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The Growing Challenge: Come On In And Chat Away!

The Growing Challenge The Growing Challenge Advanced Edition:  From Seed To Seed

 

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Welcome, everyone.  Come check in – tell us all how your garden is growing, plus ask questions, vent, and show off, too!

 

 

There are 154 participants signed up for The Growing Challenge: From Seed To Seed, and 202 participants in The Original Growing Challenge.  You can join either challenge at any time.

 

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. Participants of The Growing Challenge From Seed to Seed are listed below, and participants of The Original Growing Challenge are listed here.  Let’s visit, support, and learn from one another – visit each others’ blogs and ask questions!


  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, Red-Icculus.com – 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. Nature Deva, Colorado – zone 5-6
  139. Bettina, Unterm Walnussbaum, Alsheim, Germany – zone 7
  140. Kelly, Simply Dawson, Columbia, SC – zone 8
  141. Berryvine Farm, NE Georgia – zone 7b-8
  142. Plant Lady, Trillium Grove Farm, Southern Ontario, Canada – zone 5b
  143. Saara, Garden Journal, North Cascades, WA – zone 6b
  144. Melissa, Melissa’s Ramblings, Kansas – zone 6
  145. Cheap Like Me, Denver, CO – zone 6
  146. Maybelline, Maybelline’s Garden, Bakersfield, CA – zone 9
  147. Heather, Heather’s Homemaking, Massachusetts – zone 5-6
  148. Aimee, Project GROrganic, Ohio – zone 6a
  149. The Cottage Comtesse, River Rock Cottage, California mountains – zone 3
  150. Rodney, Rodney Harrington’s Blog, Warren, OH – zone 5
  151. Xan, Mahlzeit, Chicago, IL – zone 5
  152. Jude S, Greenhouse
  153. Kelly, Patio Farmers Guild, Oregon – zone 8a
  154. Wendy, Greenish Thumb, Maryland – 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.  And again, The Original Growing Challenge participants are all listed here.


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Question, vent, show off… or otherwise offer up some fodder for gardening conversation!

 

 

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23 comments to The Growing Challenge: Come On In And Chat Away!

  • I’m not in the challenge officially- but this year is our first year growing vegetables EVER :)
    We planted from seed (organic!) in non-chemical soil fertilized with worm poo (lol organic worm castings). We’ve been using fish tank water to provide the plants with “fertilizer” or a source of nitrates.

    So far our peas have produced, carrots seem to be growing fine, strawberries (not from seed) are awesome but the garlic. Well. The garlic has not liked the TONS of rain we’ve had. Still alive but not sure how well it will do.

    Our garden is also a container-urban garden.

    I do have a question though- the peas were extremely happy for a few weeks, produced some pods, we ate them, and now things seem to have slowed down. Does it need more sun?

    We are officially urban garden converts! :) (and have given seeds to my parents to try at their cottage as well!)

  • Jena

    Maybe that is all your pea plants are going to give. I have some in my main garden that did great and produced really well. My second planting out in the new garden is not doing nearly as well. The seeds that did come up are growing well but they only have a few pods on each. I’m in Zone 5, btw. I think the late start just wasn’t as good for them as the cool spring weather. Enjoy what you have I guess! Maybe someone else has some better advice. :) Oh, and depending on your seasons, you might want to try again closer to fall when things cool off again.

  • We’ve produced about a cup of kale seeds, and dried a gallon and a half of fava beans and a cup of peas so far. Much of all this will go to the food bank gardens for planting on a larger scale than we can do here. Our garden is 1/4 acre. Follow my link, above left, for more reports, including how we are doing our fall beds.

    A shortage of bees has affected some of our crops. Most of our apple trees missed their bee/flower appointments during a cold snap, and now squashes and tomatoes are having similar troubles. We may yet resort to dabbing at blossoms with a little paintbrush! Thank heavens for the sunchokes, onions, garlic, rhubarb, beans, peas, potatoes, and greens, which have kept chugging right along.

    We’re using our solar dryer constantly now, making many batches of crumbled flakes of mixed greens such as spinach, chard, bok choi, kale, and turnip greens, as well as zucchini chips and dried herbs and medicinals. What it’s really for is tomatoes, but all we can do there is cross our fingers and wait.

    The corn is very tall and tasseling out already, but I’m not seeing a lot of ears so far.

    It will be over 100F much of this week…

  • Xan

    Peas and snowpeas have given way to beans, green and black (black ones are new this year). I’ve left the last 20 peapods on the vines to harvest for seeds. Seed harvesting is something I’m new to this year, so I’ve been spending a lot of these low-garden- maintenance summer days investigating seed saving, mostly for trading, although some (like the snow peas) I’ll also keep for myself. Right now I’m looking to harvest the snow peas (oregon sugar pods), an heirloom mustard, borage, and cleome, as well as two Black tomato varieties, Brandywine, and Mortgage lifter. Seed saving is my “growing challenge” this year!

    Still harvesting broccoli, lettuce (! in July!) and just put in fall crops of parsnips, turnips, beans, chard, leeks and cabbage (a little late on the cabbage and leeks, but we’ll see.) Last three went in from starts, others direct seed. Watching the squash and pumpkins maturing– they double in size pretty much daily at this stage, and trying to keep the evil furfaces from nomming all my eggplant flowers before they have a chance to “pup.”

  • Rob

    Goddamn Broccoli. I trnansplanted 3 plants to the community garden and it is growing like crazy. Mine at home- nothing, except one plant decided to bolt and now I have seed pods. As usual it is making me pull my hair out. And I don’t have much left to be pulling on it.
    On the other hand, I planted sweet potato slips this morning- does anyone know if you should plant the whole sweet potato or cut the slips of and plant them seperately? I did both.

  • Arugula and spinach have flowered, so I’m waiting for the seed pods to form. The peas (English, Chinese, and snap) have pretty much crisped up from the heat, so I need to get out there and see what seeds I can get from the last few pods left on the vines. Some of the lettuces are starting to send up seed stalks – I’m trying to leave a few of each variety to set seed, and pulling the rest for the chickens. The garlic has been harvested, braided, and hung to cure, the two biggest, prettiest bulbs held out for planting in October; the shallots will be getting the same treatment in another week or two.

    The lemon cucumbers, from last year’s seed, never did get going very well and have succumbed in the heat – guess the seeds I saved weren’t strong enough to survive long enough to set enough roots. Tomatoes and peppers from saved seeds aren’t producing anything yet, but the plants are looking good.

    I’m harvesting the first of the broccoli and early cabbages; the bok choi (Joi Choi hybrid) and kales are holding well in the heat. Two kinds of potatoes are snuggled into lots of straw inside their cage, and starting to flower.
    ~Sadge

  • And do go to Sadge’s blog and lwitness the well-made garlic braids; very goodly they be to look upon. :)

  • I switched my entire container garden to my easy organic soil:
    http://red-icculus.com/?p=214

    They are thriving, but I don’t have many pics up yet.

    Red

  • Rob-the sweet potatoes that I grew last year were started as slips. I tried to save slips from last years plants but they died on me. I think they got to cold over the winter.

    Peas stop producing if you stop picking them. They also don’t like heat and tend to stop producing this time of year (depending on where you live :) ).

    Risa-how do you eat your dried zucchini? I thought what I dried last year was a little tough when I tried it in some spaghetti sauce. I’m going to try again this year, but I thought smaller pieces.

    I’ve harvested pea seed and spinach seed. I’ve already planted the spinach seed to see if I can get a fall crop. Picked my first tomatoes this week, have a pepper that is ripe enough that I could pick it, harvested my garlic, and am picking a steady handful of green beans and small zucchini. I have an incredible amount of berries! The lemon cukes are starting to bloom. My shell beans are doing beautifully, as are the tomatillios. Slugs ate all the kale I’d started for a winter crop, but the swiss chard is doing well. No eggs from the chickens yet, but they are making a lovely contribution to the compost pile. Hope to post pictures by this weekend. That is if I can find the battery charger!

