I used to think that gardening was only for the strong-hearted, who could take a plant or two dying and devote hours to outside toiling and laboring.
After learning about square foot gardening, growing my own fruits and vegetables seems so much more attainable!
With warm weather and garden space to use, I am checking out self help books and asking every person I meet for their tips on gardening.
I’ve requested free seeds from Cheerios, and from freeplant.net, which was not very successful.
Then I asked my grandmother, who’s kept a thriving garden for my entire life, how she keeps up the discipline.
I’ve even volunteered at local planting events, where real life biologist and preservationists in the Keys have given me tips on the local plants that thrive best!
Here are some of the errors I made, so you don’t have to.
- Choose plants local to your area
I had hopes of planting pumpkins and acorn squash with all the seeds I got from the veggies I eat. Guess who just LOVES squash blossoms? IGUANAS!
2. Start small to build confidence
3 weeks after I bought my plant babies, Hurricane Irma came and I had to abandon the potted plants for 2 weeks of evacuation. Do you know what I found out? I parsed out the week from the strong, and I have citrus plants that have survived 2 weeks drought and and still with me to this day.
3. Keep an eye on pests and treat early.
Aphids, whiteflies, and thrips have murdered every tomato plant I’ve tried to coax. If I spray them off and treat within the first day, I’m able to save the plant.
4. Buy hardy
Cuban oregano, Thai basil, the weeds of the edible plant world are so very easy to care for because of their hands off work. Plus, they cheer up my spirits when another citrus plant refuses to flower, or a green onion withers and dies.
If at first you don’t succeed, try failing again until something sticks. 😉