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#51 In A Silent Way

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 02:20 PM

baby eggplant!

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#52 SarahkeerCxaM

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 05:01 PM

Wow, great gardens everyone!! I've just started this year really trying to get things growing in my small backyard... Got tomatoes, basil, beans and a few flowers... It's super shaded in the back though, and most of the ground is full of roots from the trees and lilac bushes... there's more root than dirt!! Think I might start some raised beds... loving watching my plants grow! :)

#53 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 06:46 PM

It *is* amazing watching and tending to our plants as they grow - and being able to enjoy the bounty of a well tended garden is one of those earthly delights that just makes me want to jump for joy!

Shady gardening can be a challenge, but one of my favourite shade plants is borage - it's a leafy green with beautiful little flowers that look like blue stars and the plant itself has a cucumber flavour... Young tender leaves are great in chilled beverages or in salads as are the flowers (most folks eat the flowers and leave the leaves!!!) My garden is far too sunny for the lil' guys tho... If I had shade I'd grow a bunch of it!

Hope to see some pics of your garden, Sarahkeer!

#54 Tim the Beek

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 08:18 PM

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That's a pretty hefty package of bees - 4 or 5 pounds, maybe?

Hoping to get to bringing in and bottling a couple of supers of honey sometime in the next few days.

And will try to remember to take some garden pics too.

#55 In A Silent Way

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 03:54 PM

First green bean of the summer!

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#56 mountain mama

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:17 PM

weird, Lola! just took these a couple evenings ago...
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tomatillo's, Stella, heirloom tomatoes and peppers...
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blue lakes, corn, Max and sunflowers...
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#57 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 11:45 AM

Got to enjoy the first ripe tomatoes of the season on Monday morning... Wee red cherry 'matoes, sweet as the day is long!

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#58 DF

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:56 PM

Got to enjoy the first ripe tomatoes of the season on Monday morning... Wee red cherry 'matoes, sweet as the day is long!

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Nice. You must have started those early. Mine are just blossoming.

#59 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:02 PM

I bought these plants already started and put 'em in the ground the weekend after May 2-4... I'm kinda surprised that they are already popping off ripe 'matoes myself, there are several others that should be good by this weekend... I have a hot sunny deck tho, maybe that's what's helping them to be productive so early in the game.. I have some peppers that are about ready to go as well and the herbs are growing like crazy, altho the eggplant and cukes still are at the flowering stage...

#60 crujonez

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 08:43 PM

This east coast heat wave it making it tough on everything. Geez i am watering my plants three times a day and its not enough. All the hard work is going to shit:plain:

#61 ricksvw

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 09:28 PM

My borage is doing great in full sun, give it a try!

#62 MeOmYo

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 09:56 PM

Garden is doing pretty good. Peas on left, lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, broccoli and beans on right. way back is the gonutz section of cucumber, green & yellow squash and spaghetti squash.

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there is something up with a couple of the tomatoes. last year we had a tomatoe blight and this is what it looked like when it started. we'll see.

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broccoli, crowned out real early and they weren't that big. i think they got stressed somehow and went :one:. been cutting all the small ones and they add up but slowly.

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pole beans

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bell peppers. never ever have any luck with these. lucky if I get one per plant but I keep tryin cuz I love 'em. something is chewing on a couple of them.

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spaghetti squash and yellow squash

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sorry for the big pics

#63 In A Silent Way

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:41 PM

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#64 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 02:57 PM

The veggies are coming along nicely!


A little yellow pepper just starting out:

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Baby eggplant!!!!

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Jalapeno almost ready to harvest:

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The herb garden is going crazy... Mint is definitely trying to take over:

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Lots of 'matoes getting red in the sun as well... Not bad for a little rooftop garden growing in a box 60 feet up into the sky! :clapping:

#65 Tabbooma

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:17 PM

Nice Gardens :clapping:

#66 In A Silent Way

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 01:03 AM

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#67 Smiles

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 05:57 AM

MeOmYo,

Can't say enough about NEEM oil for those buggies eating your pepper leaves. Just make sure you use an adequate dilution as the sticky oil can clog stomata if not. They will slow down over the first few weekly applications, coming to a halt likely after only 3 treatments. Neem will also protect against blight issues. Another good organic product for controlling fungal/bacterial pathogens is a bacillus subtillus solution, marketed as Serenade. It smells like the devils ass-crack when first applied but keeps the nasties away!

