With the rising price of groceries and the concerns of giving fruits and veggies that are laced with pesticides to our kids, it seems like more and more people are turning to gardening. Growing your own food is very rewarding and does not have to be a scary task if you know what you are doing.
I have been gardening with my parents since I was old enough to walk, even if we did not have a lot of time we always had a garden of one size or another.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. If you are new to gardening, start small. I recommend picking three to five fruit or veggies to begin with. If you decide you can handle a larger garden you can always add more to it.
2. When you are picking the fruits or veggies you are wanting to grow make sure to read up on them. Different plants require different growing zones and different plants require different growing seasons and conditions.
3. If you are gardening to save money, try picking veggies that you can make last. While fresh lettuce is nice to have it is not something that is going to be stored, frozen of canned. Last year my family planted over 100 tomatoe plants. We canned and froze the tomatoes and we still have some left from last years harvest. Potatoes and different kinds of squash have a long shelf life if they are stored in a cool, dark and dry place.
4. Do not over-plant, only plant enough for your family and maybe some to give away. We made the mistake of over-planting zucchini last year, we ate, froze and we gave a ton of it away and still ended up having some go to waste.
5. Growing an organic garden is a lot easier than it seems. We grow our garden organically every year and with hard work and natural remedies we do not have a problem with bugs or weeds.
- this websites has a lot of great tips: http://www.organicgardening.com/
6. Remember that hard work pays off. Keeping up on the weeding and maintenance will give you the best results when it comes time to harvest your fruit and veggies.
7. You can save seeds from your fruits and veggies to plant the next year, we did this with tomatoes this year and it helped to cut down on our initial costs dramatically.