questionswhat are you growing this year?

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Why, are you a cop?
You know you have to tell me if you are.

Sorry could not resist.

We are still growing grass over our garden. The reason is several years ago we had our garden robbed. It really pissed me off. I wanted to make salsa. It is not like they picked a few items, they took all they could spot.

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I wanted to grow a beard, but my wife wouldn't allow it, so I settled for some zinnia's as this will be my first time planting anything and I heard they are hard to mess up.

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Last year I decided a garden seemed like a good idea, I didn't really think it through and tried going large and going from seed, long story short, it didn't quite work out! This year I made a couple raised beds, went and bought plants at a local eco-fair that were already started growing and planted 4- just 4 of each, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and watermelon. Hoping I have better luck this time around!

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Tomatoes, jalapenos, habaneros, hungarian wax, carrots, cucumber (pickling and slicing varieties), melons, cantalope, and maybe some garlic and herbs. I grow lots and lots of peppers and tomatoes, they get canned or given to my buddy's restaurant. I won't grow what I don't want to eat, too much work involved. I have some blueberry bushes and natural strawberry runners in the field. My neighbor grows corn, has honey bees, and has chickens and fresh eggs. Isn't america great.

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Dahlias. Not allowed to grow any vegetables or fruits so have to make do with flowers.

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@traymaz: growing from seed can be tricky. I support the local greenhouses, they are trying to make a living too. I pay roughly $13 for a flat of vegetable trays from a greehouse. They are not huge when I get them, but they are ready for transplanting.

I would recommend (I am no expert) that you make sure you plant more than one variety of tomatoe. Depending on growing conditions, various pests, and fungus, some plants will do well and some won't. I plant three different types of tomatoes every year, and sometimes four different types. I plant several of each type. I have a huge garden, so this may not work for you, but I look at it as insurance. I have had a season that we got blight and I lost almost all. One type of tomatoe did ok that year the rest died.

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tomatoes, potatoes, corn, squash, pumpkins, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries

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@caffeine_dude: Nope, not a cop. But if you're going to grow oregano, I'm not surprised your garden got pilfered ;)

Kidding aside, that would irritate me as well.

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I'm trying to grow raspberries, blueberries, plums, and a few other various trees.

Unfortunately my yard seems to mostly succeed in growing garlic mustard. The only good thing about garlic mustard is it makes a nice garlic smell when I cut it with the weed whacker. It was ~5 feet tall the first weekend of May when I was cutting it down. Even worse, nothing in the US recognizes it as food so it never gets eaten - although in my case it may actually do something to ward off the deer (which is also good in my case).

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Hops (Sunbeam Golden & Cascade); pickling cucumbers; chile, bell, banana, jalepeño peppers; watermelon; carrots; green beans; lettuce; basil; dill (for pickling, along with the chile peppers); thyme; sage; and parsley which I can't get to stop growing, even in winter. Most excited about the hops since it's their first year in the ground, so I'll see I get any good flowers this season.

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Always growing herbs. Chives, genovese basil, oregano, dill and a bit of sage. There really is nothing like using fresh herbs. They have gotten so expensive at the store that growing them really saves a good amount of money.

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A baby and weeds is the main stuff we have going. I think we also have some habaneros and jalapenos. Nice to have around for salsa.

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They are supposed to be tomatoes. I just don't have a green thumb.

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I am traveling right now, and I brought the tomato seedlings I started with me. They were not quite ready to go in, and I didn't want to trust them to the people staying in my house.

Beyond that, the strawberry plant from last year look pretty good, I planted sugar snap peas and green beans, and I'll put in some lettuce, cukes, and - new this year - melon and eggplant. Also basil, lots of basil.

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Tomatoes and strawberries. My son and I weeded and dug up the years overgrown planter box in our back yard (new house for us) and added organic veggie garden soil. After a few frost scares early on, all of the plants have pulled through and are starting to produce.

We also have tons of mint growing in various places around the yard. I was most disappointed to find that our wild strawberries are the tasteless, white centered kind, though they do look very pretty in the corner of the yard.

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Trees. I have no luck with anything smaller, and only small luck with big plants. In my defense, I live in the desert on the slope of a mountain, with sand and caliche and high winds. I lost the Texas Ash that I planted two years ago this spring. He had a big crack in his trunk, I don't know if it was wind or the late freeze or both. It broke my heart, I loved that tree. I know better than to get emotionally attached to plants around here but I couldn't help it. He was beautiful, tree shaped, and growing up to be a real tree practically while I watched. sob. I've put a reedy little Honey Mesquite in his place, we'll see if he can make it. The Oleanders, Pyrocanthra and the young Palo Verde I planted died back to the ground in the freeze, but they are starting over again and I am babying them along. The first tree I planted, a Pistache, suffered no harm in the freeze and is thriving. In a couple more years it will be a real shade tree.

