Do you have a garden? Yesterday I picked some tomatoes and peppers.

United States
August 26, 2008 12:14pm CST
This summer I've had my biggest harvest of vegetables and fruits ever. Just yesterday I picked over 10 lbs. of tomatoes and 8 large chilli peppers. In addition to the tomatoes and peppers, I also grew Romaine Lettuce, Brocoli, Red Cabbage, Purple Onions, Regular Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Yellow Squash and Collard Greens. I can't tell you how rewarding it is to grow your own food. It actually taste better than vegetables from the supermarket. I also have a grape vine. The grapes are starting to turn purple. Do you have a garden? If not, have you thought about starting one? It's not hard to do. I spend about an hour per day in my garden. If you are a beginner, I'd reccomend growing tomatoes, peppers and romaine lettuce. Till the soil very good before planting. Use some kind of weed prevention and a fertilizer such as Miracle Grow. What do you think about my tomatoes and peppers? Lloyd
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@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
27 Aug 08
[i]ohhh...it is very rewarding really to have our own garden and to just pick up when we want to eat and cook it..LOL! I can imagine you have a big garden there,,,lol! We have also tomatoes, peppers, okra, broccoli, melon and raspberry this year and we are enjoying eating it...It's very inspiring and motivating to harvest after all the effort we have exerted from the very beginning![/i]
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• United States
28 Aug 08
I agree with you. It is so nice to be able to go in your garden and pick everything you need to make a salad. I have fruits and vegetables in both my front and back yards. You have tomatoes, peppers, okra, broccoli, melon and raspberry this year. That sounds wonderful. I've grown everything you have except for the rasberries. It is very inspiring, motivating and inspiring once you harvest. Best of luck with your garden. Thanks for sharing your story. Lloyd
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• United States
28 Aug 08
so you eat okra? wow! I can't find any other people in my neighborhood including my husband and in-laws who eat okra..LOL! SO, I have a lot of frozen since I can't keep eating it all! LOL!
• United States
28 Aug 08
Yes I eat okra. It's one of God's gifts and it's very good for you. I like it in soups also. Even though you can't find others who enjoy eating okra, don't stop growing them. Hopefully they will come to appreciate your efforts and give them a try. Many people put okra in Louisianna Gumbo. Maybe you should make big pot of Gumbo. I'm sure they would like it that way. Thanks for sharing your story. Lloyd
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• China
27 Aug 08
I think your tomatoes and peppers must be very deliecious! You can eat the vegetables which are planted yourself! How I admire you! In my memory! I had ever plantde some pachyrhizus and taros in front my house, when I was just a kid . When they came to matuity, we can eat baked taros and pachyrhizus. How delicious they are! But I have never planted those for long time.
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• United States
28 Aug 08
My tomatoes and peppers are very delicious. It's such a joy to grow your own food. Could you please tell me what Pachyrhizus and taros are? I've never heard of them before. I hope you will be able to start a garden soon. You will enjoy it. Thanks for your reply and welcome to myLot. Lloyd
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• China
29 Aug 08
It is hard to explain with my poor English! Maybe you can search in the Internet. I am so sorry my friend!
• China
29 Aug 08
It is hard to explain with my poor English. Maybe you can search in the Internet. My friend! I am so sorry!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
27 Aug 08
I've still got tomatoes and banana peppers coming out of my ears, and I don't even like either one of them! (good thing my husband does) I've never done much of this sort of thing, and my tomatoes have done extremely well, and I started them all from seed - in eggshells no less. I've got a few things in containers and then a few things alongside the house and that's it. I'm renting, so can't do anything more than that. There's no telling what might happen if I have a proper garden space, but with my luck it would all flop.
