Growing Healthy Vegetables For Your Family…
There Is Nothing Better!
There is no other home enterprise more worthy of praise than the ability to provide your family with a variety of healthy, nutritious vegetables, fruits, and herbs from your very own backyard garden.
Even with a limited garden area, you can still grow a few tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, and herbs. If you have no area for a backyard garden, buy a few containers, germinate some seeds, and grow indoors or on your porch.
Get out the pen and pad…
Get out a piece of paper and draw a garden plan. If you don’t have much room, pick the plants you like best and select bush, dwarf, or compact varieties. Map out your garden…even if it’s a container garden…and plan your year-to-year crop rotation (This is important!).
Stick with varieties of plants that are recommended for your area and always buy good quality “high-percentage-germination” hybrid, non-GMO seeds or fresh, healthy bug-and-disease-free plants.
Some Things to Think About…
Ensure your soil is plant-friendly. Get a soil test for your in-ground or raised garden and fertilize your garden based on test recommendations. You may need to adjust the soil nutrients based on how much your plants need to feed. Some are light feeders…some are medium feeders…and, some will be voracious. Use a good quality potting soil for containers or, for mixing with dirt during transplanting.
Consider garden space requirements. Some plants need very little room to grow…some may need more room than you can provide.
Should you buy plants or seeds? For most of my garden veggies, I choose the economical approach and buy seeds. I have developed my germination and seedling transplanting down to a science…even using grow lights to enhance my plants’ chances of survival throughout their early growth prior to hardening off and finally planting them into my vegetable garden.
Take into account weed control. Give yourself enough space between rows in the garden to prune, harvest, and remove weeds around the plants.
Making a mulch of leaves, pine straw, wood chips, or compost can help control weeds and conserve moisture in the soil. Try putting 2 or 3 sheets of newspaper down first, then putting a several inch layer of mulch on top.
Think about how to water your plants. Will you let mother nature water your garden? If so, you’ll have to be able to reach the plants with a water hose during dry spells. Or, to minimize wet leaves on your plants, maybe soaker hoses are a better option. Wet leaves can increase disease likelihood for your plants.
There are many vegetables, fruits, and herbs that you can grow!
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Vegetables and Fruits
The only limitations are your culinary likes and dislikes, whether the plants can thrive in your area, and if they fit into your gardening plan layout.
What veggies do you like? And, which ones do you want to grow? And, why? Too many questions, huh? Well I look forward to hearing your thoughts on your picks for growing edibles in your garden! Use the comments section below or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s get to it!