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    Default New to gardening

    Due to the recent economy and high spikes in gas prices, my family figured we would start a garden in our backyard. I was wondering where are you all purchasing seeds from? Anyone know the cheapest place to order from? I was also thinking of buying one of the those trees with a variety of citrus fruits (lemons, limes oranges) as well. Thanks ahead of time.

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    You're going to love gardening. I've bought seeds from Park Seed and Burpee. Of course, check local hardware stores and stores with garden departments like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.

    http://www.burpee.com/

    http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/GP/homepage/page1

    Organic seeds: http://www.seedsofchange.com/

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    Great. Thank you SOOOOOO much. Its a little overwhelming at first, there is so much stuff to know!

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    great thread and thank you so much for the links!
    I signed up for a garden plot and I am so excited!!!

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    Thanks so much for the links Chacha!

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    Home gardening is awesome! You'll see what I mean...you'll wonder why you didn't do this sooner!! Have you checked out the other Gardening thread? Check out choco/lockolatte's garden pics!! Good luck.









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    So I'm joining this thread. I've been joking for awhile now about growing my own veggies, now I'm actually planning to do it.

    I've done some reasearch to see what grows when. I have a place out back that would be perfect. I actually wonder if the people before me used that space for a garden.

    Anywho.. my question is, should I use seeds or get the little plants to start with (are they called seedlings)?

    Also, do I start in containers/pots or plant right in the ground?

    Last question...how do I keep bugs off without pesticides?

    I was in Home Depot yesterday buying plants for my bed in the front of the house and took a peek at the veggies. They have everything I want, even herbs!

    All and any help/suggestions appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twix36 View Post
    I've done some research to see what grows when. I have a place out back that would be perfect. I actually wonder if the people before me used that space for a garden.
    Well....the first thing you'll want to do [when the ground is warmer] is to see if you need to amend the soil. Compost, used coffee grounds...you get the picture?
    Quote Originally Posted by twix36 View Post
    Anywho.. my question is, should I use seeds or get the little plants to start with (are they called seedlings)?
    Depends on what result you want and how much time you have to devote to sprouting from seed. I've done both. The seedlings [transplants] are a good way to quickly get vegetables...no muss or fuss.
    Quote Originally Posted by twix36 View Post
    Also, do I start in containers/pots or plant right in the ground?
    Again, it depends on what you want and how warm your dirt is...cold dirt & weather=plants that just sit there because the roots are tooo cold!
    Quote Originally Posted by twix36 View Post
    Last question...how do I keep bugs off without pesticides?
    Ah, yes the age old question. There are plants that are very good at keeping away some garden pests...there is so much more to organic gardening [and so much more to say]
    By the way, in the meantime, checkout your state's garden extension website for more helpful tips!!! See ya around! I'm excited that YOU'RE excited!









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    Thanks OHR!

    I live in FL so cold ground isn't much of an issue right now. It's already 80 degrees and has been for a couple of weeks.

    As for what I want to achieve....just a small vegetable garden for a few of my favorite veggies.

    The area is about 5'x 2'. I only want to plant lettuce, cucumbers, cabbage, yellow squash, spinach and bell peppers. Is that a lot?

    I'll definitely check out the extension site. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twix36 View Post
    The area is about 5'x 2'. I only want to plant lettuce, cucumbers, cabbage, yellow squash, spinach and bell peppers. Is that a lot?
    I'll definitely check out the extension site. Thanks again.
    Cucumbers and squashes require a lot of space because they are vining plants. I've grown both. Some summers I've grown my cucumbers onto a small wire trellis. That way, they take up less space.

    In your earlier post, you'd mentioned how to deal with pests w/out pesticides...cucumbers and squash are prone to a wilting disease carried by the cabbage and cucumber beetles...those dag gone things are hard to control, but it can be done.

    5' by 2'? Hmmm...how many plants do you envision of each?









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