Gardening Tips

Now that spring is here and the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to start planning for a garden. The very best way to save money and know that you’re eating healthy is to grow your own food. By saving your food scraps such as eggshells, coffee grinds, vegetable trimmings etc. (no meat, or onions) ,and then putting them into a “compost” pile along with grass clippings, leaves and such, you are on your way to creating a nice “organic” garden which gets it’s nutrients from natural sources instead of chemicals. Be sure not to use grass that has been sprayed with chemicals, roundup or anything like that. There are certain gardening accessories that can be bought to put these scraps into to turn into compost a little easier, and I will be adding a helpful link to help you to find them. My garden hasn’t been doing too well lately, and I have decided to build some raised gardens with some 2×12 untreated lumber and then putting good soil into it. I will be mixing topsoil, garden soil with miracle grow to feed the plants, some worm castings, and some moisture control potting soil where the plants roots are, to hold more water longer. I’m being aware of cow manure right now, because it can have residues of poisons that can damage your plants in it, and I’m not sure which ones are pure. The Indians used to plant their corn with a fish underneath the soil for fertilizer, so you know fish emulsion is good, also blood meal, bone meal, alfalfa meal, kelp, and some other natural products such as rabbit manure, or chicken manure can be good for organic food for your plants. Once you put the good soil in your garden, start planting the appropriate crops for the time of the year. If you don’t want to build raised beds, take a soil sample down to your county extension office to see what your soil needs added to it to be productive. A good planting guide is the farmers almanac, which has been used by old-timey farmers for many decades. Good things to plant now would be: potatoes, onions, sugar snap peas or english peas, and you can always ask you local plant dealer if you aren’t sure. Once you plant your plants, you just need to water them on a regular schedule, and pretty soon, you’ll be able to pick your delicious vegetables and eat them. You won’t find anything in the store that tastes as good as what you can grow yourself! I’ll be back with more gardening tips….. Bon Appetit!