Other Seeds (Onion, Bell Pepper, Giant Pumpkin, etc.)
Corona eSolutions Grip Hand Trowel (Item #52783, $9.98)
True Temper Bypass Pruner (Item #173906, $18.98)
Ethel Gardening Gloves
Miracle Gro Singles
Mosser Lee Soil Mater Soil Testing Kit (Item #214248, $14.88)
Creating your own edible garden is an easy, cost-effective way to enjoy homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs throughout the year. Plus, you can significantly cut back on the number of trips you make to the grocery store each week for fresh ingredients.
If you're starting an edible garden from scratch, focus on growing only three or four kinds of fruits and vegetables the first year.
Tomatoes, cucumbers and mint are easy-to-grow options and can be added to a variety of dishes and meals.
Once all chances for frost are gone, start your garden by selecting and marking off an area in your yard that gets plenty of sunlight and where the soil drains well.
When you're ready to start planting, follow these steps for a successful harvest:
Prepare the soil by raking the area clear of leaves and other debris. Dig the garden to loosen the soil down to about 12". Add any necessary fertilizer at this time. (Now is a great time to conduct a soil test and adjust measurements.)
Make planting rows with a garden trowel.
Plant the seeds according to the spacing directions on the back of the seed packet. Large seeds can be planted individually. Some seeds are quite small. These can be mixed with a bit of sand and sprinkled over the area. Do not cover them too deeply with soil.
Attach the empty packet to a stick at the end of the row to identify what is planted there.
Water the area with a gentle flow from a watering can or hose. Keep the garden moist (not wet), until the plants are up and growing. Supplement natural rainfall by providing water, if needed.
To keep plants healthy, regularly prune any dead or broken branches/produce.
Once you have ripe, ready-to-eat vegetables, try out a few new recipes from MyRecipes.com like the Sliced Tomatoes with Corn & Basil or the Cucumber & Onion Salad.
For seasoned gardeners, adding a Giant Garden to your edible garden is a great way to create an eye-catching display in your yard. Massive pumpkins, cabbages and even sunflowers can be fun to grow and incorporate into delicious meals.