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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