Calling all gardeners!

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I know quite a few of us on here are into gardening, with or without the help of our beloved pooches!  I just thought since we have a DIY thread maybe we could have a similar one for gardening!  Post your pics, favourite things to grow, tips, etc!

I will start - this past weekend Ray and I planted our veggie container garden!  Aside from the odd tomato or pepper plant this is a first for us.  I am anxious and excited to see how things will turn out!  Also would be interested to know if anyone else has done container gardening for veggies.  Here is our lovely veggie patch - voila!

All our containers

Tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, scotch bonnet, hot banana peppers, lettuce and potatoes!

Brussel sprouts in a Corona bucket - aren't we classy!

Red and yellow bell peppers, bush beans, red onions

Watermelons and zucchini.  Now we just have to pot up the squash and eggplants and we're done!

The gardening apprentice, muching on a seed potato.  Goofball!

 

Alright, your turn everybody!  I know you're all itching to get out there and play in the dirt if you haven't done so already!

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I love this!! I totally want to do a raised garden in the back beneath my almond tree but I'm horrible at watering (though Eli said he'd do a drip system) - so this year I'm finishing painting the inside of the house but maybe we will do his next year.

When I rented a house I had a garden - my summer squash did the best! Miles ate all my strawberries and I grew a pumpkin for halloween

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That would be great!  Drip lines are really easy to install, and pretty inexpensive.  At work the other day a customer was telling me that she made her own dripline by just running a garden hose along the bed and puncturing holes in it!  I can't wait for the day we buy a house and I can go to town doing real gardens.  This way I figure when we move we can at least take the dirt and containers with us...lol.

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I love your new pic (avatar??) sweetpea.  How cute!  And the garden looks like lots of fun!  Got some great variety in there.  Isn't it such a stress reliever?

Jes, I wondered how the house was going.  You did some major work in your yard - have the babies done well with it?

I love gardening.  I had 5 acres before we moved.   Now, I have a 1/2 acre - but that's for the house and yard.  No big garden for me.  This year, I have a "raised" garden as well.  Mine didn't actually get raised.  I'm out of town right now, or I'd share pictures.  I'll chime back in with them.  It took me two weeks of training to keep Reesie out of it.  It was his game he loved and I hated.  Me on one side, him on the other.  He'd run right across it.  Of couse, now that I said we've solved that problem, I'm sure he'll be back in it.  I'm having trouble with my tomatoes.  We've had so much rain...I think they're a little water logged.  My hubby said it could be a parasite making the problem as well (he's a landscape archt. who grew up gardening).  I'm trying to be as organic as possible.  But parasite??  I might just rip it up and start over.  It's still early...

Happy gardening ya'll!!!

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Oh other than trying to munch the mulch (organic, non-toxic!) the finished yard has done great.  I still have the back area to finish and I might get Eli to build me the garden box but now that I'm working two jobs, I don't have the time for much.  My Friday night "date night" is going to be painting the bathroom!! ;)

And blue you can only be so non-toxic.. got to weigh the benefits of both options and pick the best one.  If there's a nasty bug that nothing else can get but zapping with some toxic stuff, go for it. 

Hope you're out of town doing something fun!

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The Well

We decided to go green and build an aqueduct leading from the roof to a working well to conserve the precious water here in Baja.. Water is certainly a premium and so rare until the torrential rains flood the country side and it seems such a shame to let it all go into the ground and run off to the ocean that certainly has enough.

So off to the drawing board I go.. I design a gorgeous wishing well; all crafted in the same manner as the Colonial Hacienda owners used back in the ago's.

Oh what fun to have a well.. dunk the bucket down to the fresh water and sprinkle it lovingly on all the fresh vegetables...pick up the pesos the children will toss in there with their wishes...  and besides, Mike's Grandpa had a well and he seemed to think we should keep the tradition.

The design committee nixed my drawing.. "too big"

so I scaled it down..

" Nope.. cannot have a roof on it."

