San Diego Caterer, Eco Caters grows a garden filled with organic produce and more!
For the past few months, owner and chef at Eco Caters, Adam Hiner, has been busy turning his backyard into a lush garden. The San Diego caterer uses compost from our kitchen to provide nutrients and soil for the organic veggies. Spotted in the yard are squash, carrots, beets, potatoes, spring onions, greens, tomatoes, yams, corn, berries, basil, and the list goes on and on. This garden is completely organic and produces some very tasty treats. Recently Adam has added Chickens! They are currently working on producing some farm fresh eggs.
Starting a garden in your back yard is a great way to use up your compost, provide yourself with tasty produce and is fun for the whole family. Here are some tips for a successful garden provided by the global healing center.
1 – Take time to plan: Plan your garden before planting your fruits, herbs or vegetables. This will ensure that you reap the best harvest possible. Make a decision on what local fruits, herbs and vegetables grow best in your area and find local sources that sell organic seeds, or you can easily buy organic seeds online. Do some research. Decide how much space you can use for your garden, and how much money and time you would like to spend. For smaller yards, a container garden works well. You can also make a small herb garden with pots and boxes. By planning you can coordinate what plants grow in the spring, fall, winter and summer to create a year long harvest.
2 – Less is more : While it may seem like a good idea to plant every edible plant that you love to eat, it may be better to start with a small, manageable garden in the beginning. In order for you to truly enjoy the benefits of an organic garden, you must be able to control it. If you plant too many of one plant, you may find yourself selling tomato sauce to all of your neighbors this summer. Start small and expand each season. City dwellers can easily create a small roof-top or balcony garden consisting of pots and raised beds. You can also grow indoors or in a greenhouse during the winter months.
3 – Choose productive plants: Choose plants that do well in your climate and geography. You can find excellent information on what grows well at your state’s extension office on-line gardening site, nursery, or the local farmers market. Remember, think locally. Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to plant avocados in Maine. Also, while some plants may grow well in your yard, think about the economics behind what you are planting. Corn, for example is cheap, but is labor intensive. Berries, on the other hand, are quite expensive in grocery stories, and are labor free. They require little money or time to cultivate, and $5 of berry-related supplies can reap over $200 worth of store-bought produce!
For more tips check out the global healing center and start your garden today!