Group photo
Author:
LEXXAA Posts: 13
2/4/10 2:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi,

I really am motivated to grow a vegetable garden in my backyard. I've tried the last 2 years with no success. I'd be embarrassed to say what I harvested after much hard work. I hope I can get some ideas and pointers on what I'm doing wrong. I live in northern Florida and I should be getting ready for planting. Any suggestions how to get started?

 Pounds lost: 1.5 
0
9
18
27
36
ICANBHEALTHY2 Posts: 584
1/31/10 9:57 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Everyone - I'm happy to have found this team. I had an organic veggie garden for years & had to move it due to some construction/renovation on our home. I have missed not having those sweet tomatoes, still warm from the sun on my summer sandwiches. SO, one of my goals, thanks to the exercises in the Spark, is to revive my organic garden. Going to be building some raised beds as soon as the first thaw comes along!

 current weight: 157.2 
200
181.25
162.5
143.75
125
CEEGEE7 Posts: 5
1/30/10 2:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Eve,
Thanks so much for the message. I tried to reply by private message and this is what I got:
You can't send any SparkMails until you verify your email address.
So I went through the steps to verify and have waited about 15 minutes, but still not allowed. I will keep watching on and off today, thinking maybe it isn't "instant".

CEEGEE7 Posts: 5
1/30/10 1:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Eve,
Yes, I would love some!!! I will get a list together of what I have ... I got some packets of organic lettuce seeds last fall and never got the raised bed so still have them, and I know that last year's seeds will still be good because some that I grew last year came from a lady in Ohio and they were a year old, but grew and produced lots of veggies.
emoticon
I am a newbie on this site, but think our next step would be to send a personal message...am I right?
Thanks!

EVE180's Photo EVE180 Posts: 47
1/28/10 2:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hey Ceegee, I am in San Diego--have these seeds from High Mowing Seeds available to share: onions, leeks, cherokee purple tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, california wonder peppers, lettuce mixes peas, and heirloom watermelon--They were sent to me last year but I think they should still be viable (anyone know?) Let me know if you want any .....

 Pounds lost: 12.5 
0
16.5
33
49.5
66
CEEGEE7 Posts: 5
1/28/10 1:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi everyone,

I'm in San Diego and so happy that I was able to have a garden last summer, including heirloom tomatoes, organic peppers...green, red and yellow.
Looking forward to spring planting. Would love to trade seeds with others.

EVE180's Photo EVE180 Posts: 47
1/27/10 3:18 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi! I have been sticking veges in the ground since my first apartment! But not until now have I tried it on a (slightly) larger basis. I have two 6x9 grow beds in my backyard and canned for the first time last year! Woo Hoo! Home grown is great! I live in SoCal so the weather is pretty good all the time for growing something, although I have so far only grown the summer veges. Looking forward to spring and renewing the soil and learning from this group. Cheers!

 Pounds lost: 12.5 
0
16.5
33
49.5
66
GLYPNIRSGIRL's Photo GLYPNIRSGIRL Posts: 90
1/27/10 11:41 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi - I am Elaine. I have been an organic gardener for many years. But I am new to vegetable gardening. I did my first vegetable garden in 20 years this past spring and I am getting ready for this spring. WOO HOO fresh tomatoes two years in a row!

Elaine

You cannot fail if you do not quit!


 current weight: 280.0 
343
303.5
264
224.5
185
MEGNLYDSMOM's Photo MEGNLYDSMOM Posts: 17
1/18/10 11:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi everyone -- new here and thought I'd post an intro. DH and I and our 2 daughters moved to Colorado from the Pacific Northwest several years ago, and I find Colorado gardening to be a challenge at times! I'm learning to use water wisely. Colorado has a law that prevents home owners from collecting rainwater (recently changed it to allow home owners with their own wells to collect rainwater) but we're learning how to manage our garden more carefully.

I can't wait for spring. I've been pouring over the garden catalogs and picking out seeds :-)

 current weight: 167.0 
167
157.75
148.5
139.25
130
BENJIROX's Photo BENJIROX Posts: 72
1/3/10 5:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Glory Halleluia! Why haven't I found this team earlier? Thanks to a wonderful blogger, and now sparkfriend, I'm discovering some great teams!

