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Love gardening! The freelance writer from Detroit, Heather Levin shares valuable insights.

And what a wonderful way she has presented the benefits of home vegetable gardening.

I would call it the art of meditation by absorption in activity!

Read through and let me know what you think!!

couple vegetable gardening

…………….I love gardening. ………….

…………Have you ever thought about starting a home garden?

……………….With food prices rising and more people trying to save money due to the economy, home gardening has taken off in a big way in recent years. .

………..Home gardening is a hobby that can bring great joy to your life, enable you to get some free exercise, and bring the entire family together. .

……Benefits of Home Gardening

…………..So, still wondering if home gardening is right for you? .

1. Home Gardening Is Versatile

………….Some people think they need a huge yard to have their own garden, but nothing could be further from the truth. .

Case in point: ………So, don’t think that because you don’t have a ton of space you can’t grow a garden. Home gardening can be really versatile, and easy to get into!

2. Home Gardening Relieves Stress

I find gardening to be a very soothing hobby. Digging in the dirt and watching my veggies grow a bit every day is incredibly rewarding.

3. Home Gardening Is a Family Activity

For some, gardening is a solo activity. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Why not ask your spouse and/or children to give you a hand in the garden? You may be surprised by how much fun you can all have together.

 

4. Home Gardens Save Money

………..For many people, this is the number one reason to start a garden. Burpee Seed Co. estimates that for every $50 a family spends on seeds and fertilizer, they’ll reap $1,250 in produce. Amazing!

……..If saving money on fruits and vegetables is your end goal, make sure you plant seeds for things you’ll actually enjoy eating. Some of the most popular options include tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, and zucchini.

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6. Home Gardens Are Green and Sustainable

……..Buying natural organic food is expensive, but often desired due to all of the chemicals and genetic altering done by farmers nowadays.

……….You can also save money and help your garden be more organic by creating your own compost at

 

home garden vegetable basket

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How to Start a Home Garden

If you’ve never started a garden, you might be tempted to run out to Home Depot and buy a ton of seeds, dirt, and fertilizer.

Let me say this now: don’t do it. At least, not yet. There are cheaper ways to get into home gardening!

Step 1: Look at Your Sun Availability

…………..First, look at your yard. Where do you get the most sun? How much sun does each area get?

………What grows well in part shade? Here’s a list of 10 types of vegetables to get you started:

  • Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, and cress.
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Beets
  • ……………………..

These 6 vegetables, on the other hand, grow best in full sun:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Eggplant
  • ……………………..

…………You can save money on your vegetables by purchasing them from independent farmers and nurseries, or starting seeds yourself.

Step 2: Look at Your Space

…………..Now look at the land or space you have to work with. Remember, you don’t need a lot of space to grow a garden!

Container Gardening

…………..Thanks to my tiny backyard, I have to think small. So I always use container gardening. I have pots of tomatoes and herbs sitting on my back patio right now. And, they’re doing great!

Vertical Gardening
———–I also go vertical; instead of planting a garden out (like a traditional garden in the ground, which requires far more land), I go up.

 

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…………You’ll probably also want to put up some kind of fencing to keep rabbits, squirrels, and deer out. This doesn’t have to be expensive; even chicken wire will work.

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Step 4: Plant Your Garden

………….. you can now start planting!

……..Make sure you give your plants a drink of water before you stick them in the garden;

………Your garden will likely need water at least twice a week. Of course, this depends on how much rain you get, and what you’ve planted.

 

More Home Gardening Tips:

  • ………….Try starting seeds from scratch rather than buying established plants from a store. You’ll save a ton of money this way, although this does require more work.
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  • Don’t waste money buying garden labels (i.e. the plastic spikes you write on and then stick into the ground to identify your plants). Cut up a plastic milk carton and use a black Sharpie instead!
  • ………..If you have a problem with birds and rodents eating your veggies, cut up an old garden hose into three or four feet segments. .

You can find the complete article here

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