Oh, and your garden is beautiful! Inspiring!

#68 MeOmYo

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 01:56 PM

Thanks Smiles, good info! I'll look into NEEM and Serenade. The buggers have not done any more damage to the peppers and the yellowing on the tomato plants seems to have stopped.

There's been debate around here on whether this blight can be treated. It was weird becuase it did not affect the plants during veg or even fruiting until the tomatos were ready to ripen, but they never ripened. They just stayed green and then rotted on the plant. I did pick some green and pickled some as well as fried green tomatos but lost probably 95% and none ripened. Apparently, it was a potato blight that jumped species. Some say it is only brought out by the weather (wet) and others say it stays in the soil for up to 3 years regardless of weather, some say both. Not sure but I've always said I'd rather not have tomatos than have tomatos sprayed with non-organics. I'm not die hard organic but I'm not gonna spray my garden.

Garden handouts are about to commence. I have 23 cucumbers in the house and more coming daily. Spaghetti, yellow and zuchinni squash are starting to get this way as well.

#69 Tim the Beek

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:55 PM

Quick shot on the way to the car this morning.

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#70 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 03:04 PM

Beautiful!!! :clapping:

#71 betho

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:24 PM

baby red bell pepper
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tomatoes on the deck
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#72 fire_rocket

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:12 PM

Just picked my first cucumber yesterday. I have shredded and frozen 6 2cup bags of zucchini already and I have a ton more blossoms!!

My pepper plants are starting to tip over. Any advice on how to stand em up again? I'd rather not buy any cages at this point in the game...

#73 MeOmYo

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:52 PM

you can use any type of stake (rebar, wood) and wire tie the stalk to it. Just be careful it doesn't kink the stalk from the weight.

#74 Shake Yer Bones

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 05:48 PM

I'm soooo jealous of those of you with land. Don't ever take it for granted.

The container gardening experiment is coming along. Lettuce is looking good and we've already gotten some tomatoes. Peppers looking good, spinach is weak, carrots are coming up (and down) and the basil and parsely have treated us well.

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#75 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 05:58 PM

I finally tidied up the veggies by staking all the tomato plants and cutting back the mint so that it didn't take over the whole garden!

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The tomato vines and surrounding vegetable plants are much happier now that they are staked rather than being a big jumbled mess!

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Ate my first jalapeno pepper from the garden today and it was a spicy one - HUZZAH!

#76 fire_rocket

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:07 PM

Lola- mint will take over everything if you're not careful. I finally got brave enough to buy more this summer and I put it way in the back yard where it can grow freely and not be a royal mess!

Thanks Meomyo. Kind of like Lola's tomatoes I'm guessing?

#77 MeOmYo

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:44 PM

I'm soooo jealous of those of you with land. Don't ever take it for granted.

The container gardening experiment is coming along. Lettuce is looking good and we've already gotten some tomatoes. Peppers looking good, spinach is weak, carrots are coming up (and down) and the basil and parsely have treated us well.

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I see land on the other side of that there sidewalk:funny1:

#78 MeOmYo

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:52 PM

Thanks Meomyo. Kind of like Lola's tomatoes I'm guessing?


yep, just stake them up

#79 DF

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:15 PM

looking good guys. I need to find the charger for the darn camera.

#80 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 08:40 PM

yep, just stake them up


I used cable ties to attach the vines to the bamboo poles I used as stakes... So easy, and much much easier than trying to tie 'em with twine or string... Just be sure you don't tighten them so much that they harm the vine and/or plant stalk!

DF - looking forward to seeing how your garden is doing! :mrgreen:

#81 fire_rocket

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 06:37 PM

I took some cool shots last night of my cherry tomatoes right after I watered. It was dusk and the light was hitting them just right- the water drops were just hanging off em. I'm going to take pics of the rest of the garden to show off. :dance: You'll all be able to see how my squash/pumpkin garden is monstrous!!!!! :eek:

#82 Shake Yer Bones

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 01:43 AM

I see land on the other side of that there sidewalk:funny1:



That "land" is a 5-foot strip of lawn between my building and some woods. So many people walk through there ... I don't think a garden in that ground would last longer than a week or two 'cause people would trample it or kick it up just for the fun of it. But, my time is coming. Wifey and I are gonna have our own place by the summer of 2012 and we'll have a grand old garden!

