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No matter what season it is, it’s never too early, or late, to start planning out your garden space. This is especially true if you’re working with a smaller space and want to grow a variety of vegetables (and fruits if you’re ready).

A good plan for a small garden space might take a little more time. You already want to plant different types of crops (crop rotation helps to keep some nasty pests away) but have you considered some of the following cost-effective, space-saving tips?

Beds Over Rows

If you’ve been planting your vegetables in rows all this time, it’s no wonder why you can’t grow as much. Planting in rows creates the need for space to walk between those rows, effectively taking up more space than you have.
Switch it up next season by planting your vegetables in beds instead. This gets rid of the space that’s needed to walk between rows and gives better access to your vegetables as well.

Go Vertical!

A common beginner’s error is planting your vegetable crops horizontally, even if they can be planted vertically. It’s likely that a good number of the crops you’re growing are ones that can easily be grown on trellises, such as spinach, peas, tomatoes, and beans. This helps in reducing space uptake and gives you more room for planting other crops.

Plant Different Species

It’s not necessary that all your crops have to be grown far from each other. You can try planting two different species in the same bed as long as you’re familiar with their growth stages. A good example of a pair that can be grown together is radishes and sunchokes. Since radishes grow quickly, they’ll be ready for harvest before your sunchokes grow too big.

Use ALL Of Your Space

It’s not essential that you only grow crops in your yard or specific parts of it. For starters, you can grow a good number of vegetables, such as lettuce, radishes, and chilies, in pots. These pots can be placed on your front steps or a balcony where they’ll get enough sun too.

Moreover, not all of the crops you grow have to be planted in parts of your garden that get enough sun. Those shaded areas of your garden are good enough to grow some leafy greens, mushrooms, and even rhubarb.

Plant Some Microgreens

These little flavorful greens are an important part of any chef’s recipe and you can grow them in smaller areas of your garden. The best part is that most kinds of microgreens grow pretty fast and can be planted close to each other.

Keep Little Space between Plants

The most space you’ll need between garden beds is around 20 inches if you’ll want to carry a bucket or two. The space between your garden beds can be used effectively when you grow plants close together. If you’re growing cherry tomatoes of the indeterminate variety, know that they can take as less as a square foot of area, as long as you remember to take off the suckers.

These are some of the best tried-and-tested techniques that can help you grow a large variety of crops in your garden by managing your space effectively. Not only does it allow you to diversify your garden, but it also gives you peace of mind knowing that you don’t have a large garden to tend to.

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Natural Products for Moisturizing African-American Hair

The search for all-natural, quality products that moisturize African-American hair may seem to be one that is never-ending. Many products are advertised as being natural and having moisturizing effects, when in fact, they cause more dryness and contain a huge list of synthetic chemicals. However, among the many choices are some natural products that actually work well in the battle against chronic dryness.

One of the best natural products for hair is vegetable glycerin. This substance is a derivative of plant oils. It is used as a sweetener and is present in numerous skin creams, soaps, lotions and hair products. When applied to hair, it acts as a humectant that absorbs water from its surroundings. When combined with water, vegetable glycerin does an excellent job of conditioning and moisturizing dry hair. It is also helpful in alleviating dry scalp and defines curls like no other product. To use this versatile material, mix it in a spray bottle with water and essential oils or conditioner.

For generations, people from different corners of the world have used coconut oil to maintain healthy hair. This oil is composed of small molecules and fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft. It is also excellent for controlling dandruff and retaining high levels of moisture. To use this product on hair, apply it to the scalp and hair in small amounts. In addition, it is best to use pure, organic coconut oil instead of a hybrid product that is mixed with petroleum.

Argan oil has been used by the Moroccan people for hundreds of years. It is revered for its rich vitamin and fatty acid content. This oil is used in a wide array of cosmetic products and medicinal preparations. It comes from the argan tree that is native to Morocco and is traditionally used in cooking. In recent years, this product has become very popular in Western cultures. As a result, both the demand and price tag have risen. Despite its unappealing price, it is one natural hair care product that is worth the money. When applied to hair in small amounts, it is absorbed instantly to leave a silky finish.

Natural hair care products are ideal for nourishing and moisturizing African-American coils. They provide a host of benefits without the harmful effects caused by toxic chemicals. There is no single product that works for everyone, so if one natural product does not suit your needs, try the next.

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