“Want to witness a small miracle? Plant a seed.“
Spring is here! I don’t just know this because the calendar and weather are saying so, but because I got my invite to the BIG edible garden sale. I think the lady in front of me summed it up best. It is like Costco for gardeners. Granted, it is only a two day event, but these sales can be fun and overwhelming. As you plan your garden, let me share some basic tips.
Creating an edible garden is something you can do anywhere. It really all is in the soil. As a college student I grew herbs in the windowsills of a tiny, studio basement apartment. There’s something about a plant you grew yourself that just tastes better on a plate. Now I have a whole strip of land. From April until November, we have fresh veggies on hand.
This brings me to my second point. Keep in mind that vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash keep providing throughout the season – so you may not need many plants to serve your needs. Other vegetables, such as carrots and radishes produce only once. You may need to plant more of these.
Once you start deciding what edibles to plant, you’ll probably notice that the possibilities are endless. Pay close attention to the description on the tag. Each variety will be a little different. Some produce smaller plants that are ideal for small gardens or containers, others offer great disease resistance, improved yields, better heat- or cold-tolerance, or other features.
If you’re a newbie start small: “It is better to grow one thing well, than grow lots of things poorly”. Many gardeners get a little too excited at the beginning of the season and plant more than they need — and end up wasting food and feeling overwhelmed by their garden. Real life moment people, this is a job! Luckily, it is one I love. In my experience, gardening has been a deeply spiritual practice. It is a way of engaging God’s creation in a personal and intimate way that I have found to be exciting, humbling, centering, and finally (if I succeed) delicious. During the warmer months I go outside for my run. Standing in my garden by 6:00 every morning to water and inspect my garden, I see that every plant is different, and each needs love in different ways. This quiet time allows me to pray, center myself, and re-enveloped in humility before God as Creator.