I live in Northern California, ripe territory for year-round gardening. Right now I have a few very tiny organic garden beds going but I'm ready to get rid of some grassed area to devote to a large organic plot. Lot's of digging ahead!

"Stop daydreaming and start doing!"


 current weight: 154.4 
162
154
146
138
130
CD4927412 Posts: 2,572
1/1/10 11:20 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi everyone - I'm Stephanie and I'm from PA. I've done some gardening but it's been a couple of years. I'm trying to eat more clean and thought I might do some of my own gardening. I may just do some container gardening this year and work my way up to something bigger in the next few years. I also have my herb garden. I don't want something I can't take care of. I'm looking forward to being here. Happy 2010.

PLANTINGNUT's Photo PLANTINGNUT Posts: 61
1/1/10 6:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi i'm a mom of 4, two are serving in the military, i know thats why i overeat. I veggie garden, use rainbarrels and i compost outside but i also compost with composting worms. I have to tell you its so much fun to work with the worms, and it keeps my mind busy. I use the worm fertilizer for my garden and everything i grow loves it



 Pounds lost: 4.2 
0
25.25
50.5
75.75
101
_JULEE_'s Photo _JULEE_ Posts: 10,145
12/23/09 10:49 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you!

OH, I've been drooling over my seed catalogs already. Believe it or not, we're still picking tomatoes, but at the same time, I'm mapping and working on what's going to happen NEXT. LOL
emoticon

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. -- Jim Rohn

Do whatever you do intensely. -- Robert Henri

Training is the opposite of hoping -- nikewomen.com
www.ancestralherbals.com


 Pounds lost: 55.0 
0
16.5
33
49.5
66
LOVEROFANIMALS's Photo LOVEROFANIMALS SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 2,974
12/23/09 10:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello, everyone who just joined! It's kind of quiet in here now, but it picks up quite a bit in a month or two. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I've received many 2010 seed catelogs already!! Last night, I couldn't resist looking at two of them.

I have been using Sparkpeople since 2005. I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE!


3.3 Inches Lost
0
2.5
5
7.5
10
JAUDON's Photo JAUDON Posts: 1,881
12/16/09 1:03 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi everyone - Im so glad I found this team! I grew up on a small organic farm, so this is a lifelong lifestyle for me. However, I have lived in a city apartment for the last 10 years, and just bought my first house. I have a small garden now, and am working on having a huge one for Spring :) I also have rain water collection and compost started. Im looking forward to learning all kinds of good stuff on this team!

**** If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution ****


 Pounds lost: 52.0 
0
30.25
60.5
90.75
121
_JULEE_'s Photo _JULEE_ Posts: 10,145
12/11/09 9:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi! My name is Julee. I'm from Tucson, AZ. I started my garden in May '09 and went organic from the start.

I LOVE gardening!

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. -- Jim Rohn

Do whatever you do intensely. -- Robert Henri

Training is the opposite of hoping -- nikewomen.com
www.ancestralherbals.com


 Pounds lost: 55.0 
0
16.5
33
49.5
66
CD4291138 Posts: 158
11/22/09 2:19 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi! My mom and I started our little garden plot this past spring. It's my first garden and my mom's first in many years. We are doubling the size next year and trying out some different items. We have a garden bunny who helps us with our leftovers and fertilizing. This next spring we are also going to start a vermiculture project. I am glad to see so many to learn from here!
Thanks in advance. emoticon

ELEN009's Photo ELEN009 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (1,941)
Posts: 38
10/28/09 7:13 A

My SparkPage
Reply
Hi, I'm an organic and biodynamic gardener living in the UK. We 70% feed ourselves from the garden but it's a lovely pleasure garden too. We have a tiny wood, large wildlife pond, lots of shrubs, some grass, and a host of "garden rooms". We also grow lots of veg and fruit.

Iv'e been biodynamic since 1991, our land is certified and we find it the most useful, cheap and effective thing. It's also great for encouraging wildlife. Not sure if I'm allowed to post a web site but if you'd like to see pix go to http://www.pea-green-boat.co.uk

Looking f/wd to meeting you all and seeing what you get up to :-)

Elen

Behind every gifted woman there's often a rather talented cat !!! www.elensentier.co.uk grym-owl-nest.blogspot.com/


 current weight: 139.0 
167
155.5
144
132.5
121
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
10/9/09 7:45 A

Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon

CD5782100 Posts: 29
10/8/09 11:22 P

Send Private Message
Reply
We are in the middle of our Spring here - flowers are out, chickens are going clucky, nicer weather for walking - it's great. Welcome.

