aluvaboy

My vegetable garden is getting ready

aluvaboy
4 years ago

Ready for the planting season

Comments (45)

  • rose_crazy_da
    4 years ago

    Dream Vegetable garden. Please post current pictures

    aluvaboy thanked rose_crazy_da
  • Related Discussions

    Beautify this vegetable garden

    Q

    Comments (12)
    we do exactly what Sanjo described each spring in our vege garden to get our garden weed free and ready for planting. however, i have several long garden beds, surrounded by grass, that are not raised and fighting to control the weeds is quite litterally an all summer afair. it is my understanding that the weeding chore diminishes quite a bit with raised beds.
    ...See More

    Need help for my vegetable garden

    Q

    Comments (0)
    I have planted beans on my raised beds but bugs get to them before they even come out of the ground. I need to know what bugs eating then and how to stop them? Thanks for your help.
    ...See More

    help plan my vegetable garden

    Q

    Comments (0)
    Hey everyone. I am planning on starting a vegetable garden this year and I'd like some help planning it. My husband is getting ready to build me a U-shaped raised bed, and i need some help with regard to what to plant next to what. The seeds I have as of now are: okra, bell peppers, spinach, cilantro, and Indian varieties of cucumber, pumpkin, Ash gourd, broad beans and long beans. I also have a few potatoes with shoots, some strawberry roots, some onion bulbs and some garlic. I am at a loss about what to plant next to what. Also, i heard that planting marigolds next to the plants will keep away some pests, so i bought a packet of those too. Someone please help me with what to plant next to what. Thanks.
    ...See More

    Living room/dining-get ready to sell

    Q

    Comments (67)
    Hey Allison, I am feeling your pain as we are getting our house ready to sell. I scoped all the houses in our neighborhood and a bit beyond that are up for sale in our price point and are not making any improvements that will not give a realistic payback on investment. We have hired a professional to fix any "love" bumps on the walls and are painting the main living areas Revere Pewter and trim a crisp white. I am reusing my existing curtains (I would have to buy 8 pairs of drapes to replace). I am not changing anything that is not broken. I am replacing the light fixtures in the bedrooms as they are usually overlooked and buyers notice them. Because I am getting a bit of the blahs with all this neutral going on, I have picked a favorite painting and am pulling a color to use as strategically placed accents to highlight particular features of our home but I am only purchasing things I will use in our new home. Our realtor's suggestions, make sure our house is super clean and keep it that way, fix what is broken, no scents (baked goods are fine), declutter and have it ready to show at a moment's notice. GOOD LUCK!
    ...See More
  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    4 years ago

    Current pictures of my vegetable garden!

  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    4 years ago

    More pictures

  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    4 years ago
    last modified: 4 years ago

    Some of the vegetables in the above pictures: Bitter melon, Tindora, Indian Purple Spinach, Egg plant, 3 types of Tomatoes, Snake guard, Loukee, Jalapeno peppers, 3 types of bell peppers, Purple beans, green beans, cucumber, Zucchini, Cilantro, Basil, broccoli, bush beans, flat beans, Indian string beans, bok choi, Clove beans (Nithya Vazhuthana) etc. I only use compost, cow manure, alfalfa pellets & alaska fish fertilizer in my garden for fertilizing. No synthetic stuff like miracle grow. So far everything is thriving. So far, I have harvested a lot of purple spinach, tindora, cilantro and some egg plants.

  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    4 years ago

    Yield at last!. Some of my recently picked vegetables.

  • aliciacammel
    4 years ago

    aluvaboy, you have a great looking garden...do you have any bitter melon and hot peppers seeds to share? I'm new to gardening and can't seems to get my bitter melons seeds to germinate. I purchased online and they are all dead rotten seeds. I will send sase.

    Thank you,

    Alicia.

  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    4 years ago

    Alicia,

    We have plenty of bitter melon seeds and I will be happy to share. Where are you located? I am in Rockland county, New York. The reason I asked you your location is because the growing season is over in my zone. I look forward to the next year. Please text your smart phone # to 845-821-2122. I will text you my address to send the SASE.

    Thanks, Benita

  • aliciacammel
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much Benita. I really appreciate your response. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and will be planting my seeds next summer. I don't have texting on my phone but if you have email you can email me. I have FB if you would like me to provide it to you as well.

    Alicia.

  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    4 years ago

    Alicia, Please post your email address. Benita.


  • aliciacammel
    4 years ago

    Hi Benita, my email is: aliciacammel@gmail.com.


  • Jey Chidam
    4 years ago

    hi Benita, can you please check out my trade list? I have a few more asian vegetable seeds that are not in that list. I looked at the vegetables list above and am interested in trading a few seeds - Clove bean, white bitter melon, purple beans in particular. Thanks!

  • KLI_6B
    4 years ago

    Hi Benita

    I also am interested at few of the varieties you have - Tindora, snake gourd and bitter melon.

