Main forum: What's a prolific FOOD crop in zone 5?

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plantsANDpets
Apr 18, 2011 11:17 AM CST
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Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
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I'm hungry.
Oh, I can get my stomach full of whatever, but I'm hungry for FRESH RAW VEGETABLES!
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Imagethreegardeners
Apr 18, 2011 11:23 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
green and yellow wax beans!

I plant rows, two weeks apart...can't keep up with them they produce so well!
plantsANDpets
Apr 18, 2011 11:32 AM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
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excellent!
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
Imagenap
Apr 18, 2011 12:19 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Tomatoes, of course, and cucumbers!
Imagebitbit
Apr 18, 2011 12:22 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I'm not in your zone, but I think chard grows prolifically just about anywhere. It can grow 12 months down here, but would probably die back for a bit of the winter where you are.

I love how many different uses there are for it. The tender leaves can be eaten as salad, and the bigger ones can be cooked like any other hearty green. If you cook it lightly first, it freezes well, so it's one of my winter staples. There are a ton of recipes for it on the Just Swiss Chard cubit: http://cubits.org/Bountiful/

Zucchini is another one that's super easy to grow and versatile. The young fruits can be eaten raw, and are delicious with just a drizzle of dressing.

Snap peas are one of my favorite things to eat straight out in the garden. They aren't quite as prolific as the other two, but relatively low maintenance and they also like cold weather - you can plant them before the last frost in the spring.
plantsANDpets
Apr 18, 2011 12:25 PM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
THANK YOU!
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
Imagegardengus
Apr 19, 2011 3:43 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Strawberries, haven't seen them mentioned
The everberring do well here and produce year long. A small patch will give you a tasty handful when out weeding.
plantsANDpets
Apr 20, 2011 1:05 PM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
And I can feed them to my house rabbits, too!
EXcellent!
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
plantsANDpets
Apr 22, 2011 10:22 AM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
Garlic Mustard
Alliaria petiolata

Heard on NPR that this "weed" is THE most nutritious green ever scientifically tested, so I started looking it up. It’s on the invasive list everywhere. And OMG I just got hold of better pictures of it. This IS everywhere around here! I have hated this weed. I will continue to hate it where it doesn't belong, but
I will grow it in a pot and keep it deadheaded so it doesn’t spread because this is certainly something I can EAT!!!!

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Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
Imagegardengus
Apr 25, 2011 6:44 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
So... have you tried it? what does it taste like? the name does not sound that tasty.
plantsANDpets
Apr 25, 2011 9:04 AM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
It tastes pretty much like garlic. Not so much like mustard. That's just a raw leaf I tried this weekend. Haven't cooked with it yet but expect I'll just add it to everything in place of a garlic clove. I'll let you know if it changes drastically when cooked.
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
ImageSkiekitty
May 17, 2011 11:25 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Corn / squashes are extremely prolific here in CO Zone 5, but they're, of course, annuals. Strawberries here don't make it... tried for years. Think it's too dry here for them. Blueberries/Raspberries can become problems if you don't monitor them.. raspberry brambles can get QUITE big! Apples/cherries do quite well too. And, of course, dandelions & thistles are edible, but I don't know if I'm gonna eat them. I know that my canaries love dandelions!
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plantsANDpets
May 17, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Name: New username - crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh
username changed to crittergarden
My house rabbit loves dandelions, too. This time iof year is so fun when I come in from the garden and call "Bunny Bouquet!". She runs round and round until I get over there and give them to her.
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!
Imagesallyg
May 17, 2011 12:10 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Lots of good suggestions there!
I think they say pole beans give higher yield for the area.
For me, potatos give good return for little effort. Winter squash does too, now that I plant it on my leaf pile. It really loves the organic stuff. Vining winter squash can take over a large area though!
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