I was getting so pumped to start getting my plants outside and transplanted and to finally sow in my straight to soil seeds but unfortunately Mother Nature has been a buzz kill yet again. It seems frost hasn’t gotten the hint to leave and is staying past it’s welcome. I am looking to probably start building my frame ends in the garage this weekend and possibly get those out next week. But based on the forecast temps we may have to wait longer to plant. Even though some plants like lettuce like cooler temps, the majority of my other veggies and fruits like it warm. Soil temps are a big factor on making or breaking your garden, so it doesn’t hardly pay to be hasty. We will just have to wait to catch a break!
One of the best tips anyone can give regarding gardening is going to be gardening tarp. If you want the benefits of a garden but don’t have the time to garden everyday after your 9-5, gardening tarp can definitely be your life saver. It is fairly simple to install and utilize. There are ton of varieties at different price points, at several retailers. I bought my roll in bulk and just cut a piece off to fit the size of my garden each season. If you want to be super organized, you can measure and pre-cut the diameters for your plants. For the larger ones that will need cages it might be difficult i.e. tomatoes. You can always cut out the tarp after planting as well it just might not look at pretty. The benefits are endless. You will have less weeds, and less chance for mold for your vine plants which is a big issue especially for zucchini and cucumbers. After measuring your tarp, laying it out and securing it (usually with small hoop hooks that go into the ground) you will want to cover with mulch. This will also prevent weeds emerging.
Hey everyone! Please take the time to read over this article below from Harvard Health. The team at Harvard goes into detail regarding the benefits of growing your own food. Not only do home grown foods taste better but you also get a ton of other benefits including:
- control – control of harvesting times, what you grow, and what comes into touch with your food whether it be the fertilizer, soil, etc. Picking food at the right time ensures the most nutrient dense product. Many foods from the grocery stores are picked before maturity and are then actually aged in transportation or in specialized rooms
- better sourcing – imagine just having to walk outside for your food, rather than travel to the grocery store … plus this will save on grocery bills for trips that you do take. This availability will also help you eat more healthy
- physical exercise – even though you may do things to keep the weeds down in your garden you still do need to maintain it to ensure the highest product yield, that takes movement which is exercise … plus it’s more fun than sitting on a treadmill or lifting weights.
Another great tip to keep in mind is to use your pet’s hair, preferably your dog. Putting dog hair around the perimeter will ward away the critters including rabbits and squirrels and birds. The scent of your pet’s hair will scare off the animals. This will save your small plants as well as promote a healthy, full growth.