Like millions of others, I found my focus drifting all over the place during 2020.
Yes, I had a garden. I sometimes think it’s the only thing that kept me sane in a world knocked off center by COVID 19. We’ve been sheltering in place since February 27, 2020 when my husband was hospitalized with Type A flu.
Our lives turned inward and we stayed home. I’ve been an organic gardener for close to 30 years, always playing with dirt, planting, harvesting, enjoying the quiet mornings with my trowel and my dogs.
This year didn’t feel different from years past. January planning. February starting cool weather crops indoors – lettuce, beets, spinach and kale. March, getting my tomato and pepper seeds in cells and on heat mats. April, starting eggplant and transplanting the baby greens and beets outdoors.
Using saved seeds, 25 year old trays and cells and some dirt is where I started in late Winter, 2020. You are looking at where I finished in June. Tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans all in the ground, growing our food in my backyard. Cherries, figs, blueberries and blackberries provided desserts, jams and brandies.
My husband and I ate like royalty from March to November. We cooked wonderful, tasty treats like eggplant parmesan and scallopine. I gardened with a vengeance, working until I was worn out. But I did not write about what I was doing. I couldn’t. Like many, I was paralyzed by all the turmoil and death rolling across our once great country.
Now, there is some light shining through all the darkness of 2020. Now I feel some hope, knowing that this horrible year with its divisiveness, disease and dangerous politics is ending. Now I want to share what I know so you can grow food in your backyard or on your patio or deck. I want to help you grow so you are never at the mercy of the “supply chain” again.
In 2021, I plan on sharing everything I know about gardening to help you get started. Why?
1. It is SOOOOOO easy to grow your own food.
2. The food you grow is SOOOOOO tasty and healthful.
3. The produce you can, dry or freeze will help warm even the coldest winter day.
BONUS: If you have kids, the garden is one of the best classrooms you will ever spend time in. Math, biology, geometry, chemistry – you can teach all of them just by looking at a cup of dirt!
Join me to see how easy it is to get started and how little it costs! Every week, I will share 30 years of tips and tricks to help you get growing and give you the tools and know how to make it possible for you to feed your family almost for free!
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Please, just think about starting a garden. If you do, your back yard will look like mine by June and you will be dining like royalty all year long!
Peace on Earth…and shovels deep in it!
Happy New Year, everyone.