Its time. You have had enough time off. Did you have enough food this winter from last year’s efforts?
1. Don’t plant too close together
2. Don’t use CHINESE CHEAP CHEAP stakes- they are as shitty as all the other cheap Chinese products- wilting at the second slamming of the sledge hammer.
3. Don’t plant plants that need chemical sprays
4. Do plant tons of veggies that store easily for long periods of time
5. Do collect grass clippings for mulching plants to regulate soil moisture
6. Don’t plant too many cucurbits (cucumbers/zucchini/squash) because of squash vine borer- an impossible insect that loves catnip as a moth. No catnip if you like those plants.
7. Do plant from seeds as much as possible- selection is greater. It’s cheaper. It’s amazingly satisfying.
8. Do feed with Harrell’s 18-6-12 when planting for biggest yields
9. Do not be afraid to use some chemicals like roundup/malathion/BT/rotenone, etc., but you just don’t want to if you don’t need to
10. Staking/supporting plants is a must
11. Do consider rigging some sort of drip irrigation for your plants.
12. Do try new plants being introduced yearly by our aggressive industry- stuff is always being introduced
13. Figure out how to turn your garden into an early spring to late late fall producer of food
These rows looked far enough apart when I planted them but two months later I couldn’t walk between them- couldn’t really even see them. Notice the plant food sprinkled in the trench with the plants- makes a HUGE difference in output. Like having gasoline in your car’s gas tank.
Meanwhile- in the world of news, it turns out that our country SUCKS at living. Countries we despise live better/longer than we do.
“Shithole countries,” as tRUMP calls them, believe in pre-sickness care instead of post-disease treatment. Suicides, obesity, opiates, smoking, inactivity seems to take their toll on us.
Buck the trend, get up off the couch, and garden for food! Could be the beginning of the rest of your long, long, long life!
This article caught my eye. Spain is first. Surely USA must be second- nope. Tenth? Nope. Twentieth? Nooooo. Thirtieth???? Nope
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David Benjamin- horticulture degree North Carolina State University graduated 1983, has worked at the nursery since 1976. Somewhat tired of eating grocery store food.