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Old 10-24-2020, 07:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so some of you might find it odd that while I have been reintroducing the dawn redwood to Appalachia for the past 25 years, that I have never had a garden before. I decided over the winter to get one going, long before the damnpanic ever hit.

I decided to go vertical on my tomatoes and cucumbers, and this was the result; a nice tidy garden with peppers and potatoes growing in the adjacent spaces. Results weren't bad, but I did not have enough sun. Next year, I'll be using raised beds in the front yard for the spuds and maters, with this trellis for the cukes only. Peppers will get moved into the tomato bed as well.

This year was an experiment, but I sure learned a lot. Now, I'm busy making compost to fill the beds with over the winter.

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Old 10-24-2020, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Nice! Looks great!


Also looks like you can grow cucumbers and tomatoes and potatoes better than me! Dangit wish I could grow potatoes here! I guess Irish potatoes don't like Florida.....
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Joe, I grew my first crop of potatoes over the winter last year in a tub on the back porch under a grow light! The ones in the ground this year were in shade, so I only got a few marbles to eat. That's why I'm making the raised beds out front for next year; full sun.

Since I started everything last spring, I think I've logged a thousand hours on YouTube learning all of this stuff. It's a treasure trove of info. Right now, I'm pounding charcoal down to make biochar. I had no idea you can still get real chunks of charcoal for your BBQ; not the formed briquettes. I found it on YouTube though. Got an 8.8 lb. bag at Food Lion for 8 bucks. I'll spend a few hours breaking it up and sifting it out, add some fresh compost and a week's worth of urine, and in six weeks I'll have enough activated biochar for next season. All for $8.oo.

Now that I'm back, I'll start posting a lot of this stuff.
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Also looks like you can grow cucumbers and tomatoes and potatoes better than me! Dangit wish I could grow potatoes here! I guess Irish potatoes don't like Florida.....
I forgot to mention, I grew my potatoes from white potatoes I bought in the grocery store. I just picked the ones that chitted (with a C).
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i grew potato from grocery store ones this year as well

a first for me... a sweet potato from the grocery store sprouted and it grew pretty well
still waiting on harvesting anything

youre garden looks great!
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Okay, so some of you might find it odd that while I have been reintroducing the dawn redwood to Appalachia for the past 25 years, that I have never had a garden before. I decided over the winter to get one going, long before the damnpanic ever hit.

I decided to go vertical on my tomatoes and cucumbers, and this was the result; a nice tidy garden with peppers and potatoes growing in the adjacent spaces. Results weren't bad, but I did not have enough sun. Next year, I'll be using raised beds in the front yard for the spuds and maters, with this trellis for the cukes only. Peppers will get moved into the tomato bed as well.

This year was an experiment, but I sure learned a lot. Now, I'm busy making compost to fill the beds with over the winter.

Just came across this thread! Your garden from last year looks great! Can’t wait to see your new garden this coming Spring/Summer......
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Oh well .... now I'll have to post pics of my garden too. Right now I have cabbages (regular &Chinese), bok choi,, and onions growing in the green house. Hopefully I can plant some of those next week. .... l'll be starting tomtoes, peppers and eggplant seeds in the greenhouse mid February. .....l have greens (mustard, turnips, & collards) growing now and been eating those since last fall.
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Oh well .... now I'll have to post pics of my garden too. Right now I have cabbages (regular &Chinese), bok choi,, and onions growing in the green house. Hopefully I can plant some of those next week. .... l'll be starting tomtoes, peppers and eggplant seeds in the greenhouse mid February. .....l have greens (mustard, turnips, & collards) growing now and been eating those since last fall.
Well, if you do get a chance to post some pictures of your garden.... I’d sure like to see them too!
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New gardens are exciting!!

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I think I put too much mulch on top. I can't feel them, but I know there has to be something in there, further down. In all likelihood, I will dump the pot over the weekend and share what I have (or don't have).

Since I am still new to this, I am also still learning, which is really amazing my dad. I had multiple shoots with flowers, so the mystery is: where are the spuds? I'll find out on Sunday. Grab some popcorn...
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From what I see in your photo, the garden is looking very good. I am just an amateur gardener. It's like a hobby for me. I wish I could have such a beautiful garden. But, instead, I have a very big and beautiful lawn. I love to spend time trimming the lawn. It's like a meditating period for me. My wife gifted me this year a new weed trimmer, and I am very pleased with it. She got inspired from an article where are described the best weed trimmers. I like to see how my kids and our dog are having fun on the lawn.

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Oh, thank you! It was an experiment to see how many mistakes I made, LOL! This year, I'll have raised beds, and I think I know what I'm doing. Then again, I may know just enough to be dangerous...

I see this was your first post; you should go to the Member's Introduction area and post a thread there. Let us know who you are, and what brought you here!
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Just came across this thread! Your garden from last year looks great! Can’t wait to see your new garden this coming Spring/Summer......
You know you always get the sneak preview, Dear; LOL! Sorry about the chocolate mint. I hope it comes back. The rosemary looks killer though!
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You know you always get the sneak preview, Dear; LOL! Sorry about the chocolate mint. I hope it comes back. The rosemary looks killer though!
Yeah you’re right! I hope the mint comes back too! If not, it’s alright! Don’t worry about it! Totally looking forward to seeing the rosemary in all it’s glory!
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Yeah you’re right! I hope the mint comes back too! If not, it’s alright! Don’t worry about it! Totally looking forward to seeing the rosemary in all it’s glory!
If worse comes to worse, I'll wait until the mama plant leafs out for the season, and send you a runner. I promised you chocolate mint, and you'll get it, LOL. BTW, if you'd like to leave some feedback for the seeds you received...
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