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Anybody getting their gardens ready?

I've been tilling my gardens most of the day.

Getting ready to plant several kinds of beans/peas, tomatoes, peppers, some herbs, sunflowers, radishes, cucumbers, watermelons, muscadines...


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Thought I would bump this up

with spring right around the corner. :o)

We still have snow on the ground but I have high hopes one day real soon the sun is going to actually start shining !!

Anyone have any veggies started inside ?

I have the following started in the greenhouse...of course all organic :o)

Roma Tomatoes
Regular Tomatoes
Green and Jalapeno Peppers
Sweet Potatoes
Goji Berry plants
Chia plants
Asparagus(won't get anything for a few
years but you have to start somewhere.)
We had a warm snap in February and
I was able to dig up some strawberry plants
and replant them in the greenhouse..so I have some berries already on the plants. Not enough to do anything with but fun none the less.
and oh tons of Marigolds to ward off bugs in the garden.

New things I'm trying this year in the garden are Goji, Amaranth, Quinoa, sunflowers and Chia.

I lost all my asparagus last year because I didn't keep up with the PH in my soil.( we have really sandy soil)

My question is has anyone ever grown Quinoa, Chia or Amaranth and if so do you have any tips ?

Interesting set of plants


~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Hired a rototiller guy for Saturday.

He'll till a 25'x40' plot right in the middle of the back yard where it is sunniest. In New Hampshire it is best not to plant before Memorial Day. I'll be ready.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.



A new sprout

Okay, I'm ready to jump into this 25-page-long (and growing -- ha!! Get it??) thread, since I finally went out today and made some plant and seed purchases.

Yes, I know; late to the prom. But for some time, I haven't known for sure where my home would be...still don't know how long I'll get to stay here (ahem), but I may as well throw the dice and plug some plants.

I got various herbs, selected specifically for medicinal and culinary purposes, strawberries, onions, chives, various lettuces, cantaloupe, cucumber, squash, corn, sunflowers, and seeds for some other flowers (we all need cheer in desperate times, no?). They're all lined up outside, ready and waiting for me to till the land and plant 'em in place.

Here's the fun part: living in a tract home with a postage-stamp sized yard that is covered with lots of cement is rather limiting. Sure, I could dig up the back lawn and plant 'em there, but I don't know that my (already-patient beyond the call of duty) landlord would look kindly upon that.

My plan, therefore, is to utilize the small slope we have against our backyard. It's currently covered in ice plant; I'm hoping to gently remove those plants and move them to the bare slope in the front yard (see, I'm hoping that I can transplant ice plant; I have no idea if this is possible or if I'll just end up killing the currently thriving ice plants). This would free up the backyard slope for crops.

So as I started "clearing the back 40", I discovered...a family of gophers live in that slope. I suspect them to be Mormon or Catholic, because there are a LOT of them.

No, I don't want to go the Caddyshack route, but...um...what do I do about this? Should I ignore them and "live and let live," or will the adorable little critters munch away at my Green Acres?

Farmer Green
(as in, I'm new at this)

Get a dog

Mine find every mole they can dig up in my yard.....Of course, it then looks like a drunk person ran a trencher through my yard. But no more moles! At least no live ones; the dead ones wind up in the yard when the dogs get through playing with them.

On second thought, don't get a dog....Go with Mart's suggestion.

A kitten..

.. adopted my house (and therefore me) this weekend. =|

My other cat, that I inherited from my grandmother (I'm not really a cat person), is not very amused.

Was my gopher suggestion the powdered fox pee? =P


Not a cat person ! Ouch, Mart.

"I have once heard that the ability to resist temptation is the truest measure of a mans character."

Dustin Hoffman to Steve McQueen

I guess..

.. I'm a "(k)at" person. =P


Many years ago

I saw a strawberry plant disappear into the ground before my eyes. I used poison grain to get even.

There is an electrical device that you can insert into the ground here and there about your garden. It sounds a frequency that keeps gophers at bay.

Another day..

.. of bamboo battles. I burned trees and bamboo all day that I've been cutting down for three weeks.

I'm whooped... again.

The other day I was thinking

that I would even slash and burn bamboo all day, like you, just to be doing something, anything, in the gardens. But then, we suddenly got word that by Sat it will be 83 degrees. Winter is over.

Bamboo is odd. Out on Guam at the Japanese's last command post, the bamboo is really, really tall and of fat diameter, and the tops clack hollowly together when the wind blows it. It's ghostly and unnerving.

My bamboo...

... is a lumber quality running bamboo with a 3"-6" culm diameter standing 20ft-30ft high (a few are close to 40ft). The top 2/3rd's of the culms have bushy bushy stems with lots of leaves so they don't clack but make swishy noises when the wind blows -- which is kind of calming and peaceful.

