Ask anyone with a garden in their yard how good vegetables taste when they have been out of the ground for only a few minutes when you eat them. Ask anyone how much fun it is to get down on your knees, in the dirt, and feeling the earth between your fingers. Most will say it is not only therapeutic, but a very relaxing way to spend a few hours.
So how does one go about growing vegetables? There are several factors you have to consider. First of all, where do you live? Are you in an apartment in the city? It is still possible to have a small garden. Do you live in the north? Fear not, you have a growing season, and don’t forget the miracle of the greenhouse. Maybe you have a hobby farm, and are thinking about making a little extra income at your local farmer’s market. Let’s look at some of the factors you have to keep in mind in each of these locales.
Growing vegetables when you live in an apartment or condo is possible. You do have some limitations regarding what you can grow, but you will still be able to have a nice variety of vegetables. Using your balcony and a little bit of information from the internet or your local nursery, you will be able to harvest your own vegetables!
People who live further up north do have the ability to grow outside, but they can also take advantage of greenhouses. Just don’t put greenhouses in the “northern climate only” category. Some areas get so hot, that the heat actually stops vegetables growing. Greenhouses can also be used to keep the temperature cool enough for vegetables to grow. Greenhouses are great to keep temperatures stable. That is the best way to describe them. Just remember, no matter what you decide to grow in your greenhouse, make sure you get the seeds that are made specifically for greenhouse growing.
How about using vegetables as an extra source of income? If you have a small hobby farm, you can turn some of the land into money. All you need is a couple of acres and minimal farm equipment. Usually a tractor is sufficient. Since you aren’t growing so much that you need a broker to make sure all the vegetables are sold before they go bad, you don’t have to pay someone else part of the profits. You can grow enough to feed your family, and still have a nice variety and amount to take to your local farmer’s market. Selling your vegetables in this type of venue allows you to have all the profits.
No matter where you are, or how much space you have, there are two factors that are of the utmost importance to gardening. You need sun and you need water. If you have an area that gets a minimum of 6 hours of sun a day, you can have a garden there. Check with your local nursery and they will be able to set you up with all the necessities for your area. Make sure you ask if you will need anything special for any of the vegetables you are thinking about growing.
If you want to start a garden, the best thing to do is talk to the local experts. They can tell you the best soil to use, the ideal time to start planting, and what fertilizer to use. They can also recommend the best crops for your region. Check with your local nursery, you will be amazed what you can grow in your backyard.
By PictureNewYork LG on 2012-09-27 13:56:05
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Growing your own food is the most gratifying and rewarding act on the planet. Starting food from seeds is easy, inexpensive and fun. But planning a garden can be daunting and many gardeners do not know where to start. Planning a garden starts with choosing what you love to eat.
Your garden is the ultimate grocery store because it’s convenient and tailored to your taste. But there are a multitude of other benefits to gardening such as saving money, eating healthier foods and burning calories.