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Gardening:Veggies and Flowers

I grew up gardening. My grandparents and my parents taught me gardening techniques. Some years were better than others, but I have learned to refine my techniques and not get over zealous and max out the soil areas I have. I had two previous poor years, with one flower bed that faced a street side fence near bushes, and one bed that didn’t. The street side bed always seemed to have failures, until I dug down about 6 inches and learned that my bed was LOADED with cut worms, and not like a few, i ended up pulling out about 200 cut worms in the bed. 

I purchased a wire basket from Dollar Tree and sifted out the entire 2 foot by 8 foot by 2 foot deep bed, of soil that was loaded with cut worms. Every two feet or so, I would lift out the soil, sift out the cut worms and put them in a pail. The soil became very fine and hearty. Later when I was done, I took the cut worms and stuck through them out onto the street, and watched all birds go crazy and eat them. 

After my bed was well turned over and cut worm free, I amended the soil with new gardening soil and then planted dollar tree seeds. 4 for a $1.oo. I am sure you have seen the kind. I never bought any before, because I figured in the past that there must be something wrong with them. This year. I took a chance and not only were these seeds hearty, they sprouted up in less then 30 days. Every single seed I planted has grown. I now have English Cucumbers, American Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Marigold Seed, Sweet peas, Stringless beans, crookneck squash, butternut squash and Japanese Wax Peppers. I was amazed at how well they are doing. Knock On wood. The proof is the pudding. But the picture below is only a week old, and they cucumbers have climbed the wires and are setting buds. I encourage everyone try with dollar tree seeds. I have purchased seeds at a premium, only to have them fail. Why pay so much for no yields. Save your money, and you might be surprised what you get. Something else I do, is collect dried Marigold seeds from gas station and strip mall planters, the drier the seeds the better they are at growing. I plant them out and transfer them into the garden beds, when they are leafed out, as they are an excellent natural bug repellant. 



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We are still in planting season for most zones…

Feeling that its too late to garden? I can tell you that nature picks up where we leave off, and often in record speed. Squash can’t be planted too late, because they usually need 80-90 days or more to grown and produce, even with 100 days of light, the light won’t help them if they are fall days, but most other veggies can be planted late. But April-May is the time to get your garden, whether its by seeds or by Home Depot or Lowe’s plants. I have waited until June to plant veggies, and got an okay yield. But this year I am early, or I should say I am on time.

Just because you have limited space, is not a reason to forgo a garden, especially if you really enjoy gardening. Even when I lived in an apartment, I planted tomatoes right inside a soil back, by cutting a hole in the top of the back, and then I poked holes in the bottom, and just left it on our apartment balcony. (The things you do in your 20’s) Also, I have a big yard, but most of it is concrete, decomposed granite walks and paver bricks as the canvas for our designed yard. But I follow limited space gardening videos on youtube. You can plant vegetables in anything. No yard to small.