I can hear you thinking “I have no idea how to grow vegetables”. Yes you can easily learn enough to be growing useful crops very quickly, and the time spent in your garden will teach you even more. You will learn things that are unique to your own situation, such as local soil conditions, your particular relationship to the sun, and oddities that relate to your local micro climate. You will learn all this by getting out and playing in the garden.

The taste of home grown vegetables is way better then the commercially grown produce you get in the store. Have you heard people complain that tomatoes no longer have any taste? They will have that taste when you grow your own….in fact anything you will grow will have that taste. That is what I missed the most when I had decided not to grow my own garden for a few years. The lack of taste with the commercial garden is not all the fault of the growers, as they are under pressure to produce a crop, of uniform size and colour, to the schedule of the wholesale market, and ultimately the supermarket. You will be growing to your own schedule and just the beauty of watching things grow..

The freshness of your own crop is a big plus. Vegetables I have bought from the store, have started to become inedible after a few days. I have had home grown produce like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions….your salad stuff….. still fresh in the refrigerator after 2 weeks! Root vegetables like carrots and potatoes will last the winter stored in a coldroom that is kept basically the same temp as a refrigerator. Other vegetables like beans, peas, corn, beets, yes even spinach can be canned or frozen.

Your garden can produce a generous yield. It’s like having free vegetables. Summer is usually a time of abundance, even glut, as family and friends leave your place with perhaps more produce than they had expected to see. A tip – when giving away fresh produce, try to limit your generosity – it is better to give a small amount to many rather than to give to the few more than they can actually use.

This may be your first garden…wanting to know more….. browsing the bookstores, you will find hundreds of books on the topic – which do you buy? Look for the simple, basic information. Do not bother with those full of jargon – you will learn the technical terms as you go. If you want after you have experimented…learned on your own…..then want that extra knowledge…..then yes do buy the book(s) full of the extra info.

You will hear ‘all the extra tips’ from the family, such as “Uncle Bob always put … (you name it) … on his … (name it again)”. Folklore is part of our heritage, there is no guarantee of its usefulness……but it is fun and interesting to give it a try. We have.

You will hear from the genius, who has done nothing, but still knows all the answers – nod wisely, and then ignore him. Plants evolved millions of years before humans, and they actually want to grow. It has been said that in many cases plants grow despite what we do to help them. If you provide the basics, and these are reasonable nutrition and regular watering, Mother Nature does the rest – let her work for you……enjoy the beauty of growth and the bounty of the harvest.



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