“Whenever you bring your attention to anything natural, anything that has come into existence without human intervention, you step out of the prison of conceptualized thinking and, to some extent, participate in the state of connectedness with Being in which everything natural still exists.” – Eckhart Tolle
People have been asking if I still have my garden. The answer is Yes! I love having access to fresh healthy food and spending time in nature brings a peace and stillness to your life that i can not quite describe.
These are the pictures of what I still have growing through the winter.
I had a late start this year in my garden I usually start in February or March but working on another project I was not able to start until June.
With the extreme heat this past summer I experienced a few crop failures. I have grown the majority of my plants from seed this year. The trees I have bought from various places.
This is my second year having a garden here are some of the things I learned this year:
- Plants need loose deep soil for plants to grow healthy and strong. If the soil is hard the roots have no where to grow.
- Do not be in a rush! Take time to plan. Healthy soil is important for plant growth this can be achieved through: Composting, Soil amendments: Alfalfa meal, Fish Bone meal, Greensand, Low-nitrogen bat guano, Oyster Shell lime,Soft rock phosphate.
- Make sure your plants are getting the right amount of water. How do you know? If the soil feels dry or feels like it needs moisture add water. If your soil is soggy or muddy you may be over watering.
- If you choose to grow from seed. Start your seedlings at least a 4-6 weeks advance in planters. This will give you more success growing plants in your garden. It will also be easier for setting up the spacing of your plants
- Do not over crowd your plants. If you have never grown a fruit or vegetable it is easy to underestimate how much room your plants need. A tomato plant will grow 5 feet up a trellis if it has enough room, pepper plants can grow 3 feet and be bushy. You need adequate space for them to grow also room for you to access the plant when it becomes time to harvest.
“You need nature as your teacher to help you re-connect with Being. But not only do you need nature, it also needs you.” – Eckhart Tolle
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