Nick's Pickle Garden -Today's Fun

tinael01(10A)January 30, 2011

Big Brother makes base and marks ground

Nick Tills

Plants cukes, dill, chives, zinnias and waters

Then water's his cabbages

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dirtygardener73(9a)

Cool! My son had his own garden from age 6 to 12 when we lived in the country. He had one 4 x 4 spot, where he got to grow fun stuff like stripey tomatoes, round cucumbers, yard-long beans and yellow zucchini. He always picked things that were different. He told me the other day he missed gardening.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2011 at 8:16PM
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amberroses(10a)

That's so neat that he does it himself. Kids should learn to enjoy nature and working in the garden.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2011 at 8:43PM
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tinael01(10A)

I know just what you mean! We help him with the hard bits. It is great to do it with someone and not so great if it's too hard. He said to me "this is so much fun, Mom!" I said "what, honey? Planting the seeds?" He said "no, watching how big they grow!" He is 9 - I hope when he's a grown man we can still share our love of gardening!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2011 at 9:12PM
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stuartwanda(N. Stuart)

That's great that he enjoys it and he will carry that knowledge for years to come! Love that little tiller.
Your making great memories together.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 6:33AM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Tina, you are blessed to have kids to share this wonderful hobby. I am sure it will get under his skin-looks like it has already- and you will be gardening buddies forever! I tried and tried with my kids to no avail.

Anna

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 11:51AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

I just love to see baby pictures! Well, baby gardeners anyway ;-)

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 8:00PM
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gardengimp(9B Seminole Cnty FL)

Nick looks like he is having a really good time. Do you suppose he might enjoy growing some Mexican Sour Gherkin? They are little bitty and fun:

I could send you/him a few seeds, they germinated and started easily.

~dianne

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 11:12AM
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tinael01(10A)

That is so sweet, Dianne! I am sure he'd love it and it would make him feel very 'included' to get a gift like that.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 12:29PM
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tinael01(10A)

Nick's Cucumbers and Zinnias are starting to sprout! No dill or chives yet - but this gardener is a happy boy! His excitement is so fun to experience. Ha Ha! look what he pulled on to wear when I told him he had seedlings! I'll have to have the stripes and checks talk with him.

The rain was very good for his garden. The cabbages leaves were resting on the ground, but they are now all pointing heavenward. Hallelujah!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2011 at 8:08AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Looking good Tina, nobody ever said gardening requires fashion coordination ;-)

Tom

    Bookmark   February 6, 2011 at 8:41AM
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goldenpond((Vero.Beach FL 9b))

That is so awesome has he started a worm farm yet?

    Bookmark   February 6, 2011 at 8:47AM
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tinael01(10A)

No - no worm farm. :) I don't know how to do that but it does sound like a fun project. Wierdly enough Nick isn't the bug lover most little boys are - he just said, "that's okay, Mom, we'll just use the compost we're already making." Go figure - I'm more interested than he is! We've got a compost heap cooking with oak leaves, coffee grounds from starbucks, expired garden plants, and horse stable sweepings in it though. Nick likes going into Starbucks and asking for the grounds. I sure wish I could have recorded the "WOOOOOHOOOO!" he gave this morning when I told him he had seedlings. That's how I feel when I have seedlings too...but kids are much more expressive!

Hi there, Tom! Nick totally loved the Everglades you gave him. One of them had a little split in it and Nick 'discovered' the seeds inside it for the first time. He started talking about how to save them himself. Then he quickly said how he might not like to eat tomatoes, but he could grow them for me to eat. :) My money is on this gardening hobby turning him into a much more healthy eater.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2011 at 11:58AM
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tinael01(10A)

Carrot Harvest!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 7:13PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Wooooooooooo Nick! Way to go! Excellent harvest! Bravo!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 7:26PM
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loufloralcityz9

Nice carrots, now all he has to do is find a horse or rabbit to feed them to.

Lou

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 3:44AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Fresh carrots for dinner, yum! Way to go Nick!

Tom

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 8:49AM
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tinael01(10A)

Nick got such a hoot out of being Garden-Web-Famous that he wanted to give you an update. Everything is big, healthy, and productive. For the size of the plant, the bush champion has delivered some awesome cukes! Today Nick picked five big cucumbers from the four plants and pulled up a little dill and a few chives for a salad. Thanks for making Nick feel so special!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 7:12PM
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gardengimp(9B Seminole Cnty FL)

Way to go Nick! A cucumber man is born :)

~dianne

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 8:33PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

I'm so glad Nick held out those green thumbs where we could get a good look at them! He is such a good gardener and that big container and great smile say it all. We are all so proud of him - and a little jealous, too!

Carol

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 9:56PM
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jwahlton(9B Kisimee)

That is so awesome for him.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 9:20AM
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tinael01(10A)

Thanks everybody for liking my garden! - Nick

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 4:34PM
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saldut

Nick is even greater in person-- we met him at Lori's Plant Swap Sat. and were bowled over by his good manners and pleasant disposition, he showed a maturity far beyond his years... and his Mom was a delight as well.... way to go Nick, you're a winner ! sally

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 5:47PM
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tinael01(10A)

Hi Sally! We liked you too. :)

The dwarf papayas....should I repot them for a while?

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 10:01PM
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saldut

Hi Tina - the papayas can go right into the ground when they get a bit bigger, but don't disturb the roots or try to separate them, they don't like being transplanted... just cut along the sides of the cup and put the whole thing into a rich bed, and later after they grow a bit you rogue them out, cull out the poorest and keep just the best, maybe 2 or 3 of them will be robust and just leave them in the bunch, they will all grow together.... have a good rich bed with lots of compost, and sunny, and don't overwater because that will cause root-rot..... good luck, sally

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 1:22PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Nick, you are the man!!!

Good job mom ;-)

Tom

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 7:42PM
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