#83 In A Silent Way

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:06 PM

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#84 DF

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:04 PM

First harvest of heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers,cayenne peppers,okra, and herbs.

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cabbage and parsley
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seeding fennel or dill
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honey dew mellon
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elephant's ear (a tropical)
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#85 MeOmYo

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:28 PM

Awesome DF!

#86 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:37 PM

The okra looks awesome - I wanted to grow some this year but didn't get my hands on any seeds/plants in time... I loves me some pickled okry!!! :mrgreen:

#87 mountain mama

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 03:50 PM

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13 quarts of heirlooms so far... many more to go.
beets
stuffed peppers

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hops tipi

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11 baby chicks born 2 days ago!!:smile: this is a cute lil araucana, yes he's posing on a hot dog bun!!

#88 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:14 PM

Baby Eggplants!

I have three eggplants already growing and 5 more on the way!

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Big juicy 'matoes ripening on the vine:

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Unfortunately, my cucumber vine never did very well... It'd be great if it turned around and this blossom became a cuke, but I'm not holding out much hope for it. :sad:

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#89 DF

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:05 PM

nice chick mountain mama.
Great pics guys. truly great.

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#90 chrispy

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:48 PM

nice green thum lola! how the north side? im in knoxville this week.:monkey:

#91 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 01:15 PM

Yeah, I'm not doing too bad for a deck 60 feet up in the air... Gonna be interesting trying my hand at growing food out in AZ, but I figure I will build raised garden beds so it won't be too far out from what I am doing now. The one thing with container gardens is keeping them watered enough, but it's really become a lovely morning ritual for me. :smile:

You almost home now? I am getting a new phone today, so I will text you my new digits tonight. My old phone plan was costing me hundreds a month. I'll not cry to say goodbye to that bullshit!!!

#92 Joe

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 03:50 AM

It's been a little challenging growing these plants indoors and getting them to produce fruit. Finally after all these months from growing these plants from seeds they are producing veggies. I am definitely enjoying my salads this week.

09/02/2010 My Indoor Apartment Garden P2, Arlington, VA
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#93 DF

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 06:18 PM

It's been a little challenging growing these plants indoors and getting them to produce fruit. Finally after all these months from growing these plants from seeds they are producing veggies. I am definitely enjoying my salads this week.

09/02/2010 My Indoor Apartment Garden P2, Arlington, VA
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Nice shots dude...look like my dining room windows :)

#94 ricksvw

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 03:45 PM

An update.

Chamomile

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Leonotis nepetifolia/ Lion's Ear

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End of the veggies... sunflowers are making the birds happy!

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Honeysuckle

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Catmint

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Morning Glory, Spanish flag, and Cardinal vine

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#95 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 12:02 AM

Nice photos, Rick! I love the morning glories...


Last blast of colour as my garden fades with the onset of autumn... I've already begun removing the plants that are done for this season and am dreaming about next spring!


A bright yellow bell pepper... My bell pepper plants only produced one pepper each.

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Leave the green jalapeno peppers on the wine long enough and they will turn a bright brilliant red!

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A red-hot jalapeno pepper!

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#96 Joe

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 01:41 PM

I'm finding growing a garden indoors is it's own beast. my plants aren't really working to any normal time period of growth. At this moment they are all still growing and producing veggies, even this late in the season.

#97 MeOmYo

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 02:31 PM

I'm finding growing a garden indoors is it's own beast. my plants aren't really working to any normal time period of growth. At this moment they are all still growing and producing veggies, even this late in the season.


they will continue to do so as long as you give them the correct light.

do you pay for electricity?

#98 Joe

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 02:36 PM

they will continue to do so as long as you give them the correct light.

do you pay for electricity?


Not really, all I pay is $50 a month for all my utilities.

#99 Joe

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 06:28 PM

Here's updated pics of my garden. October and November have been really good months for Veggies. It's been a non stop production with all my plants.

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#100 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 11:50 PM

Sweet! You're getting a lot from those indoor plants!!! :clapping:

My garden is all cleaned up for the winter, leaves are off the Japanese maple, lilies are receding, herbs still going strong tho... Most everything is going dormant and it'll be spring before I see it all green and growing again. :undecided:

Good night garden of 2010... Have a good winter's sleep! :heart: