A Good Garden Does Not Grow
- It Is Made!
one of the most important
things to consider in picking out the spot for your garden is exposure
to the sun. If choosen right, exposure is going to yield you with
and delicious vegetables all summer, or even for many years. Pick out
"earliest" spot you can find that seems to catch sunshine early and
it late, and that seems to be out of the direct path of the chilling
and northeast winds. If a building, or even an old fence, protects it
this direction, your garden will be helped along wonderfully. Keep this
in mind, because for an early start is a great big factor toward
- Always try to keep nearly
rectangular shape of your garden plot. Rectangular shape is more
to work with and at the same it is also easier to keep clean and neat.
- If you can, have garden
large enough, or at least open on two ends, so that a machinery can be
used in plowing and harrowing.
- If by any means you can
have garden within reach of an adequate supply of water, that will be a
tremendous help in seasons of protracted drought.
- Every hour spent on the plan
will mean several hours saved in the garden. Do not leave the planning
of your garden until you are ready to put the seeds in the ground and
do it all in a rush.
- Do your garden planning in January, as
soon as you have received the
new year's catalogues and when you have time to study over them and
up your record of the previous year.
- If you have enough ground,
lay off two plots for your garden, so that you can take advantage of
practice of rotation, alternating grass, potatoes or corn with the
garden. Of course it is possible to practice crop rotation to some
within the limits of even the small vegetable garden, but it will be
better, if possible, to rotate the entire garden-patch.
- Plan your work, and work
your plan. But do not yield to the temptation to plant more than you
look out for later on. Remember it is much easier to sow seeds than to
pull out weeds.
- Set about procuring manures
of all kinds from every available source. Remember that anything, which
will rot, will add to the value of your manure pile. Muck, lime, old
sods, weeds (earth and all), street, stable and yard sweepings--all
and numerous others will increase your garden successes of next year.
better results with
your garden, always try to follow instructions given in guide for our
of gardening. In our way of gardening there are four great helps, four
things that will be of great assistance to the experienced gardener,
that are indispensable to the success of the beginner. They are: