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It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« on: January 20, 2013, 03:23:39 pm »
Brett and I decided this year is the year; "go big or go home" as they say.  lol  We are going to set up a greenhouse and try to grow enough to be able to can. 

okra (fresh and to can veggie soup)
tomato (fresh and can) I plan to grow a few varieties because tomatoes are my favorite and I want to try some different ones
cucumbers (fresh and for pickling)
peas/beans (mainly for canning)
lettuce (love those summer salads)
spinach
radishes
onion (for salsa) to sell hopefully
pepper (for salsa)
cilantro (for salsa)
carrots (fresh and to can veggie soup)
watermelon
garlic
potatoes
strawberries

One of my friends is going in with me on some of the veggies; what I can't use, can, sell I will donate to a shelter or something so it doesn't go to waste.  (I really hope to have that problem! lol)
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 07:23:05 pm »
Best of luck!

I've given up on my back yard and am trying to decide what the best solution is. The contenders are: a few gallons of RoundUp, some gasoline and a match or a very small thermonuclear device.

Oh yeah - and concrete. Lots of concrete.
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 08:32:22 pm »
Well, I don't have irrigation anymore, and the sky isn't providing any water, and I hate to see things die...:lol:
So, I guess I'll grow some hardy tumbleweed and cactus.

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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2013, 01:19:38 am »
Have you ever heard of "square foot gardening" or "vertical gardening"?  youtube will provide you with more info on either that you can stand.  I am going to be doing a bit of both because like you both said basically the soil here sucks. lol

I am so excited to get my garden going!  I found a site that sells organic, heirloom, non GMO seeds and picked out several things; that list will dwindle down though I am sure once I start designing my garden layout.  Right now my list consists of about 30 veggies, fruits and herbs (several are different varieties of the same veggie)
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013, 04:23:47 pm »
Yeah. I planted potatoes the last two years.
I used old tires, stacked up about 3 high. It worked great, because I could add another tire to protect them from the wind, when necessary.
I took good dirt from a field, and mixed it up with manure, and old hay.
The plants grew fairly well, but they didn't make any taters on the roots.
A number of them just grew about half way and quit, died out.
After several variations, (1/4 cut spuds and whole) nothing ever grew any fruit.
So, I gave up. To get the ugly old tires out of my yard...lol

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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2013, 06:30:45 pm »
Best of luck!

I've given up on my back yard and am trying to decide what the best solution is. The contenders are: a few gallons of RoundUp, some gasoline and a match or a very small thermonuclear device.

Oh yeah - and concrete. Lots of concrete.
I'm with ya Robert! But hey if ya need the concrete I might know a guy... :lol:

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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2013, 06:43:39 pm »
Best of luck!

I've given up on my back yard and am trying to decide what the best solution is. The contenders are: a few gallons of RoundUp, some gasoline and a match or a very small thermonuclear device.

Oh yeah - and concrete. Lots of concrete.
I'm with ya Robert! But hey if ya need the concrete I might know a guy... :lol:
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2013, 09:58:24 am »
HAHAHA! Probably! :rofl:

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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2013, 10:54:28 am »
It's time to plant my ass on my bicycle seat.  Racing season starts next month.   :-\
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2013, 09:44:02 pm »
We like canning stuff, and have done lots of things from pickles, veggies, to chili and beef stew. Tonight we just finished up some Salsa Verde(green) to alternate with our regular tomato based salsa.  So of course if anyone has any extra or fresh stuff to sale later let us know. Or if anyone has questions about canning, let us know and we will at least have answers from our experiences..
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2013, 11:28:20 pm »
We like canning stuff, and have done lots of things from pickles, veggies, to chili and beef stew. Tonight we just finished up some Salsa Verde(green) to alternate with our regular tomato based salsa.  So of course if anyone has any extra or fresh stuff to sale later let us know. Or if anyone has questions about canning, let us know and we will at least let have answers from our experiences..

I may take you up on that offer; I have never canned before.  I used to help my grandma can when I was little but was too young to remember what to do.  lol
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2013, 08:45:21 pm »
We have been wanting to do some canning. How long does it last and what all do you need to get started also do you know of a web site for beginners? Thanks
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2013, 09:04:50 pm »
Personally it shouldn't go bad for a very long time but somethings say they will start changing or loosing flavor after 18 months or so.  As far as what you need to get started it depends on what you are going to can but: Masson/Bell canning jars, Rings(the outside screw down rings), NEW  Flats(the jar tops). Everything can be used except the flats.   If you are doing pickled or high acid things all else would be a pan  large enought to boil water in, covering the Jars standing. 

