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grow my own vegetables
A question about this goal: How should I start? August 1st, 2007 12:09

Answers:

Start by thinking about what vegetables you most like to eat.

Get a seed catalog and start planning for next season. I like Johnny’s Seeds http://www.johnnyseeds.com/ and Fedco http://www.fedcoseeds.com/.

Depending on the growing season in your area, it may not be too late to grow some greens.

And you can start herbs anytime indoors. Basil is easy and yummy.

Buy a used copy of this book: http://www.amazon.com/Crocketts-Victory-Garden-Underwood-Crockett/dp/0316161209
It has month-by-month guides about what you can be starting, harvesting, etc.

Have fun!

Start with a spot in your yard that will get adequate sunlight for your choice of vegetables to grow. Make sure that you have the proper soil. If the soil doesn’t provide proper nutrients and adequate drainage nothing will grow well. You probably need to add organic material. Check with your local garden center and see what they suggest you use. Start with a few things and see what grows best in your area. Have fun learning, and eating!

Things I’ve learned…
Pick a fairly sunny spot. Keep it a managable size. Dig the bed and remove all grass, weeds, roots, rocks. Add a couple bags of composted manure. Keep it watered. Use stakes or cages to keep thing growning up. Put a fence around it to keep the dachshunds out. Tie plants with strips of old t-shirt. Be weirdly obsessive about weeds. Drink plenty of beer (or whatever). Relax, get dirty fingernails. Don’t be afraid to prune. Spend money on good nursery plants, not books. Get books from library. Don’t freak when things go badly, it’s taken me twenty something years to become a pretty good gardener and I love it. Strawberries and asparagus take a couple years to establish. Sounds hippy, but gardening teaches the patterns and cycles of flowers, veggies and fruits – after a few seasons you know what to expect (and look forward to it). A dwarf peach tree from Stark Brothers is one of my favorites. Yeow! Thanks for asking!
Eric

I agree with the above answers

Also don’t try too many things in the first year.

And check what is easy to grow and doesnt get pests and diseases.

Where I live that includes runner beans and garlic. In Forida that might be other things.

But it’s so lovely growing veg, even if you hit problems in the first year, keep going. It gets better every year.

kmom2468 is trying to Be The Blessing!

Greetings ~

This is my most used and dog-eared book on vegetable gardening. I like it because it is practical, easy, has good illustrations and good photos.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible: Discover Ed’s High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions by Edward C Smith

Square Foot Gardening is also a well worn favorite book.

You can find your hardiness zone here: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html

A fun gardening place to hang out and learn from the experts is at http://www.davesgarden.com

I would start small and grow larger. You can start in a few 5 gallon containers with holes in the bottom for drainage, even. I grew tomatoes this way one year when I didn’t have time for a “real” garden. A 4ft x 8ft raised bed with good soil could support 1 or 2 bush type zucchini or yellow squash, 1 cherry tomato plant, 1 or 2 cucumber plants, 3 sun flowers and several basil plants tucked here and ther.

It’s kind of late for starting long season, heat loving vegetables like tomatoes and peppers, even if you live in zone 8 or zone 9. If you don’t get down to freezing until the end of October, you might be able to plant some zucchini or yellow squash right now and get a small harvest before the cold kills them. Depending on the temps, it should be close to time to start planting cool season crops.

Easy cool season crops include peas, lettuce, cabbage and turnips. Also, fall is the time to plant garlic for harvest next late summer. Remember, though, when you plant garlic, to locate it a bit aways from the other vegetables – in late June when all your other veggies want lots of water, the garlic will want you to start letting it dry off a bit. Yes, you can plant cloves of garlic from the grocery store. (check out http://www.thegarlicstore.com). For peas, I prefer the short, semi-vining type that only grow about 3 ft tall. It’s very windy where I live and the short ones are easier to care for.

Seed catalogs and seed websites can tell you a lot. Do a google search on “vegetable seed catalogs”. Many are on line and will tell you how to grow them.

Easy stuff you might want to try for next year are cherry tomatoes, zucchini or yellow squash, bush beans (if it doesn’t get too hot – it stays over 100*F nearly all summer here and green beans don’t like it). Also, I like to plant lots of basils (“regular” sweet basil, lemon smelling basil, spicy smelling basil, large leaved basil, etc.). They smell wonderful. Some of them I use for eating. Some I let flower. The flowers are pretty and attract a lot of bees and (not houseflies) flies that will polinate your veggies. I like to plant marigolds in with my veggies. I don’t know if they really prevent pests like some research and folk lore indicate, but they are cheery and traditional and I like them. They are easy to grow and widthstand a lot of abuse, too.

Good luck & have fun!

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Hi,

the simplist thing is to find a plot in your garden or elsewhere with full sun.
then, you need to plant those veg seeds. I suggest that you may try to plant some pea seeds and salad seeds firstly, because they are easier to grow. After that, you may need to water them.The most enjoyable thing are to watch them growing.

Have a fun!

Jennifer C is looking for her motivation

My husband and I were complete beginners and we set up 2 square foot gardens. We found this very easy to maintain and we had a small variety of vegetables. This year we now have 4 square foot gardens and we are still experimenting with varieties.

Here is the book that we used as our bible: http://www.squarefootgardening.com/

Everybody has had such great suggestions. Best of luck. Let us know how it is going.

Kristyne20 is drinking a beer

Well I start with small plants, like tomato, pepers…ect. I keep them in the kitchen till they are about a little taller than a foot. Then I plant them . Dont forget to water everyday… I know that sounds like a given ,,, but trust me I forget… (well i polish) so dont mind me ….lol


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