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any gardeners here on pt?

I am in northern Florida gearing up to grow what I hope to be tons and tons of veggies in my own garden. It is very relaxing and hopefully I can get some tomatoes going. Anyone have any tips, especially for growing things in the deep south!

Wed. Mar 5, 8:57pm

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Hey, I am in central Florida and just planted some swiss chard seeds and have other hardy seeds to plant. I would love to have tons of veggies from my garden, but I'm not very good with plants.

I guess I didn't help, just wanted to say I am with you!

Thursday, March 06, 2008, 8:52 AM

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Grow Tomatoes in Florida

I have had great results growing tomatoes- there is a lot of sun here, and as long as you keep the plants watered you should have nice yield. I also have some fruit trees, but you need to make sure they are well protected when the wind blows. I have lost many small trees during hurricanes and tropical storms. Even a bad thunderstorm can take out plants and small trees.

Thursday, March 06, 2008, 8:58 AM

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Well, I am in upstate NY so I can't offer much help in Florida, but good luck and grow lots of extras to freeze to get you through the non-growing season ( if there is one in Florida??)

Thursday, March 06, 2008, 8:02 PM

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I grew up in Fla but now live in the mountains of North Carolina. I LOVE gardneing. I started with tomatoes in containers and last year had several vegetables and cantaloupe. Of course herbs in containers on the porch. The growing season is shorter up here but right now people are putting in lettuce and spinach.

The first bite I took out of a tomato I had grown took me back to my childhood. There is no comparison to the ones you get in the grocery store. There is also no comparison to the feeling you get from preparing and eating a meal you made from something you have grown. I have neighbors that have gardens and we exchange vegies (my squash for someone else's corn). At the end of the season we have a salsa party next door. Everyone brings their tomatoes and our neighbor (originally from Arizona) supplies all the peppers they have grown. We bottle the stuff and everyone goes home with salsa. Makes great Christmas presents.

Friday, March 07, 2008, 8:51 AM

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I'm in MN and I have had a garden for 3 years now. I've already bought my seed and planned the garden for this summer. My family and I eat nothing but organic veggies from our garden in the summer. In winter, it's hard to go back to store boughten veggies. I also have 16 apple trees, 2 pear trees, 2 peach trees, 2 cherry trees, 8 grape vines, 4 calling birds, 3 french hens..... I love that I can go to my backyard and pick fresh things for my family. My 6 and 7 year old children love helping in the garden, too, which makes it more fun! We even grow our own pumpkins for halloween!

Friday, March 07, 2008, 9:28 AM

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I don't want to detract from OP's topic, but as long as you gardeners are on here, would you mind also discussing herb gardens? I have an apt, so no outdoor space to garden, but I'd like to try an herb garden because I hate buying fresh herbs and then having 1/2 of them rot before I can use it up (cooking just for me). How easy are various herbs to keep alive, and is there a good starter kit to get me going?

Friday, March 07, 2008, 9:39 AM

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I envy you - I am the grim reeper of plants - indoor and out

Friday, March 07, 2008, 9:53 AM

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Most herbs do well in pots and other containers, great for a porch or deck. Most prefer full sun...some will even survive the winter outside (rosemary, thyme). Basil and parsley are also great. I get starter plants from the nursery.

Saturday, March 08, 2008, 2:45 PM

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