I am praying I have the ability to finally start my garden here after moving in two years ago. I am an avid (mostly) organic gardener...no, make that crazed, not just avid, lol! I swap seeds from all over the world and grow so much stuff I can't even begin to list it all here. Now that I have a huge backyard, I need to get started on the dwarf orchard, berries and raised garden beds. I have extreme deer pressure (they come stick their faces in my windows, okay?) and need to erect deer proof fencing that's 10 ft tall. I know I will have to do this in stages, adding on every year, but my health has prevented me from doing it so far. I am hoping I can just start small. Normally, I start everything indoors from seed and use grow lights, the whole nine yards. But, I'll have to settle for direct planting this time, no biggie. I've planted in July before and still had the plants catch up to the early starts, plus they avoid the pest pressures more. I sorely missed having all my fresh produce right outside the door! It made a big difference in my grocery bill to not have my garden. Now our Spring has finally begun and the leaves have begun to bud, so in a way, the late Spring is working in my favor. Normally by this time I have all the onions, shallots, potatoes, peas, fava beans and tons of greens growing, *sigh*. I am concerned the harsh winter may have killed my potted fruit bushes that I brought from the other house. The tornado that crashed through my yard and house last July took down the huge oaks on one side *sob*, but now I have more direct sun, so I can plant more, yippee, a silver lining perhaps?
Anyone who wants to talk about gardening, I am your gal! I can't get enough of growing my own food and yes, I plant lots of flowers, too, but I focus most of my energy and time on the stuff I can eat, lol! Now that I have my forever home and plenty of room, I am going to be able to start stocking up by root cellaring, canning, dehydrating and fermenting my harvests. OMG, I am about bursting with excitement right now, just talking about it!
Since we can talk about whatever we want on here now, feel free to ask me questions. I have varieties from all over the world and I haven't even gotten to try growing all of them yet. But all these heirloom varieties are so good! they are saved for generations primarily based on TASTE and also ease of growth and resistance to pests.
@BlackOrchid: To prevent your poor tomatoes from splitting and getting blossom end rot, I highly recommend a spray called Blossom End Rot Spray. It will save your heirloom tomatoes no matter what the weather brings! (Many different brands such as Bonide make them and they are available at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, garden stores, etc.) There is also a spray that lets your tomatoes and some other plants set fruit even without pollination called Tomato and Blossom Set Spray and it's another great helper.