I have a roto tiller and a very large yard that gets both morning sun and afternoon sun. With the droughts in California going to raise up the prices of fresh produce, I think I will have a 'Victory Garden". Any ideas or websites that are good for beginners?

Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

With the price of fresh fruits and veggies going up in price, how many of you have a garden?

  • How long have you done this?

  • Do you save money doing this?

  • Is this a wise choice as an alternative to grocery store?

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Submitted by at 11:50 PM on Dec. 7, 2008
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With the price of fresh fruits and veggies going up in price, how many of you have a garden?

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Submitted by at 11:50 PM on Dec. 7, 2008
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  • SahmTam
    Submitted by   at 9:51 AM on December 12, 2008

    Yes. We've done one all 10 years of our marriage. We have an acre and a fairly large garden with corn, peppers, sugar peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers (and dill... my DH makes pickles), carrots, tomatoes (several varieties), lettuces (several varieties), asparagus, strawberries, pumpkins, spaghetti squash... probably more lol.

    My DH is more the gardener, though. When I help I just do what he tells me ;-) We live in south central PA, so I'm not sure where you live, but planting times and what you can grow vary depending on where you live. It has saved us quite a bit.

    Good luck :-)

  • justanothe...
    Submitted by   at 11:41 AM on December 12, 2008

    We live in the city. There is no room for a garden. Our yard is small and filled up by our pool and 2 patios (one on the back of the house and one off of the garage on the opposite side of the was like that when we bought the house). The grassy area of our yard is about 12'x5' and that's all the space the kids have to play. There is some dirt next to the house and garage but it isn't suitable for planting anything but weeds. It is full of rocks and debris from when the people that owned the house before us remodeled. Plus there is no direct sunlight to those areas (really all that ever grows there is weeds, my mom tried a garden).

  • jennandsha...
    Submitted by   at 4:10 PM on December 13, 2008

    We love our garden and it does save on money!

  • youlookin4...
    Submitted by   at 10:35 PM on December 17, 2008

    we dont have a lot of room but we still have a garden. I cant wait for a green house!

  • singlemoth...
    Submitted by   at 3:35 PM on December 19, 2008

    Living in an apartment there is no way of having a garden, but i can always go over and help my parents with their garden and have vegetables that way.

  • jaimie175
    Submitted by   at 4:39 PM on December 21, 2008

    I love my homegrown veggies, you cannot compare the tomatoes with anything from the store. I used to make jam from our fruit trees and it is so good! Even if it doesn't save you money, which it does, it is still better than grocery store produce.

  • JoyIsSucce...
    Submitted by   at 1:32 PM on December 24, 2008

    I live in an apartment, so no garden, but this year I put 3 tomatoe seeds in some soil and now have three 6 foot high tomatoe plants growing in pots in the apartment. One has tomatoes and I am just waiting for them to get ripe so I can eat them. I would love to have my own garden and get away from all the wax and pesticides. I will be truing some other veggies in pots next summer.

  • bbread54
    Submitted by   at 7:47 AM on December 27, 2008

    We've had a garden a couple of years and i get so excited when my garden grows veggies cause they taste so much better and fresher

  • kclick213
    Submitted by   at 6:07 PM on December 29, 2008

    ew no! there are bugs in the garden! GROSS

  • Nanell
    Submitted by   at 11:31 PM on January 4, 2009

    I grew up with a garden at my grandparents'- bothe sets. My family looks at them as family time and great food that can be saved in the freezer and by "canning". My suggestion is to find a local feed and seed store in your area and talk to them about seeds, and the needs of the seeds. The almanac is also good to follow for when to plant things. A rule of thumb with tomatoes, place the stake or fence guard for them to prop on when you plant the actual plant...tomatoe plants do not like to have the dirt on the root systems disturbed once the start to grow and get settled. any other questions that you may have, send me a message and I can find out info for you maybe...we live in GA

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