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The Growing Challenge: Garden Check In!

The Growing Challenge:  From Seed To Seed

The Original Growing Challenge

Hello, all!  Welcome back – it looks like it has been a while since we’ve all checked in, so there should be lots to chat about.  I’m anxious to hear how it’s going!

Check In, Everyone.

Please check in and let us all know what you’re up to in your garden. Has the snow melted, and frosts past?  Are you battling heat?  Have you started saving any seeds, or are you still thinking about what you’ll save?  What are you harvesting?  Tell us all about it!

If you’ve written about your garden recently – or gardening in general – please feel free to link to your post here.

And thank you for your responses to our last check-in.

Who Are We?

So far there are 145 participants signed up for The Growing Challenge: From Seed To Seed, and we’ve reached 197 participants in The Original Growing Challenge. Together we’re an awesome support network for learning new things! Welcome, everyone who has recently joined. And if you haven’t already, please join us in taking a new step toward sustainability by growing your own food from seed to seed.

New participants of The Growing Challenge From Seed to Seed are in orange at the bottom of the following list, and new participants of The Original Growing Challenge are listed here.  Let’s visit, support, and learn from one another!

  1. Jules, The Garden of Plenty, Melbourne, Australia – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
  2. Jena, Married To The Farm, Caro, Michigan – zone 5
  3. Amanda, You Reap What You Sow, South Central Pennsylvania – zone 6-7
  4. Jen, Toward Arcadia, Michigan – zone 5-6
  5. Deb G, Bee Creative, Pacific Northwest – zone 7
  6. Greeen Sheeep, Wisconsin – zone 4
  7. Kory, Kicking And Screaming, Central New York – zone 5
  8. Abbie, Farmer’s Daughter, Connecticut – zone 6-7
  9. Margaret, Margaret’s Ramblings, Nottingham, England – zone 8
  10. SusanB, Southern New Jersey – zone 6b-7
  11. Karin, Fleecenik Farm, Central Maine – zone 4
  12. Kelsie, Hobbit’s Feat, Kentucky – zone 7
  13. Monica, Northern Ohio – zone 5-6
  14. Jen, Aaron-N-Jen: Living Life Simply, Iowa – zone 5
  15. Di, Path To Greendom & World of Yardcraft, Southern California – zone 10
  16. TomB, My Simple Home Garden, Central Massachusetts – zone 5b
  17. Judy, My Freezer Is Full, East Central Iowa – zone 5a
  18. Julie, Towards Sustainability, Newcastle, NSW, Australia – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
  19. Dina, Hip Chick Chronicles, Portland, Oregon – zone 8-9
  20. Alana
  21. Milkweed, Milkweed Diaries, Swannanoa Valley, North Carolina – zone 6-7
  22. Melanie J, Ember’s Lighthouse, Jacksonville, Florida – zone 9a
  23. Risa B, Stony Run Farm, Western Oregon – zone 8
  24. Maureen, Fotos By Meg & Suburban Sharecroppers, Central Valley, California – zone 9
  25. Amy Crump, Crump Family Blog, Chapel Hill, North Carolina – zone 8
  26. Rob, Rob’s World, Burien, Washington – zone 8
  27. The Rachface, This Evolutionary Life, Virginia – zone 8
  28. Janice, Going Off Da Grid Janice, California – zone 8-9
  29. Green Bean, Green Phone Booth, Bay Area, California – zone 9
  30. Daphne, Daphne’s Dandelions, Winchester, Massachusetts – zone 6
  31. Briel
  32. Jimmy Cracked-Corn – zone 5
  33. Lisa, Domestic Accident, Southern Coastal Maine – zone 5-6
  34. Hannah, The Purloined Letter, Takoma Park, Maryland – zone 7
  35. Suzan, Scrub Oak, Rocky Mountain southern foothills (6,700 feet) – zone 4
  36. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener
  37. Onemotherslove, What’s He Up To Now?, North Central Texas – zone 8
  38. Red Icculus, – zone 5
  39. Jocele, Knitting On Call, Idaho – zone 6-7
  40. Matt, Florida – zone 9
  41. Sara, Mama Craft, Canada – zone 3a
  42. Tyra, Tyra’s Garden & The Greenhouse In Tyra’s Garden, Vaxholm, Sweden – zone 6
  43. Inadvertentfarmer, The Inadvertent Farmer, Western Washington – zone 8
  44. Lauren
  45. Melody, Merrie Melody, Utah – zone 6
  46. Melinda, One Green Generation, Seattle, Washington – zone 8
  47. Michelle, Alpaca, Chook, Garden, Travel and…., Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
  48. Laurel, Nefaeria, North Bay, Ontario, Canada – zone 4a
  49. Mary, Freedom Gardens Journal: Mecar, Crete, Illinois – zone 5
  50. Susan, How Green In My Garden, Southern California – zone 8b
  51. Mary, Cat’s Fiber Adventures, Oregon – zone 8-9
  52. WIlla, Plants And Animals & Yumminess Ensues, S. Central Pennsylvania – zone 6A
  53. Jenn, Attempted Simple Life, Osgoode, Ontario, Canada – zone 5a
  54. Shibaguyz, Here we go! Life with the Shibaguyz…, Seattle, WA – zone 8
  55. Tina, Bee Content Ranch, California
  56. Cassandra, The Urban Trowel, Southeastern BC, Canada – zone 5
  57. Nico, Self Sufficient Life, North Germany – zone 8
  58. Sadge, Firesign Farm, Carson City, Nevada – zone 6
  59. Leanne, At The Good Life, New Zealand – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
  60. Jenny, Studio J
  61. Sarah S, Life At The Ranch, Northern California – zone 9
  62. Sarah Z, Ward Road Garden, Northern California – zone 9
  63. Christy O, Farm Dreams, Georgia – zone 7
  64. Jason L, Vegetable Garden Planner
  65. Annette, Ward House, Hot Springs, Virginia – zone 6
  66. Paige, Clausen In The Hausen & Out In The Garden, Saint Peters, Missouri – zone 5
  67. Rhonda, FarmHouse Style, North Georgia Mountains – zone 7b
  68. Kelly, Taurus Rising, Adelaide Hills, Australia- zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
  69. Laura, Mas Du Diable, France – zone 9
  70. Christina, A Thinking Stomach, Altadena, California – zone 9b
  71. Latigoliz, Cowgirl Up, Enumclaw, Washington – zone 8
  72. Lisa, Natural Gardening, Upstate South Carolina – zone 8
  73. Chris, Chattagarden, Chattanooga, Tennessee – zone 7
  74. Mary B, Tampa, Florida – zone 10
  75. Kathy, Birmingham, Alabama – zone 7-8
  76. Kathy and Skippy, Skippy’s Vegetable Garden – zone 6
  77. Katrien, MamaStories, suburb of Boston, Massachusetts – zone 6-7
  78. Maggie, Mama What The
  79. Christa, Lazy Toad Farm, New Hampshire – zone 4-5
  80. Emma, The Berry Patch, Sydney, Australia – zone 10 (Aust. 4)
  81. Jenny, Seeded, Toledo, Ohio – zone 6
  82. Melissa, Rabbit Hill Farm, rural North Carolina – zone 7-8
  83. Jessie Earth Momma, Pacific Northwest – zone 7b
  84. Catherine, Love Living Simply, Texas – zone 8
  85. Ian, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada – zone 6b
  86. Christy, Growing Human, Coastal Virginia – zone 7b
  87. Amanda, A Homegrown Life, California – zone 9
  88. Robbie, Going Green Mama – zone 5
  89. Pamela, Suburbancrunch – zone 6-7
  90. Beth, Potager Gardening, Columbus, OH – zone 5
  91. Tammy (+ her 6 cherubs!), Simply Beck’s Bounty, SE Tennessee – zone 7
  92. Ottawa Gardener, The Veggie Patch Re-Imagined, Ottawa, Canada – zone 5a
  93. Laura Chandler
  94. Lisa Cohen, Life Is In The Details
  95. Darlene, Stover Lane, Kansas – zone 5-6
  96. Sherri M, Sherri’s Mad Blabber Blog, Erin, Ontario, Canada – zone 5a
  97. Chad M, Minnesota – zone 4
  98. Shelby, Eat Local Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM – zone 5-6
  99. Linda, Garden Girl, Chicago, Illinois – zone 5b
  100. Stacy, Canada – zone 5b
  101. Joan, Young Girl, Old Life, Northeastern Missouri – zone 5
  102. Kim & Victoria, Living And Gardening In Idaho, Boise, Idaho – zone 5-6
  103. Sinclair, Nature With Me, Oregon – zone 7
  104. Jenette, Sacramento, CA – zone 9b
  105. Jennifer, Jen & The Bean Stalk, North Idaho – zone 4-5
  106. Laurie and Tim, Golden Gaits Garden, Colorado – zone 5b-6
  107. Phoebe, Cents To Get Debt Free, Southern Missouri – zone 5-6
  108. Megan, Raised On Sunshine, Dallas, TX – zone 8a
  109. Crunchy Chicken, Seattle, WA – zone 8
  110. Jenn, Jenn’s Coop, central valley, CA – zone 10
  111. Veriance, Michigan – zone 5
  112. Sande, Sow This, Sew That, Southeastern Michigan – zone 5
  113. Jenn, Newlyweds!, Texas – zone 9
  114. Carri, Home Of The Petersonclan, South Central Kentucky – zone 6
  115. Amber, Cloud9 Design, Texas – zone 9
  116. Jo, Little House By The Railway Line, England – zone 8
  117. Andrea, Colorado – zone 5-6
  118. Kendra, A Sonoma Garden – zone 9
  119. Stuff, Proactive Bridesmaid – zone 7
  120. LiBBy BuTTons, US – zone 6
  121. Healing Green, Gaylordsville, Connecticut – zone 6
  122. Carpe Diem, British Columbia, Canada – zone 3
  123. Trish, The Promised Land – zone 8-9
  124. Diana, Backyard & Community Gardening, Northern Colorado – zone 4-5
  125. Tricia, Little Eco Footprints, Australia – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
  126. Juliette, Abielle A Miel, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA – zone 8-9
  127. Ciera, Ciera’s Garden, Pittsburg, PA – zone 6a
  128. Kara, Garden of Eatin’, Canada – zone 4
  129. Vickie, In The Acorn, Winnetka, CA – zone 9
  130. Paula, Buckets Of Gardening Ideas, Idaho – zone 4-5
  131. Jennifer, Seeds In The City, Bay Area, CA – zone 9-10
  132. Anne-Marie, Cheeseslave, Los Angeles, CA – zone 10-11
  133. Shea, The Lion And The Little Red Birds, Australia – zone 4
  134. Vermontmommy, McKinney, Texas – zone 8
  135. Christina, Closer To Fine, Bay Area, CA – zone 9-10
  136. Transition Housewife, Suffolk, UK – zone 8
  137. Lori, Life In Webster Groves, St. Louis, MO – zone 6a
  138. Laurie, Golden Gaits Garden, Colorado – zone 5
  139. Nature Deva, Colorado – zone 5-6
  140. Bettina, Unterm Walnussbaum, Alsheim, Germany – zone 7
  141. Kelly, Simply Dawson, Columbia, SC – zone 8
  142. Berryvine Farm, NE Georgia – zone 7b-8
  143. ThePlantLady, Trillium Grove Farm, Southern Ontario, Canada – zone 5b
  144. Saara, Garden Journal, North Cascades, WA – zone 6b
  145. Melissa, Melissa’s Ramblings, Kansas – zone 6

