Gardens and Gardening

Gardening?  I wouldn’t know where to start ….

Have you ever thought it would be nice to have your own garden?  Not sure where to start?  It is not as hard as you might think.  It can be as easy as herbs in pots … growing in your kitchen window.

If you are new to the idea of gardening, pots (filled with herbs) in or near the house is always a great way to start.  When the herbs are close at hand it is easy to snip them and add to your favorite dish.  Oregano, basil and thyme are very easy to start, and they can take a fair amount of the ‘Oops, I forgot to water’ moments.

If you have a little more room and want to start something in the yard, or are more adventurous, you can try lettuce (leaf type), spinach, tomatoes, peppers and beans to just name a few.  To start a garden in your yard, find a spot in full sun, and make it only as big as you think you can handle.  My suggestions: start with an 8′ x 8′ square and mix some mushroom compost in.  If you feel comfortable with this size, you can always make it larger next year.  Gardens typically like about 1″ of water a week (specific plants might require more or less, depending on plant), and do best if they are weed free.

Gardening Association

Gardening is an easy adventure!

For me, my personal favorite in the garden is the tomato plant.  I love eating them right off the vine.  Sprinkle a little salt on it and bite into it like an apple.  That brings back a lot of great memories.  Best part is, the tomato plant is really easy to grow (although it will require approx 3′ x 3′ area to grow) and will supply you with great tasting food from about July (depending on variety) through the rest of the season.

Gardening can be a relaxing hobby, minus the weeds 🙂 and you can save money by growing your own veggies.  A great website for more information is the The National Gardening Association (NGA)