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The Growing Challenge: How Big Is Your Garden? What Do You Love Most About It?

The Growing Challenge Advanced Edition:  From Seed To Seed

So far there are 108 participants signed up for The Growing Challenge: From Seed To Seed. Congratulations to Stacy for being the 100th participant! 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.

Thank you for your great responses to our last check-in – wow!  Truly inspiring, you all.

New participants are in orange at the bottom. Please, 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, 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 (Laura, where are you gardening & in what zone?)
  94. Lisa Cohen, Life Is In The Details (Lisa, where are you gardening & in what zone?)
  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

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 a few.


What Is Your Garden Like?

It is amazing to click through the links above, and ponder all the different zones in which we garden.  I think it would be fun to know a bit about each of our gardens…

So, let’s start with a simple question:  how big is your garden?  You can add a bit more if you like, for instance: do you garden in your front yard, your back yard, your windowsill, a neighborhood garden patch, a friend or family garden, or somewhere else?  And what do you love most about your garden?

Please feel free to chime in whether or not you are officially taking part in The Growing Challenges.

Leave links to your gardening posts, too, if you like. Chat away!

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35 comments to The Growing Challenge: How Big Is Your Garden? What Do You Love Most About It?

  • I usually give a garden report on Fridays at my blog:

    I checked in this morning to ask a question – how far apart should I plant different varieties of squash in order to save seeds that haven’t cross pollinated? Thanks, sesells at verizon dot net

  • My main vegetable garden is about 20×20 feet, but that includes paths, some flowers, my tea garden and my herb garden. The growing area for vegetables is probably close to 200sqft (18sqm). My ground slopes to the north, so it is a slightly terraced garden. The 4′ wide beds have the uphill path level with the bed and the downhill path about 6-8″ lower. So it is a partially raised bed. I have a pretty good photo of the vegetable part of the garden on my last post:
    To Pea Or Not To Pea
    Scroll down to the middle of the post to see the photo. As you can see the garden is mostly in my side yard, but a little in the front yard too. I like having my garden fully visible from the street. I can say hi to the neighbors as they walk past. The outside of the fence has ornamentals so it is prettier when seen from the street.

    I also have a fruit garden on the other side of the yard right next to my driveway. It is about 100sqft (9sqm) and has my blueberries and raspberries.

    What do I love most about my garden. Oh wow. I love so many things. I think it would take a whole post to write about that. Maybe I’ll do that soon, but I’ll pick one thing. It isn’t a new garden. It is an old garden. I’ve been gardening here for 17 years. When I started I had really heavy clay soil. A few inches below the grass was bright orange clay. The clay hasn’t gone anywhere, but the soil is now black and the top 12″ are light and fluffy despite my clay, though it still can crack when it dries out from a really heavy rain. In the photo I refer to above. If you look at the middle bed you will see a black splotch. The surrounding soil is very dry, but that is where I sowed the spinach seed so it is wet. You can really see how black it is. So now I love my soil. Good soil makes my gardening life easy.

  • I put down peas during a 68* afternoon on the 17th, and we have had mostly 40′s and freezing nights. Too early? will they die off? I don’t know.

    I’ve started almost all of the spring crops in the new greenhouse…er sunroom rather. Lettuce is already up, and a few broccoli and beets are poking through now.

    I have BIG things coming to the front yard in the next few weeks.

    The growing space went up by 50 square feet as I continue to find patches here and there to hide my edible production to suit the aesthetic sensibilities of other residents in the home. Ninja gardening indeed.

    I was surprised to find that despite the cold, some perennials have already decided its time to roll. Namely thyme, wormwood and chives.

  • Ninja gardening! I love that- my ongoing argument with my husband has to do with my not being allowed to garden in the front yard. “I like lawns”, he says, and I can’t convince him otherwise.

    I set up a new raised carrot bed yesterday, with purchased soil- I wanted something very loose. Today I will plant the carrots, tatsoi and pak choi.

