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How have all the Liberty gardens done this year?

At the beginning of the year there was a great post about gardening. I am just curious how everyone did with their garden. Was it productive? It would be good to hear how everyone did.

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Our veggie harvest season is different then in the states...but,

it is coffee harvest time and we have ( along with friends ) several farms to cover. It is also planting time for the "patron" ( parent root ) plants for future grafting ( avocado, mango etc. ). These are grown in nursery bags.

Last year we had enough fresh veggies to keep us and several neighbors pretty much supplied. The sweet corn didn't do so well...but never has, all the rest worked out quite well. Being we have land in distinct micro-climates from 1100ft. to over 4500ft. altitude, most every crop will find one suitable.

Papaya & Pineapple is our next project...and only in the lowlands will they produce prolificly...so we purchased 90 acres a bit further down the mountain. Some of the pasture is topographicly suitable and should work ok...the rest is forest and must be protected.

Oranges & Limons ( at least a 1/2 dozen types of each ) and most other tropical fruits trees harvest throughout the year.

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I had to do a container

I had to do a container garden because I was moving but it did great. With 20 containers I managed to make just about everything I needed for six jars of salsa (hot stuff) and six jars of pasta sauce (with sweet peppers). The few containers of butterhead lettuce, short thick carrots and broccoli rab did well too. The best part is that everything was heritage and grown from seed so I don't have to buy anything for next year except some organic fertilizer to put in the soil.

I still have left over Roma tomatoes if anyone wants some ;-).
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Tomato salad, tomato sauce, homemade ketchup ...

fried green tomatos, diced tomato omlettes, BLTs, etc. etc.


I gues I haven't gotten the right mix of tomato plants yet.


Thanks for Posting This

I've been thinking about doing so for the past few days.

I got 33 quarts of cherries from 2 dwarf trees in June.

4 quarts of wild blackberries from my bush (productivity is too low for the alloted space, will do something else next year).

Maybe 60 to 80 nice tomatoes form ten tomato plants that got yellow and droopy (second year in a row). But the fruits are very tasty, eating most, neighbors got some.

A dozen or more peppers.

Two giant heads of lettuce.

Plenty of lettuce for salads July through the present. Celery, too.

Lots of collard greens, I'm giving them away.

Some beans, tasty, will plant more next year.

A few peas, don't seem to be worth the effort.

Radishes -- letting them go to seed just as an experiment.

Tried potatoes for the first time. They are rather few and small in size, but I will try again next year.

Corn was small and sparse but delicious.

The easiest things to grow in quantity were the collards and the cabbage. They grew big and healthy with little tending and some dry, dry days. No wonder they have been a staple for regular folks for centuries.

Get some Debbie Meyer green bags

for some of the stuff you don't plan to can. As long as it's very dry when you put them in the bags, they really do last longer.

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Planted one in the spring &

Planted one in the spring & got enough to handle about 1/2 of my wife, mine,and my sons needs for the winter, I then planted a second garden about the middle of July, then I got pneumonia and the crabgrass took it over, I am just now getting over that, I am trying to get up enough courage to go in and try to dodge the snakes to see if it was a complete loss.

Here in Alabama, we can plant all kinds of vegetables, in the fall and winter as well. Collards, Broccoli, carrots, turnips, kale, cauliflower, snow peas, etc.
I try to ether hunt & fish enough, and grow enough for us to eat most of our food that way, but this year me getting pneumonia took out a big chunk of the summer garden.

Thank you Dr. Paul for making my act on what I already knew was right.

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I have some good things

mostly tomatoes.

I'm canning apple sauce I got off my dad's tree so there aren't any pesticides. I ran out of jars so I'll have to find some more. I have two little kids so applesauce goes to good use around here. I put up about 7 quarts of long cook method pesticide-free grape jelly and 2 quarts of grape juice.

I don't have much land, but the Walgreen's in my neighborhood has this huge plot that would only be good for a community garden as it's mostly blocked on all sides. I have a call in to the manager and he's passed my info on to his real estate people, but I haven't heard back. I'm afraid that's as far as that idea will get since corporations are so hard to deal with. Walgreen's is opening a lot of stores right now. If they slowed down, they'd probably go into cost savings mode and would be more gung ho about getting that land off their hands. If I did get any further, I'd have to get some interest drummed up for a land trust.

One problem I anticipate is that the people who would be for joining the garden might learn that it would just take one call to the parks director and they would run with it all the way through to tilling and rabbit fences. I might get stuck dealing with the government! The libertarian way to do it would be a land trust.

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is going crazy....Tomatoes, Corn ,Zucchini etc....they are all going nuts...almost harvest time.......Carrots and Watermelon were a failure this year.....but the rest is great!!

zuchinis have been hit and miss for a lot of people.

I think it's the bee shortage.

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I have been seeing very few

I have been seeing very few honey bees the past few years but there seem to be a plethora of other insects which have taken their place -- buzz, buzz.