Washington Family Magazine : April 2016
washingtonFAMILY.com April 2016 15 drainage. By sowing your garden away from the bottoms of hills and other places where water is likely to collect, you will ensure your veggies don’t drown. Making sure you have the proper soil is essential. Soil that’s slightly loose and easy to till is ideal, while hard-packed soil is not. If your yard is lacking loose soil, then mulch or compost will be a big help for your garden. In fact, composting is not only a technique to ensure you have great soil, but is also a helpful way to cut down on your trash. If you tend to the size, location and soil of your garden, you will enhance your chances for success in vegetable gardening. Things to Keep in Mind Anytime you have a garden, you will have bugs as well. Unless you want to use chemicals, you must kill any unhealthy bugs on the plants yourself. You can go to garden shops to buy the good bugs, like ladybugs and praying mantis, to kill off unwanted pests. For large bugs like grasshoppers, you must pick them off your plants by hand. Another drawback you may have in plant gardening is staying on top of all of the weeds. If you don’t go out daily to pick the weeds, they will choke the plants and take over your garden. Watering the garden regularly helps the plants to withstand some of the bugs that might be on the plants, as well as keeps the plants alive and healthy. Grandma’s Garden Vegetable gardening is a rewarding experience, because you end up with a delicious harvest. If you enjoyed the ripe, fresh vegetables like your grandmother used to have, then you should bring back to life the memories of those delicious plants in the next growing season. Mary Amos loves to garden and is blessed with green fingers. Visit www.gardenswebsite. com to make the most of your garden, and www.homeDIYweb.com for other home improvement ideas.