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Started two plants and herbs this week outside and they are going very well. Strawberries and lettuce are in two containers along with some potted basic herbs.

Received 4 packets of seeds this week from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Company in Mansfield, Missouri as part of their entry giveway in their Heirloom Garden Show. 

They consist of Tomato Golden King of Siberia; Squash Pipian from Tuxpan; Gourd Dishclothor better known as Luffa;  Moon Flowers and one that I couldn't believe my good luck was  the Pepper Bhut Jolokia better  known as the "Ghost Pepper."   For once I actually won something?! LOL!!! :)

I am anxious to get these seeds into the ground and really anxious to see how the Bhut Jolokia does here in South Carolina. 

This is one of the different plants I planned to grow along with some tomotilos, a few sunflowers, and maybe even tobacco.  Didn't want to compete with our local Farmers Market. Plus, these make good conversation and battering topics.

This year the wife (an "ole" farmer from North Dakota) and I are doing a ittle garden competition.

 I plan to keep my garden in containers following the square foot gardening concept and she is following the "in the ground" method, most likely laid out in small square foot type sections.

Raised beds are a little expensive at this time (soil mix has to mail ordered) and I didn't plan well for that over the winter season. 

So we'll see how things work out with the 4 or 5  5 gallon food buckets (hanging and on the deck), 9 of The Garden Patch Grow Boxes, and a couple of hanging baskets for the strawberries. 

We both are using recycled materials and organic soil treatment and mixes. So we will be watching our money. But, I won't constrain her in getting her garden going.

As always, we are open to all ideas, comments, and suggestions.  We'll see how this all works out.

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Comment by Caroline Malcolm on March 21, 2012 at 9:38am

good luck! i hope you'll share contest progress and some photos of your gardens! nothing like healthy competition...!

Comment by John F. Houpt II, PhD on March 23, 2012 at 1:29pm

Well, here we go. Went out Wednesday to purchase the items for the garden container mix and the wife ended up purchasing 4 new trees to add to the property! They will be planted today. I'll oad some photos.  Sounds like she just upped the ante on this year’s gardening project!   And no, we did not pick up the gardening materials. Well, there’s always Saturday!

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