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Calling All Gardeners

Updated on April 8, 2011

What do you want to know?


Gardening is one of the world’s oldest professions and there are new advances in tools and plants being made on a regular basis. However, it does not require a wide education or great mass of knowledge to grow plants. How much you need to actually know depends upon why you are growing what you grow.

That is why I want to take the time and ask the readers what is it that they want to know.

From time to time I get requests for specific information about a certain plant or a certain style of gardening and I either respond to these by creating a hub or if the question is simple enough reply via email.

I plan on being proactive with this hub and say: When it comes to gardening what do you want to know?

A garden is not a complex t affair; you have no need of an advanced degree or much money or even a lot of space to be able to garden. If you choose to use organic and natural methods of growing, your garden garden will flourish..

If you starting you first garden or simply adding another bed to an existing garden, there are a few things that you can do that will not only reduce the work that you do but will help create the conditions that will enable the plants you select to flourish.

Containers are perfect for the gardener who has little time or space for growing things but still has the desire to garden. You can grow anything in a container that you would normally grow in your garden. It is important that the container match the mature size of the plant, imagine trying to grow a tomato plant in a two inch container and you get the idea.

Plants that are grown in containers have the same needs that plant which are grown directly into the earth do; they need enough sunlight, water, air and food, which come from the soil.

I believe that anyone who wants to can garden. The gardener will eventually emerge in us if we do not lock ourselves into a pre-conceived definition of what a garden is and what it looks like. Change your perspective.

Take a minute a think up instead of along the ground, vertical and not horizontal.

We grow beans on poles and peas why not expand that list. When you make the choice to grow vertical your small space expands, growing up means growing more.

When you grow for food production, whether it be for personal or market use, yield is crucial. How much can you grow on a specific plot of land is the driving concern.

If you are growing your own food or are thinking about growing your own food then the amount of food that you are able to grow is important.

Permaculture design will assist you to create a home garden that will maximize your yield.

The knowledge you need to create and maintain an effective garden is readily available, if you have any questions then now and here is a good place to ask them.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Steve and thanks for dropping by.

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    Steve Loock 

    9 years ago

    Hi there Bob ... always a pleasure reading your work

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    futonfraggle 

    9 years ago

    Sigh. I hear ya. A few more weeks and we'll be out there plantin'

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have three feet of snow covering my backyard and yes happy Spring, more is falling as I type.

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    futonfraggle 

    9 years ago

    "The gardener will eventually emerge in us if we do not lock ourselves into a pre-conceived definition of what a garden is and what it looks like. Change your perspective." -- Great advice, Bob! I can't wait for this Saskatchewan snow to melt.

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    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Lena, is the grass there because you use the yard, for gatherings, pets, children?

    VS, hopefully, the gardener will awaken.

    Thank you both for dropping by.

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    VioletSun 

    9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    Bob: If I keep reading your hubs, the gardner in me is going to awaken! I don't have questions yet, but if I come up with questions, while trying my experiments in gardnening, I will be sure to ask you.

    Good hub!

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    Lena M. 

    9 years ago from Toronto

    I love gardening, I really do... Planting and watering flowers, shurbs, and vegetables and watching them grow is one of the things I look forward to every summer.

    But my backyard garden still is a back yard, and that means grass. I hate grass, for some reason, it's never a perfect green. It's either yellow or grubs take over, or something like that.

    Perhaps my rant about grass is due to me looking outside to my back yard right now and seeing the yellowness of it.

    Anyway, great hub! I agree, it's important to be proactive about gardening. Too late and it's summer already, and many things on the spring gardening to-do list are left undone..

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Tree tomatoes, I will have to look into that, thanks for dropping by and great gardening.

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    marisuewrites 

    9 years ago from USA

    When we get to Oklahoma in May, I will be re-reading your gardening hubs with great energy, as we plan and plant. Have you seen the tree tomato plants that are advertised on TV....I just wonder if they are hype or not? I thought I'd order one and see,

    Keep the green thumb going!!!

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    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I'm looking forward to pics, thanks for dropping by Debra.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by and good gardening.

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    Debra Myers 

    9 years ago

    I'm getting things set up so that by the time May gets here, I can start my straw bale garden! My brother thinks he can get me the bales for little or nothing!

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    Cindy Lawson 

    9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Excellent advice Bob. I have just spent two very pleasant days planting my container vegetables, and plan to do my large allotment up by our lake in week's time once the tractor has ploughed the land up for me.

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