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Mhm.... a new forum! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
We have to start somehow, so if you like, post here a bit about your gardening hobby - an introduction so to speak.<br><br><br><br>
When/how did you get started, your favorite plants, what you grow right now, your philosophy, anything!<br><br><br><br>
I really look forward to using this forum and hearing from all gardeners on VB!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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OK, I see - we're a bit shy... No problem, I'll start then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
So...<br><br><br><br>
I've been gardening for more than 2 years now. That's not a lot, but I became interested in gardening only after I went veg. It was funny - i knew next to nothing about plants, gardening, fertilizers, seasons, etc. It was a whole new world! I did have SOME harvest in my first garden, but not a lot as you can imagine. But it was FUN!!! Plants are so amazing. Watching them grow is a great feeling.<br><br><br><br>
Anyhow - right now I don't have a dirt garden (OK I have a few potted herbs indoors), but I'm growing hydroponically. If somebody doesn't know what this means, it's growing plants not in soil, but suspending their root system in water with nutrients mixed in.<br><br><br><br>
I have a rather small system that I built myself and extend/improve over time as need arises. I plan to build a huge lettuce farm later this year. Hydro is a great hobby, especially if you like to build/fix things.<br><br><br><br>
Right now I'm growing lettuce + a few sweet peppers seedlings. I love leafy greens and it is one of my all time favorite crop. (and foods!)<br><br><br><br>
But I just set up a few cherry tomato + zucchini seeds for germination though, so I hope that I'll have a few more fruiting plants in the garden soon.<br><br><br><br>
Later I want to start some basil too. Tomatoes and basil just go well together, don't you think? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I'm maybe a bit late with starting tomato now, but it should not be that big of a problem...<br><br><br><br>
As you can see I'm going for the easy crops right now, but I actually don't have as much time for the garden as I would like to. So it's a good thing if the plants are easy to take care of.<br><br><br><br>
I love dirt gardening too. Alas I don't have access to a garden patch right now (I did when I started gardening, though). I hope I'll have a small plot of land for dirt gardening again someday!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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oatmeal is the gardening master.<br><br><br><br>
i'm about to go to bed...but i did just plant a nice garden for my sister the other day. pumpkin, cucumber, lotsa peppers, herbs like sage and lavander, peas, carrots, and many more....
 

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Heh... I see myself as more of an experimenter!<br><br><br><br>
I think there are greater garden masters around here. Such as yourself if you did plant all that in one day. That is, if the plants survive!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I bet this thread will really kick off in a few days. Most plant growers do not hang around the forums all day like me (I know, I need a life <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">) they are out gardening!
 

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Oatmeal - you said before you thought there ought to be a gardening forum - and here it is! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I am one of those hobby farmer kind of gardeners. I have next to no interest in ornamentals. I want to eat what I grow.<br><br><br><br>
I have a large garden on the property of my work (and windowsill plants at my condo/home). I grow organically - and it's a challenge for me. I may seek lots of pest advice very soon.<br><br><br><br>
Here is what I currently have going (and what I just recently harvested):<br><br><br><br>
Daikon Radish (lots of it - and harvested the last of it today)<br><br><br><br>
Bokchoy Cabbage (again - completed harvest today)<br><br><br><br>
Spinach - (it's holding on - whether here has been cool)<br><br><br><br>
Swiss Chard - I pick as I go - hope it will keep up with me through the summer<br><br><br><br>
Tomatoes - Paste and Cherry (don't have the space to add on the "garden variety" type)<br><br><br><br>
Snap Beans (bush) - 3 rows planted 2 weeks apart so I can hopefully have green beans until fall.....we'll see.<br><br><br><br>
Soy Beans (edamame) - a bunch<br><br><br><br>
Cucumber (japanese style)<br><br>
Eggplant (again -japanese style)<br><br>
Jalapeno Peppers<br><br><br><br>
A variety of heat resistant asian greens<br><br><br><br>
Lemon Basil / Purple Basil / Thai Basil / and the regular old basil<br><br><br><br>
Fall crops will be beets, carrots, more daikon, and more spinach and greens.<br><br><br><br>
I also have perennials of Rosemary, Oregano, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Thyme.<br><br><br><br>
I'm looking forward to discussing gardening - I'm the only one I know here who is as enthusiastic about it as I am (but - all my friends and co-workers are good at helping me eat - and that is a good thing around August!!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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"here" meaning where I live not VB<br><br><br><br>
(I've learned to clarify things being on this board......) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Seeds are purchased (all organic), compost bin is full with rich compost, backyard needs turning, and all we need is a weekend with no rain and we are off to our second season of gardening (late but oh well for this year)<br><br><br><br>
My favorite thing we are planning on growing? Ornamental Small Mixture Gourds. Poesia and I are getting married this fall and we will have a fall theme. I jokingly said one day that we should grow our own decorations, so i got a pack of seeds the other week that had a Post-It on it that said :<br><br>
"To my Richie~<br><br>
Happy Wedding!<br><br>
Love,<br><br>
Valerie"<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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All right, I admit it--I'm a frivolous gardener. I grow ornamentals and no veggies (at least not yet). I do have quite a few herbs, though.<br><br><br><br>
I concentrate on perennials, and I try to stick to natives or plants which at least do well in this area without a lot of extra fussing. I love shade plants, but I have very little shaded area right now, and that area is very wet, so the shade plants I do have have to be able to tolerate a lot of water. I have a terraced area under the deck which is so shady that I've had no success getting anything to grow. If anyone has any ideas for me about that, I would very much appreciate it.<br><br><br><br>
We have a lot of people with horses around here, so I fertilize with horse manure. I would prefer cow manure because there would be fewer weeds, but oh well....<br><br><br><br>
I plan on putting in a veggie garden eventually, but for now, it's still the farmer's markets for me. My mother has always had immense veggie gardens (a lot of flowers too), and my sister is a very gifted ornamental gardener. She has a terrific eye, and could easily pass for a professional. I am definitely just a dabbler in comparison.
 