What's a wising well without a roof? I'm upset, Mike is thinking of ways he can get his well and his wife back to her normally sunny self. ( I want a roof dammit)

The poor little poso went from a gorgeous six foot Colonial wishing well with antique cranks and bucket with pretty Mexican tiles on it's adorable little roof to a hole

a four foot hole.. Oh it's deep enough to capture all the precious fluids as well as any creature who might wander by and fall in the silly thing as it's walls have been 'scaled down' to only a foot high... and it looks .... dumb 

So just to make it more obnoxious, Mike decided to put river rocks on it's puny little wall.. too small to be a pond, too odd to be called a well.. it's just this round circley thing with rocks imbedded in it's side.

I think I'll make a wish.................

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Thanks Blue!  I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures.  How did you train Reesie to stay out?  Dakota doesn't show much interest at this point but I'm afraid once we actually get some tomatoes on our vines...we could have a battle on our hands!  If you've been getting rain like we have your tomatoes are probably just feeling soggy.  At my work we have an organic fungicide spray that can be applied to the soil around the plants to keep soil-born funguses (fungus?  fungi?) and parasites away.  I will try to remember to get the name of it when I'm in on Sunday...better yet I might buy some and let you know how it works! 

Aww Katie...your poor wishing well!  Why wouldn't they let you have a roof?  Is it a bylaw issue?  Maybe you and Mike could sneakily build it yourselves?  I wish I could think of a solution for you :(

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Sweetpea~ Love the photos! What a variety! Isn't it just spectacular to walk outside your home for dinner! I had some friends who gardened with the bags of soil. Just started the plants right in the bags. Really cuts down on the water bill and the weeding, just as the pots! What's scotch bonnet? And is that a tender, young Corona sprout I see?

Blue~I'm eager to hear more on Dobie out of the garden too!
Katie~ could you have a circular roof without the top? Like half a cone?

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In the soil bags eh??  That's neat.  Some people are so creative!  I've heard of people growing things in grocery bags before, I guess you need a place to put them though where they won't be disturbed.  Luckily we are on a well here, no water bill for us!  Scotch bonnet are hot peppers, they are small and similar in taste to habanero.  Supposed to be one of the hottest peppers in the world...I have never grown them before, so we'll see how it goes!  I chose them with the intention of making my own salsa. 

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Sweetpea, tried the upside down tomatoes? Seems like a cool idea too! I'm anxious to try that one. Homemade, fresh salsa....mmmmmm!

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We have those at my work!  They are just hanging baskets with cherry tomatoes in them, but they've been forced in the greenhouses and they've already got tomatoes on them!  Pretty crazy.  I can't wait for salsa!

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Kate, oh your poor well!  I had a little well at our last house.  My husband put a board over it and put an upside down wheelbarrow over it.  Attractive, no?  He didn't want the kids to be tempted to push the board off.  But really, a wheelbarrow?  How hick... :-)

You are so creative, I'm sure you'll find a way to pull this off...

The deer are eating my green beans!  For crying out loud!  There are only 3 tiny rows of them.  But deer tracks all in the garden...green beans hacked off at the stem. 

Do you guys know what to do about deer??  I thought maybe Reesie and I could camp out one night.  My husband laughed.  We don't even own a sleeping bag. :-)

How are all the other gardens out there?  I love walking out and getting something fresh to eat.  But I'm scared of Scotch bonnets...

Reesie and the garden.  He would stand on one side and I would be in it.  (before I planted)  Paw in,I say NO.  Run across.  I say NO.  It was such a game for him.  He would sneak up (you know how a dobie looks when it's sneaking, right?) and then run across and I'd throw my arms up in the air and "firmly" say NOOOO.   Tongue hanging out the side, grin all over his face.  He got me.  Ouuuu.  It made me so mad.  I caught him in it one day and gave him a little pop on the nose as he tried to walk through.  That backed him away more than anything had.   But really, what got him, and I hate to admit it, wasn't something I did. He came creaping  up to the side, then just as he dashed across, he got tangled up in my hoe/rake combination tool.  I imagine it was somewhat painful, as he gave a little yelp.   After that, he really didn't try to get in it anymore.  Maybe when we get a little produce coming in, he'll be tempted again...

I've written all this and realize I haven't uploaded my picture onto the computer yet.  I'll post this then the pic.  Sorry!

