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Jason TQ
04-11-2011, 07:19 PM
So not really a bbq post though my last pic is of a corned beef brisket I'm smoking for some pastrami (my new favorite thing to smoke) that I've been cooking as I planted today .

Before I ventured into bbq'ing I started another hobby of growing my own veggies. I wanted to see if anyone else out there combines these 2 hobbies/obsessions??

This is my 3rd year growing and each year my garden has gotten bigger and bigger. First yeat I started out with some upside down planters I made along with 1 raised bed. Last year I only did raised beds and I added some more this year.

It is finally warm enough here in GA to plant warm weather veggies so I put in about 70% of my tomatoes and peppers today. I also have zucchini, yellow squash, and will put in eggplant and probably some melons on a hill I have. I'll probably have close to 90 pepper plant (all varieties), around 15 tomato plants and then other veggies I mentioned.

So wanted to see if anyone else has anything to share and if anyone has started yet this year, favorite things to grow, etc. Would love to see pics too, but comments are great! I love this time of year.

Not finished with the mulching yet. Most of these beds are new this year.
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/IMG_1218.jpg

I had these 4 beds last year. Still some room to fill. Couldn't do it all in 1 day :).
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/IMG_1219.jpg


Here is the corned beef.
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/IMG_1217.jpg

expatpig
04-11-2011, 07:35 PM
Well, I still have a foot of snow in my yard, I can just now see my raised beds. We can't plant here until after the first week in June. I plant a lot of garlic, I make my own garlic powder and granulated garlic.. Peas and pole beans do very well, pumpkins and any squash do ok. Peppers not so good, hot or sweet. I've never been able to get a full size ripe tomato.Root veggies do well here but I don't waste my garden space on them. Our season is short here, but the days are long.

caseydog
04-11-2011, 07:43 PM
expatpig, I'll be harvesting fresh peppers the first week of June. :-P

fnbish, I do my gardens the same way, but I have fewer in my tiny yard. I also use rough-cut cedar for my frames -- no warping at all, and no need for paint or stain.

CD

Jason TQ
04-11-2011, 07:56 PM
Well, I still have a foot of snow in my yard, I can just now see my raised beds. We can't plant here until after the first week in June. I plant a lot of garlic, I make my own garlic powder and granulated garlic.. Peas and pole beans do very well, pumpkins and any squash do ok. Peppers not so good, hot or sweet. I've never been able to get a full size ripe tomato.Root veggies do well here but I don't waste my garden space on them. Our season is short here, but the days are long.

You must be way up north :) or maybe alaska/canada. I do feel lucky that we have a pretty long growing season here in the south. Our spring and fall are pretty short so I have to stay away from the cool weather crops as everything would bolt quickly. Was excited to plant today and hopefully should get some tomatoes and peppers in about 60 days. Thanks for the comment.

jmilleronaire
04-11-2011, 07:59 PM
I started some tomato and pepper seeds indoors yesterday...
Still chances of heavy frost for another month.

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smknhotmama
04-11-2011, 08:03 PM
Lookin' good. Hubby's a farmer by trade...I leave the dirty work to him- literally... although I mentioned getting out and giving it a try this year with our 4 year old son.

QDoc
04-11-2011, 08:07 PM
I'm wanting to make raised beds. Any recomendations on the retaining walls?

jestridge
04-11-2011, 08:11 PM
This is my 33 th for growing a garden

BMantlow
04-11-2011, 08:13 PM
How does that irrigation system work?

I need me some raised beds.

1_T_Scot
04-11-2011, 08:19 PM
I tried a garden once...The chickens didn't make it. Not sure If i planted them too deep or watered too much?#$#?

Jason TQ
04-11-2011, 08:33 PM
I tried a garden once...The chickens didn't make it. Not sure If i planted them too deep or watered too much?#$#?

Yeah those damn chickens are a finicky bunch :becky:. I gave up after my first try.

Jason TQ
04-11-2011, 08:35 PM
I'm wanting to make raised beds. Any recomendations on the retaining walls?

I haven't had to put in any retaining walls though thought about it for the hill I have in my backyard. I have about zero skill in the landscaping category :).

