There’s a lot of information below to help you start or improve your garden today. My entire list of 51 urban organic gardening tips can be had by signing up for the Evenings in the Dirt newsletter. If you are already a subscriber, I’ll be sending it to you ASAP. If you sign up for the Evenings in the Dirt ezine, I promise you short edible gardening tips every week on Monday. If you just want the 15 tips provided here, that’s cool too. They will help you get on your way to creating a flourishing garden.
- Start composting. Set up a simple compost bin and start adding shredded paper, grass clippings, and veggie peelings.
- Figure out ways to be efficient. This could include batching tasks (doing all the planting one day and all the weed pulling the next) or working in the front yard one day and the back yard the next day.
- Mint sends out runners, so plant this herb in a container if you don’t want it to spread.
- When you plan your garden, plant “calorie crops” such as potatoes in addition to lower calorie vegetables such as lettuce.
- Trade vegetables and/or fruits with area gardeners.
- Start collecting planting containers today. These could include yogurt containers, plastic strawberry boxes, and empty plastic water jugs.
- Apply chalkboard paint to a plain clay pot. Label it or draw a picture once the paint is dry.
- Sketch your garden and label where you planted which vegetable or fruit.
- Team up with your community. Allow others to garden in your yard, if possible. You can help each other and take turns watering.
- Encourage your children to plant and tend the vegetables. Often, they are more likely to eat something they grew.
- Plant edibles you really like to eat.
- Attend a gardening class at your local nursery. Often, these are free.
- Use raised beds (get raised gardening bed directions). These reduce weeds and allow you to turn and prepare soil easily. They also allow you to create deep, rich, and loose soil—all important qualities for a successful garden.
- Keep tools nearby.
- Use trellises for peas, melons, and other climbing plants. Doing this will conserve your ground space and reduce rot due to moisture.
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