    Just got my water bill. It cost me two dollars more for this period-only increase in usage is watering the garden.

  • We like the zuke chips as chips — salted and spiced while wet, and the dried chips are then a good alternative to deep fried potato chips. I suppose we could do this with potatoes too but we like ours baked, creamed, steamed or stir fried. And they store better than zukes! If the zukes get ahead of us we cut them up into chunks and they go over the poultry fence, where they mysteriously disappear in a half hour or so.

    I like small batches of frozen zuke slices, thawed, to serve on pasta with the sauce over them. Chips can fill this role, reconstituted by simmering, but they seem to me not as good.

    If you can find a way to pasture your chickens around the garden, like a feathery moat around a green castle, you will find your slug troubles gradually fade away! This works even faster if you can let them forage in the garden during the off season. We won’t really have a “chickenable” off season but we expect to be able to have the ducks in — much less damaging to beds and plants — if you keep them moving.

  • Deb and Jena: thank you so much! I was very careful to continue picking them- but then it is possible that the severe changes in temp (rain for weeks, high 20′s-celcius for a few days- rain for days) may have made them not so happy. I forgot to mention that they’ve also kinda died on the bottom- but a friend who grew up on her family farm assured me this was normal?

  • The Texas heat and drought has taken its toll on our garden; even so, we still have 2 kinds of squash, okra, and peppers producing. Tomatoes are just about finished, as are cucumbers and all the rest of the crops that can’t stand temps. of 100+.
    We harvested a few cantaloupes, and I saved seeds from 1. I have some jalapenos, serranos, and banana peppers ripening that I will keep seeds from, as well. “If” I can get a Green Zebra Tomato to ripen before the ants move in (I’ve gotten 1 so far this season…all the others have become “ant hotels”.), I’ll save a few seeds from that.

    I’ve started planting a few seeds for the Fall season, and will continue over the next couple of months. I have beans just sprouting in a container; and Lemon cucumber and broccoli which will be transplanted into the garden later. Once the tomatoes are all finished, they will be removed and I’ll replant that area with…..something ;) ! I have a huge list of things I want to plant…but, time and space are in limited supply!
    Blessings,
    Catherine :)

  • Sick, sick, sick of zucchini.
    Tomatoes just keep on giving. Sliced, canned, salsa.
    Peppers are loving the heat.
    Eggplant is a delightful surprise.
    Watermelons and cataloupes have all gone bonkers.
    Pumpkins are taking their cue from the melons and flourishing.

    Problems: aphids, hornworms

    I need more room to start planting my winter crops; but the melons and squash just won’t stop giving.

  • Love those dehydrated zuchinni chips- I do like risa and dehydrated them but not until after spicing them up! And I was taking a close look at my broccoli, and not wanting to jinx it, I see little heads forming! BUt shhhhh…. don’t telll anyone!

  • We’re in full harvest swing here. Zucchini is coming out our ears as well. Some was shredded and frozen, some was dehydrated and the rest has been eaten until we’re sick of it or given away to anyone silly enough to take it.

    We’re also getting tons of green beans, beets, chard, cabbage, potatoes, cucumbers and herbs. The tomatoes are a week or so away as a result of our wet and cool June. The peas and lettuce have given up and gone to seed. I’ll harvest those soon. I’m also almost ready to harvest seed on carrots and parsnips.

    My tomatoes, aside from being late this year, are also getting killed by the rain. Late blight is in the area, but what is killing my plants is early blight. Its too early this year as well. I usually don’t see signs of it until the end of August. This year, many of my plants are in bad shape already. Despite rotation, I can’t seem to rid my garden of the blight spores. I’ll be building a new raised bed with fresh soil for next year that will be just for the tomatoes.

