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Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:51 am

Was wondering if any here grow there own veggies, fruit etc?
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Post by malalu on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:00 am

Not yet. Maybe in the spring. Just moved here this fall and the landlords don't have a garden. I may get a little one of my own going...Used to live on a farm, and sort of took it for granted. Fresh is best, for sure.
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Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:04 am

Last fall prepared my patch, making my own compost, built a frame for the beans and peas to grow up, extracted tomato seeds from the fruit, let them mold over for a week, then removed the scum off the top, washed them and set them to dry. Still looking for some nice seed potatoes (hoping someone can recommend a nice brand) Probably going to grow those in some tall black garbage bags, until the two lots are made, one for the set aside. Have yet to get the onions, carrots started indoors, grow from seed in plug trays, then slowly get them in the ground when its warm enough. Havent figured out yet how to keep the rabbits and raccoons away!
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Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:05 am

Hey malalu thats great.
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Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:08 am

Bit concerned about the compost pile at the moment, it doesn't seem to be generating much heat, not much activity going on. Any natural remedies I could use, I want nothing but organic natural ideas.
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Post by malalu on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:11 am

Wow. You know your stuff! I'll clairify. I rented and lived at a farm that was run by the owners! lol...I did a bit of help here and there, but I sure didn't take the time to gain the valuable experience. Maybe I'll go back up and give them a hand when they start up and learn a thing or two. They did all sorts of things, carrotts, lettuce, cucumber, turnip and on and on...
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Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:12 am

Also the soil is pretty much clay past a certain depth. I was thinking of having raised beds and digging in the compost at the clay level to try and break it up some, then have the top soil at a good depth with raised beds.

Any advice would be helpful.

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Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:14 am

malalu wrote:Wow. You know your stuff!

Not really.

Very Happy
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Post by malalu on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:15 am

I try to at least buy organic if I can. Good for fruit and vegetables, but it is much harder when your talking about products made from wheat, corn, and others. I've read a couple startling books on organic vs GMO. What can you do?
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Post by malalu on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:17 am

That's good news. I'm not much of a greenthumb at the moment, so I'll probably start off easy with tomatoes, berries and things like that.
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Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:20 am

malalu wrote:That's good news. I'm not much of a greenthumb at the moment, so I'll probably start off easy with tomatoes, berries and things like that.

I think thats a great idea. I started because ( the global money crisis, for one ) and also have become appalled over the years at the poor quality of fruit and veg at the local store, very expensive, tasteless and massive genetic Frankenstein food!
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Post by malalu on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:23 am

You're not kidding there on either front. I think something can also be said about eating a fresh salad prepared with items cultivated by you. See the "fruits" of your labour!
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Post by kowtaaia on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:23 am

sherab zangpo wrote:Was wondering if any here grow there own veggies, fruit etc?

Yes.
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Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:24 am

:smile:

Good pun!
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Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:28 am

kowtaaia wrote:
sherab zangpo wrote:Was wondering if any here grow there own veggies, fruit etc?

Yes.

great!

Thats probably why you look so buff!

what do you grow? Very Happy
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Re: Veggie/Fruit Gardeners?

Post by Kunga Lhadzom on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:33 am

LOL....i think Kow is our resident farmer here Smile

i plant tomatoes, Poblano peppers, jalopeno peppers, usually every year....
i'm interested in experimenting with Siberian Ginseng ( or any Ginseng)....Kow, that would be a good one for you since you have access to the woods (they grow in wooded areas)....
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Post by kowtaaia on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:50 am

sherab zangpo wrote:
kowtaaia wrote:
sherab zangpo wrote:Was wondering if any here grow there own veggies, fruit etc?

Yes.

great!

Thats probably why you look so buff!

what do you grow? Very Happy

You had to ask, eh?

Last year, it was a variety of lettuce, spinach, 4 different kinds of tomatoes, 2 different kinds cucumbers, 3 different kinds of beans, beets, 4 different kinds squash, 3 different kinds of potatoes, 3 different kinds of mint, oregano, basil, thyme, savoury, onions, garlic, carrots, sunflowers, corn, swiss chard, eggplant, raspberries and blueberries. There's probably a few things that didn't come to mind.
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Re: Veggie/Fruit Gardeners?

Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:55 am

what is swiss chard?
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Post by kowtaaia on Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:00 am

sherab zangpo wrote:what is swiss chard?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chard

Also: rhubarb and blackberries.
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Post by Kunga Lhadzom on Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:01 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chard


i'm surprised that i haven't even eatten that one yet !
i'll have to try it when i see it next.

i also plant basil (many differnt kinds)
chives (a great perienial) i make a lot of cream cheese with chives to put on bagels) Smile

cilantro & rosemary
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Post by Kunga Lhadzom on Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:03 am

OMG !!!! Kow !!!!!

you must eat like a pig !!! LOL
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Re: Veggie/Fruit Gardeners?

Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:04 am

http://www.helpfulgardener.com/vegetable/2003/vegetable.html
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Post by kowtaaia on Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:09 am

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chard


i'm surprised that i haven't even eatten that one yet !
i'll have to try it when i see it next.

i also plant basil (many differnt kinds)
chives (a great perienial) i make a lot of cream cheese with chives to put on bagels) Smile

cilantro & rosemary

Cilantro, too. It's the taste of India.

Also parsley, last year.

Sometimes brussel sprouts, cabbage, brocolli and cauliflower, but not last year.
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Post by kowtaaia on Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:11 am

Oh and and sweet red peppers last year, too.
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Post by kowtaaia on Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:12 am

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:OMG !!!! Kow !!!!!

you must eat like a pig !!! LOL

Oink, oink. alien
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