For several years I have been thinking about joining in the family gardening/farming activities or beginning gardening. You see, I grew up on and have lived on a farm for 38 years- it’s my grandparents farm. Fortunately for me they raised me, thank goodness, and I’ve always had the privilege of living off the goods. Sadly, I’ve never really taken part in making it all happen until now. I have been researching and over-researching about how to start. My grandfather has endured hours of me saying, what should I do about this? Or, how do I prevent that? To which he always answers, “I could just come and do it for you.” No, grandfather, I need to figure it out on my own. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you what I have learned. YOU CAN’T GO WRONG, JUST TRY. That’s right. What doesn’t work this year, you can change next year. It doesn’t matter.
1. Plan and then plan again. It doesn’t matter how much you plan, it won’t be enough. You will know what to change next year.
2. Choose the type of garden you desire, and then check this article out on what type of gardener you are. This will assist you in the planning stage of your garden.
3. With seed or plants, it is really a personal decision. My recommendation is start with seeds as it is much more cost-effective and it is a delight to see the sprouts.
4. Plant, follow the plan and rules of planting as they are.
5. Reap the wonderful vegetables and fruits from your garden.
Seems over-simplified, right? You are right- it is. Gardening is difficult. It is hard work and it takes a lot of time, but it is worth it. You will feel great about the hard work and effort when you raise your first garden. Hope your garden is bountiful and lovely.