wow you all never cease to impress me with your speed and information when someone asks a question. Thank you very much I appreciate it. Like I said this garden is going to be completely experimental, I have never attempted to grow anything other than weeds in my yard but I am dang good at that. I am not doing it to save a bunch of money but more because I like the taste of fresh vegetable more than I do the store bought processed crap ( I mean who doesn't) and if I can learn a few things in the process well all the better.
Thank you I really like the idea of the SFG, I have done alittle reading from the first sight you put up and it makes a lot of sense and looks like it would be perfect for me.
Originally Posted by alblancher
All vegetables require full sunlight and good moisture. Your biggest mistake would be to plant vegs where they will not get at least 8 hrs of sun during the day.
Square foot gardening is a good idea if you are just trying to get a start. You can even grow tomatoes, peppers and your herbs in pots with considerable success. If space is limited you may not want to mess with green beans and onions. You need to plant about 25 ft. of green beans to get a decent harvest. Yellow or white onions need good deep soil. Green onions are easy to grow and can be used many ways.
In addition to the sites given to you by Beer-B-Q look up your state agricultural extension service. They will be familiar with the soils in your area and give you dates as to when to plant specific vegetables. I don't know how long your summer is but if it takes 120 days to harvest eggplant and you don't get a good 4 months of hot weather it is probably best to avoid them. The extension service can help a great deal.
If you buy large transplants the grower has to deal with getting the plants established during the winter time and all you do is prepare a nice home for the them with the weather warms up. You spend a bit more starting out but the results are a lot more predictable then trying to start seed indoors.
Most hot peppers I grow require a very warm, long summer.
Good luck, it's a lot of fun and you can't beat the flavor of that first ripe tomato of the season.
Thanks for the information. As far as the sunlight I am more worried about finding a good spot in my yard that doesn't get TOO much sun where it will bake the plants like it does my grass every year. I think I have a few ideas but unfortunately right now I am about 800 miles away from my yard so I will have to wait till I get home next month to really make a firm decision, I bet I can figure something out.
When you say you need to plant about 25' of beans to get a decent harvest, what exactly do you mean by decent? I do not have a family so its just me so if I can get 10 or so pints sized jars that is more than plenty for me. Of course I have no idea how much a typical bean plant yields so I may not be able to get that for 3 or 4 plants. On the onion comment how deep is deep 6", 12" more?
I HATE eggplant so I won't have to worry about that ;). And I should have a good climate for growing peppers, my buddy grew three different peppers last year and he ended up giving away a ton of them because he had such great yields so I know we get the right weather for those.
The dirt is a bit of a concern, but I will not be digging into my yard now that I have found out about the Square Foot Gardening idea, but I will have to get my soil from somewhere, but having it tested is a good idea and I think I will do just that before I plant anything.
Thanks again for all of your help I really appreciate it, and if you think of anything else please let me know.
Originally Posted by les3176
Plant all the veggies in the sunlight.Make sure your planter is able to drain excess water.And be sure to stake and tie up those tomatoes.Keep us posted on your progress!!!
How much sunlight is to much? Is there such a thing?
I don't think my neighbors would be overly happy with chickens running around, but that is a great idea haha.
Originally Posted by richoso1
You may want to amend your soil before planting, the plants will need nutrients and good drainage. Also consider how/when you will irrigate. It's all good my friend.
I will definitely be having my soil tested as I will have to buy it from somewhere else. From what I have read today it looks like most if not all suggest mixing in cow manure and peet into the soil along with compost. Compost won't be a possibility for me this year, but I may start a heap and have it for next year. As far as irrigation goes, I have not thought that far ahead YET ;), but I will be coming up with something as far as a drip system goes, I am just not sure what yet.
Originally Posted by Venture
On irrigation, consider installing some drip. It doesn't cost a lot, and it can save you a lot of time and work while conserving water as well.
do you have any types of plans for this?