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yay! glad i found this spot. i grew up with a nice veggie garden in my backyard, and did other stuff with my parents, but it became impractical when i moved out and lived in dorms, then apartments. at our last apartment i started growing a few herbs in pots (just basil, rosemary, and oregano), but we just moved to a townhouse and i have a very large balcony upstairs for potted plants and a small plot of ground outside the front door where i want to start growing some veggies, and maybe doing some decorative stuff (i was thinking marigolds, to keep the snails away... they keep eating my basil every time i try to grow new ones).<br><br><br><br>
so i don't really have anything to add, but i'm sure other people will have pointers...<br><br><br><br>
oh, are there any really good books anyone can recommend about starting to grow veggies? it's been a long time since i did this back with my dad... and i don't want my plants to die. also, is there anything safe to start planting now if i live in southern california (may: highs 85-90, lows 45-55, august: highs will be 105...) ?
 

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Yeah, me, too. Basil in pots, since I don't have a garden<br><br>
And I guess sprouts would not fit in the gardening thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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WOW, I never knew there was anythingh beyond "the regular old basil". I loooooove basil, so now I will have to try and find "the new exciting" type!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I love gardening, but I haven't got a yard at the moment. I am looking into growing some things on my balcony, though. In the meantime, I just eat all the things my parents, grandparents & friends grow. It makes my grocery shopping pretty cheap in the summer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by doola</i><br><br><b>WOW, I never knew there was anythingh beyond "the regular old basil". I loooooove basil, so now I will have to try and find "the new exciting" type!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></b></div>
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I'm a basil lover too! Pesto rules!<br><br><br><br>
Look here!<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/browse_category.asp?category_id=105&page_no=1&picture_flag=on" target="_blank">http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_...icture_flag=on</a><br><br><br><br>
They also have a "Basil Discovery" Collection which is cheaper ($14) than buying all the varieties separate.
 

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I am so glad this forum is here!<br><br>
I am with DVmarie and will be seeking out weed/pest control- Ive tried the red pepper/vinegar things the last two years.<br><br>
I buy organic vegetable seeds and use only orgainc compost etc in my garden. Call me crazy but I think its a little sad when somebody puts their heart into a garden but then go and use all that chemical junk on it. I just dont get it .<br><br>
One more thing I read that the conventional seeds you buy have already been treated with pesticides, nice uh? I used to buy regular seeds until I read that now I go organic!
 

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Yippie!!! a garden forum...thanks for requesting it Oatmeal and thanks for putting it up Michael <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:"><br><br><br><br>
Anyway I've been gardening for many years, I've never had huge yards so my space is somewhat limited. I grow a small veggie garden every year, but I grow more flowers than veggies...mostly perennials....recently I've been getting into native plants. I don't have much time to post tonight...but I'll be back for sure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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My garden is so sad at the moment. Because of our continuing drought (Im' in Oz) I have not planted much in a couple of years. At least I'm seeing what can survive on minimal water. My garden is mostly ornamental. I planted some tomatoes and capsicum over summer but they didn't go too well because I kept forgetting to water them - bad chook!<br><br>
The weather gurus reckon El nino has broken up and we should get regular amounts of rain this year - hope they're right - but it seems unlikely we'll get enough before June to save us from the next level of water restrictions. Bugger!
 

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In my head I've been a gardener all my life. Lived in dozens of different places and I like to thinkof the trail of plants I left behind me. We moved here about six years ago and we have seven or so acres of ground. It was a small farm of sheep and cows before us. The soil is shallow, stony and chalky and it's very hilly. But there are patches of fertile soil where the previous owner worked on a veggie patch or the cows stood and pooed.<br><br>
The amount of work needed to keep it looking even halfway not a threat to my 15 neighbours is vast. One acre of it I'm planting with hedge rows, bushes and trees, about one acre is wilderness and five acres is grass. Sometimes sheep graze the grass, which is a joy and a sorrow. I really like sheep, they are nice people, the grass becomes short and wild flowers grow, Then the sheep go off when they are two or three and are sold and slaughtered. Once we had six small cows living on the grass. They were pets of a lady who farmed and I could hug them and stroke them. That was the best year. Sometimes the grass has been made into hay. Which is picturesque and romantic, but quite a volcanic change to the fields with machinery and tractors driving around. We have no road access and not many farmers would be bothered to make hay here, getting it out on a wagon is dangerous and awkward because of the dirt track out of the valley.<br><br>
Anyway, there is masses of peace and seclusion, and we have foxes and badgers breeding and foraging in safety. There are rabbits pheasants woodpeckers slow worms and toads, and lots of other beasties. I've come to think gardening is about growing habitats for other creatures to enjoy as much as for us.<br><br>
But I'm proud of my young trees and hedges, and I love the thought that they'll be there long after I'm dead. Our top field has a hedge around it that is more than two hundred years old, full of nut trees and wild cherries and sloe.<br><br>
We grow some veggies, and one year I grew huge pumpkins and had a Halloween party, another year I grew ornamental gourds. They were prolific and lovely. Whatever we grow runner beans are always one crop, my husband's favourite veggie, and spuds, which are idiot proof and also break up untilled soil that I have plans for. I have some ornamentals, but mostly flowering shrubs. I try not to have flower beds and borders because I haven't the time, but somehow I get tempted so flowers come and go despite myself.<br><br>
My friends laugh when they come here, because apart from turning a prairie into a jungle, I have put seats and benches all over the place. I like to sit and look, and a huge amount of my spare time is spent sitting in the garden and seeing what's going on.
 
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