It’s Spring – Get your garden on!

Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or the Midwest it is time to get your garden on.

Here are some reasons why:

1) Gardening is cheap! I planted my garden yesterday in three hours, and spend maybe $30 on seeds.  I planted parsnips, beets, carrots, broccoli, spinach, three kinds of lettuce, chard, brussels sprouts, cabbage, okra, radishes, onions, chives, cilantro and dill.  I already had rosemary, parsley, basil, sage, mint, rhubarb and asparagus coming back in from past years.  Like the old saying goes, once you’ve got a garden, you’ve got a garden. If only half of these items grow, I still haven’t lost any money.  Bottom line: Gardening is a great investment. Not even to mention the community aspect, my neighbor came over to help, I am down with the community garden in my back yard.

Seeds2) It’s empowering! Who doesn’t like well-applied home economics knowing that you’ve planted, nurtured, harvested, and prepared your own food.

3) It’s local, natural and organic! You know where your food comes from and exactly how it was grown and nutrition (fresh harvesting right before meals, coupled with the lack of refrigeration ensures maximum nutrient density). The security of knowing how your food is grown and what is used in the process can be reason enough to grow your own.

4) It’s environmentally-friendly! Rather than traveling the average of 1500 miles to your dinner plate, the food you grow yourself in your own garden travels a few yards. Carbon footprint? What carbon footprint? No petroleum fertilizers + no refrigerated trucks or transportation + no refrigerated retail display cases + no refrigeration at home = HAPPINESS.

5) It’s sustainable! Rather than taking away from the earth and depleting natural resources, a well-managed beyond-organic garden actually contributes to the earth. Compost your kitchen and yard scraps, and then wait a while. Before you know it, you’ve got the World’s Best Compost enriching your little plot of dirt.

6.) It Improve your satisfaction with life!  It’s hard not to enjoy life when you’re surrounded by flowers, vegetables and all the wildlife they attract.  Gardening will also improve you sleep, well it has mine.

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If you are wondering what I am holding, it is my garden diagram, it comes in handy while you’re waiting on those seedlings.

Fresh from last years garden:

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Hopefully this has inspired you to get to it!  Now get outside and get started, even if it’s just some herbs on a balcony, get started!

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