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Free Gardening Report
Vegetable Gardening - A Hobby for Everyone
By Mary Amos
The Rewards of Vegetable Gardening
If you love to have fresh produces in the spring and summer, you should
consider creating a home vegetable garden. Growing a vegetable garden is a
fun and healthy hobby that anyone can excel at.
While gardening, you may find that your troubles and stresses of the day simply
float away. Home vegetable gardening relieves stress and allows you to be out
in the sun. Vegetable gardening is proven to lower blood pressure and clear the
mind. Also, the act of nurturing plants and watching them grow is rather
soothing. And it can look good too!
The Pros of Organic Gardening
One great aspect of home vegetable gardening is that it does not require a
bunch of chemicals. Therefore, home vegetable gardening allows you to have
more natural, juicy, and healthier vegetables that are also better for the
environment. Using a lot of chemicals on vegetables is not only unhealthy for
your body, but also takes a large toll on the environment. Growing your own
vegetable garden and using less chemicals yields natural food.
Organic vegetables are always the best-tasting because they will not be picked
until they are completely ripe and you are ready to pick them. One more pro of
growing your own organic vegetable garden is that it will save you money.
Instead of buying all your organic vegetables at the store, you will have your
own selection of vegetables at your disposal whenever you want them.
Anyone can create a home vegetable garden. As long as you have dirt
somewhere, you can create an outdoor vegetable garden in the solid ground.
Even if you don't have a plot of dirt, you can buy a few pots and create a
Vegetable Gardening on Solid Ground
Before starting your vegetable garden, should keep in mind these simple
thoughts: size, location, and soil.
First of all, we'll discuss the location. You must plot your garden in an area with
plenty of shade and sufficient drainage. You must nurture your plants by putting
them in a place that receives about 6 hours of sunlight each day. Every plant is
different and requires a different amount of light, but the average is six hours a
Therefore, do not plot your garden in a shady place! Also, make sure that your
garden has adequate draining. If you place your garden at the bottom of a hill,
water will flood your plants during the wet season; this is a common mistake that
many beginning planters make. By locating your gardens away from bottoms of
hills and other spots where water is likely to collect, you will prevent your
vegetables from drowning!
Second of all, let's talk about size. You should decide how big you want your
garden to be initially. Remember that you should start out small and expand
later; otherwise the size of the garden may overwhelm you. I recommend
starting out with a garden space of 25 square feet or less. After you get the hang
of it, you can expand your vegetable garden as much as you would like.
Third, let's talk about soil. Soil is one of the most important aspects of
gardening, so it is very important to have good soil to produce a good garden.
The best type of soil is slightly loose and easy to till. Therefore, stay away from
soil that is hard-packed. If your yard does not have a lot of good soil in it, you
can fix this problem by using mulch or compost in your garden. Alternatively you
can buy good soil from your local nursery.
Mulch is usually an organic covering, such as straw, leaves, compost, or peat
that you can cover your garden with to enrich the soil, prevent weed growth, and
prevent excessive evaporation of water. Compost consists of any organic
particle, such as dead leaves, manure, or (most commonly) kitchen scraps.
People put compost in their yards to improve the soil and provide nutrients for
plants. Composting kills two birds with one stone; it is great for your garden and
cuts down on your trash.
If you address the location, size, and soil of your garden, you will have a
booming vegetable garden in no time. Also, some of these tips will also help
those of you who choose to have a container vegetable garden.
Vegetable Gardening in Containers
Container gardening is the best type of gardening for many people. If you do not
have a good plot of land to garden on, container gardening is your best bet. It is
the most practical way to garden for those of us not lucky enough to have large
plots of soiled land to garden on.
There are many pros to container gardening. You can place your plants
wherever you want: in your living room, on your patio, etc., so that you can add
color and radiance wherever you would like. With container gardening, you can
easily place plants wherever they receive the best growing conditions. Another
pro is that you will have fewer pests eating your plants if they are in containers
rather than in the ground.
Although almost any plant will grow just fine in a container, there are some that
grow exceptionally well in containers. These are: salad greens, spinach,
tomatoes, eggplant, Swiss chard, radish, beets, peppers, and bush beans.
The con of container gardening is that they require more upkeep and
maintenance. You must check up on and water many container plants everyday.
