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Growing food for non-gardeners
« on: June 06, 2020, 04:38:24 pm »
Hi all,

I would like to have a go at growing some food, but I know that I have limited interest in maintaining a garden. I do have a garden, but if I do anything, it's going to have to be low maintenance. So I'm seeking some recommendations.

What's the best way to start? Herbs, perhaps?

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Re: Growing food for non-gardeners
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2020, 05:01:07 pm »
There's nothing like an herb garden right outside the kitchen door to get you interested in gardening, and cooking. Just don't plant mint directly in the ground, it's wildly invasive.
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Re: Growing food for non-gardeners
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2020, 05:05:30 pm »
Ellie,

I suggest that you consider an elevated garden bed (on four legs rather than the nice but more challenging prep work for raised gardens that sit atop the ground), such as a Keter brand garden bed (browse the Internet).

Easy, having far fewer weeds than traditional gardens, far fewer pests eating your veggies except perhaps for bugs.  If you get a small one, you can grow in house during the winter if you have sufficient light and space for it.  Then you will have some veggies year round.

Insofar as what you grow, it depends on what you like, your growing season, available sunlight, etc.

The raised planters are not the best for creeping plants such as watermelons, although they can grow downwards to the ground.

Indoor growing systems (such as the AeroGarden brand) you may also like.  They are small, but they seem like they would work well for herbs for sure.  I have not used any.


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Re: Growing food for non-gardeners
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2020, 05:51:03 pm »
I like cherry tomatoes and green beans because they keep coming a few at a time.
Mint in a raised box is easy to catch the scent.


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Re: Growing food for non-gardeners
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2020, 06:01:08 pm »
England grows perfect tomatoes.

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Re: Growing food for non-gardeners
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2020, 07:26:57 pm »
Here is a web site in UK that sells heritage seeds. 

https://www.plantsofdistinction.co.uk/heirloom-varieties

You can look at the vegetable seed section and pick out what you like to eat and give it a go.  Good luck!

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Re: Growing food for non-gardeners
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2020, 09:40:53 pm »
I grow a few herbs in large pots. I grow what I need. Sweet Basil is my favorite herb. When I need some for my next meal, I just go outside and pick off a few leaves. I also grow dill, chives, rosemary and thyme. There is nothing like fresh herbs in my soups and sauces.  ;)




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