- Posted April 19, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
From garden to table
Being Frugal & Eating Organic: Impossible? I think not!
She shares a few lessons she's learned so far in the garden: 'You cannot force or "will" plants to grow. I've also learned that placement of your garden space is key. Using a good, natural fertilizer, such as aged manure, is a great and healthy way to feed your garden.'
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
When we moved into our first house in January of 2011, I knew that come spring, I needed to have gardens. A year later, and after a lot of hard work, I have 6 flower gardens and a 15x35ft vegetable garden.
This growing season, after learning A LOT from last year, we are growing a much wider variety of edible plants. We have also done our research and decided to choose plants that grow well in New England. We started our seeds the first week in April, and they have been happily growing in my dining room ever since.
In the past, we have purchased plants already sown from our local home improvement store, but we were never satisfied with the product they produced. This year will be the first year that everything in our gardens will go from seed to plate without being exposed to unnatural fertilizers.
This will provide us with an entirely organic garden, saving me hundreds at the grocery store for a mere $50 investment. This pay off is absolutely worth the work that is involved, simply from a financial standpoint. Then factor in all of the delicious fruits and veggies we'll be eating, and I can't help but get excited!
We will be growing:
-Straight & Crookneck Yellow Squash
-Beef Steak & Hot House tomatoes
Here's to hoping we have a great growing season!