Growing fruits and vegetables seems overwhelming to most people, but it’s actually much simpler than it sounds. (Plus you don’t have to trade in your suburban or urban lifestyle for a life in the sticks in the name of self-sufficiency or savings.) All you need is a few square feet of the great outdoors, a water source, and a little time.
After we made an impromptu move this summer, I had to leave my robust garden behind and start over. The house we moved to had an existing small tiered garden. It wasn't much and looked as if it had been abandoned for years. In fact, to put it bluntly, the garden was in pretty bad shape. The soil was dry, rocky and compacted and there were weeds growing. I had my work cut out for me and didn't have a lot of time to do it in. It was already June and I had to find a quick solution to get the soil ready for planting.
The Cardboard Box Theory
My grandfather taught me to feed my soil, so thats the first place I started. I knew it needed to be tilled, but in all honesty, the soil was so compacted I didn't think it would have done much good. In haste, I used some disassembled moving boxes and placed them on top of the soil. …
With the constant rise in food costs, growing your own fruit and vegetables is a good way to keep your money in your pockets.
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