Garden Health Checklist From the Vegetable Gardener’s Bible
Edward Smith’s The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is a must have for those wanting to learn everything there is know about gardening and self-sufficient gardening practices.
This easy to read book gives first hand knowledge on how to grow a successful garden.¬† Many who have read his best selling book are already adopting his gardening methods.¬† Methods such as¬†the W-O-R-D system:
His chapter on nurturing soil has been a great source of knowledge for me, and my garden has prospered as a result.¬† Edward C. Smith has created a book that takes all the secrets out of gardening.¬† For many of the gardening novices, this book has tips and suggestions that will get vegetables to grow anywhere in North America.¬† Here is a checklist from¬†Smith’s book for a healthy garden:
- Put your garden where there’s enough sunlight, especially in the morning, and adequate air circulation, to dry the dew quickly.¬† Diseases do better in a damp environment.
- Build and maintain a living soil, full of the microbes that help plants to grow and protect them against diseases.
- Rotate crops so that disease-causing organisms that live in the soil won’t find their host crop when spring arrives.
- Plan varieties that resist whatever diseases are likely occur in your gardening neighborhood.
- Intercrop whenever possible.
- To keep diseases from spreading, don’t work in the garden when plants are wet.
- Keep at least a 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) layer of compost on growing beds all the time.¬† Compost not only ensures a steady flow of balanced nutrients to the plants but also has been shown to inhibit many plant diseases.
- Make sure plants have enough water.¬† By the time it begins to look droopy, a plant is already stressed, and a stressed plant is an open invitation to pests and diseases.
- Use mulches and row covers to maintain soil and air temperatures within the plant’s preferred range.
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Date: August 19th, 2010
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