BLOSSOMKITTY's Photo BLOSSOMKITTY Posts: 1,486
10/8/09 8:22 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
hi everyone....just had to share the most exiting news....:-) small things make me happy.....I love gardening and moved to a place with a patio. I almost gave up on gaardening, but this thread insipred me to try.... i got started planting a bit late for a fall garden, maybe ok for my part of california, but my spinach seeds just popped up! I LOVE to see that....

Thanks for letting me share. Hope everyone is haveing a wonderful beginning to their fall!

Stephanie

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plan I have for you, says the Lord, They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.
~Marie Stopes


 current weight: 185.0 
205
193.75
182.5
171.25
160
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
8/27/09 3:39 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hello! Welcome!

CD5782100 Posts: 29
8/27/09 8:37 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi, I'm from Australia - still learning my way around in here. Happy to see other topics to talk and learn about.

CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
8/10/09 6:29 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Welcome! I look forward to hearing all about your garden.

STEPHANIEMEYER's Photo STEPHANIEMEYER Posts: 103
8/8/09 4:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello all,

I'm sort of new to sparkpeople, and wanted to check out this group.

This is our first year, having a completely organic garden. I still have to buy a lot of my veggies and my fruits. We live on a fairly small acreage in Oregon. In my garden this year are, green bush beans, tomatoes, sunflowers, pumpkins, onions, bell & hot peppers, carrots, salad greens and lettuce, celery, cucumbers corn and zucchini.

Some things are ripening and we've been able to enjoy them, some things seem to be taking a really long time.


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
12.55
25.1
37.65
50.2
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
8/6/09 7:42 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Hello, new members! Welcome.

USE2BAGODDESS's Photo USE2BAGODDESS Posts: 2,703
8/5/09 6:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi there!!!

Name is Cissy. Live in Dallas w/my wonderful hubby and daughter. We have a container garden right now, growing tomatoes, peppers, and are growing melons in the flower bed.

I want to sell everything we own and buy a farm. I want a BIG garden, an orchard, and all kinds of farm critters running around. That is my BIG dream!

 Pounds lost: 1.0 
0
10.75
21.5
32.25
43
ANIDUCK's Photo ANIDUCK Posts: 10,948
8/4/09 4:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi, just thought I'd check out this team. I love gardening and do it all organically. I am in the beginning stages of my veggie garden. I hope to get ideas and share experiences here.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


 current weight: 133.5 
139
135.5
132
128.5
125
MAROSES's Photo MAROSES SparkPoints: (553)
Fitness Minutes: (10,632)
Posts: 514
7/30/09 9:52 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
hi i am new to this team, i have been on sparks almost 2 months though. i am also new to gardening. first year. I have no idea what i am doing but will be learning as i go.

�Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life; define yourself.�


 current weight: 200.0 
210
188.75
167.5
146.25
125
TRUELOU's Photo TRUELOU Posts: 28,970
7/28/09 11:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon emoticon carrots sound great, I've never tried growing them.

Proverbs 3:5


 Pounds lost: 3.0 
0
2.5
5
7.5
10
MCCLOUDS66's Photo MCCLOUDS66 Posts: 8
7/27/09 9:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi,
I am 34 and my husband is 43.
We are wanting to eat healthier and get in more shape.
My husband and I have been planted our 2nd large garden. Last year we did use miracle grow, but moved the garden and decide to 100% organic this year. We are not sure when the right time to pick is.
I think our lettuce is ready.....do you have to pick it all at once?
Carrots are hard to tell. We picked one yesterday and the flavor was AWESOME! It was small and so flavorful.
I will try to post a picture to get advice. We have corn,turnips,peas,cherry tomatoes and beef tomatoes. Everything was started from seeds dropped in the ground except the beef tomatoes plants that my mom gave us from a farmers market in northern Ohio.
Our old garden has also sprouted some things on it own from seeds from last year.


TRUELOU's Photo TRUELOU Posts: 28,970
7/22/09 4:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks, I put tarp coverings over the garden yesterday and that seemed to help. Plus the weather is not as hot and there's a little breeze:)

Proverbs 3:5


 Pounds lost: 3.0 
0
2.5
5
7.5
10
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
7/22/09 12:59 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Welcome. I hope your squash & tomatoes make it. Heat is one thing that is really hard to try to compensate for. I mean, if it's dry, you can water, but there's not much you can do about heat.

TRUELOU's Photo TRUELOU Posts: 28,970
7/20/09 7:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi gardening new friends. I'm in CA in the San Joaquin Valley. We're having a heat wave and it's doing a lot of damage to the squash and tomatoes in our garden. Hope some survives:)

Proverbs 3:5


 Pounds lost: 3.0 
0
2.5
5
7.5
10
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
7/13/09 8:33 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Welcome. It sounds like your gardening adventure is off to a fabulous start!

SKINNYROBIN100's Photo SKINNYROBIN100 Posts: 6,987
7/12/09 4:39 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi fellow gardeners!! I've been reading this team's posting for a couple of months now and I joined then too. I'm from CT and I have a new organic garden this year. It's pretty big for a first!!! 40 by 60!!! We have 55 tomato plants, yellow and green squash, acorn, 4 kinds of pumpkins, corn, cabbages, brussel sprouts, celery, parsley, cucumbers, sweet pea pods, spinach, romaine, 5 kinds of leaf lettuces, bibb, easter egg radishes, orange cauliflower,broccoli, bush beans, basil, oregano, cilantro, sage, mint, lemon thyme, strawberries, sunflowers, LOTS of kinds of onions, beets, carrots, and last but not least, 5 kinds of peppers!! We've had fun so far with all this, and no pests to speak of yet, BUT... Oh my God... the weeds!!! Anyway, I am a health nut kinda, and I have no trouble at all getting my 9 helpings of fruits and veggies a day. Sometimes I even get more like 9-12!! I was a vegetarian twice in my lifetime and I now limit my meats to a couple times a week only. I love fish and dairy, but I've cooled it on the eggs. Too much cholesterol!! I'm 52 and very overweight cause I like chocolate and chips way too much. But otherwise, I eat pretty healthily. I quit smoking 3 1/2 years ago for good and I gained 50 lbs. in the proccess and that is my reason for joining sparks. I need to get off about 100 lbs. and that big garden of mine is sure helping in more ways than one!!! emoticon So hello to all my new buddies out there who love to garden and eat naturally like I do too!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Robin from CT emoticon PS). I have sooooo many questions!!

Edited by: SKINNYROBIN100 at: 7/12/2009 (16:43)
 current weight: 165.0 
253
222.25
191.5
160.75
130
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
7/9/09 4:30 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Welcome!

CD5078271 Posts: 20,121
7/9/09 1:34 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi everyone! My name is Wanda and this is the second year I have had a garden. I use no chemicals of any kind....although I do have a gopher that is trying my patience badly! Oh well....my dogs are doing their best to make his life uncomfortable! Would like to start a compost pile...will get around to it eventually, but in the meantime, eggshells,coffee and tea grounds and last year's garden remnants have ended up in my garden plot. I have giant pumpkins (finally blooming!!!), tomatoes, potatoes, bellpeppers, onions, cucumbers (yum!), sunflowers (the gopher has for the most part decimated those), and cantaloupes in my garden. I also have several grape vines that are absolutely loaded with grapes! I look forward to reading all your posts and enjoying the experience with others who love their gardens as much as I love mine! Have a wonderful day emoticon

THEASPINS SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (11,744)
Posts: 25
6/23/09 10:42 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi!
I live in the Chicago suburbs and am very committed to organic gardening and permaculture. Unfortunately my yard was apparently scraped of all topsoil when the house was built in the 80's, so it is taking a lot of compost, sheet mulch, green manure and chickens to get it in shape for gardening. I've been working at it for the past 2 years, and am seeing a lot of progress. Still buying a lot of food at the farmer's market, but less each year. I'm so happy to have found this group.

 current weight: 179.0 
179
168.75
158.5
148.25
138
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
6/17/09 7:58 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Welcome to both of you!

EEMILLA's Photo EEMILLA Posts: 1,021
6/16/09 8:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We (my husband and I) do the pretty lazy composting with about three turns a year; last year we took a bunch of soil from the bottom to create a victory garden at an off site location. This year we cannot use the other location, so we are just growing a few herbs in containers. In the next week or so we plan to start the raised beds for next year.



