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Old 04-03-2020, 10:47 PM
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Advice or guidance for a neophyte gardener looking to do some home-grown veggies this year? A couple years back I did a 4x6ft raised garden which grew like wildfire. Since then the non-treated lumber rotted and the soil was overtaken by weeds, so I plan to remove the raised boarding and rototill the approx 8inch of elevated soil into the surrounding ground to allow for a meager increase in size. Can anybody suggest the best veggies to start with in the mid-west?

I'm not a very picky eater but I am a terrible cook. I'm thinking of lettuce, brocoli, some type of beans and maybe something else, but I'm not sure what...
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Always glad to see another gardener!

What U.S.D.A. ag zone are you In?
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"Gardening when it counts" by Steve Solomon

Know WHEN to plant (hint, here is SW MO MOST of the cool season crops need to go in EARLY to do decent, but make MUCH BETTER fall crops / over winter crops.

Know that all the cabbage family crops will suffer to most likely DIE from cabbage looper, but Dipel//Thurgicide after every rain (this 'organic' bacteria) will constipate them to death. I just keep a kitchen spray bottle and walk the garden weekly if no rain, or after each rain. Will work on any leaf chewing problem from tomato hornworms to bean leaf roller BETTER than any insecticide. I finished up a bottle of liquid (concentrate) last year that was over a decade out of date (kept working great) and had to get a new one.

Small is good, a small garden taken care of (think 5 to 10 minutes 6 days a week) will far outproduce a larger garden that does not get attention.
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Always glad to see another gardener!

What U.S.D.A. ag zone are you In?
Quick web search shows zone 5b.
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Welcome to the board! There's always room for another gardener. My advice is to:

- grow what you know you will eat
- grow it at the right time of year
- start with things that are easy to grow
- do some online research for stuff you think you want to grow for spacing requirements, etc
- start small and expand as you learn.
- come back here if you have any questions. There are lots of good folk that will help you!
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When I first moved to zone 9, had no clue what to plant when.

County Extension website was a lot of help.

It had a lot of specific information regarding planting times and named types of crops.

Really helpful stuff!!
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I'm in the same boat as you. I've got about ~100sqft I'm hoping to turn into a decent garden. I'm in SW Ohio and I'm going for potatoes and some beans. I've got wire fencing that I'm going to bend in an "L" shape about 12" to prevent rabbits digging under the bottom.

My biggest concern is the odd deer family that roams through at 6am. Hopefully they don't dig?
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You can use clear fishing line wrapped around your garden area to keep the deer out. They can't see it and when they walk into it and feel it against their fur, they run the opposite way. Freaks them right out. It's a simple solution that works quite well.
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Welcome to the board! There's always room for another gardener. My advice is to:

- grow what you know you will eat
- grow it at the right time of year
- start with things that are easy to grow
- do some online research for stuff you think you want to grow for spacing requirements, etc
- start small and expand as you learn.
- come back here if you have any questions. There are lots of good folk that will help you!
This is very sound advice from weedinhoe, who is a well respected member of SB, particularly when it comes to gardening.
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I'm also in 5b and an urban gardener at that. I grow in raised beds and containers, supplement with a CSA, and preserve as much as I can for winter. In addition to growing what you eat, grow what you can preserve or will keep over the winter. Stuff I grow:

-beans-several varieties
-sugar snap peas
-potatoes
-asparagus
-strawberries
-working on plums
-tomatoes
-herbs for the dishes I make
-blackberries
-comfrey-a great medicinal
-flowers for the pollinators
-greens
-carrots
-cucumbers
-bell peppers
-garlic

A great resource for preserving your food is the Ball Blue Book of Preserving. Equipment is a bit of an investment but it'll pay off over time, and once you've had your own home made jams you won't be able to stomach store bought. You might consider supplementing with a CSA (community supported agriculture) given the uncertainty of the times, and preserve whatever you can from that also. Farmer's markets may not be an option.

Good luck! If you haven't already, take a look at the various threads in this section. I've found these people to be a treasure trove of information and good ideas.
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Citykitty brought up some good points. One that I’m a big believer in is to plant flowers in or at least near your veggies. They attract pollinators and some, such as marigolds, can help repel unwanted pests to some degree at least.
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The best advice I got when I started gardening a gazillion years ago was to get, and read, a copy of Mel Bartholomew's book, "Square Foot Gardening". I started out with a small but very successful garden on a subdivision lot and over the years moved on to larger gardens on, first, a 5 acre lot, then a 15 acre lot, then an 80 acre farm, and now, finally (hopefully my last ever garden!) we are on a 240 acre farm with all kinds of room, and I still use much of what I learned from that book.
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What did you grow last time? Sounds like you did pretty well - do those things again. In Zone 5 here and Tomatoes, Cucumber, Potato, Corn - greens, lettuce, spinach, swiss chard - herbs - Tyme and Sage are perennial and come back year to year, Basil grows well seasonally. A lot depends on your soil and what your goals are. Cucumbers and Squash do well, but some years are better than others.
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