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Who's got a garden going this year?

I adapted an idea that my wife got off of Pinterest, where you take a pallet, line the insides with landscape fabric, then fill it with potting or gardening soil and use that as a modular planter...gotta experiment a little, since the yard we have doesn't get a whole heckuva lot of sunshine, but we have plants in the dirt!

Going back 2 years ago, we just did potted plants...I think we had 4 pepper plants, and what a bountiful harvest that was! We got 2 gallon-sized Ziploc bags full of habaneros, jalapenos, and chilis. Last year, we had a smaller pallet garden, and introduced tomatoes and bell peppers into the mix. It didn't go so well; we only got maybe a dozen cherry tomatoes, and 1 lonely regular tomato. We only pickled one jar of peppers as well.

This year, I've upped the ante with 4 types of tomatoes (Black Prince, heirloom cherry, regular cherry, and red beefsteak), 4 peppers (jalapeno, habanero, cubanelle, and super chili), and to boot, we've got a sweet basil plant and a little promotional packet of wildflowers that I threw in for shiggles. So, we'll see how this year's harvest turns out. I had hoped to have it in about 3 weeks ago, but time didn't work out...with my new job, I'm working weekends, so that bites into the time I'd normally take to go to the various farmers' markets in the area to buy plants.

So, what do you moreons/lounjers have in your gardens this year?
 

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Cherry tomatoes are some of my favorites, and they're very easy to grow so long as you give them enough fertilizer. They do, however, need to be tied off to takes or placed against some lattice structure so they can vine out more. I'm also a big fan of hot peppers. I normally do jalapenos, hot banana, and habanero. This year I'm also trying my hand at Carolina reapers. If you want good yield, make sure to top your pepper plants when they develop the first Y-shape. It's painful at first, but you'll wind up with a sturdier plant and triple the yield.

Some other very easy crops I like are snow peas and green beans. They can grow in sandy, malnourished soil and still thrive. I've had success with sugar baby watermelons, eggplant, and broccoli (good cold weather crop). The one vegetable I've had the most problems with is pumpkins. You have to plant them very early (best to start indoors), and then you wait a long time to get the rare female flowers which then must be pollinated with the male flowers. Then you hope for the best that some of them actually fertilized.
 

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I live in an apartment, so everything is in containers. Edibles are horseradish, chives, and rosemary.
 

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We only plant things we like to eat, sounds ironic I know. Around here tomatoes, cukes, kohlrabi, sweet corn all can usually be had from others that grow too much.

We grow sun sugar cherry tomatoes and regular red cherry tomatoes in 5 gallon pails hanging from a support so they just grow towards the ground and you can pick then easily. We have winter squash growing, zucchini, egg plant, sweet potatoes, and sweet peppers.
 

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I wish I had some photos of my garden/yard as that's one of my hobbies and it's really starting to come together this year.

My veggie garden has 5 raised beds, each measuring about 4' x 7'. One bed has tomatoes and peppers, another has misc. salad greens, another is full of onions and garlic, another has beets, carrots, and radishes, and the last one has herbs and more salad greens. There's some snow peas in there too.
 

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We only plant things we like to eat, sounds ironic I know. Around here tomatoes, cukes, kohlrabi, sweet corn all can usually be had from others that grow too much.

We grow sun sugar cherry tomatoes and regular red cherry tomatoes in 5 gallon pails hanging from a support so they just grow towards the ground and you can pick then easily. We have winter squash growing, zucchini, egg plant, sweet potatoes, and sweet peppers.
I know, I can take you past thousands of acres of corn...but don't both corn and cukes take a metric buttload of water? Seems like we tried to grow corn when I was a lad, but it never took off, despite having buckets of stringbeans and tomatoes...
 

