Is anyone growing veggies?

Last night they ended up in a noodle wok. You either remove the beans or cut the entire pod in pieces. However, that works better for smaller pods. It’s possible to let them dry on the vine and use the dry beans like storebought dry borlotti beans.

The pretty pink colour fades when it’s cooked.


Juicing time!

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Tomatoes and a homegrown chili:

I added part of a store bought onion, finely chopped. Most of the tomatoes were homegrown, but I diced up a few store bought cherry tomatoes that were left over too. Olive oil, black pepper and red wine vinegar.


Time to up this thread again, for @Whistlefish and others!

We renovated our house last year and the builders destroyed the yard. Then we had the wettest year in history so since April our garden has been a pool of mud. I just hope the rain finally stops soon so we can get started.


Huzzah! Winter is my favorite time for garden planning. I get crazy into it and then when the time comes for actually planting I fizzle out. :laughing:

The reason I was thinking about this thread is because I planted roughly 250 spring bulbs in the fall and…they’re starting to come up. It’s too early! :sob: I know for a fact that I planted them all deep enough. I know it’s been warm but there is for sure still going to be winter weather. I have extra mulch and may just have to tuck them in a bit deeper.


How are you bulbs doing?

It’s still quite wet here, but it’s finally drying up and this weekend I hope to be able to cut back the English ivy and get some grass seed in. We’re going on a trip so hopefully when we come back we’ll have a lawn.

I’ve made some plans for fruit, vegetables and bulbs, but first we need to get rid of the mud.

We have lost sunlight on the south side of the garden due to trees the neighbors have planted. Last year I deweeded a bed along the north fence and created a new asparagus bed.
This year I am claiming more lawn on the north side of the gaeden and rearranging all the beds. New potato bed (double dug), and any former path needs a double dig. Main path through the garden is now in the shade on the south.
A load of composted horse manure is also getting incorporated.
I hurt from head to toes. Aching back and a few blisters. But I am deternined to get it done so the beds can rest until planting time.
Weather is so weird. Mid March in Connecticut and temps in the low 60s. So confusing.


The chive has started growing! Everything else looks kind of dead, but I have plans for some veggies.


The first sign of spring!! What are your plans?

We currently don’t have a garden (a digger that had to drive through the backyard destroyed everything) but we’re going to fix that this year. We’ll probably not have raised beds yet but I’m thinking of growing some plants in pots instead.

I have some saved seeds from runner beans and wax beans from last years, and I think there are still some in the old seed packet too. I rarely plant it all.

This year I bought two varieties of heritage beans from Halland Sweden from a seed bank. One’s a sugar pea, the other I don’t remember. One flower cress that’ll hopefully brighten things up too.

Maybe some carrots if I can be bothered to plant some. I got a pack of spinach seeds when getting the heirloom stuff, but we’ll see how that goes.

We’re also adding three varieties of honeyberry to the garden. Aurora, Strawberry sensation and Blue rock I think.

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Reorganizing the garden to gain sun space. The neighbors trees are shading out the south side.

Redigging beds, moving paths, digging in composted horse manure.

The arches will have beans, peas, tomatoes, cukes and whatever else we may grow. It’s only March and we still have time to finish the reorganizing. The arches are 16 ft x 52 inch stock fencing. A pain to get home but easy to install. We want to add some chairs and a table with wine and cheese under the arch in summer.

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I always try to garden almost every year, but I must have a black thumb because I’m not usually successful. I’m down South in Texas, and we deal with droughts and 100+ F weather, and it becomes very difficult to grow over the summer. Still, I keep trying and I did manage to keep a rose bush from dying last year (I lost its neighbor, though)! I am also trying beans, cantaloupe, peppers, and a few other things from seed. I had to invest in some bird netting this year because those jerks eat EVERYTHING. Fingers crossed!

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Are there any native edible plants that might do better for you?

I’m not sure yet, but I am trying various things, including native plants. I have collected some yucca seeds that I’m reasonably sure should do well, and I’ve been taking notes from successful gardens around me.

One of the other things I’m trying is increasing the non-veggie plants in my yard, to hopefully diversify and attract different types of predators/pests. Maybe give the wildlife something else to target!