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Spring 2018

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Growing food is one of the most popular forms of gardening practised today. Given the ever increasing costs (and lack of nutritional content) of current grocery store produce, it makes sense. Growing food at home is actually pretty easy to do. For example, throwing a tomato plant or two in a sunny spot in your garden, and giving it an occasional watering, will likely produce a few fruits. But for your veggie garden to be truly successful in both health and bounty, a number of requirements must be met. PLACEMENT Food gardens need sunshine, but only about eight hours per day. East facing is ideal, followed by south and west. Veggie gardens need not be planted in rows if you prefer free-form arrangement. Add some inexpensive and edible flower seeds such as sunflower and nasturtium to punch up the colour. Be artistic as crops will change year to year so nothing is permanent. GROWING with SUCCESS S T O R Y M E L A N I E R E K O L A PHOTO: MELANIE REKOLA PHOTO: MELANIE REKOLA Con t i n u e d on pa ge 3 0 28 | ourhomes S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 gardening

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