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Posted: 4/4/2006 8:51:15 AM EDT
I thought I'd share a pic of my spring garden.



I have 12 tomato plants, 6 bell pepper plants, some radishes, some yellow crook-neck squash, and finally a row of cucumbers. The cucumbers are small as the first ones were burnt by a frost and I had to replant them.

There's nothing like fresh tomatoes from the garden.

I lost my big tree in Hurricane Rita and had to replant a new tree. I planted a Red Maple and have flowers planted around it.



It'll be a few years before I have much shade, but it's a start.

I love spring.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 8:52:51 AM EDT
Looks good

Cept, where's the okra?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 8:54:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By purplecheese:
Looks good

Cept, where's the okra?



In this part of Texas, we plant okra later in the year, after the heat is too much for the other stuff.

I'll plow under a couple of rows and plant okra later.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 8:56:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By purplecheese:
Looks good

Cept, where's the okra?



In this part of Texas, we plant okra later in the year, after the heat is too much for the other stuff.

I'll plow under a couple of rows and plant okra later.



Ah. I'm not a farmer by any means. I just plant and water
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 8:58:33 AM EDT

If those are footprints (the holes) in the picture, you've got some well-tilled soil there!
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 8:59:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 9:07:30 AM EDT by vanilla_gorilla]

Originally Posted By purplecheese:
Looks good

Cept, where's the okra?




Fucking okry. I don't know what the hell is wrong with you people.



Edit: Sory O_P, but that stuff is absolutely disgusting, and my dad always made me eat my vegetables growing up. Yuck. He loved it, so I ate so much slimy okry that I couldn't keep my socks up.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 8:59:37 AM EDT
What kind of tomatoes? I have an itch for Jersey or Beefsteak. I trade ya a box of ammo for one
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:06:36 AM EDT
Our ground is still frozen.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:12:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Janus:
Our ground is still frozen.




Not in the west metro
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:17:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 9:17:22 AM EDT by Old_Painless]

Originally Posted By BayEagle:
If those are footprints (the holes) in the picture, you've got some well-tilled soil there!



Yep, those are my footprints.

I use a Troy Built Tiller and the garden is soft and loomey for a foot deep or more. A great piece of equipment.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:17:44 AM EDT
That's very cool, O_P!

I just salivated thinking about those tomatoes!

HH
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:18:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 3:20:29 PM EDT by Old_Painless]

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:

Originally Posted By purplecheese:
Looks good

Cept, where's the okra?



I don't know what the hell is wrong with you people.

Edit: Sory O_P, but that stuff is absolutely disgusting, and my dad always made me eat my vegetables growing up. Yuck. He loved it, so I ate so much slimy okry that I couldn't keep my socks up.



I've never liked boiled okra either.

But I love it fried and in gumbo.

It ain't gumbo without okra.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:19:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By al_bundy:
What kind of tomatoes? I have an itch for Jersey or Beefsteak. I trade ya a box of ammo for one



I have some Better Boys and some Big Boys. I love tomatoes.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:22:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 9:25:00 AM EDT by PAEBR332]
There is nothing better that eating a fresh, still-warm-from-the-sun tomato.

Oops, I just drooled on my keyboard.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:22:15 AM EDT
Garden of Truth: Cucumbers or Carrots?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:24:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 9:24:48 AM EDT by PAEBR332]
I can hardly wait until it is time to plant here.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:29:47 AM EDT
Try some Sweet 100 tomatoes. They are small salad tomato usually from a nickel to quarter size and will produce until first frost. I love them.

Nice garden.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:29:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
That's very cool, O_P!

I just salivated thinking about those tomatoes!

HH



Just imagine a fresh bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

I'm drooling here.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:57:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
That's very cool, O_P!

I just salivated thinking about those tomatoes!

HH



Just imagine a fresh bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

I'm drooling here.



