It’s the end of December and time to get ready for the spring garden!
Do you garden? Do you want to learn to garden? Gardening is a great way to save money on produce and know exactly what your produce is being treated with. Leah, from Pace At Home shares about her garden below. I hope you enjoy and I hope Leah will continue to contribute to Couponers United as her garden grows 🙂
Want produce for pennies? A garden is the way to go! Anyone can garden. A jar of sprouts on the kitchen counter…a pot of radishes that come inside on cold nights…lettuce in a hydroponic system…broccoli in the ground. It’s not hard when you know what you’re doing!
While gardening is possible year round in central Florida, the spring garden is by far the most profitable and has the best growing conditions. The season is short, though. Therefore, you want large, healthy transplants in the ground March 1 in order to get a harvest by mid-June. After mid-June, it’s just too hot to grow.
If you’re planting a ground garden, plan ahead. You need to think about starting your seeds on Jan. 1. For a really comprehensive, season-by-season guide for gardening in Deland, check out this blog post. You’ll learn a lot by reading it through.
I have a couple of kinds of gardens. My tower gardens are up and running and we’re harvesting lettuce, eggplant, green beans, herbs. And I have radishes that I planted in a pot that I continually pull and re-seed (simply move them inside on super cold nights). Oh, and I can’t forget my sprouts that I grow on the kitchen counter! I have a very simple sprouter that is easy to use. You can order it for $10 on Amazon.com!
So what am I going to plant in my ground garden? Onions, garlic, a couple of radish varieties, more green beans, tomatoes, and broccoli! I’d love to grow kohlrabi, also, but I forgot to order seeds. Perhaps I’ll just by a few plants in February. Oh, and of course, cucumbers. Two years ago, I got so many cucumbers off of two plants, that I estimated each cuke to have cost me just seven cents to grow.
What are you growing? I’d love to hear!
Thank you Leah – be sure to check out Leah at Pace At Home where you can read great articles on gardening, homeschooling, and so much more!