I'm looking to start growing veggies... what's the best place to start for a beginner?
Definitely go for it! That's what we did -- and so far, it's been great. Can't wait to actually eat something from our garden.alischmally wrote:Thanks so much! I'll be sure to look into those books! It is quite a lot to take in, but it's something I've always wanted to try, so I'm going for it!
Doesn't matter what kind, just something easy to start with I have no preferenceStart with telling us some basic info.
What specific veges?
Raised beds or God's great soil?
With a better picture of what you want to do we can help more.
You could also probably just start seedlings inside -- and they'd be ready to transport at the end of May (I guess depending on where you live).alischmally wrote: I'll definitely be using containers as they have to be grown inside until I move in the end of May. Transport will just be easier that way.
Thanks for the help in advance
I'm growing from seeds. I'm giving spinach a shot, so we'll see how it goes! Thanks for the infoYou didn't say are you planting seeds or buying plants. If planting seeds for indoor containers, I would go with lettuce, spinach, radishes if you like them. They are quick sprouting and not as fussy about the amount of light, so you might be able to just put them by a window. And they don't need huge containers.
Yes, that is something I've noticed already. It's great as a beginner to find a place where people are so willing to help you!There are a lot of great gardeners on this forum, and they are willing to help.
It's next to impossible to get 8 hours of sun in Rochester... for those of you who don't know, it is maybe sunny every other week so I was wondering if any of you knew of any inexpensive (and I'm on a college budget) plant lights I can use.Make sure your garden gets a good 8 hours day worth of sun. Veggies need sun to grow.
I eventually do want to plant outdoors. But right now, while I'm going back and forth between home and school, it just doesn't make sense. I'm graduating next year, so next summer, I will be putting everything in the ground For now, I figured having a plant light couldn't hurt.Re plant lights: Are you not planning on growing outdoors? If you are growing outdoors, there is so much more light even on a cloudy day outside than lights would add, I don't think there is any point to adding light. You would just block your plants from the available sunlight, since to do any good plant lights have to be directly above the plants and very close.
Just pick the sunniest spots you can. Look around and see what other people are growing. If you really don't have much sunshine, focus on cool weather crops: lettuce, spinach, chard, parsley, carrots, beets, radish, turnips....
They handle less than full sun better than the summer crops.