grow your ownSpring is here and the longer days and warmer weather provide the ideal time to start thinking about the edible garden. With dining in more popular than ever and more of us wanting to know the provenance of our food, lots of us are deciding to flex our green fingers and grow our own produce for the table.

There’s nothing more satisfying that growing your own. Home grown vegetables are much easier to produce than you might think. Even with the minimum amount of equipment and space, you can grow all sorts of delicious foods. It’s important to grow things that you like and that you have a plot in mind that offers some sunshine – even if it’s your front garden or an apartment balcony! Beetroot, squashes and even peas can look great in an ornamental garden so don’t be afraid to use any space you have. Read the rest of this entry

Growing Vegetables With Raised Beds in Your Garden

raised-garden-bedsRaised bed gardening is gaining popularity among the gardeners across the globe. Even the first time gardeners, and homeowners with smaller yards, senior citizens, and novice gardeners are now understanding the importance of compact and easy-to-maintain gardens.

The gardening times are now changing and now you have  raised beds in various sizes available in garden centers, catalogs and online. Interlocking corners make it possible to build one in a short period of time. Price varies with materials — plastic or cedar.

A 3-foot-by-6-foot, 10-inch deep bed will hold a variety of vegetables, both above ground and root plants such as tomatoes, herbs, onions and carrots. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Backyard Vegetable Gardening Tips

backyard gardenNothing beats the taste and health advantages of homegrown vegetables.  Backyard farming is not only good for the environment but also good for the community health.

“We want everyone to at least try growing their own food,” said author and longtime organic farming guru Barbara Damrosch. “It’s so wonderful when you do.”

“Gardening opens up a whole new spectrum of things you can eat,” Damrosch said. “You’re expanding your horizons.”

The beginners with backyard gardens should preferably start with a simple “salad garden” that fits into a 3-by-6-foot space. It may include a cherry tomato held upright in a cage-style trellis, plus beds of mixed leaf lettuce, Asian greens and spicy greens such as arugula, scallions, radishes and herbs. Growing l lettuces and greens will enable you trimming what you need and they grow back quickly. Read the rest of this entry

Growing Vegetables Outdoors All Winter Long

Hoop frameIt is indeed possible if the plants are kept properly warm. It would be good to cover the plants during winters, tucking them in and letting the natural light do all the work. Learning this to do with a little skill  would enable you to harvest fresh homegrown vegetables any time of year.

Gardeners know it well that planting vegetables normally wouldn’t grow well in winter. Every generation seems to have a better idea and sometimes these ideas give birth to new ideas.

An innovative idea would be to extend the growing season by at least a month on either end with the raised bed hoop house.  The wooden raised bed with required dimensions needs to be installed with flexibility for removable hoops that could be draped heavy with clear plastic. The bed could be as long as we wanted. The plastic should be used to keep out the cold air but let the sunlight in. Read the rest of this entry

As gardeners count down the days until they can get outside and begin planting, a new consumer survey shows edible plants will be a large part of their gardens this year. The survey of 600 gardeners nationwide, conducted by Garden Safe® brand, shows that 75 percent of respondents plan to grow vegetables in their gardens and 50 percent indicate they will be growing fruits and herbs.

Gardeners cite better taste, fun activity and cost savings as the primary reasons to grow their own produce.

As the garden-to-table or gardening for food trend has grown in popularity over the past several years, so have gardeners’ appetites to branch out beyond the traditional garden staples and try their hand at growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Additionally, while long seen as a rural and suburban hobby, food gardening is now actively embraced by people living in urban areas. Decks, roofs and small city yards now play host to productive personal gardens. Read the rest of this entry

More and more people started to grow vegetables and fruits in their own garden for consumption as they see it as a very healthy and convenient alternative to unnatural and artificially commercial food that also costs more. Making their gardens look good is another important aspect for them as they wish for their garden to be beautiful and have an aesthetical appeal since it will be a part of their home.

Kitchen garden design depends on a series of factors such as climate, fencing and type of seeds that are used. Also, the size of the area is important as it determines the design and style for the final kitchen garden. There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to designing such a garden, so you need to know exactly how you want it to look like. Moreover, the amount of sun that the garden will get needs to be taken into account as the main vegetables and fruits that are grown in this type of gardens need a specific amount of direct sunlight. Therefore, you need to make sure that the area destined for your future kitchen garden will get enough sun exposure during the day in order to grow and thrive. Read the rest of this entry

Community Gardeners Remain Healthier For Long

A new study led by University of Colorado scholars shows that community gardeners harvest better health, as well as stronger connections to their neighborhoods.

Community gardeners eat more vegetables, exercise more, weigh less and feel healthier than non-gardeners — and even home gardeners — in the Denver-metro area, researchers found. Read the rest of this entry

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