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Organic Gardening DIY

If you have never before grown your own vegetables, I hope this blog will be the one that encourages you to do so!

First I wanted to blog about the fresh taste and glorious satisfaction one gets from growing their own food.  
There is just something so wonderful in eating foods that you have raised yourself. And when you grow those foods using organic methods, then there is satisfaction in knowing that you family is getting the healthiest diet you can grow them.
Raider enjoying the garden's shade.
When you start your garden, make a list of the foods you and your family eat most. Hopefully, you aren't adding to your list such things as, growing bacon or hamburger, as a sign down town jokingly suggested last Summer!
 But what vegetables don your table? Are you a veggie lover? Do you want to try new types of veggies that you can't get in you local market? Or do you just want a window Herb Garden to enhance the flavors in your cooking?
Chocolate Mint is a wonderful smelling and tasty herb.
 Write your answers down as a guide for your specific garden needs.
My herb gardens are in pots and in the ground for more variety and ease in moving tender herbs around the garden.
This garden was set up using Companion Planting for Organic Foods. Lay out your garden needs.
The next thing to consider is what type of space you will need for your garden, be it in the ground or potted up on the deck. 
These front gardens are Companion Planted for less weeding and compact growing space. From Left to right we have Squash, Pole & Bush Beans on a Trellis, Tomatoes at each box end including Cherry Tomatoes, then Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, a rogue tomato plant, and late winter Squash. The box hidden on the right has Strawberries and Sunflowers.   Behind them is a lengthwise row of some winter Squash, the Strawberries, Lettuce, Radishes, Pole beans-Asian Mo Gawk and Carrots. Behind that is a Maze Garden where all the vegetables: Corn-Yellow-White and Indian, Squash, Asian Snow Peas, Tomatillo, Zucchinis, and Pumpkins are growing.

The space you designate should be thought about carefully as this spot will be used from Spring thru Fall, or longer if you over winter your garden or bring potted gardens indoors for longer growing seasons.
The two large Red Tomatoes did really well in this side garden, however, the Yellow Variety should have had more sun and space than we provided.
Seedlings of Cabbage, Cauliflower & Broccoli are planted in the middle of this row bed and the Squash, Zucchini and Winter Squashes are all started from seed at the ends of each row bed.  The drip water hose is great for saving water by direct watering.
Next, once you have planned, check out the veggies at all the different markets and stores to see all the varieties available.

If it is tomatoes you are considering, what variety do you want?

Organic Rosemary that gets harvested and dried each Fall. I take one cutting to root in water over the Winter for the next Spring growing season. I then transplant that rooted cutting out in the herb garden or in a pot on the porch.

 Do you want to start them early indoors or buy seedlings that will give you a more visually satisfying effect or do you want a bit of each, like me? There are so many varieties of tomatoes that it can be quite overwhelming even for the seasoned gardener. So make notes before you shop.
This Heirloom variety has beautiful Pink/Orange flesh when ripe. It looks beautiful in salads and yummy too!
Tomatoes come in all kinds of colors and shapes. They can be seasoned favorites or heirloom varieties that stand the test of time.  We get some of each in the plot so we can debate the quality, flavors and longevity, because we use them fresh in salads, sauces, and sandwiches. We can them, freeze them, and dry them to use later in the year. Have you noticed once you have grown your own  fresh tomatoes that the tomatoes sold in the shops loose their fresh flavors and are almost tasteless?  This should be one of the great reasons you decide to try growing your own Tomatoes this year.  

Tomatoes need to be staked or caged for support while growing.

You can grow tomatoes in pots as well as in the ground, if you are limited on space. Look for compact, bush type plants and herbs that are great for container gardens.
Organic Strawberry Plants can be ordered from Catalogs or found in your Local Nursery's.

 Strawberries are great in the ground or in a pot. These strawberries overwinter each year with the covering of straw. The straw helps the strawberry roots to stay warmer. And it helps keep the moisture in the roots of the plants.

 I hope I have given you something to think about in growing your own Organic Foods.

 Next I will blog on Early Spring Veggies and hopefully have new garden photos of the new gardens here in Colorado. (We move frequently as the business dictates and have many wonderful gardens!)
 Have a Great Sunday Everyone!

Enjoy the Week ahead!



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