Vegetable Gardening

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When you grow your own food you can guarantee the freshness and the purity of what you eat. The rewards, however, go far beyond that! You will get exercise throughout the year, the fun of poring over seed catalogues in the depth of winter, a closer connection to the weather and climate in your part of the world, an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of vegetables and fruits of all kinds, and the pure delight of eating something that you have grown yourself! It will boost your self-confidence and your overall health.

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2 years ago

COMPOST continued! You can purchase a composter, in a size to fit your space, from someplace like Amazon or you can make your own. Mine is made from 3 old wooden pallets and the front is leftover pieces of wood from building our raised beds, no added cost to building it! My tool of choice, the pitchfork, is right there for turning over the compost. Here's mine:

2 years ago

COMPOST! When planning a vegetable garden there are a number of factors to keep in mind. Absolutely the most important is the quality of your soil. Whether you purchase soil for filling raised beds or you plan to use the native soil in your yard, it needs to contain a large amount of compost. The most effective, sustainable, and I would say, the most satisfying way, to enrich your soil is by making your own compost. There are 4 basic ingredients to making compost: air, water, carbon and nitrogen. You don't need to be a scientist to get this right! An easier way to think of it is to mix, in fairly equal amounts, brown ingredients and green. Brown ingredients would be dried leaves, straw, wood chips, or even shredded paper. If your kids have birds, mice or gerbils, their old bedding is perfect for this. Green ingredients can be grass clippings (with no chemicals!), vegetable and fruit trimmings, coffee grounds (excellent for gardens, and your local coffee shop may be willing to bag those for you), and manure (not from dogs or cats, again, from those pets like birds or rabbits would be fine, mine comes from our chicken coop). You want to aerate it all periodically by raking or with a pitchfork and keep it moist but not sopping wet. The compost is ready when it is all dark brown, crumbly, and looks like soil. You should count on the process taking a few months, and then add it liberally to your garden, even 80% compost to soil rate is good (great, actually).

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