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March 22, 2009 / milesandhisfavorites

Garden Help

Okay, Internet-lovers!  I need a hand!  And not the kind you use in almost every way!  My family’s growing a garden of fruits and veggies, and we could use some assistance!  By helping I mean: Comment in gardening tips, and suggesting what to grow.  So please help!

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  1. Paul Acampora / Mar 23 2009 1:28 pm

    Hi Miles!
    At our house, our first “crop” is compost. Lucky for you, Bethlehem gives it away for free. (We have a pickup truck if you need help carting a load over to your garden.) Spring is a good time to plant peas, spinach, lettuce and broccoli (check out the map of the new White House garden and you’ll see their spring veggies too.) By mid-May, we try to plant squash, zucchini, beans, carrots, pumpkins, and by end of May we put in tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and anything else we forgot or want to take a chance on. By the way, our favorite tomatoes are “Burpee’s Bucks County” (for sandwiches and salads). For sauce, we like “Amish Paste.” If you want MILLIONS AND ZILLIONS of tiny sweet tomatoes, YELLOW PEAR tomatoes grow like a crazy, bushy weed. Finally, we organize our planting areas in a sort of “square foot garden” method (www.squarefootgardening.com/) which makes things easier to manage. Also, we do “companion planting” (www.gardenersnet.com/atoz/compan.htm). That way, the plants are near their friends! Mostly, we just have fun, eat really well, and we also like to see what kinds of animals and bugs come to the garden too. We always have rabbits and lots of birds. There’s lots of helpful insects — our favorite is the ASSASSIN BUG (even though it can bite really hard so we never pick it up). Our least favorite are VINE BORERS which always kill our pumpkins. Also, the HORNWORM CATERPILLAR looks awesome and then turns into a huge fantastic HUMMINGBIRD MOTH which we do love to see, but it can totally decimate our tomatos!! One more thing, we add flowers to our vegetable garden too because it’s easy and it looks nice. I love nasturtiums. And you an eat them! Happy Gardening!!!
    Paul

    PS We control weeds with newspaper, grass clippins and good, old fashion weeding. No chemicals. That way we can wander into the garden anytime and just start eating the ripe stuff even if it’s a little dirty. Eating dirt is not a problem at our house.

  2. milesandhisfavorites / Mar 23 2009 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the offer, Paul, but our garden is smaller than yours probably is!

  3. milesandhisfavorites / Mar 23 2009 9:12 pm

    Dirt? Huh? So we should watch out for those Vine Borers? We don’t plan on having pumpkins this year. We’re aiming for 4 species for this year. Definite for tomatoes. Maybe zucchini

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