Hi to Every Gardener…Past, Present, and Future!
I am Jim, the lifelong gardener…and, all my life I have grown many different vegetables, fruits, and herbs in backyard gardens, raised gardens, and container gardens.
There were times I had a luxury of space, fertile soil, and plenty of time to invest. And…then…there were other times when all or none of these extravagances were to be had.
To successfully grow my own vegetables I have adopted a number of techniques, learned from my family, friends, and fellow gardeners, to grow healthy, tasty vegetables…from “Asparagus to Zucchini”…not to mention tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, peppers, corn…and on and on.
My network includes many other gardeners from all walks of life. We continually share information about the best gardening techniques, germinating seeds, planting, fertilizing, bug and disease control, harvesting, food preservation, etc.
This website fulfills my desire to pass on to you the knowledge I have accumulated to help you truly enjoy the satisfaction of producing your own food.
So…now…about my gardening journey…
I grew up in the Midwest and, as early as I can remember, my dad had a backyard garden. The soil was so black and nutrient rich that it looked and felt like potting soil. So, everything we planted would grow enthusiastically.
Tomatoes were our main crop; We had Beefsteak tomatoes, Cherry tomatoes, and Roma tomatoes. We had red, pink, and yellow tomatoes…some were seedless…some were acid free.
We also grew pickling and slicing cucumbers, green beans, peas, corn, and peppers, as well as a number of root plants like potatoes, carrots, onions, and radishes. We even grew watermelon and kohlrabi (of all things).
The only drawback was that the growing season was not very long. We couldn’t plant until late April or early May and, all harvesting had to be finished before the first frost…which could happen as early as late September or early October.
I Was Born to Shovel Dirt
My family didn’t have an expensive gas or electric rototiller made especially for home gardening devotees. So, yours truly, was always tasked with turning the soil by hand…shovel full after shovel full…loosening the soil over the entire growing area. My dad explained to me that this was part of the gardening experience reserved for me exclusively to help me appreciate the food we produced. Somehow, I never bought that theory at the time but, in reflection, I realize that, in fact, all that work did give me a greater appreciation for what I consumed from our garden. But now, I sure do appreciate tilling my garden with a cultivator/tiller!
My grandfather had a dairy farm and my summertime weekends were spent milking his cows and working in the several thousand square foot garden he maintained to provide food for his table and for my grandmother’s daily summertime canning ritual.
Upon coming of age, I moved on to other life choices…working my way through college…living in and close to the big city…finally getting married to the most wonderful and supporting lady I could have ever asked for.
Through all these twists and turns, I was always growing some type of produce…somewhere…somehow. In the smallest apartment I ever had (a lot less than 500 square feet and no outdoor space), my closet was full of flower pots and grow lights that produced several types of vegetables. Needless to say, I found some unique ways to store my clothes since there was absolutely no room in my “garden closet.”
I am here to help you become a terrific gardener…
I will be doing my best to help you grow great vegetables, fruits, and herbs by offering personal experience, relaying technical information, and passing along unique tips discussing the pros and cons of gardening.
My wife’s interest is food preservation and she plans on talking about the many methods available, including freezing, canning, dehydrating, and freeze-drying.
Feel free to ask questions and make comments about any of the information on this website…and, one of us will try to respond as quickly as possible. If you don’t see the information you are looking for, let us know and we will see what information we may have to satisfy your quest for the perfect garden or for preserving food from the garden.
We truly enjoy gardening…and volunteering helpful information on a variety of subjects to enhance your food growing experience. We will also review a host of products and solutions…and offer recommendations that will enhance your skills.
If you have any stories about your gardening history, please share them in the comments section or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck! Get dirty! And, Happy Gardening to all!