I think I'm going to plan a vegetable garden

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Registered: 04-10-2003
I think I'm going to plan a vegetable garden
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Tue, 04-10-2012 - 7:27am

I've decided to try my hand at gardening this year and see how it goes.

I was looking at my (destroyed) back yard and trying to figure out the cost to fix it up. I think rather than try and reseed the whole yard (dogs killed the grass over the winter) I am going to create some raised bed vegetable gardens. There is a perfect spot that gets a lot of sun so I am going to try my hand at it. The only real cost would be soil, some cedar posts and seeds. So for less than $50 I could turn the garden around!

If it works out, awesome, if not, I'll just plant some shrubs next year :)


Bex -

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Registered: 03-15-2012

Look up Square Foot Gardening!

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Now there is a great idea! Gardens are not only great for produce, they are a good form of exercise and relaxation (just ask Norma!)
I do a garden up near our cabin with my FIL. We plant tomatoes and peppers from plants, all else from seed.
Beans will grow fast, and I recommend bush beans highly.
Just look at the discount store seed packet aisle and get things you like, then look at the length of the growing season, you don't want things that will take to long in our northern climates.

And I would invest in a sprinkler with a timer - that way you don't have to be there to water since you work so much. Put it on for 6 AM to run for as long as you need to really soak the earth. Watering in the morning allows for the sun to dry the water off the leaves during the day, and you will get less bugs. If you water in the evening, bugs have all night to invade a nice moist garden.

I have my seeds and just got some asparagus roots yesterday. They are perennials, so we will see them every year but won't be able to harvest for at least 2 years.

I have to start my eggplant and peppers in the house this week, as their growing season is too long to start after May 15 which is usually our freeze free day around Michigan, so I give them a month's head start indoors.

In the meantime if you see any canning jars at garage sales, grab them up! You will undoubtedly have too much produce to eat at one time and canning or freezing could really stretch your budget a lot.

Congrads - motorcycle gardener - cool!

-Marie
#Marie
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Registered: 11-14-2008

Good for you!

I love my garden but don't think I will be in it too much this year. Just not good timing! I will plant a few things and hope people around me take care of it. If not, oh well, next year!

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Registered: 04-10-2003
The Michigan climate is probably similar to Southern Ontario. Any thoughts on what would be good (EASY) veggies to start with?

Bex -

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Bex, just to pop in, we had a garden growing up in Michigan, I was thinking of starting one this year or next here in Texas. But growing up, we had quite a large garden, we regularly would plant corn, beans, peas, carrots, brussel sprouts, brocolli, acorn squash, tomatos, cherry tomatos, any kind color of pepper, and occassionally beets, watermelons and pumpkins. Its a pretty good diversity depending on what you would like to cook and will use. I think I miss fresh peas right off the vine the most!
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Registered: 12-31-2010
Bush beans, tomatoes, zucchini, beets, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, onions, green peppers, chives, golly, a lot of things. It does not sound like you have the room for corn - it needs fields to cross pollinate.
If you have issues with rabbits, plant marigolds around the garden to keep them out, and I like to grow sunflowers for bird food later on.
#Marie
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Registered: 11-14-2008

It doesn't sound like you will have room for pumpkins or watermellons, or corn. I would plant some beans, peas, carrots from seeds. Then I would buy in the small plants in tomatoes, cucumbers and zuchini.

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Registered: 02-19-1998

Good luck! Last year I was going to plant a container garden in this nice plastic barrel I got from Freecycle. Just when I was about to get it going with tomatoes I ended up in the hospital for 5 days! It was right after Memorial Day and by the time I felt up to it it was way too late.

Next year I hope to do much better - for one thing I want to get it going after May 1.

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Registered: 03-15-2012

Grow things you know you will eat.

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Registered: 04-10-2003
You are all getting me so excited! I would love spinach, lettuce, zuchhini, cucumbers, etc etc etc. I eath them ALL the time so having my own would be amazing!!! Hopefully I don't blow it.
What do you all think of putting veggies in the front garden? I am on the corner lot so the side of my property is a fence with a sidewalk on the other side. Last year I dug up all the plants there because of allergies and I was going to grass it over or shrub it, but I am wondering if its not worth planting something there? Are there any veggies that would look nice?

Bex -

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