There is nothing better than that BLT made with the first tomato of the year from the garden!
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:00:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:04:54 AM EDT
man I wish I could have a garden like that but it'd take an awful high fence to keep the hordes of deer out.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:05:52 AM EDT
Try a leaf lettuce. It's not the heading variety you get at the store. Leaf lettuce can be picked once the leaves start to mature. The plant will continue to grow and produce more leaves. You will end up with a tall shaft with the later leaves at the top, but you'll get a much longer 'season' than head lettuce.

The leaf lettuce has a stronger taste than iceberg, but they're great for sammiches and a hardy salad.

I'm in MN, so I'm not sure which leaf lettuce would be best down there.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:30:30 AM EDT
You're doign well.

Remember all, a fibered colon is a happy colon!!!
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:31:17 AM EDT
Is that soil sandy?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:44:01 AM EDT
Now I want a tomato sandwich.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:48:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 10:49:47 AM EDT by BOBK48]
We still have time before we start our garden. Yours looks good.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:50:02 AM EDT
Garden O' Truth??
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:58:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
Garden O' Truth??





Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:04:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:
Is that soil sandy?



We normally have a dark, thick soil here that is locally called "Gumbo".

I have added a lot of leaves and other mulch to the garden. But after the hurricane, I had a big hole in the yard where the tree was lost. I ordered a dumptruck load of 60-40 sand to fill the holes in the yard.

I put the remaining sand in the garden. It sure makes a fine mixture.

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:04:59 AM EDT
Have you ever planted carrots?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:06:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MrKandiyohi:
Try a leaf lettuce. It's not the heading variety you get at the store. Leaf lettuce can be picked once the leaves start to mature. The plant will continue to grow and produce more leaves. You will end up with a tall shaft with the later leaves at the top, but you'll get a much longer 'season' than head lettuce.

The leaf lettuce has a stronger taste than iceberg, but they're great for sammiches and a hardy salad.

I'm in MN, so I'm not sure which leaf lettuce would be best down there.



I've grown leaf lettuce before and you are correct. It is great.

Problem here is that it gets so hot so quickly that the letuce doesn't last long.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:10:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By LotBoy:
Have you ever planted carrots?



Yep. me and the granddaughter planted some for her a few years back.

For some reason, they were short and stubby and not very pretty.

Carrots are one of those things that sure look better at the produce section of the grocery store.

Tomatoes and cucumbers however, don't taste nearly as good as home grown.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:11:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By mattja:
Is that soil sandy?



We normally have a dark, thick soil here that is locally called "Gumbo".

I have added a lot of leaves and other mulch to the garden. But after the hurricane, I had a big hole in the yard where the tree was lost. I ordered a dumptruck load of 60-40 sand to fill the holes in the yard.

I put the remaining sand in the garden. It sure makes a fine mixture.




Cool. Our soil mostly sucks. Lots of clay, nothing grows worth a darn. Have to use tons of topsoil and fertilizer.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:16:45 AM EDT


The garden looks great OP. Did you plant the pansies or did Mrs. OP?

We can't put much in the ground till after monthers day.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:17:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:

Cool. Our soil mostly sucks. Lots of clay, nothing grows worth a darn. Have to use tons of topsoil and fertilizer.



Mine also had lots of clay.

That's what is so good about Troy Built Tillers. You can put all kinds of leaves, grass clippings, and other organic stuff on the garden and "turn it in" with the tiller.

The more stuff you till in, the better the soil gets. I usually add a little fertilizer and sometimes a little lime or gypsum. As noted earlier, my soil is very lose and "fluffs up" when I till it.

Doesn't take much skill to grow stuff in dirt like that.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:19:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By jj01:

The garden looks great OP. Did you plant the pansies or did Mrs. OP?

We can't put much in the ground till after mothers day.



I planted the flowers, as there isn't a Mrs. Painless. (That's fixing to change, but that's a seperate thread. )

Just before Easter is usually the general time for planting here.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:24:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By B2:
man I wish I could have a garden like that but it'd take an awful high fence to keep the hordes of deer out.



BLAM!

