What will you be planting this Spring?

@TheHorse (50129)
Pleasant Hill, California
March 12, 2017 7:07pm CST
I harvested my first balcony snow peas yesterday, and will probably have a few more coming in before I turn my attention to my Spring planting. I'll probably start things in little cups and transfer them to larger planters down the road. I think I'll start with the basics, corn, sunflowers and green beans, and then see if something different strikes my fancy. Snow peas are great for the Winter months in California, because they can stand a few nights of light freezing, and they seem to enjoy alternating rain and cool sunny days. I'll attach a picture I took yesterday of a couple of my balcony snow peas ready to be harvested.
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@OneOfMany (9199)
• United States
13 Mar
I'll probably go for onions, green beans, okra, peas, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes will grow on their own, for my garden this year. I will try to plant the cold-hardy plants outside in the spring, and keep the rest to starters, except the green beans. They grow fast enough on their own.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Mar
I like to grow green beans around my corn, as beans apparently replenish the nitrogen that corn gobbles up. At least I think it's nitrogen.
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@OneOfMany (9199)
• United States
13 Mar
@TheHorse I'm not sure. I suppose I used to know at one point, but that was a while ago. As long as it works, right?
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Mar
@OneOfMany Yeppers. I know that it's good to have beans growing around your corn pants.
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@andriaperry (28331)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Mar
I started plants every two weeks now since January. I have tomatoes in two sizes, bell pepper plants, I sowed jalapenos, I seen a few sprouted and a couple days ago eggplants. I will sow in the ground cucumbers, okra and corn for sure. I still have greens in the garden now, I will pick those tomorrow since I was gone today, I intend on home canning those greens.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Mar
Sounds like you have a good garden and a good plan. Does it freeze at night sometimes where you are?
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@andriaperry (28331)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Mar
@TheHorse Yes at times but I wont put any outside till mid April.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
@andriaperry Got it. I'm thinking of heading to Home Depot to get some fresh corn, green bean and sunflower seeds pretty soon.
@LadyDuck (113426)
• Switzerland
13 Mar
Snow peas die here in winter, even if planted on a balcony. I have seen some green salad plants that are growing in the garden and the herbs, nothing else for the moment.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Mar
Got it. I'm sure that even in Southers Switzerland, you have more sustained cold than we go here in California. Even when it freezes at night (where I live) it warms up into the 40s during the day.
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@LadyDuck (113426)
• Switzerland
13 Mar
@TheHorse During January the warmest temperature during most of the days has been no more than 34 F, too cold for many plants.
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@Morleyhunt (15372)
• Canada
13 Mar
Looks good. I'm hoping to plant some container tomatoes, green peppers as well as some green beans.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Mar
Oh, I'll have to try tomatoes as well. I've had small harvests so far. Maybe I'll use a bigger planter.
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@Morleyhunt (15372)
• Canada
14 Mar
@TheHorse this will be my first attempt at container gardening. Wish me luck.
@CoralLevang (37323)
• United States
13 Mar
You grow corn on your balcony? I'm a little confused.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Mar
Yes, I grow corn on my balcony. Some, I transfer to the garden at the preschool, and some I just put in a larger planter and enjoy (corn makes me happy). We've actually harvested at the preschool, but it only grows to about four feet in a planter on my balcony.
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@CoralLevang (37323)
• United States
13 Mar
@TheHorse so how big is the container you put them in and how many do you plant in that container?
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@JudyEv (92038)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Mar
It is so satisfying to grow your own vegetables and they always taste so good.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Mar
Yep. I just munched a single fresh snow pea and it was yummy.
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@JudyEv (92038)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Mar
@TheHorse So do some manage to make it as far as the kitchen or do they all get eaten on the way?
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@Platespinner (17587)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Mar
We planted our pet rabbit a few months ago...but nothing has come up yet. I'm not terribly surprised; I've not had much luck with growing things in the last few years.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Mar
I'm sorry to hear you had to plant your pet rabbit. Fur friends are family. Maybe some lettuce or carrots will come up.
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@teamfreak16 (33581)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
13 Mar
I don't think we're planting anything this year. At least, I haven't heard about it if we are.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
Tell the boss, "Let's grow some corn and green beans!"
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@allknowing (54688)
• India
13 Mar
I am seriously thinking of reducing my gardening work. It is a lot of work and I should get more time for my other pursuits.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
Work? Heck! Put the seeds in the ground and watch 'em grow! It's a lazy man's paradise.
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@allknowing (54688)
• India
14 Mar
@TheHorse I have too large a garden. Have you not seen my photos
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
@allknowing I dunno. Can you attach one?
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• Malaysia
14 Mar
It's sunny all year round where I live, but I still want to butt in. I'm currently taking care of a pair of long beans, and my pumpkin just sprouted.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Mar
Pumpkin--that sounds like fun! I don't think we have enough Summer rain here for pumpkins.
• Malaysia
22 Mar
@TheHorse It's fine. You should enjoy planting whatever crop that suits your climate.
@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
13 Mar
every year I think, I will garden! And never do. I wish you were close, I'd invite you over for pizza and some help in the front beds,I have no idea where to start
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
Yep, if I lived down the street, I've love to come by with a shovel, dig up some good areas, add some good Miracle Gro soil, and have at it. I like to start things in Dixie cups, with a hole poked in the bottom for drainage, and then transplant them into the ground when they're a few inches tall. Seeds cost about $1.49 per package at Home Depot.
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• Centralia, Missouri
17 Mar
@TheHorse I'd give you the whole three beds to make pretty!
@Hatley (154938)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Mar
thats something I really miss here i n this retirement center thats growing things always hada veggie garden til I came here lol
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Mar
Why not lobby with the Admin to set aside some space for a veggie garden? There's actually research out there (e.g., Langer and Rodin, 1976) that suggests that gardening could positively affect happiness, health, and longevity.
@jaboUK (49067)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar
Do you eat them pod and all? If so I think they are what we call mangetout. I won't be planting anything until May, and then only flowers.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
Yes, we munch them pod and all. I learned about them eating Chinese food. Chicken with snow peas is a yummy dish.
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@LoriAMoore (8824)
• United States
13 Mar
I'll be planting my butt at the gym, not so it'll grow, but get smaller.
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@TheHorse (50129)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
Well, if you go home and make a healthy dinner using some garden green beans, some fresh corn, and some fresh squash, it'll probably help too! Gym? Too stinky! Get a bike!
@DaddyEvil (21242)
• United States
26 Mar
We picked up tomato plants yesterday. We have some spinach seeds and lettuce seeds we will be planting in containers so we can pick and eat salads easily... Pretty says three five gallon planters of each will probably be enough. We can also replant when the first containers start trying to flower. We haven't decided if we want anything else this year.
• United States
19 Mar
My husband and I looked at some planting materials at Walmart today. Not sure I want to spend money on something I'll eventually toss out. Maybe I'll stick with starting the seeds in cardboard egg cartons instead and transplanting them to bigger pots as they grow. I have used plastic cups to as pots and they are economical and cheap too. I hope to plant zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, green and wax beans, acorn squash, and of course flowers. I saved the seeds from my four-o'clocks and hope that they will produce again this year.