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    Gardening season is coming up!

    I love snakes but another thing I love is gardening.

    Any gardeners on here?

    I'm getting ready for indoor seed starting.

    I got my grow lights ready and pots prepped and now just waiting for the weekend to start planting seedlings. Transplant for my area is last of April first of May.

    Getting ready to start broccolini, tomatos, peppers, and some herbs. More to do later.


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    Re: Gardening season is coming up!

    I have done horticulture for over 30yrs.
    I work at big garden centre in UK
    Can't wait for summer

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    Re: Gardening season is coming up!

    Quote Originally Posted by richardhind1972 View Post
    I have done horticulture for over 30yrs.
    I work at big garden centre in UK
    Can't wait for summer

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    That's awesome! This is just my 3rd year doing vegetables and I'm still learning a lot. But it's fun and rewarding to be able to eat what you grow.

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    I'm so ready for spring too! I've cut back on growing anything other than tomatoes (my favorite) these days though. But what I lack in variety, I make up for in quantity! You just can't have too many home-grown tomatoes!
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    Re: Gardening season is coming up!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    I'm so ready for spring too! I've cut back on growing anything other than tomatoes (my favorite) these days though. But what I lack in variety, I make up for in quantity! You just can't have too many home-grown tomatoes!
    I got 4 new varieties to try! I can't wait.
    The white with no picture is a striped tomato.
    I have a couple of others from last year also.
    Thinking about 8-10 plants total.


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    Ha I actually am not doing tomatoes this year because everyone else does and gives them away, along with cucumbers. I'm planting spinach and kale along the northeast side of my house so hopefully it'll stay cool enough during the summer afternoons, when it's shaded, that it won't bolt early. Otherwise I'll be planting bush green beans and Mexican sunflowers again, and I'm adding two blueberry bushes.

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    Re: Gardening season is coming up!

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr229 View Post
    Ha I actually am not doing tomatoes this year because everyone else does and gives them away, along with cucumbers. I'm planting spinach and kale along the northeast side of my house so hopefully it'll stay cool enough during the summer afternoons, when it's shaded, that it won't bolt early. Otherwise I'll be planting bush green beans and Mexican sunflowers again, and I'm adding two blueberry bushes.
    I remember doing green beans with my grandmother every year. She would have a big garden and we would string and break and clean bushels every year for her to can. She did bunch beans and half runners mainly. Sometimes she would do some pink tips for soup beans.

    I'm not a big fan of beans myself so I'm not doing any but I am planting a nice little salad garden with different types of lettuce spinach and greens. The Creasy greens that are wild around here are just getting to the side to harvest also.

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    Oooh, I've grown green beans before- they're awfully good- I even like them raw when they're fresh. You won't catch me "canning" though- too much work & it's too hot in summer for that.

    I've grown wonderful (& huge) cucumbers before too, but as it was pointed out, you can only eat so many- I ended up selling most of them to my local health food store- I only grow organic, & they carry both certified organic & "local" produce.

    I've had no luck with blueberries, but I miss the raspberries I grew for several years- incredibly sweet when freshly picked. Sadly, mine died out. I used to grow strawberries too, & a few blackberries- the birds got most of those, but they mostly served as a diversion from my raspberries anyway, lol. I've grown bell peppers before too, also melons (watermelons & cantaloupe).

    I'm often guilty of "over-doing it" on tomatoes- I've raised as many as 37 plants one year- but I like having extras- yes, some to share & some to freeze & cook with too. So many good kinds of tomatoes- STOP! You're making me hungry!
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    That brocollini is great, isn't it? Freezes well, too.

    I grow that, and tomatoes (Brandywine and either San Marzano or Amish Paste -- sauce making and dehydrating for weeks in the fall -- and sometimes a cherry variety of some sort), and butternut squash, and cantaloupe. I used to love to grow Swiss chard, but between the slugs and Japanese beetles I gave it up. Strawberries too, though I need to work on the weeds better -- they're getting overrun by wild violets. My wife and daughter have their own half of the garden (good idea, but some days we need a fence between the sides, too ) and grow a lot of other veggies.

    We start seeds early April, and plant about the end of May. All our food crops are entirely organic, just to make it a little more challenging. We raise our own meat, too (lamb, chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl), but not organically unfortunately.

    We also have a little orchard with about 6 apple varieties, and sour cherries, and plums, and I'm thinking of planting a couple pears (I don't think any are self-fertile, so need two).

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    Re: Gardening season is coming up!

    I have endless pests in my area and I don't like to use chemicals so my gardening efforts have shifted towards flowers--mainly perennials.

    During a short break last year I divided 350 different types of irises into a little over 3000 plants and put them in part of my front yard.
    If all goes well this year: next year I will consider building an outdoor time lapse rig to watch them grow/bloom.


    Something to look forward to...
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