This is my first official blog post, I am nervous. Little Bean Farms is something I have been thinking about for a long time. It was time to make it real.
I’ve got lots of stuff in store, but I want to start with some basics. Here are five things to keep in mind when you start out on any gardening adventure–big or small.
1. Have fun.
Gardening is a chance to be outside, feel the wind in your hair and meet the worms in your yard. No matter how experienced you are some things are going to go wrong and some things are going to go right. Here’s your chance to put expectations aside. It is a grand experiment, might as well have fun. Gardening with kids is an even grander experiment. The best laid plans could go entirely pear shaped in a matter of minutes. Laugh about it. You don’t have to take on the role of science teacher or self-sufficient farmer. The only true goal is to enjoy the experience.
2. Start small.
This is a mantra for many great endeavors. This year start a small container garden or dig up a little patch of earth. Try it out, learn, then go from there. The smaller your start the greater your chances of following through and basking in the glory of fresh picked fruits of your labour come summer. You can always do more next year.
3. Set yourself up for success.
Since you’re starting small you can make sure you have everything you need to be successful. If you want to grow fruit or vegetables this means choosing a spot with a lot of light (south facing is ideal), making sure watering is easy and having good soil–this will probably mean the addition of compost, more on that later. Please don’t try to grow vegetables in your shaded backyard. I’ve tried and the results are disappointing. The right conditions will put you well on your way to being a successful gardener, easy as that. And kids will be so excited that their plants actually grew!
4. The journey is the destination.
Gardening is the number one hobby in North America for a reason; the process itself is rewarding. Being outside, observing your environment, continually learning–these are all things us humans are hard wired for. We enjoy them. You could say the same thing of parenting. We’re hard wired to want to partake in this crazy journey and once we’ve started we might as well enjoy it. In other words, your goal remains the same: enjoy the experience.
5. You’re doing something good.
We live in heady times of increasing environmental degradation and a lot of bad news coming at us with each news cycle. Don’t underestimate the impact it can have to put our hands (big and small) into doing something that is good for the planet. Yes, gardening is a small act, but it is a positive one. This sense of contributing to positive actions is more important than ever.
With that I hope you’re primed to get into the first gardening project that will be the feature of next week’s post.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you then!