Since it is mid-February and the first planting of the year is upon us (here in North Carolina), it is appropriate to share some gardening pointers. Many of you have on your “bucket list,” to grow some of your own food. If that is true, this is the time of year you begin the planning and execution of your foray into food production.
We do all of our gardening in raised beds, even though we live on 12 acres of land. The act of managing our plantings and maintaining them throughout the year is easier than traditional surface farming, and my wife can more readily reach in and out of them. We raised our children gardening on raised beds, and our granddaughter will soon be the next generation of raised bed gardeners. Here is our strategy.
For us, something like half the joy of gardening comes giving away our harvest. My wife carries baskets of food and a bag of plastic bags with her half the summer, as nothing makes a better gift. Part of our free health course includes conversations about the social and health benefits of gardening. If you are interested, let us know, as we intend to offer our course again once the fear of COVID has passed.
Here are some pictures of our different style of beds and some of our harvests.