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All 48 onions have sprouted and are growing well. So they won't go to waste. I can always dig up one if I need it, and those that remain will go in the ground. Also going to start the onion seeds I have on hand. Probably will be the last year I grow them, since I don't use lots of onion. But I can always give away what I can't use, and the seed won't go to waste either.

Seed catalogs have been arriving for 3 weeks now. Time to go through and start planning and ordering and getting ready for Spring 2017. I envy those who can grow things all year long, or who have greenhouses and cold frames to extend the growing season. I'm usually ready to be done with gardening some time in September, but once everything is gray and dormant and the trees are leafless, I'm ready to get started again and long to see green outside my windows!

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I actually have some onions that I harvested last year but haven't used yet. They are small, and now they are starting to sprout. So I figured I would put them in pots inside, since I didn't get them planted outside, and just let them grow. At least they won't continue to shrivel up, may actually get larger, and I can just dig one up when I need one and let the others continue to grow. Once the ground thaws enough in the Spring, I'll plant the rest outdoors.
I figured I didn't have anything to lose and it might turn out to be a good experiment.

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I plan to pick the last of the lettuce, chard, and spinach today. I also drained the water barrels to store for the winter. It is supposed to freeze this weekend, and I don't think we will have any more 60 degree weather. It is mid November right? Record high is expected today.

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I'll have to remember that Garden Peach. Wonder if Tomatomania will have it.
We have had nearly an inch of rain since Friday (a lot for us in these drought years). My backyard looks so happy. Things I had stopped watering are turning green and I'm saving buckets of water.

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Because the deer got in my plots this year, I had to buy some replacement tomato plants. One that I tried that I really like is an heirloom variety called "Garden peach". These are small tomatoes. The skin is ivory color with a tinge of red at the blossom end. They are very sweet and the skin actually feels like it has a bit of fuzz like a peach. They also keep well once they are ripe.
Definitely one variety I would consider growing again.

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Planted garlic late just because I had some that were sprouting. They were still green when I finally dug them up last week. Too much going on right now so decided not to plant it again this Fall.
Other than the tomatoes at home, everything else is done for the season. Things did well this year, even with all the rain we had.

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We are going to put out garlic for this year. I also think I will put our some shallots also. As we are moving and I am also putting out some herbs on the linau.

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My balcony garden is nearly done for the season. This is been a great year for us, we harvested 10 cucumbers, 14 tomatoes, and enough Chards to share with a couple friends. We just planted a couple tomato plants and snow peas indoor, hopefully we will have some tomatoes by Christmas😁

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Planted a small patch of sugar snap peas for fall yesterday. Probably about a month early, but I have more seeds if these burn up in the next heat wave, and maybe I'll get lucky.

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I was able to harvest about 40 lbs of Yukon gold potatoes out of the garden just the other day! I was so happy to see so many. My garden is a work in progress. We moved to this house with 40 acres in 20012. There was no garden or landscaping of any sort here. We started from scratch in the Spring of 2013. The garden will be three tiers in the front of the house leading down to the pond. Building the tiers is A LOT of work. We have one and a half done so far. I garden in what is finished up to this point.

I had a bumper crop of strawberries also this year but had a hard time harvesting them before the ants chewed them all up. Anyone have a full proof method or organic ant extermination other than cornmeal?

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Hubby is planning a hanging garden at our new home. He has been studying how and what grows in this type of garden

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There are plenty of books at Amazon with gardening in Florida.

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We ate moving into a new home and will be moving all our large pots that we raise veggies, etx, we have about 12 pots of herbs to move and as soon as we get in our home, we will be checking on what we can plant for colder season here in NE Florida

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my pomegranate has flowers so hopefully I will get some fruit from them.

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Yea!!! We've been picking beans and peas and zucchini and yellow squash. Got a couple cherry tomatoes. Should get my first cucumber by this weekend. Have lots of green bell peppers but want to wait until they ripen before picking, since they have more vitamin C.

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I got my first purple bell pepper today! emoticon

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We are doing very little only in pots that we can move with us

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I don't think anyone else contributed to my bin. It's possible that I just didn't boil them long enough to kill the seeds. Based on the thousands of seedlings, it was more than just one tomato that ended up in the bin. Took a chance and learned my lesson!

