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aprilfoolwed
03-07-2011, 10:17 PM
We have a backyard garden that we've been using mostly as a hobby for the past few years. Last year, I really tried to make the most out of the gardening to help with the budget at the grocery store.

It's time to start planting again (I am in southeast PA) - and just picked up my seeds for sugar snap peas, peas, and lettuce (3 kinds). I have to get my tomatoes started indoors too!

We've experimented with several things over the years, but I have found the best things for us are lettuce and tomatoes - and the kids love the sugar snaps! We also have an ever-expanding Strawberry Patch which is fantastic in June!

We probably spend less than $25 on "stuff" for the garden (soil - we have raised beds - seeds, fertilizer) and harvest so much more than that in value.

Anyone else giving gardening a try? I don't have the biggest green thumb, but I've really seen the rewards!

FrogPrincess
03-08-2011, 12:11 AM
I'm also going to try gardening this year. I love the idea, unfortunately I always end up killing my plants by over- or under- watering them.

Does anyone have suggestions for easy-to-grow veggies?

momto2inKC
03-08-2011, 12:45 AM
I can't wait for late April so I can start planting! We didn't do a garden last year and I really missed having it. We usually plant corn, bell peppers, banana peppers, jalepeno peppers, cherry tomatoes,roma tomatoes, fourth of July tomatoes, eggplant, squash, watermelon, strawberries, pumpkins, okra, and cucumbers.
This year i'd like to try a couple of varieties of lettuce.

ChisJo
03-08-2011, 01:26 AM
We live in a condo on the second floor. We have a large balcony, and in the summer time, I totally take advantage of it to plant herbs (especially basil...homemade pesto is the best), tomatoes, peppers, onions, and chives. I love it! Since up here fresh herbs are so expensive, its nice to plant them and then dry them. I use them into the winter before I have to buy more.

SuzieDsouza
03-08-2011, 01:30 AM
Hey by gardening you wont only save money, but help to grow a better environment and save this earth from global warming disaster. This should be followed by every human, as it keeps environment cool, and satisfies your hobbies too.

java
03-08-2011, 05:46 AM
I have not started my seeds yet and am thinking I may go the plant route instead. Last year I had tomatoes into October! I seem to have the most luck with Roma tomatoes. They resist disease and for some reason the bugs stayed away from them too. I spent all summer fighting pests last year on my beefsteak tomatoes,they won.

I also lost my green beans to the rabbits. But my herbs did great and I'll definately do those again, basil, sage,thyme,Rosemary and chives.

indimom
03-08-2011, 06:35 AM
We share a large garden with my parents and love it!
Last year we did two types of tomatoes, four types of peppers, green beans, corn, potatoes, peas, watermelon, cucumbers, zuchinni, carrots. We also get wild blackberries and walnuts.
We still have canned green beans, frozen corn and some potatoes left from last year. We had a really good haul. Hope we do as well this year!

dis2cruise
03-08-2011, 06:58 AM
I did container gardens last year on my patio I had about 7 containers I got enough veggies for my family of 4 to weed my containers was a breeze...

GaSleepingBeautyFan
03-08-2011, 07:19 AM
I garden but the kids don't care for alot of vegs.

Last year I did an Italian theme and a mexican theme. I was very happy with the results but the kids didn't like the salsa I made because it was different than the jarred stuff.

They also didn't like the green beans. The squash died, the cucumbers died, even the zucchini died. The eggplants did well but again the kids didn't like eggplant paramesan which was the only thing I could come up with to make with them. I tried onions before but it's actually cheaper just to buy a bag of them at the grocery store when I need them.

You can only grow lettuce here while it is cool. It dies when it gets too hot. Carrots don't do well in our clay soil and while I've added lots of compost and other amendents, it's just not enough yet.

The kids like corn and I was thinking of doing that in one of my 2 raised beds. I did try it a few years ago but it didn't go well. It might be worth it to try one more time though.

I'll probably do the Italian theme garden again (tomato, peppers, basil) and some other herbs because I like to cook with fresh herbs.

