My adorably sweet father, Curtis Edward, is an amazing gardener. He has planted a successful garden every year for as long as I can remember. He is a good ol’ country boy that knows how to get your crops to grow. He is such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to this stuff, and last year I finally picked his brain about gardening and set out to have my very own.
Not only was tending a garden easier than I thought it would be, it was ENJOYABLE. Yes, enjoyable. I know I may seem like a “priss-tail” (as my mother would say) but I honestly enjoyed working outside in my fertile garden. The vegetables I saw grow and produce over the summer was enlightening to see, and the food was both beneficial and cost-effective for my family. Not to mention healthy. Bonus!
The point I would like to make here, is that if I can do it, anyone can do it. For a long time I didn’t have the confidence or the knowledge to make it happen but now that I have it, I want to share it with others if you are feeling like I was. So get ready for your Garden Starter 101 class!
First, I raked out the chips from this area, and removed the weeds.
Second, get ready to use some muscle. I “chopped up” the dirt with a hoe and got the dirt really broken up to prepare it for the plants.
Third, I decided to make things a little easier on myself and put the odds in my favor by purchasing plants (instead of seeds) from Home Depot. I brought those little things home and planted them with Miracle Grow soil. IMPORTANT- After planting, mulch the plants around their perimeter by gathering any kind of grass clippings/leaves to block the sun from drying it out.
A few more tips from my dad:
- A good time to plant is after Easter/before April 15th
- Expect to see crops about 2 months later
- Squash and Zuchinni are easy to grow but TAKE UP A LOT OF ROOM (see picture below)
- Cucumber and Green Beans are also easy to grow, but are “viney” and need a trellis to grow on
- Pull weeds once a week
- Water your plants with Miracle Grow once a week before noon because plants feed in the morning
- Miracle Grow should be mixed 1 tsp per gallon of water and poured onto the roots
- Pray over your plants. Talk sweet to them. There was something therapeutic about watering my garden in the early morning, thanking God for this beautiful Earth and the opportunity to see such beautiful things flourish.
If you have any additional tips, please share them in the comments section below. (I am curious what people do to deter the deer from eating everything besides using a green house.) I hope you enjoy making your garden grow this year!