Happy Tuesday and April is National Garden Month ! Do you have a garden? Maybe thinking about starting one ? Check back each Tuesday for great gardening tips….
- 1. Easier access to organic food with no pesticides
- Starting a garden means more diversity in the foods you eat
- The higher nutritional value is one of many reasons to start a garden
- . Harvest at the peak of flavor
- More access to fresh fruits and vegetables
- Learn a new skill and then teach others
Your Easiest Garden Ever
Observe Your Space : Use your garden notebook or other notebook to record:
- Sun patterns. Know the areas of sun, shade, partial sun/shade and the type of sun (i.e., hot western afternoon sun is harsher for plants than cooler morning sun). Plants that need full sun will require 6-8 hours of sunshine daily, partial sun is usually 4-6 hours.
- Water needs. Figure out which areas are dry (under eaves and large trees), moist (near water) or hot (like those afternoon sun spots). Also, make a note of where your water sources are and start your gardens as close as possible or plant to extend them.
- 2. Start Small & Draw A Simple Plan
- Build Simple Raised Beds
- Raised beds are probably the best way to an easy care garden. They can be made high or low and from almost any type of product – wood, cement, rocks, and even just mounded soil.
- Pick The Right Plants : Think about the eventual size and plant accordingly for shrubs, flowers, trees, and perennial fruits. This may be the #1 thing that is difficult for any gardener – beginner or not!
- Choose plants according to your areas sun and water needs. Good thing you spent some time observing, right?
- Research plants that are easy care
- Lay The Foundation
- Plan the foundation of your area before planting any new gardens.
- Grow Only What You Love Or Fills A Need
Easiest Vegetables to Grow :
- Bell Peppers
- Blackberries and Raspberries