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Start Your Own Garden! It is Spring Time! >>Pics of Last Sping's Garden inside!<<

 
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Hey Guys I feel that this is a proper time to make a Garden thread. I love to Garden, I have been gardening for a few years now and absolutely love it. The feeling it gives me to know that I accomplished something and grew my own food in incredible. My humble abode is deep in the mountains wayyyy up in New England.

This was my Garden Last Spring and I am revving to go this Spring as well!

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Two Gardens, the small one on the bottom is for potatoes.

So...You Should Start your Own Garden! With a little effort you can be growing your own veggies!

So what do you need to do to start your own?

1. You Need a Gameplan- Having a garden is not just about plopping some seeds in the ground and watching it grow. A garden is like a baby, you need to nurture it and take care of it, and get it healthy again when it starts to get sick. A garden can be grown pretty much anywhere. People in the cities even grow gardens on their roofs! So have a game plan. What do you want to grow? How big do you want it to be?

2. Start small- If you do not have a ton of experience start small this spring. 15 by 15 or 10 by 10 is a small garden yet it is a good start. You are going to learn through trial and error but the smaller the garden is, the less room for error there is.

2. Till the ground- No matter how big your garden is, you need to till the ground up. This mixes and loosens the soil and gives your seeds and soon to be plants an optimal chance of success. You can get a hand hell tiller for around 5-10 bucks for a used one.

3. Get the seeds and plant them- I use Non GMO seeds. I plant them in different rows. Each row according to what type of veggie I want to grow. Have little sections and label the sections.

4. Keep it watered- If you are in a dry climate it is important to water the garden every day! If you live in a moist environment, then make sure you keep up on the weather. If you have a dry spell keep up on the watering!

5. Have safe Herbicides and Insecticides available-
When you have a garden your two worst enemies are weeds and insect. So make sure you have deterrent on hand. I hand pick most of my weeds, because I do not like to use herbicides. Occasionally I will spray some if they are spreading fast. The Key is keeping up on the weeds. If you let the weeds get out of hand, it turns into a big headache. Also weeds constrict your veggies root system Weeds literally invades your veggie plant's space. If you continue to allow them to grow, your vegetables root system will become weak doing two things. One, It stunts the Veggie Plants growth. Two, it weakens the plants immune system making it weak against disease and insects. Insects also like to much away on your plants. So whatever you are planting, research the bugs that eat that plant and plan accordingly if those bugs are in your area.

6. Water Drainage- [/b]If you live on a hill like I do, it is important that you dig a water trench that allows water to drain from your garden or diverts that water. Gardens can get flooded and if you do not have a trench to divert the water, then your garden will become an infestation of weeds. Also an extremely hard rain can ruin a garden without proper drainage, especially at the seed stage! Allowing water to sit in your garden without drainage causes root rot, disease and an increase of unfriendly bugs!

7. Worms- Earthworms are one of your gardens biggest friends, they naturally aerate your garden. allowing better absorption and allows your root system to grow really strong. I have Thousands and Thousands of Worms in my garden. They are my best friend. Plus, I have plenty of fishing bait.

8. Fence- If you live in the country a chicken wire fence is smart to have. This deters critters from coming in and munching on your plants! Believe it or not, I pee around the outer borders of my garden. This lets critters know, someone may be in the garden, it deters deer as well. Don't Pee in your garden though!


These are some simple Tips to help you get started. I hope this got you fired up!
It is very fun to do! And it is very self gratifying! My gardens every year look fantastic but it takes time, and dedication. Last year I had 300 pounds of Potatoes! And filled my outside freezer full of veggies (I still have some from last year) Plus My fiance canned about 50 cans of veggies!

Tis the Season! Start a Garden!!!!


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damn OP i freaking LOVE your garden.
im also gardening and am thrilled at how much i have learned already!
things are sprouting and filling in bare spots.
good luck with all you have and thanks for sharing the photos.
they are inspiring.
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damn OP i freaking LOVE your garden.
im also gardening and am thrilled at how much i have learned already!
things are sprouting and filling in bare spots.
good luck with all you have and thanks for sharing the photos.
they are inspiring.
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Thanks Buddy! We still have a little snow on the ground, so In about 2 weeks, I will be starting this years. All my tools and seeds are ready to go!
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I put wire around mine and the freaking squirrels and rabbits still get in. What, if any, organic sprays have you discovered work good as a deterent?

I've heard wait until the plants have reached a certain age before transplanting into the garden as the critters don't like the younger plants, any truth to this?
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Recommend a pesticide that actually freaking works if you could
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I put wire around mine and the freaking squirrels and rabbits still get in. What, if any, organic sprays have you discovered work good as a deterent?

