Vegetable gardening is supposed to be fun, right? It should be!
It is so tempting to plant a huge garden with dreams of preserving most of it and having fresh healthy veggies all season long. Wonderful to see all those rows of food, glorious food. Dreaming of my garden always starts in the dead of winter for me. And in my mind, what a beautiful, healthy, huge garden it is!
No doubt, we have had some large gardens here. That was when I could garden all day long, every day. Now that we have a Garlic Farm, well….I guess that means I will still garden all day long. Just not in my vegetable garden. I’ll be hanging out in the garlic patch!
If you are new to vegetable gardening, that is another reason to only grow the easiest vegetables your first year. Starting small with gardening is always the best way to go.
Focus on what your family likes to eat and then plant that. Find a way to preserve the extras. You can use what you learn this year, for next year. Expand if you want or keep it the same size.
Vegetables can be very different from one another, in terms of how much care or labour you need to put into them. Instead of planting veggies that take more time and work, plant the easiest ones! It will make your time in the garden less stressful and yet you will still get fantastic harvests for fresh eating and preserving.
And this is where reality can (and should) bring us to a screeching halt. It’s the work part of things we all need to keep in mind. And we need to be realistic about just how much time we do have that we can spend in the garden. And how much time do we want to spend in the garden.
We all have priorities and lots of things to do every day. Planting too large a garden can easily cut into time you need (or want) to spend doing something else. If you live on property or have a large yard, you already know there are a lot of chores that need to be done.
Maybe you’ve got a full time job, or coaching sports or doing other things that keep you away from home for most of the day. Maybe aging or medical issues need to be taken into account.
How about only growing the 5 easiest veggies?
I’ve made a list of our top 5 Easiest Vegetables to Grow. Then I explained how to prepare the bed, sow the seeds and other things you will want to know.
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Then plan on spending less time in the garden and more time for the other things in your life!
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