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Old 04-22-09, 08:14 AM   #1
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Getting a garden going

My wife's dad came over the other day and plowed a good portion of our backyard. My wife is all giddy. She loves plants, garden, etc.

I live is the Southeast. Other than tomatoes, what are some other goodies should we grow? She has her mind on a few things. But I'd like to throw some seed down too.
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My wife's dad came over the other day and plowed a good portion of our backyard. My wife is all giddy. She loves plants, garden, etc.

I live is the Southeast. Other than tomatoes, what are some other goodies should we grow? She has her mind on a few things. But I'd like to throw some seed down too.
Tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, squash, onions, watermelons and canteloupes, okra, black beans, just about anything really. Its a little late to start things like mustard greens, you could use kale or swiss chardm, both of which are more heat tolerant. In the fall you can grow peas and turnips/mustard greens/collards (my collards survived all winter long).
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Tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, squash, onions, watermelons and canteloupes, okra, black beans, just about anything really.
Yeah, I'm new at this. Kind of an ignorant question, I know.
But I wanted to see what others love to plant. Thanks.

Black beans, huh? My wife is cooking black beans and rice tonight coincidentally.
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butter beans too....forgot about those.
and corn....but corn needs a consistent water source (rain every couple days or watering).
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What vegetables do you regularly eat? By growing the vegetables that you eat during the spring/summer, it will actually save you some money down the road when the vegetables are ready to be picked.
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What vegetables do you regularly eat? By growing the vegetables that you eat during the spring/summer, it will actually save you some money down the road when the vegetables are ready to be picked.
Gee, I'm not a big vegetable eater. But I will be soon, I guess.
I know we're getting cukes, tomatoes, squash, maybe green beans.

For me, I would love to grow melons. I'll need to research and read about proper growing techniques. Sometimes in the summer we are really, really dry in the Piedmont of NC. That's my main concern. When that happens we are restricted with watering.
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Gee, I'm not a big vegetable eater. But I will be soon, I guess.
I know we're getting cukes, tomatoes, squash, maybe green beans.

For me, I would love to grow melons. I'll need to research and read about proper growing techniques. Sometimes in the summer we are really, really dry in the Piedmont of NC. That's my main concern. When that happens we are restricted with watering.
Get some water barrels and collect some rain water while its raining.
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Get some water barrels and collect some rain water while its raining.
Good Idea!!!
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I love growing serranos. A couple nice serrano bushes will give you enough dried peppers for years!

Lettuce and spinach is also one of my favorite things to grow. There is nothing, nothing like fresh, homegrown lettuce.
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I love growing serranos. A couple nice serrano bushes will give you enough dried peppers for years!

Lettuce and spinach is also one of my favorite things to grow. There is nothing, nothing like fresh, homegrown lettuce.
yeah....but in the southeast, the growing season for lettuce is rather short, and honestly, almost passed. It'll be in the 80's this weekend and by mid may it'll be in the 90's.
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I grow all kinds of stuff every year. If you have a large plot, which it sounds like you do, then get some canning supplies and can stuff. Nothing like a nice canned Roma tomato puree in the middle of the winter. Veggies are SO much better out of the garden. I don't even buy tomatoes anymore from the store, they are gross watered down mush compared to a fresh one.

Most seed packets should have a chart on them that says what part of the country they grow in and when to plant. You can get good deals on seeds online. Typically they last a few years if stored properly though it's always better to have fresh seeds.
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I think there will be some canning. Her stepmom cans a ton of stuff and can give her pointers.
We don't buy tomatoes anymore either since her father gardens too. We get tomatoes and green beans from him a lot.

But doing it ourselves will be that much better. I can't wait.
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I had enough of that in my youth.
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My wife's dad came over the other day and plowed a good portion of our backyard. My wife is all giddy. She loves plants, garden, etc.

I live is the Southeast. Other than tomatoes, what are some other goodies should we grow? She has her mind on a few things. But I'd like to throw some seed down too.
My grandfather used to grow HUGE gardens. He had gardens that were sometimes in upwards of an acre, but never sold the crop. That was his 'hobby' garden. That was also in FL, so I can tell you what he grew (that I recall)

tomato
cucumber
buttercup squash
pattypan squash
watermelon
corn



There were probably tons more, but those are the ones that stand out in my mind.
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I had enough of that in my youth.
that makes some parts of the puzzle fall into place.
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Yes it do.
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My grandfather used to grow HUGE gardens. He had gardens that were sometimes in upwards of an acre, but never sold the crop. That was his 'hobby' garden. That was also in FL, so I can tell you what he grew (that I recall)

tomato
cucumber
buttercup squash
pattypan squash
watermelon
corn



There were probably tons more, but those are the ones that stand out in my mind.

I had to look that one up.
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I had to look that one up.
Me too actually. I remembered it was squash and what it looked like, but couldn't remember the name.

He used to come over to neighbor's houses, family's houses and ask, "would you like some tomatoes?". When they said, "sure", he'd drop 5 full grocery bags full on their door step.

I thought it was funny. I'd just take extra to work and give it away to co-workers. My parents (who probably got it more than anybody as they lived next door) used to get annoyed about it after a while.
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We did spaghetti squash last year. Good stuff.
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i'm new to this too. this year i decided to clear the jungle early and plant some veg to take up the space.

tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, garlic, spring onions, red onions, chives, spinach, coriander, basil, sweet potatoes, blackberries, rasberries. unfortunately, only one of the blackberry plants is still living.

also have cherry, pear and apple trees. i'll see if i have green fingers this year. good luck. i need it too!
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One trick my Dad used to do was to plant a row about 18" long of radishes every Sunday.that way we always had radishes all summer long without a great lot of big ones.
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One trick my Dad used to do was to plant a row about 18" long of radishes every Sunday.that way we always had radishes all summer long without a great lot of big ones.
But...but, nobody in their right minds would eat a radish!! That's just a nasty weed that somebody decided to tell people was good food as a joke.
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good luck with the garden. My wife and I started our first garden this year. So far it has been a lot of fun for us and our kids, we are all learning together .

One thing you may consider is buying heirloom seeds. That way next year won't have to buy seeds again..

Good luck with the green thumb.
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