With everything we have heard, read and seen on topics such as weather, health and nutrition, it has never been more important to expand or start your
gardens for this years crops.
Whether you are growing to enhance your physical well being, preparing for food shortages or just taking time to reconnect with nature and keep that
balanced feeling of having your feet firmly planted in the ground amidst a world in change, the time to begin gardening is always now.
It really matters little if you are growing for a family of one or for your extended group, family, neighbors and friends, gardening can be a
pleasurable experience and if the age old adage of work smarter not harder is right, then there are things you can be doing 365 days a year to make
Elderly, disabled, even the physically handicapped can benefit from the pure satisfaction of doing something extraordinary that reaps amazing results
in a short period of time. One thing for certain is that everyone has to eat and the pride felt when you use your hands to do God/Nature's work
cannot be underestimated.
Gardening is something every age group can do together to form strong bonds, create good memories and lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy
habits and rewarding work ethics.
It is something that never goes without reward whether by eating the delicious food straight off the vine, preparing that first meal together at
harvest, or even by learning from our mistakes which in the garden are only opportunities to grow and learn.
Although it can seem a bit overwhelming at the beginning, the first thing to do is to decide what motivates you to grow your own foods and supplements
apart from what you buy at the grocery stores.
You can pick up a notebook from the store and make it your first project to write down all the reasons to grow a garden, if you have small children,
teenagers, elderly or disabled in the family, sit down together and make it fun!
If you have some old gardening catalogs laying around or if you are like me getting at least one a week in the mail right now, have the family work
together on a collage of ideas, cut out the things that are part of your ideal garden, the things that would be important to you to have in your
garden be it vegetable, fruit or flower.
This would be a good time to remind your fellow companion gardeners about the importance of bee's, butterflies and beneficial insects such as the
Taking into consideration how much space you will have for your gardens and the amount of time you will have to dedicate to the gardens will be your
Be honest and realistic, and you wont be setting yourself up for failures that could have been avoided. Gardening is a forgiving art if you stick
with the basics and plan accordingly.
As you venture into the reality of growing your own, KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Doing something every day towards your goal will not only insure your success, but help you to establish responsible stewardship and garden
Oops there went that dreaded word, discipline...
True enough, it does take responsibility and dedication to grow a garden. However the plan starts and begins within you and that is a first step
towards personal garden responsibility.
Back to the list!
This is an important part of taking those first steps, write down why you have decided to garden, what positive benefits you hope to attain by
gardening and you will find you have already witnessed the first growth in the garden, you!
OK so that is it for this segment as I have help right now and need to get some shelves built in my dinning room/grow room.
To recap what has been discussed here so far we need to first make a list of why we chose to grow and then create a garden note book to jot down those
ideas and plans for either improving what we already have established or to make new plans for Garden 2013.
(*I will try to snap off some pictures later of my inside seed starter grow room as well as the snow covered outside gardens already in the works*)