Why do you want to garden?

Like anything else in life, before you can establish a goal and devise a plan you must understand your motivation. Why do you want to garden? Do you want to provide organic produce for your family? Do you want fresh herbs so you can recreate your grandma’s famous recipe? Maybe you’d like to breath a little life into that desolate patio or teach your children to appreciate nature? Perhaps you’d like an excuse to get outside more or you’re trying to be more active? No one reason is any better or worse than the other, but once you know what you aim to achieve you’ll be well on your way to starting the journey that is gardening.

Now that you have determined your motive you must set a goal. Keep it attainable!! There is no shame in starting with one small pot in the window and growing from there.

Herb garden? Make it fun! Find some decorative pots or, better yet, set the kids up at the table with some paints and let them decorate their own. Coffee cans? Mason jars? Any style can be accessorized with a nice window garden.

Garden signs courtesy of SCMagnoliaCrafts (Etsy)

Container garden? Anything that will hold soil can be used as a planter. Be creative! There are even varieties of vegetables that have been cultivated specifically for containers.

Raised beds? This is a nice option if working the soil is too physically demanding. Raised beds can be built (or purchased) at different heights to accommodate the gardener’s need. Don’t be afraid to work some vegetables into your flower beds either!

Sundance Hybrid, Japanese burpless cucumber – Burpee Seed Co

A tilled plot? Don’t bite off more than you can chew but don’t be scared either. It’s just dirt! Some varieties will thrive, others will not. Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint. There are some things you will not be able to control with a tilled plot (like too much rain) but each year will be a new adventure!!

Working my tilled plot, preparing for fall crop planting!

Creating the perfect growing environment will take practice and it could change as your degree of comfort and/or need changes but the best part is making it your own. Each type of gardening space can be personalized to reflect you, your values and your inspirations. Put some thought into what you’d like your garden to look like this year and what method will best suit your lifestyle. What is your goal? Which planting space will allow you to achieve it?

Japanese Long eggplant blossom

If you have questions or want some more specific suggestions feel free to comment below. Cheers, friends!

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