Saturday, October 10, 2009

First attempt at winter gardening

Lately I've been thinking a lot about gardening. I love the idea of having a vegetable garden growing in my yard year round, or almost year round. Going out to the yard to pick some fresh greens in December. Getting the tomatoes and beans planted earlier than usual and having an awesome succession crop growing. It is such a motivation to eat healthier. Food that you grew, that only has to travel from the garden to the kitchen, now that tastes so much better.

So yesterday, my husband and I decided to build a cold frame. We went to the rebuilding center, picked up some windows (ones without lead paint), got some wood and made a frame. Our goal is to have greens growing most of the year and warm weathered plants in the ground earlier than their normal growing season. Can't wait to see how it all turns out. For us, it's one thing at a time. Gardening is fairly new to us, so we will make mistakes and we will learn from those mistakes. But hopefully they will not be repeated.

It is our intention to continue to grow as many fresh fruits and vegetables in our small yard as we can. We have seen others do it and they have been a tremendous inspiration to us. It made me realize that there is no reason why we can not do it. You just have to get out there and start doing it. Ask questions, read books, and ask more questions. It is so inspirational to see more and more people growing their own food. I wouldn't doubt if one day fresh vegetables are growing in almost everyone's yards and back porches. Fresh food for everyone!

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