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What are you growing in the garden this year.

 
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02/22/2020 11:17 AM
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In my 9 month old sub tropical food forest...

Longevity Spinach, Okinawan Spinach, Malabar Spinach, New Zealand Spinach, Cassava, Pigeon Pea, Chaya, Winged Beans, Rat Tail Radish, Ethiopian Kale, Molokhia, 4 types of Hibiscus, Coneflower, Everglades Tomatoes, Cape Gooseberry, Dwarf Tamarillo, Litchi Tomato, Ground Cherry

Banana and Papaya circles, Ice Cream Bean, 2 types of Guava, Avocado, 2 types of Mango, Passion Fruit - one wild variety, Soursop, Pineapple, Wild Muscadine Grapes, Surinam Cherry, Barbados Cherry, Wild Blueberry

Plus a butt load of wild edibles and medicinals that I allow to grow
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72567000


Wow that’s so cool. I want to grow Chaya. What state are you in?
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02/22/2020 11:22 AM

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Country folk will survive LOL
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Reminder to save your seeds this year and let some go to seed for next year. We do not know the future.
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I've read all the comments, and wish you all the best. Have a great year everybody, and stay healthy!
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02/22/2020 11:52 AM
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This year I am going to double up the work on the garden and forage harvest. Time to pull out all my experience and put it to work.
I dry the extra kale, spinach, beet tops, outer vegetable leaves like cabbage and edible leaves most people toss, forage weeds etc and grind it for easy storage. I add it to bread, soups, pasta, a green smoothy drink all kinds of stuff, chicken food.

I gather and dry herbs, wild plants for medicine and food.

Gather wild seeds, like lambs quarters, clover, plantain, and amaranth, just hang the plant upside down in a paper bag or pillow case to dry, you can use the dried leaves and sift out the seeds for a tasty healthy grain.

I used to store my winter over stuff in straw, but I have had better luck by wrapping individually in news paper. I am good at just feeling them for softness to know what one to use first / next without having to unwrap them, easier and less mess than digging through the straw and they last longer.
Some things like beets and carrots I pack in cardboard lined milk crates in soil, trim back the tops a bit and let keep growing in storage.
Cabbage goes in a shallow sled with a little water on the crown, they keep growing, I use the outer leaves first.

Wrap the green tomatoes in news paper too. You have to check them often.

Things last longer if they are not stacked on each other, single layer. Make a lot of narrow shelves lined with cardboard, not deep ones. The cardboard and news paper will not mold and grow spores as easily.
Curing and ventilation is so important.

My winters are too harsh for me to root cellar easily. Often 4ft of snow and -20 F at times. I use an unheated area in the house, the back room.
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I triple my harvest by making fermented garden tea in 5 gal buckets for free out of available vegetable matter, compost, animal dropping, urine, sugar or fruit if I have it, fish scraps, kelp if you can get it, some grain scraps , a little yeast to get it started in the spring.. You can add more expensive ingredients if you want.
Keep this warm in the sun and full of air, I pour it from bucket to bucket a few times a day for a week, some people use an air pump. I strain it and use diluted about 1 gal to 4 gal of water, water with this once a week. I will reuse the solids left over for the next bath a few times and add to it. I keep a few buckets going at different stages. A lot of work but free and works great.

You can make a healthy leaf wash by leaving out the animal matter.
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02/22/2020 02:36 PM
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I'm growing spinach, sweet corn, winter squash, potatoes, beets, and carrots.

Here is a video about growing carrots from a gardener I follow.
 Quoting: Crabapple


youre growing the most abundant and cheapest stuff to buy

Id recommend growing things that are harder to get and more valuable. Just my opinion. Potatoes, beets, carrots, corn, squash, spinach are dirt cheap, especially when in season. Its smart to know how to grow that stuff but seems a waste to use all your space to grow just those. Im not saying dont grow em, maybe just grow less and add some other things to that space.
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Hot peppers. I like making my own hot sauce, and have been trying different varieties of peppers the last couple years.

Last year was a flop, too wet, just not good weather. This year I have 7 different kinds started, and plan on experimenting with different combinations again.


I'm also for the first time in almost a decade planning on planting potatoes, Kennebec specifically. Last time I got nearly 450 pounds out of 50 pounds of seed potatoes.

I'm also growing cabbage this year, to make sauerkraut. First time I've grown my own cabbage for it, but my grandmother used to grow it and make her own for years. Flat headed dutch is the seed I planted, and I have plants ready to go in the ground now, but it's still too early. I started them inside too early I guess. I do have a greenhouse which is going to be filling up here soon.


I should do tomatoes too, for tomato sauce, but it's a very time consuming thing and I'm not sure I'll have the time to do it.

I got a pack of free seeds with my seed order for Kohlrabi, which I've never grown, or even eaten. I hear it's really good, so I'm going to try some of that too.

Of course I'll also do the usual onions, carrots, lettuce, and my favorite, sunflowers.

Last Edited by Irredeemable on 02/22/2020 02:48 PM
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Tomato, okra, several different kinds of peppers, maybe a few other items. Also blueberry, figs, goumi berries, muscadine and scuppernong. I planted pears and apple but probably won’t get any this year.
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Great job people. We will have to fallow up this thread with pain remedies for aching backs and blisters, bee stings and bug control. LOL
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Great job people. We will have to fallow up this thread with pain remedies for aching backs and blisters, bee stings and bug control. LOL
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78502656


Speaking of bees, I've thought about getting into keeping bees for honey. Anyone ever do that before?
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The family farm / garden is the best thing for everyone in hard times and the back bone of survival. They are going to need our experience if things get hard.
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02/28/2020 05:06 AM
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Actually, I have two gardens, indoors and outdoors. The first one is situated in my backyard, but I grow mostly "useless" plants, as are called so by my husband. I mean flowers. But sometimes I grow there lettuce too.
As for the indoors, I have 4 tents as mentioned here [link to 420growradar.com (secure)] in my garage and attic where I have cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce, carrots, onions. But still no luck with growing peppers... not to mention something like tropical fruits. That's unreachable level for me, at least for now.
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I believe this is the best season for huge nuclear mushrooms
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02/28/2020 06:06 AM
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Re: What are you growing in the garden this year.
Sunflowers.
 Quoting: Ninbit


I’d like to have a nice sunflower patch this year.

And a whole abundance of flowers. And succulents. It may not be practical like a vegetable garden but I’d like to enjoy the beauty

We also have raspberries. Maybe a couple tomato plants. Definitely herbs.
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02/28/2020 06:19 AM
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Question, I left carrots in the soil in a big barrel. Started late, they were slow to grow, not in the best spot, not a full day of sun, more like half. I know carrots can bounce back after winter and grow in the spring. I didn’t cover them though. Are they lost or might I get a nice surprise?
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sweet corn, white widow, potatoes, beets, pumpkins and carrots.

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I started with only 6 strawberry and one raspberry plant. Now I have more now than I can handle. I dig up the new shoots all summer to keep them from taking over a very large area, even in a very harsh climate.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78502656


Our raspberries dwindled a bit in recent years, but we started with one small plant more than 15 years ago and it grew and grew and we had plenty of fruit throughout previous years. Still get em, cannot complain, but I wanted to plant another nearby and see if we could get a little more.

Strawberries were a lot of work for me, Gave up on em. The problem I had was with birds and bunnies. Netting helped a bit but it’s kinda a pain to work around. And just making sure the berries didn’t get soaked. And like you said, they replant themselves all over. Bless your hard work, I hope you get some nice big juicy ones.





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