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Old 03-02-2009, 01:22 PM
 
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Time to think Spring!!! So this year it looks like the year to do our own food production. I've convinced my spouse to "go Green" by switching over our high maintenance lawn to a no mowing grass lawn and adding garden space - the bigger the better. I tried the No Mow (a low growing) Grass last year on a little spot and loved it so I'm going with that.

The food thing I'm new to and have no idea what, how to get things going. What are good fruit trees for the area?

I'm new to gardening so tips are welcome! Seed sharing is also an option (though I have nothing to start).

We eat a lot of food here so any / all info is helpful. Thanks!

Thinking Spring!
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:44 AM
 
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First of all, what you can grow depends upon where you live and the soil. If you are in clay and limestone, you will have to do a lot of work to prepare any area to grow anything, it will have to be watered evenly every eevening in hot weater. Been thee done that. The only thing that grew ware shrubs. Flowers and vegetables was a waste of time and money. If youd is black loam, or black sand, you can grow anything. Have your local county ag department test the soil and tell you what you need to grow.

Secondly, it takes several years and alot of attention to bugs, rot and animals before a fruit trees mature and produces fruit or nuts.

Carrots, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, peas, pumpkins and melons ae relatively easy to grow. Two dozen tomato plants should produce a couple of bushels for canning 60-68 quarts. Burpee Big Bpy and Better Boy are good tomatoes. Silver Queen is a good sweet corn. Buil

d a cold frame and start your plants from seeds, onoon sets, eyes. By the time growning season arrives, the young plants will be healthy and ready to plant. You will need fertilizer, assorted sprays for bugs, mold, wilt, rot, and probably need blossom set for your tomatoes. And you'll need a hoe, rake and shovel.

Then you can watch squirrels, rabbits, moles, birds and deer demolish your garden. And don't foget snakes like gardens. too. By the time you clean up the garden in the fall, and compare what you harvested against the cost, you will find you could have purchased in bulk from the local restaurant wholesaler and been money ahead.

The Victory garden of WWII was successful because it was a few cents for seeds or onion sets and water was not expenive..They collected water in 50 gal rain barrels. Not so today. Gardening is expensive and you can't leave the garden to chance while you take a two week vacation. You won't have one when you return.

You can put up fencing and netting, but that wil not stop the moles from eating the succelent roots of the young plants. And it propbably will not stop the squrrels. Been there, done that. In the end, you might be better off with a terraced garden.or a container garden.

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