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by 0 · January 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

After moving, we got a 2sqm garden/bed :-) What vegetables to grow?

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glib 0 · January 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

It depends a lot on the zone. Here in frigid MI solanaceae do not produce much before getting killed. A couple square feet of garlic, I am afraid, is a dozen bulbs. I grow 300 for three families, and they all get eaten… plusses about herbs are... (more)

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by 90 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Hi there, I am currently living in an apartment with a decent sized walkable balcony that gets about 7 to 9 hours of direct sunlight a day. I want to start my own vegetable garden but I am not sure where to begin, I just want to keep it as simple... (more)

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Sara_17 0 · May 25, 2013 at 5:02 AM

I have some heirloom tomato plants coming to me in a week or so, and I've already bought a lettuce "garden" (planter with several lettuce varieties already growing) which has been hanging out in an area with mostly shade and seems to be doing... (more)

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by 25 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I am planning my garden here in Minnesota and I'd like some input fron some other paleo peeps. I want to plant things that we can enjoy fresh but will also freeze or can well. Would especially appreciate any tips for freezing or canning fresh... (more)

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paleocurious_1 0 · May 02, 2013 at 6:46 PM

I'm actually doing all greens this year, a few cucumbers. I do delicate varieties that I can eat raw or steam and freeze. Many foods I can get with limited pesticides. For example, summer squash grows so fast, I'm not as worried about pesticides... (more)

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by 548 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Hi community, a few years ago we planted a few wild garlic plants in our garden and over the years they have spread all over the place. They really are everywhere! Now, being paleo, I want to use the most paleo food available to me in the... (more)

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andrew 0 · April 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Very fashionable here in the UK in posh restaurants! Wild garlic (ramsoms) make a fabulous soup with potatoes and chicken stock. They are great finely chopped and mixed into cottage cheese. Wonderful chopped and mixed into mashed potato. They... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Hi, I am on low carb and very low sugar diet for almost a year, gradually move to Paleo. ) This fall we moved to the house and I want to plant a garden. I am new to Paleo and new to gardening and I am pretty confused. I want to plant vegetables... (more)

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EnglishRose 0 · June 10, 2013 at 10:36 AM

We ofte4n tried wild elderberries as children but never liked the taste. I would not deliberately grow them. We also used to go into the wilds to pick what used to be called bilberries in the UK (now they seem larger in shops and are called... (more)

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by 2341 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Where I live (Ohio, US) they grow like weeds even in bad soil. I can only imagine how they'd respond to rich fertile soil. Free leafy greens all summer? I just bought some from the store and was reminded of how delicious they are.

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coffeesnob 0 · February 24, 2013 at 5:58 PM

I live in Ohio. I tried to "gather" some dandelions in my backyard. Pick them when they are still young in the spring not summer before the flowers blossom. By summer, dandelion leaves get too bitter and tough.

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by 1021 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

i dont like many vegetables so im wondering if i can get much of the recommended amount of nutrients from home grown fruits with plenty of fertilizer. what would you guys recommend? so far i am planning on growing grapes, hardy kiwi,... (more)

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by 175 · September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Has anyone looked at the kinds of plants recommended for permaculture (see PFAF etc) to see how they intersect Paleo in terms of antinutrients? My personal approach is more the "can I grow it/catch it?" and no counting of calories, macronutrients... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · June 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

It might also be worth looking at PolyFace Farms as a brilliant adoption of permaculture principles for an pastured animal-based system. The movie FRESH shows owner Joel Salatin pointing out the dozen or more plants that comprise their grazing... (more)

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by 659 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Does anyone know of any good resources on starting and developing a vegetable garden? Just had a delicious cauliflower mash for dinner and thought hey, I should ditch the bulk farmed variety, not have to pay the exorbitant price of organic and... (more)

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Chris_27 0 · May 11, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Check your local public library. They should have a handful of regional-specific books- i.e. "Gardening in Northern Wisconsin," that sort of thing. It can help you figure out if you even live in a decent area for growing cauliflower, when to... (more)

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by 2175 · September 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

When it comes to eating, I have no problem. Now I wish to enter the world of self sustainable growing. I have grown successfully in the past, but with the typical modern supplies. How do you prepare your soil organically, and what are the top 10... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · February 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM

I like square foot gardening http://www.squarefootgardening.com/. Using raised beds makes better use of space and is pretty easy on beginners. We grow lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, radishes, green onions, 2-3 varieties of peppers, and of course... (more)

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by 1239 · September 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

It's getting to be that time of year and I wanted to see if anyone is getting a paleo garden started! I'll be including the following into mine: Greens (various lettuces, arugula, spinach, kale, and chard), carrots, parsnips, peas (mainly for... (more)

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Tatiana_Damico_ 0 · February 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM

First year doing a garden, but so far we have a mesclun mix, spinach, Swiss chard, two types of tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions, lots of peppers, strawberries, mint, basil, pomegranate tree, we still want to get to get a lemon tree, and orange... (more)

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by 4029 · September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

We'd bought a home back in '08 that had nothing but a pathetic attempt at a lawn. In the years since I had ripped out the failing lawn and put in perennials and shrubs and ground covers. All was well and beautiful. I started Paleo during the... (more)

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legup 0 · January 21, 2012 at 4:31 AM

This is so awesome! I landscape with my veggies...bay trees, fruit trees, berry bushes as structural elements, kale, chard, onions, and herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage as my perennials. Then lettuces, potatoes, beans, beets, carrots, broccoli... (more)

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by 18635 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Consider your working within the confines of about an acre. I grew up were we had one acre of manicured lawn and a few acres of woodland. We made trails, hung out, and generally just spent a lot of time in the woods. I've always found our... (more)

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Scrubjay 0 · December 03, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Yes, it's doable with just an acre; I've done it with much less. I used to be a landscaper specializing in 'natural', wildlife-friendly, drought-tolerant landscapes. The woodland part, of course, probably can't be what you had when you were... (more)

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by 4258 · September 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I'm in grad school, in a tiny studio apartment. If it is allowed, I'd love to grow a plant -- better air quality, it's something green. Any tips on what kind of plant (including herbs I might cook with), or the best place to get one in NYC? Thanks! (more)

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curious 0 · October 03, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Kitchen herbs grow beautifully inside. Try basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme...I used to have a windowbox in my apartment in Brooklyn, and they all did just fine, provided they were getting enough water and sun. The farmer's markets... (more)

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by 4273 · September 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

So what are your best hacks for Paleo Gardening? How do you keep critters and pests out of your future bounty? I live in the Stockton area of the central valley in California.

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Eazine 0 · August 22, 2011 at 12:16 AM

I use a natural pesticide when I had a aphid attack called Neem oil. I don't like to do this but it was a pretty extreme infestation. For broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and other leafy greens I make daily jaunts to check the leaves for green... (more)

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by 656 · September 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

My husband and I are going to have a garden this next season, so I have been working on getting the earth prepared. My next quest is to find a good composter. I have read so many reviews and talked to a few people that have had them, and no one... (more)

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g_ 0 · August 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

This might not be right for you, but i do vermicomposting (worms!). You can easily make your own bin/s with regular plastic storage tubs. It's completely UNSMELLY (i keep my bin indoors), and it works faster than waiting for the stuff to turn to... (more)

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by 455 · September 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Hi all, I have a rose plant that I was meaning to re-pot in a larger container, but now it's a bit late and it's wilting :( besides re-potting, what can I do/feed it or use as fertilizer to help it out? I've heard of egg shells but not much else... (more)

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grace 0 · July 31, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Soil-based Probiotics... my used this and he grew great roses. He was friends with the owners that patented the strain. FloraBalance BOD strain (Bacillus laterosporus) -- it comes in a powdered form at iherb.com

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by 24528 · September 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

The potato plants in my garden have taken the unusual step of fruiting. Most gardening books say you should just discard the fruit because any potatoes grown from them would be completely unpredictable mostly primitive throwbacks (although I... (more)

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lunabelle 0 · July 18, 2011 at 6:14 AM

Personally, I love the volunteers that sprout up in my garden. It's a thrilling guessing game how they might turn out. Sometimes they are disappointing, other times rewarding. I tend to favor these plants with a little extra love because they add... (more)

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by 78417 · September 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Does anyone have any thoughts, or experience with, the Aerogarden hydroponic gardening products? Organic vs. Hydroponics?

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cliff_1 0 · June 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

You can make one yourself for a fraction of the cost of commercial store bought ones. For growing herbs or other small items they could have some use. Hydroponic can be organic so the real question is hydroponic vs soil and conventional vs... (more)

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by 4276 · September 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I live in the city in an apartment with an east facing balcony. I want to set up an edible garden for my own veggies as I cant seem to get through a CSA box before it goes bad, and this way I know I can get only stuff I like. Not to mention the... (more)

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dzone 0 · March 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Loved this idea when I read about it awhile ago. I can't put too much stuff on my balcony/fire escape or else the landlord makes me get rid of it because it blocks the the ladder:( Now I have a space in the community garden, but still love this... (more)

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by 115 · September 16, 2014 at 7:18 PM

what should I plant in a paleo garden?

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Jayan 0 · January 26, 2011 at 12:42 AM

Sweet potatoes. Okra. Strawberries. Herbs! To eat and to protect/nurture your other plants. Anything from Cucurbitaceae is surprisingly easy to grow: zucchini, squash, melons, cucumbers. I've also had a lot of success with Brassica species:... (more)