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We moved last fall. Old place (small suburban yard) was sunbaked in spots, and well-shaded in others, which led to a nice variety of stuff - tomatoes and sunflowers against one fence, and other herbs/veg along the garage with the same aspect. Hydrangeas along the back fence with nice little shade/woodland plantings underneath (trilliums, bunchberry, wintergreen), and massive hostas lining the deck along the opposite fence to the veg, where there was a lot of shade. In the front, I had all kinds of flowers which came up at different times throughout the spring and summer. I do miss that yard for all of its variety in a relatively small space.

New house has a massive silver maple in front, and massive black walnut in the back. We decided to live with the yard for a year to see what it's like at various times, before we decide on any landscaping (just grass right now). I think I'll be able to get away with some early- to mid-spring flowers, as the walnut doesn't leaf out until late May/early June (there's the whole juglone thing to deal with too, though). Not much sun back there by now though, so I'm thinking a lot of shade tolerant stuff - hostas, ferns, some Solomon's Seal and other native plantings (which are juglone tolerant).

We've got some lavender, mini dahlias and a few other colourful things in pots on the back steps. They seem to be doing ok so far with 3-4 h of direct light. We'll see how the summer goes...The driveway is at the back of the yard off a cross-street. I may be able to do tomatoes in planters there, or maybe a built-in raised bed/planter for lavender or bougainvillea - more than enough sunlight there, and would be nice to look when you come home from work.
 

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I know, I can take you past thousands of acres of corn...but don't both corn and cukes take a metric buttload of water? Seems like we tried to grow corn when I was a lad, but it never took off, despite having buckets of stringbeans and tomatoes...

Generally we put black plastic sheeting over our garden, and then take a torch and pop holes in the plastic and plant. Less weeds, the ground stays warmer and moister etc. We never water except if it goes weeks without.
 

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Generally we put black plastic sheeting over our garden, and then take a torch and pop holes in the plastic and plant. Less weeds, the ground stays warmer and moister etc. We never water except if it goes weeks without.
Hey, not a bad idea!
 

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My wife nominated the pallet idea.

I got scared of the preservative chemicals that might be in the pallet.

So, I gave the ix-nay on the allet-pay.

We just form any ol' give-away bricks into a garden wall, 2-3 rows high, fill with soil, put weed barrier on top, and plant.

Please don't tell me bricks have hazardous chemicals.
 

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Got about three tomato plants, think they're all grape tomato. One is starting to fruit already, five teeny tomatoes so far.

Nice bunch of herbs- dill, rosemary, basil, parsley, sage, and mint. The mint started creeping into my yard from my neighbor's, so I just ripped some up and planted it in a giant pot. Already made a whole bunch of mint syrup.

Got some wild garlic/onions as well, those just plant themselves. Not sure how to use them, sometimes I just cut up the green part for salads and such.

Planted some radish parts for the heck of it, not sure how those are doing.

Coral bells, astilbe (sp?) and various bulbs, especially the day lilies, are thriving.

Not sure what to do with my azaleas, they're somewhat anemic on the north side. Might dig them up and put them in the back where there's more sun.

Want to plant some succulents and see what happens, they might do okay on the north side, ideally put them in boxes of some kind on the sunny wall space, but that's a bit tricky.
 

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I'm not the gardener. Mrs. 10 ae is the gardener. She put about 4 tons of garden soil in there after I ran the tiller.

I just dig holes and carry stuff. I did make the gate, though. I don't seem to mind yardwork at the new place.

This is food and flowers both. Fence is for rabbits and Rocky, but Rocky did get a tomato plant of his own on the outside.
 

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Please don't tell me bricks have hazardous chemicals.

If they were previously used as a smelter smokestack they probably do.
 

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Those look terrible - I wouldn't serve them to my worst enemy.

Send them to me and I'll dispose of them for you.

There were so many romas that year we let most of them rot. Sad.
 

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What are you guys using for fertilizer, if anything at all? I bought the pre-fertilized veggie/plant mix soil, then some Jobe's organic fertilizer sticks.
 

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A little compost here and there.

The garden soil was topsoil, aged spent mushroom compost, and sand, and we have about a 36" diameter compost pile going also.
 
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