I searched on this topic and discovered that others are hoping to have a gardening forum instituted on ATS. This is my contribution to that movement.
(And note my choices of forum were Survivalism or Food/Cooking. Suggestions about which would be more appropriate given the content of this thread are
Every year I keep a written and photographic diary of my garden to inform my future attempts (and perhaps even future generations - I learned a thing
or two about growing carrots from an old notebook of my grandfather's). To date I have kept this diary in a notebook and have posted the pictures on
*cough*facebook*cough. (I own a business - cut me some slack). I thought ATS might be the right community to delve a little deeper into this practice
of sharing ideas, successes, failures, etc. I have shared information with my future self - why not find a way to share it with "present others" who
might benefit from my accomplishments (...and failures...oh this is gonna be fun.... )
I often feel that gardening these days is considered a "hobby" - and rightly perhaps. Food production and "gardening" seem to have found themselves in
a nasty divorce. If you have ever canned 90 pounds of tomatoes and expected a supermarket shelf worth of goods for the work you put in well... you
will know the sting of disappointment of which I speak. And yet inexplicably you may feel compelled to do it all again. Why do we do this when food is
so cheaply available, and for so much less effort? Is it for the "vanity of it"? Is it just about better food (and how better is it really)? Or are we
exploring something deeper, more primal?
What is "gardening" anyway? The term brings to mind both proper ladies with tea roses and floppy hats as well as manure, a shovel, and shorts that may
cross the bounds of decency. Why do we garden? What is our end goal? And how do we justify our means of getting there?
These are things I consider every year when I start out; what I try to revisit as I'm "in the thick of it"; and what I reflect on once the garden is
"put to bed." That's why I find this record of every season so valuable for myself, and if you have not adopted this practice I hope you might be
encouraged to. If you already do this as second nature I hope you will share your own garden stories. God knows I'm no expert and could stand to learn
a thing or two this year.
With that I will close this intro and start to pull together my 2013 "garden opener" (like an intro thread to the thread I guess). My intention for my
opener is to outline my plans for 2013, my predictions, my hopes, and to explain what I have planted/prepped to this point. Anyone who feels like
participating feel free to create your own "opener" even if I haven't yet managed to stop obsessing over my grammar long enough to post mine. I find
for honesty's sake it's best to record your plans as soon as possible - BEFORE you try to explain away or ignore how wrong you were later. (Note: for
those who tend to chide the prediction threads and just happened to stumble in here ....stick around, you aint seen nothin yet.)
And of course the goal is to keep the thread going with updates about how everyone's plans are manifesting in reality. Or they could just be mine -
but be here they will!
I wish you an interesting 2013 growing season, with bragging rights and lessons learned aplenty.
edit on 10-4-2013 by otherpotato because: Added note about choice of forum