There’s nothing more gratifying than walking out into your garden when you need a fresh veggie or herb. A home cook’s best friend (next to a set of good knives) is a home garden. Here are some things that might help you get started.
USE PLANTER BOXES
I am lucky; the home we are currently in CAME with planter boxes, so I didn’t have to build them. But there are plenty of sites out there to help you get started. Once you have a box built to your size specs, and have filled it with well-draining, maybe even organic soil, you can make sure you’ve got a good watering system. A drip sprinkler will make sure your new plants get the water they need to thrive, without you standing over the beds with a hose everyday.
PLAN THE WORK AND WORK THE PLAN
Next, figure out how much room each of your plants will need to thrive. Square foot gardening has become very popular, and there are a lot of mapping resources to help you buy your plants in the right amounts.
FEED, FEED, FEED
Start your plants off with a great start by placing organic fertilizer in the whole bed and in each planting hole. I’ve also seen some people use shrimp shells, fish heads, egg shells, worm castings, and lots more into each planting hole to assure a great start. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to the fish heads, but cut up peels and other compost-able items could be beneficial.
TAKE GOOD CARE
Once your garden is off to a good start, make sure to weed and tend your new plantings. If you’ve planned and paid attention, hopefully you’ll have a full harvest!