<![CDATA[Burpee Community - ]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/289/new-to-gardening%2C-overly-ambitious- en-US Burpee //d1l316k04n1hna.cloudfront.net/static/images/burpee-favicon.png 16 16 Burpee http://www.burpee.com/community/ <![CDATA[Re: New to gardening, overly ambitious...]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/289/new-to-gardening%2C-overly-ambitious-?commentid=1477 Wow! You are ambitious Annaliese. But it sounds like you're planting what you like to eat, which is always important. A 4x6 foot bed is a good size to start with. Just make sure not to plant too many plants in your bed. You'll be amazed how fast (and big) some varieties of tomatoes and peppers can grow. It’s tempting to try to squeeze a lot of varieties in, but, speaking from experience, you’ll regret it later! Or, try some compact tomato varieties in containers on your patio. Make sure to water containers regularly, as they dry out quickly.  

http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/289/new-to-gardening%2C-overly-ambitious-?commentid=1477 February 8, 2012
February 9, 2012 February 9, 2012 <![CDATA[Re: New to gardening, overly ambitious...]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/289/new-to-gardening%2C-overly-ambitious-?commentid=1476 Hi Annaliese,

One thing that helped me too during my first year was to get some varieties that have high tolerances to heat, drought, disease, etc. When we had some 95 degree days in Philadelphia, some tomatoes 'popped' and 'cracked' a little with the heat while the others with these tolerances continued to grow successfully.

Also, my favorite container herb is Summerlong Basil. I grew just one plant and had basil growing faster than I could use it. I tried making pesto as often as possible, in order not to waste the harvest.

http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/289/new-to-gardening%2C-overly-ambitious-?commentid=1476 February 9, 2012
<![CDATA[Re: New to gardening, overly ambitious...]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/289/new-to-gardening%2C-overly-ambitious-?commentid=1475 I too had a lot of basil last summer so I made my pesto and froze it. It's really easy to thaw and use in your favorite dish. Since this was my first time freezing pesto I don't know how long it will keep in the freezer and still taste good.

http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/289/new-to-gardening%2C-overly-ambitious-?commentid=1475 February 12, 2012