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  • The only thing with growing your own food is that you grow it for the entire neighborhood: deer, rabbits, and gophers love fresh veggies. - 4/3/2013 10:02:22 AM
  • Love growing my own food! It is the best feeling. Then I will freeze some of it, but mostly dehydrate, dry or can, ok ok and eat eat eat!!!! Some of it barely makes it in the door. I am trying a new way this year with planting in straw bales. I will still have my raised beds, but I like to try new things as well. Keeps things interesting and challenging!!! - 4/3/2013 9:23:51 AM
  • I live in a city and grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit in my front, side, and back yard! It is hard work and there is expense involved, but I enjoy the work and love eating something that I have grown. - 5/25/2012 10:39:26 AM
  • This year we're trying an experiment that I'm actually blogging about at http://tamsgarden-howdoesourgardengrow.blo We're trying to see how much we can grow/how little we have to purchase at the grocery store! - 6/14/2011 10:40:12 AM
  • My mom grew her own long bean and tasted much sweeter and size much longer than the one they sold at market! And it's true about gardening is a part of workout, just watering plants make me think as if I'm doing arms workout, hehe - 5/25/2010 9:58:59 PM
  • My husband and I have been gardening for a long time. Last year I canned over 400 jars of vegetables and we have a small garden plot. That did not count what we froze. We make our own compost and do not use chemicals. We also raise pigs naturally, on the dirt and the meat is out of this world. It is so much different from what you get in the store. I sold quite a bit from what I canned and people are already asking what I am going to be canning this year. This year i am going to experiment with using something besides sugar. So much of the pickles and chow-chow require sugar and i mean a lot, so I am going to try to work on cutting down on sugar and replacing it with something else. Anybody got any ideas???? - 4/12/2010 8:12:56 AM
  • I grew up on a farm and have gardened for most of my 43 years...I had my own small plot when I was a little girl and my husband and I now have a big garden, along with fruit trees, raspberries, asparagus, strawberries and grapes. We love it and have had our kids help too all their lives. We can, pickle, freeze and give away the excess. I can't say enough about how rewarding gardening is for us!

    For those of you with questions, I highly recommend going to your local library and checking out a basic vegetable gardening book. Go to your local Extension office and they will give wonderful publications and information. Check out the Dave's Garden web site. Gardening is like any other skill; it has to be learned. If you didn't learn it as a child, you need a little help to get started. Contact me if you like; I LOVE to talk gardening! - 4/10/2010 10:53:27 PM
  • Our fabulous veggies have taken over the front lawn, providing for our little family, our neighbours AND our extended family ( we are gifted their produce also). As they grow, so too the roots in our familes & communities. - 4/10/2010 9:21:39 PM
  • I have never gardened before because as a kid I HATED to pull weeds and my mom would make us go out and do it. And I rarely ate any of it anyway because at that time I also HATED veggies! lol BUT since I have started with SP two years ago I have wanted to garden and last year we tried peppers, but I didn't know what I was doing so I didn't thin them and ended up with only about 1 1/2 inch size peppers! ROFL My MIL told me I could make appetizer stuffed peppers! hehehehe

    Anyway, even though I didn't do it right last year I decided to give it a go again this year. My SP friend told me about Square Foot Gardening and I decided to try it out. So right now we have 3 pepper plants going (one in their individual square! lol) and one has already gotten one flower on it, we are excited to see the size of the peppers this year. Also we have radishes which just sprouted last night, my DS was soooooo excited! We also have onions and lettuce. We are excited to see what happens with it! - 4/10/2010 7:06:41 PM
  • I let my kids pick the veggies we grow, then they are willing to try anything new! This year we are growing corn, carrots, pumpkins, sunflowers, and tomatoes. We are also starting blackberry plants, and already grow fresh herbs and strawberries. My kids love to go out every single day and check on their "baby plants" :-)
    We don't have a huge gardening space, but with carefull planning, we just work them in around the flowers! - 4/10/2010 12:10:47 PM
  • I learned how to grow a vegetable garden back when we first bought our home in 1997. I was always calling my father-in law for advice since my husband said they always had a garden growing up. It takes a great deal of work getting the plot ready each spring and retilling it in the fall once the hard frost hits, but we thoroughly ENJOY all the wonderful vegetables we grow that season. I am constantly trying to get my son into helping, to teach him some valuable lessons while growing up so possibly in a subliminal way those habits will continue on as he becomes an adult.
    My plans for today, are to go get my starter plants from a trusted Garden Center and have this season's garden in the ground to care and nuture. The benefits are amazing, and I fully recommend doing it, even if you only have a window sill. When we rented I went and bought those big buckets and grew tomatoes, peppers, and even cucumbers that way since the freshness is unbelievably TASTY.
    Get out and enjoy the great outdoors! - 4/10/2010 10:01:07 AM
  • It is too bad there aren't more of these community gardens. The nearest one and only one in FL is in Gainsville. I do grow all my own veggies, in fact I put in extra this year to share with my neighbors too. Of course my girls come over and get fresh veggies for thier tables. My grandchildren help out in the garden whenever they come over, they have lots of fun while learning. - 4/10/2010 9:57:01 AM
  • Oh Yes...gardening is sooo much fun! My son, which is soon to be 12, wanted us to do a garden since he was 8. He helps out so much and has even traded vegetables with some neigbors...We are in Detroit, and we have grown greens, tomatoes, all peppers, broccoli, cucumber onions carrots and even corn!!! - 4/10/2010 8:49:32 AM
  • We have always tried this, but this was our first big success year!! Homegrown tomatoes and snap beans!! Yummy and so economical! - 9/23/2009 12:03:33 PM
  • I read this article & it all sounds good & dandy, but I tried a rather medium sized garden this past spring & lets just say the savings wasn't there. My water bill went up $50 a mth, I spent $30 on seeds & $30 on manure etc. I planted tomatoes(they never produced), lettuce(it felt fuzzy & got eaten up by bugs), collards(they only got as big as my hand & then they got eaten up too!), corn(it grew nice & tall & had lots of cobs, but they never grew bigger than 1 1/2 inches long), green peppers(plants didn't grow big, no peppers), pumpkins(vines grew then died), peas(started to grow but died), string beans ~ grew but only got about a handful of beans, yellow squash & zuchini(both plants grew & flowered & then died), & okra **grew & produced** I watered every night, I weeded till my back & knees couldn't take it any more, I was sunburnt, I got blisters, I put alot of time & energy in & got precious little out. From now on I'm going to the farmers market & spending my time & money on better things. - 9/17/2009 1:39:08 PM

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