Most vegetable crops grow well in 5-gallon containers. No matter what size
container you use, make sure it has adequate drainage to ensure a bountiful
garden. You should add about 1 inch of coarse gravel in the bottom of the
container to monitor drainage. Learn how to prepare the containers of each type
of plant for a nice and low-cost indoor garden.
Gardening Problems You Can Tackle
There are two notorious enemies of gardening: weeds and pests. Here is some
basic information and helpful hints on how to tackle each of these problems:
One problem a person may have in plant gardening is staying on top of all of the
weeds. In order to prevent weeds from taking over your garden, you should go
out daily and pick the weeds. Picking weeds may seem like a dull task, but if you
have the right attitude, it can actually be quite relaxing and stress relieving.
Where there's a garden, there are bugs. Unless you want to use a bunch of
chemicals, you must go outside and kill any damaging bugs on your plants. But
make sure not to kill the good bugs, such as ladybugs or praying mantis,
because they kill the bad bugs that eat your plants. In fact, you can buy good
bugs at your local plant store and put them in your garden to help kill pests.
Because no bugs kill big pests such as grasshoppers, you must pick off these
big pests by hand.
The Love of Vegetable Gardening
Vegetable gardening is very rewarding because it makes you feel better, less
stressed, and produces delicious vegetables for you to eat. If you like the fresh
vegetables at farmer's market, you'll love to have a garden vegetable of your
own to tend to and eat from.
Mary Amos loves to garden and is blessed with green fingers. Take a look at
Organic Garden | Organic Vegetables [http://www.gardenswebsite.com ] to
make the most of your garden. Also visit Home Improvement | Home DIY for
home improvement ideas.
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Is Gardening Making a Comeback?
By Julie Reed
Gardening has been a major source of food for ages; however due to the
increased population of humans and the expansion of cities into farmlands,
many of the farm lands in the United States has greatly decreased. Much of the
products consumers purchase at the grocery store are grown in other countries
and have to be imported into the country, traveling extensive distances. Upon
moving to a community with more land space I have noticed people at the local
home improvement stores gathering materials for gardening at their home. Soon
I became curious about the process of gardening and about the product that I
After purchasing a new home I recently I decided to take up vegetable
gardening. I have always been interested in gardening, maybe it is the small
town Indiana upbringing, however I never had the opportunity to start my own
garden as I grew older. Through conversations, classes offered at the local
extension office and frequent visits to gardening stores I have also noticed other
individuals in my area with similar interests. Gardening in the form of fruits,
vegetables and flowers can have many added benefits.
There are two important options to consider when starting a vegetable garden,
whether to start from seeds or from plants. Both of the options can have positive
and negative aspects. Some things to consider when choosing to use seeds are
that seeds require more time, more patience, are less expensive and offer a
science experiment for young children to witness and take part in. Purchasing
starter plants can be more expensive, require less time and patience, and can
produce a faster product. I decided to start my garden using seeds because this
is my first experience starting my own garden. I used many different types of
seeds and quickly learned that some require more attention than others.
Planting a garden from seeds or plants can produce positive results; however it
is an individual preference.
Another one of the first and most important steps in gardening is choosing a
location of the garden. Of course individuals cannot change the location of their
home to make it more suitable for a lush garden; however there a few simple
adjustments to make a desirable location for produce to grow. One negative
aspect that I quickly learned about starting a garden in Missouri is the lack of
suitable soil. I discovered that the soil we have in our back yard is very sparse
and under that thin layer of soil was a blend of clay and rocks. This combination
led me to try out an above ground garden. My husband went to the local home
improvement store and bought untreated wood measuring 6x12 feet. Using an
electric drill my husband attached branches on the four corners of the garden
box to ensure the security. After assembling the box we then lined the bottom
with a black mesh lining to prevent unwanted growth of weeds and grass in the
garden. Another method that also works and is less expensive is lining the
bottom newspaper instead of the black mesh lining. We then filled the box with a
mixture of top soil, sand, pet moss, and potting soil and used tools to ensure an
even distribution of the naturally occurring materials. This added combination
seemed to create a pleasant environment for plant life, as many plants grew
Of course one of the main benefits to having your own garden is being able to
eat fresh produce right out of your own yard without having to travel to the store
where much of the produce is shipped from hundreds of miles away. Along with
the rising food costs in America, having your own garden can also cut down on
the cost families are spending at the grocery store. However, the 6x12 feet
garden we created is not large enough as the only means of produce for our
family for an entire year. For those individuals who desire to become less reliant
on grocery stores they should consider creating a larger garden. If your garden
is large enough and yields enough produce, families may also choose to freeze
or can the fresh produce for use later in the year. Individuals can purchase items
for freezing and canning produce at many stores at many stores for a relatively
Another added benefit to having your own garden the added knowledge of
knowing what is in your garden. By choosing against the use pesticides on your
garden individuals can have an organic garden without the worry of additives.
