Thinking About Starting a Garden? Jump Right In!


| 4/6/2011 9:19:46 AM


All is right with the world again. Tiny seedlings huddle beneath the fluorescent lights in my basement, and the little greenhouse is full of more cool-season plants, waiting to be planted out into the garden. They are all so delicate looking. Yet these plants will feed my family throughout the spring, summer and fall. We’ll eat the food they produce through the winter as well, thanks to all of the freezing, drying and canning I’ll be doing this summer. From a few flats of tiny seedlings, a family of six will eat like royalty.

This is the magic of gardening. So many obsessed gardeners, like me, compare gardening to a drug. Once you start, you just have to keep doing it. And you soon find that one little container, or one 4-by-8 bed, is no longer enough. You want to grow more, and you want to start earlier and end later! Soon, you’re erecting greenhouses and low tunnels in your garden, because they’ll buy you a few more precious weeks. It’s the best kind of addiction I can imagine.

Colleen Vanderlinden garden 

I may be the worst (or best, depending on your views) type of gardening addict. I’m not content to just garden for myself. Not anymore. I can’t keep quiet about how awesome it is to grow your own food, to make your own little corner of this Earth a beautiful, fruitful place — and one that does it in partnership with nature instead of in opposition to it. I write, I talk, I encourage. I give seedlings and seeds. I show up at my mother-in-law’s house with a few blueberry plants, some compost and a bit of peat.

I’m officially a pusher.



So if you’re thinking about starting a garden, or you’ve gardened in the past but thought it wasn’t for you, I’m here, pushing, hoping you’ll give it a go this year. If you’re thinking about starting a garden, here’s my best advice:

Peter Womersley
4/18/2012 5:54:20 AM

Great article. I have just recently started blogging, but have been an organic grower for years


Bret Snyde
2/6/2012 6:57:58 PM

Starting an organic garden is the funnest thing.  A few years back when I started I just shoveled and raked dirt around and planted in the ground.  I found that such a enjoyable experience.  Now I have been looking at other systems and I have found one that seemed to make sense.  You can google it, the garden master's bucket garden.  Anyways, go organic!


Christy Poston
7/20/2011 10:58:28 AM

Hello Colleen, this is my first year (and I got started late) in "container" gardening. Last year I tried the "bag gardening" but this method did not turn out so good (totally my fault) so, I'm trying again. I purchased inexpensive flower pots from the dollar store and organic soil from Walmart. I also purchased from Walmart 3 tomato plants of different variety, 4 pepper plants,(2 red, 1 yellow and 1 green) and a cumcumber plant. From my local hardware store, I purchased 3 "tomato cages". I'm so excited about growing my small garden - the plants have really taken off and there are lots of blooms on all the plants - I take this to mean they are "happy plants". These are my favorite things to grow and if I'm lucky I'll be gathering produce before long. Your article has added additional excitement to my "returning to my childhood" by growing a garden. Next year I want increase my crop by adding a "raised garden bed". Thanks for your encouragement. Gardening, for me, has become very fulfilling emotionally, spiritually and physically.






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