THIS ISSUE’S

CLIENTS of the month

WIN A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

 

 Every month we choose a Swimme & Son and ABC Seamless VIP Client. It’s just our way of acknowledging good friends and saying “thanks” to those who have supported our business with referrals, word-of-mouth, and repeat business!

 

This issue's VIP Clients are:

 

For ABC Seamless:

David Gourley of Nags Head

 

For Swimme & Son:

Elizabeth Hall of Hertford

 

 These folks win a $25 Gift Certificate redeemable at Kenyon Bailey in Elizabeth City! That’s $25 to spend any way they choose in Kenyon Bailey Supply! You can be the Client of the Month, too! Watch for your name here in an upcoming edition of the Home & Family News!

 

You simply can’t duplicate the great taste of freshly picked salad greens or a tomato straight off the vine. Growing your own fruits and vegetables isn’t as labor-intensive or as expensive as you might think, and there are other advantages as well. It’s better for you and your family, not to mention the environment. You can also grow exactly what you and your family like or want to try. As for the work involved, many successful gardening methods actually require minimal labor.

With a little preplanning, you won’t spend any more time on your garden than you would grocery shopping twice a week. Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind if you decide to give it a try:

Carefully select a location for your garden.

Sunlight is the most important consideration. Vegetables need full sun to thrive. You don’t need a huge space—don’t start out with something that’s too large to manage. You’ll be surprised at how much you can grow in a small space, and you can always add on later. If your yard has poor drainage, you can raise the garden bed to create better drainage. If you don’t get much rain, seeds can be planted in trenches to take advantage of moisture. Sandy or clay soil can be improved easily by adding to the soil. You may need to consider a fence if you have lots of wildlife around and don’t want to share.

Prepare the soil.

If you do this right the first time, you won’t have to do it again. To prepare the soil initially, consider using a tiller. Once you loosen the soil, mix in lots of organic matter, including composted kitchen scraps (vegetable matter only—no meat products), composted or bagged manure, lawn clippings, hay, straw, or mulched fall leaves. The organic matter will attract the right types of organisms—worms, insects, and bacteria—to keep your soil healthy. Then continue to apply this organic matter yearly to keep the process going. Apply organic matter as a mulch; this minimizes weeds and keeps the soil moist longer.

Rotate the crop and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Try different things. Discover new tastes, and find things that thrive in your climate that you never dreamed you could grow. Move plants around in your plot every year to discourage pests and diseases.

Water, weed, and then, enjoy!!

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