Frugal Fun – Plant a Vegetable Garden

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Despite our local weather’s behaviour trying to convince us otherwise some days, Spring has sprung here in the Fraser Valley and that means it’s time to think about planting this summer’s vegetable garden! Most local folks seem to plant late April – mid May, depending on the weather each year.

I built (my husband built) and planted my first vegetable garden just a few summers ago. We’d had pots of herbs and different veggie plants over the years, but finally took the plunge to a 10×10 plot in our yard and now join the millions of hobby gardeners in the annual excitement of planting the garden! I’ve outgrown the 10×10 plot and now have random vegetables growing all over the yard – it’s so much fun!

Guess whats for Supper?
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It’s fun to get your family involved in the preparation by making a list of everyone’s favourite vegetables. This way you know someone will always be excited about what’s on the dinner table! Start small – try out a few of your favourites this year and see how it works out. It has taken me a few years of WAY too many zucchinis to learn how to plant them, but I think it’s all part of the fun!!

The best place to start is at your local garden centre. Invest in a good soil appropriate for growing food, choose your seeds and away you go! Many centres, such as Amsterdam Greenhouses in Pitt Meadows, offer free or inexpensive classes to help get your vegetable garden started and they are a valuable resource to turn to as you go along.

Happy gardening!

Do you have a vegetable garden in your yard, or at a community garden nearby? What are your best gardening tips? Thanks for sharing! 

Contributor: Kristi Ferguson

Kristi Ferguson is the Founder & Editor of The Pulse. Her company, Double You, offers online communications consulting, project management and event planning. Kristi is a proud mama who loves to explore, shop, laugh & create. She is passionate about promoting all things local. Twitter: @pulseblogonline @MrsKFergie

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