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Gardeners, what are you growing this year?

Asked by MissAusten (16142points) June 1st, 2009

Just flowers, or vegetables, fruits, and herbs too? Do you have any secrets of success to share? I have a few things in my garden and am hoping they live and produce this year. Basil, tomatoes, strawberries, and watermelons, plus some bell peppers that I started inside and haven’t transplanted yet. I have my fingers crossed!

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buster's avatar

My maters, melons, and squash love the water. I like to tear up some disposable diapers. Clean ones that is. Get the fluffy stuff and mix that up with the soil under where I am going to plant. The ground then will hold more water so I can get away with watering less often.

AstroChuck's avatar

Just weeds, so far. My thumb is extremely brown.
I do have some mostly dead primroses and completely dead begonias in the flower bed on the side of the garage.

MissAusten's avatar

@buster, I’ve never heard of that before. I have a lot of diapers still hanging around from before my youngest was potty trained. I bet the kids would love to rip some of them apart. Probably too late this year, but next spring I’ll have to try it.

@AstroChuck, I was going to say my thumb is brown too, but then I thought about the ways a thumb could get turned brown and got grossed out. I’ll just stick with not having a green thumb.

AstroChuck's avatar

My nose is brown too, but that’s different.

kruger_d's avatar

herbs, tomatoes, trying a new variety of nasturtium-Princess of India, only gets 6” high/wide

arnbev959's avatar

Corn (3000 corn plants), potatoes (I bought a 50 pound bag of seed potato. That’s a lot of potatoes,) watermelon, cucumbers, pumpkins, carrots, onions, sunflowers.

No herbs or weeds yet though.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Turnips, zucchini, green onions, cherry tomatoes, and mint. I got some super cheap seeds so I wasn’t expecting everything to actually come up. It did, so now I’m going to be getting more dirt to redistribute things. Because as it stands, nothing will make it. Very overcrowded in my little tub.

RedPowerLady's avatar

We have veggies:
– Bell Peppers
– Tomatoes
– Lemon Cucumbers (my favorite)
– Onion
– Zucchini
– Strawberry
– Huckleberry Bush (haven’t planted yet)

Herbs:
– Lemon Balm
– Mint
(thinking of planting some dill too)
– MilkWeed

And flowers too but I never remember their names.

I am so excited! I love growing veggies. This is our second year gardening and we both enjoy it so much.

Secrets to success?? Good Soil! We always rototill (by hand because we don’t have the money to do otherwise) . Then we add some fresh soil on top and till again. Sometimes we add some bonemeal as well (oh i forgot to do that this year). Anyhow we did that last year and it turned out fabulous!

Jeruba's avatar

@buster, why does that work? Doesn’t the plant take up the water? And don’t you need the water to go down so the roots will go down and not stay shallow? I’m not much of a gardener, so I’m having a little trouble with the concept.

@petethepothead, are you planting a whole farm?

phoenyx's avatar

I’m trying raspberries this year.

MissAusten's avatar

@RedPowerLady Did you start the milkweed from seeds? I’ve tried that a couple of times, but I can’t get it to grow. A friend of mine brought me some milkweed in a pot from her yard, but it died almost right away.

My garden isn’t very big because our yard doesn’t get much sun. I think next year I’ll expand it a bit. Our neighbor has a much larger garden and often shares his vegetables with us. He also has raspberry bushes that he always invites my kids to help pick—and lets them keep what they pick.

Aethelwine's avatar

We’re growing heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers (chocolate, green and red), banana peppers, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, green beans, strawberries, oregano, sweet basil and green onions.

I love this time of year. It’s so nice to be able to go to your backyard and just grab what you need. The money that we save (especially with the bell peppers) is a welcome relief.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@MissAusten Nah, I’m not lucky with seeds quite yet. I started mine from about a three inch plant start from the local Native Plant Nursery. It didn’t seem to do great the first year we planted it. But when we went out to weed this year it was there and growing strong. Sounds like you have a brilliant neighbor. We are lucky to have a big gardening space as we are only renters. We expanded it a bit this year as well.

mzgator's avatar

We have all types of flowers. The hubs is growing a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes, creole tomatoes, Tomas and cherry tomatoes, loads of basil, oregano, parsley and all types of peppers. He has an awesome garden this year, which we have all been enjoying at our table every day. We also have a prepara inside garden of basil and heirloom tomatoes which we enjoy year round.

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