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Thursday, November 5, 2015
Edible gardening with confidence
One worry I had about growing vegetables is not being any good at it. Other people are very good so my self talk is, we can learn how. We'll get books and through trial and error we will get there. We can buy vegies from the vegetable shop until we get good at it.
I did have an epiphany the other day. My gardens have always been small in size. We have done square foot gardening and gardening in pots. They have always produced. We have had carrots, cauliflower, spinach, kale, strawberries, red currants, peas, broad beans and cherry tomatoes. The amount of each was not great, though as you can see size was sometimes excellent. We did get a bumper harvest of tomatillos from very few plants. If you want to feel successful at gardening, tomatillos definitely help. You will need to enjoy them though. We grew ours from seed and they did take over more than their square of the square foot garden. This was my 'aha' moment. We can garden. This time we will be planting more because we will have the space. Even at my current success rate that should increase our haul of produce. Having small gardens can make you feel inadequate compared to the amount of produce of others. Also small gardens usually means compromises in sun positioning for maximum yields. I am now looking forward to seeing the results of planting more plants and having the space to choose the right place to put them.