Last year I grew 2 tomato plants and a bell pepper plant in 5 gallon buckets in my tiny yard. The tomatoes were great; only a couple peppers made it past the critters to ripeness. But this year I put in a 3 x 3 raised bed and in addition to 4 different types of tomatoes, I have both green and purple (!) bell peppers plus a variety of herbs. I'm hopeful that once all the rain stops and the sun comes out, I'll have a good harvest!
My parents and my aunt Esther and uncle Vincent always gardened. I just started this year, wish me luck. I think so far I have made just about every mistake I could have made. I talked to my aunt Esther yesterday. She gave me some great advise, I love her she is so wise. I will have the greatest garden with her help and the help of all the staff from the Community Gardens in the Fox Cities in WI where I live. I went to a training class on Saturday. I learned about gardening a no till and no weed gardening. Boy that's my kind of gardening. Next year I plan to get a plot on there land if there are any available. I love veggies but they are so expensive, that's why I decided to start growing my own. I have chosen not to eat meat. I love tofu and Boca burgers, yummy!! Your recipes are great I can not wait to try them all. The ones with tofu. TY for all the great recipes. See you later alligator!
18 tomatoes--some are heirloom varieties
14 bell peppers--8 yellow and 6 red
4 round red hot peppers
Herbs: basil, thyme, chives, dill, sage, rosemary, parsley, mint,
I have always had a garden--at least 40 years
I have little sun.In the past three years I have planted tomatoe plants in containers-8 plants per year.MAYBE I've gotten 5 tomatoes per season.Not worth it!! The rabbitts beat me to it but my yield is minimal.
you need to grow what you can to dodge the excess salt and Cornsyrup in canned goods or at leascheck Frozen foods to dodge the ones with added salt.
the other reason simple sunlight is free the seed is not too costly and budget is tight due to health expenses Dialysis patients are limited by ingredient content and high costs of treatment by FOR profit Providers
I am planting this year: 128 heirloom tomato plants, most from my saved organic 2009 seed. Also,several lettuces, pepper plants, herbs, heirloom garlic from my saved 2009 cloves, "Walla Walla" onions, and various berries. All in raised beds on my Seattle parking strip. I can, freeze, or preserve ~ 50%, & give 25-50% aways to food banks, neighbors, family, and co-workers. Linda
With limited space I still like to grow my own herbs and veggies in containers. This year besides tomatoes and peppers, I'm trying salad lettuce in a strawberry pot and eggplant in a container. Also putting cucumbers on a trellis in the back of my flowers. I figure I have nothing to lose trying, fresh veggies if I succeed, the fresh air and excise everyday, not a bad trade off.
Fresh picked, fresh flavor! We grow asparagus (OMG), blackberry vines, tomato vines, pepper plants, onions, garlic, sage, bee balm & flowers in our raised bed garden. I have a small salad garden up by the house of lettuce, spinach, radish and a couple of tomato vines and two peach trees. Everything is mulched in so it's very little work.
We have a few chickens! They are wonderful pets, Wishbone & Drumstick are outside entertainment... plus, what we don't eat... they do! They're magic compost machines & each give 1 egg per day. Their yoke is so rich... almost orange... you should try one of my cream pies!
I love growing stuff!
my husband and I are over the road truck drivers and we not only grow our own we grow enough to can and to share with family.
Enjoy the fresh home grown veggies!!
It would be great to have organic pesticide free vegetables and fruits at hand and not have to pay high prices for this food at the grocery store.
Used to grow vegetables and flowers, but in last 4 years or so more flowers and just tomatoes & peas. This year, however, we have put in 2 raised beds, 4' x 8' x 12". This should make it easier for our older backs. Planning on 3 varieties of tomatoes and 3 of peppers, also eggplant, butternut and summer squash, zuccini, cucumbers, beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, lettuces and, of course, pumpkins for our granddaughter. I think I'm forgetting something. Anyway, we are very excited to get back into real gardening again. (Some of the more traveling things like pumpkins, and squashes will be planted in the garden, not the raised beds.)
bok choy, radishes, lettuce, corn, sugar snap peas, eggplant, 2x peppers, 4x tomatoes, 2x, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, pattypans, zucchini, beets, parsnips (new this year), basil in four, 5'x5' raised beds. Blueberries and strawberries elsewhere! Can't wait! I've already harvested bok choy, radishes, and lettuce in the Pacific Northwest.
