Stay hydrated!

In this extreme heat, it’s important to keep your gardens wet!  It’s usually best to water in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler outside.  It give your plants a chance to absorb some moisture into their roots before the next heat of the day!!.

add some poo!

As your garden begins to bear, it’s good to give it a little poo!!  Cow manure is the oldest and best fertilizer known to man.  You can pick up a 50lb bag for under $10 at most home and garden shops.

start picking!

If all is going well, you should have something to pick about now.  Don’t hesitate to pick as food ripens.  It makes way for new fruits and veggies.  Also, pick off the dead leaves and leave them in the soil to feed back into the plant they come from!  

 

IT’S PLANTING SEASON!

Spring is beginning to show it’s face!  Now is the time to prepare your soil and start hatching seeds!  

Several of you have asked about outdoor beds.   I use both raised and in-ground beds.   This is a great time of year to get them in place and still have time to “acclimate” your soil before planting

RAISED BEDS 

Raised beds can be made of pretty much anything that can hold soil and/or water.  If you’re handy with a hammer, some cheap plywood (non -treated) should make a nice box and you can sit it on a couple of cinderblocks.

 

Drainage is always an issue when planting in raised beds or pots.  Drill small holes in the center of your boxes and/or use smooth pebbles in the bottom to promote proper drainage”

IN-GROUND BEDS

There are several inexpensive materials available to help make in-ground beds.  I like cinder-blocks.  They are cheap, sturdy, versatile and porous (Great for drainage! FYI-they’re also heavy)!  You can use bricks, planks of wood, old pieces of siding, pre-fab garden trimming, etc.  Get creative.  Try to stay away from painted or treated material that can contaminate the soil.  However,  that’s mostly style.  You can make a bed by simply turning the earth in the spot you want.    If you don’t want to turn the earth, lay down burlap and cover it with manure and treated soil! 

 

Acclimate your soil for as long as you can before planting.  I like a mixture of cow manure and ‘garden soil’.  You want to let it get exposed to your weather and accumulate some good worms and bugs and get a general eco-system going to give your plants the best chance to grow strong (and delicious if your planting food!)”

 

GROW

FOOD!

Why Grow Food?

Because you like to EAT!

Because it’s HEALTHY

Because it’s FUN!

Do I need a lot of space?

Nope!  All you need is dirt, water, sunlight and some seeds.  Check online for foods that grow easily in pots, like herbs, strawberries and tomatoes!

There are so many great reasons to grow food!  It’s good for you body, mind and soul!  Not too mention, food security is not guaranteed, and I have sneaking suspicion that people who can’t grow food, might not have access to food in the future.  I pray that never comes true, but just in case….

Grow Food!