For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Apr 21

Your Questions About Gardening

Charles asks…

How big of a garden does one need to live off of it all year round with different fruits and veggies?

How big of a garden does one need to live off of it all year round with different fruits and veggies?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Hello x s,

I guess I was to poor to know the difference. I have always lived off my garden and fruit trees. Even today we have a 20×20 feet garden. We buy no vegetables or fruits (except watermelons) from the grocery stores. I can taste the chemicals farmers use on their vegetables they sell in grocery stores. A person could easily live off of a 10×10 feet (no melons) garden.

We give alway more vegetables and fruits than we can eat. This year we canned over 30 quart jars of tomatoes. Each Christmas, our relatives and friends will receive a big basket as a gift. Inside is a red and white checked table cloth, 1 quart jar mixed yellow and red tomatoes, 1 quart jar pickled beets, 1 quart jar pickled green cherry tomatoes, 1 quart jar carrots, 1 quart jar plum jam, 5 Ruby Red Gradefruit, 10 lemons, a bag of dried figs, and 15 Mandarin Oranges. They love us at Christmas. I also have nine rare fruit trees.

In order to live all year round, you would need to live in a place like Southern California. Today my garden still has tomatoes, green beans, garlic, onions, eggplants, brussel sprouts, and bell peppers.

You would need good soil. I use no chemicals or pesticides. I use home made compost and chicken manure to enrich my soil. Good soil produces twice the yields of bad soil.

If you wanted a variety all year long, you would have to learn to can your vegetables and fruits. We have enough canned vegetables to last us all winter.

Your question: A 10×10 feet garden is more than enough area. If you want four (4) dwaft fruit trees, than you would need a 20×20 feet area.

I have been a gardener for sixty (60) years. I love to help new gardeners get started. Just like my uncle helped me get started in the hills of Kentucky at the age (smile) of three. I helped.

You have a great day, from Los Angeles.

Laura asks…

What should I get as a gift for my host family when I go to Japan?

I’m 15 and I live in Canada. I’ll be hosting a student in March for two weeks(He’s the same age as myself), then in April I will stay with him for two weeks in Tokyo. But I wasn’t really sure what to get his family as gifts.(I already know what to get him since his form showed his interests) His Father is 47, his mother is 44 and he has a younger brother who is 13. My teacher said it was a good idea to look for Canadian made items. Any suggestions would be amazing thanks!

GardenersCardiff answers:

While Canadian foods are nice, try to include something that they can remember you by long after the food is gone. There are tons of items like a photo calendar of Canada, picture books, coasters, ashtrays, fragrant lotions or soap, cologne, sports team shirts, and so on. There are many food items you can bring also: cookies, syrup, flavored coffee, tea, and jam (try less known ones like boysenberry, blackberry, etc), powdered marinade mixes, sauces, dressings, etc. You can get lots of ideas just walking down the supermarket aisles.
Try to give an item to each member of the family as well as to the family as a whole, and when the student is visiting your place, get him active as a family member – do the shopping, laundry, gardening or light chores together – it will make him feel included and be a new and educational experience for him as well.

Donald asks…

What types of plants do i need to put into a small to medium memory garden?

I am a life scout and i want to make a memory garden for my church for my eagle project and i dont know what types. i want plants that bloom year around and all so, if u have any thing to help me out with plants, ideas on how to get donations, and umm mabye advice on a memory thanks a lot

GardenersCardiff answers:

Cameron, the plant donations should primarily come from the church membership itself. Each family could donate a plant, depending on where your garden will be placed (shadey, sunny, or semi-shadey location). You might want to make small signs for each plant, telling people what the plant is and who it is in memory of.

At this time of year, church members could also buy some new tulip bulbs or other spring bulbs to add to your garden.

Some good hardy perennials? Daylilies, peonies, sedum, tiger lilies, asiatic lilies, irises, and daisies. And mums really add a lot of fall color.

A little shrub rose would look nice too.

You might too want to ask for money so you can buy seeds or annual plants for next year to add to the garden in the spring. If it is a really sunny place, throw some moss rose seeds near the front. This is a type of plant that reseeds itself every year too. Allysum is another fine border plant.

Another thing you are going to have to consider too is who is going to take care of your garden once you are finished. Who will water it? Who will weed it the next year? See if someone will help you out there from the congregation membership. Remember, everyone has certain “gifts” given to them in a church, and there are people in your church who were blessed with green thumbs.

Good luck! A great idea for an Eagle Scout project!

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