I just have enough space to grow herbs. But it's definitely nice to have all summer & fall long. Saves us a ton of money!
03/30/2010 - 5:18pm
We grow tomatos and cucumbers and in the past have grown peas and green beans. We don't get enough light so we grow what we can. I would love to have chickens but my hubby is not keen on that idea.
03/31/2010 - 2:40pm
We grow tomatoes and cucumbers and in the past have grown peas, green beans, peppers, garlic, and onions but as our trees got bigger we don't much light so stick to a smaller plot. We are considering giving up some lawn space in the back yard that does get enough sun to add more growing opportunity. I would love to have chickens but my hubby isn't keen on that idea.
03/31/2010 - 2:42pm
I just put a garden in my front yard last year, and I can't wait to plant this year. I already have kale growing, and onions and spinach. My kids LOVE it, and they eat so many more veggies now that I have it. Plus they see how stuff grows. It's so great to run out to the front to pick my veggies for the night. How much fresher can you get? I love it!! And it helps me eat more vegetarian foods -- I have a bunch of ways to get my veggies in -- garden frittata, veggie flat bread, crostini, pasta.... the list goes on!!
03/31/2010 - 4:44pm
Every little bit helps! I work at a seasonal-fast paced construction company. Most of us have to travel and because of the extended summer work hours , don't have time or energy for a garden. The lady that cares for the office grounds and I started growing cherry tomatoes in containers. She also grew them as well as onions, etc. amongst the flower beds. What a treat to be able to pick fresh veggies at lunch or break time.
04/01/2010 - 5:21pm
I grow tomatoes,eggplant,cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash,string beans,swiss chard and many herbs. I freeze what I don't eat right away and share some with my neighbors.
04/02/2010 - 3:55pm
I have herbs in a bed close to the house. With our mild winters I can keep them producing all winter and have the fresh taste of herbs all year. Chives, 3 types of parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, garlic, and basil are the ones I use the most. This year I'm going to add one or two tomato plants and some peppers.
04/02/2010 - 4:26pm
For most of the past 30 years, my husband and I grew everything we ate. During that time, the only thing I 'bought' was flour (and sometimes even ground my own) and sugar. The words we lived by were, "if we don't grow it, we don't eat it". Our lives have changed and for the past about 5 years we only grow a few things, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, chard, always garlic, and a few more. I can't say enough about how much I DISLIKE buying vegetables in the store. Who knows what was used on them, how were they processed, etc. And the biggest problem is the taste. They have little. We've already finished last years potatoes so we bought some at the grocery - well they are sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to be taken back to the store! They taste terrible. What was done to ruin a potato? I donno, but we can't eat them! We're in our late 60's maybe when we stop running around and stay home we will have a big garden again. It is the best way to eat!!!
04/02/2010 - 9:12pm
I have a very tiny space. Most of it does not get enough sun. I grow butternut squash. The vines are short, they store well ALL winter and I love Indian dishes with "pumpkin". In the rest of the space I plant parsley, thai basil, "regular" basil and rapini. I use the herbs in quantities like vegetables. Some years I plant chard, collards, and dill. From the space the size of a dining table, I have improved my standard of living!
04/03/2010 - 10:14am
We live in Florida and grow tomatoes and herbs as the heat allows. Although we're both busy with full-time jobs so the task of managing a full garden is not possible now, we always have rosemary and basil in pots. There's nothing like a home-grown tomato for flavor, and same for fresh herbs, which cost a fortune at the market. My kids are very adventurous eaters because we've exposed them to all types of cuisine from the time they were babies and I ground our dinners in a food processor instead of buying baby food!