I really like the way it looks and its other characteristics, except for the fact that it grows so incredibly quickly and sends out runners that pop up baby bamboo for 70-80ft in every direction from the perimeter of the "forest".

It's constant annual hard work just to keep the stuff contained.

Glad to hear you are getting your first blast of spring/summer! =)

my bamboo looked lovely in the snow...

but it does not get very big around here!
I disregarded the local wisdom - "Don't plant until the snow is off Schaeffer Butte." And I lost 4 cucumbers, 4 canteloupes and 4 tomatoes 2 nights ago. Oh well, we rolled the dice, came up 7s! I have lots of seed in the ground and a few indoor starts - and my apple trees are just busting out all over!

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

How old are your apple trees?

I want to plant apple trees but right now I'm focusing on plants that can produce more quickly and I've read it can be 3-5 years before apple trees start producing.

Do you know what variety bamboo you have?

one baby, two elders

I planted a few fruit trees in the fall that won't produce for a few years, but the property had two well established ones. The house is 100 years old, but the trees do not look THAT big to me. I am guessing 20 years, maybe? I'm not cutting them down to count rings! ;)
The bamboo also came with the place. I have no idea what variety - to be honest I did not know bamboo would grow here. We are zone ONE by some books!

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.


Hats off to you...After reading all the current threads...This is what I've noticed...

Over 1000 posts on your "Anybody getting their gardens ready" thread and not one troll or heated debate...and not one instance of name calling..

This is a record...Gotta love it !

Congratulations !!!

Only adults allowed!!


"I have once heard that the ability to resist temptation is the truest measure of a mans character."

Dustin Hoffman to Steve McQueen


.. I was pondering the lack of trolls in here earlier today too. =)

I guess having heated debates about plants is basically a non-starter...

Feel the calm and absolutely magnetic urge to eat a banana.

I found that Martfuncher is correct; people become calm when pure food source is near. Our liberty will be found, by taking back our local farms as people insist on access to wholesome variety of raw living foods. Just gotta happen. Make the right food choice everyday. Gotta love it !

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”


.. thank you for the approval of correctness but I'm not sure I ever said that the nearness of pure food sources induces calmness.. but I guess it does maybe. ;)


I have four varieties of organic seed spuds coming from Ronninger farms, and I'm going to grow them in trash cans with straw. Heehehe. Hopefully I will get good yields on them when the season is done! Bought a sweet potato at the grocery store, going to see what happens with it as well. Any tips for how long I need to wait, where I should keep the sweet potato to get it ready for planting?

The Retrocon
Hope for America, Ron Paul for President in 2008!

The Retrocon
Hope for America, Ron Paul for President in 2008!


...get it to sprout some "tips" and then plant. water, keep most until leafing, but don't saturate. fertilize every 3 to 4 waterings.


I didn't think....

...that you were supposed to use fertilizer on taters? I'm going to cover seed potatoes with the raised bed mixture I use (1 part compost , 1 part peat moss, 1 part vermiculite) and thereafter cover up to the top 1/3 of vine growth with straw.....let me know if I am misguided!!!

The Retrocon
Hope for America, Ron Paul for President in 2008!

The Retrocon
Hope for America, Ron Paul for President in 2008!

From what I recall...

.. taters can benefit from certain fertilizer components but if you use the typical "garden" fertilizer it will make the green top parts of the plant really showy but end up with small potatoes.

Something like that anyways. I'm too lazy to google it at the moment... ;)


We have planted, all heirloom seeds:

two types of tomato
yellow zuchini
white eggplant
purple pole bean
pablano pepper
5 spices

also producing is:

satsuma orange
2 types of fig

i'm about to plant okra and nasturtiums and tobago seasoning peppers

mostly, it is raised bed, but i do have the tomatos in organic potting soil in nursery pots, buried in the ground.

all of the irrigation is gutter/cistern/drip, augmented by a solar pump

target has a serious canner/pressure cooker i have my eyes upon

Nice garden..

.. and setup. I love pablano peppers stuffed with beef and chihuahua cheese.

Chihuahua cheese:

all that work, guess what is growing the best?

I threw a few over-the-hill potatoes out back and tossed some leaves on them. It looks like it will be a bumper crop!

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.


Happens every year! I throw the scrawniest (from seed) plants on the compost pile, something in there always takes over & becomes the top producer!

I didn't get to plant my taters..

.. until yesterday because of going out of town for a couple days. Hopefully, they'll be poking their little heads up pretty soon.

Thanks to howard for the seed taters! =P