I've never had a vegetable garden before. Having an area in the yard
that is only growing weeds, I am interested in trying out a vegetable
garden. I'm not a green thumb and so need plants that are pretty much
fool-proof. The area gets a lot of sun for the NW (Washington). Also
we have a lot of deer, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels and birds around.
What are some good choices especially for the summer? Do the seeds you
buy at the local supermarket grow well or should I start with nursery
starts? Thanks for any advice.
You might want to consider asparagus. You have to follow the planting
instructions carefully. But once you do, there is little maintainence
beyond trying to keep the weeds out and fertilizing a couple of times a
year. It is great because it keeps coming year after year, is easy to
harvest, tastes great and is expensive to buy at the store (so you
actually save money).
the problem with asparagus is that it takes two or three years to
harvest the first miserable spear. We know the zone, now tell us about
soil, pH, and the type of weeds that grow in the spot. Then one can
give a more informed advice. But the first thing to grow there is a
fence topped by an electric wire. I only grow potatoes outside my fence.
I don't know about animals.
Normally, I believe asparagus is planted in March - that's when I
planted it. And the latest advice on harvesting says that you can do a
light - i.e. 2-3 weeks worth - harvesting the very next spring. I did
that, and it was fine. The following year, you can do a complete
harvest of 8 weeks. I think it is well worth the wait.
The best source of any kind of information about what to plant in your
area, when, animals, etc. would be your USDA County Extension agent.
They should be in the phone book. If not, they are usually connected
with your major state university. I would recommend giving them a
call. They have been very helpful to me.
I will still vote for potatoes. My deer don't eat them, they adapt to
all soil types, they like it acid, moist and cool, as it probably is in
Seattle, and they are prolific. I buy the smallest potatoes from the
organic food bin, and plant them whole under wood chips or under "bed
trash", the mulch from last year that did not decompose, raked into a
Well, you could always plant what the deer and rabbits like, and then
"poach" the deer and rabbits;-). . .I hope you know I'm kidding!
Seriously though, I have a nephew who lives in the foothills of
California. Deer, Rabbits, and other critters are a MAJOR issue in his
trying to grow vegetables, or most any plant life.
He did manage to buy cyclone fencing to corral off a plot about the
square footage of a good sized kennel.
That solution is pricey, and would buy a whole lot of Safeway
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