What’s Farm to Table?
It’s growing and eating your own produce.
Let’s start with the first steps.
You’ll know where your food (or at least some if it) comes from, and it gets you and your family outside working together.
Here’s how to start Farm to Table
• Work with a landscaper
• Have a soil sample taken and tested
• Consider renting a tiller to save cash
• Learn about tools
Working with a landscaper saves you from errors that may make you decide to throw in the towel.
Your landscaper can help you select the best area for your garden.
They’ll take a soil sample and tell you if your soil needs nutrients.
Researching tools before buying saves you money.
If you know what you actually need before you go to the store, you won’t overspend.
Tools meant for little hands let young children help.
Choose plants that grow well in your area and your space.
Some choices you’ll need to make are:
• Which vegetables your family likes
• What’s missing from your regular diet
• Which vegetables and herbs will grow all year
• The easiest veggies to grow
A garden is a great way to encourage your kids to eat a variety of vegetables.
You can plant their favorites and introduce them to new things.
The best gardens produce all season.
Some plants have a specific growing season.
Others produce all year.
Some will be ready to harvest in a couple of months.
Others won’t be ready to harvest until fall.
Good vegetables to start with are tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, beans and peas.
Don’t forget herbs such as basil.
In Part 2, we’ll discuss late-season crops and seedlings or planting from seed.
If you’re ready to get started with your own Farm to Table, contact Evergreen Landscaping to help get you off on the right foot.