It’s almost that time of year (depending upon where you live) to get your seeds started for your upcoming garden. There are many ways to do this including outside cold frames, inside seed trays near southern exposure windows, or indoor greenhouse trays with grow lights. You may not have the ideal situation, but there is always a way to grow some of your own food or herbs.
If you have a unique situation, please feel free to ask questions. I don’t have all the answers, but some of the readers may be able to help as well. I will try this year to cover most situations so that anyone can find a way to ‘garden’ and grow some of their own food.
If you live in an apartment, there are several ways including; container gardening, patio gardening, raised beds, window boxes, indoor gardens and window farming. By using multiple methods, an apartment dweller can grow many types of herbs, vegetables, and dwarf fruit trees. Not only is gardening a good hobby and stress reliever, but plants produce oxygen, help filter the atmosphere, and produce naturally produced food that will reduce a gardeners food budget.
Many people live in city or suburban homes with limited space available. Even in this situation, multiple types of gardening will increase the growing space and the amount of food someone can produce. Vegetables can be incorporated into flower beds making the beds not only green with flowers as the plants bloom before the ‘fruit’ of the plant is produced, but by incorporating them into your flower beds, you’ll make them productive as well as decorative.
Raised beds, trellises, and containers will give a gardener more usuable space in areas that would be difficult to plant otherwise. By using trellises, you can make portions of your garden vertical making more garden area. Many plants can be grown using a trellis including many types of squash or gourds, beans, peas, or cucumbers.
My flower beds and garden are still covered with the cardboard and mulch layers. I’ll leave them until just before time to plant and then I’ll till it all together and into the soil. After a couple of years, I should have built up fairly good organic soil and should be able to till and plant it pretty easily each year.
Here is Missouri, I have to start my seeds inside and I’ll start most of them in a couple of weeks. This will allow me to get my brocolli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and similar plants ready to plant as soon as possible in my raised boxes. These boxes I have set up so that I can cover them if we have a frost after I’ve planted. I can’t wait to be able to have fresh veggies again!!