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two easy tips for having a green thumb 

Learn how to grow plants and get a green thumb

 

 
 
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Published:  January 12, 2012
 
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Slide 1: ==== ==== Green Thumb Gardening http://tinyurl.com/7n8c396 ==== ==== I've always been in love with the idea of gardening. My grandfather always had a garden, and my mom often had a garden while I was growing up. When I became an adult myself, and finally lived in a home where I could have a garden, one fine April morning I bought a bunch of seeds from a local hardware store and planted them. Some of the seeds came up, while others didn't. The spinach sprouts died out within a couple of weeks. I was devastated at the thought that my thumb might be black! I'm not one to give up easily and the next time my children and I went to the library I checked out several books on gardening. In doing so I learned my number one problem was I'd planted the wrong kinds of seeds at the wrong time of year! Planting in most parts of Arizona is much different than other states. I always thought lettuce would be planted in the spring, and indeed that's usually when lettuce is planted, but not in Arizona. Our hot summers prevent us from planting too many kinds of vegetables once it heats up, but on the flip side, our mild winters allow us to plant when many states cannot due to frigid conditions. Follow these tips and you can have a green thumb, too! Plant seeds or transplants in your area at the right time. Check the county cooperative extension in your county, they have a lot of good information for local gardeners. You'll be able to learn the optimum time for planting and your confidence will be boosted, like mine was, when your baby plants stay alive and thrive. For example, I learned that spinach needs to be planted September through February in Arizona. This is because our winter season is so mild, and this is actually our best growing season of the year. Plant the right kinds of seeds and plants for your area. This is another area where you'll find your local county cooperative extension to be of great help. They will be able to tell you the varieties which are known to grow successfully in your area. You can also contact native seed companies in your area as they tend to sell seeds that are native to your area. Don't trust the big box stores to know when and what to plant. More than once I've been sorry when buying seeds or plants off the shelf. Especially in Arizona, it's common to find lettuce transplants in April when they won't make it much past May since it heats up so quickly here. Do your research before buying. Pick healthy plants with small roots. Don't be tempted by those big beautiful tomato plants that have roots growing out of the bottom. That likely means the root ball has grown so tightly together in the small pot that it will have a hard time once planted in the ground. And don't let yourself feel sorry for those scraggly plants either. Maybe after you're confident in your abilities, but not now while you're learning. Plant in a medium that works well for your area. You've probably seen those hanging tomato plants advertised on television; well, they wouldn't work well in hot Arizona. Do your homework
Slide 2: before impulsively buying the latest doodad. Read gardening books for your climate. This is very important. There is a famous guy who writes about square foot gardening. I have learned a lot from reading his book, but I cannot take most of his advice as it will not work in our hot summers. Limit your seed catalog subscription to one or two catalogs. Trust me, you'll find it a lot easier if you limit the eye candy to one or two catalogs. In the beginning when you're just getting started, you want to keep the temptation down to a minimum. It is heady to look at all the beautiful varieties and overwhelm yourself. Plant your favorites. Plant spinach only if you love it. I happen to adore spinach, so I plant it every fall. Plant radishes. Here I'm going against my number 8 tip and advise that you plant radishes even if you don't like them. Some varieties are ready to pick a mere 21 days after they sprout and you will feel very successful. You can always find a friend, neighbor or relative who loves them and will gladly take your homegrown radishes off your hands. If you like greens and salad, plant Swiss chard and leaf lettuce. Swiss chard is one of my favorite leafy green vegetables and the best thing about Swiss chard is you only have to plant it once at the beginning of the season. Then the rest of the season you pick leaves from around the base of the plant always leaving a few small leaves in the middle to continue growing. These small leaves will grow out soon and you'll have a new harvest, all from the same plant. The same with leaf lettuce, as opposed to the head varieties. The head lettuces have to grow until they are ready to pick, whereas the leaf lettuce you can pick from the base of the plant. I like to plant both green and red varieties of leaf lettuce. I hope these tips will help you get started on your way to becoming a successful gardener! I am gearing up to plant our fall/winter garden in southern Arizona which will include Swiss chard, leaf lettuce, onions, carrots, radishes, peas, spinach, collard greens, cilantro, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and beets. The Maricopa County Extension has been of great help, and Native Seeds can help you find seeds that grow well in the southwest. Esther Belle aka Mrs. Accountability can be found writing on her blog Out of Debt Again on a variety of subjects from Fels Naptha to debt management. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Esther_Belle ==== ====
Slide 3: Green Thumb Gardening http://tinyurl.com/7n8c396 ==== ====

   
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