I’ve added everyone’s name, blog, location, and hardiness zone. Please check your info to make sure I have it right as I had to guess on some of them.  And if I’ve left you off, be sure to tell me.

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34 comments to The Growing Challenge: Garden Check In!

  • Well been very busy in the garden and at work. I am taking a few days off next week to recharge my batteries, I can’t wait for tomorrow to be over! Anyway I will have a video walk through of my garden up on my blog tonight! And it will give everyone the oppurtunity to see how scatter brained I am and my messy yard and porch (OOOOOH! I believe that is what melinda and other filmakers call “A TEASER”)

  • Well earlier this week we had some very late scattered frosts (luckily not in my garden). Now we are having a heat wave. So May has been really up and down. It stresses the plants out a bit, but they seem to be surviving it. I’m saving peas for the challenge and I keep hoping they will bloom, but no luck yet. All three varieties are growing well however despite the heat. The tomatoes and peppers are growing strangely well. Much better than I would have expected since they were put in too early (I had a trip and it was in the garden or care by a neophyte, I picked the garden). My tomatillos were found out by the cucumber beetles, but I think I have it under control at least for now. Basically most of the garden is doing quite well.

  • From the blog: “If that was not our busiest weekend of the year, we’re doomed. Mowing, mulching, repairing, planting, watering, weeding, weeding, weeding …

    “Plants are doing well, direct seeding less so. [Parsnips a complete failure yet again]It’s either too hot and dry for the seeds, or drowning and cold. The yo-yoing seems to do them in. Most years, too, it’s either aphids-to-the-max or slugs-to-the-max, this year they are beating us up alternate weeks, seems like. Meanwhile, we doggedly throw starts at the failed spots in our seeded beds and keep up our other tasks — introducing new chickens to flock, putting the summer awnings on the south side of the house — alternately shivering in rain boots and staggering around, sweat pooling through the gaps in our sunblock.”

    Saving: 3 kinds of potatoes, sunchokes, Egyptian onions, Elephant garlic, rhubarb (by division), pussy willow, Santa Rosa plum, filbert (by propagation), seeds: peas, pole beans runner beans, kale, marigold. New crop anticipated: tomatillos.

    New trees: one new Italian Prune plum, 3 kinds of pears, 2 new cherries 2 kinds), 4 new nectarines (2 kinds), 4 new quinces, 10 Douglas firs, 2 figs (one of which died of the cold, though it was wrapped in straw and burlap).

    Our early-blooming apples trees will have no crop, but the late-bloomers will. Grapes are looking good so far. Potatoes are sprouting better than last year. Ground still cold: have not even PLANTED corn and squash seeds yet. We don’t save these as they cross-pollinate too easily, seems like.

  • M

    Busy, busy, busy. Carrots, potatoes, lettuces, tomatoes, tomatilloes, strawberries, fennel, shallots, green onions, leeks, cucumbers, cilantro gourds, sunflowers, lavender, and basil. Harvested ONE strawberry and a whole bunch of shallot tops. Too early for anything else yet.

  • I posted a garden update yesterday. We had a late frost over the weekend and I lost a few tomato plants- interestingly, the only ones that were affected were the few hybrid plants that I had. My heirloom varieties seemed to take it all in stride. Most of my ‘early’ stuff made it in late since we are in the process of moving and it took a bit to get the garden space ready to plant along with trying to rehab the house to make it livable. The garden is great- the house- not so much. The term money pit comes to mind….
    But busy, busy, busy…sleep is over-rated.

  • Stacy

    Hi Everyone!

    I have most of my veggies planted, everything but the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. So far the onions, peas, bok choi and lettuce are sprouting up. I always love when you see those first leaves poke through!

    Great to hear everyone is working away in their gardens. Keep up the good work!

  • Just finished getting the warm season veggies transplanted and direct seeded early this week. The newly transplanted tomatoes and peppers seem to be doing well. We enjoyed our asparagus for about a month (delicious!), and now they’re free to grow tall and ferny. Carrots, parsnips, beets, chard, cilantro and peas look good, but still small. We’ve started harvesting lettuce, spinach, arugula and radishes. And today, saw the first two or three corn seedlings poking out of the ground! Exciting! The only thing that’s been a total loss so far is the broccoli. Direct seeded it early this spring (which usually works well), but something chowed down on the seedlings. Ended up tilling the poor things under on Monday, and seeded okra, lettuce and reseeded broccoli there. Better luck this time with the broccoli!

  • Welcome new gardeners!!!

    Things are growing well in my garden, photos and details can be found on the blog –

    We’re regularly eating peas, arugula, and strawberries. We’ve also tasted some beets, delicious!

  • Great to see all the gardeners. I garden is growing strong, we have lots of zucchini, tomatoes, green beans and banana peppers that are ready for harvest. We hardly know what to do with them all. Its lots of fun. I will save seeds that we see the best results from.
    Here is my latest post on my garden.

  • SusanB

    After it seems like weeks of rain, we are having a week of clear skies and temperatures increasing as the end of the week approaches into the 80′s and night temperatures that started the week in the upper 30′s climbing into the upper 50′s. I’ve been busy potting on seedlings that I’m still growing mostly indoors (and under lights, argh) — mostly because everything I started inside is a couple weeks behind where it should be. I hope to start hardening off some of the tomatoes this weekend when I’m around to monitor. We’re harvesting herbs, lettuce, chard and probably this weekend kale.
    Meanwhile on the seed to seed front, last year I grew a large leafed shiso plant last year from a nursery start and, though supposedly less invasive than ordinary shiso (perilla, rattlesnack weed to those of you out west), it self seeded in a number of containers and my herb bed. Which is great for us, we love it; and the shiso I’m growing from seed is probably going to be tasty but doesn’t have the desirable big leaf. And the bareroot perilla that a friend sent me last year (which we knew to be invasive and planted in a contained place) didn’t come back (selfseed).
    Oh, and the weed taking over any untended space in my yard turns out to be mustard garlic, which although it may be taking over the world, is the kind of green we like to eat. No more on the compost heap.

