The Real Dirt on Gardening…!
This article is an excerpt of a file that will be posted on Catholic Rural Solutions Yahoo Group. It can be a good reference for the readership and can be copied and pasted for your files. The upcoming garden season will be crucial to many families this year as it will help alleviate the inflationary costs of groceries this year. Meantime, take this year to learn to “put back” garden produce, meaning learn to can and otherwise preserve your garden produce.
GARDENING is the most popular leisure activity in the United States. A Brigham Young University study showed that for an average garden you would spend about $30.00 for seeds but harvest vegetables that would be worth more than $600.00 per year. Growing vegetables is not only for mental and physical health but it is also economical and teaches children responsibility.
GARDEN LOCATION is important. While most of us don’t have a choice of garden location because the lay of our land is what it is. It is important to plan your garden optimizing the amount of sunshine with a minimum of 6 to 8 hours a day.
SOIL MODIFICATION: Since no soil is ideal it is usually necessary to supplement your existing garden soil in one way or another; this in not only true at the outset of a garden but as regular maintenance as succeeding plants deplete various nutrients during the seasons progress.
SOIL MOISTURE & PLANTING: By far the most essential plant nutrient is water and is often overlooked as people don’t readily think of water as a nutrient. This often accounts for the success or failure of vegetable and flower gardens.
VARIETIES AND CULTURE: How-to and growing various veggies.
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Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.