hear me singing the word gardening, and maybe sing along too.
You see I have this theory, that if you are in need of a little joy, a little comfort, maybe even
a little work out of sorts, the garden is the place to find all three.
When my mind is in a whirl and my heart feels hurt, the garden is the place I want to be.
The garden~singing again...
It could be a patio garden, balcony, containers, raised beds whatever your heart desires.
Oh, also if you want to burn about 200-400 calories, and for me personally that would
be those four Dove chocolates I have after dinner every night, gardening takes care of that
Well, today I am going to share the progress of the garden and some neat little tips too.
On February 22, I shared with you the beginning of our garden in
Five Tips For Growing A Garden.
I guess that was about 6 weeks ago or thereabouts, well I am happy to report that it not
only sprouted, it is growing and we are just about a week away from having some tasty
I honestly feel a little giddy...smiles
Garden Tip #1
Double Digging The Vegetable Garden
Every serious gardener knows that the key to a great crop is good soil.
Being the daughter of farmers we talked about soil, light, water, fertilizer, and yield at every evening meal.
All of these elements combined make a huge difference in strong healthy plants.
The trouble is, good soil is something that one rarely finds, it is made.
With the first turn of soil with that shovel, a gardener usually finds exactly what lies
beneath the surface.
In my region of Texas it unfortunately is clay.
Clay is not good for growing plants or building a house on, you might remember my post on chemical/water injections in Building Our Home~Soil.
Double digging for our garden means that we removed the top soil layer with a shovel and placed it to the side of the rows exposing the subsoil beneath.
I say "we," but it really was my hubby...
We then added about 3 inches of organic matter to the top of the rows.
For the final step hubby shoveled the top soil that had been removed back into the rows and mixed with a spade into the organic matter.
Some of the top soil had large chunks of clay which we removed and hauled off in a wheelbarrow to the back of our property.
Garden Tip # 2
Sooner or later it is bound to happen, there will be pests in your garden and they will want to nibble on something that you sprouted from a seed or purchased from a nursery.
I think the best approach to this is to decide if you want to go natural/organic or conventional methods that usually involve chemicals.
As for us, we are trying to stay as natural as possible.
I used Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade on my garden yesterday.
I have been seeing ants, and aphids on my veggies and this is one way to control them.
I used the wet method and sprayed my garden.
A few other simple ideas to control pests are listed below.
Plant companion plants in your garden.
Aromatic plants such as basil, tansy, marigolds and sage will send a signal to bugs to go somewhere else.
Snails and slugs can be controlled by taking a container of salt and dousing them.
I have included a couple of websites below that you might just find interesting.
As well as this recipe for Homemade Garden Bug Spray from DIYnatural.com
~ 2 cups hot peppers, chopped
~1 tbsp cayenne pepper
~1 head of garlic
~3 tbsp dish soap
~4 gallons of water
You all might know fellow blogger Carole West from Garden Up Green, she is another great resource for your gardening questions.
It is a giveaway subscription to Southern Lady magazine.
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Life and Linda