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MoniDew
06-17-2009, 12:29 PM
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This is what my salad bed looks like today. I've harvested a couple of salads out of it so far this season. It looks a little sparce after I thinned out the weaklings. But it will fill in - if I let it!

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Close up of oak leaf lettuce - gorgeous! wish you could see the true color. It just glows with a natural light!

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Leaf lettuce, looking so pretty!

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This is my tomatoes & peppers bed. Someone asked me what I planted and I didn't have it in front of me at the time. I just ran out and took notes - so here they are:
L to R Tomatoes: Yellow 1884, Cherokee Purple, Creole, Sweetie, Black Brandywine, Amish Paste, Sioux, Teton DeVenus, German Johnson
L to R Peppers: Beaver Dam, Keystone Giant, Sweet Banana (already has a big pepper on it! YEAY!) Sweet Chocolate, Jimmy Nardellos, Big Jim

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There's the great big banana pepper!

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Nasturtiums after a good soak. Looking a little like Cinderella after the stepsisters got through with her! Still, you can tell, she's a beauty.

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Big, strong Mr Broccoli! What a handsome man!

gotta knit
06-17-2009, 05:41 PM
Looking good so far Monica.

I can appreciate your efforts, my mom planted big gardens while I was growing up. Never inherited the green thumb though, I don't garden.

vaknitter
06-17-2009, 11:16 PM
Your garden is gorgeous ! Where's all the weeds though? I could show you pictures of my garden, but all you see are marigolds (to keep the little critters away) peeking through the weeds. We've had so much rain it's all I can do to keep up with mowing let alone weeding.

saracidaltendencies
06-18-2009, 12:32 AM
Man, I wish I had space for a big 'ol garden!! Your garden is awesome!

Woodi
06-18-2009, 06:24 AM
Love your garden! Everything looks so healthy. Is that a fairly small box?

MoniDew
06-18-2009, 09:46 AM
each box is 4X8 and double stacked, so they are 2 feet off the ground. Saves my back and knees!

Smartest thing we've ever done. (Hubby is 50 yrs old now, and I'm next! so, saving backs and knees are on our minds as we grow older)

MoniDew
06-18-2009, 09:48 AM
Your garden is gorgeous ! Where's all the weeds though? I could show you pictures of my garden, but all you see are marigolds (to keep the little critters away) peeking through the weeds. We've had so much rain it's all I can do to keep up with mowing let alone weeding.
No weeds in raised beds! Hallelujah!

I have planted marigolds as well, for critter control - as you say, and nasturtiums - same reason. You can see the nasturtiums, but the marigolds aren't really growing right now. I expect them to really take off soon. It's gonna get hot around here in the next day or two!

MoniDew
06-18-2009, 09:50 AM
Looking good so far Monica.

I can appreciate your efforts, my mom planted big gardens while I was growing up. Never inherited the green thumb though, I don't garden.
That's where gardening neighbors come in handy! Extras get passed over the backyard fence!

stisdale
06-19-2009, 01:25 AM
I love your garden!! I just started a little backyard garden myself. We have a condo so we don't have much space, but I'm really glad that my husband and I finally braved the weed jungle we had growing back there and decided to actually do something with the patio space! Once we got all the weeds out (one was literally as tall as me), we started putting compost out there. We just happened to put some spaghetti squash out there, seeds and all, and BAM there was a huge growth of spaghetti squash. I recently planted zucchini, roma tomatoes, and yellow squash, and it looks like we might even get a watermelon plant in from some seeds we threw out in the compost!

Here's a picture:
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L --> R = Zucchini, Mama Spaghetti Squash, Roma Tomatoes, Baby Spaghetti Squash, Yellow Squash

MoniDew
06-19-2009, 02:39 PM
I'm smiling from ear to ear right now, because there is another human being on the planet that loves compost pile voluteers! LOL!

Yes, we are truly grateful for our many blessings!!!!

vaknitter
06-19-2009, 08:17 PM
That's just it...I have a raised bed ! The first 4 yrs in the house the garden was AMAZING I literally picked 4 weeds per season. The last 3 yrs the weeds have been overwhelming. I've been weeding an hour a night this week and putting newspapers around all the plants to keep the weeds down. I can't wait for my cucumbers !!

MoniDew
06-22-2009, 03:49 PM
wow! maybe the weed's seeds got into your compost pile, or something else that you use in your raised beds. I certainly hope you can whip it back into shape soon.

PS this is my first year with raised beds, so I'm sure I have a lot to learn!

bambi
06-22-2009, 10:29 PM
The garden looks lovely, Monica! Wish I had the inkling for gardening but I'm such a city girl!

Bambi

MoniDew
06-22-2009, 10:54 PM
check out www.urbansustainableliving.com (http://www.urbansustainableliving.com) for ideas on how to produce enough to feed your family on a city lot.

I live in a suburban city lot myself, not in the "country". Not all of Oklahoma is tumbleweeds and coyotes. :aww:

bambi
06-23-2009, 10:05 AM
:roflhard: :roflhard:
Monica, I will check the link. What I really meant was that I am not really a gardener. The high season is hot down here and I'd rather lay by the pool and go to the grocery store. :aww: I'm too LAZY to garden. Plus, I'm the hugest bug magnet in the history of man. The second I start digging, mosquitos fly out of nowhere and bite me.

I do like growing herbs, though. I started a rosemary plant that seems to love the sandy soil and the hot weather. I have seen them here in Savannah as really huge shrubs.

Bambi