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Great Information sites for You and Your Garden

A couple of great sites for information re growing your own vegetables are:  the site of the U.S. National Gardening Association

and  the site for the magazine Organic Gardening.

Regarding saving money by growing your own vegetables  check out Stephanie Nelson’s new book “The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half”.  if you missed seeing Stephanie on Oprah or the Today Show, or even reading about her in The Wall St Journal,  she has a section in her book with hot tips on making progress with your plot.

After quitting the corporate world in sales and marketing she has honed her skills to become the CEO if her family’s budget and now runs courses and a very busy website helping others to feed their families too.

Organic in the Garden – Popular Raised Garden Beds and Their Uses

Raised garden beds are not a new idea but with the increasing popularity of zinculume and modulated timber units, more and more people are seeing the benefits of them, young and old.

Nearly all nurseries, hardware stores and garden centres will have several different types and sizes to suit all kinds of requirements. From small options for singles living in units to larger models for bigger yards and families. I have even seen models suitable for use on a balcony, though these are usually glorified planting tubs and boxes.

The benefits of using them are many. Typically used by the elderly where bending over to do traditional gardening is limited, but also used by younger people looking at getting into gardening.

Raised Garden Beds have some additional uses in the garden and around the yard.

Raised Garden Beds can be used to make compost. Layers can be continually added and when full can be planted directly into. The compost can also be removed and used around the garden as you would with a traditional compost heap.

Fish Ponds
Using commercially available pond liner, raised garden beds can be easily transformed into fish ponds or backyard aquaculture systems. Their ease of construction and relocatability makes them ideal for this use.

Storage Boxes
When you have excess sand, gravel, compost, mulch or bark around the yard, it can look messy. Raised garden beds are ideal for use as storage facilities for these types of garden products.

Sand Pits
If you have children, no backyard is complete without a sandpit to play in and build castles. One issue with sandpits has always been cats and other animals walking in and leaving their calling cards. Raised garden beds are great for sandpits because they are easy to cover with a tarp at night. It is of course, important to ensure any sharp edges are well covered to avoid children damaging themselves. Rubber capping (Bailey Channel or similar) can be fixed to the top of tin beds to remove any sharp edges.

Raised garden beds have a lot of uses around the yard and garden. They can be adapted to suit your requirements and also come in premade versions ready to set up and use.

You could also try to make your own Raised beds from scratch using scraps of iron and timber. By making your own you can build them to suit the size and space of the area they are being utilised. This way you do not have to search for a perfect fitting commercially available unit.

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News from the Garden

My Raised Garden Bed is happy today.  The sun is shining.

Did I mention that the parsley is fresh and vibrant.  I came in from the garden chewing a piece.  Last summer I came upon some marigold seeds which I planted….now they are re-seeding after flowering well.  The time must be flying by as they have cycled already.

I reminded myself to take a bag with me on my next beach walk to collect a little seaweed…

Inspiration from the Melbourne Botanical Gardens

Beautifully structured Kitchen Garden with Raised Garden Beds

These lovely gardens were snapped some time ago…just thought I would share them.  The sense of gracious order that they give is calming in itself.  The height is great to work with, and the raised aspect keeps the soil a little warmer and drier that in ground beds, contributing to excellent growing conditions.

Trellis construction gives height and of course something for the beans to grow up.


Save Money and Be Healthy : Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables

Raised Garden Bed or Container Garden : Grow Your Own Food

Healthy living is more than just about what you eat.  How about the aspects of slowing down, connecting with the earth, listening to the birds and creating your own organic vegetable garden?  The joy of DIY sure beats the rising prices in the shops.

