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Super Challenge: Veg Out Featured on May 24, 2010

Challenge

It's time to put your green thumb to work! This growing season, plant and tend your own vegetable garden.

Individual Result

Planting a vegetable garden will reduce your CO2 emissions by 40 lbs this growing season and save up to $70 on produce.

Rally Impact

1819 people have reduced CO2 emissions by 35.2 tons by completing this challenge so far. That's equal to turning off the electricity of 35 homes for about 1 month!

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  • Between 7 and 8 million Americans will be planting their first vegetable garden this year.
  • You save about two pounds of CO2 for every pound of fruits or vegetables you grow yourself.
  • A home garden can yield between $1000 and $1700 worth of fresh produce for every $100 invested.

People get their motivation for starting a vegetable garden from different places. Some people have been inspired by the new “kitchen garden” Michelle Obama and D.C. elementary students have recently planted on the White House lawn. Others are finding inspiration in the Victory Gardens grown by millions of Americans to support the war effort during World War I and II. Others like the convenience of picking their own tomatoes and the sense of accomplishment. Some see gardening as a way to get some exercise and reduce their stress. Me? I just like a tomato that tastes like a tomato.

This Featured Challenge was first suggested by ellabelle5, and it received 11 votes. Since then, a bunch of rallyers have added similar ideas and tips to the workshop. They include nature’s fellowship, Geekboi, Iowastategurl,
“VMD16<3”:http://www.carbonrally.com/users/24475, and Morgan22. Please stop by and thank these rallyers for their suggestions if you get a chance.

The Carbon Connection
It takes energy to grow the vegetables you find in your grocery store. And we’re not talking about the energy the plants naturally take in from the sun. Farms use energy to run tractors, irrigation pumps, and other farm machinery. But many farms also use large amounts of petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides that also require energy to produce and transport. Almost all of this energy comes from using fossil fuels, which means that growing those veggies has led to CO2 emissions before they even leave the farm.

Energy is also needed to get fruits and vegetables from farms to your local supermarket. Whether the produce is grown across town or across the ocean, transporting the food you eat comes at some environmental cost. Trucks, planes, trains, and ships all burn some type of fossil fuel. And burning fossil fuel adds carbon dioxide to Earth’s atmosphere. The vegetables you grow in your own backyard need only be carried into the house, preferably by a cooperative child, spouse, or bribable younger sibling.

Getting It Done
This is our second Super Challenge. We call this a Super Challenge because growing a garden takes more time and effort than simply avoiding drive-through lunches or pumping up your car’s tires. A decent vegetable garden can be a monetary investment to set up and it can be an investment of your time on an almost daily basis. Even after the soil is ready and the plants are growing, you will need to tend the garden, weed the rows, and water the growing plants. This is a long-term commitment. However, many people just like you are planting gardens this year. Sales of seeds and materials at places like Home Depot are up over 20 percent over 2008; sales of seeds from online vendors such as Burpee are up over 60 percent from 2008. So, you won’t be alone. And the benefits, both to Earth and to your own dinner table, should make it a tempting proposition.

Need help meeting this Super Challenge? Here are a few suggestions:

