16 January 2013 ~ 4 Comments

It’s decided…I’m going to make a garden

I’ve been reading a lot lately on vegetables and how bad they are for me and my family and I’ve decided to start my own garden. I have my backyard and I can fit a small space to grow vegetables there.  I tried buying vegetables from my local gardeners here in Indiana, but I’m still not sure what fertilizers they use to grow the vegetables.

I must admit, since I started documenting myself on the food industry I started to buy less and less vegetables. I’m trying to avoid the dirty dozen vegetables (apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, lettuce, kale) and buy only the ones that have the lowest probability of being full of chemicals. garden

But spring is coming and my family loves the green veggies: the lettuce and spinach. We usually have salad besides every meal, so I started thinking about growing my own vegetables in the backyard. And honestly I think it will be more cheap to grow them than to buy them from the supermarket. Not to mention that I could grow more vegetables than just the lettuce and spinach that we love so much. I’m dying to taste again the tomatoes, the real ones not this plastic ones we have in the stores nowadays.

But I need your help, because I’ trying to figure out what kind of a garden to make. I’ve been reading a lot on traditional gardens and then I found out about the raised beds. I’m thinking of making a few, because the space is not very big and from what I’m reading it’s the best option when you don’t have a lot of space and it’s more practical than the traditional way of growing vegetables.

My friends are not that into the whole organic vegetables thing, so most of my research was done over the internet. Are there any other ways to make a small garden for a family of 4 ?

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4 Responses to “It’s decided…I’m going to make a garden”

  1. Rabassa 8 April 2013 at 9:33 pm Permalink

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  2. Lynne 9 April 2013 at 3:19 pm Permalink

    Be careful using wood for your raised beds, as they have been pressure treated with tons of chemicals, meant to last and leach for yrs. to come.
    I have built a 3 tiered garden, 6′ x 9′ and get a good deal.
    My secret was to use cinder blocks, upright so that I could also plant my herbs in the holes of the walls. Do anchor the blocks to protect from shifting and the weight of the dirt when wet; even normal soil shifting can do damage to the design. I used rod iron in the corners of the blocks. Less sun loving plants in the middle, heat and sun loving plants in the top, taller plant, sun loving in the bottom; those will protect the middle growth.
    Also, compose all veggie materials, making sure that no grease of any kind is on the scraps, into the garden. The compost is awesome for the garden and the seed. You will be amazed at what comes up on its own the next yr..
    I also suggest, strongly, that you invest in heirloom seed. You can even hit the farmers market and ask if they are growing heirloom, how long they have, and if they would sell you seed. You’d be surprised how few do this, but it’s a better crop and will reseed, unlike newer hybrid see.
    One more thing to find and till into your garden, that will bring the most surprising results is green volcanic sand. I do this once every 3 years to feed and tend the soil.
    55 gallon drums white, are the easiest way to grow root crops, but best used for potatoes. They need to have dirt added to the green growth; when the green part of the plant is 6-8 inches, fill in dirt until 2-3 inches are left showing. For fun and color, let your children decorate them to go with your color scheme or for bright spots of color. Cut in half they are great for keeping plants contained upright. You can add a trellis or stakes to grow vine plants.
    Have a great day.

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