I recently, and very randomly I should say, got hired to do gardening work at a house my sister works at as a private nurse. So, I expected just to show up and take care of the usual sort of stuff…mowing lawns, raking, all that. What my sister did not mention was the woman I would be working for/with is an elderly woman from India, has great plant knowledge and a green thumb. I went into this thinking not too much of it but it has since revived my likingness for gardening and plants alike. My father used to be a landscaper back in his day and we used to do a lot of outside work, so I get a certain nostalgia feeling and find a comfort in it. Now I plan on starting my own garden up outside my house, due to inspiration from my new friend.
How about you all? Do you farm/garden? If so, what do you or are you growing and how?
gardening is awesome, I am already eating fresh radishes and lettuce. we filled our freezer w/pesto last year and have more basil coming this year, plus tomatoes and pumpkins . . .yum.
it sounds like you’re in a position to learn a ton!! definitely worth paying attention. when I garden I flash back to planting with my grandma and it’s amazing how much she taught me, that I didn’t recall until I was in my garden with a hoe in my hand.
the most important rule for starting your own garden is to grow the stuff you like. don’t force yourself to plant something just because it’s healthy or whatever.
I have lived on a dairy farm in Wisco my entire life and never really understood or even liked plants. Then this past year I really got interested in the local ecology, and specifically fungi. So I applied for an internship at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens and got a summer internship there. So far I’m really enjoying it and hope that I can learn as much from the people there as I can.
Yay gardening! I recently moved to a place without garden space, and I couldn’t handle not being able to grow my own veggies, so I improvised. I built my own pots out of milk crates and landscaping fabric and planted peas, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, caraway (I love it in bread!), chives, and rosemary (because I love the stuff). I grew up in and around gardens and have my dad’s expert harmonic gardening advice whenever I am stuck with which plants like to be planted together (companion planting), I LOVE gardening :)
So NEVER be discouraged, there is always a way to grow your own veggies, even if your space is limited (though I’m lucky that I have a large deck for this).
We have a little urban farm in Pensacola, FL (7 blocks from downtown), we have tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, corn, squash, beans, cucumber, melon, herbs, flowers, we use companion planting and 3 hens to control bugs and make veggies taste better. It’s very dry this year, I used straw to cover any bare ground that wasn’t already covered by my vine type plants. Compost is a big plus. Good Luck and Have Fun.