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#1 KristineIN

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:33 AM

We just sprouted some parsley, chives & basil in the window. I can't wait for spring. It's our first spring in this house and we are going to do a small garden. I have been getting houseplants and have repotted a few, but am really ready to start seeds, but it's too early for Indiana!

Anyone else growing anything right now?
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#2 genie

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:52 AM

Oh, I so want to get some herbs started. Everything is pretty much frozen outside, so that is really my only option right now. I would love to grow basil, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, chives, and parsley. I know absolutely nothing about growing herbs indoors (or outdoors for that matter). Guess it's time to learn eh? Maybe I will do that on our unplanned day off today. :p

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:57 AM

The girls got a "biblical garden" and "sensory garden" from grandma for Christmas, so we planted them about a week ago in their windows. They've sprouted well, we'll see how they grow. Now I have to remember to open their blinds each morning so the gardens get some light!

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 12:05 PM

I have carrots in the garden that WERE doing okay, but it's snowed a bit lately, so I need to go check on them. I think I could grow a few things outside year round here (in N. Georgia) except that we have so many trees and the sun's so low in the sky that the garden gets pretty much no direct sun for a few months (it doesn't get much even at the best of times). I keep meaning to get a window box (to keeps cats and little fingers away) and grow some stuff inside...I hear turnips will grow ridiculously well, even in a non-sunny window. I don't know how I'll get anybody here to eat turnips, though....

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 12:50 PM

Do you mean anything besides the mold in the fridge? ;) Nothing growing around here.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 12:53 PM

Just a couple of little girls. :)

#7 Liz CA

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:02 PM

I am not growing anything just yet. In years past, I have started tomato seedlings on the window sill as early as late February.
We are trying to have a larger veggie garden this year. We have been in this house for 2.5 years and the outside landscaping is still very much a work in progress.
Is there a way to figure out how many veggies I should grow for a 3-people family, with one member being a ravenous 16 yo ds who forages in the garden and eats the beans off the stalks before they make it into the kitchen? How many plants per person or some formula? I know it still depends on the yield of the individual plant but I'd like to approach it in a more organized fashion.

In the past, I have gone crazy with the Burpee and Henry Field's catalogs and usually had either too much of something or not enough of another.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:10 PM

The girls got a "biblical garden" and "sensory garden" from grandma for Christmas, so we planted them about a week ago in their windows. They've sprouted well, we'll see how they grow. Now I have to remember to open their blinds each morning so the gardens get some light!


Are you Aubrey from the old board with dh in seminary?
If so, you've been on my mind lately. :D

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:25 PM

Just a couple of little girls. :)

- that's a good one! :) I guess I can say I'm growing a baby!
I have vowed at least 10 times that I will not start planting too early this year. I did try wintersowing for the first time last year, but haven't thought about it yet this year.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:31 PM

I have been sprouting too. It is too cold outside to grow anything. But, I did plant my bulbs just before it started freezing. I hope to have some lovely tulips and daffodills in the spring.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:34 PM

Do you mean anything besides the mold in the fridge? ;) Nothing growing around here.


LOL! I think I can say I've got nothing growing around here, especially since I found the JalapeƱo slices that had...uh....turned last night :eek:.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:36 PM

I still have lots of flowers on my rosebushes, so it's hard to prune them, but I'm working my way through anyway!

I just planted up some pots of shade flowers. Put in a few annuals. I'm getting ready to plant my vegetable garden, I'll start in February.

I also am going to be planting eight new rosebushes as soon as they arrive from the grower. That'll be beginning of February.

I picked a ton of carrots yesterday. My broccoli is flowering, and I'll probably be harvesting that soon!
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#13 Michelle T

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:38 PM

<<<Is there a way to figure out how many veggies I should grow for a 3-people family, with one member being a ravenous 16 yo ds who forages in the garden and eats the beans off the stalks before they make it into the kitchen? How many plants per person or some formula? I know it still depends on the yield of the individual plant but I'd like to approach it in a more organized fashion>>>.

I'm converting to square foot gardening, and I haven't found guidelines for exactly how much to plant of various veggies in order to have the right amount for my family of three. I'd love to hear from others!
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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:42 PM

I'm only growing older...

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:47 PM

Beside lots of house plants, I have spinach in a cold frame in the garden left over from last fall. Thanks to the mild winter, it is doing pretty well.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 02:25 PM

Now is the time to plant onion sets in our garden. We bought the sets, but the weather turned COLD and I've wimped out. Next semi-warm day, these babies go in the ground. Here in Texas, now is a good time to plant broccoli and cauliflower, too.