  • Di

    how big is my garden? Well Hard to say. Not all of it is a veggie garden (yet). I have 4 raised beds totally about 55sq ft of space. Plus citrus trees, containers, and recently started transforming the front garden to edibles :)

    What do I love most? I love harvest time :) but my thing I love most is seeing the changes. Seeing things go from seedlings, to plants, to fruit, to table.

  • My veggie garden is 100 square feet, a square 11×11 feet surrounded by a little fence with a one foot wide path criss-crossing the beds. I probably have another 30 square feet of edibles sneaking out into the flower beds in the rest of the front yard. Since the back is deep shade, this is all in front.

  • monica

    Our garden is 20×30. We are also going to plant strawberries alongside the west side of the house. There has been no plants of any kind (except for the most vigorous weeds ever) for the whole time we have lived here. There are going to be a few blueberry bushes interspersed. Also, alongside the garage, there is a narrow band of dirt that had a woodpile stacked against it–talk about some scurrying bugs–EW.

    The best thing about our garden is that we are going to have much better FRESH produce than what we are going to be able to afford. We are going to try our own eggs–I can’t wait for all the good foods to be eaten out of the garden!!

    We do mostly wide rows for saving space & try to put plants that benefit the other close together. I have seen in some seed catalogs that many herbs discourage some bugs yet attract others.

    The hardest part is waiting for everything to sprout–everything else is great!

  • Ours covers about 1/4 of our acre, except the paths are in grass, so 1/8, at least for now. We have 20 veg beds, one flower bed (with some showy vegs in it), fruit trees, a small poultry operation, and a coppice wood.

    We like best eating our garden. Second best we like sitting in the shade in the summer and looking at it. So the chickens, but we can’t let them look too closely, though we bring them things from it, which they greatly appreciate!

  • Our new veggie patch is about four by two metres, smack bang in the middle of the back yard. We’ve planted some native bushes in the front yard, but mostly we’re waiting for the landlord to prune or remove the tree in the front (it’s growing into the power lines, and with the drought, it’s brittle and breaks in every bit of wind) there’s no point planting it all out then having it walked on by a chain-saw weilding bloke.

    We would like to plant out every inch of the garden, but we’re restraining ourselves while we figure out how much water we’ve got, and how much we can take care of. Mostly I love eating the results.

  • Our veggie garden is 15×20 feet in our back yard. We also just planted a berry patch next to the garden fence, and I spent the weekend planting lettuce, peas, leeks, scallions, carrots, cabbage and spinach. Consequently, it was 15 degrees F this morning. Hopefully, the seeds are okay! I guess I’ll find out if they sprout :)

  • How big is my garden? That’s hard to say. I share a garden space with a friend at his house. It is about 30 by 90 feet. We also have two raised beds in our backyard (about 3 by 5 feet each) and have black and golden raspberries along the fence line. But I’m really not sure how big my garden will be this year. We are negotiating to purchase an acreage at the moment and if we can come to an agreement we hope to be able to close by the end of April so I may be putting my early garden (peas, broccoli and such) at my friend’s house and maybe the rest at our new place. Or, if the owners of the property we’re trying to buy don’t play nicely, we’ll be sharing with my friend for another year. We’ve been gardening together for about 10 years so work well together.
    I feel like I’m in limbo but hope to have this sorted out sometime this week.

  • Stacy

    Wow! Number 100! That is so exciting.

    I garden at at community garden with the city. Our plots are 400 square feet each and there are 32 plots in our location. There are 11 of them around the city, and they plow and compost them twice a year. We pay based on our income, anywhere from 15$ to 40$ a year. There are tools and water there for everyone to use.

    I love everything about the garden; the sun, the dirt, the veggies, the fresh air, and the coming together of so many people to work toward the same thing.

    Thank you for your blog, it is so inspiring to read.

  • Umm…how big? Never really thought about that since I garden in “patches” and small plots. I’d say about 300 sq feet for vegetables in raised beds, planters (wash tubs mostly), and plots that I’ve dug up. And then there are the fruit/hazelnut trees, berries, rhubarb, and herbs that are everywhere. I’m pretty much filling up my whole lot (large city lot with small house) with edibles. Planted a hanging basket with lettuce yesterday…no space is too small to grow something! The only grassy sections left are the paths and under the old large apple tree.

