2: Planning the Garden
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A lot of folks have been asking if my wife and I will be doing the Get Rich Slowly garden project this year. That’s the plan! After a one-year hiatus, Kris and I intend to track our spending and our profit for the food we grow on our land. January saw no spending and no harvest, though.
Most Profitable Veggies
The American cranberry bush ( Viburnum trilobum ) features bright red berries in later summer, which people and birds love to eat. Look around any yard in the United States and you're bound to see a limited palette of ornamental shrubs used as foundation plantings, hedges, and specimen plantings. Although beautiful, I can't help but think they're missing out on a great opportunity to grow similarly attractive shrubs that are edible instead.
If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed . Thanks for visiting! Here is a list for you of crops that grow in Camarillo. The page shows common vegetable crops, along with the Master Gardener’s Handbook’s recommended vegetable varieties for Southern California planting. The column that is labeled ‘MGHB’ contains the Master Gardener’s Handbook recommendation.
How To Extend the Growing Season To Get the Most Out of Your Garden If you missed How To Grow A Four-Season Garden – Part 1 , please take a look at it first, as it contains important background information. Extending The Seasons Whole books have been written about this subject – good books – so I don’t mean to re-write them here. Think of this as the Cliff’s Notes. But do read the books, too!
Special Types of Gardens
How Much to Plant
Planning the Structure of the Garden
Calendar of When to Plant
Berries, Rhubarb and Asparagus Blueberries Raised beds are great for growing perennial fruits and vegetables. For starters, a raised bed isolates the perennial crop from invasive weeds and grasses that might creep into the growing area. Wind-blown seeds can get into the soil, of course, but the real enemies for these crops are grasses and weeds that creep into the plantings. All have shallow roots that don’t compete well with weeds and that can be damaged by aggressive weeding tools.
If you have older seeds lying around, it is entirely possible that they have lost some of their viability. As seed ages, the likelihood that it will actually germinate decreases. Sometimes, this isn't such a big deal-just plant more seed than you normally would to be sure that enough germinates to suit your needs. But if you don't have many seeds left, or know for a fact that you need a fairly large amount to germinate, you will want to test your seeds to check their germination rate. There is a simple, cheap way to do this. Testing Your Seed
Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs. Please subscribe and you'll get great simple living tips and how-to articles delivered to your inbox, for free! I tried the drinking glass newspaper pots (too big), the origami newspaper pots (too big and had to think too hard), and the toilet roll paper pots (good but didn’t start collecting soon enough). So, duh, I just made tiny versions of the drinking glass pots with (don’t tell anyone) a little piece of tape per pot. Very easy and I risk insulting everyone’s intelligence here by posting a how-to, but Ivory assured me that I should do it anyway, so here it is: 1.
Growing Flowers by Color