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Old 04-23-2009, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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My Wife is 'insisting' that I plant tomatoes!! Lots and Lots of Tomatoes!!! She didnt get to can any last year, and we, the entire family missed the vegetable soups, and all the other things she makes with canned tomatoes! Man, there aint nutting LIKE a good canned tomato in the Winter when your getting those 'hot house' flavorless tomatoes sheesh!

So, I planted some Beef Steak tomatoes and some , (sorry, but since I am Italian, I can call them **** tomatoes...dont know the real name of them, but I know that they are great for sauces, and I want to can some spaghetti sauce this year..as my kids were facinated when I boild down six jars of my Wifes canned quart tomatoes one year and made sauce, and they thought it was simply delicious-->They didnt 'know' that I could cook like that LOL!), and some 'spanish tomatoes' which I have no idea what they are...but, we bought the seeds at big lots and I started them in starter trays in my basement, and soon will be planting them outside!

My Brother in law, has planted his onions now, and will have everything from lettuce to tomatoes and squash and a whole variety of things, but, my Wife is insisting that I plant tomatoes...OR ELSE!! ROTFLOL!!! Wimmin

Have a great day!

Jesse
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I've never seen any Japanese beetles and I've had the 4 O'clocks for probably 8 yrs. or so now.

I forgot to mention I need to buy some more snap dragons this year, only 2 1/4 of the plants made it through this winter.

For those that plant mint, it's best to keep those plants in a container unless you don't mind it growing like crazy EVERYWHERE it sends runners.

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Those of you with the 4 O'clocks: is it true that they attract japanese beetles and then the beetles die?

I have some basil and mint, but I don't think I'm planting many vegetables this year. I didn't get much of a crop last year. Too many critters in my neighbrhood eat them before I get to them. Oh well, deer and rabbits are part of life in Virginia. Even though they eat my veggies I still think they're cute.

I have all kinds of flowers, but the one thing I really have a lot of is geraniums. I have all kinds, all colors. They're just so cheerful looking. And in the summer I like having a lot of cosmos. I like the way they blow around in the breeze.

BTW, cosmos are the wildflowers you see planted on the medians in Reston. If you drive around Reston in August you'll see quite a display.
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:56 AM
 
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Oh, how I wish I had a backyard to grow a garden.

We have to make do with some containers on our back deck. We had pole beans, peppers, cilantro, and basil growing, but for some reason our dogs like the taste of seedlings and they ate them all!! So I had to replant seeds, and they're just now beginning to come up. We have mesclun and romaine, some cilantro and parsley and the pole beans sprouting at the moment. I'm hoping the peppers will pop back up sometime soon - they took the longest to sprout when I started them last time, and I'm hoping the cool weather hasn't affected them too badly.

Damn dogs. I'll be watching them like a hawk this time around to make sure my little seedlings grow.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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We have a seed/plant exchange in Herndon and I've been tempted to try the 4 O'clocks. The guy who always has them swears they work better than the bug bags and they look much better. Plus I like the idea of an organic solution better than hanging out a bag.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Damn dogs. I'll be watching them like a hawk this time around to make sure my little seedlings grow.
LOL, that gave me a chuckle. Dogs will be dogs, I guess. Mine used to do the same thing. At least you know that they're eating their greens.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:00 AM
 
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Oh, how I wish I had a backyard to grow a garden.
Hey don't worry yourself too much. Yards are expensive to maintain, and mulch, fertilizer, grass seed, lawn equipment is expensive too.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Hey don't worry yourself too much. Yards are expensive to maintain, and mulch, fertilizer, grass seed, lawn equipment is expensive too.
By the way, most communities have free mulch piles. There's a really big one out in Loudoun County next to the waste facility. I've always been very happy with the quality. If you go after Christmas you'll probably get ground up Christmas trees. Boy, that smells nice.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:45 PM
 
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Hey don't worry yourself too much. Yards are expensive to maintain, and mulch, fertilizer, grass seed, lawn equipment is expensive too.
Yeah, I know.

Friends of ours just bought a SFH on 1/3 acre in Herndon. At first I was a little jealous that their first home is so big, while we're stuck in a townhome with no yard. But then I thought about how much work they'll need to do to keep the yard nice, and that our townhome is right for us!
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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Big gardens this year.

The usual annual plantings:

Tomatoes: Brandywine, Fox Cherry and Jelly Bean, plus a bed on the other side of the house with Better Boy and Beefsteak. Peppers: Corno de Toro, California Wonder, Cayenne, and Banana. Lettuce: A mesclun mixture plus a bibb lettuce and romaine and some other kind of leaf lettuce. Carrots. Beets. Onions -- yellow, white and red. Garlic. Chives. Yellow straightneck squash. Zuchini. Black Beauty Eggplant. Pontiac red potatoes. Yukon gold potatoes. Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake Beans. Blue corn. Hale's Best Muskmelon. Dixie Queen Watermelon. Straight eight cukes plus a couple of others I can't remember right now. Connecticut field pumpkin. Basil.

The parsley, oregano, mint, jerusalem artichoke and rhubarb are perennials that are already going gangbusters. This year I've cut new beds for lots more herbs -- dill, tarragon, rosemary, thyme, sage, cilantro, marjoram, and a couple of others. And I'm adding more grapes, raspberries and blackberries this year. Plus two more apple trees this fall. I already have 8 apple trees, 2 peach trees, a mulberry tree, a fig, and a cherry tree and 12 grape vines, a dozen raspberries and a half dozen blueberries.

Unfortunately, the tiller just broke. But we added about 200 s.f. to the front garden before it happened.

I love my gardens!!!!!
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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Friends of ours just bought a SFH on 1/3 acre in Herndon. At first I was a little jealous that their first home is so big, while we're stuck in a townhome with no yard. But then I thought about how much work they'll need to do to keep the yard nice, and that our townhome is right for us!
I grow everything in containers, works out really well! Even in small spaces (such as a skinny deck) you'll be able to grow some nice veggies. Just use some stakes to support tomatoes and such.
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