reply to post by salchanra
I have just started back gardening after a few years break, and would like to throw in a couple hints about gardening. I live in Florida, and
gardening here is like in other areas , it has it's own rules. When starting, there is a lot of trial and error. Growing vegies, and making enough
to feed a big family is a lot different than growing a few things just to have a litttle vegies to eat during the growing season.
One thing that I found out, was that you can plant a lot closer in spacing, than what the seed package reccomends. Also, when planting things
like green beans, I planted them in double rows or 4 rows to a section. It's a much better use of space, and you get a larger yeild out of an
otherwise "seed package" recomendation. Most vegies can be planted in a heavier grouping, giving way more yeild out of the same ground.
I generally planted in rows the size of which I could effectively harvest by going down each side of the row to harvest. Usually, that was 4 feet
wide rows. Planting is not that hard,but picking all those peas and beans by hand is very labor intensive.
As a rough guide to how much seed produces how much beans, I could fill up a 30ftx50ft plot full of beans by using 2-3 pounds of bean seeds. 2
pounds of bean seeds is a lot of seeds. if you plan to grow a large plot of mostly things like green beans, you need to find a seed and feed store
that sells by the pound. The value you get for that 2-3 pounds of seeds is great.
a few years ago, my wife and I canned about 65 quarts of green beans off of one large plot of beans. We have finally finnished off those last few
jars of beans.
Don't kid yourself. if you plan to feed your family on a large scale with a home garden, you better have the square footage of land, and get
ready to work. it ain't easy, but there is a satisfaction eating what you grow yourself. Sometimes, it's easier and cheaper to go buy the stuff at
a local fruit stand. But the knowledge you gain through growing your own stuff will last a lifetime.
Besides, that aerobics program you've been thinking about doing, can be replaced with working a rake and hoe for an hour or so every evening.
it's a good kind of tired. I know that sounds hokey, but when you see your stuff growing, and you actually get to eat what you worked for yourself,
it's very rewarding, and tasty.