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do you have a garden at home

married with children married with children
This is year 2 for our garden. We have always had strawberry plants and herbs growing in the flower beds. But never a full on garden. We did not do good last year. I think it had something to do with the weather here, as we were not the only ones with a wimpy garden. But this year, everything has been going crazy. 4 different kinds of tomatoes, 3 different kinds of green beans, radish's, zucchinis, pumpkins, onions, potatoes, peppers, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and herbs. My kids are having so much fun picking vegetables out of the garden.

Does anyone else have a garden? What are you growing?
08/16/2011
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my mom used to have a really pretty rose garden, but ever since she changed jobs, she hasn't had time to take care of it the past few years. i live in an apt, so i can't plant a garden, but i do want to get 2 rose trees to put out on our balcony.
08/17/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
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Originally posted by married with children
This is year 2 for our garden. We have always had strawberry plants and herbs growing in the flower beds. But never a full on garden. We did not do good last year. I think it had something to do with the weather here, as we were not the only ones ...
I really want to have a garden! Fresh tomatoes, watermelons, and blueberries would be amazing! I've also always wanted some type of yummy fruit-bearing tree!
08/17/2011
js250 js250
I would love to have a garden, but do not have the time since I run two businesses, sell on ebay and also am trying to set up a website. All non-sex related. YIKES!! I do cheat and buy from the stands and farmer's market, though.
08/17/2011
married with children married with children
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Originally posted by Ryuson
I really want to have a garden! Fresh tomatoes, watermelons, and blueberries would be amazing! I've also always wanted some type of yummy fruit-bearing tree!
my cherry tree did really good this year. Last year I only had like 30 cherries on the tree. But this year I picked about 40 pounds. We made cherry jam, and cherry pie filling for the holidays this year. Plus all the cherries you could eat. It was great.
08/17/2011
married with children married with children
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Originally posted by js250
I would love to have a garden, but do not have the time since I run two businesses, sell on ebay and also am trying to set up a website. All non-sex related. YIKES!! I do cheat and buy from the stands and farmer's market, though.
you would be surprised as to how little time it takes to grow a few things. I work my job, run a business building furniture and jewelry boxes, and sell on ebay. It only takes a couple of minutes a day to keep up the garden. Most of your time would be spent on the start of growing season.

And unless the farmers are skipping the "growing part" of their vegetables, its not cheating.
08/17/2011
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by married with children
This is year 2 for our garden. We have always had strawberry plants and herbs growing in the flower beds. But never a full on garden. We did not do good last year. I think it had something to do with the weather here, as we were not the only ones ...
Have you consider growing figs? The only time I was able to buy good quality Honey Figs was at the Portland Farmers Market a few years back. I even visited a farm that grows them, but they're all mushy and ready to rot, and they charge seven bucks for 5 over-ripen figs!!! Maybe you can start an extra business there!

I can't grow anything at all in my yard, the squirrels are so brazen and hard to scare off. I can't even grow herbs in the wood barrel planters, the birds like to stand on the edge of the pots and poop!
08/17/2011
Wildchild Wildchild
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Originally posted by married with children
This is year 2 for our garden. We have always had strawberry plants and herbs growing in the flower beds. But never a full on garden. We did not do good last year. I think it had something to do with the weather here, as we were not the only ones ...
We are growing sweet corn, strawberrys, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions. As
far as the kids, well they think everything is a weed, becomes frustrating. My son loves Tomatoes, takes them off the plant and eats them.
08/17/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I do grow a couple of things, but there's something I've noticed in your responses. The use of the term 'garden', I gather from your responses, mean 'a place to grow flowers and produce'. Is this correct? I'm curious because I was talking with another friend from the North American landmass, who thought it odd that I called his 'back yard' a 'back garden'. The picture he showed me was merely of a collection of trees and grass, which, if my definition is correct, would mean it wasn't a garden by US definition. However, a UK garden is just a piece of natural land adjacent to a house or homestead. Hence my confusion.

Anyway, I grow a few cucumbers, tomatoes, runner beans and cabbage.
08/17/2011
Kim! Kim!
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Originally posted by js250
I would love to have a garden, but do not have the time since I run two businesses, sell on ebay and also am trying to set up a website. All non-sex related. YIKES!! I do cheat and buy from the stands and farmer's market, though.
That isn't cheating at all! Farmer's markets are awesome.


I wish I could have one. I love plants and have quite a few in my apartment. They are so cheery and clean the air. I can't wait to be done with school and buy a house and plant both decorative and nutritional gardens. I had a tomato plant last year growing in here but it needed more sun so I took it to my mom's. She killed it. I do have basil growing in a pot in my kitchen; I tend to use it a lot.
08/17/2011
slynch slynch
I wish we could, but we live in an apartment.
08/17/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I don't, but my mother does. It's not necessarily a "real" garden because she keeps everything in pots rather than in the ground, but she grows cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, and a few other things. Then she cans them all and we can enjoy them for a long time.
08/17/2011
LaLaLouise LaLaLouise
I currently don't because I live in a trailer and I don't own the property, but I've been thinking about keeping a few potted plants on the porch or making one of these awesome pallet gardens.
08/17/2011
wetone123 wetone123
I've got big boy tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, green beans, summer squash, zucchini, garlic chives, butternut squash, basil, carrots, bell peppers, banana peppers, thyme and chinese sweet pea pods.

