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First Garden

Posted by bishops_pappy 3-4 Eastern Township (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 5, 07 at 16:12

Been reading and learning a lot from this site lately.

I am planting a garden near Sherbrooke in May. Its purpose is to grow organic veggies for my family's consumption. I will have three south-facing beds of 4x4 feet using the "square garden" principle. Here are my questions.

Does anyone know of a few good nurseries that I can visit in the area?

Since I will be tending to my garden during the weekends, as I live in Montreal, does anyone have any suggestions for low-maintenance vegetables that I should consider?

Kale, broccoli, tomato, eggplant, cucumber, pea, melon, lettuce, cabbage, zucchini, onion, and squash interest me so far. I am sure that the list will expand as the season approaches.

And finally, I would like to plant some fruit trees as well. So far, plum, pear, and cherry interest me, as there are already half a dozen apple trees on the property. Can anyone suggest a variety that will grow well in this zone, or maybe another type of fruit tree altogether? Again, the purpose is primarily personal consumption, so taste/volume is an issue. Are there any nurseries in the area that I can be directed to?

Thanks


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RE: First Garden

Since I will be tending to my garden during the weekends, as I live in Montreal, does anyone have any suggestions for low-maintenance vegetables that I should consider?

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An extremely low-maintenance vegetable is Jerusalem Artichokes aka Sunchokes, Helianthus tuberosus. They can be planted in spring or fall. They are actually a form of perennial sunflower that makes very good tasting tubers. During the summer, they make very pretty blooms. After the leaves die in fall, dig up the tubers and cook like potatoes. The starch is somewhat different than that of potatoes, though. Jerusalem Artichokes tend to dissintegrate much more easily when boiled.

Good luck.


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