Spring is the time of new starts, new ideas, and new gardens. I’ve lived in my house for 9 years, and  I’ve learned a few new gardening tips.

  1. Choose your vegetables. This helps determine the size of garden you want. For example, watch for vegetables like cucumbers or peas that climb or branch out. They will take over your garden if you don’t have something for them to climb on.
  2. Materials: vegetable seeds, shovel, hand shovel, gloves, watering can, short wire fence and about 3 ft long iron dowels(if you have climbing vine vegetables), Dr. Connie’s Natural Solutions for vegetables
  3. Size of your garden: I usually caution on the small side. Choose something easily managed. You can always make it bigger next year! Using a shovel, cut the perimeter. The easiest way is to till the ground, but you can also do the work by hand. Remove the grass and turn over the dirt, loosening any chunks.  If you are planting cucumbers or peas, cut the amount of wire fence needed and use iron dowels to weave into the fence and stick in the ground. 
  4. Before planting, treat the ground with Dr. Connie’s Natural Solutions Vegetables which is made of 100% natural ingredients! You can use this safely with kids and it protects any pets. Mix 2 tsp. with 3 gal. of water.
  5. Planting: Organize your garden and be sure to leave the designated room between plants. Plant your seeds. Have fun! Bring the kids out to help or enjoy the time for you.
  6. Water your garden regularly. After about four weeks of planting do another treatment with Dr. Connie’s Natural Solutions. Either apply 1 cup of premixed water to each plant or spread it evenly over the garden. After each application, thoroughly water your garden to let the mix sink into the roots. You will want to do this at least one more time (In another 4 weeks) in the gardening season.

Following these six easy steps will begin your journey to a peaceful, relaxing garden. The time outside cultivating even the smallest garden enriches the spirit. Enjoy the dirt, the fun, and the finished product!

For more about vegetable gardens, see our next blog about different types of tools to use.