There is a definite history with me and vegetable gardening. First of all, I'm extremely afraid of bugs. Everything I learned about gardening, was learned in Colorado - very different from the south. And, I've tried twice to have a successful vegetable garden and done very poorly twice.
So, when a friend suggested a group of us getting together to plant gardens, I was excited by the mutual encouragement and learning this would provide! We plan to each work at a few veggies and share all of our produce with each other.
Here's what we've done so far:
* Visited our local extension office for information. This yielded a treasure of a book that is filled with EVERYTHING we need to know for gardening in our area.
* Tested our soil. We now know our pH and what minerals we are each deficient in and how to amend our soil.
* Tilled the ground. Praise the Lord for a husband who is willing to do this part for me!
* This Saturday, we'll be fertilizing with horse manure. Friends with horses are usually willing to part with this wonderful stuff for free!
* Ordered the seeds! I chose to go heirloom seeds because I wanted the most natural and non-genetically engineered seeds we could get. I ordered from Johnny's seeds, Heirloom seeds and Burpee.
I've been thinking of Proverbs 31:16, "She looks over a field and buys it, then with money she's put aside plants a garden." I'm excited because gardening seems to me like such a pure and wholesome activity and one that enriches our lives and our tummies!
So, I'll be posting updates on the garden progress as we go along. The photo above is the ground freshly fertilized and tilled!