Ah! The taste of freshly picked, home grown food from your backyard…nothing beats it! The warm, sunshine-inspired flavor bursts from the strawberry, the grape, the plum, the apple, the blackberry, or the tomato when you pluck it from its source and take your first bite. Hmmm…nothing says “fresh” quite like home grown food from your edible landscaping. That’s why we’re here to blog about helping you with your own “Garden Kickoff”.
If you have fond memories of picking fresh fruit and vegetables from your grandmother’s garden, or if you’ve always dreamed of tending your own home grown food, Friedman’s Home Improvement is here to help you get started on creating and maintaining your personal edible oasis.
Gardening can be fun, easy, and good for you and your family. To be successful, there are a few basics you’ll need to begin with that will yield a crop you can be proud of: sun, water, soil, and access. Without the 3 components of sun, water and soil, no garden will survive, so those are the 3 main ingredients to growing a bounty of home grown food. However, the fourth component, access is one that is often overlooked. If your garden is not easy to access, chances are you won’t get to it frequently enough to nurture the tender plants within. So, make sure these 4 basic components are in place before you begin.
When planning your edible garden, consider your planting options of container gardening, raised beds, yard gardens, and edible landscaping. Which is more accessible for you and provides an ideal environment for your home grown food? Could your body and your plants both benefit from a layout of various options?
Next, you need to decide what to grow. You can select any combination of annual vegetables, perennial herbs, perennial vegetables, fruit trees and berries you desire, as long as your garden space allows them to thrive.
Once you’ve planned, tilled, planted, watered, and nurtured, you’ll then be able to enjoy the entire gardening process and reap what you’ve sown. Soon, you’ll have a fresh crop of new memories when you take the first bite of your home grown food harvest.
For help with gardening project ideas, seed packets, garden tools, and landscaping supplies for your home grown food project, seek out one of our friendly Team Members at Friedman’s Home Improvement. You can visit us at Friedman’s online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.