Spring is here, and Summer Soon: Any greenthumbs and Gardening Chicks?

on Apr 24, 2012 @ 02:20 pm

I am a gardener and I love spring and summer. I grow lots of my own veggies in a small backyard, and in pots, and everywhere where I find space, my kitchen cupboard perhaps.

I have mini cucumbers, peppers, tomato, okra, bittermelon, various herbs, eggplant, spinach, swiss chard.

Anyone else veggie gardening or flower gardening?


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First year planting veggies! on Apr 24, 2012 @ 05:45 pm

I have the exact same little dirt pod thingys! I started peas, tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, carrots, ... there is more, I can't remember right now. I have to dig up a patch of my back yard to get them planted. I mostly worried about the animals in my area. There are raccoons, rabbits, deer, ground hogs and squirrels everywhere. So I know I have to at least put up a fence.

I've heard a few tricks for keeping pests out, such as cayenne pepper, solar lights and HUMAN HAIR! (yuck) How do you keep animals out of your plants?

I can't wait to start my garden! To bad it was SNOWING today! URG!

Looks good! on Apr 24, 2012 @ 05:52 pm

Looks good Angelina :) I always have a garden it is so rewarding to pick your own veggies and herbs.

geez.....I need to try this out.... on Apr 24, 2012 @ 06:13 pm

I have never been interested in gardening but since I may be a homeowner soon, I know I'll need to start thinking about this. Good to know I can turn to Miss Angelina if I need some tips!

If you can't beat them, join them! on Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

Patricia: I am also in the same boat, my backyard is arms length of NCC lands. Squirrels, raccoons, ground hogs, some skunks, I hear some coyotes - but never seen them. Last year, I got eggplants, butternut squash few tomatoes, some spinach in the pot.

Of course, they say all these stuff, but it seldom work. So, why not feed them so they leave your plants/fruits alone? sometimes, I need to clean up outside the fence, but nothing major.

I set up 4 cans - makeshift bird feeder - squirrels get them. Some leftover apples, and other food stuff outside my fence. I can hear them at night fighting over my food for them, but they were so feed, that they stay our of the actual garden bed. I was able to harvest my eggplant, squash and tomato instead of them (coons and his gang) and enjoy it.

Since my backyard has lots of clay, I never dig it. I just add couple of bags of compost on top of the clay, and plant the vegetables on top. It worked wonderfully.
This year, I already dumped 5 bags of compost. Let it cooked by rain, snow....then after May long weekend, that's it - seedlings goes to the little hills or little mounds/volcano of compost.

Ditto! on May 05, 2012 @ 11:21 am

Angelina - nice!! Good for you!

I searched forever to find a home that had green space behind it (conservation lands) and then paid the scary premium to buy it. I am totally okay that it comes with the tree rats (aka squirrels) and other wildlife. But even our apartment in the city had racoons, skunks and tree rats... all love to dig. I couldn't even grow tulip bulbs on my 2nd story deck because they were attacked and eaten.

I tried pepper, cayenne, human hair (my stylist though I was crazy as I asked for my hair)... nothing worked against the determined foragers. I haven't tried to grow edibles at my house. I am going to try to grow perennials and shrubs for beauty only...

ONE food experiment. You know those grow-in-a-bag tomato growers? Well, I bought one, and will try to grow the tomatoes (buying the plants - not growing from seed) from a hook attached to the house this year. Fingers crossed.

Strawberries on May 05, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

I bought two hanging baskets of strawberries last year and a plant hanger that sticks in the ground to hang them on. I got lots of strawberries out of them! After the summer I put them down by the shed and totally forgot about them. I stumbled over them this spring and they had NEW GROWTH on them! I couldn't believe it! I cut out all the dead leaves and water them and put them in the sun. They already have flowers on them! :) Another great idea for people with not a lot of space!

I just finished fencing in my garden and planting my seedlings. (Yes, I know I'm a bit early! but I couldn't resist.) I can't wait to get some veggies! My pumpkin seedlings are doing awesome! I'll try to post some pictures soon.

Garden Update - Summer 2012 on Aug 21, 2012 @ 08:28 am

The nights are getting colder, and I have seem to come inside more often now.

The squirrels left my tomatoes alone and I seem to pick the cherry ones daily. My kids pick sweet peas and beans on the smaller pots. I have grown peanuts for the first year in pots, and it started to develop the nuts, Mr. Squirrel did not find it yet.

All my beans are thriving, I steam them each meal - and I am impressed.
The herb collection in pots are going, going, going: Basil, chives, lemon balm, golden lemon thyme.

The sweet container pepper become a food source for my kids.

I will post videos of my tomatoes grown in buckets, peppers grown in pots, and beans who are giving me more each day, and I starting to deliver each day harvest to neighbors. I hope everyone have fun harvest.

a mix of backyard harvest: eggplant with leafy greens and purples ready for the BBQ

Does anyone have any good harvest, pest problems this year?

Delicious! on Aug 21, 2012 @ 10:32 am

I'm super jealous of your garden, here's hoping next summer I have more space. That looks delicious.

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