Ready Set Garden

Ready Set Garden by Patricia Davids

Hello everyone. Patricia Davids here. After a long wait spring is upon us at last, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll look for any excuse to get out and enjoy the fair weather. It’s also that time of year to get started on your gardening. There is nothing better than enjoying fresh produce from your own garden. Completely organic produce seems to be the new trend, but it isn’t really new. The Amish have been raising herbicide and pesticide free, organic gardens for generations. Want to know how the Amish do it? Here’s a few trade secrets.

Nourish the soil. The Amish enrich the soil of their gardens with organic matter, compost and animal manure. Don’t have any goats or horses? Manure can be found at many of your local plant nurseries or large home improvement stores with a garden dept. Manure not your thing? Well create your own compost pile. There are plenty of websites with useful information on how to create your own compost.

Eliminate pesticides and herbicides. The Amish don’t use harsh, nutrient depleting, or toxic chemicals to control pests or plant diseases. Instead they plant flowers amongst their vegetables that attract pollinators like bees, ladybugs and even types of birds. Ladybugs are a great defense against mites, and birds will feed on the larger pests like caterpillars and grasshoppers. The Amish also practice a technique called companion planting to help repel pests and raise the disease resistance of some plants. Planting chives among your roses can help reduce black spot once the plants have a few seasons to mature. Chives are also a good defense against a few common garden pests, such as Japanese beetles and cabbage worms. Basil and oregano are both great companion plants among your vegetables which both help repel several types of pests and can enhance the flavors of your produce.

There are many guides online that list great companion plants and what plants should or shouldn’t be planted together. So depending on the type of garden you have or want do some research. You live in or near an Amish community, get some tips from your Amish neighbors. Happy gardening!

USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.

An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.

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