Many people are turning to home gardening as a way to cultivate fresh produce and live in a healthy and sustainable fashion. Did you know that a productive, visually-appealing garden can also add value to your property? Veg New World can help you beautify your home with creative gardening options.
Growing seasons will vary based on your geographic location, but Farmers Almanac can help you understand the best planting times for different crops.
- Create a planting and harvesting calendar that details what you’ll grow, when to plant, when to reap, and how to store or preserve your bounty.
- Buy supplies, including seeds or plants, appropriate soil and fertilizer, and planting tools.
- Create a planting area. If you have the room, consider working with quarter-acre plots that you can manage on your own. Remove any old vegetation or tree stumps that are in the way. Look online regarding the fee for the removal of dead trees or stumps.
- If your space is limited, you can create a small raised container garden in almost any setting.
Plant Your Crops
Depending on where you live and what crops you’re growing, you may need to install an irrigation system. If you get plenty of rain, you may not need this step, or you can supplement natural rain with occasional watering.
- Plan for weed control before you plant. A barrier blanket can save you hours of weeding time.
- Plant per directives. Pay attention to the amount of sunlight different crops need and plant them accordingly.
- Protect your garden. Animals ranging from neighborhood pets to local wildlife will be interested in your garden, so install barriers as needed.
Grow and Harvest
Garden crops grow at different rates, so you’ll want to plan appropriately so you can harvest and eat or preserve the excess.
- You can consume, preserve via canning or freezing, or sell your goods at farmers’ markets.
- Some local charities, homeless shelters, and food banks will accept donations of excess produce.
- Once your garden is harvested, till the ground and fertilize to prepare it for the next planting season.
Gardens can be utilitarian as well as beautiful. You might even find the addition adds value to your home! Take the time to prepare your garden and your gardening supplies, and plan accordingly for the best yield. Then enjoy the process and your rewards.
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