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May 2, 2020 11:49 AM CST
Massachusetts
Hello!
I know its a bit late, considering I have no seeds started indoors or anything, but what with food shortages I wanted to start a vegetable garden. Any recommendations with what to grow and how to grow it so I might actually get some veggies by the end of the season?

Thanks!
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May 2, 2020 1:00 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
If what you grow can be brought inside at night. Then your growing season may not have an end. I don't know what you like or have the resources for. And I am not a nutritionist. Or dietitian. I don't know if you allergies. Etc...

Look up some veggies!
Read up on temp ranges, light needs, water needs, pot size needs, etc...

Get the seeds or seedlings!

And ask questions then, if you have them. Good luck and happy gardening.
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May 2, 2020 1:08 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I assume your weather is similar to mine (Pacific NW). Any of the warm weather crops can be direct seeded still - corn, beans, squashes, cukes. Spuds probably. Carrots, lettuce, and other greens can be planted every 2 weeks. I'd get tomato and pepper starts from a nursery or grocery store since they need a longer growing season. Good luck!
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May 2, 2020 2:14 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
Massachusetts is east coast...
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May 2, 2020 10:17 PM CST
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
Which part of the state you are in will determine your climate zone. I checked Massachusetts and it has USDA zones 5a to 7b.

No, it is not too late to start a veggie garden. As Bonehead said, you can direct seed warm weather crops like summer squash and cucumbers. Just check the seed pack to make sure that you have enough days in your season. (I cannot grow some types of tomatoes and winter squash even started early because our summers are just not long enough.)

Store seedlings are always an option, if you have access to them.

Or, plant stuff that you can plant and harvest all through the summer. Leafy greens like herbs, chard and spinach are good. I like to sow radishes every two weeks all summer so that I always have a supply. (Carrots sound great too, but my ground is too rocky so I have no experience there.)
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May 4, 2020 2:17 PM CST
Massachusetts
Thank you all for the advice!
I did a lot more research after posting here and settled for beans, cucumbers, carrots, and radishes, since they can be seeded directly in the soil and I haven't missed the growing season yet!
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May 4, 2020 2:51 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
That's great dairyfreechocolate!

Best of luck, and if you need any help, now or down the road, you know where to find us.
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May 4, 2020 3:34 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
SoulReaver009 said:Massachusetts is east coast...


Thanks for the information, although I do know basic geography... My thought was Massachusetts and the PNW are at similar latitudes and I relayed what I can still safely plant. That was also why I included my region in my response, so the original poster could adjust accordingly. I should have been more specific. To clarify, I am at latitude 49, zone 8b.
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May 4, 2020 3:45 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
Ohhhhh. I didn't think of it like that. Lol sorry about that. Don't I feel dum.

Many sorries.
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May 5, 2020 10:04 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
No worries. The whole idea is to share information.
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