One thing I’ve always wanted to learn how to do is garden. I know it takes an incredible amount of work to foster a green thumb, and that there’s probably no such thing as “time off” when tending a bed of live flowers and veggies, but it just seems like such a rewarding and fruitful pastime.
Now, more than ever, I feel led to find ways to protect and nurture this planet that we call home, and it seems to me that growing our own produce—and maybe starting some kind of compost heap, too—might be a great place to start. John and I are already pretty adamant about recycling, but I know there’s more we could be doing. Maybe learning to live off the land, even just one tiny raised bed at a time, could help reduce waste.
In order to motivate myself and to kick off my research for this new hobby, I’ve pulled together a list of 12 accessories that I think will get me started. That said, I’m no pro and, frankly, have no idea what I’m doing, so any suggestions, tips, and shopping pointers are very much appreciated.
- Stainless Steel Watering Can ($26.99)
- 8 Piece Garden Tool Set ($31.99)
- The Drunken Botanist ($11.99)
- Women’s Wide Brim Braided Sun Hat ($19.59)
- Japanese Gardening Knife ($20.74)
- Soil pH Meter ($15.94)
- 45′ x 1/2″ Adjustable Plant Ties ($7.99)
- Gardeners Gold Soap ($9.50)
- 30 Gallon Kangaroo Gardening Bag ($13.82)
- Cultivator Claw ($9.99)
- 3 Tier Elevated Planter Kit ($79.94)
- Plant Theatre FUNKY VEG KIT Gift Box ($18.99)
I’m also really into these $8 Gardening gloves. Have you raised your own veggies at home? What am I missing here? We love to eat salads topped with carrots and celery, and I eat tomatoes like they’re candy, so I’m excited to give gardening a try.
I absolutely love my kitchen garden ! It’s 80’x30′ and it’s a beast. But I think you have to be very very careful to make it less wasteful than grocery shopping. Especially when comparing produce / produce. Things quickly get out of hand and although I do a lot of canning, freezing and give vegetables to neighbors (although I am sure sometimes they take them out of pity lol) there is still a little every year that goes bad before I get to it or I throw away from the freezer. I think a detailed plan of what to do with all the produce is the key to actually reducing waste. Like 1 zucchini is really enough, I wish my spring self could learn this lesson already. 🙂 good luck!
Ps Charles Dowding has some really good you tube videos also if you are interested in no dig gardening
Thank you so much for the AWESOME tips, Linda!! This is so helpful and good to know. I’m headed off to subscribe to that YouTube channel now 🙂