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#1 Old 05-26-2016, 07:48 PM
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First homegrown tomatoes of the season!

Hey guys! Here's a little glimpse of our first tomatoes from the garden. Can't wait for more to ripen. I swear I can eat tomatoes like apples! Any way, this is my second year planting tomatoes in the garden. And we actually planted a few other veggies this year for the first time. For you guys that like to plant gardens what's your favorite thing to plant ?
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#2 Old 05-26-2016, 08:41 PM
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Hey guys! Here's a little glimpse of our first tomatoes from the garden. Can't wait for more to ripen. I swear I can eat tomatoes like apples! Any way, this is my second year planting tomatoes in the garden. And we actually planted a few other veggies this year for the first time. For you guys that like to plant gardens what's your favorite thing to plant ?

Those are like storybook tomatoes! Where's Jack and the beanstalk?

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Some things I like to plant and that do well for me: tomatoes, beans, romaine lettuce, acorn or butternut squash, cucumbers, kale, mustard greens. I like okra and watermelon, but sometimes they grow, other times they don't.

I also like dill, peppermint, lovage, garlic, marigolds, and nasturtiums.

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Those tomatoes look great! Mine are still just leaves. Our last frost date was just a few weeks ago and I start everything from seed, though. This year is my first time trying to grow them. I actually just built a new raised garden over the winter and this will be a new experiment in a new climate. I pretty much try to grow any sort of interesting heirloom foods that I think I might enjoy eating, plus some interesting colorful flowers.

So far, I've harvested lots of spinach, a few types of lettuce, and Chinese kale. No luck with the regular kale, broccoli or cabbage due to those horrid caggage worms plus weather irregularities, but I keep trying! I love growing a large variety of carrots and beans in all sorts of colors. Food wise, I am also trying to grow okra, zucchini, two types of sweet peppers, herbs, three types of melon, and pumpkins ... with mixed results. I was lucky enough to inherit raspberries and strawberries when we bought the house. They did amazing last year, so I hope to be so lucky again this year. We had so many raspberries, we barely made a dent in what was growing, even with the help of the bird and bugs.

I also tried all sorts of flowers this year, but the only ones already flowering are the marigolds. My son loves sunflowers, so I try those every year, sometimes with luck and sometimes not.

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That makes me happy to see. I tried to grow tomatoes once but out of many plants, only one was successful. And I'm talking single tomato, not even one whole plant. Haha. At least the bunnies enjoyed the rest.


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I am in the desert here, and it took a while to understand growing conditions. we have lousy soil here. Nothing but clay, and really hardly any rain. I finally went to the farm store and picked up some large round buckets used on farms, drilled a few holes in the bottoms, filled the bottom with lava rock, filled the rest with good rich soil, and now have some fantastic tomatoes going. I love the trinity of peppers, tomato, and onion. Zucchini are wonderful to grow too. Spinach arugula and other salad greens.

I live in a neighborhood where people wander into the yard and steal the produce, (anything that is not nailed down gets stolen) so the best gardening area is not being used. If I owned the house, I would put a fence around the front yard (it is just weeds now) and start planting.
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