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Missy in Colorado

Location:  Fort Collins, CO

Day Job:  real estate sales

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes

Animals:  Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I'd been buying bunches of Swiss chard and kale for $2-$3 each! I thought, “why not grow these?”. I’d save a bunch of money. I found out that Swiss chard is very easy and that the worms really love kale. Summer squash is another easy crop…melons, peppers and eggplant are a little harder or at least slower. These were all grown in containers around my house. But with this little adventure I discovered how incredibly satisfying gardening is. I’ve learned a lot on You Tube and at the library and have built 5 4x4 raised beds one of which I turned into a small hoop house. I’ve arranged these in my backyard in preparation for next year’s growing season.


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  • Posted by: Green Desert on September 27th, 2011 at 07:42 am

    Good morning, friend!

  • Posted by: Mountain Dreamer on September 23rd, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for the friend add. :)

  • Posted by: Mountain Dreamer on September 22nd, 2011 at 01:16 pm

    Congrats on making "Farmer of the day"!
    I love you "Why Iam getting dirty" blurb. I felt the same way about tomatoes! I see all these little old ladies growing tomatoes in their backyards & Iam paying $2-$3 a lb for them. lol!

  • Posted by: Green Desert on September 22nd, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Congratulations on being named Farmer of the Day.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on September 22nd, 2011 at 05:32 am

    Congrats on being farmer of the day.

    I tried radishes last spring but they turned out all tops and no radish. Too much nitrogen I think.

    Have great farmer of the day.

  • Posted by: Missy in Colorado on September 22nd, 2011 at 05:00 am

    Thanks for the compliment! I only had 5 small container gardens and 2 small plots this season but over the past 2 weeks I've built 4 (4x4) raised beds and a small hoop house...getting ready for next year. I'll post some pics soon.

  • Posted by: Green Desert on September 21st, 2011 at 07:48 am

    Great looking radishes. I'd love to see how your garden beds look.

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