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Wanted: Organic Gardening Stories & Tips March 2, 2011

Filed under: Environmental Wellness,Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 6:52 pm

I’ve advocated for backyard organic gardening countless times on this blog. It’s actually a pretty easy thing to get on a soapbox about when you live in an apartment. My “backyard” gardening has consisted of window sill herbs and indoor pepper plants. But now, this spring will mark the first time the hubs and I have had a garden to call our very own. And I’m not gonna lie, I’m scared.

I’m scared that I’ll plant things in the wrong place, too close together, or upside down (is that possible?). I’m scared that I’ll under-water and then over-water to compensate. I’m afraid some bug infestation will leave me with the question of whether to use pesticides to save my crops or let them die. I’ve had daydreams that parallel Little Shop of Horrors…

On other days I’m confident that I can create an Eden-like garden. Perhaps I’ll invent and nurture a hybrid tropical plant that survives the harsh winters in Minnesota. I’m calling this new plant a Squanana (cross between a squash and a banana).

Anyway, it’s pretty apparent that I have no idea what I’m doing. So, I would love to hear your organic gardening stories. What do you like to plant? How do you keep your plants healthy? What are some of the problems you have faced? Any tips to share?

Many thanks and happy planting!

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4 Responses to “Wanted: Organic Gardening Stories & Tips”

  1. Liz Says:

    Tip #1: Test your space for lead before planting. The U of MN will do it super cheap and fast.

    As far as expectations go, I like to think of my backyard garden as an experiment. Some things will work and some things won’t, but I’ll learn from all of it. I’ve read a few gardening books and such, but mostly I use intuition and inspiration from natural environments.

    Good luck!!!

  2. Aimee Says:

    Brilliant to test the soil first Liz. I hadn’t even thought of that. Definitely going on the must-do list.

    And what an awesome way to approach your garden. Like a big adventure! Releasing the grips of expectations and trusting intuition and inspiration is really freeing.

    I’m starting to feel better already 🙂 Thanks so very, very much 🙂

  3. lee Says:

    my tip: plant zucchini! So easy 🙂

  4. Ann Says:

    My mom used beer on something in her garden to keep bugs away I think… Anyone know what it might have been for?


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