Gardening Guru

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Are you interested in knowing what is in your food?  Are you concerned about having a healthy, sustainable food supply?  Do you want to be able to feed your family nutrient dense foods?

Do you want to get started on garden or homestead, but don’t know where to start?  Are you worried about making mistakes or failing?  Do you feel like you have a “black thumb?”  Maybe you don’t think you have time to start a garden.

I’m here to help you.  I’ll work with you to help you establish a garden or homestead.  I’ll journey with you to help you overcome your fears and help you to have a deeper understanding of sustainability that will help you be more successful.  Joining me you can:

  • Feed your family with nutrient dense foods.
  • Build your own local food system that you can depend on.
  • Set yourself apart from the national and global food system.
  • AND experience the joy and satisfaction of growing your own food that is healthy and great tasting.

4 Easy Steps to Get Started NOW!

  1. Observation: Before you get started, you have to understand your space.  Pay attention to where the sun is during different times of the day and seasons.  Consider the angle of the sun and how it travels across your property.  Take note of where there is shade and wind.
  2. Plan the placement of plants, animals, and trees to be the most efficient use of space:  This is called zone design.  Although it sounds technical, it is quite simple.  Simply put, you are placing your garden beds, animals, and trees to maximize your energy.  It takes into account how often you use the element and how often you have to service the element.  These are not hard boundaries and they often will blend into each other, however, by defining the different zones around the home, we can then create some guidelines of what you can put in each zone in your designs.
  3.  Decide what to grow, when to grow, and where to grow:    Its easy to get caught up in our dreams of a large garden with huge production, but if you are new to gardening, creating a large garden that you are not prepared to tend to can quickly turn into a miserable experience instead what one that is supposed to be inspiring.  Be realistic and honest with yourself. It’s best to start small and work your way up to larger plots as you gain more experience and more knowledge. What kind of time and energy are you willing to devote to your garden?  You can start with pots on your porch (container planting), a couple of raised beds in your backyard, or, if you have done your homework, you can start with any size you want Here are a few ideas to get you started:
    1. Write down three-four vegetables or fruits that you love to eat.  These might be ones that you purchase the most often.
    2. Start with things that are easy to grow in your area so that you have success.  Not sure what grows well in your area? Make observations of those that garden in your neighborhood and ask them what they have had success with.
    3. There are cool weather and warm weather plants. Use a planting calendar specific for your climate and area to determine the best time to sow your seeds and plant your crop.
    4. Plant the right plant in the right place.  This is where your observations will come in handy.  All vegetables will need at least six hours of sunlight but some can be planted in part shade.  The back of the seed packet or the container label will often tell you where to best sow your seed or plant your seedling.
  4. Draw up a Map-This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but a plan will help you know what to plant where in the space you have. I drew mine out on graph paper. It wasn’t precise, but I knew where I wanted to plant each crop. I used pencil so that I could erase if I changed my mind. Keep this handy and as a way of knowing if what you planted in a particular location worked. As you become more knowledgeable and more acquainted with your garden, you will know what grows best where.   Remember, just because you grandma grew it well in her garden doesn’t necessarily mean it will grow well in yours.  This is a lesson I am learning now.

 

 

Now go for it!!  There is no time like the present to begin creating a healthier life style.