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Gardening Year: 2012 Location: Minneapolis, MN Planting by Color: Yellow Original Post from May 4th, 2012 Okay, so it is the end of September I am in Zone 4 (yellow group). I think I have gotten what I am going to get from my garden, maybe a few more peppers. I didn’t end up with enough tomatoes to make salsa and we ate what we got when we got them. Most of the peppers ended up being hotter than what we can tolerate, so I have been giving most of them away. I have some strawberries that are not ripe, so … Continue reading
Location: Fargo, North Dakota Gardening Year: 2012 Planting By Color: Green/Purple Hello to you all from chilly Fargo, North Dakota. My name is Steven and this is my first time square foot gardening. Currently I am in the process of starting nine 4′x4′ square foot gardens. They will be constructed of 4”x6”x4′ boards of untreated lumber provided by my step-dad Eric. I am using Mel’s Mix. I gathered some vermiculite from a local nursery here in Fargo. Also gathered locally was compost provided by the City of Fargo, what a great local program! All I had to do was drive … Continue reading
Gardening year: 2012 Location: North Alabama USDA Zone: 7b Planting By Color: Red Hello, my name is Diane and I have been learning a great deal from everyone on this site. I live on Lake Guntersville, in northern Alabama and I would love any input on my SFG plan. We built the raised beds last year and ultimately got off to a slow start on sowing due to the build and the fact that my indoor planting was in a sunroom that did not get UV light! So this year we are going full guns and planting nothing but heirlooms with grow … Continue reading
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I’ve been somewhat angry at my garden this year. It snowed nearly every week in May, we had several huge windstorms, and it’s been unseasonably cool. The weather feels about a month behind. I figured out that my video camcorder can take pictures, so I finally took some! Here is my East Garden: vining tomatoes on the left, peas in the middle, broccoli and pumpkins on the right. This is the West Garden: tomatoes on the left, peppers and dill on the right.
I evaluated my garden and pulled the dead/dying stuff out. A bunch of my squares never grew, I don’t know why. So I planted the following in those spaces: Basil Cilantro Bush Beans Lettuce Beets I was very concerned about not having any Roma tomatoes, so I bought a very large one in a huge pot. It already has fruit on it. I also bought some “Blooming and Fruiting” fertilizer–in just a few days it worked wonders! All my blooming plants have flowers and some now have fruit. I also finally got around to planting my zucchini. Maybe it’s too late. Who knows!
I keep thinking it can’t get worse, and then it does. We had another huge windstorm, and garbage snapped my Roma tomato plant. I am so frustrated, because the one thing I want to do is make salsa and tomato sauce, and I need my Romas! I was tempted to dig it up, but I’m just going to leave it and see how it does. It really only snapped off the top, but there is 6 inches of leaves and stem still living. Perhaps it will still grow.
We’re home from vacation, and I’ve learned that I should have spent an extra 50 cents to buy an elbow. My spigot went straight up, and over time my hose kinked. The garden got some water and it survived, but it is not as happy and flourishing as possible. This doesn’t feel like a good Karma gardening year! To top it off, my camera broke on vacation, so I can’t even take any pictures!
After seeing how well my onion sets did, while my starts totally failed, I planted 3 more squares of them. They may not get very big, but I’m hoping small is better than none!
I’ve done it! I rebuilt my 3 boxes to be double high. Isn’t that enough for week 6? Just kidding. I also continued to transplant my seed starts–tomatoes, bell peppers, basil. Almost everything is out of vermiculite and growing under my lights.