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Comment by Wyatt Bardi on June 19, 2015 at 3:58pm

Mongoose & J.D.,

Thank you guys for your replies.  I really like tomatoes, peppers, okra, and the herbs you listed.  I'll see if my wife could use those herbs in cooking before I plant them, but they're good to keep in mind.

Do either of you plant flowers?  If so, what are you favorites?

Comment by Mongoose on June 19, 2015 at 1:59pm

Wyatt, the most popular backyard veggie is the tomato, for good reason. Most varieties do quite well in pots, one plant produces a gob of produce, of all the veggies, tomatoes are the ones which have the largest increase in yummy-factor when compared with store-bought cousins. The specific variety I recommend is Patio (so named as it was bred specifically for container-growing). There are others.

When it comes to herbs, get a huge pot. Then stick taller herbs in the middle, and trailing herbs near the sides. That way, you are making use of the vertical space (over the edge and down to the ground). For instance, Rosemary in center (tallest), surrounded by basil on one side and parsley on the other, then around the outside, one thyme plant, one oregano plant, and some nasturtium (edible leaves AND flowers are great for garnish and they are attractive).

Limit the herbs and veggies to ones you actually like. If you never use tarragon, don't plant it. If you never use oregano, don't plant it.

Re:  veggies:  don't plant ones you don't like (sounds basic, but it's easy to get tempted to plant others because they might be cheap and healthy). You DO want to plant veggies which have high yield because you have little space. For instance, do NOT plant corn (which has maybe 2 or, if lucky, 3 ears of corn for one plant). Instead, plant peppers or okra or cucumbers or eggplant which all produce dozens of veggies/plant.

Do not forget about amount of space they take up. Squash will take up a LOT of space if they have vines. Cucumber take up a lot of space. Do NOT do pumpkin. If you must do cucumber, consider Verticle Gardening.

Do not do strawberries, you need a gazillion of them to have enough for a basic dessert.

Bush beans (not runners or pole beans) might be good, but you'd need several plants for your family. Like five or ten plants. But they are heavy producers. Being heavy producers, though, means 3 or 5 beans per plant at one time. Over the life of the plant, though, you will have four or five harvests of four or five pods.

Comment by J. D. on June 19, 2015 at 1:45pm

It is hard to grow much where I live, but the herbs that have done well for me are thyme, oregano, dill, basil, and parsley, as well as sage.  I use them often in my cooking, especially the thyme and cilantro and basil.  Thyme is a hardy plant that does not need much water or sun, or at least, not as much as some other herbs like cilantro.  Plant thyme in a shallow, wide box as it will want to crawl and spread out.  I am far from an expert in gardening, and my wife and I have had a great deal of trial and error...rather heavy on the error, btw.  I cook a great deal, so the herbs are nice to have.

     As far as vegies, I know even less.  Scallions and radishes will grow almost anywhere and with next-to-no effort or attention at all. 

That's about all I can offer.

Comment by Wyatt Bardi on June 19, 2015 at 12:58pm

Hi everyone,

Glad a group like this is on here.  My wife and I just moved into a townhouse in the Raleigh, NC area and we have a small little patio in the back.  When I say small, I mean big enough for an a/c unit, a grill, a couple of chairs, and that't about it.  However, there is enough space for a few potted plants.  

I'm interested in planting herbs or vegetables (or both).  Any recommendations as to what might be some good starter plants given my spacial limitations?

I welcome any advice and suggestions.  Thanks!

Comment by Jovica Dimitrijevic on February 25, 2015 at 11:34am

Hi, all. A couple of weeks ago I started planting vegetable seeds in small pots. I joined this group to share my experiences with you guys as I progress and read your experiences and ask question if I need some advice. Stay well and healthy.

Comment by terry sperling on November 23, 2014 at 5:28pm

Bought 4 red maple seedlings in 96 planted them a year later at our new home. Now they are 40+? feet tall and several feet thick. Good in our wet clay soil.

Camellia is blooming now. Gardenia blooms in May. Pics later. Glad to find this group!

Comment by Michael J. K. on September 11, 2014 at 6:48am

have to transform a 3/4 acre yard

Comment by David E. E., Ed.D. on April 28, 2014 at 5:06pm

Finally a weekend that I could get out and do some work in the yard.  It is slow work -- too many years of neglect while I was finishing my doc.  I must keep looking at the things I am getting done.

Comment by David E. E., Ed.D. on January 27, 2014 at 8:33pm

It's too shady to grow veggies here.  I am impressed that you grow veggies in the desert -- they require much nutrients and water!! 

Comment by J. D. on January 27, 2014 at 1:25pm

After several seasons of very disappointing results with our garden, we finally had some success with the one we put in last Fall.  We invested in a small planter box, good quality soil from a local nurcery, and a lot of hard work.  I live in the desert where growing much of anything is very difficult, but the good soil and an automatic watering system went a long way.  We primarily grow a garden for food and herbs since I do so much cooking.  When I get into my own house, I plan to have much of the yards dedicated to lawn space like my Dad did when I was growing up. 


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