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3029 Davenport Rd
Knoxville, TN, 37920
United States

(865) 573-9591

Stanley's Greenhouse is a family owned and operated plant farm and garden center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Seed to Supper: Growing Food No Matter Where You Live

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Seed to Supper: Growing Food No Matter Where You Live

Anna Montgomery

Notes from John Tullock's April 2, 2016, seminar at Stanley's Greenhouse.

You can grow food many different ways

  • At a windowsill or under artificial lights
  • In containers on a balcony, deck, or patio
  • In raised beds in the yard
  • In a traditional in-ground garden

Most people use a variety of methods, depending on the crop and time of year.

Plan for the entire year

  • Purchase seed for fall and winter gardening in spring, when selection is best
  • Think about how you actually use each crop; are you making pickles or do you just want fresh cucumbers for salad?
  • Understand succession planting and intercropping
  • Look for cultivars that work best in your situation; compact varieties are best for container
  • Don’t forget herbs, small fruits, edible flowers, and fungi

Plan your garden based on your kitchen

  • What are your family's favorite vegetables?
  • Which crops cost the most in the grocery store?
  • Which crops will bear over a long season without replanting?
  • Which crops store well?

Be a creative cook and you’ll be able to use everything you produce in the garden

  • Learn techniques, not recipes
  • Use common sense and substitute when you need to
  • Learn basic food preservation techniques
  • Taste before, during, and after cooking

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