I was recently interviewed about my edible garden. As parts of the interview were edited to fit it into a short story, I have decided to publish the whole interview on my blog. Over the next view weeks I will take you through a quick gardening 101. Last week I shared about the benefits gardening has on the mind, body and soul. You can read about that here. Today I am giving you a couple more handy hints and tips on how to get a healthy start in your veggie patch.
Q: What are some tips you can give us to build a healthy veggie patch?
A: There are many things to consider and location and position is a topic we covered a few weeks ago. Here are 6 more tips to get you off to a good start:
Always plan ahead.
Your summer garden is planned in winter. Seeds can be sown in the green house from August. This gives you a nice head start. Your winter garden is planned in summer. Seeds for the Winter garden are sown in February
Use Heirloom seeds and seedlings where possible.
These seeds can be saved, are not sprayed with pesticides and are not hybridised. Heirloom seeds are true to type, which means, when sown again, you get exactly what you got the season before.
Use only organic fertilizers for your garden.
They are available online or in your hardware store. Healthy soil teems with organisms needed to metabolise the minerals your plants need to grow healthy and strong. Synthetic fertilisers kill these organisms. Nothing grows well in dead soil. You can also make worm juice onsite, if you have a worm farm. Worm juice is not a fertiliser but a tonic full of healthy bacteria needed for your soil. I liken it to a probiotic. Seaweed emulsion is a mineral supplement helpful in growing strong and healthy plants.
Don’t use pesticides.
Healthy soil creates healthy plants. Healthy plants are resistant to pests.
ALWAYS mulch, mulch, mulch!
It protects your soil, protects those organisms needed to grow your healthy plants and the mulch also nourishes your soil with the nutrients it needs as the mulch breaks down.
Use drip irrigation on a timer.
It allows you to take a holiday, which we all need to do from time to time 🙂
Only plant food you are going to eat and share surplus with your neighbours.