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Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by Shooter, Mar 20, 2008.
Who does it? What do you grow?
Pictures would be awesome!
Just tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and strawberries here. There's plenty of mint, thyme and onions that grow wild, too. I'd do more, but most of the property is wooded...too little sun to grow much.
Well lets see, we grow peppers, onion, tomato, okra, that pretty much takes care of my salsa cravings, and then we grow corn, beans, radishes, cucumber, carrots, a small amount of lettus, and a lot of cabbage, we also do some watermellons and cantalope along with a small patch of these pumpkins that get as big as a VW, a side from all that we have apple trees and pear trees and a whole mess of peach trees to keep us bussy, the garden it self is a 1/4 acre and the trees and what not grow all over our 44 acres, it sounds like free food but it is some hard work and with 4 of our 8 children off to college and raising there familys it has become increasingly hard to manage so these days I don't get as much done as I used to but we manage to put enough back to get us through the winter and do it all again next spring, darn near everybody in our area dose a little gardening so between the rabbits, birds, bugs and the trading back and forth nobody goes hungry!
Tried tomatoes this year, but they just dried up from the heat. Got nothing.
I can't even get the grass to grow at my place. Between the horrible soil conditions, the dog and the on again off again weather, I am lucky to have anything to mow.
Next year I am getting Hydro Seeding done and paying for the guarantee.
we have 1 apple tree, and also grow, peas.green beans, tomatoes,squash, carrots, garlic basil, parsley, tarragon, dill, and peppers, and next year will try some potatoes and corn
We have terrible soil as well. I mean terrible. A few inches under the dirt is pure rock.
What I do is compost and then get old tires as raised beds and then use a mixture of bought soil and compost.
I got about 15 tomatoes in the backyard. Next year I'm gonna get a rear-tine tiller for my 30-hp Ferguson tractor and I'm gonna make a huge garden and grow corn, tomatoes, beans, and maybe some mellons. Indiana has good soil for growing, farming is huge in this area of the country.
Hmmm, so nobody grows Arugula for the Messiah? He's watching you know....
Well, we are in the country, have have been composting the heck out of the garden for several years/ Let's see- apples, peaches, pears, grapes. Asparagus, strawberries and LOTS of blackberries. Potatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, squash, green beans, limas, tomatoes, sweetcorn, peppers. Garlic- wife has herbs. No, not THAT kind of herb. Cantalope, watermelon, pumpkins. Wife likes broadbeans (fava beans) and rutabagas. Kale and turnips for fall. Grow peanuts and sweet potatoes some years (missed planting time this year)
If you have poor soil, collect grass clippings, chopped leaves, weeds, make a big pile, lightly dampen, turn over once a week. Makes the prettiest black topsoil you can imagine. Great book is "Square Foot Gardening" if you have limited room. Our garden is about 1/3 acre, plus orchard space. But we have had a heck of a garden in Colorado that was only 5 feet wide, wrapped around perimeter of back yard.
That book is/was a companion to a tv series on PBS by Mel Bartholomew, I think. Raise the beds higher or put them on a sturdy table for people who can't move well enough to maintain a ground level garden.
I don't I can grow the heck out of flowers I have some that are in boxes on the porchs railing that are almost touching the ground.
Now I have done in the past some Tomatoes and Peppers but never got much off of them (Pot garden) No not pot pot but growning plants in pots. My soil is clay mixed with sand and a 1/4" of top soil I can hardly grow grass. Plus with my reloading room in the back yard I have a yard that is about 16' long by 8' wide. So no garden there.
My dad has a 1/2 acre garden with Almond trees and other fruit trees.
The Troy-Bilt tiller I bought in 1987 is still going strong. In 1 hour I can turn a section of hard-packed lawn into a 10' x 30' vegetable garden with raised beds. Compost bin is a great addition. Every fall the garden scraps go into the bin. This year I didn't use any compost though, so I have everything I grew in my garden last year sprouting in my comppost bin! I must have 1000 tomato plants. Been pulling them like weeds.
Tango- if you have sunlight, you have enuff room there to do square foot gardening. For container growing of tomatoes, problem is heat of sun on container bad for roots. Try a cheap foam cooler as your flowerpot. We tried container gardening using 24x24x2 sheets of foam insulation as box sides, 5 plants per container- had the suckers staked on beanpoles. Got about 200 lbs of tomatoes per box! No joke- 10 ft tall.
Go for canned goods... a lot easier!
You LUCKY dawg!
Hmm, a canned good plant.... Must be in the specialty plant section!
Man you can plant canned food? I didn't know that if you plant beef stew what does the plant look like?
When I get the place I want (25+ acres) I will have a big garden, with lots of good stuff and I will grow some oats, barley, and hopps. That way I can make my own fuel for the cars (LOL YAH RIGHT). The soil in my yard is crap I have added 1000# of top soil to my back yard and nothing will grow.
I'm starting a container garden this summer (the soil here sucks, too). I'm sure the first year will be disastrous other than tomatoes, but self-sufficiency is high on my to-do list. Potatoes, cauliflower, strawberries, green beans, soy beans and peas. Some other seeds. I'm also looking at canning. Water bath and pressure canning. Pickling, too.
Unfortunately, veggies only go so far. Without animal fat and protein, our long-term sustainability is doubtful. There's only so much game to go around.
Who says vegans can't be game???