How To Get Ready For This Growing Season
Do you know how to get ready for this year’s growing season? The growing season is upon us. It is my favorite time of the year because the weather is getting better, the sun is out, and the flowers are starting to bloom. Outside just becomes beautiful!
Health Benefits of Gardening
You may be asking yourself, why garden this year. Gardening is actually one of the best ways to destress, see the fruits of your labor, and know you are making a difference in this world. Gardening has been proven to boost your mood, decrease dementia, decrease heart problems, and increase activity and your Vitamin D. Wow those are a lot of reasons to garden!
Isn’t It a lot of work?
Are you thinking, “you don’t have time to garden?”. Think again! If you have your garden set up in the right way, the time you spend in your garden can be minimal.
What is the point?
Gardening may not take a ton of time, but it is super fun. Every year, my family helps me set up my garden for the growing season. Yes, it does take a couple days to set up, but when you see the first little sprout peak its little head up, you will be hooked. Our kids run outside every day to check for any growth in our garden. And let me tell you when there is a hint of a sprout, they are yelling at me to come outside. It really is a family hobby.
We spend time learning about our food and how it grows. We share in the experience of seeing our hard work paying off. At the end of the growing season, when we harvest our food we are together again.
But there are bugs
Bugs in your soil are a MUST. The most important bug in your garden is the worm. Worms are amazing creatures and possibly my favorite animal. You may wonder why something so slimy and gooey would be my favorite animal. It is simple. These slimy creatures allow the soil to be healthier, plant roots to deepen, and water to penetrate the soil easier. You may be wondering how worms can do all that.
When worms burrow, they are creating tunnels in your soil. Those tunnels allow water to penetrate and get deeper in the soil. It also allows the soil to get more oxygen to the roots of the plants. This, in turn, allows the roots to get deeper and healthier. Worms also are great eaters. Once they eat, they poop and that is called a casting. Castings are great for soil fertilizer. So next time you see a worm in your garden, bask in the knowledge that your soil is healthier for that worm.
Isn’t it expensive?
Gardening does not have to be expensive. Living here in southern Montana, our soil is not great to grow veggies in the ground. We have too much clay in our soil. I decided 6 years ago to build my first gardening box. I got scrap wood from my dad. I bought a pack of wood screws for about $5 and I bought my dirt in bulk from a local place. I spent less than $100 for approximately 250 square feet of gardening space.
Every year I spend about $50 on soil upkeep. I buy new peat moss (I like Black Gold peat moss but watch out because they do have a peanut or two in there) and new fertilizing soil (I use the Ace Hardware brand and it is awesome!)
Yes, I probably go overboard, but I have had great success with this method and I am not messing with success. My garden is usually filled to the brim with healthy plants.
Yes, having a healthy fruitful garden is attainable for anyone! Gardening can be such a stress reliever and it is super fun. The rewards are limitless. It does not need to be fancy. It does not need to be expensive. All you need are the right tools and you too can achieve a fantastic garden!