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Old 03-14-2009, 06:10 AM   #1
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So I have been thinking about starting a garden this year to help cut costs on some of the produce that we buy and to have a little summer project. I have ordered some seed catalogs I am starting to get and idea of what I want to grow.

Anybody have any good tips or tricks that they would like to share with myself and anyone else looking into the hobbie/trade?
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:20 AM   #2
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You can get free fertilizer here at the Mane.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:55 AM   #3
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Start composting your scraps, home made fertilizer.
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:31 AM   #4
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Keep Jay Cutler and Josh McDaniels away from your garden. They have a special ability to make anything look like Shiat in just a few weeks!
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I haven't started on my garden yet. Last freeze is mid-May, so planting is a ways away.

First, have you ever grown vegetables before?
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:00 PM   #6
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First, have you ever grown vegetables before?
Nope. That is why I am looking for some help.
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:07 PM   #7
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I had me a little veggie garden last year, was somewhat successful. I live in Maryland. I planted cucumbers, tomatoes, yellow squash, green peppers, red peppers, eggplants. The squash was very successful, had squash 2-3 times a week. Cucumbers were pretty successful, the rest were average. I went to a local nursey and bought the pre-grown plants, did not use seeds. I think I probably broke even on what I spent and what I got out of it.
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We also put in a small "Victory garden" or "recession garden" last year.

I do alot of gardening with flowers, trees, and bushes but not a lot with food.

I would put in tomatoes, Herbs, cucumbers, radishes, sweet corn if you have room.

We tried Pumpkins but they were in a bad place.

Our Sunflowers both broke in a thunderstorm.

Apa is right about composting.

This year I am going to try to mix in some veggies with the flowers. I hate paying $10 for a freaking pumpkin.

Don't be surprised if you get a tiny harvest. It takes a few years to figure out what works. but it is fun being outside and learning something new. Great sense of accomplishment.
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