I've heard wait until the plants have reached a certain age before transplanting into the garden as the critters don't like the younger plants, any truth to this?
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This is what I use :)

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Recommend a pesticide that actually freaking works if you could
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Organic or Non Organic?
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Boy! Your garden looks like Heaven indeed.

I started my seeds in Feb. Have some good sized plants now.

We picked up a small upright green house discounted for twenty bucks and i put in some cfl's and it is doing nicely in the corner of the living room. Out of the way and provides light for us at night so we don't need to turn on any other lighting.

Can't wait for the last frost to come and go.
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Recommend a pesticide that actually freaking works if you could
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Organic or Non Organic?
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Organic if possible
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Recommend a pesticide that actually freaking works if you could
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Organic or Non Organic?
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Organic if possible
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I personally use BioNeem :) Works well for me.
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The (1) tomato the squirrels left me last year, counting fertilizer and outrageous water bills, cost me about $200.00 I'm giving it one more try, but have already had to bring 'em back in after 3 warm days as it's gonna blow and get cold for another week. Oh well.........
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Wow, it looks fabulous. Very lush. I mostly grow in pots because its a small space. What Id give for yours!! !! How big is it? :-)
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awesome garden! I tried buckets a year ago....but damned if it didnt all burn up in the texas heat!
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u2efine Thanks for posting this thread! I have been wanting to get into gardening and have been looking for information on how to get started.

I have a "dream" list of what I want to grow:
- corn
- cucumbers
- tomatoes
- onions
- cilantro
- jalapenos
- potatoes
- squash/zucchini
- carrots
- lettuce
- beets

I'm in north Texas, and we have hard black clay. I'm not sure what grows here well (if anything), or if I need to build something above ground.

My husband and I just got back from a month-long trip to Guatemala. It was so inspiring there. Everyone has a garden. Even on the steepest mountain slopes, they are growing food to feed their people. No machinery either; everything is hand planted and harvested.
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great thread
we are all heirloom organic
fertilizer rabbit poop/compost tea

no pesticides, weed killer nothing

our orchard is 26 fruit trees, grape vines,
aronias, blueberries, raspberries,
vegetable gardens everything is started in our greenhouse

still a little cold here to start yet,
but getting antsy
are they gone yet....
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The (1) tomato the squirrels left me last year, counting fertilizer and outrageous water bills, cost me about $200.00 I'm giving it one more try, but have already had to bring 'em back in after 3 warm days as it's gonna blow and get cold for another week. Oh well.........
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Sounds like my apple trees. One or two every year and nothings eating them.:-)
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Moved from Texas ta Alabama over the winter,had a great garden plot I left behind...new place sux!

doing the 5 gal bucket garden this year.
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Wow, it looks fabulous. Very lush. I mostly grow in pots because its a small space. What Id give for yours!! !! How big is it? :-)
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The Top Garden is rather Large 50 by 18, the bottom garden is 20 by 10
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Very nice :) I started to build a greenhouse and we will finish it around easter.

With the kids I have already raised pumpkin, zucchini, tomato and cucumber plants from seeds indoors. They will move into the greenhouse when its ready.

Currently I am planning the flowerbed which will go around the greenhouse and a little herb garden.
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Wow, it looks fabulous. Very lush. I mostly grow in pots because its a small space. What Id give for yours!! !! How big is it? :-)
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The Top Garden is rather Large 50 by 18, the bottom garden is 20 by 10
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It's a big space to be cared for so well. Fair play:-):-)
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The (1) tomato the squirrels left me last year, counting fertilizer and outrageous water bills, cost me about $200.00 I'm giving it one more try, but have already had to bring 'em back in after 3 warm days as it's gonna blow and get cold for another week. Oh well.........
 Quoting: Doominator 162364


We have a very bad squirrel problem to. I have had gardens on and off my whole life and never knew a damn squirrel liked tomatos like they do until we moved here!

I grew up eating squirrel so they better watch out!tounge

We had a very hot dry summer two years ago and i read that they go after tomatos because they are thirsty, so i put out water for them, didn't help much.

I had one nice red ripe tomato left and i went in the back yard and saw that little bastard run off with it, it was twice as big as his head!
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The (1) tomato the squirrels left me last year, counting fertilizer and outrageous water bills, cost me about $200.00 I'm giving it one more try, but have already had to bring 'em back in after 3 warm days as it's gonna blow and get cold for another week. Oh well.........
 Quoting: Doominator 162364


We have a very bad squirrel problem to. I have had gardens on and off my whole life and never knew a damn squirrel liked tomatos like they do until we moved here!

I grew up eating squirrel so they better watch out!tounge

We had a very hot dry summer two years ago and i read that they go after tomatos because they are thirsty, so i put out water for them, didn't help much.

