What was your favorite garden and what was in it?

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I'm getting ready to do my seeds on Monday.. I'm here in Maryland.. This will be my third garden and I just love canning {Water bath only}.. I still have tom. sauce, beets, beans, peach butter, & ect. from last garden.. I was just wondering what everyone was putting in there's.. My garden is about 18ft wide by 36ft. long.. I just can't wait.. I think I'll also buy my seeds from Southern states to keep them in business. I'm sooooooooo afraid of a Wal Mart moving in and closing it.. So I do everything to try to help them.. Well enough said on that.. I try to get the most out of mine. Thanks and have a great farmolous day...Carrie

-- cARRIE (onemaur@olg.com), March 01, 2002


Isn't planning your garden fun?? My husband would tell you it would be easier to ask me what I am NOT putting in my garden. Somehow our gardens just keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I am hopelessly addicted to trying new things and and not able to give up the old. Good thing we have 40 acres. Perhaps before I die it will all be garden???

-- diane (gardiacaprines@yahoo.com), March 01, 2002.

My favorite garden is my neighbors's. :-D

Lots of luscious vegetables....corn, beans, cabbage, tomatoes, squash, cukes, carrots, onions, potatoes, melons, a little of everything. Then they have numerous varieties of apple trees and some plum trees, gooseberries and raspberries. All of which they kindly share with me. Myy black thumb kills everything I try to grow, but my goats give wonderful rich milk which I share with the neighbor's many barn cats. Good deal for all of us!

-- Lenette in OR (kigervixen@webtv.net), March 01, 2002.

My next one.

-- Ann Markson (tngreenacres@hotmail.com), March 01, 2002.

My garden consists of a row of blue berry bushes, a row of black berries, and three rows of strawberrys, also one peach tree, two apple trees, and a persimmon, and two fig trees, I have two long rows of asparagas, and two long rows of english peas planted, there is leaf lettuce ready to eat now, and also turnips,and swiss chard. Soon we will be planting potatoes, corn, tomatoes, okra, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, pickling and reg. squash all kinds, I try several kinds of tomatoes, First prize has been a good one for this area. I will be planting watermelon when it gets hotter. also several kinds of peppers hot and reg. And by the time harvest is over we swear we will never do it again, but we do. I can lots of veg. and we are in our 70"s,

-- Irene texas (tkorsborn@cs.com), March 01, 2002.

Dearest Carrie: When you said you water bath can only, and then said you "still have tom. sauce, beets, beans...." etc., did you mean that you water bath can beets and beans? You probably don't, but just in case, please be aware that beets and beans need to be pressure canned only (unless they're pickled). Anyway, my favorite garden was, (for now) last year's because it was the first truly successful vegetable garden we've had since moving here. In our desert climate, and unbelievable spring wind, I had to make so many adjustments and create plastic tunnels in order to make it work, it was so much work but we got great food from it. It is 50' x 100', consisting of all 50' rows.

This year will be even better, because I know what works now and will fill every single row, first with cool season crops (they're going in now) and then the warm season stuff. We too are still eating from last year, have frozen: corn on the cob, green beans and spinach left.

Our garden this year will consist of every veg. you can think of except squashes which DH and I don't like. Good luck!

-- Katie (homesteader@accessnevada.com), March 01, 2002.

As a 12 year old, my job was to dispose of the kitchen scraps which we did by burying between the orange trees, the trees were 20 feet apart and occasionally I would hit a spot where previous burying had taken place. To mark the spot where I had dug before I planted a cherry tomato seed on top of the place, eventually there was 12 plants that came up, and I am glad it was only 12 - we got 11 bushels of cherry tomatoes from that 20 by 20 foot space. This was long before I had heard of composting.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), March 02, 2002.

My favorite garden was my grandparents' yard. They had 20 acres, with 5 acres carved out for their yard. They had a knack for mixing fruits and veggies with the showiest of flowers and the best place for kids to play....and to snack!

It will take me twenty years to have a place like theirs. Hopefully, my grandchildren will play and learn in my garden, too. My kids will tell their kids how hard they had to work to make it such a nice place. They will climb the plum tree to get the biggest ripest plum, they will munch apples while swinging suspended from a sturdy branch, play hide and seek with their cousins, each with their own secret hidng place.

Yes, the best gardens for me are the ones that grow memories.

-- Laura (Ladybugwrangler@hotmail.com), March 02, 2002.

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