Ever thought of having your own garden and growing your own vegetables? It may seem an impossible dream to many people, given the lack of gardening spaces in their lives, but don't let this deter you. Gardening can be done and done very well in the space that is available.
Small space gardening, using containers of various types, is a growing (pun!) trend in urban areas. The containers may be placed in sunlit areas of interior rooms, on window sills, in balconies, on terraces, and as attachments to vertical walls.
You can get very creative with how and where you are going to grow your garden, and even with what you are going to grow. With some help from you, plants can be resilient and thrive in varying conditions, and transform the spaces with their greenery and beauty.
There is something very fulfilling about planting your own garden and watching it grow. Other than that, with increasing health concerns about the overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in commercial farming, it has even become a necessity for some people to grow their own vegetables.
You can grow vegetables all year round and have fresh produce on your table every day, and you will come to realize that getting to eat seasonal vegetables in the right season is very good for your body.
Things may seem overwhelming if you have never gardened before, but, in actuality, gardening is not complicated and it need not to be expensive. You can start out frugally, using the containers you have at home and using seeds, stems, and cuttings from store bought vegetables.
Fortunately, you can glean a lot of useful vegetable gardening information from online sources, and, of course, from gardening books.
Even if you are seasoned gardener, there is always something new to be learned about gardening, and browsing through informative, well-illustrated gardening books can be such fun too. So, along with cultivating a garden, cultivate a gardening library. Gardening books also make great gifts that your fellow gardeners will greatly appreciate.
Here are some gardening books that I enjoyed and which may be well worth your attention too. If you get getting started with your own vegetable garden, you may want to check these out -
If you are an absolute beginner at gardening, you will find this book very useful. It’s a small book – only 180 pages – but it gives you all the necessary information you will need about planning out your vegetable garden, how and when to plant the vegetables, how to care for the vegetables as they grow, and how and when to harvest the vegetables finally.
As mentioned before, eating seasonal food in the right season is good for your health, and it is even better if you also happen to grow the food. This book details how you can grow vegetables throughout the year, and the different vegetable varieties you can grow.
If you have been wondering how exactly you can utilize the space you have for effective gardening, you will find plenty of useful tips regarding that in this book. It is absolutely possible to make do with what is available and grow the vegetables you need.
Accompanied by some lovely photographs, this book details how balcony spaces, both horizontal and vertical, can be put to great use in growing a container vegetable garden. You will also get tips about which vegetables will thrive the best and how you should go about looking after them.
If you are short on horizontal gardening spaces, you can consider the available vertical spaces. This type of gardening is becoming popular both for its usefulness and its aesthetic appeal. Green living walls just look so good. The plants are planted in containers that are attached vertically to the wall and these may be watered manually or by a special watering system.
A lot of useful information here about container gardening – the vegetables varieties that do well in containers, the type and size of containers, the potting mix and natural fertilizers and pesticides you need for your vegetables to thrive, the amount of water necessary and different watering methods, and much more. It is all presented in an easy to read way.
Square foot gardening is about increasing the efficiency of your gardening process to produce the yield you need in minimum space. The book goes into detail on planning your vegetable garden, the containers for it, the soil mix to use, how to harvest properly, and so on. I really like the concept here, since gardening in this way saves both time and resources. Overall, a very interesting and informative book.
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