Most of you know that I’m what I like to call an “experimenting gardener”. When it comes to gardening, I love to see what I can grow…and I what I simply CANNOT. Living in Central Florida, I’ve been doing pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement! For instance…
I’ve been purchasing lots of my seeds from Amazon, when I can’t find them in my local area. My October sowing was no different – I purchased some spinach seeds from Amazon, because I LOVE spinach, and I was excited about having a bunch of it on hand!
You can see it here in the background of this pic…
Except this was about the same time that my parents were down for Thanksgiving, and my mom, while studying my garden, pointed to my spinach and said, “What’s that?”
“It’s spinach!” I exclaimed, a little taken aback that she didn’t know.
“That’s not spinach,” she said firmly.
“Mom. Yes it is.”
“No, no it’s not.”
“Mom, seriously. I bought spinach seeds. They came in a packet marked Spinach Seeds. So I planted the spinach seeds. It’s spinach.”
“I don’t know how you got messed up…but that’s not spinach.”
Dadgum it, she was RIGHT! And I was SO frustrated! My spinach crop that I was GREATLY anticipating was nothing more than BOK CHOY. Honestly.
Now, it was beautiful Bok Choy. I mean my goodness, it was pretty! See?
But spinach it was not.
Apparently I’m still learning gardening things…and I probably will be for years to come.
So when Daniel Rogers contacted me to see if I was interesting in posting his gardening musings, well, I was. Maybe it will somehow help me to know what I’m planting next time! Let’s find out…
Even though gardening is something that has been evolving for millennia, there is always room for improvement. This being said, every year brings us something new, which concerns either practicality and health or simply the visual aspect of gardening in general. With this in mind, here are few things that show serious inclination of becoming gardening trends in 2016.
Improving Your Soil
Regardless of the quality of your soil, there are so many things you can do to make it better. For example, it has been noted that organically rich soil helps your plants develop stronger roots. In turn, this will result in them becoming more stable and better supplied with both necessary nutrients and water. Now, there are many different ways to improve the quality of your soil, but raising beds is probably the simplest, most garden friendly solution. Not only will this loosen fertile soil, but also give plants some quality spacing and give them some room to develop properly. All in all, a step most definitely worth considering.
It comes as no secret that there are some plants that work well together in symbiosis. In this way, they are not only helping each other survive but also thrive and prosper. Utilizing this idea as an efficient gardening trick is something that has been done since the dawn of civilization. Even Native Americans knew how to use this connection between corn, beans, and squash to their advantage. Insisting too much on a single plant can quickly exhaust the soil and you always need to plan in the long run.
The most important thing to know is that once you have everything planned and planted, your work has just begun. After this is done, you will need to maintain your garden tidy, and most importantly well meliorated. This however, requires a lot of vigilant work and care as well as the right gear. With this in mind, make sure to get a proper rake, shovel and even digging fork. As for your water supplies, it would be both wise and planet friendly to find a way to collect rainwater and then use it to water your garden. Of course, you will need a proper tool for this as well so get yourself a quality spray hose.
Protect the Garden
What good is even the most quality organized garden if its very integrity is compromised by various pests? In order not to allow this to happen, you must once again look for ways to protect what is yours. This being said, in order to keep your garden safe from larger pests, a nice fence or some similar barrier is your best bet. To protect your plants from birds, get yourself a quality looking scarecrow. On the other hand, you should avoid chemical compounds as much as you can. Their effect on your garden can be devastating in the long run so always go for their homemade alternatives.
As you can see, where there is a will, there is always a way. If you aim on transforming your garden into organic heaven on earth this can be easily achieved with just a bit of effort. Just remember one thing, your work never really ends. Also, trends, tricks and ideas will come out every year and for the sake of your garden it would be wise to keep up with them.
Great stuff, Daniel! I’ve already got the raised beds, and I’m a big “planner aheader” so I’m well on my way, it seems!
What about you? Planning on doing any gardening in 2016? What will be the key to your gardening success?
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