I am going to have a good garden this year.

Garden Plot - We have been building the soil here, and had it rototilled on Saturday.
@GardenGerty (96663)
Marion, Kansas
April 26, 2010 12:21pm CST
We have been building the soil up for a couple of years, and got it tilled on Saturday. I put in winter onions. I will go downstairs and go through my old saved seed and see what I can get planted, and how they do. I am excited. Of course I have planted way too many tomatoes, in another bed.
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34 responses
@jb78000 (15178)
26 Apr 10
sounds great. i'd love to have a garden but since i live in a flat we just have a shared one. it is basically just grass and trees with a washing line - people mainly use it to let their dogs out. i don't think there would be much point me trying to grow things in it. i am growing lots of herbs inside though.
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@tomcat23 (623)
• Old Forge, Pennsylvania
26 Apr 10
Dog manure makes for good free fertilizer, as long as they don't trample through your plants.
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
I think in many places what we call a yard, it is called a garden. I have a garden plot within my yard. Living in a flat you are fortunate to have any green space.
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• United States
8 May 10
Have you ever tried container gardening? You don't have to worry about soil quality or digging up grass. Be careful with dog poop as fertilizer. Even if composted completely, it shouldn't be used on vegetables or fruit plants.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
26 Apr 10
Hi Garden Gerty shall I be ordering my tomatoes from your background garden next year :) ? This posting remembers me when I tried to grow strawberries. After so much care and time only one came out... A single one who was eaten by my beloved brother without my knowledge LOL
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@tomcat23 (623)
• Old Forge, Pennsylvania
26 Apr 10
I hope you didn't pull out the strawberries. The same thing happened to my mom, but now she gets a bumper crop every other year, she just has to keep the slugs and the chipmunk from eating them all.
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
Often strawberries do not do well until their second year.
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@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
26 Apr 10
This has happened a couple of years ago.... If I only knew... I thought that I was doing something badly....
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• Pamplona, Spain
26 Apr 10
Hiya Gardengerty, The "garden" we have here you can´t plant anything in it as it is cement made to look like soil. Of course the weeds still grown in and around the grass. The grass is the kind of grass they usually use to grow on Rooftop yards or patios I think you call them those that are top of those high buildings so the grass here has very little depth as there is very little soil. I would so love to grow things like that too. Our tomatoes are getting a bit better now we have them from all over the place too. I have not explained that there is a huge Garage underneath us so that´s why the grass is not very good and you can´t grow anything else really. Those tomatoes with stems on them well small branches those are nice too. Believe it or not I have never tried a tomato from Jersey. Next door grows some wonderful blackberries though but they are his not mine. Sometimes we have rosehip berries come out on the Roses as they grow up the walls but I have never eaten them not knowing whether they are safe or not. Good luck with the winter onions and the tomatoes wish I could try them.
@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
I do not know how rosehips taste, but there are teas made with them. They are an excellent source of vitamin C.
• Canada
26 Apr 10
Good for you to have your own garden. I wish I had the guts to get out there and start one. Im so afraid of bugs that Id spend all of my time running back inside haha! Im looking into a suspended garden. Then Id be closer to the door!! If I were your neighbor, Id want to buy some tomatoes from you!! Keep us posted on your garden
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
Look at my bucket garden on an earlier response. Hang it on a sturdy hook right out the door.
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• Canada
27 Apr 10
So its a bucket with holes on the sides, holes on the bottom and you plant tomatoes in all the holes? So you have to hang it then. That sounds like a good idea. I just might try this. I'll need to find the right place to hang it though......mmm That might keep hubby busy for a lil while haha!! Thanks for the idea GG.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
26 Apr 10
Not to worry about the tomatoes, we made green tomatoe preserves last year and they were a very big hit. Also salsa takes many tomatoes off your hands.
@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
I have some great recipes, and there is canning and freezing. My grandma used to make tomato jam or preserves. I refused to try it, dumb kid. So what is in yours?
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@tomcat23 (623)
• Old Forge, Pennsylvania
26 Apr 10
Before the winter set in, we dug out a garden area in the backyard of our new apartment. At the time it looked "big enough", but now it obviously needs to be expanded. This year we plan on a variety of tomatoes (of course), cucumbers, and peppers. We haven't decided where to put the sunflowers, and we haven't decided what else to grow this year. We tried zucchini last year, but it didn't go to well. We only got one zucchini from a very large plant. Maybe some cabbage and lettuce this year.
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
You have to plant zucchini when the weather is warmer, and not give it too much nitrogen. Need a fertilizer that is something with a higher middle number (10-20-10) to get good fruits or in this case squash. Smart to start in the fall.
