Disclosure: This post has been compensated by Monsanto Co. and the “Hey Let’s Grow Monsanto Home Garden Program”. All opinions are mine alone. #HeyLetsGrow
While growing you I saw my parents work on the land and plant many vegetables and herbs. My father would leave the house while it was still very dark outside and sell to the farmer’s market vendors. It was hard work, but he enjoyed it a lot. It was a feeling of accomplishment. The vendors waited patiently for his crop to be ready, he had some of the best produce in the area and they all wanted to be the first in line.
My parents would also share with our neighbors and family. I remember seeing them share the best ones and I always wondered why. One day my mom said to me; “If you are going to share, give the best you have”. I like to believe I have a giving heart like my parents do.
That’s why during this growing season I wanted to start a home garden in my own backyard. I want to grow vegetables and herbs, not only for us to enjoy in our home, but also to be able to share with our neighbors. Maybe we can make a nice BBQ one beautiful summer evening and eat together. I can see it already!
It was a nice mail day when I received a package from Monsanto with some veggie seeds, pollinator seeds, basic gardening tools and a cute bag. If you know me you know I love bags. I have joined the “Hey Let’s Grow Monsanto Home Garden Program”; it’s the first year they do this and it will be so much fun! What I love most about this program is that I (as an amateur gardener) can learn how to grow a vegetable and herbs garden in my home knowing that all my questions will be answered by experts as soon as I have them. Some of the things I will be learning are:
- Planning what you want to grow
- Thinking through buying plant or starting from seed
- Different types of garden possibilities (i.e. raised bed, containers and growing directly in the soil) and how to make these different growing environments successful for plants
- Soil health and how to handle it for varying planting conditions
I will be sharing with you what I learn along the way and if you have any questions of your own just leave them in the comment section below. We all learning together.
I decided to start with a container garden, because it felt the easiest for me. One thing I have learned is to start slow and once I feel more confident with my gardening skills I can upgrade (graduate) into a larger growing zone in my backyard. It is also a great way to introduce gardening to my girls. They love chopping vegetables in the kitchen with me and I believe that when they see what we have grown together they will enjoy eating veggies even more. Now, I wonder which fruits I can grow in my back yard as well.
While deciding which plants to grow from seeds vs which ones to buy I went with purchasing a tomato plant, basil, mixed peppers and parsley. These I planted in the container. For the ones started in seeds I chose cucumber, green peppers and sweet peppers. Lots of peppers, but remember that I want to share. Plus, I have heard peppers are a great beginners veggie to grow. Fingers crossed.
The rest of the seeds will be saved and started during August/September. Since I am in Florida and we have warm weather year round I can grow year round. One tip I have for you is to search online for a planting schedule or calendar for your area (State) and you can have a better idea of what grows best and when. Another tip is, if you have questions feel free to ask. You can leave your questions here and I’ll help you with the answers as best as possible.
Come on join me and lets grow a home garden together. It can be veggies, herbs or both.