Saturday, April 19, 2014

Garden Plans - Creating Yours

Garden plans are part of vegetable gardening, putting your garden plan on paper will help you determine what you will be growing and where to plant it.

 Garden plans should include crop rotation and companion planting 

When creating your vegetable garden keep in mind if you want to grow an organic vegetable garden companion planting and crop rotation will play an important role.  Of all the vegetables you will be growing in your garden Rhubarb and Asparagus are the most common perennials.  If you are growing these you need to find a spot for them before planning the rest of your vegetable garden.

To plan your garden take a look at your yard, maybe even draw up a rough plan of your property with your house, patio, etc. in the plan.  This will give you a better idea of where to place your vegetable garden and how much room you will have for your garden.

When you have selected the location for your vegetable garden, keeping in mind the amount of sunshine the location will receive, the soil and the level of land.  Read more on this my organic vegetable garden page.

Now to create your garden plan use a piece of paper to draw it out, think about what vegetables you like to keep in your fridge and decide which ones you will be growing in your garden.  Lettuce, peas, beets, chard, carrots, radishes, potatoes and green beans are fairly easy to grow.  You’ll have to decide whether you have room to grow all the plants you want in your plan.

When you have decided what vegetables your want to include in your plan and how much room to will have to grow them, then take a look at companion planting to make sure you get the best out of every harvest.  As an example Peas and Carrots grow very well together.


A Vegetable Garden will save $ and provide you with Healthy Food

A Vegetable Garden will save $ and provide you with Healthy Food

Growing your own Vegetable Garden can save you money and give you the peace of mind of knowing what you are putting into your body.

With recent recalls such as salmonella, E. coli and Listeria on the vegetables sold in the food industry these days I am happy that I can provide my family with our own food.Your own vegetable garden is one of the best investments you can give to yourself and your family; anyone can grow a vegetable garden whether you live in an apartment or a home with land to grow.  Vegetables do well in the ground, in containers, raised beds, greenhouses, and even mixed in your flower gardens.

Growing your own food not only saves you money at the Grocery store but it puts you in charge of what is going into your body. You decide whether you want to spray your vegetables or grow them organically.

There are many benefits to growing your own vegetable garden.  It’s also a great way to get children involved.  Have them pick a vegetable and a spot in the garden so they can learn to how to start a seed, plant it in the garden, care for it and watch it grow.  I do this every year with my grandchildren.

I’d like to share my experience and research with you so you too can enjoy the benefits of a homegrown harvest. The is nothing like walking out the door and picking a fresh tomato of the vine, or some lettuce, radishes and onions for a salad.Even in the cooler climates you don’t have to have a greenhouse to grow your vegetables even in the cooler climates; there are all kinds of crop protectors out there. I’ll let you know what I’ve tried and what has worked best for us.

Growing my own garden for years has not come without a lot of trial and error. I love to experiment with new things and that has left me surprised and disappointed at times, but at the end of every season we have a freezer full of homegrown vegetables and that makes it all worth it.