Hello everyone! I've sorta/kinda been a lurker for a long time. I'm a very very novice gardener. I have been trying, but I seem to not get much of a good crop of anything except onions and green beans! I'm hoping I can learn to do it right! I caught the gardening bug because my husband got congestive heart failure year before last and couldn't do the digging and planting himself and I had to do the work (he's not such a great gardener either! hehehe!) Who knew I'd enjoy it so much!
We have a small piece of property (64 X 150) with a 200 year old farmhouse in the middle of it. Mostly uphill, with heavy clay soil and two black walnut trees very close by. So, you see, the poor gardening results are not all my fault! LOL! I'm hoping to learn how to deal with all of that! I'm here for any advice and suggestions I can get. I'm interested in growing veggies, more than flowers,hence my interest in the 'Beginner vegetables' forum. If I can get the vegetable growing down, I might try flowers!
I have several raised gardens, one of them has strawberries in it. I'm hoping they come up again this year, although we've had problems with deer.. I planted garlic the week of Columbus day, and it's sleeping under the snow. I hope to see it coming up late in the spring. I also have one horseradish that has somehow managed to come up in spite of the heavy clay soil. That's pretty much where I am right now.
Thank you Honeybee! I figured we'd have to go the raised garden route. Last year, I planted too many things and didn't know what the heck I was doing so, of course, it was a disaster. Not much return for all of the work - and money. I did get lots of bagged compost and topsoil that I added to my garden last year, so maybe that will have helped to improve the soil somewhat for this year.
This year, joining Dave's garden was my first step. I figured I could be talked through it here! Thank you for the links. I'm definitely going to check them out!
You might consider some vegetable container gardening. You can get excellent results with tomatoes and other veggies, too. Container gardening is fun and easy for novices. By growing tomatoes in containers you can control the soil. Here is a good link to get you started: http://www.tomatodirt.com/growing-tomatoes-in-pots.html. (One note -- keep tomatoes in containers well-watered.)
But be careful where you place the containers -- as far away from the walnut trees as possible. They are considered "bad companions" for tomatoes. Walnut tress tomato growth by producing juglone, a compound that can be toxic or stunt growth in tomatoes. Forewarned is forearmed!
Thank you Honeybee and KathyWid. I'm taking notes here! I did try some in pots last year, but I didn't water them enough. That's going to change. I've bookmarked the 'tomato dirt' website and will check out the Organic Gardening link. I've already got it on my list of 'watched' forums. What do you both think of Square Foot Gardening? My husband wants to try that.
I'm going to be hanging on Daves Garden a lot, I have a feeling. :-) I can't wait for spring!
I'm in Chester Springs, PA. I grew vegetables for the first time last year in containers and I must have had some beginners' luck because I got lots of tasty veggies. I got lots of buckets for $1 at the Christmas Tree Shops, drilled some holes in the bottom and grew cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers (tho' these didn't work at all), lettuce and some herbs in the buckets. I also got a couple of big plastic beverage containers (like the ones you fill with ice and keep drinks in on a patio in the summer - I'll post a photo) and grew zucchini in one of those. I used organic choice soil from miracle grow although I think if I'd known a bit more I would have been able to mix some soil myself and save a bit of money.
I learned LOADS on this website last summer and I think it's a fantastic place to ask questions and also to read other people's questions and answers. I paid to subscribe and I think it was money well spent because I have access to a wealth of information and best of all lots of collective experience - beats a gardening book hands down for me!
Later this year I'm going back home to Scotland after spending two years here - I live in an apartment on the 2nd floor (3rd floor American as we count ground,1,2, etc.) so I have no idea what I'm going to do after catching the gardening bug last year!
Good luck with your gardening this year - you will get answers to all your questions from people on here.
Here's a photo of my garden, I build the bamboo fencing (free from craigslist) to keep out deer.
and here's the zucchini in the drinks container-thing
I did get a few zucchini from the plant although with the limited space it only produced one at a time although they did grow to a good size but it was fine for me as I didn't have an alternative. But I was really just showing the container, I also got this at the Christmas Tree shop for $4.
I too am a novice gardener. Last year I had GREAT success with ebuckets, developed right here on a DG forum. I chose this design because of the self-watering system, ease to make them, cost of making them was cheap, and the proven success others have had.