  • If you don’t have your own back yard in which to plant a garden, you might think about growing a container garden in whatever space you have available on your patio, deck, porch, or balcony. Perhaps you can arrange to garden in a neighbor or friend’s yard in exchange for some of your fresh produce. You might see if there are nearby community gardens with plots available or CSAs with shares available.
  • Have a question about gardening in your town? Don’t forget that you can use the locations feature here on Carbonrally to post messages and questions to other Rallyers who live in your town. Just login and go to your My Carbon Page. Then click on your registered city name.
  • Grow what you eat. Don’t try to grow items that you don’t normally buy at the grocery. Most people find that growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and greens such as lettuce makes the biggest impact on their produce purchases. And all of these can be easy to grow vegetables — something that can make all the difference to a beginner gardener.
  • Maximize the impact of your garden by working with your local climate, not against it. Early-season vegetables, such as peas, lettuce, carrots, beets, etc., can withstand the cooler nights (and even the occasional frost) of mid to late spring. You’ll find that seeds and seedlings are often sold with notations as to their USDA plant hardiness zones. Knowing your location’s zone can help you choose the right plants and the right time of year to be growing them.
  • Minimize your purchases to maximize your savings and positive effects on the environment. For example, don’t buy gardening equipment you don’t need. And try to combine your garden shopping with another shopping trip you might already need to make. You may even find you can buy seeds and tools in your grocery store. Remember, the things you buy and bring home have a carbon backstory with pounds of CO2 associated with their manufacture and transportation.
  • For the reasons discussed earlier, it’s important that you avoid buying and using petroleum-derived (and transported) fertilizers for your garden. You want your garden to be as organic as possible. This means feeding your soil some sort of cheap, readily-available organic matter. Luckily, many of you took last year’s composting Super Challenge and now have your own, do-it-yourself compost to use as fertilizer. If you don’t have compost, you may need to purchase a few bags of aged cow poop to “beef up” your soil for growing produce.

How many of you have already started a vegetable garden? Whether you’re an old pro at raising tasty tomatoes or a rank amateur at growing greens, please let us know how your growing season is going. Share your growing tips and questions (and photos of your gardens) with your fellow Rallyers in the Challenge Discussion section below.

Rules of the Challenge
This Super Challenge asks you to plant and maintain a small organic vegetable garden during the 2009 growing season. You’re aiming for about 40 square feet of garden, which might be a 10 foot by 4 foot plot. By organically growing your own vegetables this summer, you will reduce carbon by an estimated 40 lbs of CO2, which we will award to you and your Rally team as 8 lbs of CO2 per month for the next 5 months. This Super Challenge is repeatable once within the next 12 months. So if you get really motivated, you can grow a larger, 80 square foot garden and accept the Challenge twice.

Learn More
Revive the Victory Garden
Garden Guides: Tips and Instructions
What’s A Home Garden Worth?
Vegetable Garden Layout

See the Math
Honestly, there are way too many variables involved in this Challenge for us to give you a reliable set of numbers. We know growing your own vegetables is a good thing, but we can’t tell you exactly how many pounds of CO2 you’ll keep out of Earth’s atmosphere by growing a garden this year. Let’s look at what we do know:

  • At one-half pound of produce per square foot, your 40 square foot garden should produce about 20 pounds of vegetables this year. (Of course, you might get double this amount if, for example, you live in Georgia instead of Massachusetts and can take advantage of a longer growing season. Naturally, your results might also vary depending on weather, how well you take care of your garden, etc.) At the current market price of vegetables at your local supermarket, that should be about $60 worth of vegetables (perhaps closer to $70 if you already buy organic). If you can set yourself a limit of $20 for up front expenses (seeds, manure, etc.), then you should be able to realize a hefty, yet typical return on your investment. (We’re not counting your labor. The exercise is good for you.)
  • In a 2008 study, researchers at Dartmouth College found that it takes about 1 megajoule (MJ) of total energy equivalent to produce each kilogram (kg) of field-grown tomato. This number includes the energy needed to run farm equipment and irrigation pumps, as well as the energy-equivalent of the petro-chemical fertilizers needed for the fields.  source
  • For simplicity sake, let’s say that your garden has nothing but tomatoes. At the end of the year, your garden has yielded 20 pounds of tomatoes. If that were true, and if each pound of tomatoes you raised replaced one pound of tomatoes you might have bought at a supermarket, then we can use the Dartmouth study to begin putting some energy savings on your garden. If 1 kg equals 2.2 lbs, then it takes 1 MJ to grow 2.2 lbs of tomatoes. It follows that growing 20 pounds of tomatoes requires 9.1 MJ of energy-equivalent.
  • Vegetables are normally put in some sort of packaging to get them from farms to processing centers to warehouses and eventually to grocery stores. Tomatoes examined by the above New Hampshire tomato study were packed in cardboard boxes. The energy associated with each cardboard tomato shipping box was 15.8 MJ. At 6.8 kg of tomatoes transported per box, that works out to 2 boxes needed to transport your garden’s 20 lbs of tomatoes. Those 2 boxes have a total 31.6. MJ of energy (2 boxes x 15.8 MJ.per box) associated with their production.
  • So far, we have 20 pounds of tomatoes being grown and packed in cardboard boxes. The total energy-equivalent associated with those boxes of tomatoes is 40.7 MJ. If we use gasoline as the energy source (132 MJ energy per gallon), then the tomatoes would have required the energy equivalent of 0.3 gallons of gasoline to this point, or roughly 6.0 lbs of CO2.
  • In a 2006 study of produce in California, researchers determined that each pound of vegetables delivered to California cafeterias was responsible for 1.7 lbs of CO2 due to the burning of fossil fuels during transportation. For our 20 pounds of tomatoes, that would amount to an additional 34 lbs of CO2.  source
  • The total CO2 saved by growing 20 lbs of organic tomatoes in your yard rather than buying 20 pounds of non-organic tomatoes at a supermarket is 40 lbs, not counting any additional carbon from grocery bags or driving your groceries home from market.

