Have you started your garden yet? I’ve been working on mine, here are some updates…
I enlarged my small garden from last year to about double the size. It is still quite small, compared to what I grew up with (a 50 acre farm!) but now that we’re renting, we make due with what’s available! This proves that even if you only have a small amount of space, you can still grow a great variety of vegetables!
I started by digging up the lawn space that I wanted to convert into garden. I then added fresh top soil and organic manure.
My new space was then ready to start planting! If you’re not sure where to begin, just read the directions on the seed package to know how deep the seeds should be planted, and how far the rows need to be apart. Just use a hoe or your hand to make a shallow line about 1 inch (2.5cm) deep and put the seeds a couple of cm apart. Just imagine how large carrots or beets grow, or a head of lettuce, and plant accordingly. Then cover the seeds over with a bit of dirt, again, approximately 1 inch deep, so the garden is level. Then, lightly water the seeds with a sprinkling water can, not the garden hose! It might be too forceful, and make the seeds float around out of their rows.
I chose a variety of high-nutrient vegetables, mixed with my favourites! Golden beets, kale, chioggia beets (pink) (I find red beets too hard on my system), cherry tomatoes, parsely, dill, basil, carrots, spinach, 4 kinds of lettuce, onions, zucchini and cucumbers. I purchased my seeds from www.Veseys.com. They have an excellent variety of choices of each vegetable, depending on what styles you like best, your growing area and weather conditions.
I also added colourful gladiola bulbs right below each of the bamboo fences. As they grow taller, I will tie them to the fences for support. I also put small fences over the kale, because as the kale gets larger, there are white moths that lay eggs on the kale leaves that produce little worms. I will drape a small mesh netting over the fences to protect the kale from the moths. This is a great way to use organic methods, instead of using a chemical pesticide to kill the worms or moths after they have arrived.
These are my strawberries! They are an everbearing variety that I got from Home Depot last year! I transplanted them from their pots and into the ground last year and they did really well. This year, they have grown quickly, and already have many blooms! It will be six weeks now until we have red berries! I can’t wait 🙂
I also added extra bamboo fences around the cherry tomatoes, while they are still small, because sometimes the birds nip the plants off at the ground! For no reason. They just slice them off with their beaks and leave them there to die. So I hope the fences protect the small plants until they are larger and the birds will leave them alone.
Here, you can see the fences a little bit better.
Some updates in June…
We built a fence around my strawberries because I don’t like sharing with the birds, squirrels and mice when we have such a small amount to harvest!
Please let me know if you have any questions about planting or growing a garden. I’d love to help you get organized to grow an organic vegetable garden in your very own backyard!! (Grow food, not lawns!)