    Is your bitter melon type prolific for you? I am asking because the few bitter melon seeds that geminated and grew for me only gave me few fruits ( less than 5 fruits/plant). Since we have same climate ( I live in New York city), the type you grew would be suitable for me as well.

    I have Chinese winter melon ( with white powder), cucuzza, amaranth, and may be tromboncino ( I haven't opened the squash yet, so do not know if seeds are good or not).

    Thanks

    Kate

  • KLI_6B
    4 years ago

    I also have ridge gourd, but it fruited very late in the season if you are interested. thanks

  • mferquiroz1
    4 years ago

    Good looking vegetable garden

  • hm825
    3 years ago

    Hi Benita, you have an amazing garden! Have it done by double digging?

  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    3 years ago

    hm825,

    My beds are all raised beds. They are made out of 8 inch wide treated lumber, which I salvaged from an old deck. I don't know what you mean by double digging. Each season I remove some of the soil from the beds and replace it with more compost and some cow manure. The soil I remove is used for potted plants. Compost is available for free from my town recycling center.


  • hm825
    3 years ago

    Hi Benita, I look at your photos. Can't see the beds are raised high. Now I know your beds are raised bed. I still don't know which method is good. I also myself don't understand. I only learn from youtube. One of them is double digging. It seems a lot of work. They dig the ground and give compost and manure also and make the bed raise high also. But not as high as a raised bed. You are lucky that compost is free in your place.

  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    3 years ago

    hm825,

    My beds are raised beds. The reason they appear shallow is because I have mulched the walkways almost 5 inches. I spread weed blocker fabric in all the walkways and then have put mulch heavily. Mulch is also available for free in our town. ( Hey the property taxes are really high! They have to give something back to us. LOL.) At the start of the season, I also spray a pre-emergent herbicide in the walkways to prevent any stray seeds from germinating in the walkways. Otherwise Tomatoes, purple spinach and some beans seeds that fall into the walkway during the end of the season sprout as soon as the weather moderates. Pre-emergent help control this. Another point is although my beds are only 8 inches deep, the earthworms do their job for free and the soil is good to like 18 inches deep. So no problems with growing anything.

  • Lisa 8b
    3 years ago

    This is awesome! I wish I had the room for this.

  • Mubarak Shaik
    3 years ago

    Awesome garden Benita! I have some thing like this in my mind but don't know when I will be able to build a wonderful permanent garden like you. Great Work ! Happy growing !

    aluvaboy thanked Mubarak Shaik
  • zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin
    3 years ago

    Don't know why I never noticed this thread until now. That is a spectacularly beautiful vegetable garden, a true labor of love. I love all the trellises, especially that horizontal trellis. The white bitter melon & snake gourd are really interesting, are they hybrids?

    I am always searching for any Asian vegetables which will grow in my climate, and would be interested in a trade for several that you grow, especially the clove beans. Please check out my Trade List, and contact me by PM if I have anything you might be looking for.

    aluvaboy thanked zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin
  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    3 years ago

    Thanks zeedman & Mbsk for the compliments. The white bitter melon and snake gourd are from seeds that I brought back from Kerala, South India. I am originally from Ernakulam, a city in Kerala State in India. I am not sure if they are hybrids though. Regarding clove beans, I don't think it will grow well in zone 5. I am in zone 6 and even though I germinate the seeds of clove beans indoors in March to be transplanted into the beds in middle of May, I seldom get good yield. From the two plants I had last year, I got about 5 pounds of yield. There was a ton of flowers on the plant when the first frost hit it in September killing the plants.

    I have a severe groundhog issue where I live. That is the reason, I went through the pain of building a garden like what you see. The perimeter of the garden is a concrete brick wall buried deep to about 18 inches to prevent the groundhog burrowing under. The chain link fence is built on top of the wall. So far I have been able to keep groundhog at bay until they outsmart me. These critters are highly intelligent and it is only a matter of time, they figure out a way to make their way in.

    This year I am planning to install a sprinkler system utilizing harvested rain water. I have managed to get 10 plastic drums (55 gallons) to harvest the rain water. Will keep everyone posted as things progress. The winter has been unusually mild this year and I expect an extended growing season this year. Happy gardening everyone.

  • J K
    3 years ago

    aluvaboy,

    Do you please mind sharing which state you live in. We recently moved to New Jersey and would love to know if somethign like this is possible here :)

    aluvaboy thanked J K
  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    3 years ago

    JK,

    I am in New York State. Zone 6. I live a mile from the New Jersey border. This set up is definitely doable any where in NJ. Where in NJ are you located? If you are close by, you can visit me and see things first hand.

  • J K
    3 years ago

    Thank you so much. I live in north brunswick. I would need help/guidance on the timings, when to start seeds indoors and when to transplant them outdoors. There is a lot of information for general veggies not on asian/indian veggies.


    aluvaboy thanked J K
  • J K
    3 years ago

    Do you have tindora cuttings that you can share? I would love to visit your garden.

    aluvaboy thanked J K
  • cougar1973
    3 years ago

    Wow, this is awesome! Do you have pics of your upcoming set up for 2017. Like your username...my wife is from aluva :)

    aluvaboy thanked cougar1973
  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    3 years ago

    This year I am planning to post pictures right from the start. People have been asking to start a blog. I am not going that far. But will post as many pictures as I can. This winter has been very mild and I hope we will all have an extended growing season. For vegetables like clove beans, we need it in the ground as early as possible.

    Yes, I am originally from Aluva in Kerala, South India. Have been living in Rockland county, New York for the last 27 years.

  • cougar1973
    3 years ago

    Nice! Bookmarked this to follow. Look forward to the pics.

  • ss1114
    3 years ago

    Looking forward to your pictures. Your garden is amazing and a great inspiration. I'm another desi who recently started vegetable gardening in NJ. Last year was the first time - I bought some seeds for my Mom when I was in Italy on vacation, and that's how it all started. Now I'm hooked. Last year I was able to grow San Marzano and Oxheart tomatoes from seeds, along with Cayenne Peppers. Also grew some Eggplants, and a bunch of herbs, but not from seed.


    @ "J K" - I'm very close to North Brunswick - used to live there earlier across from the Shoprite. Small world. Now in Monroe. Its time to start your seeds, especially peppers, you can wait another 10 days or so for tomatoes, or start now if you think Summer temps are going to come earlier than last year.

  • ezhilmalini
    3 years ago

    Aluvaboy can you share clove bean seed if you have.Thanks

  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    3 years ago

    ezhilmalini, please provide your email address. I will reply.

  • ezhilmalini
    3 years ago

    My email Ezhilmalini@yahoo.com.

    Thanks

  • siri gannava
    3 years ago

    Hi aluvaboy can you share the root of the tindora or ivy gourd plant my email is sirishagannavarapu@gmail.com

  • aliciacammel
    3 years ago

    aluvaboy,

    I'm interested in some of your white bitter melon and if you have Malabar spinach. I'm also looking for Wiri Wiri hot pepper seeds. I have about 15 species of hot peppers to trade if you are interested.

    My email is: aliciacammel@gmail.com

    Thank you,

    Alicia

  • Kay young--Zone 5
    3 years ago
    last modified: 3 years ago

    WoW! Your garden is awesome! I like your wooden and metal structure for climbers.

    I have tried to grow bittermelon last 3 yrs but failed. What are names of long green, white-ish green vegetables?

    I see it was 2016 posting. I wonder how well you did this year 2017, even better?

    aluvaboy thanked Kay young--Zone 5
  • aluvaboy
    Original Author
    3 years ago

    Kay,

    Thanks for the compliments.

    The long green, white-ish vegetable is a snake gourd.

    2017 was also a good year. The weather was not as favorable as 2016. Still We managed to get good yield. I did not post too many pictures this year because I changed my job. Now have to make a 60 mile commute one way.

    Bitter melons are very easy to grow. Well draining soil with a lot of cow manure and full sun are the only requirements. Also a sturdy trellis for it to spread out. I use cattle panels sold by Tractor supply Co. It is available in 4 feet x 16 feet size. My trellis just for bitter melons and Snake gourd are 8 feet x 40 feet. I am in zone 6. I start germinating the seeds indoors in April and will have it transplanted into my raised beds by end of May. They start to fruit by mid July and steady yield until the frost kills the plants by end of October.


  • Kay young--Zone 5
    3 years ago

    I am sorry to hear that you have to commute 120 miles a day. That is a lot of time, gas money and what not. I am glad that you had a great year in 2017 again.

    Thank you so much for your tips to grow bittermelon which I have a good memory of my childhood.

    aluvaboy thanked Kay young--Zone 5
  • Anna Burton
    3 years ago

    Wow, you have an awesome garden. Love those fresh vegetables, especially the bitter melon.

    aluvaboy thanked Anna Burton
  • Hepsi Anjuri
    2 years ago

    Nice garden, You are lucky

  • aliciacammel
    2 years ago

    Aluvaboy, do you still have white bitter melon seeds??? I would love to trade you for some of my Indian pumpkin, and Indian squash. The seeds were sent to me from Pakistan. I also have 2 species of spinach and okra as well. All from Pakistan.

    Thank you,

    Alicia.

  • Sue Dkn
    2 years ago

    Dream vegetable garden. All the pictures of your produce is awesome. Any seeds to share? I am looking for tindora, bitter melon, Indian snake gourd and any other. I am happy to reimburse you nominally.

  • Globe Trotter
    2 years ago

    Awesome Garden Aluvaboy! I'm looking for Indian seeds - gongura, bitter melon, tindora, indian snake gourd or any other indian. I have no seeds to trade as of now as i'm beginning gardening just this year- would pay for postage. Hope you can spare some seeds and help :) Thank you

  • Madhu pag
    5 months ago

    Hi do you have have tindora cutting?