Thursday, January 21, 2016

Garden Encouragement

Last year was our first full growing season at this property. DH and I were pretty excited and ordered a bunch of seeds in January. We had only ever had a very small garden at our old house and didn't have much experience planning a garden. Either way as soon as the seeds came in we set to work planning the perfect garden.

Spring finally rolled around and in early May the fear of frost was gone. The garden plot was ready and it was time to get those seeds and transplants into the ground. Well just because something is on a To-Do doesn't mean it will actually get done. So weeks passed and I was able to get somethings planted but not everything. This was also our first lambing season and things were busy. June came and the garden still wasn't planted.

This is when I decided to just get those seeds into the ground. I picked general areas for the different plants and then just threw the seeds onto the ground. There were no rows. I ignored spacing recommendations. But, I figured they would never grow in the packet and at least on the ground they stood a chance.

And guess what? Even though I had a haphazard approach, did not follow the plan, did not have things planted in a timely matter, did not weed regularly, and killed a bunch of plants the garden was still productive. I'm sure it could have been a lot better but it still produced food. We even had enough to preserve some for winter. I am now inspired to see what we can grow this year with a little more effort.

What I am trying to get at is........ you can do it! Grow something, anything! Don't worry about trying follow all of the growing guidelines. You can always improve and change what doesn't work the following year. Starting a garden can seem like a daunting task. There are so many factors that go in to planning a successful garden it can be hard to feel like you are ever ready. But, you have to start somewhere and even growing one plant successfully will cover the cost of the seed packet.

Whether you have one tomato plant or a large garden, the satisfaction of growing your own food really is an amazing thing!


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  1. It really is amazing and such a natural high to see your hard work turn into a garden full of fresh vegetables. Looks like you had a great garden last year!

    Thanks for sharing on the Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

  2. I love when gardens surprise us like that. I wish my garden would surprise me more often. LOL

    Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.