Starting a Garden
Starting a garden can be fun and easy. You don't even need a yard!
You can have a garden in containers or an herb growing on your kitchen counter.
In my opinion the two easiest methods to get started are container gardening or
square foot gardening.
Here are some vegetable growing tips:
1. Prepare your soil/containers. Earthworm composting is a great way to make your own organic compost for your starter soil. Your soil should consist of 50% compost and the other 50% can be any combination of the following: coconut fiber, peat moss or native soil. (but dont use native soil if your soil is like clay or really sandy)And Don't buy the ready made soil mixes, YUCKY, full of nasty chemicals. It's like drinking powdered milk.
2. If planting outdoors, make sure your garden will receive adequate sunlight and have proper drainage. The suggested amount of hours of sun will be listed on your seed packet or plant package. Standing water will equal dead plants.
3. Plant your seedlings as directed on the seed package or plant insert. Self explanatory.
4. Water daily for the first 10-14 days to promote root growth, then as the soil indicates. If you are using compost in your mix, this works as your fertilizer so there is no need to add chemicals.
5. Fertilize with organic or chemical fertilizer every 4-6 weeks. Worm tea is the best!
Follow this link to learn how to make worm tea
Here is a photo of my square foot vegetable beds in 2009.
6. Wait for the harvest.... This is without a doubt the hardest part of gardening. But it is so worth the wait.
There is something magical about hearing my young daughters yelling with excitement when they find ripened fruit off their very own plants.
Growing your own veggies is a simple game of trial and error. You will discover what plants do well for you and which do not. Soon you will be an expert writing articles of your own.
I hope this article on diy gardening tips helps you.
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