Friend and reader, Loretta lives in Ohio. Her husband ordered the book Organic Gardening – Cutting through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening for her birthday at the beginning of this year.
She was excited and wrote to me saying that at age 57, this would be her first garden!
About every month after that she wrote updating me and/or asking questions.
In July she let me know that she got the garden in late because it was so wet. She wasn’t sure if the season would be long enough for her to see much produce from it.
She also told me that although she had not yet incorporated all the ideas she learned in the book, she still wanted to get things started.
And indeed she did as you can see by the picture below! Great job!
On August 30th Loretta wrote the following:
Everyone is amazed at my garden. Everything is growing like crazy! (with minimal weeds) I have been harvesting lettuce, spinach, beet greens, lots of herbs, sugar pods, zucchini, yellow squash, acorn squash, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers.
Still waiting on green beans, sunflower seeds, beets, celery, and at least 5 nice sized muskmelon. I never knew that celery grew on top of the ground! I didn’t really think the celery would grow…so I didn’t research it. Someone told me you should put it in a container to form it. But…it’s doing well.
My sister planted her garden with traditional methods and used Miracle Grow and other things. My garden was made with the raised beds (not with boarded sides) and permanent walkways, and I used only leaves, straw, leaf humus compost. There is such a huge difference between not only the plants but the quality of the vegetables that I get compared to hers. You can visually tell a difference…mine look so much more healthy. I am amazed.
I’ll have to send some updated pics.
Thanks for all your advice! It’s really paying off!
On September 8th she harvested her first melon EVER! How exciting and how beautiful!
I am so proud of Loretta and congratulate her on her efforts and her success!
A lot of information out there makes folks think gardening is difficult and complicated. But take it from me (and from Loretta) it’s not. All you have to do is basically follow the 3 Keys I’m always telling you about and then just tend your garden. Nature will do the rest.
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