Imagine waking up in the morning and going outside to your beautiful garden. Picking lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, all for today’s lunch; how convenient that you no longer have to rush to the grocery store for a quick and healthy meal, and talk about saving money!
Creating a garden in your small yard, on your patio or even a small herb garden in your kitchen is easy and could save you hundreds of dollars in food costs every year. Your garden could even earn you a little money if you sell your fresh produce to your neighbors when your garden really starts to flourish.
The first step is determining what you want to grow. Better Homes and Gardens Suggests the following vegetables as MUST HAVES: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots, Lettuce, Sweet Peppers and Peas. These are great plans for first time gardeners.
Once you have selected your plants it is time to choose a location. This will depend on the sunlight needs of the plants you have chosen to grow as well as how much space you have. Most of the plants suggested above grow easily in raised beds that you can keep on your patio. Beans are a vining plant and usually need a little more space.
The final step is planting your garden. You can choose to buy seedlings or grow everything on your own. If you choose the second option purchase a bag of seed and in an old egg carton place the seeds and soil. Once the plants have sprouted remove them from the egg carton and plant them in your desired garden location. NOTE: Plant carrots directly into your garden, they are roots and will not withstand a transplant.
Then enjoy your garden!
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