There’s something amazing, something almost primal, about harvesting food that you’ve planted and nurtured from a patch of bare earth. If you’ve never had a garden, this may sound a bit dramatic, but trust us, it’s not. The pride you experience when you have a bounty of vegetables and fruits. So let this activity be therapeutic for you, and sip on some natural wines while you plant your greens.
How can you experience this for yourself?
- Pick a spot. First, determine the best space for your garden. You’ll want an area that receives adequate sunlight during the day, is conveniently located near a water source, and has nutrient-rich soil.
- Plan your plants. Think about what sorts of vegetables, fruits, and herbs you enjoy eating, and do a bit of research to see if those foods grow well in your area. Once you’ve got your list of plants, map out how you’ll sow them. Tomatoes next to squash, or pole beans on an outer row, for instance. Oh, and a glass of Natura Cabernet is critical during this stage of planning.
- Get the soil ready. Start by using a home-testing kit for you to ensure that your crops will have the nutrition they need. If necessary, you can treat the soil to compensate for lacking nutrients. Soil must also be turned and broken up to make it more manageable; use a shovel, garden fork, or hoe to do this. It’s also a good idea to mix in some compost during this stage as well.
- Start planting! You have the option of planting seeds or seedlings (baby plants), and your prior research should tell you which is the better choice for each type of plant. Pay attention to the spacing requirements for each seed or plant. They need adequate room to grow.
- Water. Immediately after planting, give your garden a good watering. After that, water according to the instructions for each plant. Morning is the best time to give your garden a drink, as this is when the least amount of evaporation will occur.
- Protect your plants. Once your garden becomes established, protect it from animals, insects, and weeds. This may mean installing a small fence around the garden to keep rabbits, deer and other animals out, or treating the garden with organic pesticides to prevent insect damage. Weeding should also be done regularly to ensure that plant invaders aren’t stealing the water and nutrients. Applying a layer of mulch can help keep weeds down – and save your back!
- Harvest time! Here’s what you’ve been waiting for. During harvest time, check your garden daily to see which vegetables and fruits are ready to pick. It can be tempting to pluck them as soon as possible, but try and wait until they’re fully ripened, because that’s when they’ll taste the best! Pair with excellent natura wines, and you have a winning meal every time.