For many of us, gardening is more than something we do simply to make our house or our property look more attractive. It can be an ideal way to lower our stress levels and get some exercise while breathing in fresh air and getting in touch with nature.
Plant a new and different edible each week. Eating tomatoes or corn every day can get old real quick, but if a variety is planted, this problem will never happen. The garden can offer a wide variety of different edible plants and if they come to maturity at the same time the variety will make the garden more enjoyable and more fun.
As you plan your garden this year, change the layout so that it's different from where the various plants were located last year. For example, place your tomatoes in the part of the garden where the corn grew last season. This rotation of crops will help keep your soil from becoming depleted of the nutrients needed by each type of vegetable.
Make a profit off of the garden by selling micro crops. There is a huge demand for micro crops from restaurants and organic markets who are willing to pay a premium for these fresh vegetables. Specialty mushrooms, baby corn, rare herbs and other micro crops are in very high demand, and can earn a gardener upwards of fifty dollars a pound or more.
It is best to use organic mulches because mulch slowly decays and adds nutrients to the soil which improves the soil structure. Organic mulches include buckwheat hulls, coffee grounds, shredded corn stalks, manure, peat moss, pecan hulls, pine needles, sawdust, sphagnum moss, stone chips, bark and wood chips, grass clippings, newspaper, straw, tree leaves, compost and evergreen branches.
If you, like so many people, have found gardening to be a relaxing, enjoyable hobby, we hope the contents of this article have been helpful to you as you seek to further develop your green thumb. If you make use of what you just learned, your enjoyment level will shoot through the roof!