This year I am planting my first vegetable garden–and of course it will be organic, as eating chemicals is not my favourite past-time (although unavoidable when eating conventional produce).
I’m tracking my beginner attempt to plant vegetables, herbs, and companion flowers, thinking it may inspire or even help other people starting out. If you’re just starting too, you may want to take a look at my previous gardening blog, ” Gardening Guidelines for Rookies Like Me”.
This picture shows my carefully chosen plot of land– it’s near trees but far enough away to not be caught in their shadows. In the right background, you may be able to see the composter, purchased for a reasonable price from the municipality.
Because I am creating the garden plot in a grassy area, I have covered an 8′ x 12′ rectangle with cardboard and rocks (to hold the cardboard down). The “plan” is that the cardboard cover will suppress growth underneath. I’ll then try to loosen the soil and remove old grass. As the land is very rocky near Kingston, Ontario, I’ll be building containers and adding soil. Precisely how this will be done is yet to be determined.
My guides are two books:
Starter Vegetable Gardens, 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens by Barbara Pleasant (2010, Storey Publishing)
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew–I have the 1981 edition on loan from the public library–there is a more recent edition that has benefits and drawbacks, according to reviews on Amazon.com.
In upcoming blogs I’ll describe my planting layout, container construction, soil choices, compost choices, and how I’ll be warding off neighbourhood rabbits.