1. Firstly, determine what kind of garden you want.
An orchard? A vegetable garden? A flower garden?
2. Then choose which produce your neighborhood climate is best for.
The best vegetables for any garden are: broccoli, peas, beans, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, red bell peppers, beets, leaf amaranth, carrots, and leafy greens. Read more about them here.
3. Make sure the garden site gets at least six hours of sunlight a day.
To keep those veggies growing!
4. Epsom salt makes great fertilizer!
And sometimes it smells nice. :)
5. Use bricks and imported soil for urban areas.
According to the Food Empowerment Project about 2.3 million people live further than one mile away from a supermarket without any means of getting there. Given the distance from fresh produce many people face, community gardens in urban areas are a must!
6. Use environmentally friendly wooden sticks to label the herbs and produce.
Just look how cute this is.
7. Get the kids involved by letting them water the plants.
The hose goes!
8. Be sure to know your garden tools!
Each garden tool serves a very different, very important purpose! Here’s a great guide to showing the importance of each tool.
9. Using eggshells in your garden adds calcium and keeps bugs away.
This is a great way to teach kids about recycling and nutritional eating.