5 Things My Grams Taught Me About Gardening

Gardening Tips

When I was a kid, in the 70’s, I never really realized the importance of having a garden.

All I knew was that my Grams grew one, and I had to help her strip the beans of those awful strings, and then snap em into smaller pieces.  ( I didn’t think it would ever end). LOL

Today, I grow my own urban backyard garden, and here’s the 5 things my green thumb Grams taught me.

1. You can grow a garden anywhere!

Gardening isn’t limited to a big yard anymore.  People grow food on their patios, rooftops, apartment banisters, or vertically on walls.  My Grams used flower pots, whiskey barrels, and of course her little patch of land in her front yard.

She also grew grapes on a long, metal fence, and had a couple of cherry trees to boot.  Bottom line is, being creative with what you got, is key.

 

Southern Patio 15.5″ Resin Whiskey Barrel Planter

2. Its hard work, but boy oh boy, the food taste GOOD!

There is nothing better than walking outside your door, and picking the perfect beefsteak tomato, slicing it up, and putting it between two pieces of bread with mayo.

Or, how about picking a couple of cherry tomatoes, and throwing those babies on your freshly made salad, hence, that you grew from the garden too!  It simply taste so GOOD!


3.It’s healthier

If you want control over what’s in your food, then growing your own, is the way to go!  Many people have food intolerances, including me, and I like whole, natural, foods without all the chemicals.  Nuff said.

A Woman’s Garden: Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things

4. Build your seasonal recipes around your harvest, and then extend it by preserving.

Grams canned, froze, or dehydrated whatever she could get her hands on.  My grandparents ate what was in season, and canned the rest for the winter months.

I have a feeling with the rising costs of produce, that preserving products are going to go sky high, and out of stock.  So, if you’re thinking about the ancient art of preserving, then check out my

Canning Essentials Idea List.

I also HIGHLY recommend that you get this All American Canner.  I have had mine since 2012, and it’s been worth every penny.  It’s a canning machine, that’s solid steel, with excellent results.

All American 921 Canner Pressure Cooker

5. Save money, by stockpiling those gardening goodies

My grandmother grew up in Chicago, Il during the Great Depression, and there were many times that she had to beg for food as a child.  She always told me that she wasn’t too proud to beg, because she was simply hungry.

Fortunately, for all of us, she made it through those difficult times, and learned how grow her own food.

Her canned soups, stews, chili, relishes, and jams were to die for, and oh….how I loved her variety of jams and jellies.

And finally, as you can imagine, it was extremely important to her, to have a stockpile of food on hand in case of an emergency.  It not only gave her a little sense of security, but she loved to tell the stories on her produce savings.  Now you can see where I get it from.

I know that there are a ton of you out there that can relate to these grandparent gardening tips, and I hope it inspires you to take the challenge and grow your own food.  I promise you will get hooked, ecspecially when you know you grew it yourself.  Happy Harvesting All!

 

 

 

DIY Small Space Garden Design Ideas

When I first bought my home over 10 years ago, the last thing I thought about was putting a garden in the back yard.  In fact, the majority of my yard is a huge concrete patio, which at the time was great, because it meant less grass to cut!  🙂  But, over the years, the gardening bug had gotten a hold of me, and with the help of my hubby, I found some super DIY small space garden design ideas, that have brought a fully functional garden into my backyard.  Below is a timeline of my garden design ideas, which I hope will inspire some of you to also become a fellow green thumb and make “growing your own” a part of your lifestyle.  Gardening has helped my family and I afford fresh produce, which not only tastes the best, but is a great way to stay healthy for less.

    

Patio Backyard

 

 

My very first year of gardening, I bought some huge planters and grew some tomatoes, green peppers, and herbs.  Seriously, it couldn’t get any easier, but I wanted to grow more, so that I could can my garden goodies for the winter months.  So, the following year my hubby and I took advantage of some flat area space right behind my house, and we built three raised bed gardens.

Raised Garden Beds

 

We also added some wooden trellises to the ends of our raised garden beds, which allowed us to grow vertically and add more veggies such as beans, cucumbers, and squash.

 

Garden Beds

Below, are some ways that we found ways to grow veggies and herbs on our patio.  First up, is our pallet beds.

Pallet Beds

A friend of mine found this huge pallet box on the side of the road, and I converted it into another planter, it’s below my DIY herb planter.  Check out the swiss chard that grows like crazy in it.   🙂

Swiss Chard

And finally, I wanted a way to walk right outside by back door and add fresh oregano, basil, mint, cilantro, or dill to my daily meals.   So, we built a DIY Herb Planter.

 

Herb Planter Decor

DIY Herb Planter Shelf

 

 

I hope that you can see how much fun gardening can be, and if you would like to see what has come out of my garden click here

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