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Planning for Next Year's Garden
« on: January 05, 2011, 01:23:20 PM »
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  • What are some of your plans for next year. Any online resources you'd recommend for seed?

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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #1 on: January 05, 2011, 03:35:37 PM »
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  • I have pretty much the opposite of a green thumb, whatever that might be - but for 2011, I'm determined to grow something edible, and then eat it! I've got great midday and afternoon sun in Long Beach that I need to take advantage of...So anyone with simple suggestions, I'm all ears!
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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011, 04:31:26 PM »
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  • i've tried all sorts of sources for seeds, including obscure organic/heirloom suppliers. i'm going back to burpee. tired of low germination.
    i like santa rosa gardens for plants.
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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #3 on: January 05, 2011, 05:11:12 PM »
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  • SC...from my first years experience I would say tomatoes are a must...they're hardy and easy to grow. Herbs are also easy....
     
    This spring I'm working on starting a small perennial garden with soil on the acidic side due to a pine tree that resides in it.  So far, I've decided on two Blueberries surrounded by Cranberry, a Candytuft that's already there, Strawberry, two hops vines (Nugget and Centennial for yummy beer) and I'll replant my Habanero plant that now lives inside.  This still allows space for much more.....hmmmm...
     
    Outside my wee garden, i have room to build a 3 x 8 raised bed.  I plan to plant Tomatoes, Jalepeno, Green Onions (also easy to grow SC), Squash and Broccoli.  I'm also going to try my luck on some root veggies this year as well.  Can't wait!
     
    I have a fence behind my house that is over run with weedy vines, I plan to clear those ever so slowly over the next few weeks...next fall there will be grapes in their place. 
     
    I know I'm probably thinking about this stuff far too early, but it helps me deal with winter. 
     
     
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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #4 on: January 05, 2011, 05:35:35 PM »
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  • according to martha you should be ordering seeds and plants right now!
    i have a black thumb with tomatoes. :( i may try again, this time with plants ordered from burpee. and i need to make a tomato cage to thwart the evil squirrel.
    i like the grape vine idea, that will be very pretty after a few years!
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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #5 on: January 05, 2011, 06:13:07 PM »
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  • interesting you had problems with tomatoes.  maybe it was the type?  i planted mostly grape tomatoes and they went nuts.  and somehow i avoided the evil squirl, though something enjoyed a few of my cucumbers (i also found those easy SC). 
     
    and yes, jan and feb is the time to order seed, at least the literature I've read says that. 
     
     
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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #6 on: January 05, 2011, 07:56:06 PM »
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  • I want get a bunch of sunflowers this year, in all different colors.  Yes I also like Burpee seed.  Unless you are in an open area with alot of sun, try to find tomatoes that ripen in about 75 days, and start seeds indoors in April.  When you transplant them, plant it deep.  I take off all the lower leaves and plant it 6-10" deep.
     
    Also look for cold hardy cactus, it truly confuses peoples minds when I say I grow cactus in NY.

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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #7 on: January 05, 2011, 08:32:59 PM »
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  • Shack, out of respect for our resident Master Gardener--Chopchaser, I say one passion fruit vine is in order. Sadly unlike grapes, you would never really get a fruit but...  Eff' the flowers are gorgeous. That fence filled with dozen of passion fruit vine blossoms would look sick. Think about it.









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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011, 12:34:57 PM »
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  • Freaking nuts!  Hey, you think a passion fruit vine would climb a tree? 
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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #9 on: January 06, 2011, 12:44:16 PM »
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  • I ordered some seeds late fall from fedco, thanks to hubert's suggestion. Amazing selection, ordered a bunch of stuff. I also heard about hudson valley seed bank, tho did not order from them. I tried to get smaller, organic varieties, due to space limitations. As for tomatoes, last year I had a ton more luck with the smaller cherry tomatoes than the bigger ones. One thing I did was plant and did not mark what I planted oops.  I also forgot to order kale seeds... so will probably place another order at some point. I WANT TO MAKE KALE JUICE!!!
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    Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #10 on: January 06, 2011, 01:26:16 PM »
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  • We had a lot of fun setting up our garden last year and working with some very knowledgable folks at a place called the seattle urban farm co. The main thing they instilled was that soil development is half the battle. Spent some time this winter working to rebuild soils with compost and also setting up a crop rotation plan. Between this and the two hives our backyard is really producing lots of quality goods. Once i have a little more time chickens could be on the way.

    Also if you havnt checked out the eagle st farm or brooklyn grange they are really cool. Urban ag is the future!
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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #11 on: January 06, 2011, 03:51:45 PM »
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  • Kale!!!!!!!!  I totally forgot Kale! Crispy Kale has become my new favorite appetizer.
    « Last Edit: January 06, 2011, 04:13:08 PM by Shacky »
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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #12 on: January 06, 2011, 04:48:06 PM »
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  • Kale!!!!!!!!  I totally forgot Kale! Crispy Kale has become my new favorite appetizer.
    Kale Juice

    Kale is full of calcium and antioxidants. When juiced with a bit of  lemon and agave, kale turns into a grassy lemonade. No worries if you  donít have a juicer, a blender and a sieve do the trick.


    1 bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves washed
    the juice of 2 small lemons
    1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar
    1/2 cup cold water


    Combine everything in a blender and blitz until completely  pureed. It might take a little bit of time and a shove to get it going. Strain  the juice through a fine sieve into a bowl, pushing down on the solids with a  kitchen spoon being sure to extract all the juice. Taste the juice and add a  bit more lemon or agave if you think it needs it. Pour into a glass and drink  up.
           
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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #13 on: January 06, 2011, 09:21:27 PM »
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  • Ryan, they will grow on trees. Below is a shot of one on my crabapple tree very late in the season, October.



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    Re: Planning for Next Year's Garden
    « Reply #14 on: January 08, 2011, 04:13:39 PM »
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  • BB give shacky some cuttings they'll take!
    My cuttings of the fruiting vine from the PR house (snuck in to BK) grew roots after applying a little organic root hormone.
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