We are fortunate to have a huge backyard at our new home. When we moved in we decided to dedicate one side yard for a garden. I've always wanted to grow veggies and herbs. Our plants are planted in raised beds in a compost blend (New Earth) and are watered by a drip line irrigation system that my husband installed. If you are gardening in Texas, raised beds are a must. Our soil is mostly caliche, which basically means you are digging in rock. Watering is definitely a must here as well. We can go for days with 100 degree temperatures.
Here are some pros and cons to growing your own food:
*Bugs* If you are planning on a Organic garden you must realize that there are lots of little creatures that will find your garden tasty. We have not used any chemicals on our garden at all and just let nature take its course. I'm sure your local garden center has many organic products that are available and would be happy to advise you. After squash bugs almost demolished all our squash, I realized I'm probably going to have to cover my new plants next year.
*Weather* Luckily, we have not had a huge hail storm this year...knock on wood. I have seen what one of these storms will do to tomato plants and it is not pretty.
*Convenience* There is nothing better than being able to walk outside and pick fresh herbs for a dish I'm going to making.
*It is Economical* Have you seen the price of herbs? I usually pay $3.99 for a fresh herbs and end up throwing half of them away since I just need a few.
YOUR Friends or Family: WOW, _______________(insert your name here) This is the best salad I've ever had.
YOU: Thanks. I just made it with some fresh herbs and lettuce I picked from my garden.
YOUR Friends or Family. WOW, _________________(insert your name here) You are such a food snob!
As you can see the pros way out number the cons. I promise this blog will not turn into a gardening blog, however if you would like to see more of my garden, please visit my gardening blog at Rambling Wren.