April 25, 2015
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Late April in Kansas City means it’s time to plant most things into the dirt. Many homeowners are planting gardens with minimal landscaping effort, giving them fresh fruits and vegetables for the months ahead.
Many garden plants require little care, and can be a rich source of nutritious fare during the hot summer months. My wife and I have planted tomatoes, corn, onions, peppers, peas, squash, watermelon, pumpkins and more. Having a large variety will provide you with fresh pickings all season long.
Planting flowers around the front of your house will increase its curb appeal. Butterflies and other pollinators will enjoy the pollen and nectar of the flowers. Flowers will also invite bees and other not-so-friendly flyers around too, so be careful when working in your garden to avoid being stung.
The following ideas will help you get your garden off to a quick start this weekend.
- Plan your space. Knowing how much space you have will help ensure you purchase the right number of each plant.
- Turn the soil, or use the no-till method. My wife and I are using this method in 2015.
- Test and amend the soil. If you’re wanting the best results possible (and who isn’t?), it all starts with the chemical balance of the dirt. Kits can be purchased from home improvement stores and garden centers for a few dollars. These soil testing kits will analyze your soil and recommend improvements to the soil.
- Space the plants according to the label. Each plant has different requirements for root space. Proper plant spacing will help the plant obtain maximum nutrients, helping it grow and produce fruit abundantly.
- Water the plants as you plant them. You can also incorporate some liquid plant starter into this initial watering to give them a growing boost.
- Some plants provide natural insect repellant, protecting the rest of the plants. Planting these in and around your plants can help them avoid insect damage.
- Keep them watered throughout the growing season. Pick the ripe produce as it reaches its peak, and enjoy!
Here are some great DIY garden ideas to help you get your project off the ground.
Don’t forget the garden gnomes!