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Old 05-29-2018, 12:56 PM
 
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Now, I am just chuckling to myself. Looks like you will be having $40.@ tomatoes like I did. By the time you get the supplies, get all the work done, spend more money fighting off bugs and critters, its cheaper to just go to the store.

Now, I have a few herbs that thrive on neglect, and two pots of cherry tomatoes that are doing well. Every year I think about trying a garden again, but then I remember.
I don't do it for the $$ i save or not save. I do it for the enjoyment i get out of creating something...something alive that thrives proportionally to how well i take care of it
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Old 05-29-2018, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I don't do it for the $$ i save or not save. I do it for the enjoyment i get out of creating something...something alive that thrives proportionally to how well i take care of it
I agree and I know what is on my plants, which is good. I also realize, after a couples years of starting the container garden I don't have to keep replacing the soil, etc, so the cost isn't nearly as high as the first couple of seasons, plus the fun of going out early in the morning and picking your own produce, what can beat that?
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Old 05-29-2018, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee Area of WI
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I don't do it for the $$ i save or not save. I do it for the enjoyment i get out of creating something...something alive that thrives proportionally to how well i take care of it
I feel the same. My spouse moans and groans about the water I have to use for the garden and how silly it is when I could buy the produce at the store. After so many years, I just stopped listening to the non-sense. A true gardener understands the joys of gardening. It's so much more than money.
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Old 05-29-2018, 03:12 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I don't do it for the $$ i save or not save. I do it for the enjoyment i get out of creating something...something alive that thrives proportionally to how well i take care of it
I really do get that.
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Old 05-29-2018, 05:52 PM
 
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I feel the same. My spouse moans and groans about the water I have to use for the garden and how silly it is when I could buy the produce at the store. After so many years, I just stopped listening to the non-sense. A true gardener understands the joys of gardening. It's so much more than money.
I picked up a 50 gallon rain water barrel for $20. Water problems solved. 😁
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:47 AM
 
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So i had bought a metal trap (live) for the chipmunks....after seeing that my green netting was doing exactly ZERO in deterring them from digging a hole under it and going in and eating all the purple basil i had!
Anyway, caught one finally, and as i was showing the trap to my young daughter, the f*&ker slipped through the cage and ran away. lol
time to step it up. So i set up the 5 gallon bucket system and this morning, caught a damn RAT! didn't even know we had rats. Maybe i should leave the chipmunks alone? maybe it was the rat who was terrorizing my garden and my strawberries?
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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So i had bought a metal trap (live) for the chipmunks....after seeing that my green netting was doing exactly ZERO in deterring them from digging a hole under it and going in and eating all the purple basil i had!
Anyway, caught one finally, and as i was showing the trap to my young daughter, the f*&ker slipped through the cage and ran away. lol
time to step it up. So i set up the 5 gallon bucket system and this morning, caught a damn RAT! didn't even know we had rats. Maybe i should leave the chipmunks alone? maybe it was the rat who was terrorizing my garden and my strawberries?

I appreciate your diligence

Not sure who is terrorizing your garden....frustrating. Keep at it...have you googled "something eating my purple basil"? At times that's my only way of knowing what's happening to my plants.

Your green basil looks great, mine just succumbed to aphids even though I used insecticidal soap daily. Will have to replace...
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I appreciate your diligence

Not sure who is terrorizing your garden....frustrating. Keep at it...have you googled "something eating my purple basil"? At times that's my only way of knowing what's happening to my plants.

Your green basil looks great, mine just succumbed to aphids even though I used insecticidal soap daily. Will have to replace...
I’m about ready to double or triple my basil “herd” by sprouting some clippings in a vase. Basil is very easy to grow in my climate.

I definitely have squirrels digging in my garden (and rats?) but luckily mine don’t like basil!
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Iím about ready to double or triple my basil ďherdĒ by sprouting some clippings in a vase. Basil is very easy to grow in my climate.

I definitely have squirrels digging in my garden (and rats?) but luckily mine donít like basil!
It should be easy here....going to get a new plant or two and begin using Neem oil and soap immediately before aphids set in...
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Old 05-30-2018, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Iím about ready to double or triple my basil ďherdĒ by sprouting some clippings in a vase. Basil is very easy to grow in my climate.

I definitely have squirrels digging in my garden (and rats?) but luckily mine donít like basil!
so far they have left all my plants alone, but many of mine are in high containers that would be almost impossible to dig in. we will see when my next couple of containers start to grow and produce. LIke you, my basil is going nuts and it isn't even June.
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