Monday, January 31, 2011

Start Thinking Now about your Garden

Hi Friends,
It's January.  The holidays are over.  We are looking forward to spring which is still a few months away.  Now is the time though to start planning your garden.  I'm referring to your fruits and vegetables that you will be growing to cook and eat but you can start planning for your flower bed as well.

There are plenty of benefits to growing your own garden.

The first is to save money.  One of our goals is to cut our grocery expenses by growing our own food.  Be sure to keep a garden journal.  You will learn that you don't need as many tomato plants but possibly more strawberry plants to fit the needs of your family.  The garden journal helps you tweak your garden each year to what works best for you and your family.

The second benefit is that it is a productive use of space.  I work hard to use available space to grow fruits and vegetables.  Personally, I think my vegetables look pretty as well.  They are lush and green.

Third is a garden is sustainable living.  It feels good to do something that’s not only beneficial to us, but also friendly to the environment.

A garden can provide extra income.  I don't sell my produce, but having a side job can motivate some. If you find that you’re good at gardening and you really enjoy it, you may earn a small side income by helping others create their own garden, or by selling what you grow. 

My garden improves community relations.  Some of my neighbors are hibernators in their homes and we never see them.  When I get extra tomatoes, I take a few minutes to visit my neighbors and say hello to them.  I think some people get stuck in their own little worlds and forget to see everyone around them.  My neighbors always seem so happy to have me come by for a little chat and it is nice to get to know one another better.  They go out of their way to say hi to me if I'm out front and they're driving by.

Another benefit is that that everyone needs a hobby and to get creative.  Tending to our garden is relaxing. It’s nice to see progress with the plants and appreciate a little bit of nature.  I find it to be a real opportunity to pray and become close to God as I work in the soil.

So there are my benefits.  Start thinking now of what you might like to grow in your garden.


Tanya said...

I've been making my garden a little larger each year. It's not as productive as I'd like it to be, but it's not bad! My step-mom is an awesome gardener and will be selling her extras at a farmers' market this year.

the country cook said...

I'll be planting lettuce, carrots, and beets this week!

Toyin O. said...

very informative and great tips; thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

My husband and I were looking in the backyard today and talking about what we'll plant in the spring and where we'll plant it. In my experience Heirloom seeds tend to be more dummy proof and live through a variety of bad gardener choices. I've had a lot of success with starter plants as well. Most of our preserving is done through cooking then freezing, although some veggies can go straight to the freezer. We are starting to dabble in canning. It's rewarding in all the ways you mention and a valuable life skill.

Jacqueline said...

any garden Ideas if you do not have a real yard?


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