Back to the Basics: Grow Your Own

By: Melody Wolf

Ever wanted to grow your own garden? How about some fresh fruit? Or even just gain a couple of green friends inside? We’re here to help you utilize that green thumb and assist you in your growing needs! We have an entire collection of helpful gardening books in our Back to the Basics series. For those of you interested in trying your hand at gardening, here are a few tidbits to keep in mind (taken from a few of our many books):

The Complete Guide to Growing Windowsill Plants

growing windowsill

  • For a more consistent-looking spread, match the shape of your pot to the shape of your plant. If you want your plants to stick out more, then consider planting a round plant with lots of volume in a narrow pot. You can design your indoor plants any way you like – you have complete creative freedom!
  • A common misconception is that an indoor plant will require less effort and less care, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! They still require the same basic nutrients, being nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium carbonate. An important note is to fertilize more in the summer and less in the winter.

The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruits and Berries

growing fruits and berries

  • For fruits and berries, spring is the best time to get the ball rolling… but ONLY in the northern regions. In the southern regions, the exact OPPOSITE is true. You see, in the south, the climate is too hot and humid for the plants to survive, so the best planting season is autumn. Just remember you can spring north but you can’t spring south… Instead, you fall south.
  • When looking for a prime place to plant, check if there are any bugs in the soil. If there are no crawly creatures, do NOT begin to plant your fruit there. If the soil can’t support bugs, odds are it can’t support the life of your plant.

We’ve pulled a couple need-to-know tips from two of our gardening books, now here are some final thoughts for you to consider when beginning your gardening adventure.

  1. Make sure to trim and prune! You want to water the plants – not its leaves.
  2. Keep a calendar. It’s amazing how easy it is to let time get away from you, and before too long you won’t know when you started fertilizing.
  3. Start with the basic plants. Some plants are easier to grow than others. Here are some easy-to-grow plants to start you out on your journey: sunflowers, dahlia’s, foxglove, roses, petunia and black eyed susan’s.

I hope you now have a better idea of where to begin! To continue expanding on your gardening knowledge, dive into our Back to the Basics series! We have a lot to offer to offer both beginners and experts alike!

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