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The idea of this thread is to have a place for people to share their experiences with gardening.  I've spent more time with my garden this year than I have for a few years and I doubt I'm the only one.

 

Overall, I mostly plant in raised beds with a few containers.  I'm planing on putting down some wood chip paths and you can see that about half of the area is covered with cardboard to suppress the grass and weeds.  I need to buy more stuff from Amazon, obviously.

 

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Fron to back, a small raised bed with Ethiopian Kale (a mustard plant) some marigolds and a couple butterfly bushes.  Next is a bed that used to have spinach and lettuce but now there are three tripods for growing a second crop of beans, then some marigolds and finally a trellis with cucumber plants climbing it.  In the back a couple of self watering containers with some semi-alive pepper plants.

 

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A small bed with two zuchinni plants and also some Malibar spinnach that should eventually climb that trellis.  Behind that some okra which I'm growing for the first time and a walking onion that a friend donated to my mom.  In that metal container are a couple eggplants.

 

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Garlic to the left and beans growing on some old tomato cages (made with concrete mesh) on the right.  Way in the back there is a small plot of potatoes.

 

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Herbs in front here with some carrots just behind.  A different (hardneck) variety of garlic to the left and Tomatoes to the right.  There are more carrots in between some of the tomato cages.

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Tomatoes right in front here with a small patch of New Zealand spinach starting to grow in the bare area behind.  The Zucchini plants have totally overgrown a patch of kale and are even threatening the tomatoes that are on the right of this bed.  I can't even imagine plating some actual vineing squash or pumpkins.

 

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Pepper plants in a couple self watering containers.  They looked even worse a few weeks ago.

 

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Asparagus patch.  A real pain to keep weeded.

 

 

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Sounds fun.
 

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Main garden. Beehive at front followed by the wheelbarrow guiding the bees away from me when I water. Tomatoes acclimating to their new spots, a line of potatoes rescued from old age and the compost bin that I have jokingly buried to see what happens. Some wilting peppers in containers (been over a month; got two leaves each) and then yellow squash and zucchini. Some of those are wilting because it is above 90F right now, and they were transplanted rather than purely thinned and tossed. The mounds they got moved to haven’t sprouted anything but weeds, so no loss if they die. 
 

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Wild flower garden recently de-thistled. Wife keeps wanting to organize it, but I have successfully defended its wild nature so far. This is where I have dumped a one pound bag of honeybee friendly wildflower seeds. So far, after two months, they all have just two leaves. I think a recurring theme here is Mother Nature giving me the middle finger. I have no idea what is actually in here other than a wild wild rose belonging to the previous owner’s grandmother, some lavender from the time the land was ruled by my wife, and a lilac bush. Oh, and a wonderfully huge dandelion right in the middle. 
 

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Wife’s current realm. A few years ago, twas a herb garden. Then the blight, otherwise known as Lemon Basil took over. It’s trying to retake the wooden area from its large reserves around the greenhouse. Notionally, the box holds lettuce and lavender that was planted this year. It also has cucumbers, carrots, and whatever other old seeds I had laying around from gardens past. They either grow or become compost. Instead, it looks like the basil is coming back. Some peonies to the right, and behind the greenhouse are two more beds, with flowers that are supposed to return this spring, but instead are filled with ... lemon basil.

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I don't know about your other plants but basil seedlings spend forever with just their two seed leaves before they start to grow.

 

I follow a guy on Youtube that does no-dig gardening.  He starts a new bed by laying down cardboard right on the grass and putting a few inches of compost on top of that.  That might be a way to get something besides Lemon Basil there.

 

Then again, it might just make the blight angry.

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Pulled my soft neck garlic this afternoon.  

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Definitely the best crop I've had and the hard neck variety still in the ground is looking better. I'm pretty sure that in previous years I've left the soft neck in the ground for too long.

 

This little guy showed up while we were cleaning the garlic but he might just have fallen out of a tree.

 

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This is part of mine: 

 

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It's 13x22 with a 6x4 raised bed on one side and a 6x4 strawberry bed on the other.   In the foreground are two yellow squash which got planted late, and a wilty tomato which is now doing fine. There's some of last years carrots and garlic in the middle distance.  Neither did very well and I didn't bother to harvest, and after a mild winter they are still here.  I left the blooming heads of carrot to attract pollinators.  There are currently a total of 8 tomato plants in this area, which extends out to nearly the half dead tree in the center background. 

 

The garlic plot has a bad case of invasive Johnson Grass, which is actually a type of sorghum with tuberous roots as deep as 6" underground, and can grow up to 8ft tall.  I've kept it at bay for a couple of years with vigorous weeding, but this year I dug out as much as I could and have mulched heavily hoping to kill it.  When the rest of the garlic comes up later this summer I am hoping to get the rest of the roots. Right now it is hard to distinguish from young garlic.

