Have you ever tried having a garden? Maybe a small one, or a large one? Never dared one at all?
Well, I have so many styles for you, that I’m sure you will find a perfect fit for your space and situation. And with these tutorials, you CAN do it and be successful to!
10 Reasons why having a garden is worth the effort:
1- Having fresh food and produce readily available makes eating a more healthy diet easier and more delicious with the fresh ingredients too.
2- Having the food just outside your door lowers your budget since you won’t be running to the grocery store for the staples of vegetables and herbs.
3- This is a way to teach kids to work and helping them become more independent as they grow older.
4- Growing own food helps us, and our family members, become more self reliant.
5- You get the nutrients and better nutrition from food produced at home.
6- Time spent outdoors gives the opportunity to think from the distractions of technology and the daily ‘grind’. It also give the chance to talk to your kids or family members who are working with you and get to know them better, and share conversation.
7- You get to try so many new varieties of foods, such as tomatoes for example, that you can’t purchase at the store or even local Farmer’s Market.
8- Exercise is a huge benefit because you are naturally moving as you care for the plants.
9- You get to share! Any extra’s you can give to neighbors and friends to enjoy and that’s a huge plus!!!
10- The new world of flavors and recipes are opened to you as you experiment with what you are growing in the garden!
This is our family garden one summer, but it changes from year to year.
SMALL AREA GARDEN
This is a wonderful way to plant if you want to contain a variety that likes to spread, such as these strawberries so they don’t take over the garden area, or if you only have a small space to plant in.
Prepare the soil by removing any rocks and any debris.
Dig holes large enough to accommodate the plants you have.
These particular plants were meant to cover the pot, as it had special disintegrating properties that nourished the plants as they diminished. Check the instructions of plants you purchase.
Place the plants into the holes, and make sure they go down deep enough that it covers the roots.
ONE CONTAINER PLANTING
This method is good for:
Herbs- mint particularly
And so many other vegetables
Choose a pot that is large enough for the plant.
Make sure the post has drainage.
Pour a good potting soil into the pot, then dig out a space for the plant.
Stan likes to add in a good soil moist granule to help hold moisture in the dirt and gives better results with watering the plant.
Place the plant in the prepared hole and push the dirt over the top of the plant. ***Make sure the plant is deep and covers up part way of the stem.
If planting tomatoes or another vegetable that would need bracing, place the cage, centering over the plant.
Water the plant well, soaking deep into the soil.
SQUARE FOOT GARDENING or RAISED BED GARDENING
This is allows a large quantity of produce in a small amount of space. My friend Jami Tolman has a beautiful garden that she is creating using this method. Jami kindly allowed me to take pictures and then sent descriptions to identify so you can make your own!
This is our deep box set-up. Each tier is 6 inches tall for a total of 2 feet at its tallest. We wanted a variety of depths and like this set up best. We planted carrots and peanuts in the top tier. Potatoes are the next tier down. We planted asparagus in the 2 twelve inch boxes. Marigolds and nasturtiums are in the 6 inch box at the bottom.
This is my pumpkin trellis. The pumpkin vines grow up and over. Since pumpkin vines grown so long, I turn them around at the bottom and they grow up and over again. The pumpkins fall throw the net and grow hanging down. It makes it easier to pick and they don’t get misshapen or rotten bottoms from being on the ground.
This box has beans on one side and kale, romaine lettuce and cucumbers on the other. The cucumbers are right next to the center line and will climb up the trellis.
Bush peas grow on one side of this box. The lettuce on the other side came up from last year. There was an empty space in the box so I planted a pepper plant there. When the peas are done producing, I will plant either bush beans there or hold off and do a fall crop of peas.
Growing tomatoes up a trellis like this allows you to grow one plant per square foot. Pinch all the suckers off so your plant doesn’t get too bushy and help weave it through as it grows.
Last year my corn was about 5 feet tall and not done growing when a fairly strong wind blew it over. I had to build support system to help them stand back up again which was time consuming and not very effective. This year, I thought I would try to save them before they blew over. I put a net over the soil and planted a corn in each hole. Then I raised the net about 3 feet high and will help the corn grow in between the holes. I will then place another net about 5 feet high and have a double support. I am going to add 2 poles on each side of the long side of the boxes to stretch the net out seeing as it’s hanging down in the center right now.
Thank you Jami for sharing your garden with us!
I hope you will start a garden, or prepare to have one next year! Enjoy:)
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015
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