Friday, June 01, 2012

Gardening 101

Welcome to my first post on Gardening.  I thought about making it a 30 day series, but 1;  I don't know that much, and 2; the likelihood of my making 30 posts in 30 days would be miraculous to say the least.

First off, what breed of gardener are you?

Are you interested in gardening as a hobby?  Are you someone who enjoys gardening as a means to relax and de-stress?  Do you like the fascination of cultivating the soil, planting seeds, and watching them grow?  Do you view gardening as a lost art and enjoy recreating what past generations had as a means to survive?

Or do you want to garden because you would like to add to your family's food supply?  Do you want to take pride in the fact that the salad on the dinner table came about by your hard work and the Lord's blessing?  Maybe you want to can some vegetables, or make a few jars of preserves to enjoy after the growing season has ended?

Perhaps you have a desire for self-sufficiency and have made the commitment to fully provide the food for your family through your garden?  Fruits and vegetables that came from your own backyard and are free of chemicals and fertilizers.  You know for certain what you're getting out of your produce.

Of course, if you're just starting out, you may want to begin as a hobby gardener and work up to becoming self-sustaining.  That's what I did.  But then, I've never been one for jumping into something with both feet.

Whatever type you are, know that a productive garden takes time and hard work.  Sometimes a lot of it.  You must take the time to spend weeding, watering, de-bugging, feeding, nurturing, and praying among your plants.  Yes, I do a lot of praying.  That the Lord give me wisdom in caring for my garden and that He will provide abundantly from our backyard.

If you need some resources, I wrote a post on homesteading books and videos that I have found to be greatly beneficial.  You can find the post here.

Have fun bringing out your inner gardener, and please email me or post if you have any questions!

Other topics on the 21 Days of Gardening Series:
Making a Plan
Preparing Your Soil
Composting:  A Recipe for Rot
Making Your Bed
Starting Seeds
Mulching is a Virtue
Kids in the Garden
Water Catchment
Raising Fruit Trees
Gardening on a Budget
All About Herbs
Poo Tea

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