    The fall garden has been planted for the most part. I’ll plant some winter lettuce and greens in a few weeks when we start to cool down a bit. There is more on my blog.

  • There’s a lot of good in my garden, but as I titled another post this month, July is breakdown time in my garden.

    Our annual August beach trip also makes it do or die time for a lot of my plants. We’ll see what happens.

    Here are some pics I took today http://www.greenishthumb.net/2009/07/growing-challenge-good-bad-ugly-and.html

    This is my first update since joining you and it’s certainly fun! Looking forward to seeing sadge’s pics on braiding. I harvested my garlic a few weeks ago. I’ll take a pic for my next update. Love your blogs!!

  • I would like to know if any gardens are showing signs of exhaustion. Maybe I’m exhausted. The summer heat has worn out its welcom.

  • Deb C-G

    I’m thrilled we aren’t having to sustain ourselves from the garden. In my community garden plot the powdery mildew moved over from my neighbour’s overly watered zucchini to infest mine. We got two zucchini before the plants bit the dust. The tomatoes I planted in SIPs have done just okay. Definitely not as well as my neighbour’s tomatoes in gallon pots. I grew the plants from seed, so they should have all done equally well. But not so. I wonder if our heat isn’t too much for the less-protected roots. I picked the first ripe Brandywine tomato yesterday and bless him &^%$ my husband ate the entire thing like an apple. I didn’t even get a taste. The tiny tims are outdoing themselves in the 4 x 4 bed in back. They are hanging with tomatoes and beginning to ripen a few a day. We’ve had a couple of meals of purple bush beans, but the (new to me) Painted Lady Chinese runner beans have not put on a single bean, nor have the scarlet runner beans, which I grow for show, but always get beans from anyway. I planted watermelon for the first time and now have one coconut-sized watermelon! Another new plant to my garden was “dwarf” okra. “Dwarf”? It’s *miniscule*. Three inches tall with 1/2 inch long pods hardly bigger than pencil leads. My purple hull peas put on about two dozen pods, before the sun cooked the plants. Oddly enough some of the pods were green and some were purple. Thank goodness for the Farmer’s Market. But next year my garden will be *perfect*. This was a new garden and every year they get better, as the soil improves.

  • I say the same thing every year – “next year my garden will be perfect”! :)

  • We have tomatoes, tomatoes, and more tomatoes. They’re not from seed, but a couple are heirlooms, so I’ll attempt to save seeds from those. Our pumpkins and watermelons have just started to fruit. The broccoli bolted before ever really putting heads on. The peas have been dried up and crispy for a month or two now – didn’t plant enough to have a good meal all at once, but I will save seeds from the dried pods and see what happens. Garlic is harvested and hanging to dry in the garage – I’ll save a couple of the biggest and healthiest heads to plant next year. Carrots continue to grow – the last thinnings were about 1/2″ in diameter and 2-3″ long, so they’re getting there. Potatoes are still going, despite the fact that I’m lousy at remembering to pile more dirt into the bins. I could save a couple of those for next year as well, since they were heirloom / open source as well. I hope to plant fall crops (greens, lettuce, chard, broccoli from seed) in the shade of the tomatoes, maybe in the next week or two.

  • For the most part, it’s been a very cool summer here. So although we have _lots_ of tomatoes, they’re not ripening yet. We’ve started harvesting potatoes, beets and carrots. Green beans have produced well, as has Swiss chard.

    So far, we’ve saved seeds from mache (corn salad) and cilantro, and we’re in the process of saving seeds from radishes and lettuce.

  • The tomato plant I’m growing in hydroculture is doing great. I’ve harvested a few tomatoes. I took a big one and I’m trying to save the seeds from it. Currently the seeds are drying on a paper plate in my basement. I don’t know if any of them will turn out to be viable, but I guess the point of the challenge is to try something you haven’t done before and learn how to save seeds.

  • My squash are getting HUGE…I may have over done it on the manure this year, lol! I’ll be blogging about it next week. kim

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