You make a list in your head at night, but the reality is you only have so much room. What is the best bang for your buck?
First, decide if you want to grow something to eat, or just to enjoy having a nice mixture of flowers to liven up the area. When it comes to growing fruits and vegetables there are some pros and cons.
First let's stick with the go-to favorites. Anything above ground that you can vine up like peas and beans is a great asset with a lower failure rate plus the amount you can achieve in a small area beats out some of it's neighbors under the border. Keep a close eye and carefully give the vine a head start if needed with a little direction encouragement. Once it starts with proper sun and water you have the potential for a good repeating crop.
Easier go-to's as well are the old faithfuls such as Romain lettuce. Kids love to be in charge of their own plant and lettuce as well gives a good repeating crop if you cut off just the tops. Have the kids make the salad for supper and see how well they actually do want to take care of it.
Carrots planted 2 inches apart will give more than enough room to grow in the proper soil. This type of crop is always a bit of a surprise come harvest. Some soils fair better for above-ground plants so study up on your failures and successes and see if you can improve it next year with some slight modifications.
LASTLY - If you really only have so much room then leave the potatoes for the farmer's market. Potato plants take up a fair amount of area and can disappoint you with their yield especially if the soil conditions are not just right. Spend the five bucks on a big bag rather than trying to get that back out of one plant. I throw zucchini in this mix as well - That's just my old man stubborn opinion. If you want to make the kids happy and can afford them taking over room then zucchini is the answer for you, and then you can join the rest of the people that sneak zucchini in the back seats of cars of church parking lots.
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They say it takes a community to raise a child, but what about a garden?
Growing up on a farm you tend to take things for granted during that time. My parents and grandparents would roll over into their grave on a visit to a large chain store to buy a basket of blueberries today. Even I get squeamish looking at something that costs more than a few bucks today with less quality, from when I was a kid walking in to a garden that grew bigger every year and taking a bite out of a carrot and then throwing the rest to compost what you could not eat because it was the size of your arm.
Nowadays if you don't have that luxury of how many acres you want to choose to be your garden, but still yearn to plant and watch something grow then Urban Gardening, or Community Gardening is a feasible choice for us city dwellers.
Local communities across our great Country have chosen to go this path. We have all seen them but have you ever wondered how they come about? Here are some steps listed:
Stay tuned for more to come. Please comment to add your own stories or suggestions.