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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Fruit Stand

Over the past few days, I’ve noticed the guys at our local fruit stand whipping things into shape. Makes me realize-it won’t be long before fresh veggies and fruits are here-and they may already be available where you are. The only thing I’ve managed to plant thus far is lettuce and spinach-how about you?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    teresa atkinson
    March 22, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I noticed this morning that my cilantro seed had sprouted in my strawberry jar on the porch. I’ll plant more herbs, but no full scale gardening for me.
    I love to see the little Mom and Pop stands start getting ready for the season though – and my farmers market reopens this weekend.

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    March 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Nothing outside yet.
    Inside I’ve planted tomatoes and peppers.

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    Melissa P - Misplaced southerner
    March 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Dadgumitall, y’all!!! Here we are with snow still on the ground and dreaming of real vegitables and fruit and y’all are actually talking about planting. We haven’t even seen a crocus, yet.

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    March 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    We still have a bit of organizing to do before we plant. I am going to do some straw bale gardening this year along with some typical “in the dirt” type stuff too.

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    March 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    The blacksmith planted lettuce today. If we would have had some radish seeds those would of gone in too. Guess I will put them on my shopping list tomorrow.

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    Pat in east TN
    March 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    It’s just too wet here to even think of planting any of the early things. I’m anxious but think it’s best to hold off a little more.

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    March 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I don’t even have my garden ready
    for planting yet. And a friend told me yesterday that his brother
    said tomatoes right now would cost
    him $43 a box for his Fruit Stand.
    By late July folks can’t give ’em
    away. I guess I’ll wait for mine to come in and try to can more this year. Gosh, I’d like a good
    mader sandwich about now…Ken

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    barbara gantt
    March 17, 2011 at 11:22 am

    We still have a couple of feet of snow on the garden. Lots of things growing inside in windows and under grow lights. Hoping in a few more weeks to see the ground again. Our garden is in back of the house up a hill. The front yard is bare and we can see daffodills and snow drops popping up. Barbara

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    Miss Cindy
    March 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Tipper, I’m really looking forward to fresh local fruits and vegetables.
    I’m not a grower but I sure am a consumer!

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    March 17, 2011 at 9:17 am

    It’s way too early up here for homegrown anything – sigh. I am trying very hard not to be jealous of you!
    Saint Patrickls Day is the traditional day for planting sweet peas in our area, and it’s not too early for lettuce and spinach, but my garden is too wet to do anything. It is nearly time to start the indoor seeds though!

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    March 17, 2011 at 9:16 am

    “Happy St. Patricks Day”
    Well, as the “Luck of the Irish” would have it the weather broke last week and my husband decided to put in the onions that arrived during the monsoon here..even though the signs weren’t right..we were fearing the loss of the slips…
    Then what happens of course the real Spring warmth arrived this week and the signs are right, after he has planted over 800 slips!..So we are doing a little Irish jig, tossing gold coins to the Leprechan in the garden in hopes that St. Patrick will take pity and show us at least an average onion crop this Spring and Summer…shhhh, even without the help of the moon!..We’ll let you know how it goes..Sometimes you do what you gotta do!
    DH usually plants potatoes on St. Patricks day but as of yesterday, following Tuesdays rain, the garden was still too wet to put them in. We hope by Saturday, after a warm dry day today and a predicted temperature of 77 on Friday it will dry enough plant potatoes…
    You gotta have arsh taters, hit ain’t right not to go grapple a few to cook with anglish peas and sprang onions!
    “Top of the Mornin’ to Ya, Tipper”

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    March 17, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Planting potatoes, onions and lettuce today because we are having temperatures in the 70’s. First time since last October.

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    Ed Myers
    March 17, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I inherited a 5,000 sq.ft. garden when I bought my place.
    I subdivided into about 3,000 sq.ft. by 2,000 sq.ft., the latter portion devoted to vegetables, where I’ve had up to 40 different kinds (Asian, Southern, etc.)growing, far more than my needs or my interest in canning.
    The remainder, however, has been an experiment of continuing wonder. One year, I grew a 15 ft. wire tower of bird gourds, which spread out over the field and bloomed every day, only to lose the blooms at night. Another, giant pumpkins and watermelons. Nothing like October in a pumpkin patch.
    This year, I’ve planted it in flowers of all kinds and maturities. I’ll send you a picture when some of them do.
    If anyone has a place where they can grow in full sun, and have the support a vine needs, I’d recommend loofa. Two different kinds of flowers (male: large and vibrantly yellow; female: small and finely shaped) that also bloom each day for weeks. The young loofa can be eaten like squash, but it’s the unmistakable brilliance of its display that really says you are doing something special.

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    March 17, 2011 at 7:58 am

    you already know what we are growing, tomatoes and we are waiting for our local produce to pop up maybe this week. i wish bob had planted lettuce, but no seeds that i know of.

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    March 17, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Too early here for outside plants — but I’ve started basil and gourds inside. I need to get more seeds started. Bad gardener! 🙂

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    Lisa @ Two Bears Farm
    March 17, 2011 at 7:05 am

    We’re still working on our garden spot and have a ways to go – we haven’t put up the fencing yet even! Hoping we can make some good progress this weekend.

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