Do you need special skills for growing fruits and vegetables in your home?



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    Not at all! Just some basic common sense and a little bit of education about this new experience will go far when growing your own fruits and vegetables. One of the best resources you can start with is at your local nursery. The kinds of plants that will do well in your garden vary widely based upon where you live and your climate region, so consulting the knowledgeable staff at a local nursery is a great way to learn what kinds of plants you should try. If you want to start early, you can begin growing plants indoors (I actually wrote a blog post on this topic; you can check it out at the link below), or wait until the last frosts have passed before planting. At the most basic level, you can start with seeds and follow the planting instructions on the back of the seed packets, or start with starts (plants that were grown in a greenhouse and are ready to be put in the ground), which generally come with informational tags that will also have planting and care instructions. You’ll need a bit of land or some large pots in a well-lit area, a few tools (a trowel and maybe a shovel and gardening gloves to protect your hands), and a water source that you can get to the plants, such as a hose or a watering can. If you run into any problems or questions, you can always consult the nursery for help or use online resources like the National Gardening Association’s Food Gardening Guide (cited below) for help. Good luck and have fun!

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    In my experience, all you really need is time, care, and a trusty trowel. Most plant nurseries and hardware superstores like Lowe’s or Home Depot have people who will be happy to help you find the right soil, nutrients, etc to plant a healthy, successful garden. You might make an attempt to find plants that grow especially well in your area to increase your chances of success. In California, where I live, just about anything will grow, but my biggest successes have been tomatoes and zucchini. With the zucchini, I like to harvest the flowers before the fruit fully matures. They are great sauteed w/ garlic, stuffed w/ cheese then deep fried, or as a pizza topping.

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    You definitely need patience, and good observation skills. For instance, you need to know how to tell when your plants have too much or too little water.

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    Vegetables are relatively easy to grow with a little background information, good soil, viable seeds or starts, and a good maintenance regime. Fruits, on the other hand, are a little more complicated. Fruit trees are challenging to grow even for professionals as they are prone to diseases, pests, and other issues that can compromise the quality and quantity of fruit. If you are serious about trying, do some research–fruit trees won’t grow any old place! Keep in mind, too, that pruning plays a big role in fruit production, so it is important to know when and how to prune different types of trees. 








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