"The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there."
-George Bernard Shaw
A few months ago I wanted to grow my own veggies, thus began my gardening career.
I love gardening, but I'm a very hands off gardener. Maybe I don't actually enjoy gardening so much as the fact that seeds can turn into things that bursts forth from the ground--things that I in turn can eat. Maybe I love how a little piece of dirt behind a dumpster in the city can be be transformed into a happy conversation piece for apartment dwellers who would have otherwise remained strangers. Maybe I just like digging around in the dirt with the snails and earthworms with whom I share my bounty. In any case, I dig it.
Things I learned:
- Grow what you like - You're more prone to eat what you like. I eat lots of greens.
- A little goes a long way- My plot is 5x10 feet and It produces more than enough to feed 5 people veggies every week.
- Things take time, so just be patient - Don't freak out! There's only so much that's in your control--healthy soil, enough water...thats about it. Be humble and let God and nature do the rest.
- Sometimes you have to kill snails - about 15 a week.
- Share a lot - I tell everyone in our apartment complex to steal from my garden. Sometimes, I leave bags filled with carrots, kale and such on my neighbors porch. It's at least 2/3rds the joy of having a garden.
- Enjoy yourself - You're growing a garden, not raising a baby. Allow for plenty of mistakes and have fun.