We all know vegetable gardening is not an easy task. Well, those of us that plant gardens anyway.
After fighting the drought last summer, I spent the winter months researching what could make my vegetable gardening more simple, and the harvest more rewarding. All I had to do was spend hours on Pinterest (the same amount of time I spent in the garden last year). I’m sure you remember the hot dry temps last summer. I would head to the garden in the somewhat cool morning, and by 10:00 a.m. it was reaching almost 100 degees. The use of a hoe on the dry solid dirt was ear piercing. I was showering three times a day, and drinking 5 gallons of water. Just as soon as the water from the garden hose hit the dirt, it was absorbed and gone. Drank up by those thirsty vegetable plants.
I’m going to share with you what my hours of research brought me. I think if I focus more on small, the harvest will be greater.
This is a great article about that tasty vegetable, ASPARAGUS.
Are you one to start your own vegetable plants from seeds? This article is awesome at showing how to make newspaper pots. And then you can plant the whole thing once your plants have sprouted.
Recycled Newspaper Pots
And for those of you that are tight on space…..I did some research on SMALL SPACE VEGETABLE GARDENS. This is the kind of planting that guarantees a fresh salad all summer long.
I just ran across this article today, and let me tell you, I’m very impressed and am willing to try this for our vegetable growing season this year. One of my favorite fresh vegetables out of the garden is a fresh tomato. I stay curled up in a blanket, pouting, and longing for the tomato season during the winter months…..for real!
Plant your tomato plants around a bucket with holes drilled in the bottom and part way up the sides. Dig a hole for the bucket to sit in. Your tomato plants will be able to drink plenty of water without getting their leaves wet. GENIUS! I say……
All the directions for the bucket-planting tomatoes can be found HERE. Yup, I have pinned this one.
What do you think about the Pallet Planting? Have you seen that? Fill an old pallet with dirt and plant your small vegetables (lettuce, radishes, spinach, beets, arugula, etc….). The pallet keeps everything in a perfect row and is very easy to tend to. This is perfect for children that are interested in gardening too.
Good luck with all you garden growers out there, and I hope and pray that our weather is more cooperative this year.
“The water is good for a garden, but it’s the rain that makes it grow.”