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Gardening

In your seasonal culinary garden, what do you grow EVERY year?

msmarm | Dec 22, 201404:29 PM     25

(Maybe share the size of your garden, your average weather conditions, consistent pests like deer, rats, etc.)

I'm in SoCal and have a 20'x20' plot in a community garden about 10 minutes from home. Every year I grow stringless vine beans (fortex), kabocha that vines on a trellis fence (nothing like fresh-picked), sugar snap peas, and occasionally favas, cranberry beans, yellow wax, chard, flageolet beans, loofah (edible/fiberless when under 6").

But... I'm not such a good gardener - not being consistent with staggering plantings, paying attention to companion gardening techniques, fertilizing (seems each plant has different requirements and I get confused and give up), letting basil go to seed rather than keep it pinched, etc.

It's lovely in spring to see little symmetrical groupings of teeny oval, yellow ladybug eggs and larvae (google "ladybug larvae") and new growth everywhere. Not too fond, though, of the abundant rats and evening visits of hoards of bunnies (fencing works only on the ground-based critters - but doesn't work when some unscrupulous person lifts his 5-year-old over the fence to pick your ripening fruit/veg).

The most enjoyment comes from the science project that is nature in the garden.

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