Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

Getting back to nature.

   What could be more getting back to Nature than planting a garden?  Of course you have to do more than just plant the seeds.  The first step to is in getting the garden area ready to be planted.  The farmers have known all about this for years.  Step 1: plow up the dirt!

   Of course you do not plow up a 20×30 foot plot of dirt, but you do need to mix it up a bit.  The easy way out is to buy a small tiller and go to work churning up the ground.  Not having a tiller the next best thing is to simply use a spade and work the dirt the old”er” fasion way.   The Mrs and I worked on this a bit at a time after work, verses tackling the whole thing at once.   Once the dirt was turned, a little hand ranking smoothed things out and we were almost ready.

   There’s more?  Of course, things do grow better if the ground has the right mix of nutrients in the dirt.  So, we made a trip to the local nursery and picked up a few bags of good old cow manure, worm castings (yes that is worm droppings by another name), and some peat moss to round things out.   So, about $80.00 later, we have dirt that is plowed (sort of), fertilized and ready to have the seeds planted. 

   Planting is really the easy part, though it does help to visually plan out where everything should go.  Taller plants to the back and shorter ones to the front (South) of the garden for best sun exposure.  It does help to use some small stakes and some string to mark out the rows.  Helps you plant in a straight line and keep the rows the proper distance apart from each other.  Just be sure to read the direction on your seed package for information on how deep to plant, how far apart to place seeds, and how much distance to allow between the rows. 

   So, later this summer we should be at the point were we can start harvesting the first of our crops.  The lettuces should be some of the first.  So, by the end of the season, I am guessing we will have gathered perhaps $250 worth of produce from our garden. 

   Doing the math, that is a whopping savings of $180 for all the hours of effort.  I thing that works out to be about $4/hour payback, or then maybe less?  We do not do this to save money.  We do this to reconnect with Nature.  We each grew up in the country-side and moved to the big city as adults.  The garden is a chance to touch memories of our youth and a chance to share with our kids and grandkids that not only can you grow your own food, you can have fun doing it.

   Now, I sure hope it rains, or we are going to have to do a lot of watering.  I think the $4/hour was maybe high?


May 2, 2010 - Posted by | Garden, Things at Home

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