Are your thumbs turning green? Well, get them out in the sunshine and join your fellow Rallyers as they reach for the sky on this Super Challenge.

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paulathand almost 4 years ago
There's nothing like eating directly from your own garden. We enjoyed peas, fava beans, string beans, eggplant, broccolli, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, rhubarb, kale, leeks. How do they manage to grow utterly flavorless vegetables and fruits that we get at supermarkets? They look more or less right, its all about the visual aspect. The carbon related negative consequences of our food distribution system are only one of many, the impacts related to health and health care costs are also significant. Bad food is least costly, its all a lot of folks can afford.
MarylandGreenPower.Com almost 4 years ago
We have more tomatoes than a family of four can eat this summer, so we're trading some for peppers our neighbors grow. Haven't had to buy much veggies from the grocery store. This challenge saves CO2 from driving your vehicle, create O2 from the garden and keeps us healthy! Great challenge idea! Please consider also voting for my green energy idea in the Workshop!
SaraSmile about 4 years ago
Wow, I cannot believe how many zucchini, squash and tomatoes are growing. Who knew all you needed was seeds and some horse fertilizer. Go Green!
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green.core.centre about 4 years ago
my mom teach me plant vegetable in my house garden and just started 2 weeks ago and will see the result in soon future.
violoncello about 4 years ago
I've been growing some tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers for a little over 2 months now. I have greenery everywhere, but alas not many signs of vegetable growth. Maybe I'm being impatient? I do have 5 small tomatoes, 3 hot peppers, and one sliver of a cucumber that are slowly on the grow. Hopefully mine is just the garden version of a late bloomer...
SaraSmile about 4 years ago
1 month and the snap peas I planted have already reach 4 inches high. Growing fast, cannot wait to eat them. Now if I could only keep my dogs out of the flower bed!
Keegan about 4 years ago
The garden is rockin'! If only my kids would let the veggies mature before picking them. :-)
CerridwynEldritch about 4 years ago
I feel a bit like crying - about a week and half ago, after making sure all my young veggies were ready for transplanting, I did so - I had waited because I recalled when I tried last year that for some odd reason we had a late cold snap that froze them and only a few herbs survived. I was quite certain that, as it's practically summer here now where I live, I would be having no such problems with crazy weather. So I planted them outdoors, and they were abruptly killed by hail. Golf ball sized hail in Southern California in late May....who would have thunk? The long and short of it is that we ended up having to go and buy some new transplants as it is now quite late in the year to try and start all over again. (I'm going to try for corn anyway - I really love corn... and maybe broccoli and cauliflower... perhaps some watermelon, don't have any watermelon...)
Punkiedoodle1998 about 4 years ago
The garden is going great!!!!
Carboneater about 4 years ago
People who love fruit can make a killing in gardens. I planted strawberries two summers ago and made jam for everyone in my family for an entire year (we love jam on bread in the morning and for a snack). Strawberries love to spread, so make sure you have room if you love them as much as we do. There are so many other choices for 'extras' too, like compot (something between jam and fresh fruit without the pectin, good served warm), jellies, and smoothies!
Sandy about 4 years ago
Don't forget foraged foods as well. Greens right now available here, fresh, organic and free, are poke, lambs quarters, chickweed.
chios about 4 years ago
I always plan a garden. I have tomatoes to supply the family needs for at least four months. If extras I put them in the freezer for cooking. I grow garlic onions, squash, lettuce, beets, swiss chard, and spinach. Not very successful with eggplant and peppers. Part of the problem is that I go away on a vacation and leave the garden to nature.
Vempyre about 4 years ago