  • We had most plants in the ground early and then had to cover them for a two night freeze (unheard of here). This is my first year of seed saving; however I think the squash and tomatoes will be some of the easiest to save for next year. Oh, and potatoes!

  • I posted about my garden yesterday- you can read about it here:
    The weather had been cool and rainy, some things doing well, others not so.

  • I don’t know if I’m on your list but I’ll jump in with a status update anyhow! Things are gorgeous here in Denver, Colo. We had a warm late winter … then snowy, snowy March and April. Some high temperatures early this week (90F) and yesterday and today we could pass for East Coast or northern California spring — cooler, hazy and gray skies showing off all the beautiful green.

    Our cherries are growing (last year we got about 12 cherries; this time the tree is 3 years old and we will have enough for pie and jam if our bird net works!). We also have spinach, kale, mesclun and beets growing from seed; strawberries from last year; parsley re-seeded from last year; a couple of volunteer potatoes at the edge of the compost bin; and my husband is growing hops from rhizomes for his homebrewed beer.

  • monica

    Hi all!
    We had threat of frost last week too. I don’t get how daytime temps can be in the 70′, but night can have the chance of frost. I was ready though.

    Chickens are settled in to their outside coop nicely, (no eggs yet, but I have the skillet ready. . .about another month!) Peas, beans, corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, red beets, carrots, lettuce, okra, onion, leeks, salsify, spinach, celery, collards, sunflowers, broccoli, parsley, basil, oregano, rhubarb, chives, garlic, strawberries, potatoes, and a pear tree. I had a currant bush, but it is not growing:(

    I wanted to get things in much earlier this year. I think the climate rapidly changes now from winter to summer with not much time in between. That worries me.

    Good luck everyone!

  • We are in an area where we can garden all year long (zone 9) but our summers are ridiculously hot. The hardest thing right now is waiting for the winter greens to seed so we can plant new crops! We have tomatoes intermingling with lettuce in the front yard and spinach bolting amongst the peppers in the back. I have never saved seed and I didn’t realize things take so long to finish up.

    Our biggest project (gardening in the neighbors unused yard) is completely planted and starting to turn her barren yard into a green oasis (ok, that may be a stretch, but we have VERY good imaginations :)

    Our latest post is pretty much an inventory of what we have growing….

  • Oh! … and fava beans! first ones this year in my lunch today … grown from seed we found in the back of the seed drawer from 10 years ago! We plan to save most of these as they made a really big crop.

    And: if you are using a (hopefully organic) lawn for clippings for your mulch, think about that. It’s pretty self-propagating, by root and seed (think dandelion!); some of it is edible; and it’s definitely a crop, just like a hayfield or green manure. Ours: three kinds of grass, white clover, dandelions, plantains, Queen-Ann’s lace, cat’s ear, wild chamomile, wild daisies, and other assorted forbs.

  • Interesting blog. How can I join in?

  • Still eating spinach that I started last fall, rhubarb, garlic greens, and green onions.

    I’m planting the squash that I want to save seed from far away from the rest of the squash ( a round zucchini and a hull less pumpkin), I’m going to save seed from all my beans, my peas, and my tomatoes. All seem to be doing great.

    I’ve decided to cut way back on the amount of garlic that I’m going to save next fall and not plant as much next year. That or make garlic soup.

    For the something new to grow I have lentils and cress to plant in the fall. Both of these are from seed grown locally.


  • I’d love to join in.

    I’ve been busily planting away. So far I’ve planted 6 blueberry bushes, 3 apples and a peach tree. In the garden we have tomatoes, peppers both sweet and hot, tomatillos, basil, oregano, mint, chives, onions, carrots, beets, chard, cabbage, broccoli, green beans, sugar snap peas, cucumber, sugar baby watermelons, zuccini, butternut squash and baby blue hubbards.

    Everything is coming up nicely and I have pics and updates in my blog.

  • Everything’s in and we are just working on controlling the weeds now. I have an update posted on the website from Friday.

