People have different ways and preference when it comes to make sure that they run a healthy lifestyle. Everyone knows that organic foods are better and healthier, and if you manage to grow your own herbs or food, not only you can expect healthier result, but you can get more delicious and nutritious harvest. Managing your own garden may not be easy, but there are some handy tips that you can do to maximize the outcome.
It doesn’t matter whether you are planning your garden through high tech software or you are doing manual work. Include these into your garden activities and you can enjoy more than satisfying result.
- Make sure to grow valuable plants. The term valuable is different from one person to another, but it doesn’t mean that you should buy the expensive plants only. Consider plants that suit your climate the best. Or you can choose the plants that you consider very valuable and very important for your cooking experience. If it means that you should grow tomato next to the garlic, be my guest – do it. You can create different zones and sectors for different kinds of plants. Who says you can’t have a variation of flowers, herbs, or vegetables within your garden?
- Remember to always start early and then end late. If you want to move the spring salad, be sure to do it a month earlier or a month later. Use tunnels, cold frames, or clothes to help you with the removal. You can use row covers in fall to protect the plants from the winter frost. Choosing cold tolerant plants will also help to deal with winter.
- Consider having shoulder season supply. It would be a good idea to have different crops for different seasons. For instance, you can harvest raspberries in fall and keep them as a stash, while having another supply from your veggies summer harvest.
- Focus on what grows well in your garden. You may choose the types of plants that are suitable with the soil and climate, but it also depends on your garden. If you keep carrots and beets, and you find out that your beets are growing better than the carrots, limit the carrot within a smaller space while providing bigger space for the beet.
- Don’t focus on the food only; considering growing things that you can drink as well. In my experience, the rhubarb stalk tea and apple mint are great for my garden. The stalk tea is good for the lemonade, while the apple mint is often used for my tea session. Consider having strawberries, berries, or grapes for more enjoyable drinking time.
- Add perennials into your garden. Having them will limit your activity for weeding, mulching, and fertilizing as you only need to do it annually. Rhubarb and asparagus are excellent to deal with winter cold, while horseradish and Jerusalem artichoke can be grown at any spot. If you live in area where the winter is mild, having bamboos shoots or onions can be great.
- Include important kitchen herbs. Mint, dill, parsley, or basil can be easily planted and grown, but they are quite costly when purchased. Having them in your garden will save you loads of money.