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

I would plant

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Registered: 07-27-2009

Have you ever grown cilantro? I LOVE it (I cook a LOT of Mexican foods). I am trying it this year, but I have no idea how it will turn out. Does it take over too?

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Registered: 11-15-2011

Sounds great!

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Hi Bex, Good luck with the garden. I've had success with raised beds. They do well here in our rocky soil, but also seem to be growing in popularity everywhere.

We have a great gardening board here if you're interested~

http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Gardening/ct-p/iv-hgbasics

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Yes, I would totally use your front garden if you can! At home our house faces west, so the front is a great area for sun. DH took the front bed in front of the walk and planted strawberries there. They make a fantastic ground cover, have little flowers in early May and tons of strawberries most of the summer (except the super hot months.) These are ever bearing strawberries so that is why we get them all summer. And nothing is like really sweet strawberries in a bowl just minutes after picking them!
-marie
#Marie
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Registered: 12-31-2010
Watch the mint, it can take over an entire garden if allowed! I always do basil in pots so I can take it in if we get late or early frosts as it is so darn sensitive, but I love it!
#Marie
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Registered: 10-01-2008

Bex, assorted greens are super easy to grow plus they are good for you and do great in cold weather.

Norma


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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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Registered: 03-15-2012

Grow things you know you will eat.

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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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