I've got rosemary as a perennial, as well as some oregano and chives in a pot. I think I'll sow some lettuce and spinach in pots on the back porch. In February I'll plant some petunia seeds, maybe some other things as well.

For now, I'm enjoying my flower photos from last summer and dreaming of HOT weather.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 05:36 PM

Just bumping this up. I saw that someone was looking for this thread. BTW I found it by putting "gardening" in the search window.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 05:51 PM

Yes!!!! Dh gave me an aerogarden with the herb seed set for christmas. I planted the evening of December 25th and today we harvested enough italian basil to cover a whole cookie sheet size pizza. There was enough chives to harvest for the pizza and the dill is going crazy so I am going to use a bunch of that tonight on potatoes. The other herbs are growing well and will need a trim next week along with another harvest of the basil and chives. Yummy, I love my aerogarden.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 06:01 PM

You mean, counting the grow-op in the basement? ;) Just kidding!

The only thing growing here is the bulbs I got for Christmas -- a huge sack full of paperwhites. They're in every container I could find and in every room. Lovely! :)

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 07:29 PM

Yes!!!! Dh gave me an aerogarden with the herb seed set for christmas.



Oooooh! I saw that in a catalog and wondered how well it worked. So can you use regular seeds, or must you buy specific ones from the company? Have you grown herbs before the "old-fashioned" way? What would you say is the main advantage of using the aerogarden?

#21 Chris in VA

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:56 PM

Older? Today's my birthday. lol

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:03 PM

Oooooh! I saw that in a catalog and wondered how well it worked. So can you use regular seeds, or must you buy specific ones from the company? Have you grown herbs before the "old-fashioned" way? What would you say is the main advantage of using the aerogarden?



I would like to know the answer to this also. I think they look neat, but do they hold up to being worth it?

That's pretty good growing in less than a month.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:22 PM

John Jeavon's book is the go-to source for this! "How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine." Whether you want to use his "bio-intensive" method or not, the tables of information in the back of the book are SO helpful for figuring out how much of each kind of food you might aim for to get the yield you want. I think it also helps you figure out the yield you want :)

I borrowed it from my library, so my recollection is not 100%, other than that those tables are amazingly helpful.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:27 PM

Sprouts (for eating) & spring greens are on my mind. Now that the holidays are over and all that, I remember that I promised myself I would try both this winter.

I have a sunroom, so I could sow lettuces etc. in containers I've been saving that are really too big for seed starting, and they would get cool nights and all the sun they could want (except on gray days). I guess this means I can go buy some seeds!

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:59 PM

John Jeavon's book is the go-to source for this! "How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine." Whether you want to use his "bio-intensive" method or not, the tables of information in the back of the book are SO helpful for figuring out how much of each kind of food you might aim for to get the yield you want. I think it also helps you figure out the yield you want :)

I borrowed it from my library, so my recollection is not 100%, other than that those tables are amazingly helpful.


Thank you so much for this info, Barbara! I'll check my library.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 10:38 AM

I'm growing a whole bunch of romaine in my AeroGarden. I LOVE IT! DH bought it for me last year. Let me first say that I have a black thumb. My AeroGarden makes me look like a master gardener. :)

My first round was the herbs. They grew like crazy! I always had fresh herbs on hand, and generally more than I could use. We tried lots of new recipes just because I'd have a plethora of dill or basil to use up.

This time, I decided to go for the romaine lettuce because I like salads. It's doing wonderful! I can have a small salad every day. I actually want to buy another AeroGarden, so that I can do the peppers or tomatoes at the same time, but I think we're going to try to do a square foot garden and can this year.

Someone asked about the seeds. You buy the seed kits from the company (or at stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond) for less than $20. It comes with the seed inside of some sort of sponge that you drop into the AeroGarden. I also believe that they have either released or will soon be releasing the sponge kits so that you can plant your own seeds.

I really could be a walking informercial for AeroGarden - I enjoy it that much! I don't anticipate buying another seed kit until this fall when I can no longer grow anything outdoors. It's perfect for the winter, and so pleasant to have fresh veggies or herbs growing in the middle of the cold winter! Since I first bought my AeroGarden, they have released so many more seed kits - the hard part is figuring out what I will grow next. My oldest DS is begging for the strawberries. :)

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 03:47 AM

Exactly what Jeanne said about the aerogarden including having a hard time deciding what to grow next and my oldest begging for the strawberries ...lol.

I used to keep a big veggie and herb garden when I lived in CA. Nothing like that will grow here without a greenhouse because we are too cold and windy all year (literally two blocks from the ocean).