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.
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................
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.
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!
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.
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/