I had one nice red ripe tomato left and i went in the back yard and saw that little bastard run off with it, it was twice as big as his head!
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OMG! I didn't know squirrels liked tomatoes! We don't have squirrels here, but I can imagine how delighted the kids would be ( me too, lol) Probably would even plant a good few extra tomatoes chuckle
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The (1) tomato the squirrels left me last year, counting fertilizer and outrageous water bills, cost me about $200.00 I'm giving it one more try, but have already had to bring 'em back in after 3 warm days as it's gonna blow and get cold for another week. Oh well.........
 Quoting: Doominator 162364


We have a very bad squirrel problem to. I have had gardens on and off my whole life and never knew a damn squirrel liked tomatos like they do until we moved here!

I grew up eating squirrel so they better watch out!tounge

We had a very hot dry summer two years ago and i read that they go after tomatos because they are thirsty, so i put out water for them, didn't help much.

I had one nice red ripe tomato left and i went in the back yard and saw that little bastard run off with it, it was twice as big as his head!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 56234637


OMG! I didn't know squirrels liked tomatoes! We don't have squirrels here, but I can imagine how delighted the kids would be ( me too, lol) Probably would even plant a good few extra tomatoes chuckle
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Believe it or not I don't attempt to battle with the squirrels, so on the other side of my property, I put suet and woodpecker bird feed out in little cage holders, that is the squirrels layer, and they leave my garden pretty much alone
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Irish Spring soap will keep Raccoon, Squires, and deer away. Just take a cheese grater and do it around your beds.

Here is mine from last year too! Still waiting on a load of dirt this weekend!

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Looks great op!
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Irish Spring soap will keep Raccoon, Squires, and deer away. Just take a cheese grater and do it around your beds.

Here is mine from last year too! Still waiting on a load of dirt this weekend!

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Looks great op!
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I have hedgehogs in my garden. They are great in keeping snails at bay. Sometimes in late autumn there would be little hedgehogs who are to small to hibernate and make it through the winter. We take them in and feed them until they reach a save weight for hibernation. In spring they are fit and happy and we let them out in the garden. Its nice to see them in the evenings again during summer :)
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Looks awesome!

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Thanks for the post! Last year was my start up year. I had two 4 by 8 raised beds and one 4 by 4 deeper bed for carrots. It was much easier than expected. This year were adding another bed and likely a few containers, also an irrigation system because daily watering was a chore! Doing tomatoes separately this time-those vines were all over the place! Already started sprouting indoors (didnt do that last year) so I have about 30 plants ready to go in the ground in another 2-3 weeks.

Can't wait for my first veggies!

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The (1) tomato the squirrels left me last year, counting fertilizer and outrageous water bills, cost me about $200.00 I'm giving it one more try, but have already had to bring 'em back in after 3 warm days as it's gonna blow and get cold for another week. Oh well.........
 Quoting: Doominator 162364


We have a very bad squirrel problem to. I have had gardens on and off my whole life and never knew a damn squirrel liked tomatos like they do until we moved here!

I grew up eating squirrel so they better watch out!tounge

We had a very hot dry summer two years ago and i read that they go after tomatos because they are thirsty, so i put out water for them, didn't help much.

I had one nice red ripe tomato left and i went in the back yard and saw that little bastard run off with it, it was twice as big as his head!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 56234637


OMG! I didn't know squirrels liked tomatoes! We don't have squirrels here, but I can imagine how delighted the kids would be ( me too, lol) Probably would even plant a good few extra tomatoes chuckle
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My kids loved it. They were excited to eat veggies they planted and helped grow.
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I just now got in from shopping... to see your post.

I'm planning a "container" garden on my patio. Since I moved to Kentucky and I'm living in an apartment, I have little room.

I spent over $125 on vermiculite, peat moss, pine mulch, and Vigoro - to mix into a nice growing medium for my pots. Also bought a bunch of pots and 5 strawberry plants.

Already have my seeds from Heirloom Seeds and Victory Seeds.

My son is buying me 2 36" x 15" planter boxes.

I'm soooooo stoked. I just hope everything goes well... can't wait to PICK my dinner. LOL

Your garden is absolutely heavenly, OP !! I've never grown anything in containers, but with a little help from Mother Nature... I'll have a good harvest.

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u2efine Thanks for posting this thread! I have been wanting to get into gardening and have been looking for information on how to get started.

I have a "dream" list of what I want to grow:
- corn
- cucumbers
- tomatoes
- onions
- cilantro
- jalapenos
- potatoes
- squash/zucchini
- carrots
- lettuce
- beets

I'm in north Texas, and we have hard black clay. I'm not sure what grows here well (if anything), or if I need to build something above ground.

My husband and I just got back from a month-long trip to Guatemala. It was so inspiring there. Everyone has a garden. Even on the steepest mountain slopes, they are growing food to feed their people. No machinery either; everything is hand planted and harvested.
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Try raised beds. Youll have to buy good soil but its the perfect solution for areas like yours.
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