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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Posted: May 14, 2014

Simply grow your own vegetables

Written by: Rhon Bell - contributor - rhonbell@gmail.com

You don’t have to be in the backwoods to grow your very own natural produce – it may be easier than you imagine. Whether you live outside the city limits with a backyard large enough to support a raised bed or if you’re in town with only a  small deck – you, too, can have vegetables ready to pick in just a couple short months. Nothing feels quite as accomplishing as watching a variety of vegetables form from tiny seeds you’ve sowed beneath an inch of topsoil and compost.

If you have a bit of land to work with, screw together some 2×4′s with corner braces and fill with soil. If you only have a small patch of property that gets sun, such as a rooftop deck or porch, purchase a few large pots (which can be had for cheap) and fill with a 70/30 mixture of soil and manure (all sold at local gardening stores). The most simple method of gardening to follow is called square foot gardening. It tells you how much of one plant can be sustained within a square foot of soil. Basically – you’ll be surprised with how many essential, organic veggies you can grow on your own with little investment! Some household basics are as follows: Carrrots – 16, Lettuce – 16, Beets – 9, Peas – 8, Chives – 16, Kale – 12, Onions – 9.

So, go spend $25 on a few pots and soil, or if you want to go large, $60 on some 2×4′s and soil and start your own backyard garden. I started most of my plants indoors and early, but now is just the right time to plant everything by seed. Eat natural, eat pesticide and chemical free and grow your own food!

 

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Garlic Chives and also Cilantro hard at work at becoming table-ready. It doesn’t take much square space to enjoy the hobby.

 

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The startings of 40 heirloom tomato plants. Each one will need approximately 1 square foot of garden/pot space to support it’s large produce.

 

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Corn on the nearside and green beans/cucumbers on the far side. I started them early indoors, which you do not need to do. Now’s the time.

 

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Multiple rows of spinach and lettuce, soon to be servings of salads all summer long!

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