Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to Grow a Victory Garden

Are you ready to get started on your next garden?
Fall is here and Spring is right around the corner.  

We started with Grow A Victory Garden.  Now we're going to talk about the HOW to grow and WHAT to grow.
My Raised Bed Garden

First, I asked my customers "What is your advice to a new gardener?"  They answered:

"Beginner gardeners should start small and research the best planting seasons for their region."

That's why I offer a free e-newsletter sign-up and a 2014 Planting Guide by Region

"Soak your seeds first!"

This is one of the tips I share at the farmers market and it works!

"Don't feel like you have to plant a whole acre of veggies, it could be overwhelming. Start with a couple varieties that sound tasty"

This is excellent advice!  Often times people become discouraged because their first garden didn't turn out they way they had expected.  Starting small means less work overall and it's a bit easier to manage.  Once you figure out which varieties worked for your area it is easy to expand the next time around.

You might also check out Top 10 Crops with Companion Plants.  This is a way to plant other beneficial plants, herbs and flowers around your primary crop in order to deter "bad bugs" and attract "good bugs." 
AMARANTH adds color to the garden.  The Leaves and Seeds are edible.

My Top 10 Crops include:
Eggplant Radish
Swiss Chard

Start with planning your area.  If you have a small space, use the Square Foot Garden method.
Basics of Square Foot Gardening
Building a Raised Bed Garden in Minutes
Choosing Plant Varieties for a Raised Bed Garden

Even if you have a large area to grow, use the Square Foot Garden method or plant in Rows.
Delicious Amana's Orange Tomato
Plan out what to grow for your area.  
We just published our October Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region

Last but certainly not least, GROW what you and your family LIKE to eat.  I don't grow butternut squash because my husband does not eat it.  I love Radish so I planted 3 different varieties.  I love Tomatoes so I planted 2 different varieties.  Swiss Chard, Kale, Lettuce and Spinach are all EASY varieties to grow and are very nutritious.  We only plant Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds from Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  This will insure the healthiest garden from seed to harvest!

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Cloudygirl said...

This is great information, thank you for sharing! I just planted a winter garden with lettuce and a few root vegetables. Wish me luck!

KC the Kitchen Chopper said...

All this wonderful advice is motivating me to start planting! thanks for joining in #theWeekendSocial. Love having you here. Pinned!

Unknown said...

Hi Mary,
It is critically important to help people understand how beneficial it is to control what they eat by growing as much of their own food as possible.
Thank you so much for enlightening us on the basics and benefits of planting our own gardens at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it.

mothers shadow said...

What terrific advice and help to know about planting a garden. It is so good for you and teaches lessons to children that nothing else can. Thank you for linking up at WW Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

Karen said...

I love the square food gardening method. I've modified it for our preferences through the years, but it's a wonderful foundational approach to growing successfully. Thanks for sharing your information with us at Wake Up Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

Sadly I am lacking a green thumb. I have tried on numerous occasions to grown stuff and it inevitably dies on me (or I killed it). Love all your information. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party!

Weekend Craft said...

Thanks for stopping by Creative Spark Link Party! Hope you stop by to link up today