Do you think it may be time for you to plant your first food garden? Good! It probably is. Here’s some advice from a pair of organic gardeners just a little farther along on the learning curve about what’s key, what’s not, and how to get started.
Here are some basics, for example – and keep in mind some of this is specific by climate:
- Get started organically; eventually we’ll all be growing that way.
- Learn how to do it from research, not just from seasoned gardeners. (In our experience, about half of what seasoned gardeners “know” is just plain wrong.)
- Start small, but even as you do, think big.
- Grow close to where you live.
- Demand full sun.
- Know how you’re going to water
- Start with really good soil.
- Keep something growing year round.
- Use mulch, cover crops, and companion plants to keep the soil covered. Bare soil is never a good thing.
- Grow only what’s proven to grow well in your area, and grow only what you enjoy eating.
Here are some of the publications we talked about during our conversation:
- ANR 479 – The Alabama Vegetable Gardener
- ANR-0063 – Planting Guide for Home Gardening in Alabama
- ANR-1254 – Crop Rotation: An Essential Part of Planning a Home Garden
- ANR-0638 – Backyard Composting