I don't know what else I'll be doing yet if anything. I was actually going to start preparing the raised garden beds next weekend.
Then I'll have extra time to work in my flower garden later in March. I need to figure out what I'm doing this year.

stich1fan
03-08-2011, 07:56 AM
I am a gardener. I have been successful in the past with lettuce, tomato, peppers and string beans. the last few years I did not get started since we had a new baby, but this year I will be picking up the hoe again.

I am going to try corn. My big issue here is animals they eat everything. We fences in the area and this year I might put a top netting on it too.

We are in NJ and still have snow, so not yet will I plant. As a matter of fact I will wait till about half through may and then start them inside in a little green house and replant the seedlings outside. It works for us.

I too think gardening helps you save money. Produce is expensive and seeds are not. So the return from your plant can last the whole season if you care for them well.

mom0299
03-08-2011, 08:18 AM
We will be planting a garden again this year. We usually plant corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, watermelon, onions...

Leader of the Club
03-08-2011, 08:30 AM
Does anyone do Square Foot Gardening? It is FANTASTIC! The yields from a small space are unbelievable. And its super easy to weed, water, monitor and harvest.

You can check out the books by Mel Bartholomew at the library or google Square Foot Gardening. There are two websites. The store website and the information website--with forums! You know how we love forums!

This year we are growing tomatoes, lettuce, onions, carrots, leeks, celery, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, rosemary, beans (not sure what kind yet), and peas.

leadfootlevi
03-08-2011, 08:52 AM
Last year we had tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, and strawberries. The pumpkins and watermelon overtook the whole garden area (I am a novice :rolleyes1).

I want to try lettuce and broccoli this year. I'm hoping the pumpkins didn't kill our strawberries. And we will plant tomatoes. Maybe we'll try carrots as well. DH and DS want to do pumpkins again, but I think we'll have to make a new bed for them far away from our current bed.

poohfriend77
03-08-2011, 08:58 AM
I can't wait to get back in my garden! Temps are supposed to hit the 50s here today, so I'm thinking of getting some compost and getting my raised bed ready for carrots, peas, and lettuce. :banana:

I'm going to pull out my strawberries to make more room for lettuce and broccoli. I couldn't believe how my kids begged for "garden salad" last year, and I wished I had planted more. Fresh-picked broccoli is sooooo much better than anything I have gotten in a store! We haven't had a lot of luck with our berries, anyway, and I have a friend with a HUGE berry patch who likes to share. :thumbsup2

I also plant tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and peppers, but those have to wait until mid-May here in IL.

poohfriend77
03-08-2011, 09:02 AM
Does anyone do Square Foot Gardening? It is FANTASTIC! The yields from a small space are unbelievable. And its super easy to weed, water, monitor and harvest.

You can check out the books by Mel Bartholomew at the library or google Square Foot Gardening. There are two websites. The store website and the information website--with forums! You know how we love forums!

This year we are growing tomatoes, lettuce, onions, carrots, leeks, celery, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, rosemary, beans (not sure what kind yet), and peas.

Yes! This is what I do, and I love it! His book is great for anyone new to gardening.

jbmom
03-08-2011, 09:34 AM
We're ordering our seeds this weekend and in the spring we will be expanding our garden again. We grow tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, banana peppers, habenero peppers, radishes, onions, green beans, peas, cucumbers, summer squash, watermelon, muskmelon, snow peas, potatoes and we always have a few volunteer pumpkins that grow from the compost pile.

We canned over 100 pints of green beans, 50 quarts of tomatoes, 40 pints of sweet jalapeno pepper jelly, 10 pints of pickled jalapenos, 30 pints of salsa. We froze fresh bell peppers, jalapenos, habenero peppers, peas and corn from my dads garden. We dried lots of cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes.

Our garden saves us quite a bit and my dh enjoys working in the garden too.

