If you’ve been wanting to start a vegetable garden NOW is the time. Actually, today is the best time because it’s “World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day.”
The good news is it doesn’t matter where you live or how much space you have, you can start a simple veggie garden.
There are so many types of gardens, including patio, balcony, window seal, and the simplest are container gardens. Through research on Pinterest and YouTube, I’ve found that almost anything can be used as a garden container. As long as there is a way for water to drain through, you can use it.
Despite the fact that for the past year I’ve been working with local elementary schools to start school gardens, I still had not started one of my own.
That recently changed.
Being quarantined at home seemed like the perfect time to finally do it. So, I decided to stop waiting until I have a house with a big backyard and just did it.
It has been the best decision I’ve made the past two months. This simple garden has brought me SO much JOY!
My absolute favorite part of the day is walking onto my balcony every morning to see how it’s progressing. I didn’t realize how quickly many veggies begin to sprout up. I never expected that. I thought it would take a long time. Although nothing has actually fully harvested yet, we’re getting close.
I recently heard a powerful comment from Ron Finley AKA the “Gangster Gardner.” He said, “Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”
WOW! Let that sink in for a moment.
Doesn’t that convince you to at least give it a try?
So, today I want to encourage you to try it for yourself.
Here are some simple tips to help you get started.
- Start small. Don’t try to create a full backyard garden. Try a window seal garden, a container garden, or even a balcony/patio garden and plant about two or three things.
- Start with leafy greens or herbs. Herbs are extremely forgiving. They can tolerate a little neglect. So, if you forget to water them they will survive. Some herb options are mint, rosemary, oregano, etc. Also, leafy greens are easy and will provide you with a repeated harvest throughout the year. I found lettuce is really fast producing.
- Plant two different plants next to each other in hopes that one will benefit the other. The benefits could be increased flavor, increased pest resistance, and to keep away flies or disease.
I was turned on to tip number 3 just last week. I have a beautiful tomato plant that was growing so well, and then all of a sudden it came under attack by pests. I was so frustrated and didn’t know what to do.
Then a friend encouraged me to plant some marigolds in the same container with it to keep pests away. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I figured I had nothing to lose. I haven’t seen any more signs of that particular slimy pest. (as seen in the above pic)
Prior to her advice, I was told to use garlic water as a deterrent. I believe that has worked as well. Now, I monitor her (Hannah the tomato plant) closely every day to make sure the pests are staying away.
Most of what I have learned has been trial and error. But it has been so incredibly rewarding and fun. And pretty soon, I’ll be able to enjoy the fruit of my labor.
Besides tomatoes, I planted cucumbers, banana peppers, lettuce, sweet potatoes, radishes, and a few flowers for aesthetics. I also bought a balcony lemon tree. I can’t wait to see that harvest. Not sure how long it takes for them to turn yellow, but I’m excited!
Now that I’ve shared my gardening experience, I’d love to hear about yours.
Do you think you’ll start a garden of your own? If so, I’d love to see the pics and hear your stories.
Until next time…
Peace, Love & Fitness!