We just have to stay healthy....and "playing in the dirt" is a great way to be healthy mentally and physically! Just try to grow everything and anything ORGANIC! No pesticides in your food! No viruses in your food! No pharmas in your food! Just natural, healthy stuff that will help you build you immune system, give you fantastic energy and a feeling of accomplishing "all by yourself" that is great! GMO seeds have all "that bad stuff" right in the seeds so you can't wash it off! It goes right into your body and stays there! So have fun "doing you thing" with Organic Seeds, (the seeds we always had until about 10 years ago!) and then eating it! Save the seeds and do it again next year!
Or even grow "Hydopnically" in small areas - even all year long, and you are cutting water costs. Find out about HYDROPONICS and be surprised!
One great place to go to: www.OrganicConsumers.com, and see the movie: FOOD INC (www.Food Inc.com)...you can get the movie at Amazon.com for about $10.00 to share with people you care for and people you know. Changes all start with a 1st step!
Stay Healthy and Keep Happy!
We always grow tomatoes and cucumbers along the fence on the sunny side of the house. The sun reflects back across the narrow space and we get a huge crop of wonderful juicy tomatoes. We plan to put in raised beds to grow a wider variety of edibles. Can't wait, especially with the introduction of GM produce and the industry's reluctance to label foods as such. Growing our own food is one of the few ways we can be sure our food is truly healthy.
I always grow herbs and each year, add to the mix. I've started growing lettuces in the past year or so. They are so easy.
Since we have been in our house for so long (35+ years) and we use no chemicals, all our gardening is organic. I love the way a healthy balanced environment has evolved. I don't even handpick the snails anymore. They don't eat much. The only problem I have insect wise are aphids on my chives and nasturtiums. Finally last year I planted a marigolds near each and had no more aphids.
Many years ago, we hired a man to do the yard. I had been firm in my instructions about no sprays, herbicides etc. and told him not to disturb the webs of spiders. He brought a helper one day when I happened to be home. I heard the "boss" say," And whatever you do, don't kill that big spider on the web over there or the owner will have a fit!" The look they exchanged was priceless.
This is my first year planting vegetables. My sugar snap pea plants are about 1 inch tall, my chard plants are just tiny sprouts and my green bean plants haven't sprouted yet (it's been less than a week for them). Still to plant--a couple kinds of summer squash (too early for those yet here in the Seattle suburbs). I figured that would be plenty for my first year. The real challenge in my yard will be to keep the deer from eating them. We'll see how that goes. I've been growing herbs for years, but luckily deer don't find them tasty.
Trying to grow some heirloom tomatoes this year. Also some butternut squash. I grow catnip every year for our four cats. This year, I am growing the tomatoes in a container on the patio, in a bedding area outside and in a cage that is around our avocado tree. The cage is about 12x5x5. My husband built it to protect the avocados from the squirrels!! I have a tomato plant and the catnip growing in the cage at the base of the avocado. I can just open the gate of the cage and pick catnip. The cage is fantastic for protecting the avocados!! The squirrels were really dumbfounded this past year!! All those avocados and no way to get to them!!
zucchini, peas, green beans, tomatoes, asparagus, carrots, potatoes, onions, green peper, cucumber
Love doing my garden every year. I mostly plant 4 to 9 tomato plants; chives held over from last year, sweet corn, squash: zuccini & yellow crookneck. My church & neighbors love sharing my efforts. I have a superb Satsuma (?) plum tree - BEST plums I've ever tasted. JuliaRC
Last year we grew tomatoes, but the "deer "in our neighborhood eat most of them.This year we will only grow fresh herbs.
Growing medium size or full size tomatoes is the most rewarding for flavor. Neighbors don't turn down tomatoes like they do with squash.
Yes, we currently have four tomato plants, and 4 pepper plants growing. The pepper we have are jalapeno, banana, red, yellow. The tomatoes we have growing are 2 parks whopper, stripey, taladega. The banaba peppers we're tasted and while I don't like them others think they're awesome. Just a bit hot for me. Also we have a jalapeno growing in the same pot as the taladega tomato to see if we can't get spicy tomatoes.
I think if you have the space weither it be large or small use it for food .
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