    Favorite thing? Gardening brings me peace. Growing food/crops that are useful gives me hope.

  • Hard to define size because of my penchant for NOT getting rid of the spare seedlings, but finding a spot for them somehow.

    I use square foot gardening in raised beds with a total of 105 square feet. Plus another 50 or so very large containers, plus an herb bed about 32 sq ft, plus a squash area, plus corn on the side, plus…oh, well. Even the front bed with just flowers and bushes winds up with cukes and the like in it. I can’t help it!

    I also have fruit trees in containers all over the place.

    My favorite thing is the peacefulness of doing it. I love the food, sure, but it also gives a peace and satisfaction in the doing that doesn’t happen anywhere else.

  • I thought I signed up for this, but it must have been just in my head. So, officially, sign me up! I’m in Seattle :)

    I have three 4′x4′ raised beds, one long raised bed 4′ x 20′ or so and stuff planted all over the borders of the yard. I’m hoping to install at least 3 more raised beds this year (I might enlist the Seattle Urban Farm Co. to do all the heavy sod removal and lifting for me) and will be planting another fruit tree as well.

    I’ve got two potato bins, a dwarf cherry, a micro fig tree, grapes, 2 blueberry bushes and tons of herbs. Oh yeah, and strawberries. I’ve currently got beets, turnips, cabbage and a few misc. things overwintering. So far, about half of my garlic has come up (about 16 plants) overall and, since I killed my lemon tree, I might replace it with something else this year – Key Limes?

    I live in an urban area with neighborhood covenants (have to get pretty much everything “approved’) so that limits my tree planting choices – at least for the front yard. I would LOVE to plant an arbequina olive tree but they get pretty huge and that would be an issue around here (view covenants).

    I’d love to do some serious food growing in our enormous front yard with our huge front lawn, but I think I’ll need someone with design skills to figure that one out, lest it look totally crazy – again with the covenants.

  • Wow, olives, never thought of that!

  • monica

    What you have described is a co-op, right? We don’t have anything like that around here–people just are a bit more spread out. That just sounds so quaint and peaceful the way you have described. I love our garden, too.

  • Risa – I was just doing some research and I guess you can grow olives in pots to keep them small. Our local nursery (Swanson’s) sells them, so I think I’ll give it a whirl. You need a lot (like 200 trees) for making olive oil, but it’s fairly straightforward to cure your own olives. I was afraid of having a huge tree with greasy, oily fruit drop, but with a smaller container tree, it’s a lot more controllable.

  • I was thinking a tree in the pasture for the chickens to peck at the fruit drop — as with most of our fruit trees, whatever we don’t get round to picking. Are olives an ok thing for chickens to peck at?

    If you’re worried about size, is it that they grow humongous fast or that you take the really really long view as to designing the yard?

  • Stacy


    I guess you could call it a co-op! The rules are: it has to be organic, don’t abandon your plot to the weeds, and don’t steal people’s veggies. Everyone has a separate garden plot, and grows whatever they want. Some people last year grew nothing but beans, and others grew things like okra and kohlrabi. I have some nice garden neighbours with lots of experience who are kind and give me some of their excellent produce!

    What is your garden like?

  • I have an approximately 15 x 20 plot, the vegetable garden behind the garage, and an approximately 15 x 30 plot, the herbs/beans/greens garden on the side of the house. I’m shy, and diffident about my gardening skills to boot, so I like having my two plots behind tall fences where I can potter without anyone from the street seeing me. I think what I love most is seeing the transformation throughout the year–from bare dirt to small sprigs to skyscraping growth to fall decline, and back to bare dirt again. I also like finding worms when I dig–it’s always a little “my garden is alive!” reminder.