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• United States
28 Aug 08
Sounds like you may have a "green thumb". I'm glad your husband likes your tomatoes and banana peppers. I've never heard of starting a plant from an eggshell. Is that something new? Does it work better? I think that if you had proper garden space, you would probably be able to share your vegetables with all your friends and famaily. I don't think it would be a flop. Thanks for sharing your story. Lloyd
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Tomatoes love calcium and eggshells are full of calcium, so if you start them in eggshells then you can just tap the bottom when you're ready to plant the seedling and then plant the whole thing, eggshell and all. While the eggshell won't disintegrate right away, it's not strong enough to impede the growth of the plant, and will still allow a little calcium to leach out into the surrounding area, which the plant loves. I wrote an article about it here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/231649/marie_anne.html Look for the one on the bottom about tomatoes. I've got more pictures in my blog too, but no updated pictures there. The tomatoes got to over 6 ft, so I guess I did ok. http://gallongarden.blogspot.com/ I've got other discussions here in gardening with pictures that I've taken more recently, to include the tomatoes after picking.
• United States
28 Aug 08
That is so interesting and it makes a lot of sense. I will definately use eggshells next year. I will definately check out your articles. It's just amazing how much you can learn here at myLot. Thanks for sharing this information. Lloyd
@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Share please? I love homegrown food. My parents have their own little garden this summer, and every time I go visit I come back with cherry tomatoes, squash, and an occasional tomato or two. They planted butternut squash but those didn't make it, and the jack rabbits we have running around everywhere keep eating their green beans, so there's hardly any left for us. I wish I had my own yard to grow my own veggies in - unfortunately I don't have a green thumb, and I can never get my spice plants to grow.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
I wish I could share my vegetables and fruit with all my friends here at myLot. I definately have more than I could ever eat. We have rabbits here too, but they haven't done any damage. I hope that you will be able to have your own garden soon. You will enjoy it. Do a little research before planting your spices the next time. I'm sure you will be able to have success and finally get that "green thumb". Lloyd
@p3y5566 (171)
• Malaysia
27 Aug 08
Hi, nice to meet you here. Your tomatoes look so red and fresh. Its color made me so interested in them. MY home only have small garden and only plan some tropical vegetable and fruits and red chili pepper. Have a nice day and happy my lotting.
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• United States
28 Aug 08
Hello. It's nice to meet you here also. My tomatoes are very red and fresh. I really enjoy them. What kind of tropical vegetables and fruits do you grow? Thanks for your reply. Lloyd
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@Jenaisle (3803)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
In the apartment right next to me, there's this very small lot - about 7 by 7 square meters. Our neighbor had turned it into a garden. This is a city, so almost all portions are in concrete so when he started cleaning it up (It was supposed to be a part of his garage), I was skeptical that anything would grow into it. But as days passed,I watched as his plants - eggplant, tomato, red pepper, string beans, and lettuce grew into big green plants. He had a green thumb!. Now they're eating the fruit of his labor. Very fresh veggies-while I buy mine from the market not even sure where they came from. Your tomatoes and peppers are apparently well grown, and yes they definitely would taste better because they're fresh from the roots. I used to garden too when I was back in the province, where there are lots of soil to plant on. I miss those days. Now if I would want to have a garden, I will have to buy soil and place it into a wooden crate perhaps? or in pots? lol...All the best.
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• United States
28 Aug 08
Thanks for sharing that great story. I'm so happy that your neighbor turned the small plot in to a garden that has produced food. Isn't it wonderful watching his labor turn into big green plants? I love all the vegetables that you mentioned except the eggplant. I don't think I've ever had eggplant. How do you cook it and how does it taste? I hope that oneday you will be able to have a garden again. I know you will enjoy it. Lloyd
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@laila675 (528)
• United Arab Emirates
27 Aug 08
i just miss the times i used to pick tomatoes in our backyard... and you can enjoy eating them tooo....
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• United States
28 Aug 08
Hi laila. Is there something preventing you from starting a garden next year? Maybe you can join us and we'll all start our gardens together. Since you miss the times you used to pick tomatoes, it will bring back good memories. Lloyd
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@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
27 Aug 08
oh yes... i do have a small backyard behind my house... but it is left untreated as i simply don't have enough time to look after it and i don't know much about gardening... so i can only leave it until i have money to hire a gardener to do something to it... i would prefer to be able to grow my own fruits and vegetables as well in my backyard as it will save my grocery bills as well on top of having the satisfactions of eating your own grown food... your tomatoes and chilli peppers look so good... you must be a very good gardener... well done... take care and have a nice day...
