What can I plant in NJ?

goodground(z6 NJ)June 11, 2004

I'm moving to my new home on the 1st of July. What are my options to begin gardening? I have a large garden with extra planting room in full sun, partial, and full shade areas. The more edibles I can plant, the better :)

Thanks

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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Where in New Jersey? Note that New Jersey isn't called "The Garden State" for nuthin'. :-P

Note that many of the summer fruits and veggies that fluffians like myself enjoyed over many many years, came from Jersey - blueberries do well, tomatoes (of course), corn, peaches - much of this coming from South Jersey.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2004 at 9:13AM
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goodground(z6 NJ)

I'm gonna be moving to Oak Ridge, it's in Jefferson Township (Morris County).

    Bookmark   June 13, 2004 at 7:04PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Up in North Jersey. ;-)

You should still be good with all sorts of things including what I listed. You can make a nice bed for the summer veggies in the sun and even try grapes. You can grow strawberries in sun or part sun. Also fruit trees like peaches, pears, apples, cherries, and plums. It all depends on how much work you want to go through to prepare for what you want to grow and also guard against the critters that might eat your harvest before you do (ie., deer, racoons, squirrels, skunk, ground hogs, rabbits, chipmunks, moles, voles, and even Canada geese - which I noticed seem to hang out in North Jersey 'burbs...lol). :-) This means you may want to consider fencing, netting, and other deterrants as part of your planning.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2004 at 8:07PM
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goodground(z6 NJ)

Thanks Jenny, I will look into all of the fruit trees you mentioned. Will they survive outdoors in the winter here?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2004 at 4:08PM
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daviddmc(z6 NJ)

I live in Central NJ, and here's a list of the edibles I have growing and thriving on my 1 acre:

Fruits:
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Strawberries
Mulberry trees

Overwinter-able veggies:
Spinach
Onions
Garlic

Spring/Summer/Fall veggies:
Tomatoes
Peppers
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Carrots
Lettuce
Radishes
Turnips
Watermelon
Muskmelon/Cantoloupe
Squash
Green Peas
Beans

This is what I've grown successfully, and that's pretty much all I've ever tried. Basically, in zone 6 NJ, you can grow pretty much ANYTHING, except citrus and tropicals perhaps (even with some exceptions).

Welcome to the Garden State!

Dave NJ

    Bookmark   June 15, 2004 at 4:30PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Paul - yes, all of those fruit trees will do just fine where you are.

As Dave said - welcome to the "Garden State". :-)

    Bookmark   June 20, 2004 at 7:24PM
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bobbabcock

I just ate through a beautiful bunch of grapes from a friend's home in Williamsburg Brooklyn (seems they're from vines planted when the home was built around 1906- over a foot thick at the ground). I kept a bunch of the seeds. I live in Morris County. Any ideas as to when I should plant them in my area?

    Bookmark   September 2, 2004 at 10:49PM
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