Prepare The Soil For Your Vegetable Garden
The weather is steadily becoming warmer. There is still frost at night, but during the day the ground is getting to be a workable state. Now is the time to start removing the weeds and tilling the ground. All this is to prepare for your vegetable seeds or seedlings. It won’t be too much longer before you can plant.
What a great way to start battling Food Security Issues in your home. Begin to take control of providing food for your own family by growing some of your own vegetables. Realistically you may not be able to grow all of the vegetables that your family requires if you only live in an apartment. However, whatever vegetables you can grow at home will help with the costs you pay at the grocery store.
So, whether you grow a tomato plant or even a bean plant—just start growing something this year.
There is something about how a food that you have grown actually tastes. I can’t fully explain it, but it really does taste better. The fruit of your own hands makes a huge difference. Not only does the food item taste better, but it helps in many areas of your life. From your money, to your self esteem, growing your own food will EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
Get Down And Get Dirty
This stage of gardening is pretty simple. Basically, get dirty. Get in there and pull out every plant, weed, piece of grass and even stones out of the garden. You are clearing the path for your vegetables which will be taking root in the garden in the very near future.
You don’t need expensive tools either. The local dollar stores are a great place to pick up a few items. Some of the more important items to gather up would be:
- knee pads
- long handled hand rake (I discovered these about 8 years ago—great tool. Long handled only means it is about 12 inches long)
- hand claw cultivator
- short handled garden snips will be handy too
- hand spade
- a bucket to put the weeds in until you can put them in the compost.
The most expensive item on the above list might be the garden snips. Garage/Yard Sales, Habitat Restore, and Thrift Stores are only a few possible places to look for a cheaper priced pair of garden snips.
Till It Up, Clean It Up, Rough It Up
Using any number of combination of the tools suggested, clean up the garden bed where you desire to plant your vegetables. As you are just cleaning it completely, you don’t have to worry too much about taking something of importance out of the garden. Anything that is green and has roots needs to be pulled.
Turn the soil over, rough it up, and remove any stones. Make sure to go down 6-12 inches if you can. The more the soil is loosened, the easier it will be for our new plants to get rooted.
This will aerate the ground, loosen the soil, and remove anything that will fight with your vegetables for the soil space.
Not only is it good exercise for you too, but it will make planting your vegetables in a couple of weeks even easier.
You will discover an added benefit right away – you will notice that you will be greeted with a clean, crisp looking soil area. An area that looks inviting for your soon to be planted vegetable seeds and seedlings.
See how the efforts of your day are going to be encouraging to you. Knowing that very soon, you will be addressing Food Security Issues in your family by planting some of your own food.
This is how my vegetable garden is looking after the clean up. The center plant is there to prevent too much soil washing away after a bad rain storm. I do trim it back with my garden snips though.
So, get busy, get dirty, and prepare the soil for your vegetable garden.