Quote (Thor123422 @ May 27 2020 12:24pm)
Ideally I'd like to use it to start plants earlier. Right now I just have the tomatoes and herbs, but I'd like to get at least the basics planted next year. Celery, Cabbage, Carrots, Onions, etc. The stuff for classical soups and stews. Might also grow some Cucumbers for making home-made pickles. I hate most pickles so I want to see if I can create a good recipe from some home grown and can them so I can actually enjoy pickles.
Space I'm working with is just my back yard. Probably 50ft x 50ft. Not too big, but enough that I can get a good supply of crops for my wife and I to cook with while also reducing the space I need to mow.
Not sure on soil type. (As in I don't know what differentiates soil types) When I dig it's pretty black and teaming with life, so I'm pretty sure it's good soil quality.
first off, dont grow celery. fuck that, i tried, it's a futile exercise lol. u can try tho, its a bitch. same with cauliflower, hard to start, easy to wilt, and super bug prone.
based on the space u have id suggest raised bed only. maybe with a small 10'x10' or so patch of in ground. all of my raised beds are approx 40$ per in material, but that's pre-soil. i get free soil from my chickens via a compost pile ive had running for several years, so cost goes up a lot if u need to pay for soil. BUT dont pay for expensive soil, buy cheap 2$/bag top soild and amend it with compost.
compost is your biggest need if you're not doing it. just needs yard clippings and kitchen scraps to make exellent soil. a spot in your hard 1yard square is all you need really. dont bite on fancy rigs or designs, big pile in the yard, turn it and water often. buy a pitchfork, its 2 mins work once a week to flip, and water it when u water plants.
miracle grow, stay away. it kills the soil's biome and makes plants dependent on it. much better to use some standard 10-10-10 or so run of the mill fertilizer. but u can also mix compost tea once your pile gets going.
i personally dont start tomatoes, i buy them from a local greenhouse that's family owned for $1.49/3-pack. same with brocolli and peppers. i start enough from seed so this helps a lot with time management.
if you're set on starting your own tho a grow light for internal starting on a shelf somewhere is prob a better option.
meeting now, but ill stop back in later.