Gardening has been a process of thought all the way back to the days where I stole seeds out of my father’s shoe box and planted them in my sandbox next to my make-shift garbage bag pond. I’m a green thumb at heart.
I like to think of myself as an organic gardener, but you won’t find me quoting organic standards that often or fighting against Monsanto. I am a “common sense gardener” which means I align with most organic practices: composting, integrated pest control methods, and non-GMO crops as a few examples. I am not opposed to the occasional non-organic method. However, what I’ve found during my six years of gardening is that the organic methods are often the simplest and cheapest.
And if there is anything that defines me as a gardener, it is cheap. If I can save money somehow, I’m going to do it. Compost and compost tea are cheap, garden magic. Piles of used wood from the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore is the source for all my raised beds and fencing. I even go as far as to use Bing as my main Internet search engine so I can collect Bing Reward points to convert to $5 Amazon gift cards to buy seeds and transplants from Amazon sellers such as Hirt’s Gardens! As summer wanes you will find me at the clearance rack of Home Depot buying up the castaway transplants trying to fit them in for a fall harvest.
Gardening is work, but it is fun work. It is also therapeutic. Out of anything I’ve done in my life, there is nothing more relaxing than looking over my garden and literally seeing the fruits of my labor.
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