The Utahraptor Mafia

…they don’t shoot you, they eat you

7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Some Herbs And/Or Veggies

1: It’s pretty easy and not terribly expensive.
2: Many herbs & veggies grow well in pots.
3: Tons of books and websites to help you.
4: Fresh veggies and herbs are healthier than store bought.
5: They are way cheaper than store bought.
6: It’s good for the environment.
7: Homegrown veggies taste better.

You don’t need a hugeass garden. One zucchini plant will feed 3-4 people all they can eat plus plenty to freeze for winter. 2-3 tomato plants will do the same. Ditto chili peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, etc. For green beans, you can grow the vining pole beans (which produce beans over a long time period) or compact bush beans (which produce all their beans at once) and have green beans all winter. In the fall, you can plant spinach, lettuce, cabbage and several root veggies the spinach and root veggies will winter over quite well with only a bit of protection, like a layer of straw.

As for herbs, they are dead easy to grow and don’t even like really rich soil. Good old dirt mixed with a small amount of compost and some gravel works darned well. Since most herbs are perennials, once you get them established, you’re good to go for years.

If you have the room, you might consider a few berry vines (grow them in pots if the can become invasive) and strawberry plants. Even better, if you have a 6’X 6′ space, you can build a raised bed and plant 3-4 dwarf fruit trees in it. The root crowding, plus some judicious pruning, will keep them small and manageable. They will produce a surprising amount of fruit.

And don’t even get me started on why you ought to keep a few hens for eggs…

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4 comments on “The Utahraptor Mafia

  1. elissa_carey says:

    It’s all about economy and self-sustainability these days. Which, oddly enough, reminds me of “Victory Gardens” and the like.

    • Doc Cross says:

      My mom, who lived through the Great Depression and WWII, is a big fan of growing a “Victory Garden” in years when the economy sucks. I reckon my garden saves us a few hundred bucks every year, especially the tomatos.

  2. delazan says:

    Critters?
    We have a lot of critters in our yard: squirrels, rabbits, and I’ve even seen a duck. How do you keep a garden with such critters nearby.
    However, I am thinking of starting a box on my deck with some herbs in it.
    -Lori

    • Doc Cross says:

      Re: Critters?
      Squirrels (unless they are ground squirrels) should not be much of a problem in the garden. Now, as far as bird feeders go, squirrels are Satan.
      Ducks are only a problem if they step on young plants and squish them. Otherwise, ducks will eat tons of snails, slugs and harmful caterpillars.
      Rabbits are the big problem. They can decimate a garden. Fortunately, a 4 foor high chicken wire fence well keep them out…IF you remember to put wire going out about 18 inches along the bottom, so they can’t dig in.
      For just the two of you, a raised bed garden about 4′ wide by 8′ long would be plenty. If you use the “Square Foot” method, you could grow a wide variety of veggies/herbs/flowers.
      Growing herbs in a box works very well. I’d suggest going with oregano (in it’s own box, or it will take over), thyme, chives, French tarragon, parsley and sage. If you want to grow mint, use a separate boix, cos like oregano, it will take over. You can grow basil in the box, but it will die off in the cold weather. Also, you can stick in a few garlic cloves that you buy at the grocery store and they’ll grow just fine.

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