Gardening 101: Do It Yourself Food

How to Get Started: Tools of the Trade

There are a number of tools and supplies that you’ll need to start a garden. The first thing you’ll need is a shovel. It’s important that you have a shovel that’s comfortable for you to use and that you can hold comfortably. Then you need a compost bin. I use a 12-gallon compost bin, but I’ve also used a 5-gallon bucket, a freezer container, or another container that’s shallow enough to bury yourself in. The goal, though, is to get your food scraps (no foot-throwing permitted) into a big body of water without having to e-waste anything else. Now, as for the tools themselves, you should be able to find most of them at a hardware store. Some of the items you might already have easily. If you can find these items that work for small backyard plants, you might be fine.
For moving forward, I would recommend planning out a 3–4 month time block. When you decide to start your garden you will want to have a general idea of what types of plants you actually want to grow and when you can expect to harvest your first harvest. My time block was from mid-May to August.

How To Make The Most Of Your Growing Season

There are three times of the year when you can make the most out of your growing season. First, you have your actual growing season which is from the end of March to the end of October; this is the time when you have your fresh crops. Then, there’s your dormant growing season which runs from the end of November to the end of March. Finally, there’s your dormant growing season which runs from the end of April to the end of September. Even though this is only a few weeks in any given year, you can maximize your growing season if you plan ahead and know what to expect. This includes the variety of plants you have. During the actual growing season, there are several crops you have to look out for. These include tomatoes, peppers, celery, brussels sprouts, peas, and onions. Keep an eye out for any of them that you’ve never grown before during this time of year. Next, you have your dormant growing season (these are the vegetables that don’t get to reach their full growth period until winter after harvest). Again, these are things to look out for like herbs and things like that. Keep an eye out for winter crops like turnips, parsnips, and cauliflower too.
During the actual growing season (your actual growing season), you need to decide when to harvest your crops. During this time, you want to harvest at the beginning of the day when the sun is shining the best. This way, you don’t waste time and also avoid getting hit by the latest rainstorm or snowstorm. During the dormant growing season (the seasons that don’t include the first frost), you still need to harvest, but you do not have to time them exactly as you did during the actual growing season.

How To Care For Your Plants

There are three key things that your plants need to grow healthy and strong.
One is light. Light is essential for plants to grow and thrive. Make sure that your plants have enough light.
The second thing that your plants need is water. Make sure that your plants are getting enough water. Too little and your plant can start to rot. If your plants are getting all the food and water they need but they’re still dying then it’s time to look at what you’re doing to help your plants to survive and thrive.
If you look at your plants as the air we breathe, then where the oxygen is lacking, the plants are dying.
In order for your plants to survive and for oxygen to be able to be delivered to all parts of your plants, then you need to provide your plants with the 12 essential minerals.
You can achieve this knowing that you need to provide the 12 essential minerals all year round.
What does that mean?
If your plants have lost all of their leaves because there isn’t enough light getting to them, then they can’t photosynthesize or use carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. If there is insufficient or no light getting to your plants then they can’t absorb the minerals from the soil and they can’t photosynthesize. The plants can no longer build their root systems so they stop growing and they eventually die.
When all the leaves are gone then the soil is able to be re-covered with a thicker layer of topsoil. Then upwards of a year will pass before new growth starts again. By providing your plants with the 12 essential minerals, you provide them with the base they need to survive and make your garden a better place.
Autumn in British Columbia can be one of the best seasons to be outside. The days tend to be shorter and the nights are colder. There’s always the chance for a bright sunny day.
These tips will help you start a garden of your own, so go out there and get yourself some seeds. Go out there and get yourself some plants. Go out there and get yourself some dirt. But most importantly, go out there and have yourself some fun, because that’s what it’s all about.

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