What Is An Instant Garden?
An instant garden is a type of garden which grows without any soil or water. It is made up of plants grown from seeds, which are then planted into the ground. These seeds are usually picked off the plant before they have matured and sprouted fully. They grow very quickly and will produce a large amount of food within just days if not hours!
Instant gardens are great for those who don’t want to spend time watering their garden every day. You could even say that it’s like having your own personal gardener!
The Benefits Of Growing Your Own Food Without Water Or Soil
You can grow your own food without spending money on expensive organic vegetables and fruits. You can save money by growing these foods yourself instead of buying them at the supermarket.
You’ll be able to eat healthier and fresher food because you’re eating things that aren’t irradiated with pesticides or genetically modified.
How To Shape A Gardening Border
There are many different ways to shape a garden border. Some of them include planting beds, raised beds, trellises, lattice fences and more.
Each of these garden designs will have their own benefits and drawbacks.
A raised bed garden is simply a bed in which the soil has been piled up to form a small wall on the edges of it. This wall is typically made from wood, stone and sometimes brick in order to prevent the soil from washing away as easily when it rains.
Raised beds are great for those who don’t want to bend down too much when they work in their garden.
The soil also warms up faster on a raised bed which can help plant growth. This is because the sun’s rays hit the soil for a longer period of time.
Raised beds are great for preventing water from damaging your crops too.
A trellis is a type of garden fence that helps support climbing plants such as beans, peas, grapes and more. A trellis will provide support to climbing plants so that they can grow upwards rather than outwards.
A trellis will save you a lot of space because the plants won’t need to spread out as much. They’re also great for helping prevent diseases and pests from attacking your crops because there is less foliage for them to hide in.
A lattice fence is a type of fence that is made up of wide strips of wood that are cut at different angles. These strips are then placed next to each other in order to create the fence.
Lattice fences are very strong and can last for many years if they’re made correctly. Lattice fences are great for growing climbing plants such as grapes, pole beans, cucumbers and more because the vines can easily scale them.
A garden bed is simply a space where the soil has been prepared for planting seeds and crops. Garden beds can be made with a number of different materials.
Many people like to plant their garden beds with borders around them so that they create an aesthetically pleasing design. Some people also like to put mulch or rocks around their beds to make them look pretty too.
Preparing Your Soil For Planting
The first step in making your garden is to prepare the soil for planting seeds and growing crops. You’ll always want to prepare your soil with a minimum of digging because doing so can damage infrastructure that’s underground.
All it takes is one broken water main or burst sewage line and you could have a disaster on your hands!
In order to properly prepare your soil, you need to till it and rotivate it. There are a bunch of ways in which you can do this, but the simplest way is to use a spade to turn over the top layer of soil.
This top layer of soil is also known as the topsoil. Underneath the topsoil is a layer of subsoil which contains a lot of stones and rocks. You don’t want to plant your crops in topsoil because it doesn’t contain many nutrients.
Once you turn over the topsoil, you’ll want to rotivate it using a rake or a modified metal rake known as a subsoiler. This process breaks up the clumps of soil and gets rid of stones and rocks so that the soil can retain water better.
It also helps enable nutrients in the soil to be absorbed by the roots of your plants which helps them grow.
As the days go on and the seasons change, you’ll need to keep on top of keeping your garden’s soil healthy. You can do this by adding a fertilizer to the soil.
There are many different types of fertilizer available for purchase such as blood and bone, lawn dressing, rose food and more!
Once you’ve added your fertilizer, you’ll then want to till the soil once again in order to mix the fertilizer with the soil. Depending on the needs of your plants, you may need to keep on top of adding fertilizer throughout the growing season.
Planting Your Seeds and Crops
Now that you’ve prepared your garden bed, it’s time to plant your seeds and grow your crops! You can either plant your seeds directly into the garden bed or you can start them inside some pots or seed trays first before transplanting them into the garden later on.
Learning what each crop needs in terms of sunlight, water and nutrients is important if you want to grow a healthy crop. Once you know what each crop needs, then you’ll be able to keep on top of things and ensure your crops are growing as they should be.
Things to watch out for include:
Pests – Keep your eyes on your crops and look out for anything that might be eating them. Keep on top of any pest problem quickly before it gets out of control.
Diseases – Just like with pest problems, diseases can easily spread through your crops if you’re not careful. If you see any signs of disease, then take steps to stop it spreading such as burning the diseased plants.
Harvesting Your Crops
Once your plants are fully grown, then it’s time to harvest them and use their produce! It is often a good idea to keep records of what you planted, when you planted it, when it was harvested, how much you harvested and how much it yielded.
This information will be helpful if you want to grow the same plants again next year or if you want to try growing something else.
Once you’ve harvested your plants, then it’s time to prepare them for eating or cooking. This might involve canning, bottling, freezing or drying your produce.
If you’re lucky enough to have a root cellar or basement, then storing your produce there will enable you to keep it for longer.
And there you have it, from planting the seeds to eating the produce, that’s how you can start your very own home garden.
You can also get a head start in a few things. Some seeds “sprout” and grow into plants quicker than others.
For example, some lettuce varieties can sprout and be ready for harvest in as little as 15 days! Other things like potatoes can take several weeks before they’re ready to harvest. It all depends on what you want and when you want it. Check out this great seed starting and sprouting primer to learn more.
What are you waiting for?
Get started on your first garden today!
Other Types of Fences
Fences are more than just wood and nails, and you should keep this in mind when building your garden. There are several other types of fences that can be used to protect your garden from roaming animals or wandering children.
Bamboo: A very sturdy type of fencing that can be used like a typical wood and nail fence, but also for more decorative purposes.
Glass: This type of fence is very decorative, but it also lets people see what’s in the yard or garden on the other side. It’s often used more so by those who have a visible garden, such as those who grow flowers or vegetables in their yard.
Wrought Iron: A very strong yet usually decorative fencing material. Like glass fencing, it’s often used more by those who have visible gardens.
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The garden primer by TT Eng – 2012 – Hachette Books
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