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What do you think when you hear the words -- garden prep?
Building raised beds?
A lot of hard work??
But...I’m not talking about a lot of hard work with garden prep step one. I’m talking about starting seeds and/or cuttings that you’ll be using in your garden beds once you're ready to start planting.
First, ask yourself what you want to grow. Take a look at what you and your family eat the most.
Then, find those seeds and/or cuttings and start them.
In my house, we eat a lot of sweet potatoes, garlic, and strawberries. Here’s how I’m jump-starting these things!
Sweet Potatoes - I cut the end of a sweet potato, poke four toothpicks in it, and placed it in water. Once my slips begin to grow, I’ll pinch them off, place them in water, and wait for roots to grow. In June when my zone (6b) warms up to an average of 85 outside, I’ll plant the slips and cover the dirt with weed barrier. This will keep them nice and toasty. Hopefully by the end of the summer, I’ll have a bucket full of delicious sweet potatoes.
**Keep in mind, you do not grow sweet potatoes like regular potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable so they grow similar to carrots -- in loose dirt. Potatoes are a nightshade vegetable and need a different formula for growth.
Garlic - Have you ever found sprouting garlic in the back of the fridge? Don’t throw it away!! Plant it! All you have to do is remove the shell from the garlic and plant it in a mix of container soil and garden soil.
Strawberries - I found this cute little kit. Check it out here. I used the instructions on how to jump-start the seeds. Wet a paper towel, place seeds in the center, then put in a sealable bag. Do not close the bag. I taped mine to a window in a sunny location. Once my little teeny tiny seeds grew roots, I transferred them to the provided medium, watered them, and covered them with plastic to create a greenhouse effect. Once they burst through the dirt, I’ll poke holes in the plastic. This keeps the environment a breathable greenhouse effect.
Stay tuned for the next steps in Garden Prep!
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