Are you going to grow vegetables for your table or to sell ?

@dvmurphy (326)
United States
March 16, 2009 9:24am CST
With the economy being so unstable I have decided to go back to growing my own vegetables to help cut down my food bill. I live in the city right now and hate it, but we are stuck here until we have enough money to move. We are planning on moving to a rural area in Western Iowa. I want to grow my own vegetables and if we buy a place big enough I am thinking of growing enough vegetables and fruits for a small roadside market. Have you ever thought about this? I want to grow an assortment of the usual fair of vegetables but also have strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb, beans, sugar snap peas, potatoes, pumpkins, squashes, apples, plums, peaches and apricots. Iowa can even grow grapes and qiwi. I even thought about a small vineyard as it doesn't take that much land to start one, just time, hard work and patience. In the city I use container growing but you have to watch so people don't steal your stuff.
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@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
16 Mar 09
My grandmother sells fruits and vegetables at her own roadside market. Let me tell you, she makes about 2 dollars each day that she does it. So if you are planning on doing this for the money, I wouldn't count on it. But I do agree with growing your own vegetables to cut down on your groceries bill. I am in the process of trying to do that, But I too live in a city. I don't have a porch or a yard, just my window sills to work with, so I need to do a bit of research to figure out what will grow best indoors. I have a fire escape and I am planning on planting a few green bean vines out there, but I can't put too much out there because we are not supposed to have anything out there.
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@anuraa32 (2451)
• India
24 Feb 13
This is so interesting. I was planning on have a vegetable garden of my own. Had just started on a thought. This gives me more confidence to do so. I have a balcony and the window sill of my room. Am planning to grow beans, peas, tomatoes and chillis. Someone even told me growing basil is good for the vegetable garden.
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
16 Mar 09
last year we grew tomatoes and we really liked them. we dont have a very large backyard, so we are pretty limited and to that end, we just grow stuff for us. i guess it depends wher eyou live. if you live on a fairly well travelled road, then by all means, start your own road side stall.
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• Canada
16 Mar 09
Hey...cher913, missed your posts...! Just had to add, long as you don't have the long arm of the government in your garden! I don't know what the "fluff" is going on here (B.C., Canada) but with all the marketing boards; Poultry, Farm, Fruit, unless you now meet all of the stringent regulations...NO roadside stands! I got shut down for selling eggs, even tho' I met all of the Health standards, even to how I stored the few food supplements! What I spearheaded was a "neighborhood" growing group! Each one of us concentrates on only a few fruits/veggies...and then we all share! So far, works great! Cheers!
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
16 Mar 09
I like to grow my own vegetables. It does help to keep my food bill down. I also like to cook with fresh vegetables. I dehydrate my onions and peppers. Then I can grind them up and make my own spices. It is also easier to store food when in this form. I have grown plants in pots when I lived in the city. I never had anyone steal my plants. I did bring the plants in when the weather was bad to protect them. You really do not need a large amount of land to grow things. If you plan it out well, you can get a lot from a small area.
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@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
16 Mar 09
I live in a rural area and we are lucky that we can grow a vegetable garden every year. We don't grow it to sell because honestly there is not much money involved. I would rather can what excess I have and use it myself. Last year I canned several quarts of green beans and corn and I have managed to use it all and give to friends. I seen a documentary on TV the other day about where this envioromental group was planting vegetables in pots in the cities for people to have and they couldn't keep enough planted. I'm not sure how much less expensive it is to grow your own but it sure does taste a lot better! lOL
@mansha (6301)
• India
16 Mar 09
I don't know if growing vegetables is an option for a regular income bit yet it helps to cut down on your grocery bills apart from getting you healthy frsh and green vegetables straight from your backyard. I do used to have a small vegetable garden not in this place though as here hardly anythign grows on rocky land. Next city I move to I shall again start my vegetable garden. In one place I had a huge backyard where I grew potatoes and It was nice to have them in so much quantity later on. I never thought of selling any of my vegertables though shared themwith my neighbours a lot.
@snowy22315 (79461)
• United States
16 Mar 09
I have tried to grow veggies in the past but it seems like I only can really sucessfully grow tomatoes. I have tried to grow other veggies but the results never seem to go very well. I think since there are different things that the garden could support I think I could grow others I just need to work on it I guess.
