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Wish I could do more this year, cleared out an area for garden and poly tunnel next year, I did some things in containers, nothing special. I wanted to get more done but did not have the money so decided to use a smallish area inside to set up a hydroponic system, I'll be growing tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers (lots of hot peppers),maybe some herbs, chives, etc. Buying the last few pieces of the puzzle tomorrow. I have spent about ten bucks so far and I'm almost finished, not too bad.

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Matt just cleared a small area in my back yard for planting.My 17 yo daughter wants to grow crops.Live in S Fla dont know what to plant yet.I did grow 1 pinneapple which was cool.Can you give me and my daughter some advice.

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In southern Florida you have the best weather to grow fruit!

Its easy to can oranges and make jelleys from Grapefruits.Go with what already grows there.The weather is going to be very hot there even with the resent rain,and you may have to fight the "Nematoads'that criter that eats plant from the roots up.

Start with good soil,get a few bucket from a local "Fresh water river"and prep your soil,start with bush beans now and cover them with a sun blocking net if possible!90 days to term means that September or November harvest..and thats a good thing so you only have to beat the heat on killing things..


The develoment of a heat resisent vegies is a major thing happening in third world countrys and WE should take advantage of it here(you all in Florida) so contact the major florida state colleges web sites ..


take a look what is grown in Florida..


so there are plenty of things to grow and many will help you..see who and what is working in your area..dont re invent the wheel,use the know how of others that already works..

Keep me informed..B)

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The garden got its second covering of hay and straw"before" the storm and everthing is doing quite well.

My spuds are falling over,the 3 sister are coming along,bush beans are flowering,pulling oinions now as needed and sharing with those who "appreciate" them..Im suprised at who wrinkled up thier noses so far lol.









So how is your garden..?? and Thanks Reg5 for convincing me to do the 3 sisters..

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Matt, I'm glad it's paying off for you. I'm going to try and get some pics (have to steal my wife's digital camera) this week. I will have to say Thank You very much to my Mom in Law who has really kept the garden going in my absence and during this latest medical issue. I just haven't been able to drive up there like I need to to put in the effort. I'm lucky if I can hobble to the couch and then to bed after a few hours of being up and moving lately.

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nature took a swipe at me/Garden..

We had dime size hail and wind gust at 50miles and lasted for 45 minutes..

Lost about 12 small tomes coming on and put holes in the squash leafs/corn bent a bi, BUT everthing is GOOD..

Restaked All the Tommatoes and retied this morning..

Im thankfull for the rain and the ability to have a I got to get the 20-30-20 on

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Dang Matt!!! Son you got green thumbs dude! I didn't do a garden this year. Kinda put seeds back

for what may come though. Coons and crows broke down some of my corn last year. I shot a crow and

hung him at the edge of the garden. Didn't see no more of them in there either. The coons are another



Hope it all comes back nicely for you pal.

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Green beans coming on great now/Bush,Top Crop/ runners are sending out vines,corn is starting to tassel,spuds,tops are dying off and took a sample,we got taters!!

After putting in 15 lbs I should get back 50lbs/used Canada White taters..

YES Im Blessed!!!

Photos soon!!

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D.R. just for


oinion patch/beans half runners


Bush beans/couple of weeks and I will start eating


bell peppers


Example of 3 sisters/corn/squash/half runner beans.


Smallest plant largest

Im feeding everything now to get max growth..

Edited by 101matt

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well the heat her is killing my yellow squash and cucumbers everything else it doing great got a bumper crop of tomatoes bell peppers okra and green beans.


my fig tree is killing me I have been trying to keep up with them canning jelly and whole figs even dried some.


only got a few peaches and the squirrels got the rest LOL do not have to worry about meat only got 50 squirrels

between the acorns and peaches and my neighbor planted sunflowers {means more squirrels}

2 squirrels a week and other stuff I can get along, wild rabbit are always coming to look at my rabbits in the morning.


used some of my dried yellow squash in a stew today my better half said it tasted great need to do them a bit thicker next time.

used some mason jars to seal my excess spices that I got a good deal on bay leaf, comino, cinnamon,

and found a pint of alum just in case I want to make some pickles from scratch.


I need to buy a extra pound of black pepper. I am drying my red peppers out will run them in the blender

and make my red pepper flakes.


spices come from over 1K miles to half way around the world so if there are certain ones you like better stock up for canning or drying or making your favorite comfort food.

in hard times comfort food for all of us especially kids is a treat add in some good conversation and you will have moments that last for a lifetime.

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Took out 2 lbs of green beens/will can on Monday...others are comming on strong...The mean little 'Yellow Bugs"came out and got thier Butts dusted..


Toms are growing straight Up but little fruit,I will pollinate with a q tip this week..

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pulled some green onions, tomatoes, corn and squash from the garden tonight, don't look too shabby. The raddishes were a total fail...think I got the wrong kind.


Tinder, most everyone in our area had bad radish crops this year, don't take it personal. Mine tasted really bitter, as did most everyone I talked to. I'm not sure if the heat and drought did it or if the seeds were just not as good from last year's inventory.

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101Matt your garden is incredible. Reminds me of my grandfathers. I hope to have something half as good someday. I started container gardening this year. My neighbor told me the only thing that grows around here is rocks! But Im slowly working towards being able to grow my own fruits and veggies. Going to try raised beds next year

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Storm came through AGAIN...Corn was pushed over,about 1/3..and the climbing beans may be effected..


So never plan on getting everything out of the ground with out SOME problems..!!!

after storm I will lean them back up!!

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hey matt. sorry to hear about the weather problems. i told you a few months back i'd let you know about the "3 sisters garden i was trying this year. it turned out really well. the one problem i had was one of my own making. i planted my rows 5 ft apart, now looking at my lack of squash production( the heat had a lot to do with it too.....had to plant late ....winter garden needed harvesting first) i think 10 ft would be better, if you planted a low growing crop like greens in the area between each row. but the corn and beans turned out really well, so over all i'd give it two thumbs up.

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This past Sunday we harvested green beans, sweet corn, some cucumbers, and zuccini. We froze about 120 pints of sweet corn and 40+ pints of green beans (first harvest day). I also saved 50 ears of corn for roasting on the grill. So far we've gotten about 50 qts of pickles put up, had some really GREAT garden salads with the "gourmet" salad mix, a few tomatoes (just starting to really come on), a few dozen zuccini, and lots of beets (not sure how many quarts were pickled as I don't eat The radishes didn't do so well this year (very bitter tasting). I have 2 huge pumpkins so far on the only pumpkin plant that survived what seemed like hurricane force winds the night I transplanted them. We also got 2 acorn squash so far and have picked about a dozen onions.

I do have to say Thanks to my Mother In Law who did more work on it than she should have had to (or wanted to probably) over my being gone for work and then my medical issues.

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