  • Our garden is about 20 by 30 feet, on the west side of our garage. We’ve gardened there for eight years (as long as we’ve lived here), but it was a garden before that. Who knows how old the garden is..the house was built in 1925. The first year we gardened there, the soil was heavy, dark, compacted clay, and extremely hard to work by hand. But the soil is so much better now! It’s still a heavy clay, but has much more organic matter in it now, and it is now easy to hand-till.

    What do I love about the garden…just about everything! I like how it grows from nothing in the spring to a riotous jungle of all kinds of plants, that include food plants as well as herbs and flowers (like sweet peas and lavatera). I especially like working outside and getting dirty, too…afraid I never grow up… ;)

  • I thought I had signed up too! I am using my side yard plus various spots in my flower beds. I planted an asparagus patch, strawberries, I have five raised beds (various sizes due to location), 8 wine barrels and a small melon patch. I am lucky (for growing) to be in the central valley of California. I have pictures and other updates on my blog.

  • We live on a corner and our garden is in the yard bordered by the two roads. It is technically our side yard but it is very much in view! We live on a very busy street so there is lots of traffic and lots of people viewing our garden, a great incentive to keep it nicely weeded! It is 32×44 so 1408 sq. feet. Plus the little greenhouse and our flower beds out front, I’ve got some herbs hiding in there.

    I’ve left the other small side yard for the children to play in, they have their swingset, sandbox, and toys over there. Not to mention grass. Other than the strip around the garden and the strip around the deck that is it for grass in our yard.

    I am planning on adding a triangular patch of garden closer to the busiest road this summer. Instead of digging the sod like we did last summer I’m going to try to layer it thickly with mulch. It butts onto the existing garden, and eventually I plan to have fruits bordering the garden on two or three sides once I’m done expanding it outwards.

    We are on .47 of an acre right in the heart of town. I love being able to walk and bike everywhere. I hate having to consider which my my backend is pointing when weeding! We haven’t had any complaints about our lawn being mainly garden, most people are very complimentary and love to chat as they pass.

    Half of our lot is a very steep bank with a creek at the bottom, it is all scrubby and a true waste of space. (Well except for being a great place for the children to play!) I’ve been reading a lot about forest gardening and if I could afford to clearcut my lot and buy fruit trees, nut bushes etc. I’d be hard at it!

    I love being able to garden, I grew up moving a lot but always there was a garden. It feels like a home when you can grow as you please. I only wish we could have chickens but our lot is too small to do it legally.

    I love so much about my garden, being able to grow food, the fresh air, nicely weeded beds lasting longer than nicely cleaned rooms :D ,the freshness and goodness of homegrown, having a supply for canning that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, an outlet for creativity, hubby and I having separate gardens so we don’t have to compromise or fight about how it should be, LOL! ….

    I’m learning a lot about gardening from other bloggers and I’m hoping that what I share helps others too.

  • I’m estimating my garden at 20×40 currently, but now I’m curious so I’ll have to measure it sometime! That includes zucchini, melons, potatoes, beans, peas, carrots, and our asparagus patch, oh and tomatoes. I’d like to do sweet corn between our pasture and the road this year, and I’m hoping to put in a big pumpkin patch at my Mom’s house. I have a little more room to expand here at home but not a lot.

    So far I’ve started some seeds but I’m have trouble getting my grow lights to work and may have to exchange them. I bought a 4′ light that takes T8 or T12 bulbs and I thought those were the bulbs I purchased. They fit in the slots but don’t light up. Any ideas?

  • I am in the Pacific Northwest in zone 7. I have 4 garden beds 4×20, separate raised beds with raspberry canes, and am planting strawberries, lettuce, peas, and herbs in other pots and raised beds around the property. We are on two acres, but only utilize one acre for living and gardening. We have a seasonal creek that has yet to hold water this year.

    I have sown several of my seeds in the greenhouse, but have put a few outdoors as well. We had some warm days, so I planted some shelling peas and lettuces outdoors. Since then, we have had rain, snow, hail, wind, and freezing night temps. They have not yet popped their little sprouts up. I hope they will emerge!

