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Old 07-19-2010, 10:28 PM   #1
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Who grows their own food? Lets see your gardens!

Nothing beats ultra fresh, home grown, pesticide & chemical free veggies!

Tomatoes in sunroom:




Basil in sunroom:



Zucchini's and Cukes out back:



Garden plots out back, starting to look sparse now that I've been picking at it. Broccoli is flowering because I went on vacation and didn't have a chance to pick it :



I've got:
-LOTS of various lettuce (Haven't bought lettuce since May, hate paying for something so easy to grow)
-Broccoli
-Cauliflower
-Brussel Sprouts
-Snap & regular peas
-Carrots
-Radishes
-Onions
-Garlic
-Potatoes
-Rosemary
-Thyme
-Parsley (Italian and curly)
-Cilantro
-Oregano
-Beets

Also transplanted some raspberries from my aunt & uncle's garden in April and they already started producing this year!
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wow mad props for u growing so many varities of plants and vegies

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claiming your back yard as a farm, and enjoy benefits of being a farmer
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A head of lettuce costs about $0.47
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This is amazing. Eating your own grown food must be a wonderful feeling.
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Thank you for your incredibly valuable post!!!
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not to mention also quite convenient sometimes

*o man would i kill for some green onions!*
... o wait i have some in my back yard
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I'm glad you found it helpful. So I guess you no longer hate having to pay under $0.50 for a head of lettuce?

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Mad props to Great68! ...except for the cilantro....I am totally for the universal eradication of that disgusting plant!

Where in Vancouver can you buy a decent head of lettuce for under 50 cents?
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Isn't it the same price? The lettuce I buy is imported from California, all the way to Hong Kong, and costs $0.50. I assumed it would be even cheaper in Canada.

If that's the case, then I don't blame you for hating having to pay for lettuce! I wouldn't want to pay more than $0.50 for it either
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It's usually $1- $1.50 (even as high as 1.99) for romaine lettuce at bigger stores like safeway and save on. Maybe tad cheaper at produce stores.
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At Granville Island Public Market yesterday, a head of local red leaf lettuce was 79 cents. It was a huge head though. I get restaurant pricing, so for me it would be about 59 cents.
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I only grow basil in my backyard...mostly because that stuff grows like weed and I'm addicted to the smell.
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I'm moving and this time, I get my own garden.
I'm pretty lazy though, so I'd want to start growing things that are pretty robust and hardy.

Do you have any tips on where I should start?

I was thinking green onions, chives, basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano.

But I'm not sure what else would work well in our weather?

Ideally, I'd like to just leave them outside in the winter, and them re-grow themselves in the spring?
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I'm moving and this time, I get my own garden.
I'm pretty lazy though, so I'd want to start growing things that are pretty robust and hardy.

Do you have any tips on where I should start?

I was thinking green onions, chives, basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano.

But I'm not sure what else would work well in our weather?

Ideally, I'd like to just leave them outside in the winter, and them re-grow themselves in the spring?
Rosemary, oregano, thyme and chives all grow well here. They're perennial and will come back the next year (Unless we have an abnormally cold winter). These are pretty much set and forget plants (water the odd time). Strawberries are also perennial, but take a few years to really get established.

Lettuce grows really well here too. If you stagger your plantings right you can eat it from spring all the way through to early fall. Nothing beats fresh out of the garden lettuce in salad.

Basil needs 6-8 hours of sunlight and warmth to really grow well. They're a bit more finnicky, but they really grow well with Tomatoes (Hence why I have mine in the sunroom).

Anything in the Mustard/Cabbage family also grows well here: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale... They don't need a lot of maintenance once they've rooted, but do need a lot of water and space.

Just make sure your soil is in good shape. Add a bit of a mixture of fresh topsoil, peat moss and vermiculite to the soil, and if you aren't composting already, now's a good time to start.
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Mad props to Great68! ...except for the cilantro....I am totally for the universal eradication of that disgusting plant!
Hahaha. Cilantro is one of those herbs you either love or hate. I have a buddy who hates it as much as you.
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Basil needs 6-8 hours of sunlight and warmth to really grow well. They're a bit more finnicky, but they really grow well with Tomatoes (Hence why I have mine in the sunroom).
Cool advice...

What do you mean "grow well with"?
You mean that keep bugs off each other or something?
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They have the same growing requirements (Roughly the same amount of sun & watering etc). And yes, apparently basil helps repel bugs from tomatoes too. And they taste fucking great when cooked together too!
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Mad props to Great68! ...except for the cilantro....I am totally for the universal eradication of that disgusting plant!

Where in Vancouver can you buy a decent head of lettuce for under 50 cents?
you eat salsa without cilantro?
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Wow that is so cool! Too bad most of us either live with our parents (and don't give a crap about gardening), or live on our own in a tiny box with no real backyard or the space to grow veggies.

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Ugh I hate cilantro too. And ginger!
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or live on our own in a tiny box with no real backyard or the space to grow veggies.
If you at least have a balcony that gets some sun on it, you would be surprised with how much you can grow if you do it efficiently.

One of my favourite books, "Square Foot Gardening" has great techniques. I actually started using the book's techniques this year and so far this has been my most productive year yet. That's how I managed to get so much variety out of just 2 garden plots.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_foot_gardening
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you eat salsa without cilantro?
Yes. There are salsas without cilantro.

If I had a time machine, I would go back in time and Agent Orange the fuck out of the plants that eventually will evolve into cilantro, okra & beets.
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