I can't think of good health without thinking of organic produce. Because it's not always easy to find organic fruits and vegetables in your local grocery store, if you are able to plant a garden then you are definitely on the right track.
Last year we started our very first organic garden. It's been such an adventure but the journey is just beginning. I feel like such a baby in this area -- but so happy and thankful when I am eating baby carrots, spinach and beets from my own garden. The beet greens are super yummy and more healthy for you than spinach!
When I'm eating my own home grown produce there's is a sense of well being that I remember from days long ago - I want it back! I'm a city girl, now living in an almost rural (desert) area so my "shopping" options for healthy produce are very limited, unless I grow my own. This is a big change for me but I'm liking the journey. I've founds some incredible resources for organic seeds and also tips on gardening that I'm tapping into and for a beginner like me this is a must. Here are a few of the great resources I've found.
What Climate Zone Am I In?
To the left is a picture of the crops we decided to grow. The strange thing about this list is that the lettuce didn't grow at all. This is odd because this area is well known for it's lettuce crop. I'm going to have to do more research to find out exactly how to succeed with lettuce (So much to learn).
Learning how to make compost is rewarding!
I love this time of year in the desert. It's no longer unbearably hot, but actually quite pleasant. We prepared the soil and planted early October, however it's likely best to start seedlings as early as September for our area.
Making the right size planter box is important!
One we used for planting and the other one we never got to, but it is full of good soil now ready for our spring garden, (if we ever get to it, yikes!) You can make simple long rectangular boxes out of scrap wood.
I suppose we could have done with a bit more guidance, but we learned a valuable lesson here. It was a bit difficult to get to the other side of the box!. A better designed box would to be accessible from all sides. If you have a small planting area like ours maybe a narrower box would work as well.
We were very happy with our organic spinach, beets and carrots
We did not seem to have an issue with bugs or anything eating our crop, like I've heard from other people. We used some inexpensive garden netting that we got from Home Depot to put over the crop to keep the birds (and cats) out. It may have kept a few other critters out as well.
I know we have a long way to go to really consider ourselves "gardeners", but it's a life long experience. What I have learned is that it is a fun, relaxing, well worth the effort and rewarding. Most importantly, the work is never done and it is now time to plant for spring!