The Love Of Gardening
love of gardening is usually associated with the smell of the soil, the
freedom of movement and the enjoyment of the bounty. Most of us do not know
why we should plant this vegetable or that one. Many novices in this area
select vegetables by color or taste versus good planting sense. This is
a mistake that could lead to a poor harvest. But I would suggest to the
reader that perhaps the planting and enjoyment of fresh air is more important
than the yield. I would also suggest that you should decide now whether
it is the pursuit or the harvest you are interested in. Making this decision
will make the ingestion of the knowledge within these pages easier and more
Once you have made this decision, you can decide whether to flip to your favorite vegetable or focus more on time and technique. It has been my experience that people who just enjoy gardening are mostly focused on their favorites versus attempting to gain a "giant world of veggies".
In an effort to be thorough, I will make a list
of every item you will need to build a modest garden for most vegetables.
You will need:
*Items 5 and 6 are to be excluded if your goal is
"organic" vegetables, and Item 4 can't be genetically manipulated
seeds. To develop a strong garden we will use a technique called succession
planting. For those of you who don't know, this is after one crop is harvested,
another crop is immediately planted in its place. In order for this process
to work, one crop must mature as another crop's planting season comes.
This rotating system must coordinate the season, maturation of crop one,
and planting season of crop two.
We are going to review seeding techniques, planting techniques, plant types and the environment. We will first evaluate the vegetable, the best climate conditions, soil conditions and average growing season. Fertilizers vary greatly; therefore specific fertilizers vary in their effectiveness on plants under various conditions.
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