Can't wait for fresh summer squash and cucumbers again, our grocery store produce just doesn't measure up to home grown.

rubato
03-08-2011, 09:43 AM
I went in with a friend last year. He has 50 acres, I have no yard. So, we planted a lot of stuff at his house-pumpkins, watermelon, cabbage, lettuce, corn, okra, 3 different peppers, cukes and zucchini. The garden really didn't do well, other than the okra. But, we are giving ourselves a learning curve and hope to do better this year. Plus, we had old seeds last year. I loved it, and am happy to save money, eat organic and help out the environment as much as possible. :thumbsup2

aprilfoolwed
03-08-2011, 12:18 PM
Last year we had tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, and strawberries. The pumpkins and watermelon overtook the whole garden area (I am a novice :rolleyes1).

I want to try lettuce and broccoli this year. I'm hoping the pumpkins didn't kill our strawberries. And we will plant tomatoes. Maybe we'll try carrots as well. DH and DS want to do pumpkins again, but I think we'll have to make a new bed for them far away from our current bed.

I tried broccoli last year, because my kids LOVE IT! It didn't work well for us. The plants are HUGE and took so much space, and the yield was very small.

I'd love to start another bed for vine plants too - they take up too much space in the other garden. I love squash!

Band mom!
03-08-2011, 01:16 PM
We've done a few bucket container veggies the past couple of year.... However, was ag the grocery Saturday and ONE bellpepper was $1.77 :scared1: - I freaked, called my husband right then and told him to be ready to garden for real this year! good grief!

Falltime
03-08-2011, 01:36 PM
I always plant a garden every year. For me it was never a money saving benefit even though that's great, but rather that I much prefer the taste of home grown fruits and veggies than what you buy in the grocery stores.

DizneyDogs
03-08-2011, 01:42 PM
I always plant a garden every year. For me it was never a money saving benefit even though that's great, but rather that I much prefer the taste of home grown fruits and veggies than what you buy in the grocery stores.

me too! fresh fruits and veggies out of the garden are so yummy!!!

Jen_in_NH
03-08-2011, 02:43 PM
We do! I buy seedlings rather than starting my own - it never goes well for me. We usually do lettuce, cucumbers, squash, peas, beans, broccoli, peppers, and corn. We have a pretty big garden, so we have fresh veggies all summer, and enough to freeze for the winter. I'd love to try strawberries, but I'm not sure I have enough space for them.

extremesoccermom
03-08-2011, 03:07 PM
Hey by gardening you wont only save money, but help to grow a better environment and save this earth from global warming disaster. This should be followed by every human, as it keeps environment cool, and satisfies your hobbies too.

ABOSULTELY! HEY. I bought 2 peach trees and 50 strawberry plants last year hoping for a great year.

Does anyone do Square Foot Gardening? It is FANTASTIC! The yields from a small space are unbelievable. And its super easy to weed, water, monitor and harvest.

You can check out the books by Mel Bartholomew at the library or google Square Foot Gardening. There are two websites. The store website and the information website--with forums! You know how we love forums!

This year we are growing tomatoes, lettuce, onions, carrots, leeks, celery, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, rosemary, beans (not sure what kind yet), and peas.

I also tried Square Foot gardening last year. It worked pretty well but it was a really bad year for our gardens in general. Japanesse beetles and leaf hoppers in the spring wiped out the green beans, they didn't do anything until late in the season when the bugs finally left. Butternut squash did great but zuchhini was destroyed by the vine borer. Then summer was so hot the flowers fell off the tomatoes and peppers. It wasn't until late summer, early fall that we started to get any night shades. The only thing that did well was lettuce, celery, and carrots. I have bought some netting for this year in hopes of not having to use pesticides.
Right now I have a sheet of plastic over one bed and have planted my cool weather plants. The rest are getting a head start inside and hopefully I can try again at hydroponic gardening (like Epcot) later in the fall.

bettymae1121
03-08-2011, 04:01 PM
I plant mostly bell peppers, every color except green (green peppers are so cheap here when they are in season that it "pays" better to grow yellow, orange, and red which are much more expensive at the stores). DH also likes hot peppers so I grow some jalepeno and habinero peppers too. I also grow tomatos for DH to eat (I hate fresh tomatos). I'd love to do more but until DH buils me the raised beds I want, I'm limmited to my containers.

ilovejack02
03-08-2011, 04:29 PM
I plant mostly bell peppers, every color except green (green peppers are so cheap here when they are in season that it "pays" better to grow yellow, orange, and red which are much more expensive at the stores). DH also likes hot peppers so I grow some jalepeno and habinero peppers too. I also grow tomatos for DH to eat (I hate fresh tomatos). I'd love to do more but until DH buils me the raised beds I want, I'm limmited to my containers.

