I have been gardening all my life. Part of the process was sharing food with others and learning to plan for lean seasons. If you have children, encourage them to have a garden of their own and arrange for its care if they will be gone for a day or so. It’s a fantastic way for them to learn responsibility and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
What’s the best place in town to get healthy fruits and vegetables free from pesticides and unwanted chemicals? Quite a few people have discovered it’s from the raised container gardens in their very own yard or patio. What makes raised containers so great?
Home garden areas range from less than a square yard to acres of planting room. Build or buy containers to fit your lifestyle and the plants you want to raise. Six by six inch squares can hold green onions, radishes, or carrots, as well as herbs. The concrete blocks with the holes in the center are an excellent small container choice.
If it’s hard for you to get around, set the containers near the door that is easy for you to access. Measure the height so you can harvest the crop when it ripens. Use a drip system to water or some other convenient method.
Types of Soil and Environment
Like every other living thing, each type of plant has different soil requirements. Check with your local US Department of Agriculture for instructions on DIY soil improvement and compost heaps. Be sure each plant gets enough, but not too much, sunshine every day.
Plant the Foods You Like to Eat
If you are planting for yourself, grow the foods you enjoy eating. Radishes are quick and easy to grow, but why waste time growing something you will not eat? A few strawberry and zucchini squash plants, some carrots, and Swiss chard yield fresh produce to eat now and freeze for later.
Share the Bounty
Ask friends, family, and acquaintances about seed sharing. If each person in the group buys a couple of packs of seeds and shares them, everyone’s garden will cost less for a larger amount of variety. Contact the local senior centers and homeless shelters to find out if they will accept surplus fruits and veggies from your garden.
Use your computer to design next year’s garden so it can be in place by spring. Make a list of what you intend to grow, as well as the people in your seed sharing group. Stay in touch over the winter to keep the enthusiasm flowing. Happy gardening!