Basic gardening for wise women for helen

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  • Fresh food from the garden contains more nutrients than produce picked and processed several days before.
  • Commercial farms grow varieties that are easy to pick and process and minimal damage in transport Home gardener has many more options.
  • Many processed vegetables Loose taste & texture. Garden fresh veggies taste better & are often more nutrient rich .
  • Basic gardening for wise women for helen

    1. 1. A collaboration between the Family Nutrition Program and Consumer Horticulture
    2. 5. <ul><li>Physical Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Mentally stimulating </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to fresh air & sunshine </li></ul>
    3. 6. <ul><li>Grow vegetables not available in markets or stores. </li></ul>
    4. 8. <ul><li>Promotes a sense of accomplishment and increases self-esteem </li></ul>
    5. 9. <ul><li>Site selection </li></ul><ul><li>Crop selection </li></ul><ul><li>Site preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Planting </li></ul><ul><li>Water, weed and watch </li></ul><ul><li>Harvest </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for next year </li></ul>
    6. 10. <ul><li>Sun exposure – 6 hour minimum 8 is better ~ exception shade for some plants </li></ul><ul><li>Flat as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Easy access: water, ease of care & harvest </li></ul><ul><li>Soil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Well drained </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fertile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A soil test is always good idea </li></ul></ul>
    7. 11. <ul><li>Grow what you like to eat </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment with new vegetables </li></ul><ul><li>Early maturing varieties for northern gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Seeds vs. transplants </li></ul>
    8. 12. <ul><li>Remove sod & weeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manual removal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solarization – 4 to 6 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>herbicides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Till to loosen soil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Double dig </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rototiller </li></ul></ul>
    9. 13. <ul><li>Placement </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Thinning </li></ul><ul><li>Spacing </li></ul><ul><li>Depth </li></ul><ul><li>Mulching </li></ul>
    10. 14. <ul><li>Row planting </li></ul><ul><li>Raised beds </li></ul><ul><li>Containers </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical gardening </li></ul><ul><li>Square-foot Gardening </li></ul>
    11. 16. <ul><li>Poor or hard soil </li></ul><ul><li>Improve drainage </li></ul><ul><li>Improve access for those gardening with physical challenges </li></ul>
    12. 17. <ul><li>Use soilless mix </li></ul><ul><li>Necessary drainage </li></ul><ul><li>Special varieties </li></ul><ul><li>Good option for patio, deck or apartment dwellers </li></ul>
    13. 18. <ul><li>Trellised or staked </li></ul><ul><li>Hanging Baskets </li></ul>
    14. 20. <ul><li>Library or internet research </li></ul><ul><li>Seed packet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunlight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When to plant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spacing depth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Days to germination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Days to maturity </li></ul></ul>
    15. 21. <ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><li>Weed </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abiotic issues </li></ul></ul>
    16. 22. <ul><li>Learn when and how to harvest each food plant. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn the best way to keep or preserve your produce </li></ul><ul><li>Garden clean up reduces possible future problems </li></ul><ul><li>Plan your rotation and selection for next years bounty </li></ul>

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