Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Start A Garden!! Not Much Space - No Problem!!
If you have an acre or so of land, then find yourself a roto-tiller and go for it! If you're on a small city lot, you still have plenty of opportunities.
I opted for raised gardens, made with a few boards, screws, plastic sheeting and a little barn-red paint. Because my lot has mostly red clay, I had to bring in bags of garden soil, and I'm still trying to get the right soil mix, but things are coming along well.
Another option is container gardening, which is basically planting vegetables or fruits in large containers such as flower pots.
Some people have turned their flower beds into vegetable beds.
My mother tried the upside-down Topsy Turvy tomato planter last year, with miserable results. My theory is that she didn't plant the right kind of tomato (cherry tomatoes do best in these things) and the planter hung on a shepherd's hook that allowed it blow around like crazy in the Oklahoma winds. But whatever the problem, she didn't harvest a single tomato.
There are numerous studies that show gardening is good for your health in all sorts of ways. It gets you out in the sun to soak up some vitamin D, you get a little exercise hoeing those weeds every week or so, you eat healthier (assuming you have a harvest) and your attitude improves.
You still have plenty of time to set out tomatoes, okra, squash, pumpkins, watermelons, well the list goes on and on. You have probably missed the boat on the early season crops like lettuce, potatoes, strawberries and onions, though.