How to Enjoy Your Garden Even More: Part 4 of 4

Gardening Enriches Your Life

Pursuing a garden is a human activity that enriches your life.

Over this month I've offered many aspects of how it enriches your life, and of course there are many other dimensions. To recap:

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How to Enjoy Your Garden Even More: Part 3 of 4

Gardening is Spiritual

Gardening is a way to become intimately involved with the natural world. In today’s human-made world, many of us feel like something is “missing,” and we look to nature for answers.

When growing plants and tending them, you become a part of the rhythm of life. You can't help but notice how life cycles work in nature - rain, sunlight, severe weather, temperature, death, and new life. People interpret it...

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How to Enjoy Your Garden Even More: Part 2 of 4

We continue our deep dive to increase your enjoyment (and satisfaction) of your garden. By understanding your values and your motivations for gardening, you will enjoy your garden even more!

Last week we considered how Gardening is Good for Everyone.  

  • Why it's good for you
  • Why it's good for community

This week, let's look at the impact of your home garden or garden plot on the environment. 

Gardening is...

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How to Enjoy Your Garden Even More: Part 1 of 4

What's the point in growing vegetables?

From an economic standpoint (in the United States), it just doesn't make sense.

Growing vegetables for yourself in a home garden will never give you cheaper produce. Commercial farmers have made their growing, harvesting, and processing procedures so efficient that we enjoy inexpensive, high quality (mostly), abundant vegetables. 

Your home-canned tomatoes will never cost you only $0.98...

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Shouldn't I be starting seeds now?

It's winter and gardeners are starting to get impatient. Winter has only been around 1 month, but we want to get out in the garden. The seed catalogs are tempting us...

What's the next best thing...? Starting seeds indoors!

Is it time to start my seeds?

It's January, and for most common garden crops in the US, no it's not time yet!

I'm oversimplifying of course, but hear me out.

Don't just start seeds without doing a few simple calculations. ...

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Top Three Reasons it is So Important to Plan Out Your Vegetable Garden

Planning a garden is not glamorous.

We always want to do!  We want to dive right in!

Nature doesn't plan, so why should we? Right?

No, that's not right. We plan because we want to succeed. 

You grow a vegetable garden because you want a harvest. If you commit your time, work and money to cultivate a garden, a plan helps you achieve the harvest. A plan helps you be successful. A plan even helps you...

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Urban Homesteading - Community Gardens

Ah, yes, my favorite topic! Community gardens...

Community gardens are a terrific way to grow your own food when you live in an urban or suburban environment. This is exactly the reason they exist!

If you have the opportunity to lease a community garden plot, I think this is the best choice for growing your own vegetables and herbs when you don't have suitable land of your own. 

Definition of a Community Garden

A community...

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Urban Homesteading - Hydroponics at Home (Part 2)

This is the second in a two-part series about Hydroponics at Home for the Urban Homesteader.

I was very careful to post disclaimers on my previous article from last week. Please click this link for the disclaimers, but here's the one-sentence version:

  • This article is not intended to sell you the Tower Garden; I'm writing about it because it's interesting. 

OK, that's out of the way.

Rock Wool for the Tower Garden - 4...

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Urban Homesteading - Hydroponics at Home (Part 1)

A second way you can grow your own food when you don't have land suitable for a traditional garden is through home hydroponic systems. 

Yes, they make home-sized hydroponics growing systems! Technology, right?

Let's explore hydroponics for the home.  But first....

Disclaimer: This article focuses on the Tower Garden by Juice Plus. It is one hydroponic system brand; other designs and brands are available. I am...

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Urban Homesteading - Container Gardening

One of the most important aspects of homesteading is gardening to grow your own food. If you live in an urban or suburban environment, you might not have suitable land for a traditional garden.

Do not despair! You still can grow your own food, even if you don't have land. You can grow in containers.

Plants are adaptable and can thrive when grown in containers. The hardest part is deciding how to make it work...

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