can use them in a great pasta dish. Catnip sometimes doesn't like sun as much or it could of just got to wet or ... a cat. I just planted 2 more tomatoes, hard right now they will bloom but the polination is the key, sometimes warm weather doesn't work. But they will grow really well. My cucs and squash are done, still have a few left, and my peppers are also doing well still through early June. Never did arugula and it can be tricky, in a pot you have more luck, check for grubs and insects often it is what I heard most difficult. With pots you can move which is an advantage. If a huge day of rain is headed, move then under some covering. Also a hint is to prop the pots up on a set of bricks so the hole is not directly on the ground, this allows for easy drainage and also helps with the insect problem. I put one row of just plain bricks in front and another in back and put the pots on each. Definitely helped with spring and summer growing.
Hey, thanks so much for the brick trick..lol! I will do that...as you know, right now we're starved for rain--May always seems to the the driest month and the temps are climbing but today is SO beautiful, no humidity so I can't complain too much, right?...but a nice shopper at HD told me that tomatoes need to be watered BUT they'll die quickly if drowned, so I will see if I can scrounge up some bricks. Yes on the arugula...I've harvested some for my salads but am noticing some holes in the leaves on the plant, not sure what's doing that. Can't see any bugs on it at all! Thanks so much kc!
Can be lots of bugs but flea beetles, my friend had them as well. They can be controlled by a chemical with pyrethrin. I hate to use chemical, but he couldn't find anything organic. They eat tiny holes in the leaves and you can never see them. I am guessing that is it. They may get some white fly or something similar but otherwise, a few grubs in the soil down in FL when it sits on ground, but otherswise not too bad, but the beetles do eat the leaves.
Yes drought right now for sure, but I found during summer, too wet of ground just prohibited drying out and invited more pests and the small bricks work well, Any cheap brings, stones for borders, or even deck bricks just 1" tall. Anything works as long as it sits just off the direct ground Also sprinkle cayenne around during dry times in a perimeter, deters bugs, but once rainy season hit here ... nothing works as we well know.
Last year, flea beetles ate my broccoli down to stubs. The only thing that finally stopped them (I didn't do a chemical) was this crazy organic recipe I found. I don't remember precisely, but I'm pretty sure it was:
I whole onion
2 whole jalapeno peppers
4 cloves garlic
Process to a pulp, immerse in hot water, steep overnight (maybe 4 cups?)
Strain, mix with 1/4 cup Murphy's oil soap. Add enough water to make 1 gallon. Spray on plants every 3-4 days.
Worked like a charm!
In my part of San Diego the soil is pretty dense and clay-ey (if that's a word). So this year I'm doing a container garden on the patio. So far I've got the following in containers:
Wild Chiapas Tomatoes
These seedlings arrive next week:
Pleated Zapotec Tomatoes
Tlacololero Chiles (black variety)
I'm growing tomatillos for the first time, and I was worried when I started reading that they don't self-pollinate. It looks like either they do self-pollinate or one of my neighbors is growing tomatillos, since I've got several fruits on the plant (none ripe yet), as well as lots of flowers. I'm in the SF bay area.
We've also got a bumper crop of artichokes, and the tomatoes are growing well. It looks like we will soon have masses of raspberries, and, later in the summer, grapes (assuming we can beat the birds and squirrels to them).
Interesting about the tomatillos. I may try again.
I'm very impressed that you grow grapes. Do you live in a sunny or foggy part of the bay area? (your profile says....gone away) Do you grow them organically? Do you have a problem with mold or mildew? How do you support the vines?
I'm in lowland Palo Alto, which is relatively warm and dry. We only planted the grape vines last year, so I'm still learning about what works. Last fall I tried pruning them using the Sunset Western Garden Book instructions, but I think I was too timid, because the growth is kind of a mess this year -- springing out in all directions! I will try to be more ruthless this fall.
For support, we have three horizontal wires strung on the fence at heights of 2 feet, 3.5 feet, and 5 feet; between the fence and the wires, that seems to be enough. So far we are using organic fertilizers and pesticides. No mold or mildew on the grape vines, though we are having problems with it elsewhere in the garden.