Still have a few empty rows in our rented garden plots left to plant. Not sure what else to plant. Maybe more cucumbers to extend the harvest? We have plenty of corn, pumpkins, zucchini, yellow summer squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, eggplants, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, and bush beans. I don't grow beets there because the deer can't resist them, and I grow carrots and garlic at home too. Probably too late to put in lettuce and spinach, so may have to wait to do some Fall planting of those at home too.

Any suggestions on other things I can plant? I'm near Chicago, so we're heading in to the hot dry part of the season, with basically 3 to 3.5 months of the growing season left.

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Boiling should have killed the seeds, maybe someone else 'contributed' to your compost bin. But if they were from your heirlooms you've got a good chance of them being true to the variety. Worth a try if you have the space.

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We had several volunteer tomato plants spring up in our compost bin. Most likely they are from when I canned the heirloom tomatoes that I grew last year (made sauce from them). I usually don't put any tomatoes in the compost bin, but I THOUGHT that boiling them would have killed the seeds. I've got lots more sprouting in the compost that I just sifted, so I'm guessing not.
Won't know what kind they are until they start producing. When I freeze tomato sauce, I also use the low acid heirlooms in that, so they could be mortgage lifters, big rainbows, orange ones, cherokee purple, or one of the red heirlooms I also grow.

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I'm trying some new tomato varieties this year, and after 2 bad years they all look to be doing well! New favorite is "Lucky Tiger" a very sweet and flavorful bite sized green and red striped one from Tomatomania. Also Snow White cherry is doing well, sweeter than Sungold so far. No big ones yet, but they look promising.

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One of my coworkers brought me a beautiful posted rosemary which is sitting on my poarch

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Oops, I'm supposed to be talking about my garden here....

We have four raised beds that my husband built (4x8', 20" high). We use them for growing veggies, and we've also planted five fruit trees. I love having our own organically grown produce, but it certainly can be tough to battle the elements (nematodes, bermuda grass, snails, etc). Working in the garden is fun though, so it's worth it!

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JIMINYC, were you able to eradicate the bermuda grass? I work on it daily but it spreads so amazingly fast that I'm never able to keep up! Good Luck to you!

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My husband and I are very new at organic gardening but are trying it this year. We planted green peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, spaghetti squash and onions that we purchased at Home Depot as plants. I have started seeds in peat pots and hope that they will germinate and then will transfer those. Hopefully, we will have some vegetables that survive our newness. lol




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Watermelon and cantaloupe are coming up in the peat pots. Since they require a warmer soil temp to germinate, and a longer growing season, I read that you start them on the last frost date for your area, then transplant them when the soil warms up to 70F. Definitely got better germination than when I sowed them directly in the ground last year.
Also weeded the front bed. Not much planted there, it's finally dried up enough that I can reshape the bed - IF it doesn't rain tomorrow before I can get it done. Going to put in bushes, perennials, and annuals, and add bulbs in the fall - concentrating on ones that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

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Planted garlic in pots since it was too wet to plant in the ground. Those are coming up nicely and I should be able to transplant them soon.
Also planting watermelon in peat pots so they have a head start, since I can't plant them in the ground until the soil temps are 70F
Forecast is still for dry weather through Tuesday, so hoping the garden works up ok today and we can start planting.

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Just planted a large pot with basil, thyme, basil, chives and mint. This will be easy to move to our new home

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slow start since I did not know when they were going to tear up my backyard putting a drainage system in so now I will try to get some plants to grow before November since that is the earliest that they will start digging

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My "garden" is still soggy. No rain in the forecast until Tuesday - I hope that is the case as we may be able to do some planting this weekend IF it dries out enough.

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Not a lot of gardening this year as we are planning to move. We do have tomatoes and peppers in pots which we can move

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Know how your husband feels and have done that too. Most times I just let it go and when it dries up then I get to it. That is one reason that they are going to dig up my backyard to put a system in to take that water away. So not sure how I am going to do a garden but I do have my fruit trees in pots. Just have to figure out how to make them grow better and what age that they start growing fruit.

