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Me and my wife aren’t wealthy and have to watch our money very carefully. We have 6 kids altogether and feeding them can get expensive. We saw a piece that Joe Lamp’l did on a $25 organic victory garden. It has inspired us to try something similar. We live in a part of Texas where we can garden pretty much all year round. The very first thing that we have to do is set-up the backyard. And that will happen tomorrow. We want any ideas that people have for pulling this off. If anyone has any old seeds, we’ll surely plant them and see what happens. Thanks for following us!

-- Robert-Monica



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rramos50361

68 posts in 2837 days
hardiness zone 6b

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sharad

1671 posts in 2944 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 12-20-2009 11:07 AM

Welcome to GT. You will start enjoying your vegetable garden when you put sincere efforts in developing it. Nature is bountiful. You sow one seed and it will give you plenty.
Sharad

—Bagwan

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 2990 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 12-20-2009 07:08 PM

Tell us a little about the growing area available in your yard. What is your soil like? How much sun do you get? If you can post them, photos help give us a better idea of what you have and then we can offer suggestions. If you are a fairly new gardener, you can start with some of the kid-friendly and easier vegetables to grow such as: beans, carrots, cucumbers, peas, summer squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes or zucchini. From personal experience, I would suggest that you start relatively small and then expand as your confidence and experience increase. As much as you can, include your children in the process. Then enjoy the miracle of growing your own food!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Bon

7374 posts in 3507 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 12-21-2009 09:50 AM

Hello and welcome to GT.I agree with Robin and suggest you show us or tell us what gardens you have and what you already grow.Take some pictures as you go along because they are very useful later on.We also love to see pictures of other peoples gardens (lol) Let us know what kind of seeds you are looking for.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3728 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 12-21-2009 10:33 AM

welcome to GT.
Robin has great tips!
it will be fun to watch your garden grow this coming year! ;

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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rramos50361

68 posts in 2837 days
hardiness zone 6b

posted 12-21-2009 10:48 AM

I’ll get pictures posted very soon. I’ve been gardening since I was 12. At my last house, the yard was sand. It was a pain to get anything to grow right. Now I have real dirt. I’m getting ready to post my second project which is a large scale garden for selling. So give me a bit to get some pics posted.

-- Robert-Monica

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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 2990 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 12-21-2009 10:53 AM

Sounds like you are experienced gardeners. Good luck getting your garden ready and keep us posted on your progress.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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rramos50361

68 posts in 2837 days
hardiness zone 6b

posted 12-21-2009 10:56 AM

This past summer we didn’t do so good. I tried a new type of tomato, big mama hybrid. Big mistake, they all blossom end rotted. I hate having to start from scratch this year.

-- Robert-Monica

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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 2990 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 12-21-2009 11:00 AM

Blossom end rot may be a sign that your soil is calcium deficient.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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rramos50361

68 posts in 2837 days
hardiness zone 6b

posted 12-21-2009 11:04 AM

I checked all the reviews of it on burpees website, and most people had the same problem.

-- Robert-Monica

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Iris43

3811 posts in 3357 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 12-21-2009 11:13 AM

You’re right. Many people had problems with their tomatoes this past growing season. I think the weather had alot to do with it.

BTW, welcome to GardenTenders. :-)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Penny

318 posts in 3062 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 12-22-2009 07:24 AM

Welcome, its nice to meet you.

-- Gardening is Great Therapy!!.....Georgian Bay area....zone 5b

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Greenthumb

2290 posts in 3547 days

posted 12-22-2009 07:29 AM

Welcome and good luck on the garden

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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