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May 5, 2009 11:44 AM

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
Bell Peppers
Italian Squash
Crookneck squash

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?

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  1. 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:

    Alpine Strawberries
    Russian purple plum tomatoes
    Dr. Carolyn tomatoes
    Brandywine tomatoes
    Momotaro tomatoes
    Zucchini Rampicante
    Golden Zucchini
    Purple/Lemon/Genovese Basil

    Fruit/Nut Trees:

    Santa Rosa Plums
    Green Gage Plum
    Various Nectarines/Peaches
    Lemons/Meyer Lemons
    Mexican Limes
    Fuyu/Hachiya Persimmon

    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.

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    1. re: baloney

      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.

    2. 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.

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      1. re: harrie

        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. :)

        1. re: harrie

          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.

          1. re: dfrostnh

            confection squash, huh? thanks for that tip very much DFrostNH!

        2. 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
          * Raddicchio
          * Raddishes
          * Asparagus
          * Artichoke
          * Crookneck Squash
          * Habanero Peppers
          * Strawberries
          * Basil
          * Sage
          * Thyme

          So far we have lots of blossoms and am going to try my hand at pollinating them tomorrow afternoon! Wish me luck!!


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          1. re: Dommy

            Asparagus in a container on a rooftop. Impressive!

            1. re: Glencora

              Well, we'll see!! I planted "bulbs' two weeks ago and it doesn't appear to be peeking throught yet... :)


              1. re: Dommy

                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!!


                1. re: Dommy

                  That's very cool. I keep not "committing" to asparagus, even though I've been in this house almost 20 years, because it seems like such big deal -- but there you are growing it on a rooftop. You aren't going to harvest it this year, though, are you?

                  1. re: Glencora

                    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)


          2. Northwest Ohio here:

            Tomatoes: Early Girl and Rutgers
            Sweet Corn
            Green beans
            Mustard greens

            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.

            1. 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.

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              1. re: kchurchill5

                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.

                1. re: cleopatra999

                  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.