Happy gardening!

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So here's the picture of Reesie (affectionately sniffing my garden glove - he came up and laid down unprompted by me with my glove in his mouth.  I am amazed.  Not at the glove, but that he would lay down by the garden!) and my little garden.  Lots of rocks.  I told the kids I would give them 1 minute of "screen" time for every 10 rocks they got out.  If that tells you anything as to the massive numbers of rocks in this very small space.  I just don't know if anything will really thrive this year or not.  Lots of gray clay in the soil and did I mention rocks?  I need 20 more bags of topsoil, really.  I think I'll add a little as we go, up around the plants somewhat and maybe by the end of the season I'll have the soil built up some.

 

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Oh Chris what a pretty garden.. I'll see your rocks and raise you one ugly well wanna-be..

I know some folks put rattley things on their kitchen counters to ward off the surfers... your rake/hoe/torture devise gave me an idea.. what about rattly tin cans.to keep the would be dobergardeners out.??

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Ooooh Chris, your garden looks awesome!  I like Kate's idea about the rattling cans...I wonder if that would work for deer as well?  I've heard of a couple of things you can do to keep deer away, homemade remedies so to speak if you, like me, aren't fond of the idea of using a chemical deterrent.  One idea is just to use chicken wire to keep them out.  Pretty easy.  Another is to go to your nearest hunting store and get some coyote urine and spray that around the perimeter of the garden.  Personally if I start having issues with deer getting at my veggies, which hopefully I won't (fingers crossed) my plan is to just sit outside with my rifle and wait for them, then fire off a few shots to scare them away!  (more hick than the wheelbarrow over the well, no?)  I'm hoping that having 5 dogs around will be enough of a deterrent! 

I love that storie about Reesie, it made me laugh!  Also love the pic...and I think I have the same gardening gloves as you! 

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Blue loved the "No" technique! Still laughing!
We must look and sound so silly to our neighbors! I say some really ridiculous things to Leo and I know the clown understands! 'Cause he just comes back with a one up number!

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I found some more deer proofing tips here:

http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/pests/2000053920004911.html

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Great article - I have some chicken wire.  And I have a rifle.  Ok, my husband's rifle.  Really I think I'm going to do the chicken wire and try the egg wash thing.  Maybe the old towel  trick too. 

You'd think 5 dogs would be enough - unless they sleep through the visit!!  I loved the rifle comment, made me smile!

I imagine we do look silly sometimes...makes me glad I live in the country.

I love the tin can idea.  Combine that with some aluminum pie plates and how can we lose?  It'd be my luck Reesie would assume it was a toy for him...

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 Here it is..

Ladies and Gentlemen... May I introduce to you

THE WELL.............

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Kate!  That's not so bad at all!  It's kinda cute actually!  Wait until the rest of the yard (is it a yard?) is finished, I'm sure you'll like it more.  It may not be what you originally pictured...What if you had something made to go across it with a quaint wooden bucket, on a crank that you can pull up and down? 

Just like this...minus the roof!


Maybe you could get a pergola type thing built overtop and grow some clematis or something overtop?  Might be kinda cool!  I think you can definitely work with it still!

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Now Katie, that isn't bad at all!!!  I agree with Sweetpea.  It is very cute.  Can't wait to see what goes around it.  What kind of dictatorship do they have in that subdivision (??) that they won't let you have your sweet wishing well anyway? :-)

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That looks a lot like the one I designed ( add a Mexican tile roof and a river rock base and it's almost exactly the same.. ) HOA says 'no no no.. can't have a wishing well. they didn't have wishing wells back in the "ago's"..' so now.. we have a ......

hole

( see above hole)

I hate the hole. it's a dumb ole' hole.. all the dematis ( do you mean clematis?)( or dermatitis??) in the world won't keep it from looking like a hole.Nor will a bucket dangling from a rod.. ( how negative am I????)

Maybe I can grow cactus that will overtake the hole.. maybe once Mike gets tired of fishing out all the drowned creatures who will pop their heads in to take a look and try to figure out why any one in their rirght mind would construct a four foot hole..then will jump in out of desperation to escape the neighborhood. Where was I? Oh yeah.. maybe he'll fill it in with lovely potting soil and I can plant a hibiscus.

