Gardening 1.0

Sajan and I have been plotting strategies to get our gardening on. Now it’s a matter of digging up the soil in the backyard, getting some potting soil and mulch and then purchasing the plants.

Right now our gardening consists of cutting and watering the grass. Sajan usually waters the grass in the evening when the sun is setting.

How frequently should you water your plants? Mark Urban of Urban Harvest offers these tips:

  • If plants are wilting, move them to wetter sections of the landscape.
  • Check soil moisture a few inches deep. It should be as wet as a well-squeezed sponge.
  • Do not overwater. Your garden could become a haven for disease-causing microbes, or it may experience imbalanced plant growth, with the top growing more than the roots.
  • Group plants according to how much water they need. Water-loving plants should be together.
  • Consider an irrigation system. My mom installed one of those drip hoses back at our old house, very simple solution.

Things I want to plant:

  • Sweet potatoes (got to have some grown in time for Thanksgiving!)
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus
  • Guava
  • Banana
  • Hibiscus

I was listening to the show Garden Line on AM 740 this weekend, and the host recommended shopping at Great Western Growers, a wholesale nursery. Since its wholesale, you’re supposed to shop there only if you’re a professional landscaper, but listeners of the show can visit. You give them a list of the plants you want, and they grab them for you. Sajan and I may check it out.

Since it’s getting late in the summer, I’m pretty sure it may be too late to plant some of my hit list items. But that’s OK since there are plenty of other items that we can grow. We need to get the ball rolling!


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