Start A ReadyGarden!

Written by The Ready Store

In a world where the cost of oil is always on your mind & the cost of food is growing as well as having fresh produce, many people are returning to the old ways and growing there own vegetables. A Brigham Young University study showed that for an average garden you would spend about $30 for seeds but harvest vegetables that would be worth more than $600 per year!

Some of you might be intimidated with the fact that you don’t have enough free time in your day to take care of a garden or that you don’t know enough about gardening that you would be overwhelmed.

I’m not asking you to plant a full or half acre of vegetables; you only need to plant just a few plants to understand the simple process of gardening and the best part about it is that you will save money on your grocery bill.  I hope this information will help you with starting your vegetable garden, and the key things you want to take into consideration is the space & the time it takes you to maintain your garden.

Unfortunately, even in a basic garden you will occasionally need to pull weeds, and when you reach for your Ultimate ReadyGarden™ ½ Acre Premium Garden Seeds – #10 Can, inside you will have 8 pages instructions on how to plant your vegetable garden. Topics such as Soil Modifications, Soil Moisture & Planting, Fertilizer, Using Space Wisely and in each plant group it will give you a general time line that you should plant the listed items.

So if you all ready have seeds & you want to start to plant your garden you should create a garden plan. Draw out a simple draft on how you would like your plants set up and document which plants will grow best where. You can always go to your local garden supply store with any questions regarding sunlight, soil drainage and keep a little note book with your results so you will help you plant your garden next season.

Prepare the soil- One thing I always remember is my father would rent a tiller & would turn the soil before planting his garden. If you are going to deal with a small garden plot you can turn the soil with a shovel, and remember to remove old roots and rocks when you turn the soil. Try not to worry about the soil too much, by rotating it circulates the nutrients well, and you can always check the pH level in your soil to chose what vegetables would be suitable for your soil.

Use a good organic fertilizer to add nutrients to soil, help with soil texture, and add organic matter.  You can also help your soil by having a compost pile; Its great for the soils health. Vegetable gardens love compost! If you haven’t gotten a compost pile going yet, buy a soil amendment to mix in the garden bed. If concerned that you don’t have good soil, a raised bed or container gardening would be a great way to start growing vegetables.

If you have children & you want them to stay away from picking all your green tomatoes then what I highly recommend is have a garden area for your child. Chose plants that are fun and easy to grow (cherry tomatoes, herbs, lambs ear, sunflowers, and edible plants), also a great idea to add plants that include various textures, tastes , and smells (like Mint).

I remember having a container garden of my own growing up with simple vegetables (tomatoes, peas, corn, carrots, and lettuce) and its great to get your kids excited when you show them the progress of the plant growing or when you use their vegetables or herbs for dinner.

Preserving the harvest is worth a mention. If you are not succession planting (spacing plantings by a week or two to lengthen harvest time), garden harvests can be overwhelming if there is a lot of produce to eat. Wasting food is not an option.

So, you can freeze, can, dry or pickle the fruits, vegetables, and herbs. See National Center for Home Food Preservation for tons of information on how to preserve the harvest. But freezing vegetables is usually the fastest, easiest way to save them for later.  Even some cookbooks have detailed instructions on freezing or canning fruits and vegetables.

Updated September 29, 2009

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