Hey, Im from New Zealand. I was lucky enough to grow up on a market garden, so the joys of gardening were instilled in me early. Even though we sold up and moved when I was 10 I still remember the joys of watching your seeds grow eventually onto your plate. While im here: 1. What are some good veggies/fruits to grow in a garden? Climate will depends, but as long your warm (if your comfortable, starting to sweat for most of the day you can grow most) some excellent crops are: Lettuce, Beans, Peas, Radishs, Carrots, Silverbeet, Tomatoes, Capsicum. Brocolli will grow almost anywhere in anything. Maybe not snow but pretty much anything up to. 2. Where in my yard is a good location for the garden? Somewhere in full sun is best. Some partial shade wouldn't be too much trouble. Any where with good soil, if you know anything about it. Otherwise dig it up and see what its like. If you want, you can grow in pots or planter boxes which can be placed anywhere in the sun eg, front step, porch, alongside the house, on your lawn. soil can just be bought from your local garden supply store, which your plants will thrive in. Or just plant and see :) 3. When should I plant my seeds? Anytime between spring and autumn. Germination will vary as with full harvest. Most of the above mentioned will be ready between 5-10 weeks. So once you harvest plant again, you could get 2-3 crops over the warmer months. Don't forget to water! :) Read the instructions for planting on the seed packet. Freeze your veges for winter! Herbs go a LONG way to. Simon and Garfunkel said it most famously: "Parsely, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme." These you can leave for years and years supply. My rosemary is 4 years old, and my thyme 3. They get used in nearly every meal, every night. Many others, just look at the seed bank and go nuts :)
greengirl97 over 4 years ago
Hey Green Friends! This year, I will be planting my first garden (I am excited about growing my own fruits and vegetables!) But, I have a few questions to be answered so if you guys could help me, I will be very thankful! 1. What are some good veggies/fruits to grow in a garden? 2. Where in my yard is a good location for the garden? 3. When should I plant my seeds? Thanks!
CerridwynEldritch over 4 years ago
When I was young we would grow tomatoes and other veggies – I loved it when we planted the pumpkins – that vine reached almost to the other end of our yard and our yard was most certainly not small. There were so many tomatoes we gave buckets away to our neighbors. Somewhere along the way we stopped growing our own food. Dad still tended to the roses and other flowers he had planted. Mom ended up planting some rosemary which grew into a large bush she occasionally uses in her cooking. Last year I wanted us to start up a garden again and we were successful with some chives (still growing) and peppers (I picked for mum, but I hate peppers) and the thyme is still growing though I can’t remember when I last watered it… Maybe now I can plant tomatoes and pumpkins (and maybe even corn! yum!) again.
Marilia Lima over 4 years ago
My garden have ruculas, cebolinhas and salsinhas. I have medicinal plants too.
canyongreengal over 4 years ago
Also pledging that what I do but will be in-season only veggies and fruits. No more pricey peppers in the middle of winter....
Namhcetrepus over 4 years ago
I have already started my garden this year and haved added organic compost to help things grow.
Drewman Green over 4 years ago
I love my raised organic garden (20'x10')filled with spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, various legumes, and of course multiple tomato varieties.
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AndreAB_812 over 4 years ago
I agree with EcoPanther. :)
EcoPanther over 4 years ago
I do have my own garden, but it's really hard to grow things in Las Vegas. The dirts not very good, but the soil is expensive. The weather is either to hot or to cold. I still try often, though. It just takes alot of work to grow things.
AndreAB_812 over 4 years ago
Whoo hoo! Go veggies! I'm going to try this challenge a bit later because it's rather cold outside and I don't think my food will live. Either way, growing plants, reducing pollutants, and going green is a great way to save our planet. :)
