Self-Sufficient Gardening in Indiana

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Self-Sufficient Gardening in Indiana

Post by MeganBoss98 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:16 am

Hello! I am a southern Hoosier wondering what the best kinds of plants are for self-sufficient gardening.

Unfortunately, I don't live in an area with year-round growing. I've grown tomatoes, cabbage, and onions before but I am hoping for some tips on how to make my gardening better and what the best kinds of plants for beginner gardeners are.

I appreciate your input and thank you for listening! :)

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Re: Self-Sufficient Gardening in Indiana

Post by Stercutus » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:08 am

When you say "self-sufficient gardening" can you maybe expand on that a little? It means different things to different people ranging from growing a few of your own vegetables to living grocery store free on a vegan diet. There is quite a range there.
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Re: Self-Sufficient Gardening in Indiana

Post by flybynight » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:18 am

Just off the top of my head, Summer squash (Zucchini, yellow ) ,Cucumbers ( for fresh or canning pickles ), Bush beans. These are all easy grows. It's probably too late to start a fall garden this year but the winter squash are always tasty, keep well and easy to grow. Your best bet is to just try different plants to see what works for you. I've personally had terrible luck with any root vegitables. ( carrots, potatoes, beets ) except sunchokes (Jerusalem artichoke ) . Don't ever plant those unless you're a SOB about how they taste. Super invasive. Will take over your garden and super hard to get rid of. Good luck.
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Re: Self-Sufficient Gardening in Indiana

Post by Stercutus » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:22 am

I find root crops don't grow well in clay soils. They tend to like loose black stuff.
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Post by flybynight » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:30 am

Sandy soil here.
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Re: Self-Sufficient Gardening in Indiana

Post by Stercutus » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:14 am

Not black stuff then. Unless you are on the gulf coast. Too much drainage I'd venture.
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