Tips on How to Start Gardening

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Tips on How to Start Gardening

It is spring and you can see the last grips of winter being stripped away by warmer temperatures and longer days. While I usually write blogs directly relating to chiropractic care I am going to change course today. Lets talk about fresh vegetables and herbs.

I have been an avid gardener for most of my life. My grandfather introduced me to gardening on his property in Mineral County, West Virginia when I was toddler.

I spent a lot of time during the summers at my grandparents’ place way out in the country. It was the best! Dirt roads, 180 acres to roam about and not a care in the world.

When my grandma would call my brother and I in for lunch we knew we were in for a treat. The meal would usually consist of some sort of meat…chicken, pork chops or more likely some sort of game that my grandfather harvested in the fall.

The best part of the meal was always the fresh vegetables that my grandma would make for us.

Fresh green beans cooked with tomatoes right off of the vine, cooked spinach with a dash of vinegar, sliced cucumbers and onion with a little bit of vinegar, salt and pepper…I can almost taste it now.

The menu was never exotic but it was some of the best food I have ever eaten.

A fresh head of cabbage that would soon be coleslaw, fresh fried new potatoes, zucchini and squash, fresh picked corn on the cob.

I loved every bite of it.

Some days, my grandpa would take us fishing…and some days we were expected to spend some time in the vast gardens that he had picking weeds, harvesting and tending to plants.
 
I used to hate weeding when I thought I should be fishing.  I learned some valuable lessons in  those fields.  I learned that life wasn’t all play and a garden took some work.
 
Fast forward to today.  My grandparents have been long gone and my brother now owns the property that is still referred to as “the home place”.  What I took away from it all was a love for home gardening.
 
While my grandfather had several large garden plots, I started out at my first house with an 8’x12′ garden.
 
It seemed small but  I was amazed at how much produce I got for my family from that little piece of ground.
 
I am now working a garden that is about 50’x70′.  I give away a lot of produce throughout the summer and I freeze, pickle and ferment a lot as well.
 
Many of my patients say “I wish I could have a little garden but I just don’t have the time”.
 
Most people have enough time to have a small garden.  I call them salad gardens. A small piece of yard will work.  Nothing too big.  Keep it simple and you will be motivated to take care of it.
 
The most common mistake I see is people starting off too big and getting quickly overwhelmed and then they quit.
  • Try a small garden.  Turn over the dirt with a spade, rake it out and have a go.
  • Keep it simple, plant 2 tomato plants, some leaf lettuce and some cucumbers.  You are done!
  • Keep it watered and weeded and you will be surprised at what you can grow.

The health benefits of fresh vegetables are well established. It is even more satisfying to grow your own produce.

I encourage you to give it a shot. There are plenty of resources online concerning micro gardens and balcony gardens.

Please reach out to me via email if you are interested in starting and don’t know your next step.

Go get your hands dirty, it is good for you.

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