The Growing Zone

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WHERE TO GROW

Raised Beds

... work well if you have a small yard, lots of child (or pet) activity, or if you prefer to work in a standing position.

FREE BUILDING PLANS

Containers

... are useful for very small spaces, including balconies, patios, and rooftops, as well as small quantities.

TOP TEN RULES FOR CONTAINER GARDENS

In-Ground

... gardens require larger (and typically more) tools to create and take care of a healthy growing space. They also provide more physical activity during all phases of the gardening season.

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TOP FIVE NO-FAIL VEGGIES

A FREE chapter - my gift to you!

I believe everyone has the right to clean, healthy, whole food. Growing your own is a very affordable option, and I'm here to help you succeed! Chapter 7 of my new book - Growing Your Own Food - offers basic thoughts on the what, where, when, and why you might want to grow your own food. There is a little bit of how mixed in, too! You will receive a PDF file of this chapter when you sign up below!

WHAT TO KNOW TO GET STARTED

SOIL

If you haven't heard me say it before, I'll say it here: Soil is the KEY to success when growing, well, anything! Aside from making sure your soil has proper nutrients, you must also be sure it drains well after water is applied or when it rains. 

SEEDS VS. PLANTS

The trick to deciding whether to use seeds or plants - knowing how many days are needed before you can harvest your veggies! 

WATER

Consistent moisture levels in your soil will help your vegetable plants to flourish!

LIGHT

The majority of veggies and fruits will perform best with at least 8 hours of sunlight each day. Sunlight is needed for plants to create the energy they need to live. Rest assured, there is a small list of veggies that will grow with fewer hours of sunshine, but even these would like at least 4 hours!

TEMPERATURE

Average air and soil temperatures where you live will determine when you will be able to successfully grow a vegetable garden. If you live where snow falls, the ideal months for growing outdoors will be May - September. If you live where summer temperatures often exceed 90 degrees F, the ideal months for growing will be October - April. 

Gardening Solutions

You're doing your best by taking steps to grow clean, healthy, whole food for your family, but you have questions. I invite you to join me in a membership space where you have the ability to ask me questions specific to you and your growing space!

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