A First-timer’s Garden—Post 1: Getting the Plants in the Ground

The Frugal Goddess Learns to Dig in the Dirt

Some of my reader’s who have been following the Frugal Goddess for awhile may remember—I am a cook, not a gardener. My mother was a champion gardener. Her gardens were chaotic and messy, but always lush and productive. I was clumsy in my attempts to help, and soon gave up, retreating to the familiar safety of my kitchen. But now, a dozen years later, I realize that if I want that wonderful homegrown flavor at a cost that is bearable, I must learn how to grow it myself.

My garden plot sits on the back field of an acre and a half just northeast of Sebastopol, CA. I have to plant in containers because the gophers rule here. It took awhile to get the barrels and build my one box to start with. Some might say I was already late, but at least now I’m ready.

The containers sat for some time while I figured out what to fill them with. Dirt

A Garden in Containers

some may say, but that is too simple. It has to be good clean earth with the right types of organic matter added in. Like everything else, there are perhaps too many choices. Luckily Sonoma County is still a farming community, and there is a dirt store not far away. It is really a fascinating place, with piles of various types of dirt for different applications, and big trucks with big shovels, piling it in to a line of waiting pickup trucks. I got a yard and a half of the Organic Garden Mix. This was then shoveled into the waiting containers. This is when I discovered what an easy job cooking is, compared to farming. But it felt good to shovel and to dig my hands in the rich dark earth as I planted my babies.

My first grand plan was to grow from seed, but that was way too complicated for a pilgrim like me. Maybe next year. I put in a row of beans, a row of cucumber, several melons, tomatoes, acorn squash, and summer squash, including the ubiquitous zucchini, all from starts. I still have a barrel or two to fill. I will be posting from time to time on the progress from garden to table. For now, let me just say—I haven’t killed anything yet.

Here are some links for further information:

http://www.thefrugalgoddess.com/2011/03/24/frugal-gardening-seed-saving-saves-money-and-is-good-for-the-planet/

http://www.thefrugalgoddess.com/2011/01/13/the-gardener-in-winter/

http://www.thefrugalgoddess.com/2012/03/01/get-more-flavor-for-less-money-grow-these-five-herbs-indoors/

 

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One Response

  1. I planted, yesterday, in honor of the special moon, the first herb garden at my new Kalo Studio Terrace!

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