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@hvedra (1623)
26 Apr 10
I'm behind this year. So far I only have some broad beans, peas and potatoes in the veg plot. Some of the permanent crops are doing okay - the rhubarb is going well and the fruit trees and bushes have a lot of blossom so we might get a good year. This year I'm concentrating on beans, potatoes, sweetcorn, various squashes and some salad leaves. I've pretty much given up with brassicas because we have acid soil and carrots attract carrot fly here and I don't like to spray chemicals so I've given up with them. The good news is that the squashes do well and I do like eating them.
@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
I put in two types of beans today. Neither of them is what is called a broadbean, I don't think. Hubby and I like squash, both summer and winter variety. I am just experimenting around. Other than radishes, and kohlrabi one year, I do not think I ever grew a brassica.
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@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
26 Apr 10
Hi H..You are so lucky to be able to have a garden..I would so love to have one but the soil here on this sandbar I live on is all sand and it would be to costly (for me anyway) to lay all the soil I would have to in order for anything to grow. I have a lot of herbs in pots that I grow for cooking and it does save me quite a bit of money when you consider how expensive herbs are, but I'd love to have vegetables, especially tomatoes. The tomatoes in the supermarkets here are terrible. It dosen't matter what kind you buy either, they all stink. They look great on the outside, then you cut them open and yuck..The only ones that are half way decent are the plum tomatoes. At least they taste like tomatoes, unlike the beefsteak and the vine grown etc. A lot of them are brought in from Chile and other South American countries and not only are they lousy, they are expensive too. Best of luck with your garden..If you want any good vegetarian dish recipes, you know who to ask!!! J
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
tomatoes grown in a five gallon bucket - I put grape tomatoes on top, along with some basil seed. Around the sides I planted a variety called Celebrity tomatoes. The bottom hole has one plum or Roma tomato. I will be glad to give further instructions.
Years before the topsy turvy craze hit the market, a garden magazine I bought suggested gardening from a five gallon bucket, hung and drilled with holes. I tried it but was not very careful to keep it watered. I still have the bucket and am doing tomatoes in it this year. That is the picture I am adding.Sandy soil is good for melons. I wonder if you could at least do one large pot tomato?
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@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
26 Apr 10
I guess I am way behind the times because I am not familiar with topsy turvy tomatoes..What are they and where do you get them..sounds interesting..Thanks J
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Apr 10
"As seen on TV" and at WalMart. It is a giant windsock, more or less and you plant a tomato in the bottom. It is a kit. It dries out easily, but if you water it frequently you get tomatoes. I think I like the bucket better as it does not get so dry so fast.They are EVERYWHERE around here.
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
26 Apr 10
Hi Gerty! I have not done a garden this year. I have put in four strawberry plants as well as only six tomatoe plants and all in containers. I'm afraid my poor back can no longer handle a garden:(
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
My back has told me about the raking this week. I need to be doing more things outside and less on the computer.
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
26 Apr 10
I have an article that says the best thing for an ailing back is exercise. I really have a difficult time with my back and have an apt. Thurs with a neurologist . The MRI came back that I have a pinched nerve in my spinal cord so I have to go and see if there is anything I can do or just live with it. I will not have a surgery ! I love being outside and even today as it was quite chilly, I worked more on cleaning the garage. I am getting the place looking a tad better , an inch here and a half inch there and soon it looks likes a like nice yard after all this time.
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Apr 10
Gentle gardening is supposed to be one of the best things you can do for exercise. Probably cleaning the garage and yard is good as well, just do not overdo it.
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
27 Apr 10
I hope so too. The prices are getting so high. I thought about drying some of my garden. I also thought about having a small table out for a little spending money. My tomatoes & peppers are started, but my garden is not tilled yet, hopefully soon. Maybe we can do well this year.
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Apr 10
I have a friend with five kids, and six acres of land mostly in the flood plain. They can garden there pretty well and they always have a vegetable stand every summer. I have a dehydrator, I will use it too this summer. Thanks
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I do not know much about dehydrating, so maybe you can help me. I tried celery and it turned out quite well. It sure did not take up much space when done. Thought i would try potatoes soon. Would like to make a soup mix for next winter, maybe corn, peas, potatoes, celery, carrots.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
27 Apr 10
i WOULD LIKE TO BE YOUR NEIGHBOR WHEN THOSE TOMATOES COME IN, LOL, i LOVE THEM. gOOD LUCK W/YOUR GARDEN.
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Apr 10
I am so hungry for fresh ripe tomatoes. I spend a little time inside, a little time outside, and a lot of time in the kitchen. Tomatoes would be great for your diet.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Good morning GG, me to, i love them & eat them 3 times aday when they are in season. I buy tomatoes all year but of course nothing compares to home grown ones. We have a great farmers market in the summer & i'm one of their best customers, lol. Happy tuesday to u.