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• Canada
16 Mar 09
Morning, snowy22315! I have truly had the same great success in growing any of the nightshade/cucrbit family in containers, on my deck! All my squashes, cukes,peppers do really well, as they all like hot roots! I have the land, but there is such an overabundance of deer, and there is NOTHING that will deter them! They just walk right thru fences....I tried with a 12' high cedar slab fence, and the bucks just kept butting it til it collapsed! Even had a HUGE 5-pointer come up the seven steps to my deck, butt the gate down...NOT eat everything, just destroy it..pulling the plants right out of the pots! We have so many here, and they are not at all scared of humans or dogs~~~~and you dare not corner a Buck during rutting season! They're beautiful..but distructive! I had read in "Organic Gardening" to rinse out all your dairy, and water your tomatoes with it! New practice, I only tried one tomato...a "Better Boy" and it ended up producing 83 #'s of tomatoes...and they all looked like Beefsteaks! Sure wished we would get just a hint of spring, here! Cheers!
@scheng1 (24701)
• Singapore
17 Mar 09
So nice to grow your own food. It's almost an impossible dream for us living in apartment. Can you imagine we need to buy soil just to grow something? That's what life in Singapore is all about. Everything is money, money, money. So far, only the air is free, everything else needs money. Right now my apartment doesn't have any space for plants, and with the cost of soil, fertiliser, seed factor in, not worth to plant our own food.
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• Taiwan
17 Mar 09
My hubby and i plan to grow vegetables in village when we are old. Nowadays, i think it is not safe enough to eat at cities.For earning more money,the food was polluted heavily. If we can ,i would prefer to live in village to grow vegetables by ourselves.
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@mymytri (2032)
• India
17 Mar 09
LIving in the big cities at the time of recession really so difficult.YOu have got really good idea of growing vegetables to cut down your food bill.Actually my mom and dad have a good field to grow vegetables and cereals in our village.Also they have lot of empty place behind the house.They are growing some vegetable for home need.I am living in a city,i dont have enough place to grow vegetables.
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• China
17 Mar 09
My friend,it's a good idea to grow vegetables by yourself! Not only because it can help you cut down food bill,but also healthy enough for your family! I admire you can do these as you want,so just do it, heyhey@_@ If you want to sell,you may go to the market and choose breed,it's a difficult task,isn't?If i were you ,i just want to grow my favourite vegetables and fruits,the other space i want to grow flowers,haha,so romantic~~~
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• United States
17 Mar 09
Iam also thinking about growing my own vegetables and fruits,it is a good way to save money and get fresh fruits and vegetables.Im not to sure what to grow their are so many things i can grow,because i live in GA.I will probably sell some too,i tend to grow to many and i think that people would love to buy fresh local growing fruits and vegetables.
• United States
16 Mar 09
We bought a peach tree last year and grew tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, and carrots. Neither of us like cucumbers so we ended upjust giving them away. I don't think we wold sell them, but I love the idea of having our own vegetable garden for our own personal use.
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@roxa19 (115)
• Romania
16 Mar 09
i think thatgrowing vegetables for your own tabel is a good idea. you can reduce the food bill and you also can see what you put in your vegetables, if they are ecologic or not. i appreciate you for your idea and i wish you good luck. please, tell us how things evoluate.
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• United States
16 Mar 09
we grow tomatoes and green peppers and cucumbers every year, but we do them in a pots so we dont get that many it is just for us... we enjoy growing them but we would never be able to grow so many to see... but in the beginning of summer as we first start them we go to the local farmers market and buy our veggies from them...it is always nice to support the local farmers!! happy gardening!!
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@sassy28 (835)
• United States
16 Mar 09
We have not planted a garden in years, but we are doing one this year. My mother in law passed away in August so my father in law stays at our house alot. We started it to give him something to do, but now it is growing to a large garden. My 7 year old is very excited about it also, he loves vegtables. My 9 year old hates them, hubby told him he better get used to them, because once they start growing we will be eating alot of vegtables. We are lucky to live in the country my 9 year old killed his first deer last year so we have had plenty of meat. Deer season starts in August, we should have enough to get us to then. We only buy chicken at the store and sometimes pork, depends on if it is on sale.
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@ryzach (1546)
• United States
16 Mar 09
We will grow tomatoes like we do every year. We have 3 plants, 1 Roma , 1 beefsteak and 1 grape tomatoes. The grape tomatoes do the best for us and we eat all summer long. They are a healthy snack and right now we need that as we are both trying to lose a few pounds. I think we will do 2 or 3 grape tomato plants and 1 Roma this years. We also grow chives and Basil and use in our cooking. I would like to expand our gardening area this year as I will have time to take care of and we try to buy organic vegtables, so why not grow them this year as we have the room to do so. I want to plant some green peas, zucchini, carrots and maybe some peppers. This garden would just be for us at home but good luck if you sell on a roadside market.
