What's in your Veggie Garden?

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  1. Barefoot Gentile

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    So memorial weekend is the official planting of my veggie garden (Here in Connecticut this is usually the weekend to do it). I love having a vegetable garden, it's one my hobbies I look forward to in the summer.



    I am going with the Tomato plants, cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, cucumbers, maybe eggplant (fresh egg plant parmesan, mmmmmm), I am going to try corn this year, I think just the corn stalks are cool looking. Some green and red bell peppers, and a few habanero plants (chili!), snappeas. What else?



    I learned my lesson last year with cucumbers, I planted about 4 individual plants it was my first time growing cucumbers. I couldn't believe how much cucumbers you can get from just one plant. No lie, from four plants I had about 60 cucumbers throughout the summer.



    Anyone else have a green thumb?
     
  2. Barefoot TJ

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    Now I'm hungry.

    Now I'm hungry.
     
  3. BFwillie_g

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    Hokaido pumpkins! They're

    Hokaido pumpkins! They're great, and pretty much zero maintenance, except you put a little plastic foil under the pumpkins themselves once they start growing, to keep them off the dirt. Pumpkin soup is a power food that tastes amazing :D

    I didn't see Zucchini on your list - one plant is enough, same as the cukes. Zukes are excellent for the grill, btw. Brush a little oil and seasoning on them, yum. (oh, maybe redundant with the yellow squash)

    Lollo Rosso - red leaf lettuce, a must have for us, along with a few other types of lettuce that I don't know the english names for.

    Some good old carrots.

    Herbs - chive, parsley and few others that grow easily.

    Leeks are a nice alternative to onions, also easy to grow.
     

  4. Cali Girl

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    I live in a condo so have

    I live in a condo so have some stuff growing in containers. For veggies only 1 tomatoe, a cherry variety that has been producing fruit for a month or so already and potaotes. My first time every trying taters. I did them in 5 gal buckets. We shall see. lol

    As for herbs I have a few varieties of mint. Had to harvest my basil, dill and chamomile already as the wind tore my plants to shreds. Lemon thyme, chives, curly parsley and oregano all doing ok so far.

    At my boyfriend's house we planted yellow squash, zucchini, fruit trees and herbs.



    As for zucchini on the grill, I like to dip mine in italian dressing and then grill. Yumm.
     
  5. Barefoot TJ

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    Willie, I was expecting you

    Willie, I was expecting you to say you grew cabbage to make sauerkraut. Hee.
     
  6. barefoot.zumba.runner

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    oy, I've been a planting fool

    oy, I've been a planting fool the last few weeks

    in the veggie gardens, we've got:

    wala wala onions, oregano, italian basil, sweet basil, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, strawberries, butternut squash, cukes,green beans, jalapenos, green bell peppers, early girls (slicing tomatoes) and sweet 100s (cherry tomatoes).

    in the front yard, I've recently planted flowering perenials: daisies, carnation, sweet william, sun drops, bridal wreath, astible, lilac, burning bush (3 of them), mock orange, sunflowers (annuals), coneflowers, lupines and 2 double knock out rose bushes. LOTS of digging and playing in the dirt.



    Willie, the pumpkins sound like a great idea! I'd never thought to plant those, and pumpkin soup sounds delish, you'll have to post that recipe for sure
     
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    Barefoot TJ wrote:Willie, I



    No, dear, we grow barley to make Bier, but our sauerkraut we buy pre-packaged :p

    Pumpkin soup is easy. You chop the pumpkin into chunks, any size. Hokkaido pumpkins are especially good for this stuff because you can eat the skin, too. Put the chunks in a pot, add water to about half to two thirds the of the level of the pumpkin, get it cooking.

    Add some vegetable broth, but not too much. A little pepper. Add hot water as needed, but don't over do it.

    Once the pumpkin bits are softened up, mash them till they're smooth. I use a hand mixer (one of those long, narrow jobbers) and do it straight in the pot. You can also pour it into the regular mixer and let 'er rip.

    That's already the basic soup.

    The classic thing to add would be butter, which really is good, and of course pumpkin seeds(!) - stir the butter into the hot soup before serving and sprinkle the seeds on top. Pumpkin oil drizzled over the soup is also great...



