4 Step to Success
Gardening is a great way to add fresh veggies and fruit to your diet. But most people think they can grow anything. EVERYONE can grow something. I am going to give you my foolproof method. This will work in pots as well so my apartment dwellers you too can have fresh food.
Step 1. Mark and dig out a 4 foot by 4 foot square plot in sunny to mixed shade.
That is it. The rule of thumb here is to not garden more than you can handle. Most people have jobs, families, social lives. This is meant to be fun not a chore. Remember there are stores and markets for a reason. So mark out at 4×4 area and remove the sod. Dig down 6 to 19 inches and turnover.
Step 2. Add the shit that makes Plants grow
OK now go to the garden center or hardware store. Get one 10 pound bag or peat moss, one block of Promix (it must be Promix and buy a full block, not a bag), and one 20 pound bag of manure (doesn’t matter what you use, I prefer cow dung). Using a tarp and a shovel remove the dirt you just turned from the garden and add the bags of amendments. This is the key, you have to mix everything thoroughly. Add the soil back to the garden and water. Cover and leave for 48 hours. (Hell leave until next weekend the key thing is to let it settle and get rid of air pockets that rot roots)
Step 3. Buy plants or seeds
Before we begin I want to stress something here. Plant what you will eat. There is nothing wrong with planting a little that goes to folks who like a plant but don’t have time to garden. I have a friend who loves my zucchini, I hate it, I grow it for my friend. But friend if you hate salad, don’t grow it. I grew salad for years and years because it was “healthy”, but I rarely ate it. This year it will not be in my garden. Plant what you love to eat.
Remember those know it all’s who say don’t plant too close. Yeah, we are going to ignore them. We want density to keep the light and wind away from the soil which means you water less. If you are growing a larger plant like a pumpkin (And why would you fucking do this its 4×4 you idiot) then you need space. (and a full-size garden dumb ass) The plants will self-select and the stronger plants will thrive and the weak plants will die.
But seed or plants? Depends on your level of commitments. For plants like lettuce or carrots sow a thick seedbed. Literally overseed the part of the garden you want that plant in, water cover with some straw and wait. Now I live in Minnesota. Our growing season is short. I grew tired of failed starts indoors so I buy the vast majority of my plants as starts or in the case of tomatoes, large bushes. My preference is more practical than anything else. I want to maximize the amount of food. And this method does just that.
Secret: Sometimes I let tomatoes drop in the fall and rot. I get FREE repeat plants that are more tolerant to my climate!
Step 4. Only water when the leaves look limp!
Most gardener’s fail because of overwatering. Period. Don’t over water plants. Think of the meadows. God doesn’t send down rain every evening at 6pm. Plants that get frequent watering have thin stems and very shallow root systems that rot easily. Water once a week. Don’t drench, just a good drink.
Leave the plants alone!!
Leave them the fuck alone…OK… you are not helping them by poking at them. Unless you are checking for disease. (and you should) or harvesting leaves them alone. Just enjoy watching them grow. If you need to eat fresh veggies quick use the markets or buy plants versus seeds.
Gardening should be a low maintenance hobby that is really fun. This plan will rock your garden and impress friends and family!