organic veggie gardening bootcamp

vegetable gardening bootcampI get a lot of emails from folks all over North America asking the same question

I want to grow my own veggies, but where do I start???

Growing fruit and vegetables organically can be daunting if you’ve never gardened before or if you’re pretty certain you have a brown thumb.

What to plant, where to plant it, when to plant it, how to plant it, when to water, how much, pests, fertilizers, harvesting . . . It can all be too much!

Add to that questions about open-pollinated vs. hybrid seeds, concerns about GMO‘s, whether or not you should try to save your own seeds and where to get these seeds once you decide – you might get pooped out before you even set foot in the garden.

I’m here to tell you

You can grow your own organic vegetables. It doesn’t have to be rocket science. It will involve hard work. It will also be way easier than you ever imagined.

The pride and sense of satisfaction you will gain from growing your own gorgeous veggies will be well worth every joyful, if tiring, moment in the garden.

If you’re lucky, you’ll also discover that those moments in the garden are their own reward.

You don’t need to be a full-time urban farmer to help feed yourself. Before I quit my job to stay home and be a Mama, I worked a full-time job and my husband still manages to run two companies AND keep the garden running tickety-boo.

Working in the garden on weekends and with a beer in hand in the evenings, we harvested hundreds and hundreds of pounds of fresh produce and eggs from our tiny 30 x 108 urban lot (not all of which is dedicated to food).

We’ve grown herbs, dozens of varieties of tomatoes, chillies, cabbage, beans, peas, potatoes, leeks, onions, garlic, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, chard, asian greens, carrots, lemons, plums, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, currants, beets, pumpkins, cucumbers, rye, even hops. The list goes on and on.

We weren’t master gardeners when we started this. Even a very beginner can have success with a few simple rules and a basic understanding of the garden’s eco-system.

Follow along with us and learn how to plan your garden, prepare your soil, choose your crops, nurture them to harvest and even learn what to do with all the veggies you’ll have come fall!

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2 thoughts on “organic veggie gardening bootcamp

  1. oldworldgarden

    Like you, we also work full time, but produced over 2,000 pounds of tomatoes and peppers last year. With a little planning, a little sweat, and a lot of cold beverages, our evening and weekend garden became our love. Thanks for sharing your post and happening gardening. Mary and Jim

    1. The Slow Foods Mama Post author

      2000! Nice work. It is always amazing what you can produce if you’re determined. Our neighbours and always say its too much work, but it really is a labour of love . . . and they never think its too much work when it’s time to eat!


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