Much love and many thanks

Katie the hole hater

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That's lovely! So show us the plans... What did you want? What did we miss? You sounded so disappointed, I thought maybe the guys had just stuck a pail in the ground! Maybe it wants an old log :)

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I can't figure out why my post didn't post?!

I'll never recapture my wording, but, I wondered if the well was on the front of the house or where?  What do you think you might do to blend it in with the surrounding features?   Are you still going to use it?  Could you put an old wooden bucket on there with ivy and flowers?  Would it just fall in and make more ruin?  What about tiles?  Humminbird feeder?  Put a board over it and then lay a rake across it?  Lean a wheelbarrow against it?  How about one of those little guys that looks like he's doing his business into your well.... I'm out of control.  This was my brainstrom session - you're supposed to say everything in one of those, right? 

BTW, I love the door in the background. Is it one you did? 

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Just look at these beautiful cactus blossoms...

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Oh, what a burst of beauty!!  Those are amazing!  Thanks for sharing.  I was going to post a pic of my growning garden (and my stolen zucchinni) but I can't get the computer to recognize I've inserted something into the g drive.  mumble mumble

Are you taking these to the new place or are these at the new place??  Any epiphanies about the you know what??

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What a splash of beauty! From a distance, looks like Shasta Daisies! And that patch of Aleo Vera at the base! !que bonita!

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Thanks Chris and Barb

These cacti are growing all over our community.. These in particular belong to some good friends who live in Colorado and only come down for the winter. (I HAD to take their picture and send it to them as they have never seen it bloom like that.)

It's been particularly icky outside.. We have a continuing June Gloom and absolutely NO sky... NO  shadows and no one can tell what time it is.. horrid.

Chris..Not sure what you mean about Epiphanies ...????

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How thoughtful to send the blooms to them! Bet they loved it!

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Here's a close up.. I think they are exquisite!!

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Katie, I love the close up and I was trying to tip toe around the well.

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Breathtaking! Petals, design, color ...
That would be nice in a bathroom!

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Oddly enough... the well.. has become quite the conversation piece of the neighborhood

It's gone from:

" Gee what a great idea"

to

" What in hell is it?"

to

" Hey.. that's a nice planter you've got there, what are you going to put in it?"

to

" Shhhh,,Katie doesn't want to talk about that big ugly stone thing in her front yard,..Feed her chocolate instead"

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Oooo Those are beautiful!  I've never seen a cactus in bloom before...didn't realize they even had flowers actually   Just when I thought I was getting so plant savy!

You must admit, the well adds character to your house...maybe not the character you originally envisioned but character just the same.  I still think it's nice! 

Blue, would love to see pics of the garden!  I should add some updated ones as well...my tomatoes all have to be repotted because they've literally become a jungle (this is what I get for saying, well, the tag says space them 24"-36" apart...but 6" should be good enough right?).  The leaves on the squash are the size of a dinner plate!  Lettuce is ready to eat (12 heads later I don't know if I'll be able to look a salad in the eye ever again), peppers are getting bigger by the day, and I picked my first bean yesterday...the only think that hasn't grown is the watermelons.  Not dead, just...not gettin any bigger.  Wierd huh?   

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I had a dream about this cactus last night! What about a cactus garden in the well. If you could select some that have different bloom times, you'd always have that beautiful strong colors right by the house. I remember a photo of the low growing pinks with Sof. Wouldn't they be pretty falling over the edges of the rock wall?
Dont reject the well! It's calling you for help:) Listen....katie, katie ....

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Sweetpea... what a glorious garden you must have..Havent' seen it since your adorable Corona Bucket planter.. I'll bet it's been outgrown no? Such pretty plants too as I  love the way the beans look when they start to wind their way around posts as well as your heart!

