Are you planning to grow your own vegetables this year?

January 20, 2009 5:12pm CST
With the credit crunch making us all need to tighten our purse strings it seems like a good idea to grow some of our own vegetables this year. Last year I grew Chilli's and they were very successful and tonight I've been looking on Ebay at what seeds are on offer. There are loads of variety's of chilli's on there I'm going to get some called satan's kiss that sound great and are an unusual shape and some jalepeno's. I've also seen some great tomato seeds you grow in hanging baskets that give loads of fruit and some really big pumpkins. Also some purple cauliflowers similar to the ones I saw Jamie Oliver cooking and purple carrots. I'm not sure I'll have room to grow all of those plants but I'm going to try anyway I can always give some plants away. Do you have any vegetables planned for your garden or containers?
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@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I can kill a plant in no time flat That and I'm allergic to outside so I try to avoid going out there.
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21 Jan 09
sorry to hear that it is satisfying eating something you grew yourself, some vegetables are really easy to grow and can even be grown indoors.
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@ElicBxn (60141)
• United States
21 Jan 09
That may be, but the cats would eat them....
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21 Jan 09
They seem to love digging up new seedlings too which can be a problem.
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@psspurgeon1 (1110)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Well, we probably won't plant vegetables as I'm not very good at taking care of any living thing but my kids but we do plan on planting pumpkins this spring and giving some of them away to our daughter's friends and our family. I think it will be a good expierence for my girls to see them grow into giant pumpkins from just a little seed. As far as chili's, we don't eat any kind of peppers so I will stay far away from them! I may try my hand at some corn though...Hmmm...
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20 Jan 09
Pumpkins are great for kids, and I found this variety of tomato that grows in hanging baskets that sound good and would save space.
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• Israel
2 Feb 09
My sister and I planted pumpkins when we were kids. My dad gave us a piece of land that he hadn't done anything with yet. Then we went away on a very long vacation. When we cam back the pumpkins were all over the place. They grew all over the dirt patch, on the sidewalk and into the street. It didn't make the neighbors happy. My dad asked why they didn't just cut them back. The neighbors thought that we wanted all the pumpkins, so they didn't do anything. Heck we were just dumb kids that planted to many seeds.
• Philippines
21 Jan 09
I hope to have a own home and lot and grow vegetables in the backyard. I always wanted that kind of life. Simple but helpful life and healthy environment.
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21 Jan 09
I have a shared garden so I'm going to ask if I can plant some things out there, and also hopefully use my boyfriends garden.
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@vikeyshuy (284)
• China
21 Jan 09
yes,i plan to grow garlic and green onion.they are plants easy to take care of and don't take much space.my family likes putting some garlic clove or onion into dishes when cooking.it makes our food smell good.
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@BarBaraPrz (17970)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
21 Jan 09
I'll probably just plant my usual: tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and potatoes, along with the raspberries, strawberries, garlic and chives thaat come up every year. It will be interesting to see what the squirrels plant this year. Last year it was pumpkins in the front yard and a sunflower in the backyard. And they didn't even share!
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21 Jan 09
I'm going to try a few new things this year as I've only ever grown chilli's and tomatoes before, the cauliflowers and and pimpkins will make a change.
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21 Jan 09
I meant pumpkins, the typo makes it sound quite strange lol.
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@BarBaraPrz (17970)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
21 Jan 09
Pimpkins? That's the wannabe boys in middle school, right?
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
25 Jan 09
Ha, we have been in a credit crunch since we were married 26 years ago, so that won't decide whether we garden or not. :) I started gardening, ooops, we started gardening, sorry dear, about 3 years ago but didn't really know what we were doing so the first year we didn't really do anything other than grow flowers and a few tomatoes. The second year we added more flowers and more vegetables but the third year, last year, we planted everything way too late and didn't have any late fall food. We will do better this year. I have already started planning our backyard garden and we will also be going with raised beds this year as well as doing square foot gardening to save space and hopefully less weeding. We are going to be putting our tomatoes in containers again this year. It allowed us to move them to the best spot as the season moved forward. We will be doing more container gardening this year and I also want to hang tomato plants upside down and grow some that way, we may even try growing some strawberries that way. We are learning more each year and it's gets more exciting each year. Have a great 2009 season
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25 Jan 09
tiny toms. - a dwarf variety of tomato plant ideal for containers and hanging baskets.
The Tiny Tom variety of tomatoes is what I'm using, it goes in hanging baskets or containers and looks like it produces a lot of fruit from the pictures I've seen.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
25 Jan 09
Thanks they look like they would make a great addition to my salads. :)
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Heyya nancyrowina! I have been considering growing a few veggies of my own. I have grown tomatos but I think this upcoming year I may try some other things too. I'd like to try fruits. I am a huge eater of strawberries and blueberries. Maybe I'll try some of those.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Oh..I'm think lettuce and carrots for my garden this year too.
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25 Jan 09
It is easier that you'd think to grow your own veg, and I read you can grow strawberries inside too.
@Cheiyen (317)
• Philippines
19 Jan 10
hello! i live in a town house and we used to have a problem with the parking area outside. the students at the science center next door occupied it. i've decided to put some flower pots but later on, i've come up with an idea, "why not grow some vegetables, too?" it all started when i saw small moringa trees on sale at an agro fair. i'm away from my home country and i can't get them in the market or grocery. its leaves are rich with vitamin a and it can cure cuts, too. my flower garden has turned into flower/medicinal/vegetable garden now. my friends who visit me but i don't care because i just to my garden whenever i need to cook them. i have planted some spinach lately, too and they're growing healthily. i've got a couple of small chili trees, too. and how will i forget the papaya seedlings? hahaha! i have to move them to bigger containers. happy mylotting!