birdman (Carbonrally) over 4 years ago
Monster carrots! Last harvest of the year, just in time for Thanksgiving.
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mygreenbooks.com over 4 years ago
I don't know if you have heard about this, but there is a website that you can trade your veggies & fruits on-it's called Veggietrader.com We didn't have enough to trade this year, but I bet we will next year!!
Ice over 4 years ago
Gardens are *BEAST!*
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OurGreenFam3 almost 5 years ago
I just wanted to say, My family and I are mostly veggie eaters. I am a complete veg. My 2 year old and husband are not. I do make only organic free range grass fed chicken and beef for them 3 times a week. We grew our own veggies this summer. Cukes, eggplants brocc, peppers, peas, tomatoes, celery, herbs etc... we buy only organic/ and or local as much as possible :)
rallyer29573 almost 5 years ago
we save so much from growing our own produce it's a great hobby!
rallyer29565 almost 5 years ago
The company’s test gardens flourished this year. The amount of water used by each watering method has been tracked and results will be posted later this season.
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gudlook'n gurl almost 5 years ago
wow wat an amazing idea. ive neva gardened b4 but this is the first this reminds me of when i was younger and i meet my grandfather he always be palnting and pulling fresh tomato's those were the good oh days so i giva thumbs up on this awsome challenge.....
radiofreeearth almost 5 years ago
I've been gardening for years. Squirrels got my corn this year and, over the last five years, I've noticed climate changes that have affected my crop quality/yield (esp. cukes, spinach, and the last two years and broccoli and cauliflower). However, the tomatoes went crazy after I cut back foliage to maximize their exposure to the sun, zucchini and other squash ok, beans just kept on giving, carrots and lettuce - better quality and longer yield than in previous years. Kohlrabi good. Peas - not so much for the last three years. It was not a good year for any of the berries (blue, but esp. rasp and straw).
birdman (Carbonrally) almost 5 years ago
It's a bumper crop! Three ears of corn from our garden today.
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emugal almost 5 years ago
i have a garden full of tomatoes, cucumbers,and peppers. The food is fresh,free of preservatives,healthy,and tastes delish!!! We dont have to buy as much produce,and we dont release co2 by driving to the store as much. We are also growing herbs.
malena6913 about 5 years ago
My container garden includes: Big Boy, husky cherry, lemon boy, sweet baby girl and one other tomato; 3 tomatillos, sweet basil, lemon basil, rosemary, cilantro, Royal burgandy bush beans, hubbard and banana squash, jalepenos, banana peppers and red chili peppers and if it survives the transplant shock sweet crimson watermelon. I plan to add strawberries, mint, zucchini and beets if not more.
EVXPhilly1 about 5 years ago
We've had peas, broccoli, spinach (2 kinds) lettuce (4 kinds), raspberries, basil, mint, thyme, rosemary, parsley (2 kinds) and chives so far. Much more to eat soon.
birdman (Carbonrally) about 5 years ago
We have beans! Tons of rain here in Somerville. Everything is growing like crazy.
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scarletrox17 about 5 years ago
i live with my grandma and we grow own vegetables anyway
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kj about 5 years ago
While I was in school, I volunteered at a community garden in my town, and working together made gardening much easier and less time consuming. We were able to donate hundreds of pounds of food to local food banks, agencies, and individuals, as well as having as much produce as we wanted for all 30 volunteers. It is kind of a nice spin on having your own garden, especially if you live in the city or in an apartment.
ctovarez about 5 years ago
Growing tomatoes, cucumbers, red, green and yellow peppers and green beans. This is fun and I can share with my daughters this experience.
EASEofCA about 5 years ago
Here is our Garden! Representing Murrieta,Ca!!
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birdman (Carbonrally) about 5 years ago
