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Comment by Diane Meyers zone 6/7 Or. on February 26, 2012 at 6:30pm

Yes Lissa I have all raised beds for my vegetables and also use a lot of large containers especially for fingerling potatoes and some other veggies. My perennial gardens are of course not raised but are well mulched.

Comment by Lissa J. Bitton on February 26, 2012 at 6:15pm

Also do you have raised beds Diane?  They make for a lot less weeding!

Comment by Lissa J. Bitton on February 26, 2012 at 6:14pm

Diane - you might try square foot gardening as you don't have to do any thinning - I loved that part of it last year - my carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach, etc. were already perfectly spaced with the right amount of room to grow!  My sister is having thumb surgery to but luckily on her right hand and she is left-handed.  I am sure I will be helping her out with some of her gardening!  Good luck!

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 26, 2012 at 1:25pm

Sorry you have to go for surgery, and it's too bad they couldn't form the cast to fit the handle of the rake/hoe.

Comment by Diane Meyers zone 6/7 Or. on February 26, 2012 at 12:22pm

Vegetable gardening will be interesting this year, I am having joint replacement surgery on my right thumb on Tuesday and will therefore be in a cast of some sort until at least June. To say that I am awkward with my left hand it putting it mildly. I have gotten all my beds as ready as I can (it's snowing lightly) during good weather days and will rely on buying starts. I generally do a lot of direct sowing but I can't imagine thinning at this point. My main concern is hoeing or raking with one hand which  will be a challenge. Got any suggestions? I have 2 acres of perennials and fruits/vegetables.

Comment by Catherine Cronin (Ireland) on February 26, 2012 at 6:12am

Your beds are lovely,Bob. Thanks, those containers are like little mini greenhouses with holes already in them :)

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on February 25, 2012 at 6:47pm

Catherine ... I love those containers!  There are so many different throw-aways like that these days that there really is no need to buy expensive grow trays, etc.  Well done!

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on February 25, 2012 at 6:29pm

First picture of a bed I first planted last fall with this season's crops coming up nicely.  Carrots, toms, broc, calif, 2x beans and peps.  I'll get it mulched tomorrow.

Second picture is of a new bed this spring with snow peas, 2x beans and tomatoes.

Now all I have to do is wait for the bugs to arrive.  :)

Comment by Catherine Cronin (Ireland) on February 25, 2012 at 3:35pm

At Last!!! My veggie seeds are beginning to germinate!! Yeeehaaaw!

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on February 19, 2012 at 6:58am

Glenda,

Just cut off one of those stems ... which now becomes a "slip"...and put it in water to root and then plant.  Or you can try just cut one off and stick it in moist soil.  Try to include a leaf node (where you take off a lower leaf on the cutting) to be under water or the soil as that's where you are likely to get rooting but they are not that particular.  Cheers!

 

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