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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 12:43 am 
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With the high price of food I decided to start digging again.
I gardened for over 10 years, but have been too busy with my dojo
This is where my garden was a few weeks ago.
http://www.hinghamkarate.freeservers.co ... bum/108672
Beginning with fixing the gate that was lettting in the critters.
I'll have to update it again as it's much farther along.
Right Now I have.
Lettuce
Chives
Brocolli
2 types of Tomato
3 types of Peppers
Peas
Radishes
strawberries
Cherry tree
Raspberries 3 types
Tomorrow planting beans
Remember Kanbun was a farmer. Great exercise as well.
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Wow, you're way ahead of us!

It's been a really cool spring here - lettuce is up, but I won't start thinning for a couple more weeks. Usually I'm three weeks earlier.

Tomatoes could have gone in last week, but I was too busy at work. Herbs are coming along nicely. Chervil is new for me.

The fun thing this year was planting pumkin seeds -- my youngest and I decided to grow our own lack-o-lantern. The sprouts are up -- I'm worried there won't be enough room (small yard).

Time will tell. :?

Bon appetite, Fred. 8)

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Pumpkins are fun with the little kids. Lots of water and fertilizer on those.
I am probably a zone ahead of you up there in Ontario.

I also have in eggplants, had to replant the peas, got them in too early and used old seed.

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My Dad lives about two hours south. Same zone as us, but always at least two weeks ahead. Darned axis.

Hey, Have you ever tried corn with peas -- years ago a neighbour of mine had read an article about aboriginal cultivation and mixing of crops.

He had the peas growing up the corn.

He had a third plant as well - a ground cover of sorts - or might have been a squash, but I can't remember for sure.

I do remember eating some of his bounty with him -- it worked out pretty well.

But my subsequent attempt at the same thing failed and I haven't encountered anyone else who's tried it.

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The last time I grew corn I was just about to start picking it when the squirrels completely wiped it out.
Squirrels as a rule won't touch corn, but this was a year when for some reason nuts didn't do well and the squirrels had to adapt to other foods to survive.
No keeping them out of your garden.
Nothing like corn out of the garden either. Even better than a local grower as it's off the plant and into the pot.

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Hmmm, it's fun to joke about squirrel recipes, but I've never seen one I'd care to try.

Good seguay into herbs?

I grow:

oregano
sage
rosemary
basil
thyme
savory
lavender
chives
fennel
and nastursiums - which I realize aren't herbs, but they add some nice zing to a salad. As do dandelions - though I don't need to put any special effort into growing them! :lol:

Most of them I use almost daily for cooking -- the lavender and fennel I keep around really just for their fragrance.

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Forgot to mention parsley and chervil -- I've not had much success with chervil in the past because it's quite delicate.

This year I have it in a well protected area. Hopefully safe from too much sun, too much water and ---- the dog!

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And of course a recipe to go with this great thread - I wish I lived closer to you guys the pictures of the garden and all this planting talk has me a little jealous :)

Asparagus with Chirzo

In a fry pan (that can go in the oven) heat
2 Tbs. olive oil
3/4 cup chirzo sausage (cut into small pieces)

remove pan and add
2 Tbs. olive oil
Add asparagus

Cook till tender but not wilty

add sausage and put pan in oven at low heat until sausage has re-warmed
sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy.

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I was digging up some raspberry plants at a friends house and he had asparagus popping everywhere. Cut off a bag or two full for the wife. I've never tried it.

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I love the stuff - it's everywhere fresh in the farmers' markets here right now.

Beware: it if you have a certin enzyme in your system it'll make your urine smell funny -- don't be alarmed!

When I'm pushed for time I'll fry aparagus and serve it on eggs with a little cheese, salt pepper, and a sprinke of parsley.

MMMMMM!

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We've just started eating carrots from the garden - a little small still, but really tasty! And fun for the kids to pull.

The lettuces have been good.

The squirrels keep chewing off the pumkin blooms so we only have one pumkin forming.

As squirrels are wont to do the little b*st*rds hop over, chew the stem till the flower falls and scamper off again without actually eating anything.

Squirrels are vandals! :evil:

The dog's gotten two or three of them, but even the possibility of death doesn't deter them from this abominable behaviour!

Next year I'll set up an enclosure, I guess. Ugly.Unless anyone has any better ideas.

How are your gardens going?

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This sounds odd...but sometimes cat or dog hair often deters the little pests...you have to replace after a rain...but the brushings from my cats usually covers my needs with plenty to spare. I put some in old nylons or cheesecloth and stake near the sensitive plants.

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Also, for those animals that taste it (i.e., not birds), you can also make a mixture of dry mustard and cayenne and sprinkle or spray (mix with a little dish soap and water) on the plants...be sure to test on a few leaves first....as this can burn some very sensitive plants...but it will give squirrels (and deer, I think) a hot mouth and often deter them for quite a while....again, reapply after a good rain.

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The animal hair sounds appealing -- and easy (we have a few). I'll try that first ---

Thanks!

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Chris, I believe the proper question starts with "Mary Mary quite contrary..." :)

Actually my boyfriend's parents have a garden at their cottage - we have been going crazy with the snow peas, beans, swiss chard, beet greens, spinach, strawberries, baby carrots and everything has been absolutely delicious. Now waiting for the tomatoes, onions, squash and corn to get going. There are potatoes there too but I don't like em, so I don't eat em.

Not to be cruel but the bb gun has put an end to the squirrels and a low voltage fence has kept out the deer (I only have to remember not to touch when I go in and out of the garden) :)


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