Without of the use of pesticides gardeners must keep a constant watch on the
crops to ensure worms, bugs or other creatures are not feasting on the fruits of
your labor. There are many alternative measures gardeners can use to keep a
lush garden rather than the use of commercial pesticides. One method to deter
some insects from attacking the crops is the use of marigold flowers around the
garden. The strong smell of the flowers is an immediate deterrent for many
insects. I planted both yellow and orange marigolds in the garden however; the
yellow marigolds have done especially well in the garden we created. Of the
gardeners who have decided against the use of pesticides some may state that
the taste of produce is much sweeter than store bought produce.
Some families may even choose to sell their fresh produce at a local farmer's
market or vegetable stand. My neighbor is one such individual who decided to
have a vegetable stand outside her house. Her seven-year-old son primarily
helps with the vegetable stand; yet the four-year-old son tries to help in some
aspects. The children have been helpful in the implementation and daily upkeep
of the garden. The boys were able to help choose desired plants they would like
in the garden from various local stores, help water the garden daily and sell the
fresh produce to individuals in the neighborhood. The children, especially the
older son benefits from the process and contributes daily with the garden.
Gardens can also promote and encourage many educational learning
opportunities for children. My neighbor is fostering new and continued education
during the summer through math and science concepts. The math concepts that
are promoted include money, addition and subtraction. Therefore, by selling the
produce for a quarter a piece the child is learning the value of money, along with
adding and subtracting money. He then is able to make valuable choices about
the profit he made from the garden. He is also able to learn about immediate
gratification and delayed gratification, through gardening and the ability to save
the money he earned for a large item or spend it quickly on a small item.
Gardening also promotes science objectives such as earth systems, plants and
animals, and ecology. These objectives are being promoted through learning
about the life cycle of a plant, the local weather, and the food chain. By starting
a garden from seeds children can witness and be active participants in the
process of life science. Young children can observe, discuss the process of
gardening and state their observations. Older children are able to make a
hypothesis prior to planting the seeds or conducting this experiment. During the
gardening process and at the end of the season children may write their
observations and the conclusion to the experiment. At this time a discussion
between children and adults may occur to decide any changes for next year's
As I am midway through the first year of gardening I have noticed some
changes I will likely implement next year. This first noticeable change I would
make in my garden for next year would be the placement and the spacing of
crops that can yield large produce and the crops that are especially large. Next
year I will not plant as many zucchini, yellow squash or cantaloupe as these
crops grow to be very large and vine across the garden and into the yard.
Another change that I will make for next season is the time and method of
planting seeds I will use. If I choose to start my garden from seeds again next
year, I have decided that I will also start the seeds in the individual starter pods
again; however next year I will start the seeds in early April. I will then transplant
the plants into individual pots inside the house before planting into the garden
box. The reason for this is because of the late frost that can occur in the month
of May and also to allow the plants to have more room to grow.
Thus far I have enjoyed my first garden and I have found many added benefits
to having my own garden. The gardening process takes little time once the
process has begun and can even be relaxing to some individuals. I would
recommend gardening to individuals as a hobby, an educational experience for
children and to simply have your own.
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Gardening For Personal Growth
By Lois J. De Vries
One of the hottest jobs to emerge during the past few years is coaching, already
a booming business before the economic downturn. Recently, the recession has
been driving the market toward personal and career coaching, but the newest
big idea to hit this type of paid mentoring is meaning coaching. Because
meaning originates from inside ourselves, not from the outside world, the ability
to construct a meaningful life depends upon our capacity and willingness to take
positive actions to incorporate into our lives those aspects of life that we
personally value, including gardening.
By connecting the transformational power of gardening to the choices that
gardeners make, a gardener-centric coach can help them create personal
spaces that are not only beautiful and healthy, but also provide a sanctuary from
the world that speaks to their souls.
