Growing your own produce Is very green. It is grown within 5 miles of where you live even if you grow it at your community garden plot.
You are getting the best level of nutrients because they could not be fresher. You can start a compost area for next years gardening
Those are just a few reasons to make the effort to grown part or all that you need.
When I was young we spent our summers in Bolton. We always grew multiple gardens. It was before I was old enough to help with the gardening. Grandpa grew strawberries. We also had corn, tomatoes, asparagus, cucumbers and squash. The family bought fruit from nearby orchards to can peaches, pears and grapes for jelly and grape juice. Grandma’s pickles were great the dills had a whole head of dill on top with cloves of garlic.
Dad grew sorne, Kohlrabi, he even let us grow peanuts one year. Herbs from the herb garden are great usually these were grown in the spot closets to the kitchen door even if that meant the flower garden. Loose leave lettuce was planted on the border nearest the kitchen so it would be handy for hamburgers for a cook out. Granma had a hedge of current bushes between the yard and the train tracks which was right near the kitchen door. My mother’s father had his garden at the summer home in Salisbury. He grew two or three rows of Gladiolas on the outside length of the garden. On Wednesday evenings we would get some dough from a nearby bakery and bring anchovies, cheese ECT. He would drive to twin Lakes and we would use the ripest tomatoes that would not travel well back home and make pizza with them. It was the best pizza in the world. We picked all the ripe vegetables to bring home.
‘Today it is a different world. Raised beds are the thing to save your back. There are many videos on U-tube including growing potatoes in burlap bags and a great video of using large crates from Grocery store deliveries to grow you greens and herbs by the kitchen door. You take tarp and the crates in a truck or trailer to the gardening .center and have they put the raised bed soil on the tarp. You then take a shovel and fill the crates with soil are sure to take a 5 gal bucket to put the last of the soil in so you get all that you paid for. The beauty of this idea is if you move during the season you just load up the crates of greens and take them with you. For an extended and enjoyable gardening season.
Choose a Sunny Location
There’s no better way to start than by choosing a sunny spot for your garden. Most vegetables need six to eight hours of direct sun a day for best results. Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce can thrive with a bit less. As you assess your yard this winter, remember that the deciduous trees that are leafless now will cast shadows as the season’s progress.
If possible, locate the garden so that access to and from the kitchen is easy and convenient. It’s best if you can view the garden from a window. When the garden is easy to see and reach, you are more apt to notice what needs to be tended and to take of the harvest.
The ideal garden location has loose soil that drains well. If your soil isn’t perfect, you can improve it over time by adding organic matter such as compost
Make the Garden the Right Size
A 20- by 20-foot garden gives you room to grow a wide range of crops, including some tasty “space hogs” such as corn and winter squash. A 12- by 16-foot plot is sufficient for a garden sampler with a variety of greens, some herbs, a few tomatoes and peppers, beans, cucumbers and even edible
l flowers such as nasturtiums for garnishes. By growing plants in succession and using three-foot-wide beds with 18-inch paths, you should have plenty of luscious vegetables for fresh eating and extras for friends.
Use the following plan as a guideline, substituting crops to suit your own tastes. I always include flowers in my garden because they are beautiful and a joy to cut and bring indoors. Flowers also attract pollinating insects to the garden
If you’d rather design your garden from scratch, I recommend plotting it on graph paper. Use paper with a grid of 1/4-inch squares, with each square representing one foot in the garden. Outline the beds in pencil, and then fill in the plant names.
Include vegetables that are expensive in the store such as Belgian endive and daikon radishes. You can make a creamy soup with them with shallots and onions and put the cooked vegetables in the blender. The tops are prolific and can be used raw in a salad or cooked or added to other greens. They are extremely high in Magnesium which most Americans are deficient in. we always include some Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Soaking them in salt water will prevent aphids from attacking or buy some lady bugs they eat the aphids and it will protect your roses as well. When you plant tomatoes I like to plant plum tomatoes and some larger varieties like Beet steak tomatoes. Corn should be planted in a row or hills. One or two rows at a time about two weeks apart so that when the corn has been harvested you have more coming. Of course the first crop to be planted and harvested is peas. After the peas are gone you can plant green beans. We live on the second floor so I always grow herbs in flower boxes on the porch to be handy when cooking. One of my plans this year is to start two bushes one of bay laurel and another of rosemary. Once established they should provide zest to many dishes for years. I saw a large planter in one of my seed catalogues with white butternut squash cascading down from the support on a deck outside the kitchen door. If you love fresh produce there is a way to grow a little of what you love no matter where you live.
The order of planting
Whether you plant you garden all at once or in stages depends on the type of vegetables you are growing and your personal preferences. Some gardeners prefer to wait until all danger of frost has passed in their area, then plant the entire garden at once. Although they may get suitable results from this technique, it’s best to plant each vegetable at its preferred time for optimal results.
- According to James Romer from the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University, cool-season vegetables grow best in temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. These vegetables tolerate a frost and can be planted in the spring once the soil can be worked—long before the last expected frost in the area. Cool-season vegetables include the cole crops (such as cabbage, kale, cauliflower and broccoli), lettuce, peas, beets, onions, potatoes and greens.
- Warm-season crops cannot tolerate frost. According to David W. Sams, Professor of Plant Science at the University of Tennessee, temperatures below 47 degrees Fahrenheit may damage warm season crops. These plants require warm soil to germinate and warm air to grow properly. Plant warm-season crops after the danger of frost has passed in your area. Warm-season crops include cucumbers, melons, squash, beans, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.
- Succession planting produces several crops of the same vegetable over the course of the summer. Harvest mature crops and remove the plant material, then replant the same area with new seeds to prolong the harvest. Some gardeners prefer to plant a cool-season crop, such as radish or lettuce, and replace it with a warm-season crop after harvest for a late summer crop. This practice allows you to increase the yield of your garden while growing vegetables when conditions are ideal for optimal growth.
- Replant cool-season crops in the fall once the weather cools for a fall harvest. Yield is not as predictable, and typically is somewhat less than spring crops, but a harvest of fresh peas in late fall provides a tasty reward. Fall provides similar growing conditions as spring. Many cool-season crops thrive in late fall, extending the harvest and improving the overall yield of your garden.
Below you will find some videos to give you ideas if you have a smaller yard or limited Sunlight. You can also search for what you can grow with partial sun that does well.
Utube video on portable raised bed gardens to grow your greenshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeKufjx1GZ8
Growing Potatoes In Burlap Sack http://youtu.be/PL_gMmK3UtU
How To Make Potatoe bags http://youtu.be/OpvpC24TjII
Planting the Potatoes In Landscape fabric Bags http://youtu.be/gOaILfqjEDY
Short of space go vertical or Container http://youtu.be/d7vFS38TP4g