Here are a few tips to start or upgrade your patch:

  • You can collect seeds from the veges you already have in your fridge…. dry them out and plant them.
  • Look for treasure in your garden…self or bird seeded plants can be relocated to your vege patch. I found a strawberry plant amongst my roses one day…it has become two strawberry plants now as it grew to dividable stage.  Also a tomato plant was found alongside my shasta daisies…it has taken over a corner of my raised garden bed, is braving the frosts and I look forward to early tomatoes.
  • Ask a neighbour for seeds and seedlings….have a coffee together.
  • Ask a friend…they may be pleased you are finally taking interest in their vege patch.
  • Being a little warmer this morning than it has been…I was inspired to weed my raised garden bed.  I found two ripe and ready cocktail tomatoes.  The silver beet is robust!

Companion Planting Tips

Vegetable Companion Planting Will Produce Good Gardens

Companion planting is a term used in gardening and is accomplished by planting certain plants by each other. They compliment each other in the growing season. Just as insects cannot get along with some insects, so it is with plants. When you are planning your plot out for a garden, it is good to know what plants like each other and what plants do not get along side by side.

One example, if you are planting peppers then plant basil or okra near them as well as carrots and onions. Catnip and marigold will protect them from insects. Peppers do not like tomatoes and they will not be good neighbors when planted near each other. Container planting is a good way to group plants that get along. You can grow vegetables in containers as long as you allow for depth and sunshine. Companion planting this way allows you to move plants around, especially your herbs.

Another example, Garlic will benefit roses and raspberries but will not get along with bush beans and peas. Your bush beans and peas benefit each other but around onion, chives, garlic, or gladiolus they will not do well. It is amazing how even nature has its likes and dislikes. Tomatoes will do well with onion, carrots, parsley, and asparagus and basil, chives, and mint benefit them. Catnip, Garlic, and nasturtium will protect tomatoes while dill, fennel, cabbage, peppers, corn, and apricots will irritate tomatoes.

Getting the most out of your vegetable garden will depend on the knowledge you acquire by companion planting. Learning about which plants will be of benefit to each other and which plants are not compatible is valuable for producing a good crop and keeping insects in control. When plants are happy and have good neighbors living near them they produce well. Companion planting also helps to keep diseases at bay in a natural way and will discourage insects and keep them away by natural methods. Using plants that protect each other can limit the use of insecticides, which are not good for human consumption. You will enjoy a plentiful harvest with good tasting food when you learn the art of companion planting.

Knowing what plants get along best should be an important part of vegetable garden plans and it can help you with soil nutrients and insect control. Get more from your garden simply by paying attention to what plants like to grow with other plants.

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Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables

Why not start your own organic vegetable garden right in your back yard? This will provide you and your family with organic vegetables nearly all year round at a MUCH lower price than you would ever hope to pay at a grocery store. Many seeds can be purchased at your local garden store that will produce more vegetables than you or family will probably even need for the season for only the cost of the seeds which is usually less then $1.00!

Not only is buying and growing your own organic vegetables cheaper than purchasing organic vegetables in the store it is cheaper than buying non-organic vegetables! Overtime you will realize that growing organic vegetables in your home or outside of your home is even cheaper than purchasing canned or frozen vegetables each month. You and your family will be eating healthier while saving a great deal of money. There is even the chance of making money if you have neighbors, friends, or other family members that would like to buy fresh produce from you.

With all these things in mind you might be wondering why everyone on the planet isn’t growing their own organic vegetables. The answer to that is simple. Many people just do not know how to grow organically.

Many people that do have experience gardening at home are used to growing with the help of chemicals such as weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, and chemically enhanced fertilizers. It is hard for people who have already been growing this way for awhile to recognize the benefits of growing organically.

Those who have never grown vegetables before are nervous about trying because growing your own vegetables can seem like an ambitious venture especially if you have no experience. Still, a lack of gardening or organic gardening experience is no longer a reason to give up the idea of starting your own organic vegetable garden. There is a way to successfully start your own vegetable garden with no experience.

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Jim French is an author and publisher. He lives in the garden city of Melbourne, Australia, and enjoys his organic vegetable garden with his family.

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