  • Our last frost date has past and we are excited to have all our seedlings planted in addition to some seeds ready to emerge. It’s been cooler and rainy the past few days (but not below 50 at night!) and the plants seem to love the rain. Read all about it on our blog.

    We’ve been reading various resources about companion planting and biointensive gardening, and are experimenting with lots of combinations. We have peas, cucumbers, rutabegas & radishes in one bed; then a variety of peppers and the onion family together; tomatoes, basil, cilantro, celery and the onion family together; a section of herbs; next is brassicas (broccoli, kale & brussels sprouts), with onions/garlic, radishes, carrots, thyme; lettuce, spinach, endive, mesclun & more onions; there’s bush beans with marigolds; strawberries with borage and spinach; summer squash with nasturtiums; watermelon with nasturtiums; asparagas with tomatoes, basil & parsley; then we’ve got three sisters–corn, pole beans, winter squash and also their friend bee balm. Whew! Did I miss anything?

    By the way, somehow I see I’m on the list twice, #106 and #138.

  • [...] It’s so fun to hear about all your gardens – please continue to check in! [...]

  • Yesterday it rained in buckets for a bit, then hailed (pea-size)! Yikes! Things are looking pretty good, except that the leaves on the pepper plants are a bit ripped up. They are still standing and I think they will survive. I’m just glad I don’t yet have any veggies or fruits that would have been bombarded by the pellets.

    We are surely seeing how much farmers depend on God and the weather, and have over the years learned to live within their circumstances and yet continue to move forward. It’s a lesson for us!

  • I’ve got young plants in the garden, all of them that I’ll be growing except for a couple of squash (assuming that the rabbits don’t eat the baby seedlings–I’m not sure of their status this year) and some beans. There’s nothing to harvest except the leftover scallions from last year, but I’ve got my eye on some green strawberries, the greens (especially the rocket), and the parsley plants, which are doing much much better this year than they did last year. Immediate garden tasks: clean up the corner of the garden where those squash and beans are supposed to go and plant, and do a heck of a lot of weeding.

  • Still a bit chilly and windy here, but the majority of my plants are in – tomato, tomatillo, peas, corn, beans, broc, cabbage, cauli, and salad greens. The tomatoes are looking a bit worn and tired from all the wind so I may replace them with other plants that I held back for just that reason – I learned my lesson last year! Just waiting for things to really take off…

  • Lots planted but not a lot of action yet. Bare dirt is good for contemplation. :)

  • Oh, I am having my challenges with the new veggie patch! After the farmer ploughed it all up and left the big mess behind we have roto-tilled and hacked with a shovel for many hours but haven’t made much difference yet. The tiller was way too big and heavy for me so my husband had to operate it….not a sustainable practice. At $80 day it’s too expensive too! So, I have ordered my own roto-tiller and it was supposed to arrive yesterday….they now say Thursday but I am cynical so frantically shopping around for other sources too! They are selling like hotcakes around here.

    I did get two beds planted with seeds but have many more to go so I am not done yet… might be boring if it was easy but I’d like to find out if that’s true :)

    Plant Lady

  • First Harvest of they Year!

    3 lettuce varieties (2 leafing, 1 butterhead)
    some gorgeous radishes
    and a few carrots that somehow made it through the winter!

    I transplanted tomatoes, and started black eyed peas and shelling beans.

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  • Roz

    Saving bulbs…I had to harvest the garlic as the stalks were starting to fall over. It smells absolutely delicious! I will try to exercise restraint and save a couple of heads to plant in the fall…give me strength to resist the urge to eat it all!

  • I have a bunch of updates on my blog. Many of the seeds I saved are growing this year. From dill to beans. So far, this year has been great for growing.

  • Roz, did you get scapes from your garlic? I just harvested some from my garlic and they were yummy. I never had garlic scapes before.

    I suppose I’m due for an update myself. The tomatoes I’m growing for the challenge are doing well. I have about a half dozen little green guys hanging on the vine.

    The tricky part for me will be the saving part. I’ve never saved any seeds before so this will be my first time.

  • OK…a little late checking in! My two different kind of squashes (Sweet Meat and Lady Godiva) are going nuts and taking over the whole pumpkin/squash patch. I have no idea what I am going to do with this much squash! Guess I better get out the canner…Kim

  • I posted an update last week on my blog- the beans are looking very good. I am envious of Kim and her large crop of squash- I can’t grow squash to save my life!

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