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Every week or so, I am going to upload a chapter of my organic gardening book which you can read for free!
Today, I am starting at the beginning…that would be Chapters 1 & 2 (the chapters are short) of Grow So Easy; Organic Gardening for the Rest of Us. Enjoy!
Chapter I – Why This Book
Remember when you decided you wanted to start a garden? You told a friend, spouse, garden center guy and then got bombarded with miscellaneous stories of gardening disaster. All that support really made you want to go out and start tilling the soil, right?
I hate it when I hear someone telling another would be gardener how hard it is to get things to grow or how easy it is to kill this vegetable or that one. Why? Because, instead of gardening, you probably wanted to run home, mix up your favorite drink and sit down with the remote control.
Too many people in the gardening business write or talk about how hard organic gardening is or how complicated it is. Sometimes that’s all it takes to make people who read their articles or buy their books put down the shovel or rake and walk back into the house.
They’re lying! Organic gardening is easy! It’s cheaper than going the chemical route and it’s fun!
The truth is gardening can be as easy as you want to make it. It’s all about what you want to grow. Figure out what you want to plant, how many plants you want to put in, how large a garden space you want and what works in your planting zone.
One tip from someone whose motto is, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.”
Start small and only plant those crops you want. Lettuce is so easy to grow that it practically raises itself! It’s a cool weather crop that loves early spring and late fall. And it helps save you $5.00 for organic greens in the store!
Think about it. Stores sell spring greens mix for $5.00 for 12 ounces. Fifty two weeks of buying greens comes to just under $300. You can raise enough for you and your significant other for less than $3.00 a year.
Some seeds, some dirt and some water, a little kindness and a lot of sunlight and you are on your way to creating your own organic garden. So, dig in!
Reading This Book
This book is designed so you can pick it up, look up a specific plant or bush and read about the good, the bad and the ugly for just that one selection. Or you can read it cover to cover – starting at the back if you want to and working forward.
Because a lot of us gardeners aren’t very linear. And many of us would rather “give it a go” than sit down and read about gardening. So I tried to give you what you need, when you need it.
Want to raise blueberries? Interested in saving your own seeds? Want to get a handle
on techniques like composting, using organic fertilizers or even doing battle with Japanese beetles? Check the Table of Contents and flip to the right page.
Want the back stories? The pain of losing a loved one to Verticillium Wilt?
Make a cup of herbal tea, start here and just drift through the book, laughing, learning and, I hope, getting a powerful yen to get out there and get dirty.
PS – if you can’t find it in my book, I didn’t kill it.