When I was a young girl my father had a huge backyard garden. I didn’t understand the big appeal of the garden back then, mostly because I had to spend so many weekends in the hot sun helping to pull weeds! My Dad always had a great yield of tomatoes, cucumbers and other delicious greens.
One day last year on a whim, I decided to start my own little vegetable garden. I wanted to do something outdoors so that I would have more of an excuse to enjoy the sunshine instead of staying inside all of the time in front of a computer screen. I knew absolutely nothing about gardening, so I winged it mostly.
This began my love of gardening. Although I started planting VERY late in the season (the last week of July) I got the most beautiful yield of cucumbers, greens, buttercrunch lettuce and carrots. I am now excited about the prospect of starting another one when the weather is just right.
So if you are even remotely interested in gardening as a first-timer, here are the steps I took to get mine started. I may not be an expert just yet, and am still studying the best methods, but this is what worked for me. If you’re a first time organic gardener, just start small with a garden sized at about 5′ x 8′ — you can always expand it later.
Things you’ll need:
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
– Elbert Hubbard
Much like life, you can’t have consistent growth without a proper foundation. So I knew this soil had to be just right.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.
– Joel Osteen
Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration. – Lou Erickson
A blessing is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen.
– John O’Donohue
If you really want to keep all sorts of animals away from your garden, there’s a product sold in stores that smells like fox urine. It has to be applied in certain areas of the yard to ward off woodland creatures — just follow the instructions perfectly. I didn’t use it, but that’s up to you and what you feel is necessary.
It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.”– Mother Teresa
With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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