Plant a Garden

With overgrown trees shading our usual spot, heaps of soil to move, and the discovery that mice had recently helped themselves to our seeds, it would have been easy to talk myself out of a vegetable garden this year.

Then I saw a head of rogue lettuce,
and also some swiss chard, parsley, and oregano growing back on their own.  This kindled my energy to get going.

Organic foods and time outdoors are a big part of my healthy, holistic, creative living, so I cleared away time each day this week, and plugged away steadily.  I stuck to a simple layout that gives the most growing space, and experimented with growing some things I haven't tried before, like brussels sprouts and collard greens.  As I planted, I marveled at the wonders of seeds and their innate creativity and ability to transform themselves.
It turned out to be a beautiful week to sow the garden.  As the weather warms, there'll be more to plant. The beds are ready now and I'm looking forward to lots of growth and good salads soon.
If you don't have a vegetable garden and have considered it, here's a summary of an easy way to get started:
  • Find a sunny spot 
  • No need to turn the soil; Remove large weeds then mow it as low as possible.
  • Cover the area with layers of newspaper (with black ink, which uses natural carbon ink)
  • Heap mushroom soil (or composted soil) on top in rows about 4' wide and leave space between rows for walking 
  • Plant organic seeds or seedlings when it's time
  • Keep the newly planted seeds watered till they sprout, and water the garden during dry spells
  • Eat 
For further details, there are many good resources, such as Lee Reich's Weedless Gardening or Rodale's Organic Gardening.  Best of luck with your gardening ventures.

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