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Re: Planting in a com.garden plot

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Planting in a com.garden plot
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" <gordonse@one.net>
  • Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 15:32:22 -0400

gardening and the plot is rather tiny,
> 4ft by 2ft(estimated).

***To get more of an idea of the size, you might ask the people who created
the plots.  Someone probably measured them all when they marked them and
divided them out.  Another way you can find out is by measuring with one
foot in front of the other .  Unless you have very tiny or very long feet,
your feet will probably be about one foot long.  so you can put heel to toe
along the edge and count how many steps you take along each side.

***Where will you be gardening?  We can make really different suggestions
for people in Canada, California, Virginia, or Texas for instance.

> easily picked.  Does anyone have any suggestions on what to use, flowers
and
> veggies?

***For veggies things that are underground, ones that most people eat
cooked, ones that take awhile to harvest, or ones that "look funny" (are
different from the standard grocery store ones) are least likely to be
taken:
radishes
beets
onions
garlic
turnips
potatoes
carrots
green beans
peas
leaf lettuce
greens: collards, spinach, chard, kale
Asian cabbage or mustard

***In my experience the things most apt to be taken are tomatoes, peppers,
cucumbers, and strawberries.  However you can use less common varieties
where nongardeners might think something is not ripe or there is something
wrong with the plant.  For instance there are some tomatoes that are pink or
yellow when ripe, so people might not think they are ready yet.  Rather than
a standard green bell pepper you might try a sweet yellow banana pepper.
And there are some white or yellow cucumbers.

***For flowers, your best bet is to grow ones that don't make very good cut
flowers.  Some that work well are:
Alyssum (nice bed edging)
Begonias (if your plot is in the shade)
Marigolds
Petunias and the plants that look like miniature petunias
Sweet william

Sharon
gordonse@one.net


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