Green peppers are also very cheap here too in summer, so I have cut back on green bell peppers and will do more colors this summer .

We started tomatoes about 4 years ago, because my DS8 at the time was eating them like candy. He was killing me lol. Whew, so nice on the budget when we started growing them.

Green beans, jalepenos , squash, zuchhini , tomatoes , cucumbers . I planted blackberry bushes last year and hopefully they will produce . Think I will look into lettuce and sugar snaps this year.

robin09
03-08-2011, 08:24 PM
Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong with Broccoli? It grows,but flowers before we can pick it.... We never get decent broccoli. We've done well with tomatoes, peas, stringbeans... BUT I want to garden better and want to learn how to grow more... any hints? books?

herdtoDisney
03-08-2011, 08:49 PM
I do garden-we're only 2 years in here so the first year was trying to dig up a garden area (after removing dozens of forsythia bushes that had gone wild while the house was abandoned/foreclosed before we bought it). Last year I realized that the trees shaded the garden, and the fruit trees I planted died :headache:

Soooo, this year we're borrowing a tiller, and moving to a sunnier spot. I enjoy the gardening and have enjoyed the few tomatoes and lettuces we've gotten from it. I'm also replanting the peach and plum trees that died and this time, I'll keep them watered :rolleyes1 We're learning! I have 2 apple trees that I'm trying to get in shape (existing and overgrown). I don't think I've saved any money yet, lol, but hopefully after this year I'll have it all in order. I have a half-acre yard (which is huge to me) but between the house, sheds and many trees, there isn't room for as huge a garden as it sounds-it will just be for fun really.

mom0299
03-08-2011, 08:56 PM
Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong with Broccoli? It grows,but flowers before we can pick it.... We never get decent broccoli. We've done well with tomatoes, peas, stringbeans... BUT I want to garden better and want to learn how to grow more... any hints? books?

I'm sorry I can't help. The deer ate all my broccoli last year.

yrdlyprincess
03-08-2011, 10:08 PM
we do we do...DH is a landscape manager so we get stuff all the time....not sure what I will be putting in the garden this year ...peppers, zucchini, tomatoes. not real sure. right now we are getting our stuff from produce junction...its real good and you get alot (just hope it gets eaten every week!)

pampam
03-09-2011, 07:50 AM
I do raised bed gardening. Because it is raised up I don't get weeds. There really is no work to it at all. It takes about an afternoon to slap the garden together using 2x4s and it lasts years and years and years. Since I don't need to till it I don't need rows so I broadcast my seeds, using every inch of space. I get copious amounts of veggies, with no work. This year, I think I'll try this too.
http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/garde...re-feet-081760

lucyem
03-09-2011, 08:01 AM
We have a large garden. It is next to the chicken run and in the off season the chickens are allowed in and they dig and fertilize etc. When I weed I toss the weeds into their run and they love it.

As far as the garden it is saving us money. Seriously I only had to buy fresh veggies for salads over the winter. We still have frozen corn, carrots and green beans left in the deep freeze. I also do the pick your own places and we still have some frozen blueberries, strawberries and strawberry jam.

Every year it gets better and better as we learn what does and does not work.
I like the square foot gardening book as well as the lasagna gardening book. (using layers of mulch and compost and dirt like a lasagna)

Potatoes, garlic, patty pan squash, cheese pumpkins, corn, cucumbers, pole beans, carrots, onions, peppers and tomatoes (big and small) are our staples. Usually by mid Aug we are eating green beans and cucumbers daily.

