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Old 03-05-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
Ryan Spratt
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Spring is just around the corner and I am planning on planting a garden this year to help with my Paleo diet. Is anyone else doing this? Does anyone have any suggestions on what varieties to plant?
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:54 AM   #2
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Re: Gardening

Well.. to help with the diet, and to save $$ on food.

I went the the Sunset Garden's Plant Finder site, found out what planting "zone" I was in, and then looked up what would grow well in that zone.

The site made it pretty easy. They have all the instructions on how and when to plant too.

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Old 03-05-2010, 12:34 PM   #3
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Re: Gardening

Plant whatever is suitable to your climate and what you normally eat.

Here's what I hope to get going this year:

  • peas
  • radishes
  • lettuce blend
  • scallions

  • romaine
  • cilantro
  • basil
  • parsley
  • tomatoes (like five different kinds!)
  • red peppers
  • lemon cucumbers
  • squash/pumpkin

  • kale
  • carrots
  • beets
  • parsnip

I already have chives, grapes, and strawberries that come back every year. This year I want to start an asparagus bed, even though it will be two years before I get the full rewards from it.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:50 PM   #4
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Re: Gardening

I don't have particular plants to recommend, but I highly recommend the book "Square Foot Gardening" as a good primer to get started. Even if you don't follow the square foot method, it will walk you through all the steps, from scheduling, to planting, to harvesting. Look for an old copy, not the newer, revised edition.
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:58 AM   #5
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Re: Gardening

Dunno how much room you have, but melons need to go in early as possible, but won't do much till the soil is warm.
Not sure about how these rate on the paleo meter, but corn, beans, tomatos, capsicum, chilli, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, cos lettuce, broccoli, carrot, beetroot, rhubarb, parsley, coriander, basil. All these things i plant in spring to enjoy now (first week in autumn)....obviously the quicker growing things require successive plantings.
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:14 AM   #6
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Re: Gardening

I second the "square foot gardening" book.

If your interested, and want to squeeze every last inch out of your available space, find some cheep strawberry pots. One for shade growing herbs and the other for sun growing herbs.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:25 PM   #7
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Re: Gardening

Gardening is cool. We have 1/4 acre deer fenced with the following in so far:
25 Asparagus plants
20 onion starts
20+ onions from seed

Coming soon:
Potatos about 6 varieties
and about 25 tomato plants

The garden is lined on one side by 150 feet of blackberry bushes

We also have 1/4 acre orchard
2 apple trees
2 pear trees
2 cherry trees

and another 150 feet of blackberry bushes.

Not gardening, but close...
14 laying hens with 6 more chicks
50 meat chickens
dairy goat
and a Guard Llama

in April we get one more dairy goat and 3 Red Wattle pigs.

I recommend Seeds of Change. WFS

I wish everybody could grow their own food!
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