April can be one of the most exciting times in the gardening year. You’re right on the cusp of starting to sow seeds in earnest and at least for me it’s a time for last minute changes and researching new gardening ideas. You’ll find that most gardeners are interested in trying new things but once years of experience are under your belt you settle into the rhythm of what you know works for you. Getting to that point can be stressful, especially for the beginner so I and my friends at the Garden Charmers have put together some ideas to help both new and established gardeners to ‘Get Sowing’.
Each grower has their own approach to growing the edible garden but there are a few guiding principles that can help you establish your own tried and tested approach and to experiment with new ideas. Before you make any major decisions on your own edible garden there are four main principles you’ll want to consider. Your answers to Values, Space, Taste, and Resources will guide you in laying the groundwork for your productive garden.
Organic gardeners aim to grow the healthiest produce without the use of chemicals that may be harmful to the soil, wildlife, and environment. One of the most artistic and effective ways of achieving this is to companion plant your crops alongside herbs, flowers, and other plants that help to deter and confuse predatory insects. Some crops grow better alongside other crops and suffer when planted next to bad neighbours. For example, tomatoes love growing with basil and beans aren’t big fans of being near the onion family. Learn more about companion planting from A Healthy Life for me.