How is your garden?

United States
July 18, 2009 7:24am CST
Well mine is better than last year but not as good as I had hoped. I can't seem to get my squash to produce anything but male flowers which of course do not bear fruit and fall off. It is aggrivating to say the least. i have gotten beans and peppers and a few tomatoes this year. I will not be ordering tomato plants from cottage farms on qvc next year as they have been terrible duds. I only got two green zebra tomatoes off the one plant and they were small and the only other ones producing tomatoes are the yellow pear ones! Out of 8 plants that is not good! The yellow ones,purple ones and red ones produced nothing! So thanks to the long growing season here in Florida I am still planting seeds for more hopefully better crops. I am so dissappointed in it this year. I don't know if it is because we have gotten so much rain or what. So how is your garden growing?
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
19 Jul 09
I don't have much of a garden this year and what I do have is a mixed bag. Some is doing extremely well and others aren't doing much of anything. I planted corn and not all of it came up so planted more, and now all of it is doing great and I have a bunch of ears that actually look like corn, LOL. I've never grown corn so this is real exciting to me. Can't wait to see how it tastes. I also have 2 each of three different kinds of tomatoes. I planted two from the same seed packet I had from last year and they are doing great, and I had two plants given to me from a lady up the street on freecycle and those are right up there with mine, and some of the tomatoes are huge. None are getting red yet, so I'm not sure what's up with that. I also started 2 roma tomatoes and they're not nearly as big (of course, because they're a completely different type of tomato), but they do have little tomatoes about the size of avocados. I have 2 burbpless cucumbers with vines that are growing like crazy, but all male flowers so that didn't do me much good. One plant finally had 2-3 females so I do have some small cukes growing, but certainly not what I had hoped for. The other plant doesn't have a single female on the lot, and there are a bazillion males. I had planted one other from seed that I saved from something I ate last year and couldn't remember if it was cucumber or cantaloupe. Didn't think I'd get anything from it since most of what we buy in the store to eat is a hybrid and usually sterile, but I did get one fruit from it, and it's now easily identifiable as a cantaloupe - hurray! Again, lots of flowers but just the one fruit, but I'm happy to get even that.
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• United States
19 Jul 09
I am having problems with all male blooms too! Just checked yesterday on the new blooms and every last stinking one is a freaking male!!!!So I have been planting new seeds in hopes of better crops. I am going to be working in the garden today and hope that my efforts will bring forth a miracle!
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
20 Jul 09
My garden looks good. I have gotten a few cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. I have lots of bigger tomatoes, but they are not turning red yet, but I can't wait until they do.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
20 Jul 09
This seems to be a bad year for gardeners from what I have been hearing. At least you did get some good vegetables from your plants. I planted some carrot seeds and haven't noticed anything come up yet. We did plant one tomatoe plant and it is so huge. The plant has seemed to triple in size. We have a bunch of green tomatoes right now. My daughter is anxiously waiting for them to turn red. She loves tomatoes. I think a lot of the problem is because of all of the rain everyone has been getting.
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• Australia
19 Jul 09
i love my coconut palm which grows in my front yard it has never given me any because i cut its nuts off before they grow and land on my expensive car which is parked underneath as i am too lazy to park in garage however it still gives me that coconut look even though i buy the coconuts from the supermarket i also have a giant mango tree in my backyard which protected my house last november when a twister came for a visit it was one of the scarest moments in my life for 10 minutes and i don't mean the ones at kfc and i am too lazy to climb it and pick the mangoes in feburary the bats get fat on them how do you keep bats away as they crap on my house roof and hang upside down on the gutters.
@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
19 Jul 09
I envy you. You give your garden much tender care. Mine had grown weeds and need tending. The wildflowers are in full bloom though. They are a feast to the eyes. They come in many wondrous colors. My papaya had born fruit. I use the green unripe ones to cook chicken soup. Just add ginger and some herbal leaves and wow, we have nutritious food. I have chili pepper and local lemon, a few pandan leaves for cooking rice, and basil for pasta. Though my garden is in shambles, I still like it very much. It's a playground for the birds, the bees, and the butterflies,too.
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@yogambal_64 (1016)
• India
19 Jul 09
My garden as present looks green due to ambudance of rain since a week. I have mainly only floral plants that are very attractive. My garden needs a trimming and some good tending, I am waiting for the rains to subside.
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• India
19 Jul 09
Mine garden is so beautifull .It is having lawn.It consists of many crottons and rose plants.In rose plants like red rose .black rose,white rose and yellow rose.I lokk after my garden.I water them.In the morning my garden look so beautifull.I think mine garden is as compare to other gardens.
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@GardenGerty (104062)
• United States
18 Jul 09
I did not have good luck the year I planted exotic varieties of tomatoes. I have yellow pear, which always do well, and Celebrity. I stick to things like Early Girl and Jet Star, Big Boy and Better Boy. I am only doing a strip garden of tomatoes and peppers, but it seems to be doing pretty well. Next year I will do more. I do not know what to tell you about the squash, unless you can find some plant food that has a higher middle number, because that component is the one that contributes to making blossoms. I have read that on tomatoes you spray the blooms with very dilute sugar water to set the blooms. I never have tried that, but thought I would pass it along. My best garden I ever remember I actually planted stuff in August and harvested in September, so keep on trying.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
11 Aug 09
My garden is doing just great this year. Corn is awesome, tons of tomatoes and sweet bell peppers along with 2 mild banana peppers. Only 3 green bean plants sprouted but they are producing like mad. We're getting tired of eating them all the time. lol We also planted potatoes, carrots, onions, and asparagus..all doing just fine.
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• United States
4 Aug 09
I gave up on my garden. It started out good but I have a lot of clay soil that will need tilled for next year. The only thing surviving is the catnip which my cats love!
@julz007 (20)
• Canada
30 Jul 09
You know what i like about my garden is that all the flowers grow on their own. I have flowers everywhere in my yard which I own over 210 acres thats is alot of flowers its gorgeous.
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@Annie2 (594)
• United States
13 Aug 09
I have had very few squash so far. Mine appear to be mostly male, too. We've had white mold on all the leaves and are fighting that every day. The leaves are nearly as big as elephant ears! The leaf lettuce has done very well, but the carrots are still very small. We are getting a few blooms on the watermelon now. We had very few onions and very few potatoes. The beans didn't make it at all. We have some green tomatoes, and ate a few before they were completely red, but they were still good. I had several plants, but I'm afraid they aren't going to produce enough for canning and freezing. The broccoli is still nothing but leaves -- which are being eaten by cabbage worms -- another daily fight. I'm hoping for a better year next year. It has been an unusually cool and wet summer.