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In the garden, we've got tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, asparagus, pumpkins, acorn squash, green beans, and some berry that's a cross between raspberries and blackberries.

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@bogie21: Those berries sound delicious! Those are probably my two favorite fruits.

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Here's hoping I don't break the character limit. :-D

Several Early Girl tomatoes, and a couple of Brandywine tomatoes. Plenty of basil, in a couple of varieties. Two kinds of oregano, and Italian parsley, and banana peppers.

String beans, both Blue Lake and yellow wax beans, and I hope a few black eyed peas (sometimes called cow peas). These were all started from seed, and the plants are too young to tell.

Zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, and strawberries.

Plenty of lettuce, chard, spinach, and onions (about 100 sets). I put in a few shallots, but they haven't come up. :-(

Marigolds (only French, no Chinese) everywhere, some nice white petunias, and some Shasta daisies (dusty pink).

My roses are just coming in, and the sweet peas along the fence are insane this year. The iris are all in full and outrageous bloom.

I also have a nice crop of weeds, but then, pulling weeds is my life, right?

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@zuiquan: What the heck kind of nazi neighborhood do you live where you can't grow vegetables??

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We actually finished up the garden just last night (we're in MN so the growing season starts a bit late). Planted our usual mix of peas, beans, and corn (planted a few weeks ago from seed), lots of tomoatos, peppers, some eggplant, lettuce and carrots. In addition, we have 'permanent' strawberry and asparagus beds that we get some crop from but I'm trying to build up. We also have a ton of flowers, both in the garden and in beds and pots elsewhere in the yard.

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A small patch of the Herbed Robert

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Apparently, weeds and voles. Slowly trying to take care of each.

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wow. so i inspired this question. thanks @okham.

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@moosezilla: No, thank you :)

From the look of it, we could start our own CSA. Although working on a pickup point could be problematic.

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oregano and bonzai tree and a mini christmas tree and mother-in-law's tongue.

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@tsfisch: I live on an Air Force base. They don't want to attract vermin. Not that I haven't seen loads of rabbits, foxes, and rats here though.

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My daughter got a small tomato plant from our local library during a composting event they had for the kids a few weeks ago. At her insistence, I bought a big pot and some soil, and we transferred it into the pot. I have no clue what I'm doing, though, so I don't know what all else I should do besides water it.

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I have raspberries, blackberries and blueberries that I grow each year. I don't really have to do much, they do their own thing and I just maintain the area around them since they multiply so much and try to spread out further in to the yard. I started with 3 raspberry plants and I don't think I can count how many I have now. I have 2 blueberry bushes and 1 very overly energetic blackberry vine that ends up growing over our 6' fence and on to the neighbor's fence. They don't seem to mind, I have a feeling they just help themselves.

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Corn, Broccoli, Peas, Green Beans, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Squash, Zucchini, Potatoes, Onions, Melons, Lettuce, Spinach, Collards, Tomatoes, Peppers... I think that's about it.

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@lmensor: Count yourself lucky. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are on sale this week, $2.99 for 6oz. Regularly $3-4.99 for the 6oz package. Most of the time, berries here cost a good deal more per pound than ribeye.

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Cascade and willamette hops for my homebrew. They've been doing extremely well.

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70 sq ft of strawberries - I can not eat them fast enough each day and the mocking birds (our State Bird and protected) have figured out my Wal-Mart pin wheels and three rubber snakes.

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@kbsig106: How about one of those robot owls that has a motion detector and moves?

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@okham: Instead of a pickup point for the woot CSA, we could ship it via smartpost. :)

I'm hoping to plant some tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and herbs, but the logistics of getting started from scratch (new house, new geographic area) are a bit overwhelming. Y'all are inspiring me to figure it out!

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@moondrake: Yes, you have a good point, they are outrageous in price here too. The raspberries are the crazy ones - I get so many that I have to freeze them. Already have a ton in there from last year, if I have another good year I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them. Right now I'm guessing freeze more or give them to my Mom to make jam.

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Three kinds of tomatoes, bell peppers and catnip.

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@zuiquan: Nice to know that you're out their fighting for our freedoms, yet they give you none. Shesh.