Sunday, March 20, 2011

First Time Gardening?

Are you considering a garden this year? I say go for it! It costs very little to give it a try and you could save plenty by growing some of your produce yourself.

Some other thoughts:
  • With our short growing season some plants will have to be purchased already started, but many grow quickly and can start as seeds sometime near the start of May. I've had good experience with green beans, snap peas, and lettuce from seeds. They grow so fast I can get two or three 'crops' of these.
  • Pumpkin, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, and strawberries I buy plants for. Corn should also be well on it's way by May 1, but I didn't have a lot of luck with corn.
  • I've also tried eggplant, bell peppers, and canteloupe but I just don't think it's hot enough for those to do well.
  • If you don't have a yard you can try growing a few things in a pot placed in a sunny spot. I'd recommend snap peas, lettuce, and/or cherry tomatoes each in it's own pot.
Anyway - there is a great article this week in USA Weekend about getting started gardening. It's called 'Garden of Eating' and worth the quick read.


1 comment:

  1. I'd have to guerilla garden if I wanted one (that is, "illegally" garden on someone else's land. Though, I guess some communities have rent-a-plot of land to garden on. Ben's grandma does that in her retirement community and still is able to produce many of her own vegetables.


So, what do you think?