Last year I tried peas but they were a lot of work for so little a yield so skipping this year.

extremesoccermom
03-09-2011, 08:53 AM
Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong with Broccoli? It grows,but flowers before we can pick it.... We never get decent broccoli. We've done well with tomatoes, peas, stringbeans... BUT I want to garden better and want to learn how to grow more... any hints? books?

Broccoli is a cool weather plant. Depending on where you live now is a good time to get it started. I just planted mine in St. Louis, MO. When the summer heat comes it bolts (flowers) very quickly. You can also replant in late Aug for a fall crop.

redandblue
03-09-2011, 10:02 AM
We do a few plants like tomatoe and pepper. We also do herbs, a few years ago we did chives in a planter and every year they come back and we do nothing with them other than water.

Anyone know of any other herbs that don't require replanting would it be called perenials? I live in Michigan.

Mom of 3 Princesses
03-09-2011, 10:31 AM
We have a pretty long growing season here in NC, but we really have to work the soil.

We compost, which is awesome, saves us money and our gardens grow very well. We never have to use chemicals or anything else to make our garden grow.

We are HUGE tomato planters.. HUGE HUGE HUGE.

So that we do not take up too much space in the beds, we have started growing them directly out of Manure bags, works like a charm.

We grow:
Okra (hubby loves it and it freezes REALLY well)

Tomatos, we save a ton of money on these. We plant and harvest and make pasta sauce from them. We then freeze it and use it throughout the rest of the year. We would go through about a jar of pasta sauce a week.. let's see that could be 1.00-2.99 per jar (we do not use canned tomatos sauce) or more. If we buy 2, that would be almost 5-6$ per week. That is a lot of savings over the year.

Peppers,: Depends on the season, sometimes we get good ones, sometimes... not so good. The freeze, ok.. but not for long. They are great to spice up other meals that we freeze though.

Cucumbers: Last year we had a bum crop, will try a smaller amount this year.

Hot peppers: We plant them, use them freeze or dry them and stick them in a zip lock bag and use them throughout the year. nothing like YOUR hot pepper in your winter chilli.

We also plant A LOT of basil and last year we got a BOOMING crop. It grows and grows and grows, we just have to be careful to snip it back before it flowers. We make Pesto sauce and freeze it in ice cube trays and then freeze them in Zip Lock bags. We use these all year too. You can get a real bumper crop from a small plant.

We also plant sage, thyme and other herbs in my daughters butterfly garden. when we want fresh herbs, we just go out and snip some. Its FABULOUS.

We love it and in a few weeks we are starting our summer garden!

Mom of 3 Princesses
03-09-2011, 10:55 AM
We do a few plants like tomatoe and pepper. We also do herbs, a few years ago we did chives in a planter and every year they come back and we do nothing with them other than water.

Anyone know of any other herbs that don't require replanting would it be called perenials? I live in Michigan.

SAGE.. comes back year after year. Also grows really well in colder climates.

indimom
03-09-2011, 12:28 PM
We have a pretty long growing season here in NC, but we really have to work the soil.

We compost, which is awesome, saves us money and our gardens grow very well. We never have to use chemicals or anything else to make our garden grow.

We are HUGE tomato planters.. HUGE HUGE HUGE.

So that we do not take up too much space in the beds, we have started growing them directly out of Manure bags, works like a charm.

We grow:
Okra (hubby loves it and it freezes REALLY well)

Tomatos, we save a ton of money on these. We plant and harvest and make pasta sauce from them. We then freeze it and use it throughout the rest of the year. We would go through about a jar of pasta sauce a week.. let's see that could be 1.00-2.99 per jar (we do not use canned tomatos sauce) or more. If we buy 2, that would be almost 5-6$ per week. That is a lot of savings over the year.

Peppers,: Depends on the season, sometimes we get good ones, sometimes... not so good. The freeze, ok.. but not for long. They are great to spice up other meals that we freeze though.

