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what do you grow/raise on your property?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by picklespickles, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    if this isn't the right place, feel free to move it. thanks!

    i grow grapes. i have been doing it for ten plus years for my family's consumption. now i'm on a new property and trying to get used to its eccentricities. i managed to find a place with mature vines, so that was a plus. didnt' have to start from scratch.

    i want to add a small orchard. also, if i can get pecans to grow here..........

    in the past, i've raised potatos, corn, and the regular stuff people usually do. i've never been able to come up with a good watermelon though. those are always gifts from neighbors.

    what do you raise or what do you wish you could raise?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Heirloom apples, peaches, pears, blueberries, grapes, blackberries, wineberries and strawberries. Then the normal annual garden stuff-tomatoes, peppers, okra, basil, flatleaf parsley, oregano, etc.
     
  3. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    raise:
    bok choy, swiss chard, beets, carrots, lettuce and spinach, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, various beans, peas, broccoli, kale, cukes, zukes, herbs, wild strawberries and eggs!

    wish I could raise:
    more of all the above (our lot is TINY), plus: corn, winter squash, fruit, and a couple of goats (milk? cheese?) and maybe meat chickens and turkeys? But we'll have to wait for a different house for that stuff!

    [​IMG]
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Livestock type we have - laying chickens, meat chickens, guineas, turkeys and dairy goats.

    Plants types - Apple, damson, fig, blueberry, grapes - my garden is really vast and depends on my mood. This summer I grew swete peas, sugar snaps, green and purple cabbages, okra, several peppers, several heritage tomatoes, eggplants, several types of squash, artichokes, several lettuces, cucumbers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, turnips, collards, lots of herbs - and I don't know what else - lots of things.

    From my goats milk we have milk for drinking. I also use it for cheese and yogurt. I have begun to make soap again and have several batches of goat milk soap cureing for our use and for gifts.

    I have no idea what I will plant come spring!
     
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  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Raise the chicks for meat and eggs.

    As far as veggies.

    Corn, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, snow peas, strawberries, zucchini, japanese squash, and an accidental pumpkin plant.

    Next year I plan for the same stuff, and I'm going to try acorn squash and more peas. I'm gong to see if I can expand the growing area next year and get even more!

    I wish not necessilary for more stuff to grow, but rather a longer growing season so the things I do grow can actually ripen on the vines or reach maturity within the stated packet time... I try not to plant anything that says it's time to harvest is over 70 days, which means usually, I don't have very sweet corn and am eating indoor ripened tomatoes.
     
  6. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We grow Chinese Tallow trees and fire ants, those are the most prolific.

    Other than that, a few chickens(yet to produce), some tomatoes, azaleas, green peppers, figs(yet to produce), Pears, pecans(yet to produce).

    OH and I forgot........ OLDER !!
     
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  7. LindaN

    LindaN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In past years I've grown the typical veggie annuals: cucumbers, peppers, tomatos, chard, beans, and peas. I usually grow garlic every year, too. I have some mature raspberry plants and get red, yellow, and black raspberries.

    I'm in the city, but have an extra (odd-shaped) lot. Until late this year, I haven't been able to use it grow anything, though, because of a really bad bindweed situation. It's taken me 3 years, but I finally have the lot in shape for planting.

    Just a few weeks ago, I put in 3 blueberry shrubs and I've planted several new raised beds with cold hardy greens: mache, arugula, chard, claytonia, radish, winter lettuce, mizuna, and spinach. All seem to be sprouting, so with some careful placement of frost barrier, I'm hoping to have some fresh greens to eat through the winter.

    The chickens are allowed to roam this same part of the yard, so everything is covered with bird netting. [​IMG]

    You can see my winter garden in my Flickr garden set:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22748341@N00/sets/72157600198037165/
     
  8. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Grow:
    Veggies: Tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, okra, green beans, carrots, watermelons, cantalope and pumpkins and others that I can't remember. Drought made for a pitiful harvest.

    My garden is where my dairy goats will be the beginning of next year so this winter I'm going to cut out a large (20'x50') garden out back where I'll grow all of the above plus a ton of corn and a lot of other veggies.

    Raise:
    Chickens for eggs and very soon goats for milk. [​IMG]

    Edited: Joanm just reminded me. I also grow chives, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Next year I may get into lavender since I put lavender in my Lavender & Goats Milk soap...I'll also have the goats for the goat milk.
     
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  9. joanm

    joanm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a fig tree, pomegranate tree, rosemary, peppermint, lavender. The rosemary and lavender I plant in my perennial garden. I love the smell of rosemary.

    Next spring I'm going to put in a real veggie garden. I want to make bread and butter pcikles and salsa. I'm going to start my plot next weekend and add compost all winter.
     
  10. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to start my plot next weekend and add compost all winter.

    joanm, put some chickens to work on that plot right now. They will clear it of grass and fertilize it at the same time.​
     
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