From Seeds to Supper: Cultivating Your Own Meals in the Yard

Nowadays, in this modern world, it’s grown into somewhat of a trend to go green and live an organic lifestyle. In fact, it’s indeed to some extent a moral responsibility to be even more environmentally conscious, starting with choosing organic produce and eventually raising the herbs and spices on your kitchen cupboards. But it’s difficult to begin when you don’t know the first thing about growing plants, much less raising your own vegetable plot. Don’t worry – we’re here to help you start out an organic lifestyle from scratch.

For this blog write-up, we go over the fundamentals of edible landscaping and how to begin raising your own herb and vegetable patch. From seed starting, setting up the perfect garden bed, to succession planting, we go over a list of must-know practices to optimizing your yield and taking advantage of your seeds and plants. With excellent advice from the leading pros on horticulture and organic gardening, you can raise your own vegetable plot in no time. From seeds to supper, we’re going to help you go green and be an expert on growing your own meals in your backyard!

If you would like a formal program or would like to get authorized as a pro on all things about landscaping, we highly recommend considering professional bodies and colleges in gardening and floristry such as the American Institute of Floral Designers of the AIFD (www.aifd.org), the National Gardening Organization (www.garden.org), the American Floral Endowment (www.endowment.org), the American Horticultural Society (www.ahsgardening.org) and other similar associations offering courses focusing on floristry and horticulture.

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Left: From Planet Natural; Right: From Whispers of the Earth

Raising Your Own Herb & Vegetable Plot

Whether you’re a total rookie at gardening or already know just how to get your green thumbs grimy, it’s always handy to know which plants are great for starting your own herb & vegetable garden. Whether you want a range of leafy greens or lush vegetables, there are a few foolproof seeds that are suitable for those who are just starting off on their organic diet and lifestyle.

Here is a list of great plants for rookies who would like to raise a garden of edibles right in their own backyard. Cultivate your own herbs and vegetables in your own property!

Greens

Lettuce (Romaine).

Celery.

Cabbage.

Kale.

Mint.

Basil.

Rosemary.

Asparagus.

Lavender.

Vegetables.

Tomato (Cherry, Juliet).

Onion.

Squash.

Eggplant.

Potato.

Okra.

Pumpkin.

Soybean.

Peppers.

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From Wanderlust for Soil

Edible Landscape gardening 101.

Organic gardening has turned into somewhat of a trend these days, complete with a field of expertise on edible landscaping, where you don’t only raise delectable greens and juicy vegetables in your own yard – you make your garden look like a tasty treat. But how do you even begin? What do you need to start off your own edible garden? What are the best ways to cultivate your herb and vegetable plot from seed starting to harvest time?

Taken directly from [city]’s best gardeners and professionals on the organic lifestyle, Here are some tips on how to maximize your harvest and enjoy a constant stream of herbs and veggies from your backyard right to your dinner bowl.

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From Food Revolution

Invest In Seed Starting.

Some people say it’s not actually worth it to cultivate herbs and greens from seed and “just buy and cultivate transplants like a normal human being”, but take it from the professionals. Even if it wasn’t a vegetable patch you were planning to set out, it’s always a good idea to invest in seed starting.

First off, ready a small portion of a room indoors, or a shaded place in your backyard so you can effectively attend to your plants, from seeds to harvest. And then, get a pack of the basics, from plant trays, seed covers, spray misters, seed starter mixes, light warmers, starter pots, shelves to rack your plant trays, and of course, labels so you don’t mistakenly over- or under-water your plants.

At that point, of course, you’ll need to prepare the optimal plant beds to transfer your seedlings into the ground and raise them from healthy soil.

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From Johnny Seeds

Raising Perfect Plant Beds.

So how do you raise the perfect plant bed for your herbs and leafy greens? A some simple tips from the experts – keep it simple, start small, and cultivate from there until you get the hang of it.

If you have a big backyard space, examine which areas of your lot get the greatest amount of sun exposure, at least six hours every day. Then see to it that you can actually use it to cultivate your vegetable patch, free of buried utility lines, pipes, and irrigation lines. Once you’ve figured out your area, mark it off and remove any subsisting vegetation to prevent accidentally poisoning your new seedlings.

And then, carefully inspect the type of soil you have for your garden and adjust its pH levels if you have to, before turning the soil over and digging at least a feet down in the earth. Unless you need to cultivate your garden in a raised bed, set at least a couple of inches of organic compost into the hole you dug up, or until it’s even with the ground. Finally, put a thick layer of mulch on top of the surface to keep the soil moist and all set for sowing.

If you do need a raised garden bed, construct a border from wooden slabs or smooth rocks a few inches from the soil. This is great for soil that would take too much effort to keep up or too moist to stop weeds from inserting themselves in your backyard.

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From Balcony Garden Web

Taking full advantage of your Harvest.

After you’ve sowed your first set of seeds in the healthiest plant beds, you’re going to need to tend carefully to them and maximize your plants and seeds. How do you manage your garden so you can keep yielding a stable supply of organic herbs and spices on your kitchen counter?

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From Clatsop Master Gardeners

Setting Up a Tiered Raising Stand.

Investing in seed starting and raising your own vegetable plot is best done with a tiered cultivating stand, where you can plant the seeds from your first batch of produce and diligently tend to them until you can transfer them to your garden bed.

You can start off with the starter kit you purchased and created for your seed starting, building plant trays in racks on top of one another. It’s best to have at least three 6×2 rows of seedlings in one stand, and about three to four stands at one time.

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From Southeast AgNET

Succession Planting.

One great way to make the most of your harvest is through succession planting. While it does require the use of transplants every now and then rather than only cultivating the seeds, succession planting is by far the most practical method of raising your herbs and vegetables once you’ve learned the ropes of gardening and want to make the most of your plot.

You can do this one of two ways, interplanting or replacing. In interplanting, you basically plant slow-growing seeds alternately with quick-maturing plants. When it comes to replacing, you immediately replace your harvests with fresh and lively seedlings. With this, you can retain a good flow of greens from your backyard to your table all-year long.

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From An Oregon Cottage

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