We have tried time and again to grow little gardens. We’ve never had the area to really invest in these projects so they’ve never gone according to plan. Now that we live out in the country, we decided to really put some effort in this year.
We put a lot of time and thought into planning our garden set-up this year. I’ve included a rough diagram of our garden below so you can get an idea of what we are planning. We are planting a wide arrange of greens and vegetables. We’re growing some potatoes and strawberries in their own boxes separate from the main garden. We’re also surrounding our garden with marigolds to help with the aphids and to hopefully attract some bees. Finally, along the wood line we are planting some sunflowers to hopefully distract the deer from our crops.
I think we have a good plan going into this growing season. We’ve already started the garden and I just love getting my hands dirty. Working outdoors and growing something with your own hands is invigorating. Having your hands in the soil and nourishing the earth can make you feel at home. Watching those seeds turn into sprouts and then into food is nourishing and can make you feel proud of what you’ve grown.
So, if you’re thinking of growing a garden – take the leap! Whether it’s a full garden, some small raised beds, or even some pots on a patio – anything is something!
Don’t be afraid to get your hands a little dirty. Gardening is good for the soul. It nourishes the mind and the body. And it makes you feel at home.