The lettuce wilted out when hot temperatures came, but I had a nice supply of that and spinach during the winter and spring.

Gardening is great because it excercises your body, relaxes your mind and gives you plenty to eat!
08/17/2011
catgirl9 catgirl9
We have a garden every year. Typically we grow tomatoes, peppers (hot & sweet), green beans, peas, and lots of herbs. We try to plant something new that we haven't tried before too, but sometimes it dies or just doesn't work out. Last year we grew Swiss Chard and ended up hating it, but the experience was fun and the plant sure looked pretty.

This year, we ditched all the veggies and just grew a TON of herbs. We can get the fresh veggies at the farmers market, but they NEVER have herbs. It's been really fun and we have an endless supply of herbs. I do miss having veggies in the garden, but being able to have so many herbs is so awesome. Maybe next year we'll go back to veggies & herbs. Oh I forgot...we do have 5 strawberry plants this year too, but they keep growing into the ground. First year we've tried it, so we're still in a bit of trial and error with those.

We've done cucumbers, lettuce, and watermelon before but each of those were only for one year. The cucumber plants totally freaked me out because the plants were super fuzzy and had lots of spiders in them! Ewww, freaky!
08/17/2011
froggiemoma froggiemoma
Nope, I don't have a green thumb.
08/17/2011
married with children married with children
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Originally posted by Rossie
Have you consider growing figs? The only time I was able to buy good quality Honey Figs was at the Portland Farmers Market a few years back. I even visited a farm that grows them, but they're all mushy and ready to rot, and they charge seven ...
My wife would like to grow some fig trees, but not enough room. Will have to wait until I get moved to a bigger place.
08/17/2011
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by married with children
My wife would like to grow some fig trees, but not enough room. Will have to wait until I get moved to a bigger place.
Hope you'll find a bigger lot soon, there's plenty of houses with acre lots for sale. Don't forget about me when it comes to harvest time -- I'll pay whatever you charge!!!
08/17/2011
Angewin Angewin
I thinking about making myself a mini garden out on the patio. I'm more of a veggie grower than a flower person, though.
08/17/2011
oldhippy oldhippy
Because of the early rainy season and some travel this year, I didn't get all of my garden plantred in time this year. The only items that I got in the ground were some bush beans, 5 zuccini(sp) plants, some tomatoe plants, and some red beets. the zukes are just now starting to develope fruit, and the beets won't be ready for a while yet. This has been a strange year, as the peach tree has all of its blooms blown off early in the year so there is no fruit this year, just have to wait for next. It is a free stone peach tree.
What gets planted each year in the garden varies depending on what I feel like planting, where it is going to go in the garden, and how it will be arranged. Some years are better than others, and this is not one of the best.
08/17/2011
ThoughtsAblaze ThoughtsAblaze
I really want to! My roomies and I would say every year that we'd plant one, and then we wouldn't. I'm renting on my own now and got the OK to plant one, so I want to do one raised bed next spring. I just started my own compost, too, so we'll see!
08/17/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by Errant Venture
I do grow a couple of things, but there's something I've noticed in your responses. The use of the term 'garden', I gather from your responses, mean 'a place to grow flowers and produce'. Is this correct? I'm curious ...
You're exactly right. A yard with grass and trees is not a garden in my book.

I have a 400 sq ft garden with zucchini, cucumbers, cherry and brandywine tomatoes, two kinds of watermelon, cantelope, honeydew melons, santa claus melons, beans, morning glories, pumpkin, soybeans and a mystery plant that looks mostly like a pumpkin but the flowers don't look like pumpkin flowers. I'll have to wait for that one to reveal itself to me.

BTW, Sugar Babies watermelon do MUCH better than seeds from a supermarket watermelon.
08/17/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
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Originally posted by married with children
This is year 2 for our garden. We have always had strawberry plants and herbs growing in the flower beds. But never a full on garden. We did not do good last year. I think it had something to do with the weather here, as we were not the only ones ...
I don't have a garden but I have been working on my mom's yard. I planted my azalea and some begonias around a rock garden she has. I also decorate my 12ft x 5ft porch, lol.

I have some awesome yard decor and some flowers around there as well.

I also have some house plants starting up; I like to keep busy and it seems I found a few I can actually keep alive
08/17/2011
married with children married with children
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Originally posted by Rossie
Hope you'll find a bigger lot soon, there's plenty of houses with acre lots for sale. Don't forget about me when it comes to harvest time -- I'll pay whatever you charge!!!
I almost had a 4 acre lot a few years back, but things did not work out. Good thing too, work has been so slow and I do not see it picking up for a few more years.
08/18/2011
married with children married with children
we just started getting our full size tomatoes. Will not have to buy any for awhile. Also have some pumpkins that should be ready for Halloween.
08/25/2011
sarki sarki
I have a few flower gardens and a vegie garden
08/25/2011
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