I feel like it would be easier and take less time to solve world hunger!
Things to Consider (to name a few):
- SOIL– good earth is so important for a successful yield. You can do soil tests and buy fancy products, but I have neither the time nor the resources this year so I’m just going to work with what I have.
- SUNLIGHT- most plants need 6-8 hours of sunlight/day. Also, taller things should be planted on the north side so they don’t overshadow your little guys.
- SLOPE- flat is best to avoid water runoff.
- ACCESS- close to your kitchen (so you will use it) and especially to your water supply- less time lugging water around means more time loafing. Also, I want to plant my beds so I can reach everything without stepping into the garden (i.e. 3 feet wide). That’s better for the soil, the plants, and my pants.
- SHELTER– from the wind. I am too overwhelmed to tackle this right now. I can’t even build a Kinder Surprise toy on my own. My yard has some natural barriers (shrubs, slopes and house structures) that will hopefully do this for me.
- WHAT, WHERE , HOW MUCH, and WHEN to PLANT: almost impossible to plan for chumps like me without experience- this is why I’m glad I stopped by the great blog Grow Your Groceries, which brought a very helpful (and FREE!) website to my attention:
Smart Gardener <– click to try it yourself!
I’ll walk you through how it was helpful for me:
PS- What I’m growing (I think). This may look a little… “off” to some of you! Chances are, that is because I have no clue what I’m actually doing. Or I may be over/under-supplied. Or both:
… You think I’m nuts, don’t you? Nah, it’s cool. You can say it.