I have a garden
Love it! You have garden space that you’ve elected to turn in to production! According to USDA economists, food prices will continue to rise (up to 4% in 2008 - the largest increase since 1990) so it’s the perfect time to start growing your food.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO KNOW?
Lots. Here are a few things we’ve learned.
- Sun & Water
Seems obvious, but there are two of the most important issues for growing food at home.
SUN - Does your bed/yard receive adequate sun? At minimum, you want 8 hours of sun on your space. 12-14 if you want to grow a million tomatoes (and we know you do!).
WATER – Do you have a water source for your bed? Lemme tell you - it’s not a whole lotta fun standing over your bed in the summer for 30 minutes holding a hose. Most home gardens are better suited to a drip system or soaker hose. Consider where your water source is in relation to your beds. Shouldn’t be a problem for most, but give it a think before you go tearing up all your grass!
- Growing Relations
We’ve done our best asking questions on your behalf for each gardeners profile. Read their pages thoroughly before contacting a potential gardener! You’ll be allowing another gardener access to your personal space. It’s important to be clear from the get go about what you consider acceptable behavior. Who will water? Who decides what to grow? Who is paying for plants and seeds? How do you share your harvest? Who will do the harvesting? Will you try and grow crops all year long? And so on and so forth. This should be a healthy and fulfilling process for both parties, so if you’re overly concerned about your space or security, this matching site may not be a good choice for you. Have a question? I’m happy to help or have a chat.
- Garden Expectations
Growing your own food at home is one of the most rewarding projects a homeowner can get in to. It’s great for the earth, does wonders for the belly and will hopefully feed your soul. To that end, it’s important to remember that we (you or your gardener, that is) do not have absolute control over our garden space. As you know, we all have to deal with our little friend Mother Nature who sometimes brings on rain just as the tomatoes are nearly ripe or frost when we’re ready to plant in spring. It’s good to be flexible with your garden and garden partners. Be patient. Be kind. Do unto others and so on and so forth.