Ask and you shall receive! Thanks to my readers I’ve had much to ponder about my garden this week. Last week’s gardening post was basically a random wish list. My first garden was rather small, but very successful (we’re still enjoying peppers from our freezer). After realizing that my black thumb is now green orange, I’d like to expand our home-grown produce options this summer.
Humbled by my own ignorance as I read through the comments, I learned so much and am ready to push forward with garden planning!
- According to Kristen, FishMama, and Kristy T, green beans are not as much work as I thought they were. Jen says to go with dwarf beans. They grew some in containers!
- Apparently asparagus takes forever to grow, but also lasts forever. (I had no idea!) Jennifer and Lynn both say it will be five years before we can even harvest it! I was fascinated by Joelle’s story: her grandmother was doing some research and found HER grandmother’s transplanted asparagus, thriving 100 years after it was planted!
- Angie’s gardening posts are very informative. I especially enjoyed reading the benefits of having a family garden, and her answers to her reader’s gardening questions. You must visit her blog for gorgeous garden produce pictures, too! Oh, and she talks about planting her lettuce in pots. Very interesting… maybe that’s how I’ll decorate my front porch!
- Kristen encouraged me to soak my seeds before planting. Seeds still freak me out, but I’ll definitely try soaking them.
- Susie, oh Susie! Putting me to shame with her indoor garden that she is harvesting at this very minute! Look no further than Susie’s gardening posts for some serious inspiration!
- Phoebe’s got a big head start with her 63 packets of heirloom seeds! You can bet I’ll be tuning in to her garden progress this spring and summer.
- Kim mentioned making starter pots out of newspaper. That sounds quite frugal and “green.”
- I found a fantastic post by Stephanie on container gardening. For those of you with space issues or who want to spruce up your patio areas (that’s me!) container gardening is a possibility I hadn’t thought of.
- Deanne recommends the book Square Foot Gardening. Quoting Deanne, “We had spinach, beets, radishes, lettuces, cilantro, rosemary, two basils, thyme, sage, chives, lemongrass, shallots, tomatoes, onions, and other odds and ends last year all in one 2 ft by 8 ft bed.”
In light of all this wonderful information, my immediate thoughts and garden plans:
- Leave the asparagus to the professionals. I’m working on my patience, but I can’t wait five years!
- Borrow Square Foot Gardening from the library.
- Think seriously about planting green beans, and letting my kids do the snapping.
- Get a few containers for my patio area. I think strawberry plants are so pretty. Maybe I’ll do those in containers.
- Gather supplies and seeds and get ready for planting!
Growing your own food is most certainly a frugal and healthy means of feeding your family. I can’t wait to see how a larger garden will reduce our grocery bill!
How are your garden plans and preparations coming along? I welcome your advice and links to gardening posts!