"" Family Veggie Garden: April 2019

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Friday, April 26, 2019

PREPARING YOUR VEGGIE GARDEN AREA


Before you can start with your veggie garden you will need a place to plant them. You can start your organic garden in any location that you feel will be suitable for growing veggies. Choose a location that will get a good amount of sunlight during the day. It is also possible to grow veggies in pots or containers. The size of your organic veggie garden is entirely up to you. Do not be afraid to start small and build up to a larger one at a later stage. Do not be discourage if you feel you do not have as much space as you would like for your new garden. You are only starting out and working with the recourses that are currently available.


Green garden veggies


GARDEN TOOLS
a Few old fashioned tools are the only things you will need to get started. You will need a good spade (shovel) to dig your garden area. a Garden rake and hoe will also be necessary and maybe a strong pair of gloves.

PREPARING THE SOIL
Once you have decided where you are going to plant your vegetables go to your backyard and remove all rocks and weeds that grows in that area. Start digging and loosen the soil and spread the compost from your compost pile, as well as manure and bone meal over the garden area. Dig in. By doing this you are creating an area rich in nutrients for your veggies to grow. Keep the soil damp but not too soggy.  
In out next post we will start to sow seeds and planting seedlings.

Monday, April 22, 2019

DECIDING WHAT TO GROW FIRST


Once you decided to start your veggie garden you need something to plant in it. For many choosing what veggies to grow is the fun part to imagine what type of vegetables and herbs you will see shooting up from your new garden. There are many organic vegetable seeds available. In fact, there are so many seeds to choose that you can find yourself completely overwhelmed.

For beginners it is important that you stick to veggies that are easy to grow. Vegetables that you have not usually eaten before or ever thought of growing you might be surprised by the results. Organic gardeners have found that veggies they usually hated when purchased canned or frozen tasted delicious when harvested from their own backyard.  The following are a few suggested vegetables we grew originally, that are easy to grow and a delicious treat.

Tomatoes with Basil



THREE STARTER SUMMER VEGETABLES

1. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a popular veggie to grow at home, because they can grow in all climates. Many different varietes available many of which do not require any stakes to grow against. Cherry tomatoes are especially popular and are great in salads and as appetizers in many recipes. It is important they get enough sunlight and water.

2. Green Peas
Green peas can be planted as soon as the cold weather breaks. You can purchase seeds that will grow in a bush or those that will grow against a pole or stake. For small gardens pole beans are recommended.

3. Sweet Peppers & Chillies
Peppers are great to grow if you are working with a small amount of space or in pots or containers. You can pick peppers as you need them.

THREE STARTER WINTER VEGETABLES

1. Garden Peas
A favourite veggie for many children. Growing organic peas is a great idea, and a great source of fresh food.

2. Beets
Beets will grow beautiful in a well composted area and will always be much better than anything you will find in a can.

3. Lettuce
An easy must have if you are a salad eater. Many varieties available.

THREE STARTER HERBS
Basil (companion with Tomatoes) Thyme and Parsley.




Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A BACKYARD VEGGIE GARDEN IS VERY REWARDING


Our family enjoy our vegetable garden in our backyard right through the year. The joy of harvesting fresh organic veggies. With this Blog we want to inspire more people, young and old to join us enjoying this amazing hobby.

We are not experts in this field but through the years we collected some very useful knowledge. Keep is simple is our motto, not to make it to technical and difficult. So we will keep our discussions practical and easy to apply. Start your own organic vegetable garden faster than you expected.

A variety of fresh veggies



Starting a home veggie garden is much easier than many people realize even if you have never seen a home backyard vegetable garden before. You can start your garden out small to get comfortable with growing vegetables and then add to it as the time goes on. You will be amazed at how easy it is and will wonder why you did not start your own veggie garden years ago.

Grow healthy vegetables for yourself, friends and family members. Spend a few minutes outdoors everyday monitoring your growing garden and enjoying the weather.

Vegetable gardening can even become a family pastime.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

COMPOST ALSO KNOWN AS BLACK GOLD


Before you start a veggie garden you need organic compost. Compost is something that you will need to help your veggies thrive. Rich compost will give your soil the minerals necessary to help your vegetables to grow well. It is very easy to make compost using materials that you have on hand.
Choose an outdoor sunny spot for your compost pile, about  3-2m size. You can also easily make a container or buy one at your hardware store. The compost pile MUST be started well before you plan to plant.

WHAT TO ADD TO YOUR COMPOST PILE:
Vegetable and Fruit peels, Shredded newspaper, Egg shells, Coffee Grinds, Tea bags, Manure (Cattle, Horse, Pig, Rabbit  ETC)  Collect waste from your kitchen and garden. Aim for equal amounts of "Green and Brown" waste.
"Green" waste includes fruits and veggies. "Brown" waste includes wood shavings, dry leaves and newspaper.

WHAT NOT TO ADD TO A COMPOST PILE:
Dairy and animal products, animal bones which will start to smell and attract pests. Fats, Oils and pet waste. Disease or insect ridden plants will contaminate your compost making it unuseable.

Compost pile

Sprinkle the compost with water every now and then this will help to break everything down. Your compost pile should be about knee height.  Wait a few weeks and you will have good organic compost.  Turn your pile every  2-3 weeks with a garden fork, because your pile also needs oxygen.
If you are someone growing veggies in limited space using pots or containers you might want to purchase good organic compost from a garden centre. 
As you can see that it is easy to make your own organic compost or also known as black gold.