Our “crop” is getting bigger. We are total newbies to gardening, but almost all the carrots, beans and corn have survived so far. Still no action from the Lego my son planted tho..
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roadrunner about 5 years ago
haven't done a veggie garden in years, miss the good hard work and I've been getting compost additions for free(grass clippings from the neighbors and horse manure from a friend) 2 kinds of 'maters, green peppers and beans - lots of flowers coming in from other folks that are re-doing their landscaping-
SherryKR about 5 years ago
Started my garden last month. I planted 3 types of tomatoes, green, banana, and jalapeno peppers, as well as cucumbers.
bonnieisgreen about 5 years ago
Me and my mom got some flwers and veggies. Our garden is going to look soooo nice!!
gogreengirl about 5 years ago
Yesterday me and my dad went to a local green house we got lots of veggies and flowers.
ThosePoggies about 5 years ago
We planted strawberries a few weeks ago and started some seedlings today: peppers, watermelon, basil, mint, radishes, chamomile and some catnip(so the animal doesn't feel left out)! Once those get going we're going to start on the next bunch! Wahoo!!
HANABUSA about 5 years ago
I LOVE GARDENS!
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Trey Lux about 5 years ago
Challenge taken =]
CrystalRally about 5 years ago
I have to do my garden in containers, and scatter them through out the property, here are two tomatoe plants and two strawberry plants in pots, they get the most sun at this spot and are close enough to the hose lol
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mygreenbooks.com about 5 years ago
Sorry we're a little bit excited about it :) can you tell?
ceecee2294 about 5 years ago
This is my first year doing this with my family and it turned out great... nothing grew yet but we're getting there.
birdman (Carbonrally) about 5 years ago
Here's my helper. He planted a Lego brick after this.
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birdman (Carbonrally) about 5 years ago
Greenbooks: that's quite a set-up! We planted our seedlings into the neighborhood garden yesterday. Beans, carrots, corn. wish us luck...
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mygreenbooks.com about 5 years ago
one day...
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mygreenbooks.com about 5 years ago
grape vines
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mygreenbooks.com about 5 years ago
Here are some pictures, the cinder block wall is going to be faces with some faux stone, but omg what a project that was. "we" being my husband has finished 2 out of 4 walls so far, and that has taken about a year and a half-thank to our nice neighbors for not complaining :) We bought a plant that is supposed to help keep cats, rabbits, dogs away from them it's called Coleus Canina. We bought it online and I can get the info if anyone needs it. One of our cats won't go near the plant & the other didn't care in the beginning, but now she dosn't like it either. The trees are: Avocado (in the way back) Jonagold Apple Mutsu Apple Fuji Apple Blenheim Apricot Independence Nectarine Late Santa Rose Plum July Elberta Peach Bosc Pear D'Anjou Pear Sensation Red Bartlett Pear The grape vines are: Riesling Gewurztraminer Calmeria Green Grape Crimson Seedless Orange Muscat
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mygreenbooks.com about 5 years ago
I will post the tree pic's tomorrow...when it's nice and cloudy & rainy!! I love the rain-waters my plants for me :)
derstaffo about 5 years ago
I just got done tilling up the garden, about 540 sq.ft. in 3 plots, and I have a number of plants started. Actual in the ground planting for Upstate New York won't be for another few weeks though. :( Now if I can just keep the groundhog out of the broccoli when it comes...
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Administrator about 5 years ago
Mygreenbooks: please post a picture of your amazing fruit trees!
MrsHarding about 5 years ago
My husband and I were just talking about this and are making plans to have our garden. This will help the environment and help us stay healthier with fresh ingredients.
Ricwest about 5 years ago
