Are you interested in growing vegetables, but think it is too time consuming or that you don't have enough space?
If so, consider square-foot gardening.
Follow these simple principles for successful backyard gardening:
1. Keep each area small. Do not give into the idea that bigger is better!
2. Build raised beds if you have physical ailments that deter gardening such as arthritis or a bad back.
3. Till the soil and add organic material. This may take some work if the soil is compacted, but will be easier next year because the soil will not be walked on and compacted again.
4. Grow plants close together. This will cut down on weed growth.
5. Small areas are easily watered by hand. Water at the base of the plants (not over the top) to reach the roots. Apply approximately 1 inch per week if you don't have sufficient rainfall and occasionally add fertilizer to the watering can for efficient use of your time.
6. Practice crop rotation. Below is a list of plants in the same family that need to be planted in different areas each year.
Nightshade Family: tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplants, okra
Brassica Family: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, collards, kale
Cucurbits Family: cucumbers, squash
Legume Family: beans, peas
7. Use shading and covers as needed for extremes in weather conditions.
8. Plant marigolds as a natural way to keep away pests.
Enjoy your garden!
Call Buckeye Landscape for help with building raised beds, tilling and adding soil--or any other landscape needs.