Easy Edible 2016 Gardening !

The new fence
The new fence

So this year I had to replace my fence around the garden. It is very importance to have a very strong fence around your garden after all, you spent a lot of time digging it up and getting it ready for all your new plants and I don’t want the animals to enjoy themselves on my dime.
Healthy gardens start with healthy soil, and most crops want to grow in soil that is rich, fertile and well draining.

My garden was very sandy when I first starting in 2009. This type of soil lets water and nutrients drain away quickly. Fortunately, after reading and a lot of research I have improved it by adding amendments such as compost. After each years of growing my garden I add piles of leaves, branches, or other garden trimmings into a corner of the garden which will eventually decompose with no intervention on my part. However, it can take as long as a year to produce results. So to help my garden get off to a good start I brought organic potting soil.

Soil from my garden
Soil from my garden

Choosing your crops! 
I am a planner. I sketch a plan, taking into account how large everything will be when fully grown – don’t jam the plants too close together.

My map of the garden.
My map of the garden.

Deciding which edibles to grow can be both exciting and a bit daunting. A good place to start is to consider what crops you and your family really enjoy eating? My decision is basic on what I will harvest right away, and what I will be storing and freezing for winter. Beyond the tried and true favorites, it is always fun to grown a few new varieties each year. This year it will be cauliflower and red potatoes.
Also place your plants wisely. The majority of edibles need 6 to 8 hours of full sun daily for top production and flavor. All the tall plants are in the back of the garden, middle size is next, shorty are in the front.

First plants of the season.
First plants of the season.

This year the weather has not been in our favor. We have had two cold nights and a lot of wind. So the tomatoes plants will not be put in the ground for about another two weeks. Red bell, yellow bell, dragon cayenne and jalapeno hot peppers are in the ground already. Also butter crunch lettuce, cauliflower and red potatoes are in the ground.

Frist plants of the season
Frist plants of the season

Water your new garden well, even though it’s late afternoon (usually I water it in early morning or late afternoon). Now I watch it grow. Things will really take off when the weather gets even warmer.
I have started early all my herbs I am growing for this season. These can be started early inside in plastic containers that I recycled from one gallon plastic jugs of water. Make sure your label each container so you know what herbs are in each.

Herbs started early
Herbs started early

After weeks of grown inside the seedlings are ready to be planted into their pots on the patio. I enjoy having my herbs on the patio, easy to get to and enjoy all summer when I am cooking. I also dry a lot of the herbs and use them throughout the winter. Some of these herbs pots will be placed out in the garden for the summer but for now they stay on the patio.

Herbs in the home pots
Herbs in the home pots

Cilantro, Italian parsley, Dill, Basil. Thyme and Sage.

Along with my herbs, I have decide to try grown a Cherry Red Small Tomatoes. Love those little things! Also I have near the patio I have a dwarf Sunshine Blue Blueberry plant. They are smaller blueberries but they are really good and in this house we love blueberries. One more thing you need to know, get some flowers for your garden and for the patio. Flowers attract bees which help your garden plants to flower, I always plant about six differ kinds of flowers in between the vegetable plants. I also plant some on the patio for my herbs.

Garden is a great stress release and a lot of fun for the family to get involved. I hope your garden will be a full of vegetables! ENJOY!!

Great recipes from Debbie ! Enjoy!!

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