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myself and one of my neighbors are planning on starting a garden together this year. I bought a 125'x50' lot on the right side of me and a 125'x25' lot on my left side. Got them both cheap for back taxes. My goal as a first time gardener is to produce enough food to hold myself and my girlfriend over a 3 month winter season. Some of the old city farmers/gardeners have told me it's more than doable and a few of them are helping me prepare.

The last couple of days people have been telling me that because I plan on doing so much canning I'm going to have to grow lots of dill.

Is dill easy to grow? And is it the type of plant I could plant around my house or something? As to save room in the garden. Does anybody have any tips on growing dill as I have never done this before.

Thanks everybody.
 

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Is dill easy to grow? And is it the type of plant I could plant around my house or something? As to save room in the garden.
Down here it grows in all but the hottest months.
Right now there is quite a bit growing in my garden.
It comes back each year if you let a few seed heads to scatter.
You could out-plant it, but it takes up no extra space since it is growing among the other vegetables.
Very easy to grow and save seeds.
They don't call it dill WEED for nothing.:D:
 

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It grows pretty well for us in NY. We've had it in with our herbs in front of our house for years and never had any trouble. It doesn't seem to suffer right next to the porch and we hardly tend to it at all. Czech is right, there is a reason it's called a weed.

The only "problems" per se are really more pests. It seems that a certain type of swallowtail butterfly loves to lay their eggs on dill. they don't damage nearly enough to ruin the crops and in exchange for a little bit of flying colors, I think it's a good trade.
 

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I could get by with just a couple of dill plants, but I usually grow extra for the butterflies. Those swallowtail caterpillers would be easy to pick off, but I like them around. I just wish the tomato hornworms were as easy to see.:D:

My grandmother always had dill growing, so I guess I like it for nostalgic reasons,....it just makes a garden smell like a garden.

BTW, fresh dill freezes well,...just zip loc it and squeeze the air out and freeze.
 

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Dill is VERY easy to grow. You can use both the leaves AND the seeds for seasonings. If you leave a couple of the seedheads on, it will also self-sow. The main problem is keeping from spreading through the rest of the garden. The only caution I would give is to not plant it near where you grow carrots, as mature dill can stunt the growth of carrots.
 

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I *love* to grow dill. It is a weed; it about took over my garden last year. I still have some in the freezer in bags that I pluck out and sprinkle on salmon before I bake it.

I also made the best dill pickles with my homegrown cukes and dill. Nothing like seeing a jar full of food you grew yourself!
 

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Dill is a great choice for growing. You probably want to have a surplus of it on hand for several reasons, though for explicitly canning purposes, I don't think you NEED to have a large quantity. Just grow as much as you want to.

Congratulations on making the decision to purchase the available land next to you. If you got it for merely back taxes, then I suspect you got it on the super cheap, eh?

That square footage comes out to 9,375 square feet for gardening. You can arrange that however you want to. That's a tad more than 1/5 of an acre for growing. Just as a teaser, to see what you can grow in an urban environment with a small amount of land, take 10 minutes and watch

The Dervaes family in Pasadena California grow most of their own food. The percentages of homegrown food in their vegetarian diet work out thusly:

Winter: 55%
Spring: 65%
Summer: 80-90%
Fall: 65%

You have twice the available land they have. Your climate is not the same though. You should have plenty of food if you choose to grow it!
 

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thanks guys.
that video sums up eveything I'm going to do this summer.
I still have a bunch of work to do but, I'm devoting 100% of myself to making it work.
Here are a few pictures of the lots I bought. I bid $150 a piece for them and after the county added their fees they came out to a little under $500 a piece. Still not a bad price in my opinion.

My neighbor across the street also bought a lot beside him from a private owner and it cost him around $2000. It's a 125'x50'.

now I'm in the process of buying up as many canning jars as I can.
I've been getting them from the good will and salvation army for about 10 cents a piece.

thanks again, all advice is very much welcome and appreciated. dominic
 

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forgot the pictures.
hope this works, never used photobucket before.
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Couple questions for you - how will you define the perimeters so you don't have neighbor kids playing football across your newly sown beds of carrots...
What about cats, dogs, etc?


Great pics by the way. Some of those older homes are so neat.
 

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well, in the lot to the left of me, along the alley, it's covered with a huge patch of jagger bushes. i was going to cut them out for more space but, decided to leave them to work as a fence.

in the lot to the right of me i was going to plant potatoes in old tires to run along the alley to make a sort of make shift fence.

i have a pretty good idea of where the property lines are and so, i'm going to come in a foot or two just to be on the safe side.

both houses beside me are rental properties and if the owners don't like the garden they can pay to get the property survayed or take me to court.

right now i'm in the process of picking up anything i can get to make a fence.
i have a bunch of old chicken wire that will work well but i'll still need a bunch more.

worse case scenario i'll buy a bunch of that ugly blaze orange snow fence and use it because i do have a huge rabbit population and a family of ground hogs living under my shed.

but, i would like to make as much of the garden raised bed as possible.

as far as kids go, there is'nt any living on my block right now but that could change anyday. i'll just have to keep my eyes open and watch.
i'm more worried about the crack heads stealing the produce when it comes in because that was a big problem for my neighbor across the street so, i'm going to pick up another motion light to put on the side of the house like i have on the back.
 

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Jasmine, do you happen to have a source on electric fence?
Also, I'm very new at trying to garden, so please excuse a dumb question, but can anybody tell me how(the steps) to grow potatoes? --especially in containers? --Do you grow them from seeds or from other potatoes?
Thanks so much.
 
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