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Kitchen Garden Edible Lanscape

Kitchen Garden Edible Lanscape

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Edible Landscaping TipsWith the economic downturn, interest in vegetable gardening will continue to grow. Because of the high demand for seeds and vegetable transplants, gardeners are urged to place their ordersearly. For those new to vegetable gardening, here are a few tips.First, there¶s the issue of watering. Vegetable gardens must be watered on a regular basis if rainfall is insufficient. Because of the high cost of water, folks who are on municipal water systems should install rain barrels.Gray water is useful for root crops, tomato plants, and even fruit trees. However, I wouldn¶t letgray water come in contact with the edible portion of a crop, such as greens.Should you buy seeds and grow your own vegetable plants? This depends on a number of factors. First, consider the size of your garden and your indoor facilities. If you only need a few pepper or tomato plants, it will be cheaper in the long run to buy the transplants. The exceptionwould be if you pass the unused seed or extra plants on to friends or family.At first glance, seed may seem like a bargain compared to buying transplants. But there is alsothe cost of seed starting mix, seed trays, and the like.For direct sown crops, read the directions. If seeds are spaced too close together, the seedlingswill need to be thinned. This is also a waste of seed.It is especially important to choose the right spot for your vegetable garden. Full sun is best,which means six hours of direct sunlight.Vegetable plants need an ample supply of nutrients. This can come from compost or fertilizers² either chemical or organic.Strive to keep your vegetable garden weed-free. These compete with your plants for water andnutrients.For novices and experienced vegetable gardeners alike, I recommend the following books.³Buried Treasures-Tasty Tubers of the World´ was edited by Beth Hanson. Published byBrooklyn Botanic Garden, this is part of the All-Region Guides series. This covers over 30 typesof root crops.Some of these crops are exotic tropical species while others are annuals or hardy native crops.This volume also includes the story of the International Potato Center.This has an extensive encyclopedia with in-depth profiles of the plants. For each crop, thisincludes the hardiness zones, plant history, related species and varieties, nutritional content, andcooking tips. There are even recipes from all over the world. This also gives plant descriptionsand indicates whenever a species has ornamental value. Gardeners can also learn how to

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