Gardening

Gardening

I began Gardening in my younger years when our family was young and keep learning and experiencing each year!   Live and Learn right?  

I’m no professional my no means , but I had a lot of fun and sore hands in the process!

Well to start off lets pick and good location for your garden with at least 6 hours of sunlight, good dirt, and free of weeds( a never ending battle) as can be!   We tilled it several times in spring and I hoed for hours seemed like!

I always marked my sections off with string and left plenty of space between rows so I could get in there without damaging any plants or the kids stepping on them.  Aww   them “Good Ol Days”

Grow the foods that you know you will eat,  No sense in all the work if you’re not going to eat it Right?

  • Determine the planting dates an directions for your Geographical Area which is usually located on the packages;  but if not you can always go to your local government, university or good ol Google!
  • The soil should drain well and have access to water and hoses.  Some fertilizers can be added during tilling and some during the growing season. I prefer natural fertilizers as to the chemical ones, It’s usually cheaper and safe for pets and children.
  • Mulching retains moisture and eliminates weeds.  Straw,hay, and grass clippings are all effective.
  • Remember each year to rotate your crops as some plants are hard on soil, plus it controls disease and insect infestation.
  • in the Fall its times to start preserving all the food you have nurtured throughout the season!  And there are a few ways to do that.
  • Drying,  can be done at home for little cost;  you can dry in the oven, in the sun, or in home Dehydrators,  Freezing and My Favorite Canning!

It all boils down to having the satisfaction of raising your own foods and knowing whats in them!   As we all know now days we have no idea what is in our food;  but that’s another subject!

So this is a few basics to get you going this coming planting season and happy Gardening!!

I’m always learning too, so I may be adding more info as I can.

Enjoy!

 

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My Garden
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Snapping Green Beans getting ready to can !

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I BOUGHT A NEW TOY TO HELP WITH MY GARDENING THIS LAST YEAR AS WE LIVE IN A SMALL HOME AND RUNNING OUT OF SPACE FOR ALL MY CANNING JARS OF FOOD,  SO DECIDED TO GET A DEHYDRATOR AND SEALER THEREFORE I CAN STORE MY DRIED FOOD TAKING UP LESS SPACE!!

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I DEHYDRATED!

TOMATOES WERE EASY BUT I FOUND OUT IT TAKES ALOT OF FRESH TOMATOES TO GET ALOT OF TOMATOE POWDER!  I BEGAN BY SLICING REMOVING THE CORE AND WITH SKINS ON SLICED THEM THIN AND ARRANGED ON MY DEHYDRATOR TRAYS NOT OVERLAPPING!   THIS TOOK SEVERAL DAYS BUT PRIDE AND FUN LOOKING AT THE FINISHED PRODUCT!

I ALSO DEHYDRATED PEPPERS CUTTING THEM INTO SLICES TO DRY THE SEALED THEM.  IT COMES IN HANDY WITH THE WINTER CHILI AND SOUPS!

Author- Pamela Marston

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