 

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The view from the other side.  You can just barely see the raised bed with assorted peppers and climbing peas on the left.  Then in the ground, from left to right, onions (including a few old ones that got missed last year and are now blooming) radish (done, but left for pollinators) which has been overplanted with sweet potatoes, swiss chard, beets, lettuce, and a pair of cucumbers next to the wire trellis.  There's a few random volunteer tomatoes growing in the lettuce and beets, and some random garlic on the far right.  A bit of oregano is visible at the edge of the pic.  Both my sage and chives gave up the ghost last season. 

 

I've got more tomatoes to put in that space behind the greens but need to acquire more newsprint and finish weeding before I can put straw down. 

 

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Part of the strawberry bed. I had given up on the strawberries, there were 3 plants left this spring.  The 10 I put in last year did not survive. So I seeded heavily with sunflowers and planted some leftover onions.  It's shown here with more blooming garlic and the carrot flowers in the background.  Should be something when the sunflowers open.  I also planted rosemary, chives and lemon thyme here. 

 

 

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Rather than post photos, MrBoot and I have been doing a weekly video tour of our little garden since the beginning of May. It was initially intended for our families who can't come see it in person, but I think they fit here too. :) 

 

I'm a few videos behind, but here's the ones I've put up so far:

 

Week 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIOoUZpgYFg

Week 2: https://youtu.be/mJVHco19Ur0

Week 2.5: https://youtu.be/eadUQU5iZLs

Week 3: https://youtu.be/JpwgEA0t5nw

Week 4: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V4l6HTnzVdY

 

They may be of interest to nobody but ourselves, but they've been a lot of fun to make! ^_^

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

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Okay, garden tour, here we go...

 

First off, we have a decent sized yard for living in an urban neighborhood. But we don't have a lot of room for vegetable gardening because this monster shades out most of the yard. It's a Basswood (or Linden if you prefer) that's likely older than the house. I love big trees so this guy isn't going anywhere any time soon.

 

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In addition we know that there's a bit of heavy metal build up in the soil around here, so despite living here for a while this is only the third year where we've felt comfortable planting edible stuff. Before that everything was covered in native plants that, according to some friends in my old grad program are good at heavy metal uptake. This is the first year for our strawberries. Nothing too impressive, but I expect this to really take off next year.

 

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Next to that is my sage, catnip and tarragon patches. 

 

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Except for the sage this used to be a lot more herbs. But last fall these two idiots decided to spend a happy afternoon pulling it all out. My wife was so angry.

 

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So now we grow our most used herbs in pots next to the back door where we can keep an eye on them. Here's oregano, basil, rosemary and mint (I need to get some rum to go with that mint).

 

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Just across the patio from that is where I was planning on putting a new native plant garden, but it appears that last year some sort of squash seeds got in here and so now I'm just letting it go to see what happens. The squash stuff came up first, after I'd already sown the native seeds. This could be interesting.

 

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Just around the corner from there is a small flower garden we've been planting in for a while now. Some stuff works, some does not. We've got other flower gardens around the property, but I think this little chaotic one is my favorite.

 

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This just popped up over the weekend next to the Gallium, I do not remember what it is.

 

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Then we get into the raised bed portion of the garden. Broccoli and Cabbage. Something was eating them earlier in the year, but spraying the leaves with dish soap seemed to drive it off.

 

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Next to that are my slicing tomatoes.

 

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Next to that are some sweet and banana peppers, some of which are being stubborn about growing and made need replaced.

 

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And then down on the end we have bush beans and a micro tomato plant. Also a container of zucchini.

 

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Then we have our container garden proper, which is going to be another raised bed next year. Thai peppers.

 

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Lots of hot peppers. Going to be an interesting year for chili, I've got jalapeno, lemondrop, fish and one other mystery hot pepper.

 

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Then I've got a few cherry tomato varieties and a Green Zebra for fried green tomatoes.

 

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And down at the end we have a container cucumber plant that seems to be flourishing.

 

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And finally this is where I take my coffee in the mornings and where I've been growing my lettuce this year. I've been hitting the lettuce pretty hard, but it seems to be holding up and coming back nicely. Should get a few more harvests out of these and will replant late in the summer for fall lettuce.

 

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Hope everyone is having a fantastic garden experience this year (of course its fantastic, you get outside, what could be better?). Will update as things grow. 

 

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Looking real good, @Thoramel.  

 

Volunteers are always interesting.  I'm never sure if they are from last years garden or from my compost.  Especially squash seedlings.  These days I try not to put too many butternut squash seeds into the compost bin.

 

A few years ago we had a very mild spring and the volunteer tomato plants were bigger than the ones I started indoors.  

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Picture dump from phone.  I'll go back and annotae everything else from my computer.

