Vegetables and Fruit forum: Vegetable Gardens in my Neighborhood......

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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jul 17, 2014 4:31 PM CST
There are number of nice gardens in my neighborhood. This morning I took a number of pictures to share. Here are some of the gardens.....
A nice stand of corn.....


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/d70f55Winter Squash, Cabbage, and Corn


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/8e3bafTomato in a flimsy cage...


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/8973edHarvested onions...


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/3dfcccTomatoes being grown between fence poles and supported by twine. I didn't like this idea.


Tomatilo being grown on a wire fence panel.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/0e6275Tomato on a wire fence panel....Many green tomatoes. I really like this idea.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/9e8b2fTomatoes with fence poles and twine.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/155300Tomatoes and tomatilo on wire fence panel. Notice the grass clippings between rows


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/edc27fTomato supports made out of PVC...This works well but wouldn't be my choice.



Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/2d5314PVC supports.



Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/31a150Tomato in another garden. I have no idea why it is planted with the container. Bottom must be cut out


Cucumbers on an A-frame in another garden...I've seen tomatoes and squash on this in previous years. Note brick path.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/3679f3Tomatoes in cages....lovely plants but not to much fruit set yet. To much nitrogen?


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/008cc7Tomatoes and cukes. Note brick path. Also my little pick-up.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/99d91eA raised bed with beets, carrots, and winter squash.


Squash blossom and banana squash.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/854b67Potatoes in another garden.


Potato blossoms


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/263e13Tomatoes in another type of caging.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/90fe7eSpacious plantings in a well maintained yard.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/f85133Apricots at my son's just starting to ripen.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/962d67Tomatoes in my garden.


Sweet One Million in my garden.


Thumb of 2014-07-17/Paul2032/42da1cTomatoes in a cage that I use.


Tomato 'Steak House'. This is the first year I've grown it.


Tomato 'Steak House'. It was delicious. Very 'meaty' with nice flavor. I will grow it again.

Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 17, 2014 5:26 PM CST
Wow Paul, you sure do have some nice veggie gardens around your neighborhood. I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 17, 2014 5:32 PM CST
Lots of fresh produce coming Rita. I know you love your veggies. My favorite farm stand opened today. I got a couple of ears of corn....delicious! I don't have room to grow corn so I will let them do it and they will have fresh pickings each day all summer.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Newyorkrita
Jul 17, 2014 5:39 PM CST
Well, I only wish there where farm stands around town here. Ones where they sell the real fresh local stuff. Not ones selling the same stuff as the supermarkets.

But I do love to grow my veggies. I find that I am less and less interested in the flower beds and mostly focused on the veggies that are growing. Funny how that works out. Years and years ago I had a much larger veggie garden than now but hardly any flowers. Now I have lots of flowers and seem to take them for granted.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 17, 2014 5:44 PM CST
Some interesting gardening methods. Creative use of cattle pannels for sure. Must have been an enjoyable day visiting all those gardens.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 17, 2014 6:19 PM CST
Thanks for sharing those photos, Paul -- I loved the "virtual" tour of the gardens!! Thumbs up
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Name: cheshirekat
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ckatNM
Jul 18, 2014 11:26 AM CST
Another garden stalker! Back in Denver, I carried my camera bag everywhere so I wouldn't miss an opportunity to take photos. I loved seeing people in their yards to talk about their gardening and take pictures for my own use if they let me.

People around here aren't as friendly. I still try to talk to people if I see them in their gardens, but I am not comfortable carrying my camera around these days. Takes too much strength to carry a few different lenses and I don't have as much fun when I miss shots with the wrong lens. I tend to like my various fixed mm lenses, like my 50mm, 28mm, 100mm, more than lenses that zoom. I use my feet to zoom. But the camera bag weighs too much and if someone tried to swipe my camera, I can no longer outrun them, or beat them up. Although my big dog Reba kept people from bothering me - she looked vicious and was very protective.

I went to the neighborhood farmer's market yesterday. I doubt the sellers were local. Probably from all over the city and the outskirts, and two french bakeries selling a ton of bread. I have a weakness for bread. The almond croissants I almost wanted to return for more. This was the first time I didn't see any tomatoes. Last year, I only went a couple times and there were tomatoes everywhere. Very little of anything else. But none of the sellers could tell me anything about their tomatoes, so I didn't buy. I saw very tiny garlic. I didn't even know garlic bulbs could be harvested so small. A lot of onions I will keep in mind because I didn't plant many this year. I was quite envious of the bunches of carrots, but I have some growing and not into them enough to buy some with so many in my own garden.

I could not resist buying some large peppers for making more chile rellenos. But also, because I was not able to find Poblano pepper plants, I will get the seeds from these peppers for next spring. Before I roast them. The market had the strangest hours - from 1530 to 1830. Never had those odd times in Denver. A farmer's market starts in the morning. Some small events would start late morning. But never heard of starting so late in the day.

No squash this year at the market. Maybe in the next few weeks I'll see more varieties of stuff. I don't think there are many gardeners in my neighborhood. A ton of zeroscaping, some xeriscaping. I pass a lot of balconies with not a single plant. I go for walks in the evenings all the time and never get wet by sprinklers because no one is growing anything that needs watering and care. A few rare and very green lawns amazes me. Especially those with no other plants, flowers, or vegetation. Just immaculate green grass. I guess I am still in shock from not seeing enough gardening being done since I moved here. My neighbor has a garden I have never seen because it is hidden from sidewalk/street view. I am very curious how it looks so I plan to ask for an invite. Mine is visible from his front yard, where we talk a lot. When the other neighbor moved out, the owner decided to get rid of the garden. I've watched all week as all the flowers, plants and sunflowers have disappeared and been replaced with landscape fabric and mulch. At least he is using wood mulch instead of rocks. Wish I didn't have rocks, they hurt the feet. But it would also be nice to peer at the other gardeners growing things from my own yard and when I walk by. It is a world of pavement, rocks and cacti.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jul 18, 2014 5:53 PM CST
Paul, Thank you for the tour! It's great to see such well maintained gardens, and I love the use of those cattle panels. I doubt if they can be found around here. Wonderful neighborhood you live in!

Cheshirecat, Sadly, the SW is in such a horrible drought that nobody can afford to water these days. I'm in a mobile home park, so most of my garden is in pots. Even so, I'm starting to re-evaluate my in ground gardens, and go to drought tolerant plants. I've given up on chilis as they just don't do well in pots and I can buy them at the market (probably from NM), . The only thing I insist on growing is tomatoes, and they don't do much better, but at least they taste like tomatoes, and aren't crunchy like the market ones, even if they are small. Keep praying for el nino!
Name: cheshirekat
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ckatNM
Jul 18, 2014 7:02 PM CST
I don't know what I would do without gardens and plants in my life. Before I moved into this apartment, I looked at some of the most dismal places I have ever seen. They were just boxes for people to exist in. I know that will be my fate someday soon and I dread it. Even the years I was unable to garden, I always enjoyed seeing other gardens.

I know we are in a drought, but somehow it seems wrong to me to throw up our hands and let big corporations feed us.

I thought peppers did very well in containers. They like a bit of humidity, so they don't do as well with the amount of spacing given for tomatoes. I try to sandwich a row of them in between the rows of tomatoes and cherry tomatoes growing on a trellis to keep some moisture in. I was planning to put more peppers in planters next year. Deep planters for strong roots. The best containers I found for peppers in the past were those styrofoam coolers. I tried it out as an experiment and was surprised at how well they did. Those are often thrown away and easy to find to keep them from going to the landfills.

Yes. We need more rain desperately.
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