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I am planning on starting a real garden. We have a lot of land. And we eat a lot of veggies! About 70% of our grocery bill. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger">:<br><br>
Any tips please? All are welcomed.<br><br>
I have a lot of time and love being outside.<br><br>
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We have a lot of bunnies on our land. We also have <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored"> fire ants!<br>
We also have dogs who love to go outside and taste plants so will need a fence, what type of fence is good enough to keep out rabbits? What about cats? We have a cat but it is an inside kitty. But neighbors do let their cats roam. We also have moles. How do you avoid them?<br><br>
We are thinking about growing some of these: red leave lettuce, broccoli, black beans, eggplant, onions, okra, tomatoes, celery, basil, cilantro, green onion, squash, spinach, and strawberries.<br>
These are items we buy weekly. I am also considering an avocado and cherry tree. Maybe an apple tree. We eat a lot of those items. Mostly frozen cherries because fresh are hard to find with a decent price tag unless in peak season. We currently have wild growing blackberries on our property.<br><br>
So any advice at all would be highly welcomed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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What region are you in? I'd start composting, find your regional organic gardening organizations and ask whether they have a publication. In the Pacific Northwest we have Seattle Tilth's Maritime Northwest Garden Guide. It's great, but mostly applies to this region. Find other successful gardeners in your area, start small (or medium! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) and take good care of your soil. Don't buy expensive stuff from a garden center. Find seed traders or source open-pollinated seed.
 

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In addition to what PP said you can start saving hair, like from your shower drain and hair brush to put in your garden. Bunnies don't like human hair. I think cats don't like mint? I do square foot gardening and use a cage over my garden to protect from critters in suburbia. I'm sure you can google for natural deterrents to your pests.<br><br>
Your list of things to grow looks good. Herbs and tomatoes are easy, I've heard greens are easy but I haven't done them. Most strawberries must be pinched back the first year so you wouldn't have a crop until year 2. When we had a cherry tree we lost alot of it to birds every year.
 

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Thanks for the replies.<br>
Can anyone send me links of how to start this please? Will I need to buy soil? Our soil seems very good already, but I have heard raised beds suggested. Is it important that chicken wire be underneath the garden? We do need to keep out moles! We need to also keep out fire ants, not sure how I would go about that, I guess we will have to use some chemicals. Anyone with experience??<br><br>
I have seeds in a package.<br>
I have figured out the best part of my yard.<br><br>
I figure I need:<br>
Chicken wire - for sides and underneath, keeping out bunnies and moles and other creatures<br>
What else?<br><br>
Thank you all for your help<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger">:
 
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