If you want to do low acid or meats etc, you will need a Pressure cooker for very small batches and probably only pint jars, Or Pressure canning pot(recommended)

A good site to check out for recipies etc, is Bell Jars located here...

http://www.freshpreserving.com/home.aspx

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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2013, 09:27:20 pm »
cool thanks for some reason I thought they had to be vacum sealed. Thanks again
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2013, 09:41:21 pm »
cool thanks for some reason I thought they had to be vacum sealed. Thanks again

in the water bath or in the pressure canner, I guess they really are.   Your tops will suck down and "POP" when unsealed.  They better anyway, if not don't eat it, or of course if the top buldges up!  I've never had it happen, though I have put a jar or two in the fridge for quick use of stuff I wasn't sure sealed good. 
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2013, 08:45:35 am »
One more note...Use a Tested recipie, there are several on that site or let me know what you are looking for/thinking about and I have a couple books I can check.


PS...Didn't mean to hijack this thread :-[
 Maybe we need a canning thread if members are interested? Maybe some tried recipies and results? 

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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2013, 06:10:58 pm »
I haven't planted a garden in the last couple of years, due to the drought. I even gave up on my yard last year.

When I did have a garden the only things that thrived were Turnips, Radishes, Yellow Squash, and Zucchini. All things that I really don't care to eat.

I did a little canning, but when I considered how much easier it was to just buy them in the store, I stopped that.

When someone can tell me how to get a Hamburger Patty plant to sprout.....I will be back in the game.


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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2013, 08:08:47 pm »
I've decided to throw my hat back in the ring this year.  I tilled up my patch a couple weekends ago, the soil was nice.

Deciding what to plant now.
I think I'm gonna try growing some things in old car tires, rather than rows. Maybe it will make weeding easier.

What vegetables grow well in the full blazing Texas sun, and brown clay soil?


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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2013, 06:49:07 am »
I've decided to throw my hat back in the ring this year.  I tilled up my patch a couple weekends ago, the soil was nice.

Deciding what to plant now.
I think I'm gonna try growing some things in old car tires, rather than rows. Maybe it will make weeding easier.

What vegetables grow well in the full blazing Texas sun, and brown clay soil?
broccoli and peppers seem to do good here.
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2013, 09:40:33 am »
I've decided to throw my hat back in the ring this year.  I tilled up my patch a couple weekends ago, the soil was nice.

Deciding what to plant now.
I think I'm gonna try growing some things in old car tires, rather than rows. Maybe it will make weeding easier.

What vegetables grow well in the full blazing Texas sun, and brown clay soil?

Last time I had a garden I bought several bags of the Miracle Grow soil and tilled it in before I planted. My tomatoes and peppers grew like weeds. That was all I planted as those are our favorites and the garden wasn't very big.
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2013, 10:28:18 am »
My spot is 20x40, I put a pickup load of topsoil manure on it  couple years ago. Its in an open area and the south wind can be a problem. Wire mesh to keep rabbits out.

I think the heat is my enemy. I can keep it moist but there is full sun all day and +100 temps for a week at a time can't be beat with water.

I will try brocoli, it should freeze well, and it's pricey in the store. I have had no luck with tomatos, except the tiny cherry and roma.

I try to keep it pesticide free as best I can.

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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2013, 11:50:58 am »
Try various peppers, they have always done well for me and I'm no gardener (some times you can't tell my weeds from my plants)  :lol:
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2013, 02:37:32 pm »
(some times you can't tell my weeds from my plants)  :lol:

That is why I was considering planting in old tires. I let weeds grow in to offer a little protection, and ward off grazers. I only pull the bind weed and those needle like ones that put on purple flowers and tumble weeds. Everything else grows with the garden.

Planting in rows made it hard to navigate, not knowing exactly where everything was. I figure anything outside the tire can be tread on. Squash and vines would be easier to pinpoint where to water.

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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2013, 06:37:50 pm »
Texas Titan - you might also try putting a layer of that black weed blocking fabric underneath the tire; we used that in a raised bed garden a few years ago and it seemed to do the trick.

We finally go our green house in that we ordered a while back and Brett and I put most of it together yesterday but we ran out of daylight and he had to go back to work early this AM so we will finish getting it together on his next days off.
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Re: It's getting to be garden time again! What are you planting?
« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2013, 07:42:40 pm »
Oh, and the thing that has done the best for me is cantaloupe! I had some last time I grew them that were as big as a large football and very sweet.
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