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Subject: tips for growing fruits and vegetable
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 8:34 PM ET
Member Since: 10/21/2006
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Hi I have lived in the country for a couple years now and cant stand the thought of all this land going to waste. I really want to grow some fruits and veggies for my family to eat but have no clue what so ever where or how to begin. I was wondering if someone would be so kind as to give me some pointers so that I will be able to begin my project.

Thank  you,

Shannon

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Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:59 AM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2007
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Is there a plot where there has been a garden?  If not, you need a place with lots of sun and if close to a water source, that is even better.  You might want to try raised bed gardening - lots of websites about that.  Contact your local county extension dept. for help and they also have some free pamphlets which will help.  Start small and grow big for it is hard work but most rewarding.  Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, green beans and sweet corn are good for beginners.  Also try your state's agricultural website.  They always have good ideas.  Most important, find a neighbor who gardens and let them guide you.  Often they are more than willing to share equipment, advice and free seeds.

Good luck!  It is a good thing!

Frances

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 1:44 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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Here is the extension office link for what seems to be your area.  They do offer a Master Gardener program so I would hope they could offer you some help.  (I just went by your profile.)  This is the link for all the extension offices in VA.

http://www.ext.vt.edu/offices/

Good luck!  Even doing a few things can be very rewarding.  I hope they can suggest a good start for you.

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 1:15 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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Shannon,

Frances is right about raised beds - they are often easier to take care of.  I live in New England and our soil is extremely rocky.  DH put up some raised beds when we first moved and they are doing well.  Each year we hand-till it, add more compost and nutrients to it and add dirt when necessary.   They key is good sunlight. 

When you are growing yoru plants - take notes on what worked and what didn't work.  If a plant doesn't do good in one location I try it again next year and move it somewhere else. 

Start small - figure out 3 -5 fruits/veggies that your family likes and start there.  Check with local nurseries to find out what types of things do better in your area. 

Good luck.  My garden has finally been put to bed.  I am already planning next years garden.  We had excellent luck with carrots, tomatoes and lettuce.  But, horrible luck with zucchini - it seems like everyone can grow zucchini but me!  Well, there is always next year.

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 8:03 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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Tip of the day:  Don't ever let the sheep in the garden with the brussels sprouts ;-)