  • Rob

    My garden size- well lessee- I have a 2 raised beds in the front, 1 is about 2 X 3, one is about 3X8, the potato condo is 3 X 3 not to mention I have various bushes in the front yard (huckleberry, elderberry)OH YEAH- the “squash box” (raised bed) where i grow cuckes and zukes! in the back off the deck- I have my favorite part – the planter area- which is a raised part of the deck, that originally was a bench but I changed it’s use, to hold my pots. And in my back yard is the area by the shed- Another planter area- with a hanging planter area. Hmmmm maybe i need to take some pics?

  • I’m in Michigan, in zone five. Trying to create a vegetable garden in my own yard and create a community garden in my hometown. I’m starting five different veggies from seed now and planting another dozen or so veggies from seed the moment the weather is cooperative.

  • I thought I joined this, but don’t see my name so maybe not.
    Anyways, I’d like to join. Sande at, Zone 5.

  • I love reading about your gardens! I’ll be writing about my garden in the next couple of days – we’re planning it now, and seeds and roots are starting to arrive! I can almost feel Spring (even though it’s totally grey and gloomy outside here in Seattle). More soon!

    onemotherslove, Squash seeds… according to Seed To Seed (a great book to have, by the way), each variety from the same species needs to be planted 1/2 mile apart, or you can artificially isolate them (with insect netting, eg) and then hand-pollinate them. That said, there are several different species of squash, so you could plant some squash right next to one another and they will not cross-pollinate. All squash are of the genus “Curcurbita”, but then you’ll need to look on the seed package for the species name, eg “mixta”, “maxima”, “pepo”, and so on… If they’re different, you’re ok!

    Crunchy, awesome – I’ll add you! Covenants are insane – I completely understand. Seattle is very big on views! Sounds like you had a great time at Swansons! I’m so jealous of your fruit & olive trees. I think the key to keeping them small is to prune them well.

    My mother and I are starting to plant food in her front yard – I’ll let you know what we end up doing, as my father and the neighborhood both have covenants. ; )

    Jenn, will add you as well! Sorry – I may have missed you guys in my crazy couple of weeks launching the business.

    Cassandra, I think I’ve learned an equal amount of gardening from books and from other bloggers. Plus I’ve learned not to be so afraid to try new things from bloggers, for sure! Your place sounds beautiful.

    Jena, I haven’t used grow lights per se, only cheap/fake ones from the hardware store. ; ) So I’m not sure what the trouble would be. I’d call up the place where you purchased them – I’m sure they’d be happy to help!

    Sinclair, Don’t give up hope on your seeds yet – they may just be waiting for the soil to warm up a bit! It’s still a bit chilly here. : (

    Sande, will add you as well – welcome!

  • Can I join? Or am I too late.

    I live in Texas zone 9 and we just planted our huge garden approximately 700 sq feet, full of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, egg plants, watermelon, corn, peppers, okra, and lots more.

  • I am so excited to find you all! May I join? I am Carri in South Central Kentucky, zone 6. I blog at . I have started a Garden Carnival each Friday… I’d love for you all to link to it too!

    As for my gardens, I have 2 which are about 25′ x 35′, and maybe 100′ of square foot boxes. My husband built me grow shelves above our washer and dryer where I am starting my seeds. We are ready for cold crops to go out there, but it has been raining for the past several days and will have to wait until things dry out to get them in the ground.

    How fun!

  • monica

    I don’t think there is a ‘too late” to join. I started last July and there were some after me too!! I just planted a bunch of stuff outside–lettuce spinach, carrots, beets, leeks. I also have tomato, squash, herbs started in peat pots in the house. I can’t wait for spring to get here. I have to slow down a bit–we had a very hard frost last night and still a big chance of snow.

  • (Jennifer, where are you gardening & in what zone?)

    Ooopsie…..looks like I forgot to type in my zone …I am #105 Jennifer :)

    I am a North Idaho gardener zone 4-5

    I have 6- 4′x4′ and 4-2′x4′ raised vegetable beds and lots of plans for additions. We also have a small pumpkin patch, Raspberry Patch and Blueberries.

    The thing I love most about my garden is the peace it brings my soul, the harvest is just a bonus!

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