I couldn’t have been any more excited. I stood back, planning what seeds we were going to plant, as my husband worked on putting our planter boxes together. One by one he laid down some weed block, then started assembling the cedar wood frames of the planters. We had four in all, and we were getting a late start for a lot of the plants we wanted to plant.
I could hardly wait. It was hard for me not to over plant once we poured the fresh soil into the planters. I wanted one of everything it felt like. Together, he and I decided on what plants we wanted the most, and what probably would grow best in our planters.
Here are a few quick tips I learned from my first real gardening experience:
Make sure your planters have drainage. The last thing you want is a box full of mud.
2. Seed Packet Instructions
Pay attention to the instructions on the seed packets. Do the plants want full sunlight, or shade? Plant accordingly if you can.
3. Plant Things You Will Eat
It might sound cool to grow an eggplant, but not if no one in your house likes eggplants!
4. Garden Maintenance
Take a little time each day to make sure your plants have been watered, and that nothing is eating your leaves! Hot sauce in a spray bottle is a great natural defense for the leaves of your plants.
5. Planting Chart
Lastly, make a chart reminding you where you planted what seeds. You will forget otherwise.
Thanks to the help of Nature’s Care I can now have a thriving garden of my very own herbs and vegetables. Soil selection is important when it comes to making an urban-garden, or any garden for that matter. I am glad to see such a push towards gardening, and many people are “going back to their roots”, excuse the pun, and starting gardens of their own. The vegetables we have grown taste totally and completely different from their store-bought brothers and sisters, they taste rich and full of deliciousness. Nature’s care is a new product that focuses on younger gardeners like us. Their soil is safe for natural and edible gardening, and it makes it easy to grown your own vegetables and herbs for making delicious and nutritious meals with our natural and homegrown ingredients. Available at major retailers in the select markets, Nature’s Care is a great choice when it comes to that final step before planting.
Now that my seeds have been tucked away under soil for a few weeks, I can’t wait to see the vegetables start to grow. We have had quite a few sprout up and it’s been so long we forgot what we planted. Talk about suspense! Not only do I have to wait for the vegetables to be fully grown, I have to wait to remember what exactly it is that I planted. Fortunately in a few of my planters, I did mark them, and I know for sure I have one entire planter filled with hot peppers, one of my favorites, and another filled with kale. I have a few recipes on the horizon already, waiting for them to finish growing. One of my plans already is a sautéed kale and bacon recipe that is pretty healthy, nutritious and even adheres to the strict Paleo diet!
I urge you to grow a garden of your own, it’s fun, calming, and very rewarding, especially as you get to eat the benefits! Now enjoy this recipe I will make from my gardens delicious rewards!
Sautéed Kale and Bacon
1 bunch of fresh garden grown kale, leaves removed and thinly chopped
3 slices of bacon, cut in 1/4” strips
a squeeze of lemon
freshly ground black pepper
Wash and chop the kale leaves and set aside.
In a pan, fry your bacon piece until crisp.
Keep bacon grease in pan to help sauté the kale.
Stir for a few minutes, then add the squeeze of lemon.
This is great as a side dish, a way to get your kids to eat their veggies, or honestly I could eat this as a meal on its own.
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