What do you grow in your garden?

United States
February 27, 2009 10:37am CST
I am planning my garden and in the past we have grown a lot of tomatoes and peppers but this year we want to grow more and supliment our groceries better so we dont need to go to the store. What are the things you grow in your garden and how do you use them?
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@peavey (16855)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I grow different things each year, but always tomatoes, peppers, beans and squash. Last year I grew okra, broccoli, brussel sprouts, squash, corn, beans, tomatoes (pitiful harvest), potatoes, cucumbers and beets. That was besides strawberries, chamomile and mint. I can, freeze and dehydrate much of it, but otherwise use it in daily meals. This year I want to grow onions. I will braid some to dry and keep for using fresh as long as they'll last, but I will dehydrate some, too.
• United States
28 Feb 09
It sounds like you have this down to a good system. I would like to grow that much if I can this year. I do love tomatoes so I will grow a lot of them and I would love to get a lot of cucumbers too. The space to grow the stuff will be my biggest problem.
@peavey (16855)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I don't have much space, either. I grow things in odd places around the back yard, rather than have one central garden. A couple of feet here and there is easier to find for me. Cucumbers will grow up a fence or trellis if you can plant them there. One good plant will keep you in slicing cucumbers unless you have a very large family.
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Lots of things. This year we've got a ton of tomatos and peppers (doesn't everyone? We've got hot, sweet, sandwich varities, a good variety in general), a couple kinds of corn (sweet, baby, and blue dent I believe), a couple kinds of pumpkin, butternut and spaghetti squash, some gourds, several kinds of melons (crimson sweet, jubilee, cantelopes, etc), a couple berry bushes (wolfberry, blackberry, and honeyberries all I remember)...I'm getting a dwarf banana and a dwarf pomegranate I believe, a flat wonderful peach tree, dwarf crabapple, onions, potatos, some herbs, edible flowers, greens, soybeans, green beans, limas, a celery-wannabe, baby bok choi, carrots I think...um...probably some other things I'm forgetting ^_^' Half of this stuff we got dollar 'o packet last year. The only things that really go above a dollar are the trees (10-20 bucks), and the potatos (three bucks for a pound or two). We already have some herbs started indoors, and some greens (lettuce, dandelions, parsley, chives...and um..whatever my Mom decided to plant on the kitchen counter). TECHNICALLY, since we've a little over an acre, we're micro-farming...rather than gardening. It's both to help feed us better over this year and the years after it...and to earn a little extra money (sellin' the fresh produce, like in roadside stands, farmer's markets, and flea markets).
• United States
28 Feb 09
Oh! Zukes and cucumbers! That's what I forgot. xD
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Last year we had tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers. We want to do more this year.
• United States
28 Feb 09
I bet there are probibly a lot of us looking to expand what we have been growing. Even though we have managed not to have our employment situation disrupted we are still feeling the pinch of the economy. A big garden would really help.
• United States
4 Mar 09
WoW, where to start. First off is what do you enjoy to eat and then go from there. I grow bell peppers, melrose peppers,romaine lettuce,iceburg lettuce and carrots to name a few. Do you see where I'm going with this. Most of the vegetables can go into a terric salad for starters. There really is no end to the possibilities on how to prepare the fruits and vegetables from your garden. Eggplants, cucumbers, radishes and zuccini also would be some choices. You can get ideas and tips from http://yardandgardentips.com
@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Mar 09
I've moved to a new house this year so am starting my veg garden again from scratch. Last year though, I had a veg garden which made my family pretty much self sufficient in veg from about April until October. Off the top of my head, we grew potatoes, sweet potatoes, jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, onions, leeks, garlic, peppers, chillis, okra, tomato, aubergine (eggplant?), courgette (zucchini?), pumpkins, butternut squash, broad beans, tramosa, all sorts of climbing beans, peas, mange tout, lettuce, radish, rocket, corriander, all sorts of other herbs, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, beetroot, spinach, leaf beets and I'm sure there were things I can't think of right now too. For fruit we had apples, pears, rhubarb, kiwi, raspberries, elderberries, blueberries and a few other things. Oh, and I had oranges and figs from our neighbours land which we took care of. This year the weather is only just turning warm enough to start planting, so I've only got cabbages, onions, broad beans, leaf beet and Jerusalem artichokes in so far. I've got some lettuces, radishes and rocket growing in mini polytunnels we've made and I've recently moved the raspberry canes and other fruit bushes over. I'm hoping to get some potato varieties in this coming week. I store as much of our surplus as I can fresh, things like potatoes, Jerusal artichokes and pumpkins store for ages. I dry quite allot either in the sun or using a food dehydrator. Things like peppers, onions, chilli, and tomato dry really well and can be stored in glass jars. Of course, my beans and peas dry on the vine where possible. I bottle tomato sauces and some fruits like figs and make chutneys and jams. I don't freeze much as it's not really a very cost effective storage solution, but I do normally prepare some fruit and keep it frozen for quick deserts. Growing your own produce is such a sensible idea for so many reasons. there's nothing so satisfying as going out to the garden and picking your dinner! Best of luck with your new project :-)
@reneerose (106)
• United States
1 Mar 09
really expensive sheep food.... gotta fix those fences!!
@nancyrowina (3850)
28 Feb 09
I'm starting to grow more vegetables having only grown chilli's before, I'm going to grow some tomatoes, and later some Pumpkins and Purple cauliflowers if I can get them to work as the seeds are tiny.