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• United States
28 Aug 08
It's easy to start a garden in that small backyard behind your house. It really doesn't have to be that large. All you have to do is till a small area. You can either start from scratch or buy a vegetable plant. I do both. I really don't think it would be economical to hire a gardener. You can do it yourself. Once it gets going, there's little to do. Just keep it watered and use a little Miracle Grow. I'm glad you think my tomatoes and chilli peppers look so good. They taste good also. Thanks. Lloyd
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@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
27 Aug 08
I have a container garden and I am just starting to build raised beds in the backyard. I have grown tomatoes,zuccinni,squash,cucumbers,onions,peppers,and herbs all in containers. Once the beds are built then we will be growing almost all of it in the garden beds with potatoes growing in tires. I will still do some container gardening just cause I like to. I have seeds started right now that I will transfer to the garden when they are ready. I live in FL so I can garden all year round.
• United States
28 Aug 08
I wish I could garden all year round. You are so fortunate. I have relatives in Florida and they send us mangoes, avacados and other vegetable and fruits all the time. I've never heard of a container garden. Is it something I can do here in New Jersey? It sounds like you have a bountiful harvest. What do you do with all the food you grow? I really like the wide variety of things you grow in the containers. Please tell me more. Sounds like something I might want to try. Lloyd
• United States
28 Aug 08
Just about anything that grows in the ground can be grown in a pot (container). Most times I just sow my seeds directly in the pots, sometimes I start them in peat pellets and then transfer them to pots. Sometimes I buy plants ready to pt in the garden and put the in pots. most everything will need a pot atleast 8 inches deep. You can even bring your pots inside in the winter if you have a window or two that gets good light or some grow lights. I keep mine outside but then I live in FL too I do have to cover things with sheets once or twice in the "winter" but other than that it is great. I just started a new discussion with pics on my seedlings.
• United States
28 Aug 08
Oh I forgot to mention that I do a lot of canning,freezing and drying of everything i get from the garden and from the farmers markets too.
@chingbeem (910)
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
yes, I have a garden in my husbands farm.LOL, I call it that way because I want to take care only of a small place which surrounds my little hut. I have flower beds and vegetable beds. My husband planted 200 mango trees all over the place in the year 2000. Now, all mangoes are fruit bearing. i cannot be enjoying such "gardening", so I claimed my own spot. unfortunately, the farm is in Antipolo City, Manila. We had to move here in Davao City because of my husbands work. His office sends him to different places. The office says, we will be here for a year, so we left the farm to the caretaker and our house rented. We are in Davao City where the climate is hot, hot, hot! I have a little plot and I planted onion leeks, lemon grass, basil and tarragon. I would like to have a garden that is like yours where I can plant lettuce, brocoli, etc, but they are not suited for the climate here. I can only grow veggies like eggplant,okra,squash,gourds. The soil isnot very good too because we are only 300meters away from the beach resort so it is sandy. It is much better here than Manila because Davao is a typhoon free area, but I still want to go home to my garden with the little hut.
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
if you have friendster account-you can add me...I have my garden's pictures there...chingbeem@yahoo.com
• United States
28 Aug 08
Wow! Your husband's farm sounds fantastic. I love mangoes. I can't imagine having 200 mango trees. I would be in fruit heaven. I love all the things you've planted. I wish I could come and see them. You and your husband are living a wonderful life. I'm so happy you shared your story with us. Please keep us informed. Don't be a stranger. I've sent you a friends request. I hope you accept. Lloyd
• United States
28 Aug 08
I don't have a friendster account. Please tell me more about it. Lloyd
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
28 Aug 08
We don't have a garden this year. We had one last year though. My parents put out a garden this year and have supplied me with everything I could want from a garden and need..zuchinni,cucumbers,tomatoes,potatoes,onions,cantaloupe, and watermelon,peppers,green peppers,corn,green beans. and still more to come..I have put some in the freezer for this winter. It has saved me alot of money on the food bill as well and a good plus is that I have been eating healthier because of it. So that is a win-win situation..
