Originally Posted by sometimesy
The kids and I are planning to grow some produce this year. I LOVED NRG's raised bed thread and am relying on that to get the garden started. But I wondered what grows best here--and whether I can grow any of these:
What are y'all planting? Where can I get plants? Is there a good local nursery?
You can grow all the things you listed above and more. The best time for cool weather greens is in the fall or early spring before it gets too warm. Cool weather plants include things like broccoli, lettuces, spinach, kale. There are also certain types of peas that can be grown during cool months. You can also plant things like garlic in the fall and onions in early spring. Plants like tomatos and peppers and cucumbers do well here too but you need to wait to plant them in the spring after danger of frost has passed (around April 14).
You can also grow strawberries and blueberries in this area. Blueberry plants like acidic soil so you will want to read up on how to prepare a proper planting bed. With strawberries it is best to pinch off the blooms during the first year to promote growth and and you will be rewarded with a larger crop in the second year. Come April you will be able to purchase a lot of seedlings at places like Home Depot. In the meantime I suggest you go to a local garden center and pick their brains as they are usually very helpful with info about what you can grow and when. They will also be able to sell you seeds and seedlings including things that you can be growing right now. I don't know where you are located but I suggest you go to a local garden center to gather info to help you get started. Below are a few links to places you can visit or websites you can read for more info.
(Very Helpful Staff that can tell you what to plant and when, they also sell a wide variety of seeds and seedlings). I think they sell straberry plants as well.
~ I just got an emial from the saying they will be selling blueberry plants this year.
Finch's Blueberry Nursery
~ probably the best source for local blueberry plants
You can also get herbs and other seedlings at the State Farmers
market. I bet there will be tons of places selling stuff there come April.
If herbs are your thing you can check out the Herb Fest
in Wake Forest from April 17-26.
Sometimes you can even find people located in your local area selling plants on craig's list like this person who is selling strawberry plants
(http://raleigh.craigslist.org/grd/1059922078.html - broken link)
FWIW, I don't think I would bother with things like apple and peach trees or fruit trees in general. I'm sure some people have them, but I don't think it is common in this area because the climate in the peidmont region of NC is not the best for those types of trees. It is more common to find orchards near the mountains of NC. Besides, the best performing fruit trees are not very pretty IMHO because to get nice fruit you have to do a lot of pruning so the tree spends energy on the fruit and not on growing limbs.