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A summer garden is extremely satisfying for me. I’ll be honest: they’re a lot of work. And while you may not have the luxury of space like I do here in Iowa, you may be able to utilize containers to grow a few plants to use! I love to grow vegetables that I can use in cooking, baking and of course preserving (have you seen my canning posts?!).
Herbs complement any salad and, in so many cases, baked goods as well. I love to use them in unique and unexpected ways. Peppers range from sweet to extra hot and I always make sure to plant a variety, depending on how I want to use them. I planted the ghost pepper this summer and it’s almost more than I can handle. I’ve never met a pepper I couldn’t handle…until the ghost pepper.
In my opinion, tomatoes are a summer must have. Period. Boughten tomatoes are just okay, but once you have a homegrown, vine-ripened tomato, you’ll be hooked. I also love to grow a variety of beets and turnips. And yes, I know that makes me sound old but many varieties have a sweet flavor that I simply crave all summer long!
For many people new to gardening, there can be unknowns. Oftentimes, people ask me how much they should water, if their soil is good enough for a garden (or whether it needs a bit of fertilizer) or if they’re getting too much sunlight. These are definitely questions you will learn the answer to as you grow and learn along the way. But sometimes a little help and assurance is nice. Edyn has come out with a hands down amazing garden sensor that actually helps answer so many unknowns. While a new gardener likely has numerous questions, this sensor is also a great tool for seasoned gardeners. You simply put it in the soil and voila! It syncs right to your smartphone and gives you all kinds of data: moisture, humidity, sunlight and nutrition.
I truly hope you’re inspired to grow something this summer. Whether it’s a large garden or small container, there is a size for everyone!
This post is sponsored by Edyn. All views expressed in this video and post are my own and do not represent those of Edyn.