19 Jan 10
I've already way to many chilli plants and I have about 5 other varieties I want to grow later this year, I need agreenhouse to keep them all in.
18 Jan 10
I'm definately interested in this, and I'm hoping to, in June or so when we move house. It'll be a rental so there'll be limits on what I can really do, but even if we just get a little back yard that'll be okay, I may still have a go with whatever can be grown in pots/growbags :)
19 Jan 10
I grew tomatoes on my windowsill last year in awindow box, you can get varieties designed to grow in containers that work really well. I've also been growing chilli's for a couple of years inside my house in pots, so there's still a lot of things you can grow even in a limited space.
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
5 Feb 09
I grow my own vegetables and fruit every year. Around my fence line I put up sections of decorative timber-lattice. I have beans and peas climbing up these growing like crazy around my fence right now. In between each climbing plant I have low-growing vegetables like pumpkin and cucumber growing to help protect and shade the roots. I have carrots growing in a little patch down in the very back behind my apricot tree and potatoes growing under my peach tree. In pots on my patio and around the house I have lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, coriander, parsley and chives growing well. I also have 6 hanging pots around my patio and eaves growing strawberries like crazy.
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5 Feb 09
I was just going to go and get some pea seeds, and I have some pumpkin seeds it's too early in the year for them here though.
@ank_47 (1963)
• India
4 Feb 09
we don;t have place to grow vegetables but one week back i have planted spring onion in one small tub with some mud. it is growing good and within one or two days i can use it in soups or in other dishes. i like vegetables and flower gardens but now we have no place for them. i have to bring small tubs for planting small plants in house . in childhood days we have garden of many varieties of flowers,fruits, and vegetables.
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5 Feb 09
There are a lot of things you can grow indoors, I had lots of chilli peppers last year just from my kitchen window sill. And they are making variety's of plants that grow smaller than normal so people can grow them in pots all the time, just look on the internet for the seeds.
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
2 Feb 09
My parents live in the country side so we always plant vegetables in the garden. Usually, we grow tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions potatoes, radish, and a few other vegetables I don't know how to translate into English.
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2 Feb 09
That's great I wish I had a garden I could use every year.
• United States
25 Jan 09
Yes, we do every year, we have a small backyard and have put in a garden twice in two different locations trying to find the right spot in our yard...and last year we decided to just do potted vegetables, and it worked out great so we will do that again this year. We always do tomatoes, and green pepper, and twice we have done cucumbers..but they dont do well in pots so i am going to figure a way this year... even when we had our apartment and a balcony we planted in pots on there two with little veggie plants... we love our own grown...so much tastier. oh my husband does Jalepeno and a different hot pepper every year, but always the Jalepeno...and tries another... he loves hot foods, and every year they turn out well...I cant wait for spring and to start ours.
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25 Jan 09
The seeds I've got recommend wearing gloves to even handle them so they must make a really hot plant, I like hot food but can only take a certain amount of heat before I just can't taste the food so it's pointless. The best thing about growing your own chilli's is it really is loads cheaper than buying them in the shops, it can cost nearly £2 just for 3 really small chilli's in a bag.
@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I love having a garden. There is nothing like going out in your own backyard and picking some fresh vegies, they always taste so much better. I have been having a garden for many years.
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23 Jan 09
All I've successfully grown so far is some chilli's on my kitchen window, but they were so successful it's made me braver. I live in a flat but the building has a garden I'm going to put some out there, and my boy friends flat has a garden too so I'll have some down there.
• Canada
22 Jan 09
My husband and I would love to be able to grow our own vegetables, but we live in an apartment right in the middle of town. We also live in the basement, so we can't even grow a garden outside of our window, or on a balcony. If we had a house, we would definitely grow our own vegetables.
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23 Jan 09
I grew chilli's indoors last year and going to grow more chilli's and some tomatoes this year. I have got a light kitchen window though, in a basement it must be hard to get any light to growing plants.
• United States
4 Feb 09
Yep, I'm going to be growing as much as I possibly can for fruits and veggies this year. And, if it works out, I'm going to continue this year after year.
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@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I'm micro-farming this year (farming on a little over an acre)...we've got ALOT planned. Most of the seeds are already bought, too, though we're thinking of getting a bit more. Like you, I'm not sure I'll have the room, but I canalways try to sell extra plants or give them away. I just hope I have enough pots. We've got lettuce growing in he basement right now. I've dandelins started. We're going to start a whole bunch of tomatos and peppers soon (green, purple, deep red, cherry tomatos...along with bell peppers, sweet peppers, hot peppers, etc lol), as well as wolfberries. And then once its warm we'll have squash, strawberries, pumpkins, green beans, soy plants, hopefully a couple trees are ready to fruit (cherry and crabapples), kholrabi, cucumbers, corn, assorted melons (cantelopes, water melons...)...um...oh gosh, I can never remeber everything, xD Along with some assorted herbs (definitely basil and lemon grass?) and whatever else we end up getting! Oh God, I feel nervous just thinking about all of this...just one month away! OH MY GODDESS. Anyway, this is all part of my effort to make money off these cazy times as well as take care of my family's nutritional needs. Selling at farmer's markets, flea markets, and using fresh...dried...frozen...and canned stuffs for barter on top of all that xD It feels so...huge to me. And I'm deathly afraid I'll fail miserably...but this year promises to be alot of fun.
29 Jan 09
I have to start my tomatoes soon as I have a variety I can grow indoors before putting some out too. I'm hoping to sell some plants if I grow too many this year, last year I had way to many chilli plants.