The sustainable garden

Fri. Mar. 21, 2014

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A couple of weeks ago I discussed GMO’s vs Hybrids.  Judging by my email, it’s a popular subject.  Growing your own is the best way to lower exposure to GMO’s and using seed that you know has not been modified. HOWEVER, I recently saw a post on Facebook that gave a link to an article giving folks an idea of how much to plant to feed their families.  As I was looking it over, I thought, whoever plants that much will also have to have plenty of time to care for it.  I always caution newer gardeners to start small or this could happen!

garden out of control!  The nasturtiums went CRAZY.  They're in the lower left.
garden out of control! The nasturtiums went CRAZY. They’re in the lower left.

And, honestly, that wasn’t as bad as it looks because it was in a raised bed where there were far fewer weeds. Of course, if you’ve got the room, the time and the passion, go for it! Planting for eating certainly isn’t all about vegetables.  There are plenty of fruits to add to the mix.  Raspberries and strawberries are great garden plants.  The University of Minnesota has created some fabulous northern hardy blueberries.  Hybridized NOT genetically engineered!  There are gooseberries and currants, apples and pears. Apples and Pears in Minnesota, oh MY!!!  Everything you need to know about growing them well in Minnesota is in that link to the U of MN.

Pear 'Summercrisp'
Pear ‘Summercrisp’

This was planted with a ‘Parker’ variety in 2008 and grew very sizeable delivering pounds of delicious fruit!

Ahh, Blueberries in the Home Landscape!  [U of MN]  Remember, you will have to amend the soil to grow blueberries successfully.  It CAN be done!

Blueberry 'North County'

Strawberries for the Home Garden [U of MN]       Three types of strawberries are readily available to the home gardener. June-bearing strawberries produce a large, concentrated crop in late spring. So-called everbearing types produce two smaller crops, one in late spring and the second in early fall. The newer day-neutral plants are capable of producing fruit throughout most of the growing season.

Strawberry tristar
Strawberry tristar

The list goes on but what I want you to take away from this is to start small with your vegetable garden – you can always grow it bigger.  Pun intended!  And that having a garden also means fruit from apples to strawberries.






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