Gardening for the overbooked
March 7, 2014 12:11 PM Subscribe
We've just started renting a house, so we can grow delicious things to eat! However, I need to unpack (and write, and cook, and teach, and...) rather than garden. I am willing to throw a certain amount of money at this problem. What should I look for at garden stores?
posted by wintersweet to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Details: We are renting a house in eastern Contra Costa County in northern California. It has a backyard and two concrete pads in the backyard; it's on the west-northwest side but gets good midday sun. We don't know how long we'll live here. We want to grow things to eat (vegetables, herbs, peppers, etc.). Our climate zone is 8b*. I don't want to have to dig/replant anything this year if I can avoid it, even in containers. Is this possible? Can I just go to a gardening center etc. and buy things already in containers that I can just set outside and water and that will live and grow for at least year? How can I identify things that will grow as-is?
If I'm delusional, let me know, but if we can find even a couple of things to grow, I will be so happy to not have to put it off yet again.
* "Summer daytime temperatures are high, sunshine is almost constant during the growing season, and growing seasons are long. Deciduous fruits and vegetables of nearly every kind thrive in these long, hot summers; winter cold is just adequate to satisfy the dormancy requirements of the fruit trees." -- Sunset.
This year it repeatedly got down to freezing and I actually saw frost, which is sort of unusual. We do not get snow or ice. We do get really, really hot in the summer, and extremely dry. The only time it rains or is humid is in the winter (late fall to spring). There's actually a lot of farming out here; for example, I live about 9 miles from the apparently legendary Frog Hollow Farms.