Making our own meaning encompasses the thought, energy, emotion, time,
money, and commitment we're willing to expend in the service of bringing our
own dreams into reality. In the context of gardening, this means tuning in to why
we feel our view of gardening is important and asserting that to be a sufficient
reason to garden in our own way.
For example, one gardener gave herself no credit for the multitude of gardening
decisions she had made over the course of 30 years. After a tour of the garden
and some discussion with a gardener coach, her view of her garden and her
place within it had completely changed, in half an hour. Within three months, her
ability to stick to her own priorities skyrocketed.
Similarly, a person who cares deeply about the impact of chemicals on
groundwater will not be comfortable having a lawn service spray pesticides on a
regular schedule, if at all. A vegan who is growing her own vegetables will want
to know the exact source and composition of any compost she uses.
Gardener coaching is different from garden coaching
Garden coaches made a big splash when they came on the scene about five
years ago. They've been covered by The New York Times and other national
newspapers, and radio and television networks. Garden coaching concentrates
on horticultural knowledge and the mechanical skills of growing plants.
Gardener coaching focuses instead on the personal growth of gardeners in
order to help them reach a mental space that allows them to develop an
intimate, holistic relationship with their land. Through a series of personalized
assignments and exercises gardeners can learn how to rediscover and focus on
the things that really matter to them about their gardens, restore meaning to
their gardening efforts, and revitalize a cherished pastime.
Garden coaching is by its nature local, so that the coach can physically go to the
garden. But a gardener coach can work with anyone anywhere in the world. All
clients need is a mode of communication and some pictures of their garden.
Computers and digital cameras make it all very easy.
Medical practitioners and landscape designers have been dancing around the
link between plants and people for decades. Research shows that having
hospital rooms that face a garden quickens patient recovery, so hospitals
construct them that way because it works. But such patients are passive
onlookers; not participants. Instead, hospitals need to open an avenue through
which patients, staff, and visitors can interact with the garden on terms that are
meaningful to them. This is somewhat different from horticultural therapy
programs in which gardening is used as the means to accomplish specific
physical or mental therapy goals.
Similarly, landscape designers understand that some people experience a
spiritual boost in gardens that are intended to evoke a certain mood. Gardeners
will react to the design in their own distinctive ways. But not every gardener will
have a similar reaction to a specific design, because 'spiritual' means different
things to different people.
The secret to opening this path to everyone is to approach it by involving people
in an intimate and meaningful way from the very beginning.
When can gardener-centric coaching help?T
here are different milestones in gardeners' lives when gardener-focused
coaching can breathe new life into an established hobby, regardless of the
gardener's level of expertise:
• To bring another perspective to experienced gardeners who have gotten
stuck in their progress.
• When gardeners want to learn how to better express their own creativity
and personality through gardening.
• To build confidence in shaping the direction taken by professionals they
• When they want someone who will hold them accountable for working
towards their goals on a regular basis.
• For assistance in figuring out themes, periods, styles, etc., that match the
gardener's personality and values.
• To inject new vitality when gardening starts to feel dull and uninteresting,
• For novice gardeners who often don't know where to start.
We all want to believe we can do things on our own, but it's a whole lot easier
when someone else takes us out of our normal mental and physical space and
helps us see with new eyes.
Lois is a regional field editor and location scout for Better Homes and Gardens,
Special Interest Media, a garden writer, and a gardener-centric meaning coach
who enjoys visiting other people's gardens, as well as working in her own. Lois'
articles have appeared in Nature's Garden, Garden Rooms, Garden, Deck and
Landscape, Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living, Horticulture, and Do It Yourself
magazines. She was a contributing editor to Decorating Solutions for four years
and her articles have also appeared in trade, in-house corporate, specialty
news, and professional publications. Lois is a member of Garden Writers of
While executive director of The Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, she
launched the council's countywide Town & Country Garden Tour and wrote a
local newspaper column, Culturally Conscious. She served on her local
environmental commission for nine years, on the planning board for four years,
and on the open space committee for three. Through her work, she advocates
gardening and land management practices that reconnect people to the Earth.
Lois has been honored with the prestigious U.S. Presidential Jefferson Award for
public service, and is the recipient of the New Jersey Small Business
Development Centers' Small Business Advocate of the Year Award, as well as a
New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners' (NJAWBO) publications
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