Home gar­dens are made with love, and lit­tle time

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - WILL WATER­FORD Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies

I SAW an ar­ti­cle on Facebook a few weeks ago saying their broccoli had failed and jok­ingly said it would be a lot bet­ter to just buy it at the lo­cal fruit and vegie shop.

This got me thinking. What do farm­ers do that we as home gar­den­ers are not do­ing, and how do and how can we learn from them?

As much as we would like to, we can’t shift the farms to the neigh­bour’s block.

To have the fan­tas­tic pro­duce a farmer can pro­duce, you have to put in the time.

A farmer has a full-time job pre­par­ing the soil, giv­ing the plants the right amount and type of fer­tiliser at the time they need it, keep­ing an eye out for pests and pick­ing pro­duce at the right time.

We home gar­den­ers may not have the same amount of time to spend in the gar­den, so we have to adapt our gar­den to suit our time re­straints.

We put some fer­tiliser on when we plant, if we re­mem­ber we may give it some more fer­tiliser later on, once a week we check for pests, and we give it a drink of water ev­ery now and then.

Home gar­den­ing is not all about the percentage of fail­ures to wins, it is about lov­ing the pro­duce we get back and know­ing it will taste lovely.

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