Cucumbers: Last year we had a bum crop, will try a smaller amount this year.

Hot peppers: We plant them, use them freeze or dry them and stick them in a zip lock bag and use them throughout the year. nothing like YOUR hot pepper in your winter chilli.

We also plant A LOT of basil and last year we got a BOOMING crop. It grows and grows and grows, we just have to be careful to snip it back before it flowers. We make Pesto sauce and freeze it in ice cube trays and then freeze them in Zip Lock bags. We use these all year too. You can get a real bumper crop from a small plant.

We also plant sage, thyme and other herbs in my daughters butterfly garden. when we want fresh herbs, we just go out and snip some. Its FABULOUS.

We love it and in a few weeks we are starting our summer garden!

Can you tell me about Okra? I love it, but I've never grown it. Also how do you cut and prepare it for freezing? Thanks!!



From those who have grown asparagus, I would love to hear about it. I've never grown it. I would swear that someone once told me it will come back volunteer every year. Any truth to that??
Also, Do you freeze it? I've never liked the frozen or canned :sick: asparagus at the store, just fresh, so maybe it's not an option for me?? Either way, it would be nice to have in the summer.
Thanks!!

4forWDW
03-09-2011, 12:30 PM
I would really like to grow tomatoes and strawberries. I really like the big tomatoes - I think they are called beefeaters or mortgage lifters :confused3
The tomatoes from the grocery store don't come close to ones from a garden.
My DS loves strawberries so that could really save a lot of money if I could grow those. We live in WV so any hints would be greatly appreciated.
TIA:)

jbmom
03-09-2011, 12:38 PM
Can you tell me about Okra? I love it, but I've never grown it. Also how do you cut and prepare it for freezing? Thanks!!



From those who have grown asparagus, I would love to hear about it. I've never grown it. I would swear that someone once told me it will come back volunteer every year. Any truth to that??
Also, Do you freeze it? I've never liked the frozen or canned :sick: asparagus at the store, just fresh, so maybe it's not an option for me?? Either way, it would be nice to have in the summer.
Thanks!!

We don't grow asparagus, it grows wild on the sides of the road here and my dad has a bunch growing in his field. We just stop and pick some at his house. He doesn't plant it and it comes back every year. I have blanched it before freezing it, not quite the same as fresh but way better than canned. Someone told me you can freeze it in water, not blanched and its supposed to taste even fresher. I haven't tried that yet.

Mom of 3 Princesses
03-09-2011, 12:51 PM
[QUOTE=indimom;40252507][COLOR="Red"]Can you tell me about Okra? I love it, but I've never grown it. Also how do you cut and prepare it for freezing? Thanks!!



Okra is really easy to grow for us actually. We go to our local nursery and start it from a small plant. You will eventually have to stack it cause it will grow tall. It does need quite a bit of sun, but not QUITE as much as tomatos. You can water the way you water the rest of the garden,

For freezing, we just cut it at the base but leave the pod intact. Sometimes, they split, and that is okay, but we try to leave them as intact as possible. We freeze them in a ziplock bag, and just pull them out when we are ready to cook them. We let them thaw a tad, if we want to chop them.

Otherwise Okra is easy and we always end up with too much. I wish everything else grew as easily as Okra.

Mom of 3 Princesses
03-09-2011, 12:53 PM
We don't grow asparagus, it grows wild on the sides of the road here and my dad has a bunch growing in his field. We just stop and pick some at his house. He doesn't plant it and it comes back every year. I have blanched it before freezing it, not quite the same as fresh but way better than canned. Someone told me you can freeze it in water, not blanched and its supposed to taste even fresher. I haven't tried that yet.
I have heard this as well..
We have had no luck with growing it though... too hot

indimom
03-09-2011, 02:01 PM
Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to try those this year.

shortbun
03-09-2011, 02:31 PM
We save money gardening but that's only a small part of why we do it. We do it for healthier food and excersize and emotional well being. It's fun and it's a family acitivity. The food is organic and locally grown so it's environmentally good for the earth and for us. It just tastes better too. Yeah, we save money but we've never measured that part of it. My husband is growing seedlings in the basement for a few things. Gosh, it's almost time to get started.

pperfectmom
03-09-2011, 03:58 PM
Asparagus grows from crowns which you can order or sometimes find for sale at nurseries or gardening stores. They spread pretty quickly but it is normally 3 years before you will get a decent amount. Our bed is 4 years old(I think) and we have never had enough to freeze but it does taste awfully good. You just have to put them somewhere you won't be disturbing from year to year.

