Do you have a garden? Are you allowed to?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Kay7979, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Kay7979


    Jul 14, 2004
    I was just wondering how many people have a garden, to grow their own produce and save money. Also wondering if you live in a community that has restrictions as to what you can do with your lot. Are you allowed to have a vegetable garden? We have a small garden and have grown vegetables using non-hybrid, heirloom seeds. We will save our seeds and use them to grow another crop next year. Not everything turned out well since we are gardening newbies, but most of our vegetables are doing well.
  2. Disney  Doll

    Disney Doll DIS Security Matron

    Nov 5, 2000
    You know,we had a garden for the first couple of years we lived in our house, and it seemed to be a very expensive proposition.
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  4. georgina

    georgina I dream of Mousey with the big black ears

    Apr 21, 2003
    We grow tomatoes, green pepper, green beans, and lettuce. Ours isn't expensive because we just get plants (pepper and tomato) or plant seeds (beans and lettuce) and pretty much ignore them. We don't fertilize, rarely water, and occasionally pull up a few weeds. We have a ton of tomatoes, had a good crop of lettuce, and some beans and peppers (peppers will continue into the fall). We hadn't bothered in a few years, but the kids asked to have a garden this summer.
  5. pearlieq

    pearlieq <font color=green>They can sit & spin<br><font col

    Aug 3, 2004
    Our homeowners association prohibits them, but that doesn't stop people from putting in small gardens or a few plants.

    I might put some tomato plants in next year, but no full garden.
  6. jcemom

    jcemom Official Tag Fairy Assistant

    Mar 23, 2003
    My DS 11 wants us to put in a garden next year but I don't know where to begin! :confused3 The thought of digging up our yard full of rocks is not at all appealing to me, though it would be great to walk outside and pick part of our dinner! :flower:

    TNKBELL DIS Veteran

    Oct 26, 2004
    Our HOA has restricted sizes only 4'X10' but next year ours will be 16'X8' I don't think that's too big and nothing beats a garden tomato! I'm on the board so I guess if anyone "turns me in" I'll just suggest we change the covenants. I can understand not having your whole entire yard not being a garden but I don't think it should matter too much how big it is as long as it is maintained within the boundaries of the homeowners property, and not visible from the street.
  8. deacondarlin

    deacondarlin Employement Counselor/Welfare Diva Extraordinaire

    Aug 12, 2005
    We live in a townhouse with NO yard space (well, we have a great front yard, just can't touch it!), so DH and I planted a "porch" garden. We have peppers, tomatos and cucumbers in pots on our back deck. The peppers and cucumbers did great! The tomatos did pretty well, except for the fact I thought I had bought window box variety and ended up with "Big Boys!" We didnt' get many, but the ones we got were great.
  9. mommytotwo

    mommytotwo DIS Veteran

    Feb 2, 2004
    Yes, we have a few different gardens. In my own garden, I have green peppers, two different types of tomatoes, eggplant, squash, two different types of chives, green beans, cilantro, and some flowers.
    Eggplant here is on the pricier side and our family likes it, so we do save money by planting our own and family and friends enjoy it as well.
  10. PrincessKitty

    PrincessKitty I'm walkin' on sunshine!

    Aug 14, 2005
    No garden, but hearing that it may be possible to plant a garden, ignore it, and still have some veggies is pretty appealing! :earsgirl: I would love to grow some tomatoes--anybody know where to get heirloom variety seeds?

    We live in an older neighborhood (built in the 50s and 60s) with no homeowner's association, so we can do anything we want with our yard (which was all woods until the hurricanes hit last year--20 trees down--so we do have some sunny areas for gardeining now!)
  11. Donna

    Donna Where Magic Lives

    Aug 25, 1999
    We have grown corn on the cob (just a few stalks), tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, peppers and this year, we did watermelon. It was the BEST i've ever had! I think i'd have to think twice about living somewhere where i couldn't touch my land. We have a triple lot and live in a regular town, not in the country.
  12. njziggy

    njziggy DIS Veteran

    Apr 12, 2000
    We have always had a garden of sorts. The quality of the produce you get by growing your own really can't be beat. When space was limited (apartment living or rental property) we would grow our vegies in planter boxes or pots. Combine in a few flowering plants along with the vegies & you have a really attractive potted display.

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