"Gone away" dates from when I stalked off in a huff a couple of months ago in frustration with Chowhound moderating decisions. I deleted all my profile info and I post only sporadically since then. Of course, if one stalks off in a huff and nobody notices, it's not good for much except a pleasant feeling of self-righteousness.
I'm doing my biggest garden yet this year, in a coastal Maine community garden. I have either planted or have seedlings ready for:
Paste toms- opalka, polish linguisa, martino's roma
Slicing toms- stupice, tigerella
Cherry toms- rainbow, yellow pear
peas- green arrow
onions- Australian brown
beets- cylindra, golden, early wonder
potatoes- la ratte (fingerling), german butterball
peppers- buran (sweet, fish (hot)
eggplant- pingtung long
beans- yellow, green, and purple (violetta)
summer squash- black, gold rush, ronde de nice
winter squash- carnival acorn, waltham's butternut
cuke- bush something...
melon- collective farm woman
red rubin basil
Last year we were able to harvest and put up about 30% of our produce for the year (75% of our tomatoes)- this year we're shooting for 50%, and 100% of tomatoes. I can't wait... it still seems a long way off!
I built two containers in my in-laws beach house yard. LBI on the Jersey Shore.
In one container are 8 heirloom tomato plants from Laurel's Heirlooms in SoCal, including the West African Goose Creek that did so well last year.
In the other container are:
surrounded by a border of marigolds, in honor of my grandmother, who said that the flowers would discourage critter plant munching.
I am worried I put those tomatoes in too early, but I had to due to work and travel schedules. Plus we've had a bunch of rain in the Northeast, and it's been a little nippy at night. I actually live two hours away from the garden and have a drip system on a timer. I haven't seen the garden since I planted it two weekends ago. I hope everything hasn't drowned!
FL, been harvesting lots of tomatoes of all sorts, also did kale, onions lots of them, peppers tons of varieties, beans, peas and lots of things. All my herbs but looking forward to summer and re doing my beds. Can't do much in the middle of summer except for herbs. 95 is a bit hot with all day sun and lots of rain ... But I do pretty well.
Enjoyed squash and zuchinni as well, had a few red peppers to which I enjoyed.
I actually find this quite fascinating. The fact is, we can grow pretty much the same vegetables anywhere! I grow the same in northern Alberta as you do in Florida, never would have expected that. Of course your season is much longer and the fruits don't compare, but the veggies are pretty consistent.
Definitely interesting. Yes, our seasons are different, me my tomatoes are peak but getting close to an end, you guys I'm sure are just starting. My green house same, squash and cucs over, but yeah, it is fun and I love it. We do have trouble with lettuce and greens unless more controlled raised beds and greenhouses due to so much rain, but winters are great for that. Our farmers market runs year round every sat am. You can get pretty much anything anytime down here which I love. But don't get me wrong ... we definitely have out seasons. Root veggies unless in a controlled environment is difficult with the heat and rain. I would love sweet corn, peas, beans and rhubard during summer, but no such luck where I am.
Northwest Ohio here:
Tomatoes: Early Girl and Rutgers
You are such a Luckdog on the Lemons. I was at my aunt's house in Boloxi, MS a couple of weeks ago and she showed me her lemon tree that was in its third year of production. The aroma was heavenly.
Newbie Gardener here with a bit of an unconventional growing space... I am tending five large container on the rooftop of my office in Los Angeles. I am tracking my progress here...
Started last month, so we haven't had much of a crop and I still have room to add a few more plants (I want to add few bean varieties)
* Small and Cherry Heriloom Tomatoes (Green Zebra's, Golden Nuggets, etc...)
* Bell Peppers
* Romaine Lettuce
* Crookneck Squash
* Habanero Peppers
So far we have lots of blossoms and am going to try my hand at pollinating them tomorrow afternoon! Wish me luck!!
And I went to go water the garden on Friday and look what awaited me!!!!
I'm in shock, I did a TOTAL half @$$ job at planting them... but I'm so glad to see them pop up! :) Also, I thought my eggplant was a goner (Which is why I hadn't mentioned it. I had to prune off all its shriveled leaves a week after it went into the ground)... but it sprouted some new leaves and pushes on!!
