One of my passions is gardening!
There’s nothing more exciting than a freshly tilled bed of black dirt to be skillfully filled with beautiful plants!
I love pre-germinating seeds, creating vermicompost, digging in the dirt, planting seedlings, watching them grow, and enjoying the beauty of the flowers, and taste of the herbs, fruits, and vegetables they produce.
Here’s an easy way to pre-sprout your seeds for gardening.
It’s so fun to see the sprouts growing!
Never tried vermicomposting? Here are some simple instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-vermicompost/
I start out with some red worms from the local bait shop, and use shredded newspaper and some soil for bedding, then add fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, etc. The bin will need to be cleaned out occasionally with fresh bedding. You can add the old bedding/soil to your garden before setting in your plants. It really enriches the soil and feed the plants! You can also make compost tea by adding a small amount to your watering can and filling with water.
Some of my favorite things to grow are oregano, basil, roses, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and potatoes. I haven’t had much luck with corn, as the nighttime creatures always knock down the stalks to eat the corn!
I also grow Nanking cherries and elderberries.
What are your go-tos each year for your garden? Do you have any special varieties that are your faves?
I enjoy trying different types of garden planting- hilling, patchwork, companion planting, and others. It’s fun to design the way it looks with a blank slate each year.
This has a great chart for companion planting:
Would you like to learn more about natural ways to garden to control pests, encourage healthy blooms and growth, and more? I’d be glad to send you a link to my Natural Gardening Class on Facebook so you can check it out. Just fill out the form below. 😉