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growing your own vegetables,fruits, and herbs...

i really want to start growing my own stuff, so i was wondering some things:
what all can you grow?
do you have to plant everything at seperate times?
what do you do to get started?
can you grow nuts and spices, or just veggies,fruits, and herbs?
is it really hard to do?
feedback would be greatly appreciated...

I've been growing my own veggies/herbs for about two years now.  I don't have a ton of room to grow things, so I built two raised beds by a fence in my yard. I've had the best luck with cucumbers, squash, zuchinni, jalepenos, and radishes. I live in a very warm climate, so I have a hard time growing things that call for cool weather. Herbs are great container plants. I have pots of chives, basil, rosemary, lavender, cilantro, and catnip. To get started I just mixed some organic soil with compost and then planted rows. And I used organic soil in the potted herbs. I don't find it hard to do. Most herbs can live all year round where I'm at and in the winter you can bring some in and put them in front of a window and they'll do fine. There are some homemade products you can use for mold killers, bugs, etc. Also I noticed some organic fertelizers at Lowe's a while back, but I haven't tried it. Hope this helps.

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what all can you grow?.... can you grow nuts and spices, or just veggies,fruits, and herbs?

You can grow whatever will grow in your zone.  There are 11 zones and some subzones in the US.  They reflect the low winter temperatures because some plants can't take the cold and others need it.  Once you know what plants grow in your zone, figure out if the area where you are going to plant them is sunny or shady.  If you go to a local plant nursery, they already know the zone info for your area and you just need to know if you'll be planting in sun or shade and then they can help you select plants.

I grow fruit, veggies and herbs because I only have a small hillside.  There is a volunteer apple tree on my property, but it only produces a couple of apples a year.  Herbs are the leafy part of the plant and spices are the seeds/root/bark/fruit (sometimes) part of the plant.  I don't harvest spices because I feel sorry for ripping the plant apart, but you can if you can find a plant to start with and it works for your climate.  Nut trees are another thing I don't have room for.  My parents have walnut and pecan trees and they take up a lot of space.

do you have to plant everything at seperate times?

Different plants should be planted at certain times.  Some plants need to be planted after the last frost in the spring and a lot of local, native shrubs should be planted in the fall going into winter.  If you use a seed packet or bulbs, it will say on the back of the packaging when to plant them.  If you go to the plant nursery to buy plants, usually the plants that are available are the ones you can plant when you buy them (you don't have to wait until fall if it's spring, because they won't have those fall plants in stock until the fall).

is it really hard to do?

Nope.  If you planted a shrub, during the summer deep water it once a week, let's say, instead of daily because you want the roots to grow down and deep instead of stay shallow and spread out.  Herbs may need more frequent watering.  The best way to keep plants from becoming diseased is to keep them healthy.  If something does happen to them, there are a lot of organic fixes available.

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humboldt_honey gave very good advice. The only thing I would add is you can buy the plants (tomatoes, peppers, ect) already started in planters at garden stores. We can't plant untill May (it's cold up here until then), so we "cheat" and use plants that have been already started for us. Except our basil. We start it with seeds. It grows like weeds all by itself LOL.

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I'm looking forward to gardening.... I will plant lots of herbs and maybe some tomatoes and watermelon. Can't wait to make yummy pestos this summer! :P

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i think i'm gonna container this year in my backyard...the yard is a mess, i don't way to buy a mower (should i rescue a goat?!  ;)). i am looking forward to it. i think about.com has some information on it. i googled "container gardening" and found a lot of stuff.

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i think i'm gonna container this year in my backyard...the yard is a mess, i don't way to buy a mower (should i rescue a goat?! 

A neighbor where I used to live borrowed a goat from somewhere each spring and would tether it in his yard in the spring to take care of weed abatement.  I felt sorry for the goat, but the goat didn't appear to mind it.  Mmmmm... fresh weeds for everyone!

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i think i'm gonna container this year in my backyard...the yard is a mess, i don't way to buy a mower (should i rescue a goat?!  ;)). i am looking forward to it. i think about.com has some information on it. i googled "container gardening" and found a lot of stuff.

Um yeah, who wants to deal with weeds? lol!

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Um yeah, who wants to deal with weeds? lol!

hippies love weed(s). haha

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secondbase!! ha ha  ;D

it is the joy of renting from someone who doesn't do squat to keep up the yard. i would need one of those "grim reaper" things (forgot what it is called!) to clear out my yard. perhaps i can get some of the frat boys on the block to have a party back there and stop down the grass. i don't look forward to cleaning up years of garbage out of it  >:(

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i think i'm gonna container this year in my backyard...the yard is a mess, i don't way to buy a mower (should i rescue a goat?!

A neighbor where I used to live borrowed a goat from somewhere each spring and would tether it in his yard in the spring to take care of weed abatement.  I felt sorry for the goat, but the goat didn't appear to mind it.  Mmmmm... fresh weeds for everyone!

I have heard of people borrowing goats. The goats love it, but I don't know if it is offered everywhere.

On the topic of growing your own food, can anyone tell me which herbs are good indoor herbs? Like in-a-pot-on-a-saucer type of indoors. I love chives, parsley, basil, peppermint, dill, ... well, everything really, and all I have is a sunny window in my little dorm-room (hopefully a patio/backyard starting in June). I know there are some herbs that hate the indoors, and some that are ok. My mom has basil on her windowsill but she says it dies at least once a year so she buys a new plant. I'd love to keep my herbs growing indefinitely (windowsill or not), so which ones? Our farmer's market has a good variety, ... hmm, maybe I should ask them.

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I grow herbs in colorful little pots on my windowsill.

I grow lemon balm and mint. Clip a few leaves, boil them in water, and it makes great tea.

I also grow cilantro, parsley, lemon thyme and curry. They've grown really well, and I've only had them about two months. Soon I'm going to have to put them in bigger pots.

I bought all of them already grown in those small plastic pots at the local nursery and repotted them in slightly bigger ceramic pots.

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