I don't plan to harvest these first ones, but I'll see as it comes in more these coming weeks.... This is my first year doing this, so I'm approaching this more as a learning experience for next year anyway... It's been a little more than a month and I've already learned SO much already (and about the darn roof)
Well, I'm in CT so my list is a lot shorter. Right now, I have peas, lettuce, and radishes going. I have leeks, beets and carrots hopefully working away, ready to sprout any day now.
In a couple of weeks, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, kale, chard, onions. A little after that, cucumbers, bush beans, tomatoes (Brandywine, San Marzano and maybe something else, I can't remember), basil, other herbs, pumpkins, butternut squash, eggplant. And some flowers to bring in pollenators and predators -- nasturtiums, sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, petunias, alyssum, maybe something else that looks purty.
up here in northern Alberta our season is short...we will not get tomatoes in the ground for another 2 weeks minimum, and then it is still risky as there may be frost. that being said the peas, some of the carrots, spinach, kale, onion and lettuce and radish are in the ground. everything has to be out of the ground by early September and the risk of frost starts in late August.
however we have a warm summer, lots of sun and great soil, I was amazed at what I could grow last year (my first year ever veggie gardening)
carrots, peas, beans, kale, lettuce, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries, herbs, potatoes, squash, zucchini. :)
Here in NH my list is pretty similar to Harrie's. I'm growing sugar snaps instead of peas because we're lazy. This weekend I will pick up our tomato and pepper plants from a local gardener who sells her extras. She just puts one ad in the weekly farmers' bulletin, emails plant lists and pickup is on a particular weekend. What a find! I can buy one each of everything at 60 cents a plant. I discovered her last year and our peppers were amazing, varieties I had never heard of like Aruba and Carmagnola Rossa. I have several varieties of basil planted indoors. The seedlings are just barely up and don't have true leaves yet. Last weekend we cut some saplings so I could make a bean teepee for some yard long beans. I have planted some Asian greens and bought 2 new cookbooks anticipating a summer of stir frying and just maybe fresh summer rolls. We will definitely grow Confection squash again this year, a variety with oriental heritage from Johnny's. We have preferred Buttercup over Butternut but Confection beats both for sweetness and good keeping. Last night on May 5 we had our last squash from the storage box under my husband's basement tool bench. That's right ... except for just a bit of mold starting, the squash itself was still perfect inside. I made a Thai green curry vegetable stew. With Buttercup we were lucky to have any squashes survive past Thanksgiving. Among a few flowers I have started indoors is Lemon Gem, a dainty marigold with amazing lemon fragrance. I love to plant it with some Calendula pot marigolds among the basil and tomatoes. Also, harvested the last of our parsnips about 2 weeks ago (we always wait to dig them until after winter as soon as the ground thaws).
We got a nice load of fresh steer manure last fall and I have a load of composted horse manure due soon. This is our 3rd summer in our new old house but only 2nd summer of serious veggie growing. Now that we have lots of sun, I also plan to try a couple of melon varieties. Unfortunately we started a new asparagus bed in what turned out to be a very wet spot and it looks like we lost all the plants.
I envy the California fruit trees. I doubt if we'll put in any fruit trees although blueberries are on my wish list.
Brandon, what was the issue with your strawberries and what type were they? My garden is in Los Angeles and I've got the following outside right now:
Russian purple plum tomatoes
Dr. Carolyn tomatoes
Santa Rosa Plums
Green Gage Plum
I've also got wild fennel and berries on trails right outside our property so I just use those! I'm also testing a bunch of bare root apple trees, and shockingly, I have not killed them. Yet.
I am unsure of the variety of the strawberries. The were volunteer plants that sprouted from my parents compost.
The issue with the berries was the privet tree nearby. Its berries/olives whatever the fruit is is allelopathic and wipe out growth in their drip line. A chainsaw solved that little problem.
I also have a nice little family run berry stand a few miles away. I let them grow and harvest the berries, and concentrate on what I have had success with.