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on my food and the food I sell to people. It’s also healthier. Plus I am a big advocate for supporting your own community. I want to plant locally, grow locally, harvest locally and sell locally.” If one is interested in growing their own food, but doesn’t have the land like Howell, he said no worries. A small garden can still produce the same quality of food. To start he said you have to build a good eco system. “First start with the soil,” Howell said. “You want to go online and research the helpful ways in bringing in natural bio matter to the soil and by that I mean natural pollinators. On the edge of my gardens are sage, flower, and lavender. All of those bring in the natural pollinators, bees and butterflies. What these natural pollinators do is help get those plants to bloom, which in turn then create a deterrent for insects, rodents and deer. The insects, rodents and deer do not like aromatic stuff, so those will help keep them out of your garden.” “Next you want to remediate your dirt,” he went on to say. “Black gold is a nice over the counter organic fertilizer. Also knowing where to plant certain things and what natural elements to put on them is key too. For example for blackberries, flowers, herbs, etc. use natural ground cover, pine straw. Pine straw is a natural acid raiser, which is what you want for those plants. For vegetables like eggplants and cucumbers you want something like a hard wood oak mulch. That keeps the soil more base than acidic.” Lastly Howell said for watering there are two different times in the day to do so. He said in Georgia especially, you don’t want to water in the middle of the day because the sun will just make the water evaporate and the plants will not get what they need. “You want to water your garden in the early morning or late evening,” Howell said. “You want it cool enough and out of the sunlight where the plants can get the first feed off of it. It’s also really good to set your sprinkler to a timer. That way you know that your garden gets the water it needs everyday. What there is no set time on is when to harvest your garden. Plants are like sunrises. It depends on when you plant them, the weather and irrigation cycle. It can fluctuate. So the sun can sometimes rise at 7 a.m. other times it rises at 7:30 a.m. Some plants take 90 days to mature while others are anywhere from 30 to 45 days. Soft grains and lettuce mature fast, while plants like onions and garlic, you can plant those in the late fall and they won’t mature until late spring.” “But I truly do enjoy farming and gardening,” he went on to say. “I like my hands in the dirt and seeing the food grow. I like watching it from start to finish, the reward of eating it and the older I get I like the reward of sharing it. Don’t get me wrong selling my food is great too, but it’s not important. You’re definitely not going to get rich doing this, it’s for a totally different type of reward and it’s a great feeling.” Howell sells his produce at the Perry Farmer’s Market. The market is held every Saturday in downtown Perry on 901 Carroll Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 14 Spring HOME & GARDEN 2018

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