Gardening

dscn6894Who doesn’t love a garden? Well, I’m sure there are some who baulk at the idea of growing their own food and would rather live with the ease of simply buying it, but for the record, I’m not one of them. I love having a garden and passing the produce isles when I walk into the grocery store.

Unfortunately, over the last couple of years, I’ve learned that gardening isn’t just throwing some seeds into the dirt and watering  them. Gardening takes time, talent, and it’s definitely a learned skill. And, believe me, folks, I’m still learning….

Unfortunately, 2016 proved not to good on the garden front, but I’m planning for there to be more blog posts and what-not in 2017!

Click on the links for all my Gardening posts!

Happy Gardening!!

4 thoughts on “Gardening

  1. Hey! Have you ever heard of Back to Eden gardening or Lasagna gardening? Personally, we implement the Back to Eden garden, and I am continually amazed at how awesome it is. You can watch the documentary about it in this link: http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/ The documentary isn’t terribly fast-paced, but they explain why gardening with mulch is so important and beneficial. I always failed at any kind of gardening because I could never get the watering thing down or stay on top of weeds. It takes a few years for the soil to really build up, but it works really well. We can get wood chips from the county recycling center, but I know that other people will call a local tree removal company or things like that…there should be a way to get them for very cheap or free, though cost might depend on you being able to haul or not. Our recycle center (we are about 20-ish minutes away) will deliver a dump-truck load for a very reasonable price (around $60), or you can pick up loads with a trailer and I think there were different piles, some were free, others cost a little bit. As for raised beds, they require more water, since they are up higher and the water always drains down, and I’d definitely line the bottoms with a tight wire mesh if you are having issues with animals digging in from underneath. Lining the bottoms with something like layers of paper grocery bags or even landscaping fabric will help to keep grasses out. Hopefully this helps! Glad you aren’t discouraged 🙂

  2. I have made time for general articles and gardening is high of my list to share! Ron & I, animal rights people whose apartment building banned pets, decided to go country for our first house in 2010. We vowed to help animals more than we could in apartment life (we nursed a fledgling sparrow for 6 treasured hours, who survived falling onto the cement door entrance as other siblings did). We were here one month when a city shelter asked us to foster a pregnant kitten, our Marigold. Four days later Love, Conan, Petal, Angel were born and we knew they were already home. Fought for them and won. My children are already six and Mom seven! So there we were with a new home for McCartney (Siamese now 16) and Spirit (grey tabby now 12) and our family blew up…. happily.

    I smiled about zooming past produce at the store. With our vegetarian mantra: “A soul does not go in a bowl!”, we buy very little in summer indeed! A wonderfully-tended garden was left by the former elderly owners and flowerbeds started. We blew those up too! Today our flowerbeds number three more west of our outbuilding (“the library”!) as well as “the circle garden” in our east field, against our stand of popular and pine forest. Our food gardens leaped from one to four! You name it, if it can grow in Manitoba (hardiness zone 3), Ron & I plant it. Twenty-five flower baskets and three flower boxes brighten the library and our small main house as well. We garden without mulch altough we wouldn’t mind trying it. Gardening is not “a lot of work” if you glance for weeds once a week. Rain takes care of most watering. If there is none, water a few times a week. When you first sow seeds, do so every day until everything sprouts..

    It is also a must for deterring kitties, although we started laying nets over flowerbeds and everything until they germinate. Soil, we find to the contrary: it depletes over time. We get a delivery from a local elderly man at least every 3 years. Just adding bags of manure did not make fruit and vegetables any bigger. New soil will be well fertilized. Angela and other readers, sowing a wonderful and bountiful garden really is as easy as the placement of your seeds and yanking weeds as you stroll by! You learn more detail as you go along but for a first success, read a little about plant placement (squashes and other vines need double rows and don’t shade out short plants with tall ones next to them). The seed packs tell you everything you need. We find grass in flowerbeds the challenge but only need to tackle one for that!

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