Landscape gardening secrets are well worth learning; especially vegetable gardening.
You can’t beat freshly picked produce for taste and nutritional benefit. This is particularly true of organically grown varieties.
I can’t claim to be a horticultural specialist, master gardener, or any kind of certified gardening expert. But every year I grow a pretty nice vegetable garden as an amateur and I’m happy to share a few of my secrets.
1) Understand that it’s a necessity not a burden. There is no better way to know exactly the quality of the produce your eating and how it was raised than to raise it yourself. And you save lots of money. master gardeners like chromium, manganese, and selenium are missing from commercially grown produce. Organically grown has these and many more. I consider gardening a vital component of optimum wellness. It’s a gift from God; don’t waste it.
2) Every little bit helps. I know it may not be possible to raise all the produce you’ll need, but your health will benefit even if all you can manage are a few onions, tomatoes, or a bit of lettuce.
3) Lower your expectations. Even the best farmers with the most current technology don’t expert 100% yield. So expert some loss to bugs, birds, varmints, and poor weather. In some years you may lose it all.
4) You don’t have to use herbicides and pesticides. In fact I recommend avoiding it. As I wrote above, expect bugs. But if you have a bit of patience, you’ll find the bugs will control themselves in time. Spraying will eliminate the helpful bugs like spiders and beetles that are necessary for a helpful balance.Year after year I get plenty of produce without any chemical intervention. my secret weapon is tolerance.
5) You’ll need some type of weed cover. I use garden fabric, but newspapers, mulch, and hay also work well.
6) Give it a little attention everyday. Don’t wait till problems are out of control. A little hoeing today, a bit of weed pulling tomorrow, and then some pruning the next day will keep you from getting overwhelmed.
7) Don’t take it too serious. Consider it a challenge, and fun physical activity. If that is your goal versus harvesting,than you can’t loose. You’ll learn a bit more each year. And be artistic by making your garden uniquely shaped and bordered; a landscape feature to take notice of.
Make a mulch pile. And when it decomposes add it back to your soil. All the peelings, spoiled and uneaten portions should go in the pile.
9) Use pots if you don’t have ground space. I’m amazed at the terrific produce people get from potted vegetables.
10) Help others with their gardens when you get the hang of your own. You’ll feel a profound fulfillment.
So what’s your excuse? Get in the dirt!
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