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Home & Gardening

"My First Home Garden"
by Lakesha Woods

Never thought I'd be so interested in gardening, but I've found a new love for it. It’s not so much about growing my own food (although there is a benefit) but going outside and putting my gloves on and digging in the dirt seems to calm my nerves - it feels relaxing.

 

My daughters and I wanted to start a garden above the ground. So we went to Walmart and purchased the above ground garden kit by Greenland Gardener (Garden Bed Kit). The price for the kit was pretty reasonable; it was about $32 with tax. Now don’t be confused by the word kit. It only consist of 4 planks that's it – no dirt, no seeds … just the planks. The good thing is that the kit is easy to assemble. You won’t need any tools to connect the planks. They come pre-made with slots that allow each plank to connect with one another, forming a perfect square. If you’re reading this article and considering starting an above the ground garden, make sure you save lots of newspaper. You’re going to need the newspaper to line the bottom of the kit.

We started our garden in late May. By June 25th we were seeing results. We planted corn, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers.

I’d credit our biggest problems with the garden to lack of knowledge. We didn’t have a fence and in North Carolina we have plenty of hungry dear and rabbits. Let’s not forget about the bugs! Then there was the yellowing of the leaves on our cucumber plants.
I found out that the yellowing of the leaves is a magnesium deficiency. To tackle the yellowing we used Epsom salt because Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate.

From my experience growing cucumbers, I’ve learned that the Epsom salt does indeed work, but you have to be careful with how much you use. You only need 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to 1 gallon of water.  Spray the mixture on the leaves – soaking them. Then pour the mixture in the soil so the roots will absorb it. Magnesium sulfate absorbs quickly but the roots will hold on to the nutrients for a while.

During my journey of growing cucumbers I also learned that they need to be pruned. If you’re going to grow them in an upward direction you will also need a trellis. I found a really great video on Youtube on how to prune a cucumber plant.
I decided to include it here because having visualization in addition to the description of each part of the plant is very helpful.

Next up inside Home & Gardening we’ll be checking out all of the latest patio furniture trends - everything from pools, decks, barbecue grills, breakfast tables and more!

 

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