Readers left so many great comments on my recession garden post last week that I wanted to point out some of the best. If you don’t already read the comments, click on the comments link at the bottom of each post. Bargain Babe readers have a lot of info to share!
Tomato plants need lost of sun and water. They are suscpetable to a yellowing fungus disease; if you see this, cut off the diseased part immediately. Improve your soil by composting kitchen and yard waste.
WWillowbeth suggested taking a Master Gardner class, which are offered at state universities:
Find your County Extention Service! http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/
Every county in the US has one, all associated with a State University. The have Master Gardener programs that can help you get started, give free advice, offer you free classes on gardening, water use and composting. They can tell you what to plant and when. You will have a green thumb in no time.
Katie said she had good luck growing herbs, which can be expensive to buy:
You can buy these for fairly cheap and already started from places like Lowes, Osh, Home Depot, etc. It’s great because when you buy them already started (but young) you can use them right away and more will still grow. It saves so much money vs. buying fresh herbs from the grocery store or farmers market because you just cut off what you need (less waste!). Also, several different kinds of herbs can be planted together in a large pot. Wonderful for patios and small spaces!
Patricia has a tip for buying plants in LA:
For Bargain Hunters…the healthiest and most economic seedlings can be purchased at some local Farmer’s Markets from “Peter” (Culver City, Torrance Wilson Park). Vegetables seedlings are 6 for $5.00.
Sarahliz recommended two books that have greened her thumb:
For someone who’s serious about getting into vegetable gardening I’d highly recommend two books: Steve Solomon’s Gardening when it Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times and Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. They present two completely different philosophies on gardening but I think the information from both is really solid and useful. Taken together they give a lot of solid information that can help you develop your own gardening philosophy.