You don't need a farm or even a yard of any size to have a garden.
Do you have a balcony or patio that get several hours of sunlight each day?
Do you have a windowsill that gets several hours of sunlight each day?
Container gardening can be very simple to start herbs or flowers and even a few
First, decide what you want to grow. Do you want an herb garden, veggies or
fruit (yes fruit), maybe just a few bee-friendly flowers. I like to make a list
that way I can go back and add to it or get rid of items if I change my
Second, check out each variety to be sure they will grow using the methods
available to you. Will your garden be container only? Will you use small,
large or all shapes and sizes of containers?
Carrots growing in a recycled container.|
Third, what type of soil will you use if you are using containers? If you
have a small yard, soil quality might still be an issue. I recommend homemade
compost but that isn't always an option. I use a mix of several items from the
garden center and home.
This recipe is
primarily for container gardens but works well in raised beds as
well. Here’s my recipe:
large bags organic garden or potting soil
1 small bag Perlite
(optional)1 small bag
Peat Moss or Coconut Coir (improves
1 cup organic bone meal (high in
phosphorus)1 cup organic blood meal (high in
Nitrogen)1 cup crushed eggshells (for
Compost: 1 large bag store bought OR equivalent
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in the Garden
And now to get started! When I'm ready to plant seeds I clear off a table
and fill it will seed-starter materials. You guessed it...Peat Pellets
Each bowl is labeled so I don't confuse the
Did you choose an herb garden? Basil is probably one of the easiest herbs to
grow. Purple Opal Basil is beautiful and flavorful and grows very well in
On another subject...Mary's REAL FOOD Cookbook is
OFFICIALLY available for pre-order sales now. You can purchase the book at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
I had a
wonderful time putting the book together and I am excited about the positive
response so far. Have a Great Weekend!
Purple Opal Basil|