We just moved into a new apartment with a nice balcony, so we are planting some peppers, tomatos, herbs and some wild flowers in some modest boxes.
back2tap about 5 years ago
We just enjoyed our first Jersey homegrown lettuce and argula of the season. We doubled the size of our garden this year, having been inspired by Michael Pollan's book, the Omnivore's Dilemma and Michelle Obama's organic garden at the White House.
mygreenbooks.com about 5 years ago
Great challenge!! We recently remolded our landscape, since we are in Ca with drought. We took out 1000 sqft of grass, added in our plants that bear fruit and we are going to get the rain barrels from Home Depot-they are almost pretty. We planted grafted fruit trees this year, and 10 different types of grapevines, plus a bunch of veggies and some herbs! We've wanted to plant fruit trees, but we could never decide which ones to pick. Lowes has grafted cherry trees, but I don't like cherries. For all of you in California, I found a nursery in San Jose that has grafted trees for a reasonable price that are great quality & the owner is SO HELPFUL!! We planted our 4 trees in our side yard, and everyone comes to look at them now that they each have fruit. The trees we got are 3 pears in one, 4 apples in one & "Fruit salad" which has nectarine, plum, apricot & something else. Oh and an Avocado tree of course. I spoke with the owner, when I was trying to figure out what trees to get. He was amazingly helpful. Once we planted, our Avocado tree was overwhelmed with caterpillars from the IVY. The owner was very nice with each of my phone calls. It isn't common anymore that I find a company that has good customer service or cares about the products they sell!! We are so excited to have our own produce!! Our 2 boys help water the trees once every 2 weeks. We have the deep watering system with corrugated pipe that is 3 feet into the soil, and the area around the trees has no grass. The nursery we got the trees from is: God's Little Acre Nursery 19810 Almaden Rd. San Jose, Ca 95120 408-927-8868
mernie about 5 years ago
Water is an issue in CA. I set up one good sprinkler, established the best pattern and planted in the wet zone. Easy! Its April and we’re seeing chard, tomato babies, beans, squash, radishes, cukes (will grow up the baker’s rack), carrots & herbs. I’ll fill in the rest with strawberries.
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birdman (Carbonrally) about 5 years ago
The beans are ready to go into the ground. So far so good...
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cloudypoogle over 5 years ago
demonsiren_06457, you don't put it anywhere. You just accept the challenge.
felex over 5 years ago
seem not work for me
purplefuzz22 over 5 years ago
Oh hey everybody! Another way to save carbon related to this would be to connect the gutter things to a big tank so you can collect rain water from it and use that to water your garden! You save A LOT of water!
demonsiren_06457 over 5 years ago
im confused on this. where do i put in how big my garden is and what fruits and vegetables i planted so it shows up for the challenge? i have flower gardens every year, and this year i planted my veggie garden. lots of foods!!! yum! peas, green beans, zucchini, pumpkin, tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, strawberry, and herbs, herbs, herbs. more veggies, more herbs, oh so yummy.
Dr. D. over 5 years ago
Last weekend I planted 3 tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and eggplants. I have also just finished my "flower" garden which I'm planting with all native plants to Georgia which will make them more drought tolerant.
i<3thebeach over 5 years ago
We live in a very rural area and we have garden plots everywhere so this will be easy!
thisyearsmodel over 5 years ago
every year my mom and i plant a small garden outside of our house. it's small and it's only herbs and a couple types of veggies, but it's so much fun to be in a place you've created yourself. and it's really good bonding time if you do it with someone in your family or one of your friends.
LadyBug417 over 5 years ago
i plant a garden every year. and i really didn't know that planting a garden helps save our planet. looks like i've been helping 4 years and not knowing it.
marisaanna over 5 years ago
