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Old 02-22-2010, 11:31 PM
 
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I am thinking of starting a small vegetable garden about 100 sq.ft. in size. How big of a garden do you guys have and tell me if it is more fun in having a bigger one or not.
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:43 AM
 
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I don't have one now because of the tree shade in my yard, but you can grow a lot in a 10 X 10 garden.....

Have fun and good eating....It will be better than anything you buy in a store...
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:08 AM
 
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That is a good size to start with, and you can increase the size if you wish next year. I'm so envious, we have an acre but it's heavily wooded, so we don't get much sun. I do my best to squeeze in some tomato plants around our deck, but they struggle. I have to limit my gardening to part-sun perennial gardens.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I have an above-ground garden that is approximately 4' x 6'. I grow one tomato plant, one sweet pea plant, four spinaches and two bell peppers. In the summer, I'm sure the spinach will fade away but the peppers and tomatoes will take over. Here in Phoenix, my dirt is so hard to work with. It requires a lot of work to get it right for growing an in-ground garden. I'm happy with my little garden. I also have a trough with some herbs in it.
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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If this is your first year gardening? I think that a 10x10 space is a great starter. If you have room to add more space for vine plants, that might be a good idea. Watermelons, pumpkins, cukes, etc. take up alot of room. We expand our garden each year. This year our garden is about 35x25. There are two big gardens at my moms house. The front garden is about 50x30 and the back garden is about 80x50. Between my parents, my sister, and I, we can produce alot of food from our gardens. This year we are going to trade veggies for fresh eggs with the neighbor.

We grow alot of herbs in pots to save room in the garden. We have a real problem with deer here. But so far the deer seem to leave certian herbs alone, so I have them outside my regular gardens in pots. Parsley, green onions, basil, rosemary, and cilantro have not been touched by the deer.

As for a larger garden being fun, its yes and no. I really enjoy gardening. Even though its alot of work, it is nice feeding my family fresh food from our garden. By the time Nov 1 rolls around, I am happy to be done with the garden. But, by Jan 1st, I cannot wait to start again. My kids are alot of help too. They are 7 and 10 and can plant/harvest most veggies.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:09 PM
 
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thanks for all the info, I got some Red Creole Onions in some cups at home, since it recommends starting them 10-12 weeks before last frost, bit late now but after they grow a bit I'll transplant them into the ground. Got them from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and plan to buy more from them in the future. Even sent me some free Cilantro Herb seeds
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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We trimmed back to about 75' x 75', but squash and cucumbers take a lot of rambling room. We use ours for creating a serious portion of our diet, so our goals are different that those of folks with a small garden. Small gardens can be fun and productive, especially if you do wide rows of various lettuces and salad vegetables, and have a few pots of herbs in the area. Small patches of corn are almost always a disappointment, so choose your vegetables wisely and don't worry about size. Enjoy.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:46 AM
 
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I am a newbie at gardening. Started with two 4' X 8' raised beds last year. Being a newbie was fun although I made some mistakes along the way. For example I was very proud of the fact that all my tomato & bell peppers seedlings grew successfully, but someone forgot to told me that I did not need to plant ALL the seeds that came with the packets. I ended up with 72 seedling plants and had to cull out half of them because of lack of space.

Also those flimsy tomato cages that they sell at big box stores did not work very well. As soon as they start growing tomatoes, the weight will tilt the cage one side or another and the plant lost support.

Since my garden is a combination of my curiosity, interest, and naive ambition, I like to experiment with variety of veggies. I am broadening myself into carrots, spinach, broccoli & cauliflower and with a much limited tomatoes & bell peppers this year.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:44 AM
 
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my gardens tend to experience a yearly 'creep' to the point where it can get out of hand. i keep adding more and more stuff..
this year i plan on 2 plots, each about 12'x20'.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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my gardens tend to experience a yearly 'creep' to the point where it can get out of hand. i keep adding more and more stuff..
this year i plan on 2 plots, each about 12'x20'.
Wait until it gets to be a teenager and stops creeping. You'd best buy more land now.
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