Vegetable gardening is quite simple—there are just three simple steps to prepare your bed, says Doug Green, an organic gardener, author and blogger who lives in Ontario’s 1000 Islands region:
How Much Room Will You Need for Your Garden?
How much space do you need to grow your favourite foods? Here’s a simple guide to follow:
Tip: Make the most of your space by planting basil and leaf lettuces around the base of a tomato plant.
If you live in a condo, an apartment or just have a postage stamp–sized yard, you can still grow vegetables. “I believe that there is no vegetable you cannot grow in a container if you want to,” says Green. The key is to have enough soil volume for the plant (and therefore a large enough container), and to feed and water regularly. “Water should come out the bottom of the pot every time you water,” says Green. This gives the plant uniform moisture and encourages the roots to grow deep. But it also drives water-soluble fertilizer to the bottom of the planter, so weekly fertilizing is a must.
Help Your Plants Grow
An organic liquid plant fertilizer can help your plants flourish, and is vital for container gardens. Green recommends fish emulsion: “It grows a dynamite plant.”
How Will You Benefit from Growing Your Own Vegetables?
• Taste: “There is just no comparison between a vegetable that you pull out of the garden and eat immediately (and store-bought),” says Green. “You just can’t believe the difference.”
• Food safety: “We garden organically, so when we’re eating something that we’ve grown ourselves, we know that there is not a darn bit of pesticide or fungicide in it, that it’s clean and I can feed it to anybody off the vine.”
• Exercise: You get quite a workout when you’re shovelling, mixing in fertilizer and weeding.
• Bonding time with kids: Turn gardening into a game so that you can spend quality time with your family, says Green.
Where You’ll Be By Summer
You will be fitter and stronger, thanks to time spent in the garden. You’ll have plenty of fresh vegetables to show for your effort, which will likely mean you’ll be eating better. As a bonus, you’ll save a bit of money on your grocery bills.
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