 

 

First we see the eventual entrance to the garden. (I'm fencing it off so the baby wood chucks don't wreak havoc this year.  All the others over the years staayed to the back yard, but this years bunch seem much more adventurous.  Running the left side we have some sort of Japanese sweet pea; we will usually plant these twice in a season.  Up front are the container herbs.  They will come inside when the weather turns cold.  They are Awesome Wife's domain, so I would have to go look at the labels to see what they are.  Then we have 2 rows of strawberries (10 plants and the bush beans.  And then a cabbage.  The garden abuts our property line with the neighbors so Awesome Wife planted a bunch of ornamentals and flowers along the line so the neighbors have something pretty to look at.  The garden was originally a raised bed twice the size that straddled the property line and our previous neighbor shared the gardening duties with us.  When she was preparing to move last year, we stole most of the soil, reduced the size so it was only on our property and put in the flowers.

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Right side of the garden, shaded in early morning, but then gets sun for the rest of the day.  Here like a pumpkin, a watermelon, two squash and a zuchinni.  As well as a start of a compost pile. (the previous one was a pain to get stuff out of and was in the back yard.  This one is just vegetable matter so should smell much at all.

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To the left of the gourd land, we have cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes (front to back).  We also lined the front of the garden with marigolds as they deter some pests.

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Angle shot showing the front of the garden.  front to back you see the cukes, peppers and way back there are our lettuce. Also showing great signso of growth this year are our concord grape vines.  @Mad Jack has a neighbor that planted the original grape vine 20-30 years ago and they were beginning to strangle out the trees on his property.  About 3 (?) years ago he mentioned that he was going to be cutting the vines out of his trees (because the grapes were attracting every yellow jacket in a 20 mile radius), so I jumped on and messaged him that I would help in exchange for ripe grapes.  Awesome Wife and I left with about 10 lbs of grapes and 3 vine cuttings.  Last year we have one tiny bunch of grapes, but this year we have the start of dozens.  The next piece of garden infrastructure after the fence is a grape arbor/trellis.

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And then looking down the back of the garden, you can see the asparagus, tomatoes, onions (half from last year, or was it two years ago?) and just by the grape vines my row of pickling cukes.  Yes, I planted 10 pickling and 6 slicing cukes.  I buy 4 cucumbers at the store for salads and by the next day I'm lucky if I have half of one left.

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That's it in a nutshell.  I can get exact varieties of things if anyone is interested (and I have a garden map that drew up around here somewhere; I must have put it somewhere "safe").

 

I also have the blackberry canes, the wild raspberry canes, high and low bush blueberries, a wild grapevine that may bear fruit for the first time this year, peaches, apples, pears and cherries.  And we just got some red currents that need to be planted.  I can post those too if anyone is interested.

 

And then there are all of the flowering plant/shrubs and trees (including close to 35-ish lilacs alone).  Again that is Awesome Wife's domain so she would have to make that post.

 

 

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3 hours ago, lowlylowlycook said:

I've only had time to watch the first vid, but from now on @OneBoot shall be known as ManyBerry.

 

:lol:

 

All of the berries are the domain of MrBoot, except for the strawberries, which we sort of both take care of. The potatoes and tomatoes are all mine, though. 

 

He, ah, may have gotten a little bit excited about ordering berry plants, plus we acquired more from a church friend (that's what we mean when we say "from the ward"; a 'ward' is the name for a local division of our church). Plus oe of the companies sent replacements for a couple that died, but they were out of the smaller pack, so sent us SIX plants instead.

 

We are gonna have so much jam next year. :lol:

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

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2 hours ago, Thoramel said:

Okay, garden tour, here we go...

 

First off, we have a decent sized yard for living in an urban neighborhood. But we don't have a lot of room for vegetable gardening because this monster shades out most of the yard. It's a Basswood (or Linden if you prefer) that's likely older than the house. I love big trees so this guy isn't going anywhere any time soon.

 

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Next to that is my sage, catnip and tarragon patches. 

 

 

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Except for the sage this used to be a lot more herbs. But last fall these two idiots decided to spend a happy afternoon pulling it all out. My wife was so angry.

 

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This just popped up over the weekend next to the Gallium, I do not remember what it is.

 

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The pink flower is dianthus, a member of the carnation family, very hardy. 

 

Yeah, I have a really huge basswood, too. Covers half of the back yard.  I had not realized it until looking at photos from when we moved in, but it has doubled in size.  We used to have grass, but none will grow under it now. 

 

This is the catmint I planted: 

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And I believe this is the culprit: (not one of mine)

 

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Basil and Thai basil:

 

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24 minutes ago, Inarah said:

The pink flower is dianthus, a member of the carnation family, very hardy. 

 

That was my first thought as well, so thanks on confirming that. I've got dianthus annuals all over the place. The only thing is my wife claims to have never planted any perennial dianthus. And I don't remember ever seeing any here. That's also not saying we didn't. Fun garden mystery!

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