Americans are more concerned about eating healthy than ever before…but have you noticed that the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables hasn’t gone done with this increase in health consciousness? <wink>
The temperatures are finally warming up across the U.S. and many are starting to think about planning gardens for the summer. Having a successful garden is easier to achieve than you think. Check out these strategies for making the most of your garden space.
Build up your soil.
Having fertile soil is the number one thing you can do to improve the quality of your garden. With deep, rich soil in the ground you will achieve extra-lush growth above ground. Makes sense, of course, but how do you achieve this without spending a fortune?
The fastest way is to make raised beds. They typically have loose, fertile soil as well as a more efficient use of space.
If you’re planting in square patterns you won’t be able to fit as many plants. Stagger your plants and plant in triangles.
Even if your garden is extremely small, you can always increase space by growing your plants vertically. Use trellises, fences, stakes or cages (even a wooden pallet can work) to grow viney plants like tomatoes, beans, and squash. And don’t worry about the heavier items – melons and squash will develop thicker stems while they grow to support themselves.
Get more from your growing season when you harvest multiple crops from a single area. Some tips for getting the most of this include using transplanted plants that are already growing, planting fast-maturing varieties, or replenishing the soil with compost each time you replant.
And don’t forget to have your gardening tools ready! We have a pair of pruning shears that are great for keeping all the trees and shrubs cleared away from your garden so all your new plants get plenty of light!
What strategies do you use to get the most from your garden?