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Re: Victory Garden

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:28 am

My "garden" is bunch of containers on a decent-size balcony. There are probably about 25 square feet of "arable space," so to speak (i.e. soil surface). About 50% of that is dedicated to ornamentals (some of which are also edible) and 50% to veggies and herbs. So, really, it's not so much about gardening for victory as it is about ensuring that we look and smell lovely as we starve to death (also, the ornamentals attract beneficial insects to our garden). In the event of an actual food shortage, you bet your ass we'd pull up the flowers and plant seeds, though. We have lots and lots of veggie seeds.

Anyways, here's what we've got planted and are planning to plant (a few things waiting for hotter weather). With just a couple of exceptions, everything is or will be direct-seeded. A few are perennials that have overwintered on the balcony, and a few were bought as bedding plants this year.

    Veg: Lettuce, peas, rapini, arugula, cayenne peppers, carrots, tomatoes.

    Herbs: Rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, chives, garlic chives, spearmint.

    Ornamentals: Poppies (I guess we could ensure we'd enjoy starving to death...), tulips, cornflowers, sweet peas, pansies (edible), cup & saucer vine, cup flower, pheasant's eye, sempervivums, a bunch of different grasses, heliotropes, sweet williams. All black, red, and purple this year.

Lots of heirloom plants, but I know I should be growing native plants. I'm such a sucker for the funky colours. Not that anything growing within 5 square km of me is a native plant, anyways....

The lettuce, arugula, rapini, and cornflowers have all come up in the last 2 days, which is very exciting for me!

Our gardening philosophy is basically "Darwinian." We direct-seed pretty-much everything, including tomatoes and peppers. We do shelter the tenderest things (tomatoes and peppers) with pop-bottle and garbage-bag "greenhouses" if there's a cold snap in the spring, but I mostly let nature take its course. I'm not that fussy about planting dates, either, as I find that most seeds will happily lie dormant until the soil temperature tells them the world is ready for them. Anything that doesn't survive/thrive, I don't grow again. (I know we'd do better if we seeded things indoors, hardened them off properly, and transplanted them outside, but we're lazy and don't have a lot of indoor space. We just overseed and let the strongest survive).
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby Oldguy » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:13 pm

I picked up 2 free 25lb. sacks of compost at the garbage/recycling center, after paying my quarterly pickup bill. I have not cut ground yet, it's supposed to rain the next 2 days here. Lawn is growing like crazy, just did second mowing of the season. My perennial herb garden in the radio-flyer is still going strong, especially chives. The local community garden is charging $25.00 rent for each 10' square, annually. I have not decided on seeds yet. Happy gardening everyone!
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby Bounce530 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:36 pm

2012 garden coming up looks like this-
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Plus carrots, corn, bell peppers, hot peppers, cucumbers, green beans, dill, cilantro, green onion, yellow onion, zucchini, strawberries, and sunflowers.
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:51 am

Forgot about this thread. Now that I have a real live vegetable garden on my very own land, let me take some snaps and show you all.
I gots: Bok choy, roma tomatoes, stevia, dill, Jalapenos, blueberries, raspberries, shiso (aka and ao), and some gourds in the back 40. The three-color apple tree is finally in the ground as well. Yay!
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby Drawingablank » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:04 am

Wow, I wish mine were so far along.

This week the first of my peppers and tomatoes just set fruit. No action on the eggplants yet. The blueberries are just starting to ripen and the herbs are going haywire.

The squirrels destroyed all the cukes, pumpkins, watermelons, and root crops except for 2 carrot plants.
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:08 am

My berries are happy in the heat.
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:10 pm

AntiM wrote:My berries are happy in the heat.

Well, that's not in the least suggestive.
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:32 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
AntiM wrote:My berries are happy in the heat.

Well, that's not in the least suggestive.


Not at all, nothing suggestive about ripe, luscious fruits of the garden. Not one thing.
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby Bounce530 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:42 pm

TomServo wrote:Pickles are cucumbers soaked in EVIL!
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:33 pm

Thinned out the carrots today. Mmmm... delicious babies.
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby Drawingablank » Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:33 pm

The garden is coming along nicely now that I'm giving it what plants crave.
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby Turtleburp » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:40 pm

Drawingablank wrote:The garden is coming along nicely now that I'm giving it what plants crave.


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Re: Victory Garden

Postby Oldguy » Sat May 18, 2013 8:42 am

I am so proud of my town Liveoak, and the gardeners at the Liveoak Community Garden. Look what a little idea 3 years ago hath wrought.
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Re: Victory Garden

Postby Oldguy » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:20 pm

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