What a great challenge! I'm looking forward to helping out my mom with her gardening this year and creating my own little garden, which I used to do when I was little!
aschram13_75060 over 5 years ago
I have already planted Malabar spinach to grow on the fence; pepper and egg plants in the vegetable patch; basil, coriander, mint, rosemary, sweet marjoram, and thyme in the herb patch. I also planted two growing cutting from our fig trees. In this part of Texas, we have to start our vegetables in early March (it was 91F today). If this is acceptable, do count me in this challenge.
GreenYodaGirl77 over 5 years ago
my family does this every year anyways!!we're working on weeding the gardens now,but we'll be planting soon.
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speedy over 5 years ago
I planted green peppers & tomatoes a few weeks ago. Soon we can have them fresh every night for dinner.
lglaunsinger_85541 over 5 years ago
We have been growing vegetables year around for the last 30 yrs. We grow veges in the desert in the winter, and veges in the summer in the Mts. of AZ. I hope this challenge takes off! The best food is grown at home. Gardeners should try to eat more from their gardens and less meat too!
janicew9 over 5 years ago
I have been planting a garden for as long as i can remember, so its no big deal. plus the food tastes really good!!!
dictatorchick over 5 years ago
i guess this is called a super challenge because u have to spend money...
Bubble Butt over 5 years ago
I always wanted to do this anyways, and now I have an excuse to!! Yay!!!
purplefuzz22 over 5 years ago
Why is this called "super challenge"?
michellexcheerio over 5 years ago
I do this every season. I plant all sorts of things!
cloudypoogle over 5 years ago
I love growing my own plants!
Toni over 5 years ago
i love to grow my own stuff this will be a cake walk 8D
purplefuzz22 over 5 years ago
I love gardening!
Jason over 5 years ago
This will be my first year growing a vegetable garden. I’ve been interested in growing my own food for years, and finally I will give it my first attempt. I think the extra little push that I needed was the simple fact that I work for DripWorks. Everyday I read about or talk about <a href="http://www.dripworksusa.com">drip irrigation</a>, but I have never actually used it before. I figured what better way to learn than with a hands-on experience. So when you get your garden set up and running, visit us online at Dripworks.com. Installing a drip irrigation system is just another way to reduce your carbon footprint (not yet a measurable challenge at Carbonrally) because it can reduce your water consumption in the garden by up to 50%. Excited to know that there are 8 million others that will be trying this for the first time also. Good luck to anyone else here who will be a first timer like me.
violetriot over 5 years ago
Wow I had been considering a little garden to put on our balcony, although I can't have a 40 square foot garden, I think that it could help having cherry tomatoes or something.
brieannon over 5 years ago
Already doing this, as I do every season...but that just makes the "challenge" easier! We've been enjoying lettuce, about to have radishes ready, and my tomatoes are setting fruit. I live in FL and it's almost summer here.
metsfan over 5 years ago
Have done it for years but stopped briefly when the deer were winning. Put up deer netting last year and that kept them out. But a hailstorm wreaked havoc for a while. Tomatoes survived but peppers didn't. Each year is a different adventure but well worth it. There's something relaxing about getting down and dirty, working the earth with your hands. And the veggies taste so much better than what you get at the grocery store. We are also members of a Community Supported Agriculture organic farm that gives us great produce.
birdman (Carbonrally) over 5 years ago
Never done it before, but we are going for it. We sprouted some carrots indoor last week, and will move them outside in May. Check them out!
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Stan over 5 years ago
Great challenge!! I can't wait to do this one!! I know exactly where my garden is going. I am considering using the Square Food Gardening approach developed by Mel Bartholomew: http://www.squarefootgardening.com/ How are other people thinking of doing there garden?