I put the ‘green’ in green thumb, literally.

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This is my second year growing my own personal vegetable garden.  Seems to be going well so far, at least this
year is! 

I was looking for a better way to save and become more
self-sustainable living in the city.  Sometimes
you feel it just can’t be done.  Well, I
say forget that notion.  I successfully
accomplished a full healthy garden with very limited space.  There has been a lot of research involved
however, and much trial and error.  I can
now definitely say I have learned a lot over the past year installing and growing
my own gardens.

This second year is looking better than my first go around
agriculturally speaking.  Especially
during these hot summer months where plants seem desiccate during the heat and
the insects that come in droves.  However,
there are special tips I’ve discovered to have a fruitful garden this year and
many more to follow.   It takes patients for sure, but well worth all
the hard work in the end.  There is
nothing better than enjoying the fruits of your labor, especially when you know
they taste so great!

First off, I don’t have a lot of space to plant my garden,
but I made the most out of what has been provided.  I live in a small apartment community that
has nothing short of gravel and sand that surrounds the exterior.   This is
where a little bit of ingenuity can go a long way.

Using cinder blocks is a great way to build your garden
above ground with less hassle of seasonal tilling.  It is appropriate for our sandy ground here
in Florida that is less likely to produce anything desirable.  When it comes to our torrential rains this is
sure fire way to protect your harvest from floods and over saturation.

You can make your own selection of cinder blocks from your
local home improvement stores.  The cost
is reasonably inexpensive at 1.00 – 1.39 per block.  It’s up to you how big you want to make your
garden, but please take in account the types of plants you plan to grow.  After the catastrophe of my garden last year,
I decided it was time for a little re-arranging of my cinder blocks to provide
the appropriate drainage and nutrients for the specific crops I chose, causing
much less effort for additives and organic pesticides.  With limited space I was able to produce
healthy plants and am already seeing less infestation.

Rearranging the garden to create cinder blocks into pods
allowed the different types of plants to grow accordingly in their own
environments.  This reduced the harm and
depletion of nutrients from the soil that specific crops need to continue to
grow and produce fruit.  It is best not
to cross contaminate, say tomatoes with your squashes.  Tomatoes can be harmful to other plants
growth depleting the necessary nutrients your squash plants may need and alike.

If you ever planted your own garden you are well aware of
the pests that come along with it.  Pest
can eat our plants alive, but there are several steps that can be done to
prevent these intruders from getting our fruits before we do, allowing your
plants to flourish all season long.  Take
a look below after appropriate arrangement of your garden:

Invasion Protection:

·        
Wood
Charcoal
– Place charcoal down in your pod first, before adding soil as a
lining.  Mix a small amount of your wood
charcoal in with the soil.  This will
help to remove pollutants from the soil and provides essential nutrients for a
healthier garden.  This as well helps as
a deterrent from specific pests.

·        
Flowers
– Planting flowers like marigolds, petunias and geraniums will keep the aphids
from destroying your plants.

·        
 Herbs – Using herbs like lavender, basil
and chervil doesn’t only provide a great scent but keeps the aphids from
reaching your plants foliage, as well other pesky insects.  Planting spearmint and peppermint will attract
beneficial insects to your garden and deflect those nuisances.

The cinder blocks allow for great drainage of your garden pods.
This is why I highly recommend this method, but you also want to consider the
depth and risks of the lower ground becoming too saturated.  You always want to ensure appropriate
drainage.

Drainage:

·        
Rocks
Using rocks mixed with the charcoal in your pods first lining is the best
solution for keeping excellent drainage directly below the plants. 

·        
Cinder
Block
– using this method is beneficial for overflow to seep from the pods
edge into the block and allow for your soil to stay put.

Now that you have your gardens built and ready for your
crops, it’s always good to see what plants grow best in your region as well the
current season.  Let’s take a look at some
great summer crops here in Florida. 

Lima Beans

Eggplant

Tomatoes

Watermelon

Peppers

Cucumbers

Corn

Blueberries

After planting our crops we are going to want to maintain a
strong healthy environment for their individual needs.  Continue to follow along to ensure your
garden is living up to its full potential. 
If you have not created your summer garden you can always get started
today by visiting your local home improvement stores, as they replenish their
summer crops weekly!

I hope you find the above information useful when creating
your very own vegetable gardens this Year or in the years to come.  For more information and tips feel free to
continue to follow along at www.DecorHunt.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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