Most of us have heard of the saying “April showers bring May flowers”. After a rainy season and an increase in temperature, it is time to create a space for vegetation to grow. Harvesting your own vegetables from a garden can help you save money, reduce plastic consumption, and reduce food miles.
Here are some steps and tips to get your vegetable or herb gardens started this spring.
1. Create space
Find a space with good soil, lots of sun, and a nearby water source. Clear the space and use compost to create a base for the garden. Place a layer of newspaper under 3 inches of compost and let sit for four weeks in preparation for the garden. Turn the soil before planting vegetables or herbs.
2. Choose your plants
Choose plants appropriate to your climate, soil, and amount of sunlight. Climate, soil, and sunlight conditions are labelled on packages of seeds or can be easily found online. Once the frost is clear from the forecast, you can begin to dig, soil, and plant your seeds.
3. Care and prevention
After the seed is planted, water daily. As time goes on, you may begin to water less frequently as the plant grows larger.
To increase water retention and avoid weeds from growing, add a layer of mulch on top of the soil. Choose mulch that decomposes after a couple of months if you are growing a vegetable garden.
Water frequently, weed when necessary, and enjoy the fresh produce in your own backyard. Rule of thumb: Pick it when it looks good enough to eat. The more you harvest a plant, the more it will produce.
In the kitchen
Create a zero-waste salad fresh from your garden with a beautiful combination of greens and your choice of vegetables. Add a homemade vinaigrette or dressing and enjoy the fresh vegetables that you’ve grown from your garden.