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I'd love to get started on planting the bed in front of my house - if it ever stops raining long enough for the ground to dry out so I can work it! Same goes with the rest of the yard. Have standing water in the center of the backyard, since that's the lowest spot. Hubby is attempting to mow the grass while avoiding all the swampy areas, which probably is at least half the yard.

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I've finished digging up the last of the bermuda grass, a project I've been working on for 3 years. Got a few plants to try in that area, I've had a picture in my mind for a long time how I want it to look. Other than that I've got a new tree to plant and have cleaned up and extended another bed. I love this time of year!

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Sounds like a great way to get something done in a hurry!! Hope you win the dinner!

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We are taking the sod off of a 20 x 40 plot in our back yard. It has become a family competition with my daughter and her husband vs. my husband and I. They started the sod removal on on end and we did on the opposite side. The first couple to reach the middle wins a dinner from the losers. :)


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My tangerines are blooming so I get to get the bittersweets off the tree since it came up along side of the tangerine tree. So I get two fruits from one tree.

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So jealous of those who live in warmer climates. We can't even till up the ground until later this month. Some of the perennials are coming up but I don't want to disturb the ground because there could still be snow. Soon.....

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Got all my plants outside and now it has been raining for the last few days and they are showing the signs of blooming

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I have a nice little kitchen garden full of herbs and things that are starting to come up. A large area for my vegetables. And a medium sized plot in the back that I want to turn into 100% annuals. But it's too early to start doing anything in Minnesota. 60 degrees today and back to 40 degrees on Thursday!

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So far have Planted Potatoes & Onions -- Have some tomato Starts of "Early Girl" That need to be transplanted into Pots rest of tomatoes are a bit slower to mature to that Stage-- Temp's still dropping down into upper 30's at night so tearily for setting out!!

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All but Have My Hot House completed-- Planted some Herbs & Started some Tomatoes & Peppers inside under Lights & Heating Mates- Up but look like pieces of String-- Checked Soil temperatures Last Week on 60* so Hopeful will warm up before Planting Onions & Potatoes!!

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Just set out nY tomatoes and pepper plants. Hoping no more cold weather to,stifle growth

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Garden divided into 4 Plots with each Plot divided into 3 separate Plots 4' X 6 to 8' long-- All are full of Composted Leaves Now

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That is what I am doing with my plants that I got from Amazon, they are fruit plants and I also got some from stores here and are planting them too. Will start the veggies soon too. Have you tried growing ginger? It is real easy to grow and will keep and keep reproducing for you. I did that and love that I don't have to worry about it spoiling in the fridge. I just found out that it also can flower so I would love to see mine do that and I planted turmeric and it did flower so got to find the picture of it and post it.

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I bought some seeds and some new trays to replace some that broke or sprung holes last year. This week I will be planting onion seeds and lavender seeds, and checking to see what else I can start. Maybe some herbs? Basil seems to grow pretty fast, so going to wait until it's time to start tomato seeds to also start the basil. Should be able to plant eggplants and peppers by the end of this month. I also have some flower seeds to start, which I plant around my veggie beds to help repel the bugs and bunnies. Also have to check and see when I need to put my sweet potatoes in potting soil so I can start growing the slips to transplant into the garden.

Also time to start planning out where everything goes, so I will be ready when the ground warms up.

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Right now I am potting plants that I bought off amazon and getting them ready for the spring, will be starting on the veggies real soon.

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I'm picking asparagus and tangerines now, as well as a few snow peas. Planted some sugar snaps, carrots and radishes last week, but yesterday morning found some critter had dug up the little plantings. Oh well, I'll wait until rain is predicted and try again.

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I live in a tropical area and have a large yard, and I am growing an almost-completely edible (organic) yard.Many of the plants I grow are also medicinal. I have many tropical fruits already established, and am now focusing on growing as many vegetables as I can. My goal is to never have to purchase produce at a store again. I also grow many plants in containers because the soil here is terrible. Some plants I grow indoors so I can better control the climate for them.