I'm not sure if I ever actually save money by gardening because it seems like I spend a fortune on it but you can't beat the quality.:confused3 I also can and freeze a lot of beans, tomatoes, corn, zuchini, okra, etc.

Leshaface
03-09-2011, 04:25 PM
I worked at Starbucks for 7 years, and everytime we had to brew a new batch of coffee, we would have to save the grounds for the "Grounds for your Garden" program.

Has anyone actually used coffee grounds and liked it?

Just last weekend, we planted my first garden and have been saving the grounds from our coffee in the mornings, but haven't incorporated it into the garden yet until I found out if it really worked!

To get back on topic, we're growing tomatoes, asparagus, bell peppers, eggplants, zucchini, jalepeno's, watermelon, strawberries, and okra! I'm super excited to see what happens! :banana:

NeverlandClub23
03-09-2011, 04:35 PM
I've heard there are some flowers you can plant around your vegetable garden to keep the pests away. Anyone know what kind of flowers (or if this is even true)?

IMALOVNDISNEY
03-09-2011, 05:27 PM
We do shared gardening. Our family along with 2 others each plant different items and then share all our bounties with each other. Plus, we have raspberries and a mullberry tree. Another family has blueberries.

Several years ago I was told to plant a border of lettuce around the garden. This way the animals will eat the border and get full. Leaving the garden alone. And just an FYI, did you know that you can get 2 heads of romaine lettuce off of 1 plant. When the head is ready for picking, remove one of the outer leaves and place it back in the soil. It will produce another head for you.

Don't forget to donate any extra produce to your local soup kitchen or food bank. We always plant 1 extra of each to donate.

Mom of 3 Princesses
03-09-2011, 07:19 PM
I worked at Starbucks for 7 years, and everytime we had to brew a new batch of coffee, we would have to save the grounds for the "Grounds for your Garden" program.

Has anyone actually used coffee grounds and liked it?

Just last weekend, we planted my first garden and have been saving the grounds from our coffee in the mornings, but haven't incorporated it into the garden yet until I found out if it really worked!

To get back on topic, we're growing tomatoes, asparagus, bell peppers, eggplants, zucchini, jalepeno's, watermelon, strawberries, and okra! I'm super excited to see what happens! :banana:

We use them and love them. They make GREAT compost!

NeverlandClub23
03-11-2011, 01:32 PM
Several years ago I was told to plant a border of lettuce around the garden. This way the animals will eat the border and get full. Leaving the garden alone. And just an FYI, did you know that you can get 2 heads of romaine lettuce off of 1 plant. When the head is ready for picking, remove one of the outer leaves and place it back in the soil. It will produce another head for you.


That's interesting! :thumbsup2

Is there a certain place everyone buys their seeds/plants? Most of the nurseries around here have turned in to these expensive home landscaping design stores. Lowe's has some decent varieties of seeds. I love online shopping so was wondering if anyone used a good place online? Or even brick and mortar store suggestions are good too! (I don't shop at Walmart though)

swilshire
03-11-2011, 02:04 PM
I see reasonably priced seeds on line, but when I get to the checkout, the shipping always makes them too expensive. I buy a few seeds at Walgreens (watch their ads for 5/$1), the local Coop, and plan to go to Lowes today because their ad said BOGO this weekend on two brands of seeds including Burpee. Walmart always discounts Burpee from list price, so we buy some there.

We have a couple of local places that sell seeds in bulk, so we get some things there. We also have a nature center that does a seed swap every spring, so we make it a point to go there.

Sheila