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@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Both. =) A profit (not a huge one but decent enough) can be made if they're reasonably priced and you have enough to sell. We hope to sell at the free spots outside a local church and use the money we make doing that to pay for a spot at a flea market...work our way up, sortof, you know? We've about an acre to grow on, and some of the things we're growing this year aren't favorite foods so we can sell alot of those. We plan to mostly sell extra plants at first (since we've had alot of good luck with the seeds we've gotten this year sprouting...a little TOO good of luck, since we have more plants than we have room for), and then more fruits and veggies later. We also made the investment of a couple fruit trees and berry bushes, so in a few years we'll have more than enough to feed ourselves and sell.. it'll to be less of a struggle in a year or so, and meanwhile, a few extra bucks and food we don't have to buy from the grocery store's awesome (and it can only get better, 'cause we'll be saving the seeds and the first pumpkin will more than pay back the cost of the seeds, and so on. Everything afterwards will be a profit, technically)). We just escaped the city last Autumn, and got this little place. We won't be as big as most farms around here, we're the technical definition of a microfarm, but I think we're extremely fortunate for everything we have here. Struggle as it may be for most of 2009 to be any sort of successful -- we've had better luck than I expected we'd have so far! We're growing; Several kinds of tomatos (green zebra, red brandywine, nyagous, beefsteak, purple cherokee, cherry tomatos, bloody butcher, etc, etc.), several kinds of peppers (sweet banana, red bells, tennessee cheese, mini bells, ancho, jalepeno, cayenne), black zuchinni, straight eight cucumbers, mystery pumpkins seeds as well as connecticut field pumpkins, spaghetti squash, walthum butternut squash, a couple kinds of melons (crimson sweet, a mystery type of cantelope we dubbed "Frankenmelon' since it was a huge one we bought from a roadside stand last year, jubilee), a couple kinds of corn (regular sweet, blue dent, and some baby corn seeds we saved from last year's victory garden in the city), green beans, soy beans, eggplant, kohlrabi, lettuce, collards, various herbs, various edible flowers and flowers to attract bees that we brought with us from the city, brocoli, a plant that's LIKE celery, chard if it survived the winter, strawberries if they survived the winter/transplanting process, and garden huckleberries. The trees and berry bushes we're investing in are; crabapples, cherry, flat wonderful peaches, as well as dwarf pomegranate and dwarf banana, blackberries, and honeyberries. We haven't gotten these yet, because we're gonna squeeze them in the budget for the next few months, one or two at a time. Most of the plants mentioned above we've already gotten, only a few things do we still need to buy...and seeds are inexpensive enough. Several things, most notably the peppers and tomatos, we've already gotten started. We still have to mind people stealing our stuff here because our neighbors aren't far away enough, and if this is NEARLY as successful as I hope, then we'll have to worry about passers by on our road. Even if it isn't nearly as well traveled as city streets tend to be. If all goes well, we'll have plenty of seeds saved by autumn, and some seeds to sell on ebay, as well. It's a very great thing, in this sort of economy, to garden and farm. There's so many ways it can benefit a person financially and in general brighten a person's life when things are so stressful. My plan is mostly stretched over two years. I'm a young person, I should've started moving out of my family's home by the end of this one, but due to the economy, we're sticking together and helping eachother out. Our money's pooled, our living and the work that requires is pooled, and we're putting our heads together. My little brother, since he's old enough now, will also be looking for work and lending his hands more to things this year as well...and I might be taking in a stray, on top of everything. So it'll take a huge amount of work, especially in these times, to make this all work out. But I'm so hopeful that things'll be great this year, even with all the potential roadblocks in mind.
@dvmurphy (326)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Try planting some Manchurian Apricot Bushes, Hansens Cherry Bushes and a dwarf Stanley plum tree or a wild plum tree for more fruit. The Pawpaw tree gorws a banana flavored fruit that is native to Iowa and grows 30' and you could also try hazelnuts trees which are short about 10'tall but supply alot of nuts. For Fall try having a carnival with easy games for kids and charge admission, sell your crops, any crafts and make a little money off the carnival. Dart toss, ring toss, football toss, baseball throw, knock down the pins, ducks in a pond, etc. You don't need a lot to set this up. Check with your town to see if you need a permit though. Set up a roadside booth, etc.
@anuraa32 (2451)
• India
24 Feb 13
Very interesting plan. So did you end up doing so in these four years. Just curious. I am planning to have my own garden but it would have to be container growing as I dont have a separate land for a garden of my own.
• United States
25 Mar 09
i live in the city and i can grow a lot of things well but we have a big back yard as well as a big front yard so we do a lot of planting every year fruits,veggies and diffrent flowers , i dont sell them because i dont know if i am aloud to or not
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
17 Mar 09
I would love to grow some for my table. If I had a bigger yard I would plant more things so I could share with my family but our yard is smaller then alot of people in our family is. When I do get my dream yard. I would love to plant alot of fruit trees and have a small garden to tend to. Also have chickens for eggs and things.