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.
05/12/2010 - 11:40am
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.)
05/12/2010 - 9:20am
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.
05/11/2010 - 9:51pm
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!
05/11/2010 - 9:42pm
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.
05/11/2010 - 4:37pm
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.
05/11/2010 - 3:52pm
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!!
05/10/2010 - 5:36pm
zucchini, peas, green beans, tomatoes, asparagus, carrots, potatoes, onions, green peper, cucumber
05/10/2010 - 4:47pm
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
05/10/2010 - 4:00pm
Last year we grew tomatoes, but the "deer "in our neighborhood eat most of them.This year we will only grow fresh herbs.