• United States
28 Aug 08
Your parent's garden is the best one mentioned so far. I'm jealous. lol You must be very proud of them and I'm sure you will be enjoying the fruits of their labor all winter long. The fact that it has saved money on your food bill and provided you with a healthier lifestyle says it all. Thanks for sharing this story. Lloyd
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I also think it is safer now days to grow your own foods since so much has been happening to the foods lately, and the prices are just outrageous. And the taste of a sweet vine ripened home grown tomato..hmmm.. nothing like it.And you don't have to worry about what chemicals have been put on your food.
• United States
28 Aug 08
I agree with you 100%. Lloyd
@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
27 Aug 08
i would love to have one if someone else did all the work because i so do not have a green thumb. i had a vegetable garden in the past and it was a semi disaster. i really do not have the time to tend to one to be very honest. but it is a great way to cut down on your produce bill so good for you!
• United States
27 Aug 08
It is a lot of work to be successful at gardening. You really don't want someone else to do it for you. That takes the fun out of it. You want to nurture your garden from begining to harvest. I spend about 1 to 2 hours per day tending my garden, so you will have to put some work into it. I can't tell you how much money I've saved this summer growing my own vegetable. It's been so much fun. Lloyd
@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
27 Aug 08
no offense but it is only "fun" if you enjoy being outdoors in the heat and digging in the dirt and i personally do not enjoy either so that is why i want someone else to tend to it fo me.
• United States
27 Aug 08
You initially have to do some digging and getting dirty, but after that it's basically watering them and removing any weeds that pop up. But I understand your feelings. Gardening is not for everyone. Lloyd
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
26 Aug 08
In our garden all we have is tomatoes and sweet corn. We have some herbs growing around the shed. We have basil, sage, thyme, and oregano.
• United States
26 Aug 08
Sounds like you have a lovely little garden. I used to have thyme in my garden. It used to come back by itself every year. I don't know what happened this year. I love smell of thyme. I use it in soups. Isn't growing your own food fun even if it's on a small scale? Lloyd
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
26 Aug 08
My kids like it too. My 19 month old daughter carried the bowl of tomatoes and herbs in from the garden yesterday. She could not wait to eat a tomato.
• United States
26 Aug 08
Good for her. It's great that children develope a taste for vegetables and fruits at a early age. Lloyd
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
We used to have a small garden at home just enough for the common vegies to grow and ripe. I dont know what happened to it but its no longer there. Basically because it needs so much maintainance. But i really love vegies. They're my favorite:) If i will have my own house soon im sure i'll make a garden full of vegies, flowers and fruits:)
• United States
28 Aug 08
It really doesn't require that much maintenace once you get it going. I basically water my garden and pull some weeds. But other than that, I just sit back and watch my vegetables grow. Your vision on a garden full of veggies, flowers and fruits sound wonderful. Don't give up. Start your garden next year. Lloyd
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• Philippines
28 Aug 08
Yes im planning to do that very soon:) having a garden in the house is so nice coz you can pick them any time you want and eat fresh fruits any time:)
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
26 Aug 08
I have a garden this year but it hasn't done well. I use to live on a farm when I was a kid but I must not have taken much away from our huge garden lol. I had help planting this year, well I don't know how much actual help it was, but my 4 year old and 10 year old helped. I had labeled what I thought were green peppers as that but after the plants became huge and starting putting out tomatoes I realized that my helpers were a little wrong lol I have since lost those plants they collapsed under their own weight. Something killed my yellow squash, I'm not sure what but the same thing happened to my mother's plants as well. I have a few tomatoe plants that I had caged because I knew they were tomatoe plants (my son grew them in 4-h), there's carrots, peas, green beans, and corn. Next year I will probably do all the planting myself lol
• United States
26 Aug 08
My Giant Tomato Plant.  - I've never seen a tomato plant this huge. At one time it was over 6 feet tall.

It is called a "Beef Steak" tomato plant. The insides are as a deep red color. Some can weigh over a pound. They are great in salads or on a sandwitch.

Have you ever heard of this kind of tomato?

