“A wise gardener anticipates June in January”
This is the opening statement in my newest book on gardening, Momma’s Guide to Growing your Groceries , by Kimberly Eddy (an ebook I recently purchased from Biblical Womanhood). As a fairly novice gardener, I can see the wisdom in this statement, since it will likely take me all winter to feel like I even have a mild grasp on what I am doing once I get going in the spring!
This is only my second year gardening (well, I tried briefly in patio boxes when we lived in Japan, but let’s not talk about that unfortunate experience). Two years ago I had a large 16 x 16 ft plot in an organic community garden, which was both an incredibly invigorating as well as extremely difficult challenge. I successfully harvested some respectable amounts of lettuce, carrots, green beans, tomatoes (oh, the tomatoes!), hot peppers, and a bit of cucumber and zuchinni. The squash, broccoli and cauliflower, peas, bell peppers and herbs? Hmmm, not so much. I learned many (many, many) valuable lessons!
As January creeps by, I am trying to fit in pockets of time for garden planning. This year I hope to be much more purposeful in my planting, and am hoping to have much extra for canning, freezing, etc. I also have the added benefit this year of having moved into a house, with a good-sized backyard and an adequately large garden area sectioned off (I believe it’s around 8 x 18 ft, though I need to properly measure it).
I have been devouring this gardening ebook, as well as my trusty Square Foot Gardening, and also referencing the classic How to Grow Vegetables and Fruits by the Organic Method (any other recommended reads for an novice gardener?). The image for this post came from a site I just discovered called You Grow Girl , which I am eager to check out more! I’m also on the lookout for heirloom seeds, and have already found some in Azure’s winter sale catalog, which I plan to order next week, and hope to find a good site where I can order some other varieties of seed.
Oh yes, I would also love any direction in setting up my own composter. I’m just itching to get one going, but extremely lacking in know-how. How big, what type to buy, how to turn it, etc. Any tips for me?
How about you? Are you planning to garden this year? And if so, have
you started preparing? Any tips or lessons learned from previous years
that you’d like to pass on, or any resources for gardening supplies
that you think are fantastic?