    I'm not much on recipes, I make my dishes differently each time. You could try adding pumpkin pie seasoning, for example. Or, when you put the pumpkin bits on the stove, add some potato, maybe about one third as much as the pumpkin.

    Other things I've tossed into the mix:

    Onions, garlic, broccoli (hey, there's an idea for a garden), bell peppers, and pretty much whatever I find in the veggie tender.
     

  8. SillyC

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    I have a little greenhouse

    I have a little greenhouse behind my garage, so I started from seeds about a month ago.



    We have tomatoes, beets, chard, ground cherries, peas, rosemary, winter lettuce mix (growing in the greenhouse), lemon balm, oregano, and sweet basil.



    We've run into some issues with the greenhouse, though. There's a toad living in there, and he keeps digging up my seedlings. We find his fat toad ass crammed into the Jiffy pots. Then I go into there to work, or harvest the lettuce, and he sits in that Jiffy pot staring up at me. One time, he sat on a tomato seedling all day long, peeing on it, and we watched it go from pefectly green to completely yellow, leaf by leaf. Of course, since I have a 4 year old and a 7 year old, Ranacide is not an option.
     
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    lmbo Silly, sounds like a

    lmbo Silly, sounds like a defiant little toad! That's awesome you have a greenhouse, how do you mangage that? What does it take to have a greenhouse?
     
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    barefoot.zumba.runner



    It takes an industrious former owner! We purchased this house a year ago, and it came with a little glass room off the back of the garage. It's nothing special. We started seeds inside in March, and I moved seedlings into the greenhouse in Mid-April.

    This toad... This toad... Harumph! My husband has been peeling up moss and planting shade-loving grass seed up the hill from the greenhouse. The other day, he went back there to mow, and caught the toad red-handed digging up his new grass.
     
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    So, what have you decided to

    So, what have you decided to name him...other than fat little ass?
     
  12. WienerDawg

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    Toads are good the EAT lotsa

    Toads are good the EAT lotsa bugs. Your toad is a HELLION



    Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, jalalpenos, HABANEROS, cabbage, hops ( i brew once in a while ), carrots, radish, basil, parsley
     
  13. BF Gwyneth

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    In early April (we live in

    In early April (we live in Atlanta), I planted tomato, bibb lettuce, spinach, mesculaine lettuce, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, corn, parsley, and basil.



    I've been raiding the garden for small salad mixings even though the carrots and tomatoes are not ready yet. Bugs are beginning to thrive - I need to go back and read this post and find out more about frogs....but then my three German Shepherds might thrive.....;)
     
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    I was gone for the weekend

    I was gone for the weekend and when I got back something had masacred my peppermint plant and was starting in on my chocolate mint plant. Now, I can't have this because I make decaf green and mint tea nearly daily. I didn't see anything at first and then a slight movement caught my eye. It was a caterpilla the same green as the plant! I ended up pulling 10 of those voracious little eaters off my plants! I'm going to hunt them little suckers daily now.

    Anyone know if spraying them with a soap/water mixture will get rid of them life aphids? I don't like to use chemicals on my herbs at all since I use them so often.
     
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    hopping on from my sister's

    hopping on from my sister's computer, our internet has been out for 4 days :O Anywho, just responding to the aphid post, lady bugs will eat up aphids and other pests. You can get them at your local florist/green house I believe. I have't had to venture that far, but got the tip a while back. Might be worth a shot?
     
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     I have no veggie garden this

    I have no veggie garden this year. I have some volunteer cilantro, Greek oregano, purple sage and lemon balm growing, as well as a couple of mints I started last year, but no true veggies. I have a large pot that I might throw a cherry tomato plant in, but nothing else. It's the first year in a long time that I don't have a food garden and it's a very unsettling feeling. I'm going to have to throw myself on the mercy of all my veggie-growing friends later this summer.
     
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    Norm Deplume wrote:Cali Girl



    Thanks!
     
  19. Abide

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    Well now we are

    Well now we are into our rough season, so we have a lot of beans, peas, eggplants, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins, squash, onions, okra, grapes, beets, and a bunch of herbs.

    I miss the fall/winter season when we can grow almost everything.
     
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     we usually plant a huge

    we usually plant a huge garden....but not this year....I did however, finally get the OK from my wife, to have chickens.....so the coop planning has begun!!
     

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