Have You Considered Gardening?

Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 10) Gardening is an interesting hobby. There are so many different items you could plant and an enormous number of people plan their meals around their garden. Some people even make a career, or supplement their income, by growing and selling plants, fruits and vegetables. Whether you are new to gardening or you just need some tips to get ready for this years’ crop, you should always plan to do some research to improve the quality of your crop but also reduce the amount of time and energy that you need to devote to your garden.

Consider What You Can Grow

The fact of the matter is that certain fruits, vegetables and plants will always grow better and be healthier in certain parts of the world at certain times of the year. Tomatoes, for example, grow best during the summer while carrots and pumpkins often flourish during the winter. For best results, always know the zone you live in and what will grow best for you at different times of the year. You may be able to force tomatoes to grow in the Winter, but they are rarely as good as they are in the summer.

You will also need to consider the soil that you will be using, the amount of time you can devote to your garden and even how much rain you would normally expect during that season. If you are concerned about extreme cold, a small greenhouse can be built for a very reasonable cost and you could always wrap or cover the plants as they grow. If planting more than one item in the same area, you may find it helpful to label where each item starts and stops.

Choosing good soil and good fertilizer is an important step towards growing healthy plants. If you are unsure about the quality of your soil, you can have it tested by a lab, test it yourself or you could simply conduct an experiment of your own. Plant identical seeds, give them identical care and the same fertilizer but plant one branch in your existing soil and another in an area with healthy soil you have gotten elsewhere. If one batch grows much better than the other, you know whether soil is adequate for planting.

For an area that is very wet or that expects to have a lot of rainfall, a raised bed is a good choice. A raised bed can be made out of wood, concrete blocks or even old tile and hardwood flooring. You will need to verify how tall your bed should be and to make sure that you have enough product to fully enclose the garden. It is also interesting to note that you can have more than one raised bed, sectioned out at various intervals throughout your yard or you could simply have one that holds particularly fragile or important growths.

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Victoria Stevens

I am a passionate writer, researcher and a full time mother of 3 very active children. I am constantly looking for new information and solutions to every day challenges and problems. My children keep me busy at home, my husband supports me with everything that I do and my work extremely demanding. I find that when I write about solutions to everyday problems, I feel better knowing that I may have helped someone else in my position, if not now may be in the future. I enjoy being associated with Mom Exclusive as a contributor and columnist and I do hope all other moms will find my work interesting and useful. Drop me a line if you would like to discuss anything.

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