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Old 11-04-2018, 03:06 PM
 
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OK since we are about to go into the gloomy winter, I think this topic will have something we can look forward to in the spring.

I just build my raised bed at my new place. I am doing a “Ruth Stout” garden with straws and hoping it will decomposed over the winter to give me rich soil in the spring. As my wife supervised my work, she decreed “plant only EXPENSIVE vegetable that I buy in the supermarket!”. As you know, happy wife = happy life at my suburban home prairie so I must comply with her wishes.

Guys (& Gals), save my marriage by helping me decide on what to plant “expensive” vegetables! I’ve already identified sugar snap peas & okra and have received approval from the supreme commander. But what else can I plant as “expensive “?
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Old 11-04-2018, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Leeks? I love them for nearly all soups - they add a subtle flavor but can be expensive and it usually takes a lot for a recipe.
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Old 11-04-2018, 03:35 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Rather than the expense, Ingrow those that taste better fresh from the garden, sugar snap peas are on that list, but also tomatoes, asparagus, and cucumbers. Some of the more expensive are artichokes, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
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Old 11-04-2018, 03:46 PM
 
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Plant whatever vegetables you enjoy eating, but here's a list of the most expensive per sq ft things you can grow: The most profitable plants in your vegetable garden

Vegetable USD Value/SF

Cilantro $ 21.20

Arugula-Roquette $ 20.92

Green Salad Mix $ 17.55

Chives $ 16.40

Dill $ 16.40
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:14 PM
 
Location: BFE
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I've tried, and failed, to grow asparagus. It normally runs about $2.99-3.99/lb.

I've succeeded in growing artichokes, but they are pretty small and scarce. They sell for a couple bucks 'round here. I'm going on an artichoke offensive this winter and into the spring. Maybe I'll get enough to make a snack.

Of course, the cheap stuff grows like weeds. I'm putting in some garlic bulbs in the next couple days, so hopefully that will be a thing next year.
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:32 PM
 
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Thanks for the great ideas guys!

I eat a lot of broccoli so that’s a winner. I’ll probably need to use a cold frame to get a head start. Back in Alabama the weather heats up quickly and my broccoli bolted prematurely.

You guys are right on, plant what we like to eat. We also like cilantro so that’s a contender. I am intrigued with Argula so maybe we’ll try that. I do want to plant garlic just to test out the bed. The wife likes to use shallots for cooking so we’ll plant that too.

I agreed about asparagus. It sounds like a lot of work from what i’ve read.
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:59 PM
 
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Asparagus is very easy to grow. I’ve had them before. Just plant the roots and they take off. From California perspective here.

But I grow heirloom tomato, they are expensive here $3.99 a pound. Aragula, corn lettuce and all kinds of tomato varieties like brandywine, beefsteak.
All kinds of herbs. Garlic is very easy to grow here too.
And peas too, sugar snap peas.
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Old 11-04-2018, 05:22 PM
 
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I'll have to add ginger, and if you're really into culinary/medicinal plants, ginseng!
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Old 11-04-2018, 06:36 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Asparagus is very easy to grow. I’ve had them before. Just plant the roots and they take off. From California perspective here.

But I grow heirloom tomato, they are expensive here $3.99 a pound. Aragula, corn lettuce and all kinds of tomato varieties like brandywine, beefsteak.
All kinds of herbs. Garlic is very easy to grow here too.
And peas too, sugar snap peas.
Yes, asparagus requires no real work, but here I have to grow them in a greenhouse (unheated) and they do take up space, but worth it. I tried artichokes and they are always small the first year or two, but in our climate they didn’t survive the winter for a third year. They cost as much as $5/each here.
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:13 PM
 
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Artichoke is also very easy here. I just don’t have space for them, I like the plant. Nice and attractive.
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