Quick and Dirty Garden to pratice your skills

I am surprised by the number of people that have asked for gardening advice, and its really sad that so few of us know how to garden so I will be adding some gardening tips for all from time to time.

Indoors

1. Watch the sun and find a window that has aleast 4-6 hours of sunlight that has a place to put a window sill pot close to the window.

2. Purchase a window sill pot or anything that is aleast a couple of feet long and aleast 8 inches deep. If not use single flower pots, large bowls or gallon sized plastic buckets

3. Best beginner plants for indoors is herbs, kale, peppers, bush not vine tomatos such Tumbler tomatoes and shallow root crops such as radishes, garlic and onions

4. Use planting soil or if you use soil from your backyard use some cow or chicken poo to help get it ready for plants

5. Plant seads according to instructions on package, use a spray bottle to apply mist until soil is wet

6. Cover area with plastic to ensure warmth and dampness until leaves are visible

7. Water the plants gently with a spray bottle or a water bulb

8. Enjoy

Outdoors

1. Prepare the area by using a hoe to break up the soil and a rake to smooth the area out

2. Use potting soil or cow/chicken/rabbit poo.. in both cases mix well with the soil and use sparingly

3. Let the ground settle for 2-4 weeks before planting. Plant according to package instructions and after the last frost for your zone. Zone Maps – http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

4. Gently mist water until soil is wet best way is to purchase a water sprayer with a mist setting

5. Cover area in plastic to ensure warmth and dampness until leaves emerge. Also note the area may need to recovered in plastic if temps get too low

6. Good starting plants for outdoors is much like the ones for indoors

Above all remenber gardening requires attention, patience and relax

Links of Interest

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/

http://www.garden.org/

http://www.weekendgardener.net/

http://www.nal.usda.gov/find-gardening-resources

 

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4 thoughts on “Quick and Dirty Garden to pratice your skills

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  2. Thanks for any other excellent post. The place else
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  3. I’ve been wanting to start growing some herbs, or kale. Might give it a shot in the window… It seems like it should be more complicated than that, but I’ll try it!

    • Actually herbs and kale are some of the easiest plants to grow. Also if kept warm during hard freezes (not sure where you are but I am speaking around conditions in NC) kale and most herbs can be year around crops. We have kale and mustard greens growing in a cold frame and herbs growing beside a bay window (which if you own cats be sure to keep a eye on them since they may take offense to the planter being in thier sunlight. Ours tried to lay in it the first week or two until they got the message not to lay in the planter).

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