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My wife and I are starting our first garden tomorrow. So far we're thinking of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and asparagus...
Does anyone have any tips for any of the above? Is there anything else that is easy to plant/grow?
Any spacing tips?

Thanks in advance guys!!
 

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Asparagus isn't all the easy and you can't harvest for a couple of years after planting the roots, by not easy I mean they need care. I don't grow it because I don't have the room for it but there are guys here that can help you with it.
 

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Funny you mention how hard it can be to get going. I JUST emailed this to my buddy, lamenting the fact that my attempt has failed for the second consecutive year now.



You could be right on the soil I reckon, but I really haven't had a problem with any other type of vegetable. Not to say these aren't different. I can care less about the $20. It just pizzes me off that I'm not eating (nor will be in the near future) fresh asparagus.
 

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How are you starting it? Tilling a bare spot or using a raised bed? The first year is about getting the soil right. Mix in some mushroom soil or manure the first few years to get some nutrients into the soil. I like to put my cucumbers in a spot where they won't shade out something else. I'd put a cage around the tomatoes to keep them from getting too wide. This will allow you to control how much space that they take up. I don't have any experience with the other two. IMO, Snow peas and carrots are pretty easy to grow and neither takes up much space.
 

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I just plants 35 asparagus crowns last Sunday and it was grueling work to say the least. I just started my first garden this year as well and the virgin ground was not very good. I mixed 4 tons of mushroom manure, 100lbs of peat, several bags of sand, lime, wood stove ash, and anything else organic that I could find around the yard to give it a kickstart. I turned it all under in the beginning of March and then turned it all again in mid Aprl. Then for the Asparagus patch I went off. You see, you have only one shot at making that soil right and it best be right cause it's going to be there for the next 20-30 years. Organics are key as far as I have read. I mixed and mixed grass clippings, manure, and leaves until my arms were going to call off. I did it all by hand to get deep enough. When I was done the soil was nothing like it was originally. I then dug my 10" deep trenches for the crowns and planted them. The next day I had a great rain and a few sprouted. Yesterday more. By the weekend I pretty much expect them all to be up and moving. By next week I should be able to put somem more soil in the trenches and go from there. Planning a trip to the nursery this weekend for all the other plants I want. Planning Cuccumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, a few hot pepper plants, a water mellow plant, Zuchinni, and I'm going to plant broccoli in early july for a Oct harvest. May plant some beans too but I am running out of room lol! Good luck with yours!
 

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green beans are really easy to grow and good producers
 

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we got some beetle that always gets mine or they get that fungus, i ussually get a good crop though before that happens. i planted onions this year and they are doing great. potatoes are pretty easy too.did those last year and had a ton of them.

this year is mostly peppers for me, i always plant a buch of stuff for other people but this year i am planting what i like
 

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Also, here's what I do...
1. Oct or November, sow spinach seeds, plant Swiss chard.
2. March, plant potatoes.
3. April eat spinach and Swiss chard.
4. May-June, Eat more spinach and new potatoes.Plant chives, rosemary, oregano, thyme.
5. June, Pull up potatoes, spinach, chard; plant cukes, zukes, tomatoes, peppers, string beans.
6 July, eat zukes when they reach 6-10"
7. August, September:Eat everything else. Plant Broccoli.
8. September-October: Pull up cukes, zukes, tomatoes, peppers, beans. Plant Swiss chard, broccoli; sow spinach seeds for spring.
9. October-November, eat Swiss chard and broccoli.

This way you have three crops from April through November.
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I tilled it tonight...My inlaws have horses...so getting manure will not be an issue...

Thanks for all the tips guys!! Keep them coming!
 

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Get the oldest manure they have
 

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I've mixed fresh donkey manure into my garden a week before planting and never had a problem. I believe horse manure has a higher nitrogen level and might risk burning the roots of your veggies if not allowed to age before adding...
 

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I put a thick layer of pig manure on my garden and tilled it in the one year about two weeks before I planted, the cabbage were huge and the tomato plants were about 6ft tall.
 

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It's not the nutrients and stuff but the bacterias that COULD cause a risk. If it's all you have, fine but if you have the option opt for aged stuff. Just safer once it's broken down. Also a lot more pleasant to work with lol.
 

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Aside from Ecoli type stuff you can get from your gardens bounty, I also thought it was too "hot"..as in too much some something (N?) that would burn it up. I dont know really, I do know I wish I did what trout did with my asparagus plants since its been 4 years and they still suc hind teet....gonna rip em out since they dont produce like my buddies.
 

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eyefromthesky said:
Plant some zucchini's. They're fail proof! Just don't blame me when you can't give them away.
The red headed step child of veggies......it comes to the point of ringing doorbells, leaving the zucc and running like heck....ha,ha!
 

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Stay away from the manures, mix in some fresh compost.
 

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Like others have said, manure can be dangerous to your garden. You are much better taking a vegetarian type manure (donkey, horse, etc) and adding it in to your compost pile. if you are composting grass be sure to mix it thoroughly with manure, leaves, or other "brown" material because grass clippings frequently begin obtaining anaerobic bacteria which lead to a terrible stink. Be sure to turn a pile of compost frequently and keep it moist like a sponge for the fastest composting pile.


Add that to your garden and enjoy!
 
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