Gardening is easy, just follow a few simple tips and see the results. Get creative in the space that is available, have fun and connect with nature.
- Plants: Find plants that are well suited to the growing area. To learn more, access the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Refer to recommendations for planting depth and density.
- Fertilize: Use natural fertilizers from organic matter such as grass clippings and animal manure. These fertilizers are produced without any chemicals or additives. Compost is another good fertilizer that combines various organic materials resulting in a dark, rich soil amendment nick-named “black gold” by gardeners. Natural fertilizers maintain the quality and nutrient content of soil important to growing plants.
- Containers: If container gardening, elect a size large enough for root growth and water. Ensure that the container bottom has holes and place pebbles at the bottom of the container for better drainage
- Insects: To naturally repel insects, plant garlic, onions, chives and chrysanthemums. If insects become an issue, use diatomaceous earth, an organic insecticide whose abrasive white powder damages the cuticle, skin and joints.
- Sun: Position in a location to attain the appropriate amount of sunshine.
- Water: Capture rainwater using rain barrels. Remember to water efficiently: water in the morning, focus on the root zone and water when needed.
- Frost: Reuse plastic containers (e.g., milk jugs, soda bottles and other plastic containers) to cover plants and protect them from frost.
- Weed: This requires some effort but remember to periodically pull weeds.
- Harvest: Celebrate and enjoy the benefits of harvest!