Basic Gardening Tips

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It’s that time of year…when our mailboxes start to fill up with seed catalogs and our dreams turn to gardening.

In a perfect world, we’d all have glowing flowers and tasty vegetables that turn ripe just when we need them – as we need them, and grow in a spot without any troubles like blight or bugs.

There’s nothing flavor-wise compared to picking a fresh veggie out of the garden and popping it into your mouth. When you grow your own you can experience this wonder all season long!

Few of us are born with a green thumb and gardening just doesn’t always come easy. It takes years to learn exactly which plants grow best in your garden and which ones don’t.

Most seasoned gardeners will tell you that your garden plot can benefit from a few changes or updates. These tips will help you get your growing season off to a good start.

Gardening Tips

Soil Amendment

It would be wonderful to own a piece of land with rich black composted garden soil but most of us are not going to have that ideal ground naturally. The spot your chose for your garden might be burdened with clay, rocks or sand.

Those with clay soil will find their garden plot holds too much water above.among the clay. A tomato plant potted in clay soil will most likely drown.

Folks with sandy soil don’t have the problem of too much water. They end up having to water more often because the water just seeps right on through, along with the nutrients.

Soil amendments can be made to both of these kinds of garden areas so that you can mitigate the problem of too much or too little moisture.

Think Vertical

When you utilize vertical space in your garden you help avoid the problem of running out of usable growing areas. By using fences, trellises, and many other vertical garden structures you can keep your plants off the ground. Vining plants such as cucumbers, melons and runner beans can take up a ton of space on the ground but only minimal space when grown up a fence. Keeping melons off the ground helps you with a larger crop too. There’s less chance of small animals eating the fruits.

Picking vining cukes dangling from a trellis is much easier than rummaging around on the ground, and better on your knees. Older folks and people with disabilities will benefit from growing their produce upward.

Companion Plant

We all know that tomatoes love marigolds. It’s a symbiotic relationship. There are many different companion plants for your garden that not only help you repel pests but draw in bees and butterflies. (Nasturiums go with cucumbers.) (Dill with cole crops.)

Growing your own food is an important skill that will naturally evolve with time. If you haven’t tried growing your own food, now is a good time to start. You don’t have to have a quarter-acre patch to start. Plant a veggie in your flower bed, or in a flower pot on your porch. Just get growing!