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Comment by Muriel Fish on September 4, 2010 at 10:18am
I just planted cabbage I started in six packs on August first, and my brussel sprouts are just showing. My fall lettuce is about 6" high and looking good.
Comment by cynthia snyderZ5 on September 4, 2010 at 6:58am
My itch to plant things usually starts in about Febuary! So to control myself I usually start a few things indoors!
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on September 3, 2010 at 8:56pm
20 yrs ago I did raised beds when my yard was small. My garden is 50x50 and that does not include the compose pile and chicken yard. I also like the smell of tilled earth and when I rake it out to perfection and make the hills for my veggies, I get all excited. I used to grow greenbeans, bush and vine but no more. I got some seeds from a neighbor (they are Asian beans) and they grow upright, with blue flowers and the beans are long and perfect. You don't have to snap them, you just cut them up and boy are they good. I usually put the seeds 4-5" apart and they grow fast. I'll take a picture of them, if I remember to show you. Anyone that would like some seeds, let me know. I also like to can, freeze and dry the produce to have over winter into spring and start all over again. Mickalyn, I made some cob jelly a couple of days ago and boy does it takes great. If you want the recipe, let me know. S. Texas had rain all winter (3 months) so I didn't grow anything good during that time. We have deer but I have a fence within a (garden) fence. If the veggie grows really well, I dry the seed and plant it next year. Stephen, I think your raised beds look good but I have to have roommmmm.
Comment by kevin seely sw mi z6 on September 3, 2010 at 8:25pm
i too have been using raised beds but i just ripped 2 of the 3 out and will rip the 3rd one out soon because the deer have gotten so bad that i havent gotten any greenbeans or zucchini in 2 yrs and they pull the tomotos plants out so until i can save my pennies and buy a fence to put around my garden i will just have to raise a few plants on my deck. everything i tried this year for the deer didnt work.
Comment by Mickalyn Crawford Zone 5 on September 3, 2010 at 7:09pm
There is nothing like tilling in the garden and smelling the earth in the spring! I like to can, freeze and dry the produce and have enough for the year.
Comment by Kay W Z5/6 OH on September 3, 2010 at 7:04pm
I have also been gardening in raised beds for the last 3 years. I'll never again do it any other way. I would say I've probably only pulled a dozen weeds from my 3 8X4 beds this whole year. This way is definitely low maintenance.
Comment by Mickalyn Crawford Zone 5 on September 3, 2010 at 7:02pm
Stephen your garden really looks good! I think I might try square foot gardening next year, but still have the regular one for sweet corn and tomatoes. We use to plant an acre of sweet corn when the kids were little. I planted 50 tomato plants and 50 pepper plants this year and lost all of the pepper plants and all but 2 tomato plants due to all the rain we had. The cabbage, potatoes, and beets rotted. Planted the sweet corn and green beans 2 times. The second batch of sweet corn, I got 6 ears and I am finally getting green beans now. It was a bad year for gardeners here in the midwest this year. I sure hope next year will be better.
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on September 3, 2010 at 6:10pm
I could always grow fake flowers, they have a wonderful supply at the 99 cent store. Or I could just do away with my garden all together (low maintenance) and cut the grass with my tractor and buy at the local farmers market. NOT!!
Comment by stephen fitzwater, UT - zone 7a on September 3, 2010 at 6:03pm
Gosh, with all due respect..., if your going to invest in something, invest in a low maintenance garden. I use to weed every weekend, and quite honestly hated it...! Now I do it once and awhile..., and the time I spend in the garden, I enjoy puttering, instead of working. Above ground planters provide control of 90% of the factors that go into a healthy garden. The quality of meduim, watering just the roots, weedless walkways, and yes reducing the ability for weeds to grow by 95%...! We had a rough start here in the Wasatch area due to snow in late June, but recovered nicely. If you have a little time to get it all up and running in the spring, it is well worth it. For many years now, I fork the beds, add some medium, plant and go. I love gardening again....!
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on September 3, 2010 at 5:11pm
I think everyone needs to invest in a tiller either small or large would do the trick. I actually have 2, a small one and a large one. I still have weeds no matter what. We just have to be on top of those seeds and grasses. Sometimes, I don't have time and I have to use the weed wacker to control them. But when I have veggies in the garden, its a daily thing to go out there and hoe them constantly to keep everything in line. Ladies and Gents, its a tough job and nobody else will do the work for us. Only a gardener knows that its a big job but we enjoy what we do and it give us the peace and we can pat ourselves on the back no matter what.

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