Jason TQ
04-11-2011, 08:39 PM
How does that irrigation system work?

I need me some raised beds.

I actually document a ton of my garden and bbq adventures. Another hobby I guess :). But i made a few video's and put em up on youtube. The vids are fairly detailed on the setup I use. I'm no expert. Learned most of my gardening skills on youtube and the web.

Part 1
YouTube - Drip Irrigation Installation: 1 of 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWWTZxecOto)
Part 2
YouTube - Drip Irrigation Installation: 2 of 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3lEOji8Jsc)

Also a vid of how I make my beds.
YouTube - How to Make a Raised Bed - Easy Method / My Method (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-ZUHeswHkA&feature=channel_video_title)

Hoss
04-11-2011, 11:13 PM
I dabbled a bit last year.The garden has grown 50% this year.Plannin on 3 acres of sweet corn and maybe 8 acres of watermelons and cantaloupe this year.Still too early here for anything but Early season stuff,which don't sell well at the market.(Learned the hard way last year.I had celery,brussel sprouts,cauliflower,broccolli,leaf lettuce)Most of it went in the compost pile.:rolleyes: This year will be the "staples".
http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/Hoss_o1/garden/701010-1.jpg
http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/Hoss_o1/garden/701012-1.jpg
http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/Hoss_o1/garden/701001.jpg
http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/Hoss_o1/garden/701002.jpg
http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/Hoss_o1/garden/701003.jpg
http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss70/Hoss_o1/garden/701005.jpg

jimithing78
04-11-2011, 11:45 PM
Wow Hoss, that looks pretty good. Wish I had some land like that to expand my garden. Not to sell it, just to grow more of my own food. Last year I made a single raised garden that's about 4'x8' made from plans on this (http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/ultimate-raised-bed-how-to-00400000011938/) site. Here's a pic from last year

http://i56.tinypic.com/34pct8m.jpg

Learned quite a bit from it - grew things that took up too much space for a 4'x8' plot and tried too many different things. This year I'm keeping it simple. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans and trying watermelon. I started my peppers and tomatoes indoors in the middle of February and put them outside about a month ago. Kept them covered for a couple of weeks and now everything is uncovered and taking off. Also added a drip irrigation system this year. Last year my tomatoes got a little blight because of my hand watering. Hope that doesn't happen this year with the drip system.

Wampus
04-11-2011, 11:53 PM
YEP!

This will be our 5th or 6th garden, but only 3rd in a row here at the new house. Last year I did 3 large "raised" beds (redneck style). Each about 4'x18' Never did take any photos of it though now that I think of it.

Just yesterday, I built 2 more beds, each 20' long and about 3'-4' wide.

Plan to build 1 or 2 more beds and then plant the seeds I've been growing in this thread:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=103209&highlight=THEY%27RE+ALIVE+2011
(To be uptated soon.....will take photos tomorrow!)


Great thread! Let's keep this one going through the summer!



HOSS: What are your plants planted in in your garden? Is that just ground cover cloth/weed cloth? Looks like it did a great job keeping the weeds out! We were just gonna mulch the beds this year, but if that worked, I may just go that route. GIMME SOME INFO BRO!!! Killer garden!!!

cowgirl
04-12-2011, 12:49 AM
Those are some beautiful gardens!!
I raise veggies too...
not the best pics but I plant in wide rows and let my chickens do the weed eating. http://cowgirlscountry.blogspot.com/2009/05/veggie-garden-weedeater.html

In the fall the pigs root the garden up for me.

Jason TQ
04-12-2011, 08:01 AM
I dabbled a bit last year.The garden has grown 50% this year.Plannin on 3 acres of sweet corn and maybe 8 acres of watermelons and cantaloupe this year.Still too early here for anything but Early season stuff,which don't sell well at the market.(Learned the hard way last year.I had celery,brussel sprouts,cauliflower,broccolli,leaf lettuce)Most of it went in the compost pile.:rolleyes: This year will be the "staples".


Dang that is huge. Looks awesome. I'm guessing you sell some of that :). I haven't tried corn yet, so maybe next year on that one.

