Gardeners Unite!

Posted by Barb Rechtzigel @BRechtzigel, Mar 8, 2017

As Spring is (finally) approaching, my thoughts turn more and more to digging in the dirt. Every single year I say I’m going to scale back on my vegetable garden, and every single year I find myself with more veggies than I know what to do with. Does anyone else have the same dilemma? What do you do when you have more veggies than you can eat on any given day during the summer? I’ve canned, frozen, processed until I have no more room. I need fresh ideas! Also, good recipes for summer’s bumper crop would be fun too!

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While I am not a gardener, @BRechtzigel, I sure enjoy the fruits of your labor when you so generously bring in the extras that you can’t eat. Thank you for that!

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@transom

While I am not a gardener, @BRechtzigel, I sure enjoy the fruits of your labor when you so generously bring in the extras that you can’t eat. Thank you for that!

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I know it can be time consuming, but what about selling your wonderful produce at a local farmer’s market?

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Consider donating extras to Channel One, they will accept many veggies.

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@bjs03

I know it can be time consuming, but what about selling your wonderful produce at a local farmer’s market?

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Brenda, my over abundance is usually too sporadic to be reliable for “bringing to market”, not to mention that getting that all set up would be the most time-consuming part. It would be fun, but maybe more for when I retire or have all that wonderful time on my hands.

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@carini

Consider donating extras to Channel One, they will accept many veggies.

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Erik, that’s a good thought. I could contact them about what they can or cannot take. I always thought they would need to adhere to some strict guidelines regarding where they got food from, particularly when it isn’t pre-packaged. Thanks for the suggestion.

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They’ll definitely take it, see the attached pdf.
We have the same problem, freeze a lot, dehydrate a lot, can a lot and still plenty of extra!

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@carini

They’ll definitely take it, see the attached pdf.
We have the same problem, freeze a lot, dehydrate a lot, can a lot and still plenty of extra!

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Thank you! I’ll definitely keep this in mind!

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OH WOW, I wish I had your problem. I live in Florida and attempted a few times to have a salad garden (tomatoes, salad green, onions), but between the birds, squirrels and heat, I gave up. I am a fan of juicing and have found that the juicing process uses a lot of vegetables.

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Any tips for container gardens in MN? I’ve not tried this before, and haven’t started looking into it. Our deck gets full/direct sun and is south facing. I was thinking of planting just a few herbs and vegetables.

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I’m in WI and herbs work very well in pots (especially if you have an invasive herb like mint that can take over in a ground garden), but really any herbs are good. Tomatoes, greens, and beans tend to do very well too. I’ve had some success with carrots as well but you need to be patient for them to be ready. Good luck and enjoy!

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@stacieschmidt

I’m in WI and herbs work very well in pots (especially if you have an invasive herb like mint that can take over in a ground garden), but really any herbs are good. Tomatoes, greens, and beans tend to do very well too. I’ve had some success with carrots as well but you need to be patient for them to be ready. Good luck and enjoy!

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Thanks, @stacieschmidt! When do you start yours?

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@stacieschmidt

I’m in WI and herbs work very well in pots (especially if you have an invasive herb like mint that can take over in a ground garden), but really any herbs are good. Tomatoes, greens, and beans tend to do very well too. I’ve had some success with carrots as well but you need to be patient for them to be ready. Good luck and enjoy!

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Hi @sunnih
I start some seeds indoors in March (February if I’m getting antsy from winter). 🙂 I plant any small plants (and my seedlings) outside sometime between Mother’s Day and Memorial day depending on how warm the spring is. The nice thing about containers is that it’s easy to either bring them inside or group them together and cover them if you do get a cold night with patchy frost. I’m buying my plants next weekend and the following, so I’m getting really excited. It’s been warm here so they should be able to go outside right after Mother’s day.

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@stacieschmidt

I’m in WI and herbs work very well in pots (especially if you have an invasive herb like mint that can take over in a ground garden), but really any herbs are good. Tomatoes, greens, and beans tend to do very well too. I’ve had some success with carrots as well but you need to be patient for them to be ready. Good luck and enjoy!

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Thanks @stacieschmidt! I have to get started 🙂

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Hello! We’re on our 2nd year of gardening a large 30×50 garden in MN. Last year was the first year we made a garden area & pretty much rushed getting the grass torn up & seeds planted. It was awful with the weeds & we couldn’t keep up!! The final crop was low & terrible. This year we’re trying something different – I read an article about prepping the ground: in early April/May, cover the ground with plastic tarps & leave covered for 4-6 weeks. This will kill off weeds & actually from the heat of the sun & lack of sun, turn weeds into mulch, making the soil rich for growing. Not sure if you can believe everything you read, but we’re on week 5 & getting antsy to pull back the tarps & see if we have a weedless planting area. Has anyone heard of such thing? 🙂

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