7 Things To Do Right Now To Get Ready for a Fabulous Summer Garden
The Survival Mom
by Lisa Bedford: 23
Ultimate Survival Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything
your soil, if it needs it. Marjory Wildcraft of Grow Your Own Groceries,
says that conditioning your soil is one of the first thing any gardener
should do. Keep in mind that soil composition can change over time
and should be re-evaluated every so often.
was growing tomatoes non-stop, even throughout the winter, when
suddenly everything pretty much died. We learned, later, that our
soil had accumulated too much nitrogen and had to back up several
steps to make some adjustments. You might need to:
- Have your
soil tested by your local extension office
- Mix compost
in with the soil you now have
- Add amendments,
per instructions from extension office or local growers
2. Push your
composting into high gear! Make sure everyone in the family
knows what can and cannot be added to compost and place compost
catchers near the kitchen sink and anywhere else food is prepared.
Get the kids
busy shredding newspaper and old mail (remove plastic windows in
envelopes before shredding). Visit a nearby coffee house and ask
for their old coffee grinds. Ask neighbors for grass clippings,
piles of old leaves, and vegetable peelings.
3. If youre
not sure what to plant and when, visit a farmers market and
talk to the pros or search on the internet for local gardening blogs.
Out of curiosity,
I did a search for Phoenix garden blog and came up with
28,900,000 results. OK, most of those wont have the information
Im looking for, but the way I figure it is that if someone
cares enough to write about their gardening efforts, they probably
have some pretty good information and tips to share!
(probably not the big box store nurseries) will likely have good
advice about what grows best in your climate. Remember that many
of us live in micro-climates, which affects what we can grow
and when it should be planted and harvested.
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