I want to share some info on how you can get a head-start on the upcoming planting season. As spring approaches, we can prepare ahead now by starting of seedlings in a portable makeshift nursery bed. This is just a fancy way of saying you can start growing some plants now inside your homes where there is light and warmth in containers with the intention of transplanting to an outdoor garden once everything warms up properly in spring. Things you will need;
1. A container with a good amount of length,breadth and height. You may need to puncture tiny holes in them for increased soil aeration.
2. Rich warm soil( if the soil available to you isn’t fertile you can fertilize it by using organic liquid fertilizer. You can also make your own liquid fertilizer by combining plant kitchen scraps and boiling them in a pot gently for at least 2 hours and using the water or “tea” to fertilize the soil.
3. Light and Heat/Warmth: Since it is still winter you will need to place the plants in a ventilated but warm room or area where there is also light.
4. Seeds/vegetative parts for planting: The preparations discussed are geared towards plants/crops that are cannot survive and thrive in winter however you can do these with your regular crops as long as you are able to transport and transplant them easily. Plants/crops like; tomatoes, peas, peppers, beans, potatoes(if you’re going to to this one please do it in a biodegradable ‘grow bag’ for convenience), sunflowers, arugula, okro, basil and some wild edible grains like spelt, quinoa, kamut, teff, chia, etc.
Shalom Mayowa! This is great. I really want to learn how to grow as much food that is feasible, since I have a small yard. Please continue to share info because I want to have a green thumb. I seem to either over water or under water!🤣
YES! I’ve killed my tomato plants and I’m not sure how. I brought them in from the cold, & put them by a window for sunlight. They were sprouting new leaves and even had a small tomato on one and then BAM! They both just dried up and died. 😩
@oluwamayowaShalom brother! They were getting heat from the vent by the window and a decent amount of sunlight. We had several very cold days for GA that they fell victim to before I brought them in so they were in pretty bad shape, but they were looking like they were making a great comeback!
I wonder if perhaps I went too exotic with the type of tomato seeds I ordered which were “Green Doctors” and “Pink Bumblebees”? I probably should’ve stuck with just good old tomatoes 🤔
Ok. If the backyard has never been used for farming before then you will need to do some prepping of the area for cultivation. I tailored this to be the bare minimum.
First, mark out the area that you want to be planting on and mark out walkways and paths around that for your convenience. Place woodchips on your walkways(after weeding) to show that it is a walkways and to stop weeds from coming back quickly.
Once you have that mapped/marked out, Weed the entire area(some “weeds” are actually beneficial herbs/food so keep that in mind). Make sure to pull the entire root of the weeds out of the ground as much as you can to reduce their chances of coming back quickly. Please save all the weeds you pulled up, you can use them in at least two ways;
-Cut them up and use them to start a compost pile(I will do a separate thread on that later).
-Boil them gently in water and use that water(after its cooled) to water your crops.
After weeding is complete and the planting area now looks clearer, the next step is to loosen the soil for planting, soil aeration and good drainage. This can be done gently by using a broadfork or garden fork. Simply “stab” your fork into the ground as hard as you can, move it back & forth a gently for a few seconds, notice where the tip of the fork is in he ground, pull your fork out place it an inch from there. Repeat the process in an orderly manner throughout the planting area. Then use a good rake to smooth it all out.
The area is now prepped for planting on a basic level.
@MoniYAH Salama, for patio and balcony gardening you will want to grow plants in containers that can be moved fairly easily like ‘gardening pots’ and ‘portable raised garden beds’, Things you can grow include Basil, Ginger, Lettuce, Kale, Moringa, Watercress, Arugula, Spinach, Dandelion and Aloe Vera.