Jason TQ
04-12-2011, 08:06 AM
Wow Hoss, that looks pretty good. Wish I had some land like that to expand my garden. Not to sell it, just to grow more of my own food. Last year I made a single raised garden that's about 4'x8' made from plans on this (http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/ultimate-raised-bed-how-to-00400000011938/) site. Here's a pic from last year

http://i56.tinypic.com/34pct8m.jpg

Learned quite a bit from it - grew things that took up too much space for a 4'x8' plot and tried too many different things. This year I'm keeping it simple. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans and trying watermelon. I started my peppers and tomatoes indoors in the middle of February and put them outside about a month ago. Kept them covered for a couple of weeks and now everything is uncovered and taking off. Also added a drip irrigation system this year. Last year my tomatoes got a little blight because of my hand watering. Hope that doesn't happen this year with the drip system.


Looks great. I had the same issue my first year where I had zucchini basically shade out almost my entire bed. So I had to take it out.

I also tried too many things last year that I didn't end up using a lot and even though my garden was big I never felt like I had a surplus. So I'm keeping my veggie selection smaller this year to the things I'll use the most. But you really have to try out a bunch of different things in the beginning if you aren't sure exactly what you want. All part of the process I guess :).

Hoss
04-12-2011, 08:30 AM
You will need a LOT of room for watermelons.I did the same thing and tried too many different things last year.My garden was a 1/4 acre it wound up being about a 1/3 acre this year.The corn and melons will go in an abandoned field this year.

ThomEmery
04-12-2011, 09:00 AM
We will be picking tomatoes soon
They just started to turn

expatpig
04-12-2011, 12:58 PM
I just finished shoveling snow so I could get my Performer out! I couldn't wait any longer.

davet54
04-12-2011, 01:04 PM
Hopefully this will work on this link. This is my garden from last year, started with two 4x8 plots a few years back and keep building using wood I collect at work that is being thrown out. We have stables on the base where I work so I use straight compost that has been sitting for a few years, like gold. I have also got a good size plot at work for the whole office to use, I take a little spot and leave the rest for everyone else, compost for that one too.

https://picasaweb.google.com/davet54/Garden2010#

Wampus
04-12-2011, 03:06 PM
We will be picking tomatoes soon
They just started to turn

DAYUM!!!!
Here I've been thinking we're out of the frost danger and just heard about a farkin chance of snow on Saturday!

Can you grow all year round there in CA Thom?

Wampus
04-13-2011, 10:03 PM
Here's my gardening beds. This first pic is of the ones I built and planted in last year. They're each about 15' long by 4' wide. Planning on putting 1 or 2 more narrow ones between these 3 yet this spring for things like pole beans, peas, etc.
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Gardening/April%2012%202011/IMG_1915.jpg

And here's the two I just built on Sunday. They're both approx 20' long and 3' wide.
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Gardening/April%2012%202011/IMG_1916.jpg

And here's a wide shot of all of them. As you can see, without taking up yard space I have to try and utilize the edge of the woods. At least this slope is south facing, so it all gets plenty of good sun, and it's all out of the dogs' reach (invisible fence mod:heh:).
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Gardening/April%2012%202011/IMG_1917.jpg

Good luck on everyone's garden this year!
I think it would be KILLER to keep this thread going throughout the season as everyone's stuff starts growing up!!!!:thumb:

Mark
04-14-2011, 12:47 PM
fnbish:

We've been mixing gardening and Q here since the beginning. Here's one of the first threads:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6896&highlight=container+gardening&page=2

I also got an album here for making home grown/made smoked chile powder:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/album.php?albumid=323

salth2o
04-16-2011, 10:58 AM
My garden is doing well. I have Okra, radishes, jalapeņos, banana peppers, squash, zucchini, maters, beans, cucumbers, strawberries, and carrots.

vhram
04-16-2011, 01:14 PM
Those are some great looking gardens. I havent done one for a few years. I got tired of all the rats, moles , rattlesnakesand all other varmits that desend upon my garden like the plauge. We had chickens at the same time and I think thats what caused most of the problem.

Nickos
04-16-2011, 02:17 PM
i have a small garden...

http://i.imgur.com/u02tE.jpg