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I thought I'd start a yopic about this as there are some amazing gardeners on here!

I'm making my first foray into gardening. My grandmother always had one that I helped with when I was a kid, and I worked for 2 summers at a market garden and 4 seasons at a tree farm and landscaping firm, but I've never even grown flowers for myself :) so this year, I bought a garden plot at the community gardens and am planting an herb bed at the front of my trailer, with some potted Tomatoes as well. I have pics of the just planted veggie garden, but I have to figure out how to get rid of some attachments so I can put more on here :)

So let's see all yours!

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I was so excited about my garden this year...and then my stupid back happened. However, I refuse to give up, so I'm recruiting help from any of my friend and family who are interested.

This past weekend (May long weekend) is when gardens really get going around here so I got my sister and her boyfriend to come out and help me. Last year I promised my So that I wouldn't kill anymore of our lawn (he has this thing about lawns *sigh* lol), so in order to still expand my growing space I got a community garden plot.

I started my seeds indoors this year (first time ever! :D ) and successfully grew WAY too many tomato plants (three varieties), a few eggplants, a celery, three kinds of peppers (bell, jalapeno, and habanero), hubbard squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, pattipan squashes, and a sad little cucumber that may not make it.

On Monday we planted some of those into my community garden, along with brussel sprouts, onions, swiss chard, lettuce, corn, and asparagus crowns. I still have to seed in beans, peas, beets and radishes as well as plant some marigolds (pest control) and maybe a few herbs.

I still have to plant out the garden at my home, hopefully I'll get to that this week or weekend :)

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The plot next to mine is what my little planted plot looked like when we got them Monday morning!


Tula guarding the seedlings:


My 'grow-op', a few weeks ago:
 

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I am horrible about keeping things alive. And here you have to keep them alive and looking well year round. We Xeriscape so that has helped a lot. Basically the only flowers in our yard are ones that thrive on neglect. ;)

And let's not start on weeds....
 

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I actually shoveled some compost yesterday! A friend of mine is planting trees and a garden. He's part of an effort to restore some of the old houses in Youngstown! He lives in an abandoned apartment building that was once a mansion. Ben's planted apple trees, pear trees, and he's busy on a garden. Still in the manure-spreading stage. Oh, and he's pro-pollinators!
 

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I planted some more stuff today... my garden plot is almost full! Now I'm hoping for some rain... I don't want to have to haul water :)

I have red and white potatoes, green and yellow beans, red and long white radishes, spaghetti squash, zucchini, cukes, turnips, parsnips, carrots, peas, sugar snap peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, multiplier onions, pumpkins, iceberg, great lakes, and romain lettuce, swiss chard, and kohl rabi planted in my garden plot.

I have dill, basil, parsley, rosemary, garlic chives, asparagus, and a pepper of some sort planted in my flower bed, and two tomato plants in pots.

I think I'm all set!

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This is my effort this year:





Which... isn't food. :lol: We also planted some tomatoes in the yard, about 5 plants, but that's the extent of it. We have blueberries, cherries, plums, raspberries and pears too. Most of those we won't eat due to maggots... I think only the tomatoes, pears and plums are safe, the rest rot before they're ripe due to the maggots.
 

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That begonia is BEAUTIFUL!! I just don't do well with flowers for some reason especially those that could come back. These were taken the day after the 45 cubic yards (about dump 2 truck loads) was blown in a few weeks ago. I love flower gardening, but since I don't have much sun I have to rely on shade loving perrenials like ferns, hostas and coral bells and the azaleas that bloom in early spring. They offer plenty of variety in color and size and I like the hardiness of the shade plants I have.

My veggie garden is planted and off to a good start so I'll take some pics of that too later. The white picket fence area in the last photo is the veggie garden. I just painted the fence this winter and it looks nice all crisp and white. Wish it would stay that way.

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Marcia, You've got a little bit of paradise there! What a Beautiful job you've done! The Red colored outdoor furniture...is that what you were talking about for the refinishing project? If so, I love the pop of color!
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Yes, that is what I stained several week ago! I love it too. You can't paint teak but you can stain it. I hope it keeps that nice color because frankly I don't want to do that again. It took forever to get in and around all those slats especially on the chaises. a real PITA to do but I like it too. Thankfully the cushions I have for it are a nice match! That bench was a $35 yard sale find. It's a $400 teak bench!! Went with a friend to the yard sale and she passed it up so I bought it and she is hating me now because it's so pretty!! Oh well, you snooze, you lose.
 

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Well, it sure turned out Beautiful!
Your friend couldn't see what it could be! You did! :D
 

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Marcia, is that a river or a canal that you are on? (Or an odd shaped lake?)
 

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Guys, I am jealous! You grow things, and they live! Marcia your backyard is awesome! I will take a picture of my backyard and post it here. It is mostly dead grass :(. It does not help that we have been having year after year of drought here in the southwest.
 

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Marcia, is that a river or a canal that you are on? (Or an odd shaped lake?)
We live on a small fresh water lake (there are hundreds here in Va Beach). The lake is about 15 acres - not large. Our lot is called a "flag" lot with water on 3 sides. The house actually sits behind 2 houses so our front yard backs up to their back yards. I think we have water views out of virtually every window except the garage. The lot was nothing but weeds and poison ivy when we moved in 20 years ago.
 

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This weekend me and Ben shoveled compost and heaps of dead leaves and grass clippings! These things are great fertilizer! MAN gardening's hard work! Ben doesn't just settle for topsoil!
 
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