Chances are you have noticed the sudden explosion of gardens in your community and country. With more and more people working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, gardens have popped up everywhere. Yeah!!! If you have undeveloped land that you want to transform into a garden, you need to have a plan. I recently did a post on 3 Garden Tips For Beginners that goes over the basics of starting a garden. It will get you started and this post will lead you through the next step, how to choose what to plant in your garden. It is helpful for both new and experienced gardeners.
On the surface picking out what to plant in your garden seems like a pretty simple task. Really you can plant whatever you want. That would be pretty easy but I'm talking about how to choose what to plant in your garden for the greatest success harvest wise and also utilization wise. Utilization wise because it doesn't matter if you can grow 10 bushels of tomatoes if 8 of them are going to go to waste because you don't use that much. What are you to plant? How much?
If you have read anything about permaculture you have probably come across comfrey, a fast growing perennial that is commonly used in fruit tree guilds (companion planting). Its many benefits warrants its use in all garden settings and it is so easy to start from root cuttings!
As of 2017, 1 in 3 American households grew their own food, or at least had a garden to contribute to their food usage on a regular basis. That is AWESOME! But, so many people still shy away from gardening because they’re worried about not having the skills or messing it up somehow. You know what I would say, set those worries aside and start a garden today!
As a gardener you know that water consumption can greatly increase as you start your garden and even more so in the hot summer months. Growing your own vegetables and maintaining a healthy garden requires a lot of water, which can be a big problem. Excessive water use can be hard on the environment, especially in areas that are prone to drought. It also means that your water bills are a lot higher, so it’s important that you find ways to cut back. The good news is, there are some simple ways that you can reduce water usage to protect the environment and save yourself a lot of money at the same time. Yay!
Seed saving is easy but there is more to it than harvesting the seeds. It starts with planting. Different plants are pollinated in different ways. Some plants are more likely to cross pollinate. Cross pollination means the seeds are now hybrids with unknown outcomes. The plants from these seeds will not produce fruit that is the same as their parent plants. This is where things can start to get a little tricky. This is not what we want to happen when we are saving seeds. Don't worry, it's not too tricky if you are aware of which plants can cross pollinate and how to work around this.
Ok, give me the truth friends, are the same gardening goals/ projects reappearing on your to do list this year during your garden planning? We have all been there. Perhaps it's because gardeners get so many wonderful ideas. They are wonderful but what can we do differently this year to get these ideas off of our to do lists and into our gardens. I have 5 SMART steps that are going to help you (and me) make that happen!
You guys are in for a treat today! I'm interviewing Karl Treen creator of the Food Forest card game and founder of Permaculture Providence. I happened upon Karl on instagram (@foodforestcardgame) and I have been enjoying his informative and often humorous posts ever since.
Neonicotinoids are becoming a hot topic. But what are they? What is so harmful about them? Do Neonicotinoids harm beneficial insects? Could you have Neonicotinoids in your garden? Today we are going to go over everything you need to know about Neonicotinoids so you can makes the best decisions when planning, growing, and maintaining your garden and landscapes.
Choosing the right plants for your pollinator garden can be quite the task. It is recommended that you have a minimum of 5 blooming plants but preferably 20 in bloom for the duration of your season, early spring thru fall. It doesn't seem to bad but then you start thinking of the bees and think "NO, I need 20! I got to feed those pollinators!" Well, I do anyways. But the reality is that I have a lot of square feet to cover. It's going to take some time.
We can't save the pollinators in one day yet they will appreciate any and all of our efforts. So let's give ourselves a break and do what we can now, knowing that it is a work in progress. Every year will get better, more plants can be added and spaces can be enlarged!
A guide to choosing the right plants for your circumstances can be found below as well as planning worksheets. The planning worksheets got my efforts organized and helped me to see clearly where I need to feel in with more varieties.
Hello, I'm Jaci. I look forward to sharing my gardening and homestead adventures to help you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!