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What Veggies Are You Planting This Year?

What Veggies Are You Planting This Year?

shazbot3
Our garden is all planted, except of course, for tomatoes. have to wait awhile for those.

We planted bi-color corn, beets(anyone got a good recipe for Harvard beets??),radishes, Kennebeck taters, yellow crook-neck
squash, small pickling cukes, and of course, some of 'Shoe's
tromboccino squash. Also, Early Jersey Wakefield cabbage(gotta love that kraut!), various lettuces, curly mustard, and onions.

Haven't decided if we're gonna sow some greasy beans or not, still have quite a few canned. A fresh mess shore would be good, tho...

I wanna plant some gourd seeds. I got quite a few from some generous traders @DG-I just don't know where to put them. The garden is full!

Elena
Your garden does sound truly full! Maybe you can plant some of the gourds in flower beds along a fence or somewhere like that. Sounds like your framily is gonna have some good eating this year.

shazbot3
Yep. I wanna make some pickled beets this year-I've never done those. I'm also looking for a good recipe for Harvard Beets. I'll bet Darius has one!

I don't have a fence to grow the gourds next to, but I've got PLENTY of bamboo to make something for them to climb on...

Elena
Good idea! Bamboo will work. Have fun!

Carol7
So far we've planted brocolli, peas, onions, red potatoes, and DH is putting maters in now. We are not even close to being finished since we will also be planting yellow squash, bell peppers, cucumbers, green beans, butter beans, corn, cabbage, muskmelons, watermelons, pie pumpkins and whatever DH decides at the spur of the moment.

We are also experimenting with growing tomatoes and squash in the greenhouse after seeing last winter's high prices. So far so good - we have green maters and our squash is about 4" long. Surprised)

For some reason we have problems growing decent sized beets. DH loves beets, (I think they are yuck-e-poo), and I wouldn't be surprised if he tries again this year. No, I am not sabotaging his plants! lol He feels the same way about my asparagus as I do his beets. Surprised)

shazbot3
Mmm, asparagus Smile Do you grow it, Carol? I'm too impatient to wait on it, lol.

I'm also thinking of trying a couple eggplant plants this year.

Elena
I am with you on the beets, Carol. I think they are a pretty color but that is about it. I love egg plant but after a lifetime of eating them, I have developed an allergy to them. I don't understand that but hope it will go away.

Carol7
Shaz, I started my asparagus bed four years ago, and am so glad I did. I don't particularly care for canned/frozen asparagus so my 8'x 8' bed is the perfect size for me. By the time I finish eating all of it in the spring I've gotten my asparagus fix for the year! lol I felt it would take forever too, but time flies by so fast and you will have fresh asparagus on your dinner table before you know it. There is such a big difference between store bought asparagus versus fresh picked from the garden that it's well worth the wait.

Elena, practically everyone I know loves beets so it's great to hear I am not alone. I don't know why though since I like just about all of the rest of the veggies.

Elena
Me too, Carol, but somehow they are just too strong for me. I wish I had started an asparagus bed years ago but I just never did. The nice part about that is the foliage looks so pretty after you are finished cutting the spears.

Carol7
Elena, one of the new trends for folks who don't have alot of yard space is combining veggies, herbs, and fruit bearing shrubs/vines along with their other plants for lawn decor. If I had a postage stamp sized yard I'd probably have blueberry bushes instead of the standard shrubs in my front yard. ;o)

shazbot3
Well, Carol, maybe I'll yake the plunge and put some asparagus in a place with som flowers or something. I know what you mean about the taste difference. I've had fresh, home-grown, and there truly is no comparison. I like to buy fresh also whenever I can, but it's too expensive most of the time Sad

No one but myself, my mom, and one of my daughters will eat it; but if I start now, maybe we'd have some before too long. I've heard it takes 5 years for it to be ready to eat, what say you?

Btw, I DID get pics of the hellebore babies yesterday, but was so tired by last night I didn't get them uploaded to PC.

It's amazing what a year off will do to your body! Between back problems and double-pneumonia, I was down for actually over a year, now I don't have the stamina of a gnat on steroids!!!

Elena
I used to have blueberry bushes but we finally gave up on them. The birds always beat us to them. We covered them with netting and spent many frustrating hours helping birds get out from under them. We even tried picking them before they were completely ripe but they didn't taste good then. We finally gave up and now we buy ours. That proved to be the easiest solution to the problem.

shazbot3
I've got 2 dwarf blueberry bushes that I bought about 4 years ago. They've never done well, and produce only a handful of berries each year-which the birds promptly take! Wonder what I'm doing wrong with them? They really have always looked frail and peaked Sad

Elena
I don't think you will ever get enough off the dwarf ones to make it worth the space they will take if your space is limited. I would shovel prune those babies if I were you.

shazbot3
Shovel prune, ahahahahahahah. I love it Smile That's what I'd like to do with DH's Pampas grass, too!

Elena
Not an original thought from me, however....... It kind of gets the point across without a lot of words though, doesn't it?

Carol7
Shaz, we started with one year old crowns and two years after planting we were able to only "lightly" pick them. I let my DH do that because I know how tempted I'd be to stretch the term "lightly"! lol You can also start asparagus from seed, but then you will have to wait an additional year. Now you see why I bought the crowns instead. ;o) Blueberries like an acid soil - could that be the problem?

Elena, we planted our blueberry bushes last year so I'll see what happens. Two of our neighbors manage to get decent amounts from their established bushes, but they make sure they don't leave the berries on there too long. Maybe I should put up a detour sign directing the birds in their direction??? lolol

shazbot3
Thanks for the blueberry info, Carol. I'll try putting some Mir-Acid on them to see if that helps

Very Happy

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