Thoughts as I Begin the Planting

Although I’ve been out on previous nice days this month to do tasks that needed doing, I consider today my first day “in the garden” this season — because it was the first day of planting.

Bill came back from the post office this morning with the first of my onions  and I was anxious to get them planted. With everything else going on I didn’t get out until 5:30P.M and the official sunset time was 5:47 P.M.

I pulled back the mulch.  Fluffed the soil with my digger and planted the 240 onions in about 45 minutes.  (The only reason it took me that long is because my legs don’t work right and I’m slow as molasses when I move.)

When I think of how wonderful it is to have an organic garden, it amazes me to know that gardeners are in the minority.  Even when people have a nice amount of space, most don’t garden.

Reasons Most Don’t Garden

I think there are several reasons for this.

  • One of the biggest reasons is the vast majority seem to be unaware of how dangerous it is to eat food from our industrial food system. They’re far removed from knowing the process of how most food gets to the marketplace.  They see no reason to garden — when as far as they are concerned  — super market food is easier to get and just as good. (Don’t we wish!)
  • That leads to the next reason: In many circles gardening is just not the “in” thing to do.
  • Others may know all the health benefits of raising your own and how great homegrown tastes, but think gardening (especially organic gardening) is too complicated.

You and I, of course, know nothing could be further from the truth.

A Purpose of TMG

One of the main purposes of this site is to encourage people to garden and to let them know how easy it is and how enjoyable it can be. There’s nothing hard about adding organic matter, mulching, and letting nature do her job.

This site is a year old this month.  I’ve written a little more than 150 posts.

Summing up Gardening

Today as I planted my onions and thought about how easy it is to garden, I wondered what I would write about in coming months.  Gardening can be summed up in a few words: Prepare your soil, add organic matter, mulch, plant and harvest.  There’s not a lot more to it.

New Ideas and Projects

Fortunately, this site is about Tending My Garden and I have a lot of new ideas and projects to share with you in the months ahead.  Several readers have emailed me about plans and ideas for the season, which has been very exciting.

I look forward to gardening with you and sharing information that I think will be encouraging and helpful as you Tend Your Garden this year.

All my best wishes,

Tending My Garden in September

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