|Winter Is When All Great Vegetable Gardens Begin|
|Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00 | Written by Amy Kaplan | Article|
Growing your own food is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of living a more environmental existence. Vegetable gardening allows you to forgo chemicals and use time-proven natural methods for producing the most organic food possible. Through composting and mulching you can recycle portions of your and your neighbors' household waste to the benefit of your garden.
When harvest time comes, you will have the opportunity to enjoy, preserve and even share your bounty; believe me, you will have surplus! One of the joys of gardening is learning about Mother Nature’s generosity.
Here are some key actions you should take during the winter months to get yourself and your garden ready for warmer days:
Use late-winter doldrums for lots of happy dreaming about sunny days, good eats (perhaps canned from the previous year's garden) and taking this major step toward going green.
And certainly, if you have some gardening tips of your own—particularly, but not exclusively related to wintertime preparations for gardening—please comment below so that other EcoHearth readers can benefit from them. And be sure, when you collect nature's gifts at the end of the growing season, to be generous with the fruits of your labors. Your family and friends will be very appreciative. It's also great to share your gardening wisdom with your neighbors. The more gardens in the vicinity, the more vegetables that can be given away and traded--all the better for your health and that of the planet.
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