1. "Have always had a garden, not just due to pandemic, but it's nice securi..." In response to Reply # 0
now up to fourteen 4'x 8' framed beds, plus raspberry patch. Have had asparagus but it keeps petering out on me. Only two plants left, one is dying and the other is a volunteer way out in one of my flower beds.
Currently getting lots of bok choy before it goes to flower. Arugula ready too in large quantities. Have gotten a few radishes, lettuce is ready to pick as soon as our last store bought round gets eaten up. Cucumbers, beets, zucchini, sugar snap peas, kale, chard, spinach all in the ground, ~30 tomatoes sprouted, potted on and and waiting for planting.
Goal is to try to include something from my garden in at least one meal every day between April and november. Germination ran really slow this year though so running behind on the spring greens, but just about caught up now.
6. "You have PLENTY of time this growing season for most crops" In response to Reply # 2
>Been researching the growing season for N.C. and looks like >we just missed it but we will prep for next year.
Probably six more months down in NC. You could plant two crops of beans in that amount of time, and things like melons and squash onl take four months or so. You can still plant tomatoes, almost all greens, onions, carrots, corn, and a bunch of others.
The only crops that you've missed out on at this point are those that would need more than five or six months to finish (growing large yams takes quite some time, for example. Cotton and some peppers are others).
11. "agreed with flip! plenty of time" In response to Reply # 2
>Thinking about tomatoes, corn, lettuce and some herbs.
TOmatoes: no problem. Get yourself some seedlings from a supply center and stick 'em in. You can even plant them in like a bag of peat moss if the ground isn't prepped. They can be very forgiving as long as they don't get mold/blight.
Corn: much trickier to grow at home, especially if you have critters. I've tried twice and each time lost the entire crop well before it was ready to raccoons who just lay waste.
Lettuce: Probably too late in NC for a spring crop unless you do a micro-green setup type thing and pick it really small with quick turnover. But don't forget about fall planting.... in NC I would probably recommend re-seeding lettuce for a fall crop around 9/1, and you should have lettuce by about 10/15 to last you through the frost. You can do the same with spinach, arugula, bok choi, kale, collards, etc. I'll bet you could have fresh greens into December and January if it's mild... I'm outside Phila. and I even had a few beets, carrots and arugula make it through the (very mild) winter this year.
Herbs: shouldn't be a problem at all, in fact lots of herbs need to be re-seeded multiple times over the course of a season as they bolt and go to seed. Cilantro & basil are both that way. Oregano tends to last a bit longer. I bet where you are hardy rosemary variety would overwinter for you, as would marjoram and thyme. Herbs grow just fine in pots if you don't have beds prepped for them.
>We have an eco system of chipmunks, squirrels, moles and >rabbits who live and visit our yard. Not sure if they will get >busy once stuff starts growing.
I use beds that have about a 4" high frame, and then a 28" wire mesh. Keeps rabbits out, squirrels a little less so, chipmunks not a big problem. Determined ground hogs can get in but frequently they're too lazy.
>My dad and mom always kept gardens in the back... it’s going >to be fun introducing gardening to our kids.
I hope they like veggies. Science says 'grow veggies with your kids and they'll eat them.' My older two are the counter-evidence to those findings
5. "Currently expanding the garden in my yard." In response to Reply # 0
Should have started this earlier. Digging out new beds is rough. My soil is about 50% dirt, and 50% rocks/bricks/bits of concrete. Already built one raised bed because of this, gonna make ALL the beds raised after this season.
Got a a few of those pvc greenhouses set up so I have a seedling factory going right now. Just started putting stuff in the ground. Got a lot of pots going too.
Trying to get at least 50% of the yard planted with food this year. Getting there.
>Got a a few of those pvc greenhouses set up so I have a >seedling factory going right now.
Can't really sprout stuff in the house... my folks have a teeny greenhouse but I've never used it for my stuff. Would love to attach PVC to a few of my beds to do this (if the Mrs. doesn't object)... maybe next round of wood replacement on the beds...
18. "looking into investing in a FarmBot" In response to Reply # 0
we had a little garden on he side of the house when my mom was living with us. she kept it up until she had knee surgery and wasn't able to tend to it too much. i'm looking online and i found out about FarmBot that you can attach to your raised bed and it plants and tends to your farm for you. looks dope and definitely up my alley as farming is very hard and time consuming work, especially if you're trying to do it to the level that you want to get a good amount of food out of it. i'm going to build the raised bed first and plant some basic easy stuff to get started. then i'll add the FarmBot later on when i'm able to.