Garden time !

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I always plant a small garden , this year I decided to go big , we had a nice spot in the yard that was sunny and level and I have an ATV disc so I disced it up proper.

I figured at the least it would be less yard to cut so no downsides , then cucumbers went up to $1.00 a piece , I got started really late this year due to no time and funky weather, so I had to buy plants which are expensive , but in my search I found this tiny shop I have driven by a zillion times going to the lake , they sell three plants for $1.50 , if you know anything about plants that price is ridiculous, some of them had more than one plant in the individual container , we call those bonus plant.

So I went nuts planting tomatoes, zuchinni, crook neck yellow squash , okra, corn , bell peppers, Coolano peppers (heatless Poblanos) , eggplants, onions, carrots, marigolds, cucumbers and watermelons. The Marigolds, onions and carrots are companion plants , they make other plants grow better when they are planted together.

Then I went back at the other place and planted more tomatoes, onions cucumbers and cantaloupes , the cantaloupes, watermelon and cucumbers were planted from seed, today I pulled this out of the garden, I didn't even know it was out there, I also pulled up two really large radishes , I have bell peppers , yellow squash and tomatoes on the plant but not ready yet.

No pesticides or insecticides , the companion plants take care of most of that , feeding is done with pond water once a week, regular watering , direct composting which is digging a hole by the plant and covering it with dirt and when I make tea I keep brewing it till it no longer has color , using the same tea bags, the tea is fertilizer and it keeps pests away

Lots of work but I enjoy it , those grassy areas are where the watermelons are planted and the watermelons grow just fine in the middle of a pasture so I am not going to keep it up like the rest of the garden, watermelons are basically hands off plants, plant them and leave them alone..

I am in the middle of mulching it right now with hay and leaves and that zucchini is on the grill drizzled with spices and olive oil.
 

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DylanS

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Gardening is badass. Didn’t know about the companion plants. Would like to do something similar and get some fruit trees going.
 

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I have some Peach tree seeds in the fridge right now, they have to stay in for two months then you can try to germinate them , trees are damned expensive so it will have to be a few at a time type of deal.

I have a section of what used to be pasture land behind my house, right now it's just a PITA that I have to mow every couple of weeks for nothing, no one can even see it from the road .

I want to plant the peach trees , some Nectarines, Plums and maybe a few Pear and Lemon trees and make a small grape vineyard there, I will still have to cut around them but grass doesn't grow nearly as fast in the shade.

Something anyone can plant is cucumbers, if you have a flower bed and something for them to climb on they will grow and make cucumbers , all you really need is a couple of Tomato cages zip tied together for them to climb on or a small spot by a chainlink fence will work just fine, Tomatoes are a little more finicky but not by much. Corn I personally have never had much success with , maybe it will make something this year.
 
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I’m still in the learning stages but tried my hand this spring. I ended up planting 835 seeds because i was bored and had some extra time off.. My dumbass ran out of room as soon as i had to transplant just the squash. Needless to say, I’ll have a different approach next year. I think I’ve given everyone i know plants if some sort. This was back in April..

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It's starting to kick some stuff out , I got a crookneck squash, two Poblanos and a handful of radishes today and trust me we are just getting started , Radishes always produce first , then peppers , squash and Tomatoes and Okra.

I have a bunch of green bell peppers and Poblanos almost ready and a Purple bell I planted just because , cucumbers are growing like wildfire , those Poblanos store really well , just cut them in have take out the seeds and the pits and freeze them in a ziplock bag until you have enough to stuff and grill them , same goes for the okra but you need to cut it into slices then put it on a baking sheet in the oven on a low temp for a few minutes.
 

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WFO Speedracer

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What you have here is what's left of a Romaine lettuce heart from the grocery store, most people just throw it away.

What they don't know is if you will slice off the bottom, sprinkle it with cinnamon and put it into water then change the water out every few days it will start growing again and make new roots , then you can replant it in a shady spot in the garden or in this case most likely indoors in a pot.

That leaf is all new growth , probably only been in the water 4 or 5 days.

Way , way too hot for lettuce to do well in the garden here this time of year, it prefers cooler weather , inside in a window sill it will do just fine.

When it grows out enough you can cut it off leaving a few inches and it will just keep growing back kinda like the grass on your lawn but much , much tastier.
 

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WFO Speedracer

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The garden is showing out today , I have Zucchini , crook neck squash , radishes , Coolanos , purple bell and green bell peppers
 

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WFO Speedracer

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I pulled an eggplant, it's not huge like the ones in the store, I have been informed that the younger eggplants are much sweeter than the bigger ones , at any rate Coolianos, stuffed bell pepper, grilled eggplant and BBQ boneless pork chops are grillin while I am chillin.
 

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WFO Speedracer

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Today it's radishes, huge ones, I have never seen radishes this big , for sure you won't buy them like this at the store.

I have so many that I am going to start blanching some and freezing them.

I also pulled some more eggplants , these are called long purple variety, they are best when harvested at 1-2 inches in diameter and about 10 inches long , the ones you buy at the store are Black Beauty variety , sorry I just plant them I don't make the names up lol .
 

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