The failing economy has caused many to want to start home vegetable and herb gardens, often without having any prior knowledge of how to do so.
Gardens come in many shapes and sizes, from a couple of tomato plants to potted herb gardens to complex gardens containing many varieties of vegetables.
With so many options to do so and often little space it is important to do a little research and planning before beginning the actual work.
Home Gardens can be very beneficial to someone wanting to save a few dollars on the vegetables that they commonly purchase at the grocery store. It is commonly known that home grown vegetables are comparatively much tastier and more nutritional than the ones found at the store; they also don’t generally have insecticide and other chemicals on their skin. Best of all home gardening can be a fun and rewarding hobby.
Planning is very important when starting a garden.
It is important to take into account what you have to work with whether you need to grow them in the ground or in pots, and whether they will be inside or outside. You should also have a good idea of which types of vegetables you want, what kind of sunlight they need, etc.
One can start plants with either seeds or through buying already started plants. In most states vegetable seeds for the garden can be purchased using the EBT or food stamps card. One good way of keeping track of these things is by writing them down in a gardening journal. In the journal you can keep track of how to care for your plants, keep track of seasonal dates, and plant rotation from year to year.
It can also help you learn what works and doesn’t work for you as you develop your own personal gardening style. The journal should include things such as: Materials Needed, Plants and their gardening specifications, a diagram of your garden, dates and times to plant and work the garden.
Lastly, research can be quite helpful when planning and working a garden. It is important to know what types of vegetables work best in your area and in the place you plan to plant them. The Internet and literature such as the Farmer’s Almanac are fantastic places to find helpful gardening information and tips.
Doing a little research can help you discover the best ways to grow your favorite foods and perhaps discover new foods that are sure to please the palate. Participating in many global and local gardening communities in which you may trade gardening tips with the world.
Gardening is increasingly becoming a popular summer hobby. It is very rewarding to bring in a basket of fresh crisp vegetables knowing that you saved a little money in the process. After a little planning and research, you can start your garden today.
Most gardens produce more food than the average household needs and it is likely that you will be giving it away to anyone who will take it. With a little elbow grease, gardening is a hobby that is richly rewarding for everyone, and you don’t even need a green thumb!