Coaching Can Help Even with Gardening

Think about it. What are you doing right now? You’re reading an online article about gardening, looking for tips to help you successful raise crops, whether small or large. In absolutely any profession, a lot can be taken from coaching. Years ago, before formalized schooling, most professions were passed down from father to son, with the father teaching the son in a hands on environment, exactly what he needed to do to produce a high quality product.

The History of Coaching Speaks to Its Importance

So whether you’re talking old school, like a blacksmith or smelter, or you’re talking about more modern professions, such as automotive technicians or computer developers, all need coaching. It’s very difficult to come straight out of formal schooling and be directly successful in your chosen profession. You’ll need a coach. Whether it’s a “gardening coach”, and baseball coach, a life coach, or a dissertation coach, coaching is a massive benefit. Don’t miss out on it.

Don’t Underestimate the Value of a Coach

I cannot overestimate the value of getting the help you need. When I was first starting off in my career, my first career position was IT manager. I was it. I didn’t have any help. So I spent hours researching online and talking to other IT professionals to get an idea of how to configure a network, printers, servers, etc. so I could provide the best service to my employer.

And it worked!

Using the knowledge and experience of others in one the hands down best ways to advance yourself. And even in gardening it is a tremendous help to seek out these resources. You’ll end up with a more successful crop, which means more food at a lower cost!

Now I know there aren’t too many garden coaches, but there are gardening shows on TV, and there are successful farmers out there. Seek them out, they can provide some wonderful insights to help you be successful. I can promise you, if you find those that know what you are doing and have been successful, and you follow their advice, you will be more successful than you otherwise would be.

So what do you think? Do you have a story? Or perhaps some further thoughts that you would like to share? Then I encourage you to add them to bottom of this page in the comments section. We all benefit from the knowledge, experience and expertise of others, so if you have some, feel free to share it! And then go out there and grow some great food!

Research Your Area Well for the Most Successful, Local Crops

My Garden Had Mixed ResultsI live in the south, where the weather is hot for most of the year. In this type of soil and climate, the “easier” crops are squash, green beans, bell peppers, jalapenos, and lettuce. But in colder climates and mountainous areas, potatoes are better. In tropical areas, many fruits grow like weeds. You just have do a little research.

And you can easily get these answers by going down to your local home improvement store, finding someone (passionate) in the gardening section, and asking them about the more successful crops for your area.

But I don’t want to stop there, because there are a few things that are pretty consistent regardless of the climate, soil or crop you are working with. So here are a few good tips that work for virtually any crop.

Make Sure to Till the Soil Well

I have mentioned using a tiller from a local home improvement store, and that can certainly work as long as you go over the area very well (perhaps even two or three times). But if you have a smaller area, and have the time to work, I would recommend using a hand spade.

You can dig down a little further, and then turn the soil completely over. This puts the grass, leaves, etc. that are the top of the ground now a good one foot under the surface. This serves as some great fertilizer for your new crop.

Make Sure Your Garden Gets Enough Sun

Just as plants need water, they also need sun. This is another one that is somewhat intuitive, however, you need to plan well where you place your garden. I had a tough situation in the past. I had lots of trees in my backyard that provided great shade, but made it tough to place a garden. I didn’t want to place it right in the center of the backyard, because that would decrease my ability to use the backyard for other things.

Use Fertilizer, and If Possible, this Natural Fertilizer

Yes, you can buy fertilizer at your home improvement store, but what about using natural fertilizer? A little trick I learned from my grandfather. If you have trees in your yard, you’ll probably have lots of dead leaves on the ground during the fall.

Gather up those dead leaves, and instead of discarding them, lay a nice thick layer of them on your garden. Then, in the spring, as those leaves have decomposed, you can turn them over, and they become natural’s great fertilizer. And, they don’t cost you any money!

Use Sufficient Water for Your Crops

Some plants need more water than others, but they all need it. I know this one goes without saying, but sometimes life gets in the way, but you must not forget to water your garden. It would be a shame to do the work, only to lose it to lack of water. Also, check with the folks in the gardening section to find out just how much water your crops need.

So with a little planning, and watching how the sunlight hit at different time during the day, I was able to place the garden along the side of the fence, but mostly in the clear so my garden could get good sunlight.

These are just a few solid tips that will help in any typical garden situation. But again, check with the local experts, and even research further online for help in providing the optimal conditions for the crops you want to harvest. I didn’t do enough research on my latest attempt, and got mixed results! As you can see from the picture, my squash did well, but there are bare spots there where getting my tomatoes started just didn’t work as well. I hope you do better in your garden!

Is Gardening Even Worth Hassling With?

Have you ever thought about planting your own garden and reaping your own harvest? I know it may sound weird, but it can really help pull down the costs of food. Further, you control the planting, growing, and harvesting methods. This means that you can decide whether to use the dreaded “pesticides” or not (I prefer not to).

But what about the “work” that will be involved. Let me just take a little time to address some common questions/issues that come up when folks consider cultivating their own garden.

Gardening Just Takes Too Long

I think you might be exaggerating here. I remember hand spading my grandfather’s garden when I was a child, and some 1,500 took a few days. But if you go out and rent a modern day tiller from a local home improvement store, you can get a nice gardening tilled in an afternoon.

Gardens Just Won’t Yield Enough Food to be Worth the Investment

Perhaps for some exotic foods, you may not bring in a good crop. But if you stick to fruits and vegetables like squash, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc. then you will be able to harvest them multiple times, providing more of these veggies and fruits then you’ll be able to eat in one sitting. I remember harvesting bags and bags of green beans in my grandfather’s garden.

Gardening Takes a Lot of Tools and Money to Get Started

While it does take some investment to get started, your ongoing costs are low. Getting a set of gardening tools might cost you some $100-$150 at a local home improvement store, but they’ll last for years! That money can get you a hoe, spade fork, cages for flowering plants, fertilizer, garden soil and seeds, and perhaps more. How far does that same money go at the grocery store?

So what do you think? Gardening may not be as difficult as you think. Again, with food prices soaring, and the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals on our large-scale farms, is it worth it to grow a garden? In many cases, I would say yes.

What about you?