Before we moved to our little haven in the country we had a greenhouse and I wrote a bit about what I was growing in my greenhouse, various projects and tips on gardening.
So, while I wait for my hubby to build a potting shed/greenhouse I thought I would share a bit about our “food,” garden and the tales that will most certainly develop from working in the good earth.
When we purchased this 2 acre property to build our French Country Texas home on, we were immediately smitten with the privacy, and possibilities of semi-country living and of course growing our own food garden.
As my hubby and I venture into a lifestyle of living plain and simple it is important to the two of us to grow our own vegetables and to be able to freeze or can them as well.
Did you know that in North America there are 21 million plus individuals that are growing their own gardens?
So while all of this is fresh in my mind, I want to share 5 Tips For Growing A Garden, with you.
Fell free to chime in, on any tales of your own.
5 Tips For Growing A Garden
It really and truly is all about the soil. ( Sharing a before and after photo of enriching the soil)
The best soil to grow a garden in has been enriched with compost, and organic matter.
2. Location, Location.
Make certain that your garden will receive plenty of sunshine-a minimum of 6 hours a day.
Place taller plants on the North or West side of your garden so not to block the sun from smaller plants.
Vegetables need one inch of water a week either from irrigation or rainfall.
Thoroughly soaking the garden is much better for the plants than shallow watering and
encourages deep root growth.
Most of us either under-water or over water-which are you?
An inexpensive rain gauge is a easy way to keep track of how much water your garden is actually getting. I have included a link for your convenience – Rain Gauge.
There are 3 main ingredients in fertilizer, a well balanced fertilizer will have ingredients with the same numbers.
Nitrogen- needed for formulation of chlorophyll (greening)
Phosphorous-needed for cell division and root development
Potassium-fruit set and vigor
Organic fertilizers are composed of blood meal, bone meal and wood ashes.
Vegetarian fertilizers are composed of alfalfa, cottonseed, rock phosphate and kelp.
5. How Much Time Will it Take
Gardening takes time, work, patience and effort.
Decide before you plant on how much time you want to devote to your garden.
Best to start out small and then work your way up to a larger area.
Gardening is a season driven activity, with Spring, Summer and Fall requiring the most work.
Happy Gardening Sweet friends!