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Two years ago I asked DH for a raised garden bed for mothers day. It worked very well for me. Last year for mothers day he built me 6 more ( but smaller ones) . I didn't ask for them but love growing more. I travel normally in the summer so he had the primary responsibility for keeping things watered....then next thing I know he is pruning back the tomatoes, and then he's pollinating the corn. Last fall he bought me a drip watering system which we installed today.

Christmas he bought me gardening books. This year for mothers day he is building me a greenhouse and said he thinks I should start composting.

So he will never admit it...but he likes gardening as much as I do.
 

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Isn't it hard to garden in the closet. LOL
 

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Two years ago I asked DH for a raised garden bed for mothers day. It worked very well for me. Last year for mothers day he built me 6 more ( but smaller ones) . I didn't ask for them but love growing more. I travel normally in the summer so he had the primary responsibility for keeping things watered....then next thing I know he is pruning back the tomatoes, and then he's pollinating the corn. Last fall he bought me a drip watering system which we installed today.

Christmas he bought me gardening books. This year for mothers day he is building me a greenhouse and said he thinks I should start composting.

So he will never admit it...but he likes gardening as much as I do.

corn, tomatoes, vegetables - yes :)
 

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I am envious. Your victory garden is way ahead of the many new ones that will go in this summer.
 

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Outstanding!

Composting is a great thing to do. Look into Envirocycle. I got a green one years ago and love it. Had considered getting a second one so that I could compost for a year in one and have usable compost in the other that had done nothing but be spun for a year.

They have gone up in price since I got mine! But the "compost tea" they collect will save you from having to buy Miracle Grow, it's like super concentrated vitamin juice (cut with water, 1:10)
 

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Isn't it hard to garden in the closet. LOL

Not if you are using the correct Halide Light but controlling the Pollenators can be a hassle.
 

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Congratulations. My husband retired this year, before the shutdown and spends six hours a day in the garden. It is his pride and joy. We have been composting for years and I agree with Geekette. We have tomatoes and kale. Tried broccoli but the aphids got them. Corn did not do well a few years ago. as we are not hot enough for them to thrive. Carrots and lettuce do okay. Our roses look great. We ordered bare roots from Heirloom Roses in Oregon. So, we have color, too. Have fun.
 

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Congratulations. My husband retired this year, before the shutdown and spends six hours a day in the garden. It is his pride and joy. We have been composting for years and I agree with Geekette. We have tomatoes and kale. Tried broccoli but the aphids got them. Corn did not do well a few years ago. as we are not hot enough for them to thrive. Carrots and lettuce do okay. Our roses look great. We ordered bare roots from Heirloom Roses in Oregon. So, we have color, too. Have fun.
Corn! Tried it once, will never do it again! Takes too much space, takes too long, not enough yield for the excessive protection from deer I have to provide. We are an ag state, when I want corn, I can buy it. I also flashed back to kidhood, when it was "my job" to shuck corn. Turns out, I don't wanna do it. I buy pre-shucked!

Haven't tried broccoli, or, honestly, cold season crops at all. This might be the year.

Tomatoes, always. It has been a weird past few years for them, has not just been me, I compare notes with neighbors. Cherry tomatoes haven't been any problem.

I am generally unconcerned about meat slowing down on making it to market. While I am a serious carnivore, I can do without for long stretches of time. It is a short walk for me to organic dairy so easy protein nearby, zero supply chain issues.
 

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Corn! Tried it once, will never do it again! Takes too much space, takes too long, not enough yield for the excessive protection from deer I have to provide. We are an ag state, when I want corn, I can buy it. I also flashed back to kidhood, when it was "my job" to shuck corn. Turns out, I don't wanna do it. I buy pre-shucked!

Haven't tried broccoli, or, honestly, cold season crops at all. This might be the year.

Tomatoes, always. It has been a weird past few years for them, has not just been me, I compare notes with neighbors. Cherry tomatoes haven't been any problem.

I am generally unconcerned about meat slowing down on making it to market. While I am a serious carnivore, I can do without for long stretches of time. It is a short walk for me to organic dairy so easy protein nearby, zero supply chain issues.
So, tomatoes can be difficult. I try fog resistant varieties and they do well. Heirloom tomatoes are heartier and taste better. I had the same experience with peaches. We had a peach tree. I had to rinse them every summer to prepare them for canning. I had peach fuzz all over my hands. And, it itched. I hated it. I buy expensive peaches with flavor and have not made peach anything --no chutney, no jam, no pickling. Bah. Also, try to grow tomatoes in clay pots. It holds the heat longer if you do not have a sunny spot to plant in the garden. We have carnivores, too. I wonder if I should plant potatoes.
 

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So, tomatoes can be difficult. I try fog resistant varieties and they do well. Heirloom tomatoes are heartier and taste better. I had the same experience with peaches. We had a peach tree. I had to rinse them every summer to prepare them for canning. I had peach fuzz all over my hands. And, it itched. I hated it. I buy expensive peaches with flavor and have not made peach anything --no chutney, no jam, no pickling. Bah. Also, try to grow tomatoes in clay pots. It holds the heat longer if you do not have a sunny spot to plant in the garden. We have carnivores, too. I wonder if I should plant potatoes.
I like Better Boys, have had some great years with them. Romas last year did pretty good, too. I tried container gardening with tomatoes but found that they really want to be in the ground and stretch those roots out. No problem with sun here, just need to not have more nights dipping below 40. I'm trying to keep seedlings warm while we wait for the ground to warm up enough (I am not one to run out there with coverings for cold overnights - I will wait!)

No fruit trees. Mom had apple trees and it was a mess! I can understand not wanting to deal with it. I don't do canning, I don't have the patience. I give away crops I can't eat. I think this summer will be a step up in "driveway swap meet" for produce as lots of us grow different stuff and it's nice to share some of this in exchange for some of that ... I am not growing zucchini this year. I don't like it enough and neither does anyone else, it seems!

I had thought about growing potatoes, have never tried them.

Of course, now all I want is a perfectly ripe peach ...
 

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I like Better Boys, have had some great years with them. Romas last year did pretty good, too. I tried container gardening with tomatoes but found that they really want to be in the ground and stretch those roots out. No problem with sun here, just need to not have more nights dipping below 40. I'm trying to keep seedlings warm while we wait for the ground to warm up enough (I am not one to run out there with coverings for cold overnights - I will wait!)

No fruit trees. Mom had apple trees and it was a mess! I can understand not wanting to deal with it. I don't do canning, I don't have the patience. I give away crops I can't eat. I think this summer will be a step up in "driveway swap meet" for produce as lots of us grow different stuff and it's nice to share some of this in exchange for some of that ... I am not growing zucchini this year. I don't like it enough and neither does anyone else, it seems!

I had thought about growing potatoes, have never tried them.

Of course, now all I want is a perfectly ripe peach ...
I have Early Girls and had one good season with Better Boys. I have a Granny Smith tree and cannot make enough cobblers, crisps, and pies to keep up with it. Yeah, when they drop and the varmints get them, I wait until it rains to compost them too. I like Zucchini, very young to grill. Have a great pasta salad for tomatoes, grilled corn and grilled zucchinis, served warm. But, I know people who have them through their ears. I make zucchini chocolate chip bread and it is always a hit. Very moist. I want to attend your "driveway swap!" A warm, ripe peach is very, very good.
 
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