I sometimes take for granted that I live in Florida and can garden year-round, so when we moved into our new house this February and the first thing I did was build my garden, it didn’t seem odd to me that the rest of the country was gardening snow and frozen dirt. Since I was about 3 years old, I have been obsessed with gardening. It started with my great Uncle John who had this incredible vegetable garden next to my grandmother’s house. He grew tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas, peppers, and lettuce. I was amazed at that age that something could grow out of the ground, be picked, and then eaten (and taste pretty darn good). Helping him with the garden was my favorite thing to do and I got the green thumb bug while most kids were still drooling on their shirts. Whether it was plodding around barefoot in the dirt for hours pulling weeds, picking fruits and vegetables or using the hose to water, I always felt like I tired myself out and really worked to help something grow.
I sprinkled some Garden Tone organic fertilizer atop the soil before planting. This is the only fertilizer I’d use:
While this is just “my” version of how to set up a garden, there are tons of other ways, more resources, etc. out there that could work better for you. If you’re curious about other options, check out this article as a good place to start:
Whether you’re planting a tiny window garden or a massive farm in your yard, think about the endless memories and opportunities this will provide for you and your children. One of my heroes to the organic and sustainable farming movement is Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in rural Virginia. I don’t even have enough time to write how awesome this man and his farm are. Check it out for yourself: