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Location:  Belvidere, IL

Day Job:  Musician/Writer

The Digs:  Backyard

Crops:  Basil, Broccoli, Cabbage, Corn, Cucumbers, Green beans, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Peas, Potatoes, Squash, Tomatoes

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I love to grow what I eat whenever possible, both to have knowledge of where and how it is grown and the joy of the harvest and saving money!

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  • Posted by: Chris D on August 31st, 2011 at 08:22 pm


  • Posted by: guchswife on August 31st, 2011 at 06:14 pm

    What a cutie pie you have "growing" in that garden! Congrats on farmer of the day!

  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on August 31st, 2011 at 04:14 pm

    Congrats on being named Farmer of the Day! hope you have a great day in the garden/

  • Posted by: Green Desert on August 31st, 2011 at 07:33 am

    Congratulations on being named Farmer of the Day. With such a cute helper I'm sure you get lots of farming done.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on August 31st, 2011 at 05:32 am

    Congrats on being farmer of the day.

    I'm very limited on space so I don't have the luxury of growing mellons.

    Have a great farmer of the day.

  • Posted by: Lionhart2x on August 29th, 2011 at 06:17 pm

    So this year we planted heritage plants. Amazing results! We have pink tomatoes, white eggplant, and early Hanover melon along with HUGE white "ghost" pumpkins! Loving this year and all the fruits of the season. Thanks to my daughter for digging, planting and tending while I returned to work. Love you!

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on August 26th, 2011 at 04:45 pm

    I too have raised garden beds in the backyard.

    Have a great Musician/writer/gardener day.

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  • Posted by: Lionhart2x on October 14th, 2010 at 06:56 am

    OK, so next year I am NOT replanting/moving volunteer tomatoes! We probably had four bushels total with the six plants we purchased...then we added three volunteers from last season and one granddaughter grew. OMGosh! Our corn was a fail, but only because of the Japanese beetles. Now that I know not to let them eat the corn silk, next year will rock. I had at least 60 ears of corn. Then there is the tale of Zuccorni...planting zucchini and acorn squash too close together; a delightful and prolific (thanks Zuke!) mix of easy to cut and sweeter than zucchini squash to grill! Baking, not so much! On to next year!

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on July 6th, 2010 at 07:48 am

    Weeds and bugs are at record levels here in Nebraska too. Mosquitoes are Northern Minnesota size and literally come up out of the grass because there's been so much rain here. We got half our annual rainfall in June. What a crazy year.

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