• United States
26 Apr 10
The garden is all my husbands project. We live on 5 acres and our garden has shrunk a lot since the kids have all growed up and left. Funny thing is 3 out of 5 of the kids (2 live in town!) have gardens!! Something they said they 'would never do!" in fact I think our son has even planted a very small one! Anyway, the garden is all his and he plants it and works it and the deer eat it!! loosing battle there!!!!
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
Did I mention to you that to repel deer you drill holes through Irish Spring soap and hang it from trees or on hangers around the garden? Of course who would want to deprive the deer of their healthy fresh veggies.
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• United States
26 Apr 10
YES you did and I appreciate the reminder. We are not ready to plant yet. It poured rain here all weekend. My husband has rototilled but so far we have not been able to plant anything we still are getting frost sometimes. Have a couple more weeks. I just hope when it comes time to plant and it grows I can find all the tips that everyone on here has given me. We even bought a book a couple years ago about how to reple the deer. They can find their healthy veggies out in the field and stay out of our garden...maybe the tended veggies taste better? Did I tell you (or someone else) that they ate all my tulips? I poured sour milk around the ones that were left and so far they haven't bothered them!!!!
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 10
My grandmother used to save her favorite seeds from year to year. Don't you have to keep them damp? I would take all the tomatoes off your hands that you don't need. Haha. I would love to have a little garden. Maybe by next Spring I can plant my favorite cherry and pear tomatoes, some ornamental lettuce, english cucumbers and such as that. I would to have them to munch on.
@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
Check the response with the bucket picture. It needs a strong hook, and you need to put vermiculite or perlite to make the soil lighter. I sure hope you get to have a few things even this fall. I never have kept the seeds damp. They are not damp when you buy them at the store.
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 10
Oh, I thought you had to keep them from drying out or they would die away. Silly me. I will check the other you spoke about.
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@salonga (27998)
• Philippines
27 Apr 10
I wish you real good garden not only this year but all throughout the years to come. I love seeing good gardens and I myself love to garden. I love seeing the fruits of my hands and would love seeing others reaping bountiful harvests too. Best wishes!
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Apr 10
thank you for your good wishes, it is like a blessing on my garden. I love how healthy I feel when I eat fresh foods.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Oh boy! So since you won't be able to share the abundance of your garden with any of us I hope, at least, you will share pictures. Have fun, my friend. One more thing, I'm really excited but a couple of my friends have started a community garden in our church . . . well, on our church property. It's gonna be great. The kids are involved.
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Apr 10
You will have great fun and food that way, I am sure. I fully intend to share pics here and on Gather, and probably on my new social/earning site as well.
@youless (90200)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Apr 10
That sounds so nice. I really envy that you have a good garden as I live in the apartment and I don't have a garden at home. It is so nice that you can plant something in your garden. If I were you, I would also plant so herbs as I like cooking:) I love China
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Apr 10
non stop pesto basil - I planted basil with my tomatoes. It is supposed to enhance the flavor.
Basil is an herb, and I already have some, I have some onions, and hope to have chives, dill and parsley. I will be getting peppers of various types as well.
@qamarep (4450)
• Pakistan
26 Apr 10
thats very cool .. try to have honey bee too i like to grow honey some day. and sell it for cash..
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
The bees do come by and help pollinate things. I do not want to raise honey, I had a neighbor who did.
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Apr 10
hi gardengerty that is really wonderful all those fresh veggies' and tomatoes, sounds like you will have a lot of great salads too come harvest time. I don't think one can have too many tomatoes, too bad you could not teleport some to all your mylot friends here he he. I do miss that most of all gardening and doing my own cooking. here at Gold Crest we are pretty much at the mercy of the dietitian here who does not seem to be much for fresh veggies but we do get a lot of frozen ones and really they do have more vitamins than some so called fresh p roduce in the stores that have set in several places before reaching our markets. when we were still in tustin we could get fresh veggies from the Irvine ranch as they sold to the chain grocery stores and we did get fresh produce and that I did like. Anyway if you could teleport us ripe tomatoes I bet a lot of us would love to pay you, but that is sort of shades of Star Trek. Hope you planted some strawberries too, always nice to have your own ripe berries.
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
I have not done strawberries, but maybe another year. I would love to wish the tomatoes to all my friends. Gardens are about sharing.
@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
26 Apr 10
Well I hope you really do It has always amazed me how People grow things lol when I tried the only things I managed to grow where Peas and they never lasted lol as I ate them lol
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
Peas should do well as they like cooler weather.Lettuce might also. My kids always ate the peas as fast as I could grow them.
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@doormouse (4619)
26 Apr 10
i determined to have a nice garden this year also,i haven't had one for nearly 5 years,but now we've moved the garden is smaller and not much needs doing to it,i'm just going to level out the soil,take up 2 rows of paving slabs and gravel it,nice and simple
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@GardenGerty (96663)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
So yours would be a garden to sit and relax in. I have some spaces like that in my yard as well. I hope you enjoy it.
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