Friday, September 16, 2011

Go ahead...get dirty

Well it’s been five years of living in the desert and for the first time I feel like I have the upper hand with this unconventional way of gardening. While the entire rest of the country is putting up the harvest, we in the Phoenix area are coming into one of two main growing seasons.

Today we prepared the ground and five small raised beds for pineapple guavas trees that will serve as an edible hedge. We also planted 6 tomato plants, 4 eggplant plants, 3 pepper plants, carrots, beets, radishes, Swiss chard, squash, and cucumbers. And after 3 years of growth and production, the herb garden and strawberry patch were replanted due to the death they experienced with this summer’s record high temperatures.

I understand that with the above description you may have visions of the traditional garden dancing around your head. Well…it’s simply not so (smile). Our backyard is approximately 20 ft. x 40 ft. In other words, super-duper small! We utilize a combination of raised beds, terracotta pots, and square inch (not square foot) gardening practices. Every bit of that yard has a purpose.

The principle I would like to drive home here is “you can do it!” No matter where you live, no matter what you do, you can plant a fall garden! Who cares if you start small, the point is you’re starting. You’re moving closer toward frugally sustainable living and providing yourself with superb nutrition.

I encourage you this weekend! Get outside and plant something (smile). Then come back here and share your accomplishment with us!

Here’s to getting dirty!


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