How Does Your Garden Grow?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a lousy gardener. This is mainly because I’m simply a plant killer. I don’t mean to be one, but I’m just clueless. In the past when we have had a garden, I have been a really good spectator. My husband is the cultivator and planter and worker bee in this endeavor.

BUT, I want to be different. I want to grow some of our own food. Maybe if I could get more than one tomato I could learn to can them. I’d like to do that. I’d like to learn some of the things that most don’t do anymore because it’s more convenient to drive to the grocery store. If I want to eat real food then having my own garden is probably a step in the right direction.

We are planning for organic gardening and will be ordering seeds through the Seed Savers Exchange. It is near and dear to my heart because it resides in the town where my grandparents were born and raised. My family has deep roots in that area of Iowa and I love the idea of supporting a small company.

There is something else that I’m really excited about that’s coming up in February. I’m planning to attend this Fair, which will help me to learn some much-needed skills on my clean eating and living lifestyle. I’m actually going to attend this with a couple of my co-workers but I warned them I can only go so far in my hippie conversion. I self-titled myself a suburban hippie and my husband is a redneck hippie. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it, friends.

Mother Earth News Fair

image via Mother Earth New

What about you? Do you garden? Are you scared to try because like me you’re a plant killer? I’d love to hear about your experiences with gardening.
Have a great day, friends!


  • donnanance
    We have been gardeners for a long time. My husband built raised beds, which we prefer as they drain better (plants don't like wet feet). He amends the soil with the nutrients that the crop requires. We save seeds and try to use only organic and/or heirloom seeds. We have backyard chickensand there is nothing like fresh eggs. It's wonderful to know what is in the food we eat.
    • Thanks for sharing this! We would like to have a few chickens and also some backyard bees. Big plans but we'll see how it goes. Thanks for stopping by!
  • lol so funny that my last comment was saying I wanted a garden!!! I read your mind!! :) Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy
  • We usually have a garden every year, but it's my husband's thing. I kill everything too! In the past we've done pretty well with vegetables all summer long.
    • I hope I can learn to be a better gardener. I really want to but really I'm just clueless.
  • First, for a laugh you've gotta read my friend's post about organic gardening. We can tomatoes in March but I buy them by the box from the farmer's market. I'm a terrible gardener because I get busy and neglect my little garden. Either the weeds take over or I forget to water. ~sigh~ Plants, like children and pets, need attention! I hope you will be better than mine! :)