Repeat after me:

"Salad is good for me"

"Lettuce is nice"

go ahead... just think of all that delightful roughage you're injesting.. People pay good money for fibre pills.. lol

 

Yes Barb, it would be beautiful.. It would also be beautiful with a big Yucca tree sprouting out of it..with pretty color frothing in and about dangling their tender tendrils convering the entire mes.. It would be extra beautiful in someone else's yard!!!

alas.. It's Mike's well.. and he likes it the way it is..We made a deal over a year ago when we bought the poor run-down-needing-everything-including-a-kitchen-sink house. That I get the inside.. he gets the outside.. I repeat alas....

I'll bide my time...He will find that the rain water will indeed fill it up.. and along with the rain water there will be critters, large and small floating on the top and his wife who is busy "INSIDE" will HAVE neither the time nor the inclination to fish the stuff out.. The mosquitos will find it and then find him...

REVENGE OF THE WELL

It might be a small battle I've lost.. but my darlings.. it's the war I intend to win!!

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Still touchy spot, huh?
Okay, well, best to ya Mike!

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Sounds like fun for the Diva. :-)  Critters...need I say more? 

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Well just think...the outside is like the mere portal that guests must pass through in order to reach the lush beauty of the interior.  All memory of what they have seen only moments before will fade once they lay eyes on the splendor of Lady Kate's decor skills!  Sorry Mike...

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I see my "army" beginning to build. .haHAH!

signed

General Kate

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Girls, I've eaten 3 fresh cukes from the garden.  Got little tiny tomatoes.  Blooms on the peppers.  How's everybody's doing?

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There's a ditch of sorts on the other side of the fence in our 'new' back yard.. we built it up and smoothed it out and tossed every seed we could find from sunflowers to nasturtiums and some really aggressive succulent ground cover.. We have babies!!The queen palms we planted look mighty puny... but some volunteer canna lilies are blooming. Not going to do vegetables til next year.. but blossoms are nice.

Congratulations on your cukes Chris.. Soon you'll have salad every day...Wish y'all could get together and share SweetPea's lettuce.

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So nice to see photos like this. Here in Oklahoma we are in a severe drought . I just try to keep my bushes and trees alive I cant afford a huge electric bill on top of that we have only a well here and it can go dry if we overdo the watering. So anything I have is in buckets or planters.  I have a bit of a brown thumb my mother on the other hand can survive a stick if she wants to. 

This is my extent of my gardening skills 

 

 

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Lovely!  Orchids, Hens & Chicks, and Petunias yes? 

Kate did you know Nasturiums are edible?  So in away you've already started the veggie garden! 

These are the banana peppers, the chilies are about the same size.  Everything else is still tiny!

Squashes :D

More veggies...

And THIS is my tomato jungle!  Scroll up and compare with what it looked like 6 weeks ago - pretty unbelievable!

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Hey Chris I meant to ask - What are cukes?

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What a wonderful garden you have Janelle.. I love the way the sweet, dear, tender leaves look. Ummm yummm.. I'm hungry.. Yeah... someone had one of those girly teas a couple of years ago and added Nasturtiums to the pretty platter of lady-food.. Lovely..

U.S.~~~ pretty orchids..( are they orchids?) I've not had much luck with them... Bunnies eat my bulbs.. so it's pretty much cactus around here..

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Lovely Janelle!  Everything looks so healthy and growing so good!  Cukes - cucumbers...I'm not sure where I heard them called that...I was just lazy when I typed it!

I didn't know you could eat those Nastr. things...I'm going to have to type that in google and get a picture...I can't place what they look like.

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Here's La Diva napping in a bed of nastursiams.. some yellow ones have little 'lion faces'

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I never thought years ago I had my poodle trained to dig on command with gardening that would be a plus. The dog can get all its digging pleasure and you get a hole to plant something in. LOL> and yes thats hens/chicks. petunia.. and not orchids I think those are  Flags? I dunno. loll I need to start learning. I have sever trees` I have planted also some maples and one elm. they are doing fine. I hope this drought quits soon. They banned our 4th of July fireworks here and no one is allowed to fire them. 1000 dollar fine and jail time if you are caught setting them off. If i was rich I would move to the UK> they have such beautiful gardens there. and the land and house are so beautiful.. 

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The purple ones in the vase are iris.  Sometimes called flags...  dunno why, but they are.

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Lovely flowers...made better by the Diva of course, Katie!!