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  •  Plant plant plant that garden, folks! (2+ / 0-)
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    DeepLooker, Book of Hearts

    Saves energy, it's safe food.

    Good for the global climate crisis, tastes marvelous.

    Here in Seattle, I had bumper crops of tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and eggplant last year. Man oh man, what wonderful salads and stir fry.

    Out to the garden, then cutting up cucs and tomatoes and basil, stirring together for salad. Could have eaten forever, unbelievably delicious.

    This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

    by AllisonInSeattle on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 10:42:32 PM PDT

    •  Did that last year (0+ / 0-)

      Put a lot of energy into soil building, and had great tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, kale, herbs, etc (I also live in Seattle).

      Then we had to move to a new house and have much less space for gardening, mostly in the front yard...not knowing if I will be here for more than a few months, its hard to get enthusiastic about starting all over again. That said, I have planted a few lettuce and cabbages, but I have no idea what the soil is like.

      We compost our food in bins (we're all raw vegans) but it doesn't seem to produce finished compost fast enough, so at the other house I had to supplement with store bought compost.

      Anyway, I totally agree and thanks for the inspiration. I'll probably end up expanding the garden, as it seems to be my nature -- I just have to learn to be ok with doing things on a smaller scale.

    •  Good reminder Allison! I plan on starting one in (0+ / 0-)

      the next few days. But, I want to start small, since I've never done it before. I'm really thinking of starting this year in a few container pots w/tomatoes, maybe bell pepper, and a few spices. Do you know of a good company to purchase seeds?

      I'm also going to check out a few books from the library on this.

      •  Always check the companies you consider... (0+ / 0-)

        ..with Dave's Garden.  It's a review site for different types of plants and suppliers.  Great info.  Some suppliers are veritable scammers, while others are awesome.  Just do a google search for "scoop on YourSupplierName" and it should come up as the top hit.  Some are really bad but have great advertising, like Burgess Seed, so always check first.  :)

        I'd personally endorse Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  I've always had good results with them, and boy oh boy do they have choices!

        If you're doing a container garden, never forget this: the smaller the pot, the more frequent you have to water.  Go big.  Give your plants plenty of root space, and they'll reward you by getting similarly big -- as well as it being less work for you.

        What spices are you thinking of growing?

        For tomatoes, what I'd recommend depends on what you're looking for.  Cherry-type for salads?  Beefsteak type for slicing and putting on burgers?  Tomatoes for sauces?  How do you value aesthetics vs. taste?

        What do you want to do with your bell peppers?  Stuff them?  Cut them up and add them into sauces?  Dry them, perhaps grind them in a food grinder for paprika (there's no paprika out there that holds a candle to homemade)?  Again, I could make recommendations if you could let me know what your goals are.  :)

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