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ImageGymgirl
Feb 2, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Here is the TOMATOES forum, specifically designed for beginners who want to grow Tomatoes!
Imagejadajoy
Feb 2, 2010 5:08 PM CST
Hi Gymgirl! Will be checking in to get all your tomatoe wisdom!

Joyce
ImageGymgirl
Feb 2, 2010 5:13 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Girl,
I'm just happy to be a part of the great MIGRATION!
Imagejadajoy
Feb 2, 2010 5:51 PM CST
I Heard THAT!

Check out my "books" cubit and my "coleus" cubit. I think I like it here:-)
ImageJoannabanana
Feb 3, 2010 10:20 AM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada
Zone 3A
Hello,

It will be about a month before I start seeding my tomatoes. I had quite a few seeds left over from last year and bought a few more varieties. I hope we have a better spring weather wise this year. Last year we got snow the 1st weekend in June & I had my tomatoes in the ground. Still got a pretty good crop for the season in the end. I'm going to seed a bunch of Heirloom varieties.
Imagecececoogan
Feb 3, 2010 3:33 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
I'm going to do tomatoes and peppers for the first time this year. Hope all has good advice and encouragement here cause ya know I'm gonna need it. I don't even know the easiest or best varieties to start with nor m I sure when to start the seeds in my neck of the woods. I'm in zone5a, and know when my Dad was still alive he would start them around the end of March.. I'm new to this aspect of gardening. Perennials and annuals I've 19 garden beds................
the faster I go, the behinder I get
Imageherbie43
Feb 3, 2010 7:16 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
hi gymgirl - thought i'd poke around to see whats going on here and offer any help i can, if you don't mind.
Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
ImageSofonisba
Feb 3, 2010 11:09 PM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
I'm here! I'll be starting tomatoes for the first time in my newly built raised bed this year. Last year I had them in pots. I don't think I watered them enough. I'll try to do better this year.
Imageherbie43
Feb 4, 2010 12:03 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
harper - i always grow my veggies in pots. i cut holes at the very top of the containers and then i run a soaker hose thrugh the containers and attach it to a water timer. works good for me.
Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
susandonb
Feb 4, 2010 8:28 AM CST
Name: Susan
Hi,
I like to hang out with new veggie growers because 8 years ago my husband and I became farmers and have never grown a veggie in our lives. We have been selling our produce for 5 years now and 2 years ago started selling through our own CSA program. Our garden started as about 40'x 60', now it is 1 acre of growing space and last year we incorporated 20 4x8 raised beds into that. I also use to either buy plants or direct sow but that got too costly as the growing space got bigger, so Don built me a greenhouse. Now I can't live with out it. I started over 100 tomato plants last year about 40 pepper plants, 30 eggplant, cukes, squash (that was just for fun, I usually direct sow squash).
Last year was the first year we grew in the raised beds, I have mixed emotions about these, they did not do well but I think it was the media mix we used, it got too hot and dried out too fast. Well that has had a Winter to break down and compost a little so I am hoping they will do better this year.

After all these years of making the "farm" what it is, we are selling it and moving to MA in August, I am hoping to garden there also.

Well, I love to help and encourage people to grow their own veggies and anything else you can grow yourself so I will be around and hope to get to know you all. Growing veggies is wonderful, and so rewarding. After you grow your veggies pop over to my Canning and Preserving Cubit and then we can "put it all up"!

This is one of our corn plots, the guy on the right is my husband Don and a friend spreading manure in a bare section behind the corn where we planted Fall brocolli and cabbage.

Thanks Linda for starting these forums!

Susan

Thumbnail by susandonb

susandonb
Feb 4, 2010 8:28 AM CST
Name: Susan
Isn't this fun?!
Imageherbie43
Feb 4, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
reminds me of he movie"children of the corn". it scred the heck out of me when i first saw it. LOL

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
susandonb
Feb 4, 2010 5:43 PM CST
Name: Susan
me too that was a creepy movie. I only watch happy movies.
ImageSofonisba
Feb 4, 2010 10:27 PM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
Hi Herbie! We're neighbors, don't ya know? Do you remember me from DG? I live in Mahopac.

I think I'm gonna have to get a soaker hose and timer. Yup. That's what I gotta do.
Imageherbie43
Feb 5, 2010 4:53 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
sofonisba - sure i rremember you but it's nice to see a picture.
Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagebeckygardener
Feb 6, 2010 8:43 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I, too, am going to attempt veggies this year. But I am going to do the container gardening because the soil here is awful. Too many nematodes as well. I do seem to have good luck with containers though.

I will need lots of help growing these veggies as I'm a newbie, too! I'm happy to see this thread! :-)

I am making my own self-watering containers for all my container plants. I am still trying to figure out a way to make them look pretty as they are the white 5 gallon buckets from the fast food restaurants that use them for shipping pickles in! See this thread for what I am talking about: http://cubits.org/buckets/thread/view/732/

I look forward to sharing my experience and seeking a LOT of help from those of you who are knowledgeable!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagejadajoy
Feb 6, 2010 10:26 AM CST
I think I'm gonna ebucket my veggies this year. Looking for all the info I can get.
ImageTuliplady
Feb 6, 2010 1:30 PM CST
Name: Coby Pearson
Atlanta, GA
Zone 7b
Hi all, I'll be new this year too with veggies. Started something last year but had too much on my plate to concern me much with veggies. I did have 3 yellow peppers and 5 soy beans! No, enough to feed even my little fam . I'll do better this year with help of ral experts.
Too much to do and so little time!!
Imagebeckygardener
Feb 6, 2010 2:18 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Joyce - I posted some directions about the ebuckets on this thread. Check it out! Some of the videos are very good, too! I'm definitely doing containers this year, too! ;-) http://cubits.org/buckets/thread/view/733/
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagejadajoy
Feb 6, 2010 2:46 PM CST
Thanks Becky! I have my seeds, just need to make sure I can see fruits. I liked that last video.

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