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Post  SoCalET on 7/12/2011, 12:58 pm

Hi all,

I'm a new gardener in Torrance, CA. I believe we are a zone 10, but all that is still confusing to me. My Dad is an avid gardener, doing everything from vegetables to topiaries, bonsai, etc. I am just learning the basics. I have learned much from Dad, but really want to take in as much info from as many sources as possible. I planted my first vege garden (with Dad's help) in early May. We did many of the usual suspects: Tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, turnips, basil, chives, shiso and eggplant.


My results so far:
The zucchini, as is commonly the story, has buried us (and everyone we know) in vegetables. The turnips grew very well, but my reluctance to thin meant a lot of turnips fighting for space. Herbs all doing reasonably well. I did not understand how to properly prune my basil (still not totally sure I am doing it right), so it grew woods stalks of flowers. A number of very good cucumbers. We have loads of tomatoes fruiting, but they are all still green. Nothing yet from the eggplant.

I just picked up SFG at the library a couple of days ago, so my garden this summer is traditional rows in the back of my yard. I just bought a 4x4 raised bed frame, and will put it in this weekend. Taking my time to set up, and get the soil elements before I rush to stick some seeds in the ground.

Here's a photo of my little piece of earth.


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Re: New Gardener from Torrance, CA

Post  quiltbea on 7/12/2011, 1:09 pm

Welcome to the forum. Its always great to have a garden and a SFG is a lot easier than traditional rows.
Good luck.
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Re: New Gardener from Torrance, CA

Post  donnainzone5 on 7/12/2011, 1:17 pm

Welcome, neighbor, to the forum and to SFG!

I live and garden just a few miles from you in Culver City. Yes, we're in Zone 10.

If you'd like some assistance in converting your row garden to SFG, just PM me.
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Re: New Gardener from Torrance, CA

Post  SoCalET on 7/12/2011, 2:08 pm

Hi Donna,

Great to see a neighbor here! YGM!

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Re: New Gardener from Torrance, CA

Post  Mamachibi on 7/12/2011, 2:39 pm

Hey, Torrance! I graduated (well, got my CHSP anyway) from Wilson High just down the road! Great gardening climate there!
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Re: New Gardener from Torrance, CA

Post  SoCalET on 7/12/2011, 4:17 pm

Apparently my earlier attempt at posting the photo didn't work. Let's try again:


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