I have more than 200 species of plant, so too many to mention. But a few that I am planting right now that are easy to grow in containers for those who might also want to try are: Plantago major, Purslane, Calendula, Echinacea, Dandelion, Chayote (not great for containers, but easy to grow in soil - have to plant the entire squash in the ground), Ashi-taba, Gynura procumbens/Longevity Spinach, Malabar Spinach, Okinawan Spinach, Chin Chiang (like mini green bok choy), etc.

I am a fan of plants that have high protein content, since I'm vegetarian, so some of those to consider specifically for a complete protein that does not require any other type of protein to combine with are: moringa oleifera, amaranth, soybean, quinoa. Beans are also usually easy to grow, and I'm not usually a fan of raw string beans but I find Chinese Red Noodle Bean to be an easy grower and delicious right off the vine! Beans that you have to cook before eating that are easy to grow are numerous, but include Scarlet Runner Bean, Purple Hyacinth bean, and Butterfly Pea, all of which have very pretty flowers and are growing in my yard right now.

I also have strawberries, tomatoes, cilantro, parsley, creeping cucumber (look like tiny watermelons but taste like cucumber), artichokes, Chinese kale, and wheatgrass, among other things growing in containers on my balcony.

I had a terrible attack of spider mites in my yard, but that finally seems to be under control with a combination of Rosemary and Neem Oil.

I am very excited to harvest so many new plants I'm trying in the coming months! Hope some of these plants give somebody here ideas about new things to try, even if they have had some trouble growing edible plants in the past.

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At the moment, I have one raised garden bed ready and planted with onions but I think Ma intends to take a tiller to the other two tomorrow. I have to go to Lowes and get a couple of bags of garden soil and a couple of manure to spread into them and they will be ready to plant. I'm going to try seed tapes of Buttercrunch lettuce this year but it is too early to plant them and I want to plant some potatoes in grow bags. I can plant the taters in the next couple of weeks but it is pretty early for anything else.

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Just might do that and see how it works out with all this wind that we are getting.

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If the container is the right size, you can always add weight by putting some large rocks on the top of the soil. I'm thinking fist size or larger. Or maybe there's something you can anchor it to, in order to keep it from getting blown over?

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Yes I am finding that out with one of my trees that I have in a planter. It keeps getting knocked down by the strong winds that we are getting. I need to find a container that is heavier than the top and will not fall down. I might have to get one of those clay planters to keep it from falling over every time the wind blows real hard. The only trouble with that is that it grows too and get bigger with the bigger planters too.

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Vining plants can be grown in containers too. Most flower containers use vines as one of the 3 elements that make it successful (the other two being a plant for height plus flowers).
You can either let the vines trail on the ground around the plant, or can put something for it to climb up on. For cucumbers and peas, you'd probably want something for them to climb on as it would make it easier to harvest.
I grow sweet potatoes in large planters on my patio. The vines are beautiful and full, and harvesting is a lot easier than having to dig them up in the garden.

The main thing with container gardening is to make sure that the weight of the pot and soil are more than the weight of the plant above, or that you have the pot well anchored and secured. Otherwise the heavy weight of the plant may cause the pot to tip over, especially on a windy day. The other thing is that you need to make sure the soil is very rich (lots of compost and/or manure worked in) and to leave room at the top to add more compost as the nutrients in the soil are used up (at least a couple of inches). I usually layer lots of chopped up leaves with the soil in my pots, and mix those together between layers, making sure it is heavier in leaves at the bottom. Those will decompose over the course of the season, which will allow the roots of the plants to get plenty of nutrients as they grow down toward the bottom. In the fall I just empty the pots, sift out the roots and uncomposted leaves (which then go in my compost bin) and start over. I do change the soil completely after awhile, but you can go several years in between having to do that. And of course, I add the soil to my compost bin and mix it in with the scraps to help them break down faster too.

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In process of moving from sunny California to Pacific Northwest. I think Zone 8?

All my raised beds are being traded in for container gardening and a community "pea patch"

Lots of evergreens around me.