Honey, is there any room left in the freezer?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:27:26 AM EDT
That's a beautifully tilled bed.
My TroyBilt Super Bronco will be turning under the rye and clover cover crop in my garden in about a week or two. It won't look that nice with all of the clay in my garden!

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:31:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By jj01:

The garden looks great OP. Did you plant the pansies or did Mrs. OP?

We can't put much in the ground till after mothers day.



I planted the flowers, as there isn't a Mrs. Painless. (That's fixing to change, but that's a seperate thread. )

Just before Easter is usually the general time for planting here.



My apologies, no pansy jokes then.

If I don't make the "seperate" thread, my best to you and the soon to be Mrs OP. May the good lord bless you both with many years of happiness together.

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 11:38:18 AM EDT
OP, nice lookin garden,I've got to get on the ball. As I've gotten older, planting in the Spring has become one of the things I enjoy most. There is nothing like planting, tending to, then enjoying the vegatables of your labor. As a side note. A friend I hunt with is the manager of one of the local sewage treatment plants, you should see the tomatos they have at the plant. He says, in the Summer they will get one of the low guys to pick several every morning, they refrigerate them, and eat mater sammiches for lunch everyday, he claims they are the absolute best tomatos you can get. I've only seen pictures of the plants, and see him during the winter, so I can't speak from experience.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 1:13:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By mattja:
Is that soil sandy?



We normally have a dark, thick soil here that is locally called "Gumbo".

I have added a lot of leaves and other mulch to the garden. But after the hurricane, I had a big hole in the yard where the tree was lost. I ordered a dumptruck load of 60-40 sand to fill the holes in the yard.

I put the remaining sand in the garden. It sure makes a fine mixture.




Ah, gumbo. It has about 35 minutes between the time it is too wet to till, and the time it is too dry to work. The only thing I have found gumbo good for, is tracking in the house.

I'm glad I moved to where I live now. I have sandy loam.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 1:16:35 PM EDT
O. P. For PRESIDENT



He's for the environment!

brought to you by the people of ARFCOM for OP in 08'
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 2:04:31 PM EDT
Looks good O_P!

I will be planting (in May) tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, green beans, zucchini, and yellow squash. I usually have so much that I give a lot away. My favorites by far are the tomatoes and cucumbers.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 2:41:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By UH_SALT_RIFLE:
O. P. For PRESIDENT



He's for the environment!

brought to you by the people of ARFCOM for OP in 08'



Doggonit! I have the best Campaign Manager there is!

Keep up the great work UH_SALT_RIFLE.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 3:06:47 PM EDT
Old Painless - Your yard looks nice, and hauntingly familiar. I have always wondered one question - do you live near where that flag comes from? Just curious - if so we might have grew up in the same neighborhood of TX.

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 3:10:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mousehunter:
Old Painless - Your yard looks nice, and hauntingly familiar. I have always wondered one question - do you live near where that flag comes from? Just curious - if so we might have grew up in the same neighborhood of TX.




That is, of course, the Gonzales Flag. And a proud one it is.

But I live in Nederland, between Port Arthur and Beaumont.

God's country.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 3:16:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 10:41:59 PM EDT by npd233]
You're makin me hungry... I really want one of these right now:



edited for a better photoserver
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 3:51:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By npd233:
You're makin me hungry... I really want one of these right now:

blogs.sun.com/roller/resources/dlacher/blt.jpg



Start collecting the bacon and makin's.

I'll have the tomatoes in a few weeks or so.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 4:03:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gopher:
Try some Sweet 100 tomatoes. They are small salad tomato usually from a nickel to quarter size and will produce until first frost. I love them.

Nice garden.



I grew sweet 100's last year....

I don't even like cherry-type tomatoes, but they were great for salads and there were literally thousands of them.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:43:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

Originally Posted By npd233:
You're makin me hungry... I really want one of these right now:

blogs.sun.com/roller/resources/dlacher/blt.jpg



Start collecting the bacon and makin's.

I'll have the tomatoes in a few weeks or so.



There's this bread bakery in town here that sells this awesome Italian Asiago cheese bread... It makes a mean sammich!!
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