This week: How about growing a small kitchen garden?
With some extra money, now all you need is a little time and work and you'll soon be having fresh organic food right from your backyard or porch. The easiest method I know of is square foot gardening. Here's what you'll need:
-boards of untreated lumber
-scraps of wood or small rocks for a grid
-organic potting soil and compost
-seeds of the plants you want to grow and eat (Seed Savers Exchange has some super cool heirloom seeds)
-some gardening gloves are good too
1) Pick an area that gets about 6-8 hours of sunshine daily, away from trees and shrubs and close to your home for convenience. Make sure it is an area that doesn't puddle after rain.
2) Use the boards to build a 4' x 4' box. Alternate corners and used the deck screws to keep it together.
3) Fill the box with a mixture of potting soil and compost.
4) Use the extra wood or rocks to make a grid of 16 square foot boxes on the top of the soil. This helps keep everything organized and easy to take care of.
5) Plant the seeds in the soil according the package directions. Check out CompanionPlanting.net to see which plants go best next to each other.
6) Take care of your garden. Water and weed as necessary.
7) Harvest, enjoy, and replant!