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Backyard gardening

Backyard Gardening in the city can be tricky but following fundamental tips can give you a great start. 
Location
Keep it simple, a vegetable garden requires 6 to 8 hours of sun.
Plan
Plan which vegetables to plant.  Read the seed package for your zone and season.
Tools

Starting a backyard garden generally requires a shovel, wheel barrel, hoe, metal rake, hand shovel, pruner, watering can and water system (hose, drip system).

Prepare

Based on your garden plan, test the soil to determine the soil condition. If required, amend.

Plant

Dig as directed, add a root starter to help develop strong root systems. Epson salt and black strap molasses are good substitutes to a root starter. 

Patience

Water& feed as directed & wait.

Then Harvest!

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Tips & Tricks

  • Loam is generally considered to be ideal soil because it retains moisture and nutrients but does not stay soggy.

  • Always wash your vegetables as soon as they are harvested (definitely before eating them).  I use a large stainless steel bowl of water and add a couple tablespoons of white vinegar (it gets the bugs and/or fungus you can't see, off).

  • Always wear gloves in the garden.  Bacteria is in the soil.

  • Add the garden to your sprinkler system for consistent watering, or, install a drip watering system which can be purchased in plumbing/irrigation parts of most home and garden centers (need help, let us know). It is better to water via the root system vs the stems and leaves.

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