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Dear Home Food Gardener,

Some gardeners, it seems, have all the luck. They plunk their seeds in the soil, add water, do a little weeding, and voilà! Bountiful harvest. But behind every bountiful harvest is a hard-working gardener who had a plan. If you enjoy growing your own food at home, you can make your garden that much more special by planning ahead before you plant.

Here at the Food Gardening Network, we’re all about growing our own good food. If you love to garden, you also want to get the most out of your time, money, and effort. With our FREE guide, Planning Your Perfect Food Garden, you have a game plan to get the most out of your garden space!

We’ll help you with choosing the best food to plant, where to plant it, how to keep it well-watered, well-weeded, and more!

Getting started in Planning Your Perfect Food Garden: Plant According to Your Palate

OK, this is going to sound pretty basic, but we need to say it out loud: plant what you like to eat. Is zucchini a prolific grower? Yes. Do you love zucchini? If the answer’s not a resounding Yes! then maybe you should consider another crop. We include some delicious recipes with ingredients you can grow yourself, so you can start your own menu (and planting) planning.

Plant what you like to eat. Really, that’s the point of food gardening, after all.

In a Pickle About What to Plant? In Planning Your Perfect Food Garden: The Best Veggies for Pickling and Preservation

There’s more to pickling than, well, pickles. There are plenty of other foods that pickle well, and more that are excellent candidates for long-term storage. In Planning Your Perfect Food Garden, see how easy it can be to store some of your favorite foods with very little effort.

From simple storage tips to make your potato crop last longer to decorative and delicious ways to store your garlic and onions, we have plenty of great food preservation tips. So go ahead and grow those cucumbers. Lay in a good supply of pickles. But don’t forget that other veggies make good pickles, too.

Preservation Beyond Pickling in Planning Your Perfect Food Garden: Save the Seeds!

When you find a variety of vegetable that you love — especially an heirloom variety — you’ll probably want to grow it year after year. Like most avid gardeners, you probably have a stack of seed catalogs that you go through in the cooler months, planning the seeds you’ll order for the next growing season.

But wait! If you’re already harvesting delicious food from your garden, why not save the seeds? That will give you one less thing to do when planting season rolls around again. Of course, there’s a method to seed-saving madness. In Planning Your Perfect Food Garden, we’ll show you how to save your own seeds and you can decide if the post-harvest work is worth it.

Where to Plant? In Planning Your Perfect Food Garden: In-Ground Planting vs Raised Beds

Some gardeners swear by growing their crops right in the ground. Others say raised beds are the way to go. What’s a gardener to do? Well, the answer depends on a number of factors. Do you have good soil where you plan to plant? Does bending over or kneeling in the garden make your back hurt just thinking about it? There are a lot of things to consider when decided how to plant your garden — and there’s no single right answer, except to do what works best for you and your plants. Consider:

  • Soil quality
  • Cost
  • Landscape
  • Maintenance
  • Planting
  • Watering
  • Mulching
  • Weeding

These are just some of the things you need to think about when you’re deciding between in-ground planting and raised beds. This is another great step toward successful — and rewarding — gardening.

Request this FREE guide, Planning Your Perfect Food Garden, today and get ready to plan your best garden ever!

Water, water, everywhere? In Planning Your Perfect Food Garden: Irrigation 101

Whether you plant your garden in the ground or in raised beds (or even containers!), your plants are going to need water on a regular basis. Are you going to drag the hose out every day, or lug jugs of water to keep your plants healthy and happy? Would you like to do a little less watering and little more — anything else?

Sure, watering can be a relaxing part of gardening. But responsible gardeners want to be efficient in their use of water, especially when so many areas face water restrictions right at the same time your plants need watering! In Planning Your Perfect Food Garden, we show you how to create a custom irrigation system for under $100, and give you guidelines on setting up garden beds that water themselves! More time for you, and no wasted water!

Local Wildlife Making a Meal of Your Garden? Planning Your Perfect Food Garden Has Tips for Protecting Your Plants

Tired of going out to your garden only to discover that deer, rabbits, and other woodland creatures have decided to feast on your plants? When plastic owls, shiny streamers, and motion-triggered squirt alarms aren’t enough, consider enclosing your garden — for the sake of your plants and your sanity!

There are lots of ways you can enclose your garden, whether it’s to protect your plants from hungry pests or give them a little shelter from blazing sun, blowing winds, or sudden cold snaps. In our FREE guide, Planning Your Perfect Food Garden, we walk you through 10 different ways you can enclose your garden to get a great garden look while keeping pests at bay!

Start Planning Your Perfect Garden Today!

It’s easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm of starting — or expanding — a garden. But before you get too far into the weeds, as it were, you might want to take a step back and do a little planning. How much space do you have? What can you plant that you’ll really eat? How much time do you have to spend tending your garden? Our FREE guide, Planning Your Perfect Food Garden, gives you tips on planning out your garden, picking the ideal food, choosing your garden site, keeping your plants happy and watered, keeping the weeds away, and more!

Get ready to grow your best garden ever! Get Planning Your Perfect Food Garden today!

Sincerely,
Bill Dugan Signature
Bill Dugan,
Editor & Publisher
Food Gardening Network

P.S. Act now to get this FREE guide, Planning Your Perfect Food Garden—and you’ll have gardening projects to enjoy all year long!

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