Easy spring garden

Starting your own garden is fun and rewarding.  No matter how small or large your space, it is easy to get something started.  A little organic compost, a little composted manure, and some elbow grease to mix it all in your garden spot should do the trick to get it going.  Stick with simple things to start such as: lettuce, radishes, scallions, herbs, and beans.  Most of these items can be directly sown into the soil as seeds.  The fun part is picking which ones you want.  There are several varieties of each plant.  For example, you can get radishes in many different colors, shapes, and spiciness.  Be sure to check the planting directions for sun exposure, planting depth, and spacing.

Check your local agriculture extension or community gardens for seed swaps and exchanges, this is a great way to get organic or even heirloom seeds for free.  If these options are not available, try to get seeds from a reputable garden center or catalog.  Treat your plants as your children.  Don’t feed them anything toxic (as in plant food or harmful insecticides), and care for them often.  Being in the garden is a wonderful excuse to take a break and make some time for yourself.  I know weeding comes far to often and can be difficult, but it also lets you be outside in nature and able to connect with your food.  It is also a nice time to get the kids involved and share that knowledge with them, or have your pets outside with you.  Don’t be afraid to ask others for advice or even go online and do some research.  A nice site to look at is  gardenguides.com.

Don’t be discouraged by someone suggesting to get your pH tested, and don’t let this stop you from starting your garden.  You can always just start planting and then get it tested the next year when you can see what has or has not grown well in your soil, this will be a tell-tale sign that it is missing something.

One last tidbit:   Don’t forget to scrap your scraps!  Making your own compost pile is simple and produces dark, healthy soil full of nutrients for your garden.  Throwing your vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells into  a compost pile is both beneficial for the future of  your garden and cuts down on unnecessary garbage waste.  Here is link on starting your own compost pile:  ehow.com

Work hard, enjoy your time outside, and have fun creating wonderful dishes with your home-grown vegetables!

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