Lloyd
At least your 4 year old and your 10 year old helped you out. They will always remember the experience and one day have their own garden. I got my "green thumb" because my mother and father put me to work in their garden. I didn't like it at times, but I now appreciate it. It sounds like you have to start from scratch. Make sure you fertilize and till the soil very well. You may have to spread some lime and processed manure before tilling it. I put grass clippings around the roots. It helps keep the moisture in. Maybe we can all start our gardens at the same time next year and watch each others progress. Lloyd
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
26 Aug 08
That sounds like a great idea, you could start lloyd's gardening club under hobbies. Thanks for the tips, I will try anything I really want to can next year. I did already freeze corn this year and canned tomatoe juice.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Lloyd, we grew yellow squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes this year. It was the first time we've had any sort of garden in years. But I think next year we will have a much larger one. I want to grow okra since it's so high to buy. Sounds like you had a great garden this year with a good turn out. I think our garden is about gone with the exception of a few tomatoes. I think not having enough rain really hurt our garden production this year. The cucumbers put off lots, but they were also very bitter at times.
• United States
26 Aug 08
Yellow Squash - This is one of the many Yellow Squash I grew this year. I really like them in soups.

Have you ever eaten Yello Squash?
I forgot to mention that I had a bumper crop of cucumbers and about 20 okras. I never knew that okra grew so tall. I like them because they don't all mature at the same time. You can actually pick them every other day. I even pickled some of my cucumbers this year. I got the pickling spices from Wal-Mart. They must have been good because one my six jars is already finished. How do you eat your yellow squash? I really like them in soups. Rain is very important towards having a good crop. I try and water my garden for about 30 minutes each morning. Lloyd
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
26 Aug 08
We like the squash stewed with onions and butter mostly. But we also love it tossed in meal and friend. Our garden is a little far to take water to it. My husband did water the squash and cucumbers some but not enough to keep them up for the entire summer. He just brought in 2 cucumbers and he said that would be the last of them. The rains came too late for our crop this year.
@jinxky (2251)
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
we have a small farm near our house, we got mango tree, banana trees, jackfruit tree, tomato etc.. it's really nice to harvest fresh tomatoes & fresh fruits rather than buying them in the market
• United States
29 Aug 08
Your farm sounds like the farms you see in Jamaica. My aunt, who lives in Jamaica has a mango and jackfruit tree. I'm learning so much about gardens from all over the world. Thanks for sharing your story. Fresh fruits are always better than buying them in the market. Lloyd
@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Mmmm your veggies look great. I would love to be able to have a garden, but I can never seem to keep any plants healthy. I am a plant killer!! My mother has a garden and shares her peppers with me and her other veggies such as squash, but she doesn't have tomatoes this year, unfortunately. Maybe I will start small next summer with just one type of plant and increase my garden yearly so it's not as overwhelming. It's a great money saver, a good hobby, and good for the environment -- so healthy! Thanks for the tips with tilling and weeding. I will try tomatoes next year and work my way up to a variety if I can! :)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I'm glad you like my vegetables. Not only do they look good, they taste good too. Once your plants start to grow, put some grass clippings around the base of the plants. It helps with the moisture. You can always go to your local garden center and get some great tips. Try starting a small garden next spring and maybe your luck will change. I love looking after my garden. It is a great hobby and very healthy. Lloyd
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
28 Aug 08
We used to live in an area where we had a place with a lot of room so we had a really large garden with all sorts of veggies. It was almost too big. We had beans, peas, corn, squash, cucumbers, and some other stuff I don't remember.You are so right. Home grown veggies taste so much better than store bought.
• United States
28 Aug 08
Sounds like you had a wonderful garden. I don't know why more people don't give it a try. I wish more people could experience the great taste of home grown vegetables. Lloyd
@ersmommy1 (12597)
• United States
28 Aug 08
That is quite a grocery list. No I don't have a garden. Haven't grown tomatoes in my yard since I was a child. It may be an activity I pick up to do with my children. I think that would be a nice idea.
• United States
28 Aug 08
Maybe next spring you can start a garden with your children. It will give them something to look forward to. Plus they will never forget the experience just like you remember the tomatoes in your yard when you were a child. Give it a try. Lloyd