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Location:  Nashville, TN

Day Job:  Admin in Accounting

The Digs:  Containers

Crops:  Basil, Lavender, Mint, Strawberries

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I'm slowly learning how to grow my own fresh vegetables so I can have more nutritious and better tasting food. I'm also a degreed historian so heirloom vegetables have significance to me because of their background. I had to move into an apartment so I've lost a "backyard" to garden in, but I'm slowly adapting and figuring out what I can grow in my mostly shade balcony.


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  • Posted by: TrialNError on August 11th, 2014 at 05:24 am

    I wound up putting some Poblano Peppers in, and they seem to be doing well. I'm hoping I can get a harvest before the first frost hits in mid-October!

    Our winters are relatively mild so I'm going to attempt some winter planting of greens just to see how those go!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on August 9th, 2014 at 07:59 am

    Hey TrialNError. How did the second wave of planting go? With my kale, I'm having a second wave without even replanting. I harvested all of the leaves and removed the seed pods and there's a whole new crop sprouting up! And it the same kale I left in the ground all last winter!

  • Posted by: TrialNError on July 23rd, 2014 at 04:20 am

    Oh wow. Thank you!

  • Posted by: CraftMcGyver on July 21st, 2014 at 06:43 pm

    Congrats Farmer.

  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on July 21st, 2014 at 05:21 pm

    I also love heirlooms! Voted.

  • Posted by: My Place on July 21st, 2014 at 02:55 pm


  • Posted by: TrialNError on July 21st, 2014 at 05:38 am

    Thank you for the suggestions. I'm planning on a second wave of planting this week actually, but I'm going to swap my cucumbers and tomatoes. Our first frost isn't until October so I have ample time for another wave of planting! :)

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on July 20th, 2014 at 08:02 am

    Sorry to hear about your fungus and squash borers. I'm having a pest-free year in my back yard so far, except for the squirrels who break plants when they run around (I'm knocking on wood as we speak!). In the front yard, though, I've learned about a whole new pest. It's called slime mould, and it's growing in the mulch when it stays damp and warm. For a few days, it dried up and the weather was cooler but it rained most of yesterday and I see patches coming back. If you haven't seen it before, look it up. It's crazy stuff. Anyway, maybe you can have a good fall garden by planting something for the second half of the growing season. I'm definitely going to plant more kale soon.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on July 20th, 2014 at 05:19 am

    Garet, This year has had big garden challenges here in Nebraska. First my tomatoes were frozen from a late frost, then three weeks later after replanting, 100 plus MPH wind came visiting and brought friends called hail. Seven inches of rain caused flash flooding and soggy garden syndrome. I replanted again but the prime plants were all gone by then and what was left just hasn't done very well. The fourteen inches of rain in June (June's average is about four) just didn't promote growth in the garden. The only thing that has with stood the extreme weather has been the potatoes. They are the star of the garden again this year. The eggplants are holding their own but I don't see any blooms yet. It's been a crazy year.

    I have almost given up growing any kind of squash family plant because of the dreaded vine borer. I have yet found a way to defeat the ugly worm.

    Have a great day in the garden.

  • Posted by: TrialNError on July 15th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Well, fungus and squash borers have taken a bad toll on my raised bed. The containers are doing okay, though. I'm definitely a sad panda.

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