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    Very small scale.

    Someday, a few years or so down the road, I'd like to have a nice large garden with a variety of herbs and veggies. I'd also like to own a few chickens for eggs and maybe even a goat for milking.

    But that's someday! Right now I'm a complete newb to gardening and I need advice on getting started. I'm looking to grow a few (maybe 2 or 3) different crops in a small space in my backyard. I have potentially 20 feet x 20 feet maximum to use for growing, though even that seems a bit intimidating to me.

    I appreciate any advice I get, but here are some of the main things I'd like to know:
    - What should I grow? I'd like to start with things that are easy and worthwhile (decent yield).
    - What kind of prep work should I do? I figure I'll need a little fence (chicken wire?) to keep out skunks, groundhogs, and other local critters. We have a lot of deer here too, not sure how to deal with that. And then what about prepping the actual ground/soil?
    - What resources would you guys recommend I look into? Any really great books/websites on small scale personal gardening and/or sustainable living?

    I read a lot, and am totally willing to do my own research. I'm just hoping some of you can get me off to a faster start than I'd get on my own. I don't even know where to begin!

    *** Oh yeah, important notes: I live in upstate NY, I think the soil is good here (though I don't know how to tell for sure) because I'm literally surrounded by farmland for miles, and our local pests (as far as I know) include deer, skunks, groundhogs, rabbits, moles, and various insects. Also, I'd obviously prefer to keep things organic.

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    ORGANIC GARDENING

    40 Gardening Tips to Maximize Your Harvest - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

    Vegetable Gardening - Starting a Vegetable Garden

    Controlling Four-Legged Pests - Keeping the Critters Out of Your Garden and Home

    Organic Pest and Disease Solutions for a Safer Garden

    just a few links, i hope they help. i'm planting my first garden this year and i'm a little nerve wracked about it. i decided on swiss chard, spinach, a few heirloom tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, herbs, green beans, a lettuce mix, carrots, strawberries and some others

    also a buttload of flowers, cause i'm pretty girly

    i had a lot of leaf cover over the winter so my soil is pretty decent (dark, moist, wormy) but i got some garden fertilizer soil mix (with manure, bleh) to til in because i have a few sandy areas. i don't have it planned out yet, and i have seeds sprouting in the starter pots already so i need to get on the ball

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    I recommend "Square Foot Gardening", a book which teaches how to grow in raised beds. Very user-friendly. It has great charts in the back which detail growing times; these are so helpful for planning.

    What should you grow? Start with thinking about what you eat. Salad greens and other greens are super easy, fast to grow, and great to eat fresh out of the garden. Peas are very easy (I like snow peas), but need something to climb on.
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    salad greens are insane growers, just want to add that on. every seed i planted exploded in an explosion of 'oh god it was a mixed seed bag what is all this?!'

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    Square Foot Gardening is cool! I produced a pretty good amount on my little 20x20' plot a few seasons ago. It's fun!

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    over the last couple weeks I have been gathering herb, berry, and vegetable plants (IFA keeps having crazy sales!)
    the husband seems to be getting less and less amused as we run out of more and more kitchen table space, LOL
    I keep telling him about the square foot raised garden box and greenhouse at the stores, but he just grunts! I'm sure he'll be more excited when he starts seeing his zucchini come in (fave veggie)
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    @bloodorchid - thank you for the links! Some good stuff there that I'll go back to for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Annika View Post
    I recommend "Square Foot Gardening", a book which teaches how to grow in raised beds. Very user-friendly. It has great charts in the back which detail growing times; these are so helpful for planning.

    What should you grow? Start with thinking about what you eat.
    I just added that book to my amazon wishlist! It looks like the perfect strategy for a beginner like me, thank you!

    I'm getting the impression that I need to start smaller than expected, and that this could potentially be harder than I thought. I'm up for it though, gotta start somewhere!

    I don't have a lot of experience eating veggies, I pretty much just eat the same ones over and over: spinach like it's going outta style, and salad greens. I also love bell peppers (or any peppers for that matter), garlic, onion, zucchini, and squash. I'd like to start eating more kale and collard greens as well.

    ^^ Of those I listed, are any of them a bad idea for a beginner garden? Would they all "get along" in the same garden?

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    well the zucchini is going to totally take over, and you're going to start leaving it on people's porches in the middle of the night...you will do anything to get rid of it, because it will all be ready at the same time. Seriously, no one in the history of gardening has ever been able to not grow too much zucchini. So it's a good one to start with. And salad greens are great--it's such a treat to be able to just pick a few leaves to go with dinner. Peppers and tomatoes would be delicious and save you lots of money in the summer.

    I love Square Foot Gardening. Right now my apartment is right over a major highway. When I saw that it had a fire escape, I immediately thought of all the things I could grow, but then realized that all the chemicals would concentrate in my poor little herbs and tomatoes. Sigh. Someday I'll have a garden again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
    well the zucchini is going to totally take over, and you're going to start leaving it on people's porches in the middle of the night...you will do anything to get rid of it, because it will all be ready at the same time. Seriously, no one in the history of gardening has ever been able to not grow too much zucchini. So it's a good one to start with.
    I have a neighbor who does this, not that i'm complaining. Great zucchini.

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    Hm.

    I used to attempt vegetable gardening. I grew peas for the rabbits, strawberries for the rats and cauliflowers for the little shiny black beetles. We did get some potatoes (which obviously cost way more than from the supermarket) and some rocket before it all burst into flower. I still grow raspberries for the blackbirds, because the raspberry bushes basically do all the work by themselves, and grow so much the blackbirds can't eat it all and leave some for me.

    Is there anything that rabbits (and mice, voles and an endless variety of bugs) don't eat?

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