Sooooo, like another member I will have some big pots with lettuce and eggplants on my front porch. Blueberries in another two containers on my back deck. and herbs throughout. I'll have to ponder hw I'm going to do vine stuff like cucumbers etc. maybe in the pea patch area. No corn allowed (attracts the raccoon)

that's the plan anyways. I may erase my Pinterest board and start over! LOL

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In Northeast Florida we can have a winter garden but as we are looking to move shortly I have only planted a few things in pots. I have garlic in a large low pot. I did plant some greens in pots hoping they will do well.

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That would be fun to grow an eggplant in a really big pot. I had never thought of that. I have a few big half barrels, might be fun! I'm in zone 6 or 7 depending on if you refer to USDA or Sunset zones. I like to refer to my Western Garden book, and their zones are a little different. I can usually put just about anything in the ground at the beginning of May, the ground is pretty much warm enough by then. I generally have it all done by Mother's day. I like to pick up some plants at a nearby high school that has a great ag program. They always have a big plant sale Mother's Day weekend. It's the culmination of the kids hard work over the school year.

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As long as you have a heavy pot, you may be able to grow an eggplant in a sunny window. I had a friend who grew a red savina habanero in a sunny window and that thing got HUGE! As long as you make sure to hand pollinate the flowers, you should be able to get eggplants to harvest too.

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Seed catalogs are starting to show up. My first year without a plot of land in a long time. I'm going to buy some interesting things to grow in pots. Think I can get a bitter eggplant to maturity in a sunny window? I'm gonna try.
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Transplanted some of the trees that I got and are out growing their pot and planted some of the ones that I got in the mail.

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I'm near Kansas City, Mo. zone 6-A. I have close to500 square feet of flower beds that include 3 large trees , a few understory trees and some bushes as well as many perennials. In this mix are at least 0 kinds of native plants. I also have raised beds for my veggies, After I clean up the veggie beds in the fall, I sprinkle on bone meal, blood meal, and some wood ash from my fire place and several inches of shredded leaves. in the spring I top that off with some compost and turn it in. The soil in the raised beds is wonderful.

I also belong to a watershed group, I and 2 other women have started a small native plant nursery for the group where we raise native plants to be planted out in the watershed to help control erosion along the creek and clean up pollution. We are also planting some native plant demonstration gardens so people in the area can see uses for native plants in their own landscape!

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I'm glad to hear you're getting rain Maribeth! I know I saw the pictures all over the Pacific west, with the deep cracks in the soil and the lakes drying up! We had so much rain over the Spring and Summer that I wished there was a way to pipe all of our excess west to you. I hope you have more normal amounts of precipitation this year.

What zone are you in and when do you usually start planting outside? For us, most veggies don't go in the ground outside until mid May, while they don't recommend transplanting tomatoes, peppers, or eggplants until the beginning of June, to give the soil time to warm up more. We can plant the cool weather crops starting about the end of March, if the weather cooperates.

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I'm in the Pacific Northwest, so we're getting a lot of rain here. That's great because we've had a bad drought. I am really looking forward to Spring, when I can play in my garden. I have a raised garden for my veggies, and lots of areas throughout the yard where I have flowers, bushes and trees. I have a little wild area at the back of our property, there I can get lots of blackberries.

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I live near Chicago, zone 5.
The weather has really fluctuated here. After being in single digits, it went to above freezing for a couple of days, so the surface of the soil is not frozen. Temps are dropping right now and will be single digits for the next couple of days before warming back up to around the normal temps for this time of year.
Needless to say, no actual gardening going on outside at the moment. I AM doing lots of planning and going through all the seed catalogs that have arrived and getting ready to place my orders (Burpees has free shipping until January 17th - tomorrow - so if hubby has anything he wants to order from there we need to move fast)
I have some places in my yard that we plant, but the main vegetable gardening is done at plots we rent from the park district. The total size of those is 60' x 85'. I'd like to plant some dwarf fruit trees in my yard, as well as some bushes and grape vines, if I can ever figure out a good place for them to go.

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This thread replaces the "what did you do in the garden today" thread.
Doesn't matter if you just have room to grow a few herbs in pots in a window or if you have a garden measuring in acres, share what kind of garden you have (plots, raised beds, containers, etc), what you grow, and what you are doing with your garden - whether planning, planting, harvesting, you name it.

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