I have been gardening for pretty much my entire life. I vividly remember shaking round little radish seeds out of the seed envelope into a shallow trench in our soft-as-flour soil, sprinkling the seeds with Diazinon, then covering up with my little six-year-old hands. I have not always been an organic gardener. That came later, once I became an adult who discovered that maybe dad wasn’t always right. Such is life.
My gardens over the years have netted enough tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini to fill my pantry to overflowing with salsas and sauces and chutneys. And then we up and moved to Hawaii. The vegetable plants that I’d had such success with in the hot summers of northern California didn’t grow quite so easily in the tropics. Surprised? One would think that a botanical paradise like Hawaii would mean a wonderland of food production. And it is — I just have to rethink my expectations. I’ve traded my old standby zucchini for the pipinola and eggplant that thrive here and instead of melons, I happily harvest bananas and papaya. Some things are constant, though. Good soil means good growing. Composting is always a good idea. And experimentation in the garden is really the best way to learn.
Whether you’re a novice gardener or an old pro, I hope you’ll find some of these posts to be valuable in multiplying your gardening successes!
- My latest infatuation: Buckwheat for pest control and feeding the bees
- No-till lasagna bed gardening
- Smart pots for easy garden beds
- A dozen edibles pretty enough to fool your homeowners association
- Natural aphid control
- 12 Fail-proof food crops for beginners
- The one thing your garden plans might be missing
- Growing food in a drought
No matter how limited your space, no matter how little experience you have, I highly encourage you to try to grow at least one thing. It’s not hard. Seeds are cheap. (Swiss chard is an excellent—easy—place to start.) Join the gardening revolution!