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Welcome to the Wednesday UP Beat! We continue offering you the same informative articles as before, but with UP Beat, we will focus primarily on employment and financial self-sufficiency. We hope you continue to enjoy this e-newsletter, and welcome suggestions and feedback.
Growing Fruits and Vegetables
Gardening can ensure that you have fruits and vegetables year round!
Gardening is a great way to help ensure food security, and is a fun and healthy way for a family to exercise outdoors. The great part is that you don’t need to be an expert to do it. Here are some tips from the Farmer’s Almanac for “budding” gardeners!
Remember this: It’s better to be proud of a small garden than to be frustrated by a big one!
One of the common errors for beginners is planting too much too soon and way more than anybody could eat or want. Unless you want to have zucchini taking up residence in your attic, plan carefully. Start small.
1. Plant in a sunny location. Vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The more sunlight they receive, the greater the harvest and the better the taste.
2. Plant in good soil. Plants’ roots penetrate soft soil easily, so you need nice loamy soil. Enriching your soil with compost provides needed nutrients. Proper drainage will ensure that water neither collects on top nor drains away too quickly.
3. Space your crops properly. For example, corn needs a lot of space and can overshadow shorter vegetables. Plants set too close together compete for sunlight, water, and nutrition and fail to mature. Pay attention to the spacing guidance on seed packets and plant tabs.
4. Buy high-quality seeds. Seed packets are less expensive than individual plants. If seeds don’t germinate, your money-and time-are wasted. A few “extra” cents spent in spring for that year’s seeds will pay off in higher yields at harvest time.
Decide How Big
A good-size beginner vegetable garden is about 16×10 feet and features crops that are easy to grow. A plot this size, based on the vegetables suggested below, can feed a family of four for one summer, with a little extra for canning and freezing (or giving away).
Make your garden 11 rows wide, with each row 10 feet long. The rows should run north and south to take full advantage of the sun.
Vegetables that may yield more than one crop per season are beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, and turnips.
Suggested Plants for 11 Rows
The vegetables suggested below are common, productive plants but you’ll also want to contract your local cooperative extension to determine what plants grow best in your local area. Think about what you like to eat as well as what’s difficult to find in a grocery store or farmers’ market.
Tomatoes-5 plants staked
- Zucchini squash-4 plants
- Peppers-6 plants
- Bush beans
- Lettuce, leaf and/or Bibb
- Marigolds to discourage rabbits!
(Note: If this garden is too large for your needs, you do not have to plant all 11 rows, and you can also make the rows shorter.)
When to Plant?
Know when to plant what. See the Best Planting Dates chart – a gardening calendar customized to your local frost dates – covering both sowing indoors as well as planting in the ground.
Collecting Rain Water
Collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice. Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that.
Uses for rainwater:
- Watering gardens
- Watering lawns in dry months
- Washing cars
- Washing pets
- Watering plants
Pretty much anything that you would do with a hose can be done with rain water, and it’s free! All you need is a barrel.
Harvesting rain water can be as easy as putting a barrel underneath a natural runoff under the exterior of your house, or you can spend some more money and purchase a more elaborate system. Either way, you save money on your water bill and help conserve water at the same time!
Click here for more tips on rainwater harvesting
Enhancing Careers and Economic Security: The Synergistic Effects of Supported Employment, Financial Literacy, and Peer-Led Services
With Judith Cook
May 17th, 2016 11-12 p.m. PT and 2-3 p.m. ET
In this webinar, the importance of meaningful employment and economic security to achieving a successful recovery will be highlighted. Evidence will be presented for what works to help people find competitive jobs and build careers that enhance self-esteem and foster community participation. In addition, services that promote financial literacy and economic self-sufficiency will be discussed. Throughout the webinar, the critical role of peer support and peer-led services vocational and economic recovery will be emphasized. This will include demonstrating the importance of the emerging peer workforce and how it has a significant role to play in supporting our nation’s economy and contributing to its labor productivity.
San Diego, California
September 19-23, 2016
Alternatives Conference 2016
Call for Presentations
Deadline for submissions is May 23, 2016!
The Call for Presentations is posted on the Alternatives 2016 website. For information about submitting a proposed presentation, please follow the link below.
Please note, that the deadline to submit a proposal is fast approaching, May 23, 2016, so don’t delay!
Alternatives Conference 2016
Registration is Open!
Registration is now open for the Alternatives Conference 2016 in San Diego, California. To register for the conference, and to book your room at the Town & Country Resort, follow the link below to the Alternatives 2016 Website.
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