Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Now's the Time to Plan Your 2010 Organic Vegetable Garden

Now's the Time to Plan Your 2010 Organic Vegetable Garden
By Leah Zerbe [abridged; link to full article below]

Forget about using lumber to frame raised beds; simply mounding up the soil is better—and easier.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—If you've been dreaming of starting a vegetable garden this year, it's time to stop dreaming and start planning. Because if you plan things right, you can enjoy as much as 100 pounds of fresh, organic vegetables from just a 50-square-foot gardening area, spending a fraction of what you'd shell out at the grocery store for that much produce. Your goal might not be that ambitious, but the point is that you don't need a huge yard to enjoy a great gardening season. "It's amazing what you could grow in small space," says Eileen Weinsteiger, regenerative garden design specialist at the Rodale Institute, leaders in organic farming and gardening research.

Make your gardening daydreams a reality with these simple steps:

• Pick the perfect spot. Ideally, your garden spot will receive at least eight to 10 hours of full sun a day on the south side of your home...

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