ALDABATEUSE's Photo ALDABATEUSE SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (4,181)
Posts: 195
6/16/09 1:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi, I'm an aspiring author, art-studying, bookish librarian wannabee shuttling between Switzerland and California. I've been composting for a year and a half now and was astonished to discover my first viable inch of compost a couple weeks ago. And somehow (don't look at me, I didn't plant them) my mum and I have ended up with a backyard full of wild strawberries. Delicious, but very odd.

The Swiss Alien Aldabateuse


 current weight: 508.0 
530
498.75
467.5
436.25
405
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
6/15/09 12:56 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi from Missouri. I'm so glad to meet another lazy composter! LOL

JTRACEY57 Posts: 455
6/14/09 8:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi! I live in Rhode Island. I have been composting (the lazy way - I rarely turn the pile) since 1992 and have a large (for 1 person) vegetable garden. Can't wait to read the message boards!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

 current weight: 212.0 
212
204
196
188
180
KOKOMODO's Photo KOKOMODO Posts: 57
6/10/09 8:30 P

My SparkPage
Reply
Hi there everyone. Am excited to find this forum. Need help in putting in a vegetable garden/herb garden, too.
Any ideas of what to do with horse radish gone wild.....


WORKTHEGOAL's Photo WORKTHEGOAL Posts: 13,168
6/7/09 10:54 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Many thanks, organic top soil it is then. I'm really looking forward to this project. I've always bought organic fruit/veg but it is so expensive that its time to look to the future and produce our own. emoticon

No quitting, No Excuses.
Just RESULTS




 current weight: 176.0 
179
167.25
155.5
143.75
132
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
6/7/09 9:48 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Welcome, Mandy. I've been gardening for many years and if there is one thing I have learned it is that there is always more to learn. Most of my limited knowledge comes from the trial and error method.

Thank goodness gardening is a forgiving hobby. There will be failures, but there will also be successes.

Any good garden soil that drains well should work in your containers. IDK about how it is in the UK, but here in the U.S., home improvement stores carry top soil that can be purchased in bags. This might be a good way for you to start. Since you want to go organic, you should opt for a brand that does not have chemical fertilizers added. It is a bit more expensive to buy top soil by the bag than it is to buy it bulk, but the bags are easier to manage, IMO, when you're first starting out.

Please don't hesitate to ask questions. We all have questions!

WORKTHEGOAL's Photo WORKTHEGOAL Posts: 13,168
6/7/09 8:02 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Everybody!
I'm REALLY new, to this Team, to gardening and to Veggie growing.... so......

I'm Mandy from the UK. Our garden has been tidied up and looks clean and fresh. I have a small area put aside for a greenhouse (yet to be built, maybe this month!) I have a weak back so am get my DH to create a raised square bedding area which I can reach in comfort.

My aim is to use pots of all sizes rather than the ground.

So my first step is to buy the right compost for use in pots?

There are so many experts on this site, I do hope my inexperience won't be too draining on you! What will be obvious to you will more than likely be a minefield for me - so be warned!

Look forward to being a member.

Mandy

No quitting, No Excuses.
Just RESULTS




 current weight: 176.0 
179
167.25
155.5
143.75
132
VRADAA's Photo VRADAA SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (53,442)
Posts: 2,504
6/3/09 2:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I never heard about the pepper spray either. I do spray my pepper blossoms with epsome salt spray ....lightly...as that increasing the likelihood of turning into a pepper instead of the blossom dropping off or rotting.

Good point Janet about the french marigolds!!

Tina


"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which
you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself,
'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes
along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
~Eleanor Roosevelt


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
0
13.5
27
40.5
54
CD3006903 Posts: 8,023
6/3/09 1:44 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Just a hint on those marigolds. If you can find French marigolds, they are more fragrant and I find them to be much better at repelling bugs than other varieties.

I never heard about the pepper spray being used on plants. If you try that, be careful and avoid spraying into the wind. Otherwise, you might get it in your eyes and that would NOT be fun!

I'm in the STL area, BTW, so welcome my Missouri neighbor!

Hugs,
Janet


Report Innappropriate Post

Other Organic Gardeners Introduce Yourself to Team Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:

Related Topics: Natural Methods for Deterring Garden Pests  

Thread URL: https://sparkpittsburgh.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12953x7661088

Review our Community Guidelines