I’m so excited to start a series on growing our own food. That’s right, it’s about that time of the year to start thinking about our Spring gardens. The catalogs are rolling in and Spring fever is hitting me hard. I know, it’s not even February, lol!
I really want to dedicate this series to both the novice and intermediate gardener. So if you’ve never grown any food or if you’re looking to take your gardening skills to the next step, this is the place to start. In a week or so I plan on creating a badge for this series. If you’ve gardened before and would like to join me and guest post, please contact me. Together we can help this movement grow! Self sustainability at it’s best!
For all of you beginners, I completely understand that the thought of growing your own food can seem difficult. When I first started I couldn’t even keep a houseplant alive, let alone think about growing a large vegetable on a plant! For this reason, I encourage you to skip the seed starting. This process alone can be very difficult as compared to starting a plant with an established root system. As we get into May and June I will give you tips on buying heirloom plants from your local family farmer, farmers market, or at your local garden nursery.
For all of you intermediate gardeners, seed starting can be your next step. I started my own seeds last year and I felt so prideful picking fresh organic fruit from plants I completely labored for. It was a feeling of accomplishment and one that I would like to guide you through.
The first step, order those catalogs!
My favorite catalogs to order from are
- Seed Savers Exchange
- Sand Hill Preservation Center
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Heirloom Acres Seeds
- Johnny’s Selected Seeds
- Territorial Seed Company
- Gourmet Seed International
Why start your own seeds?
I start my own seeds so that I can grow heirloom plants and different variety of vegetables from throughout this world. Last year I grew Spanish variety eggplants and peppers. Traditional varieties of tomato’s. Tomatillo’s from Mexico and eggplants from Japan. You just can’t get this variety from a local garden nursery. They are usually hybrid and genetically modified seeds created for the masses.
So for now, order those catalogs. Think about what you want to grow and next week we’ll discuss what heirloom means, hybrid, and genetically modified. We’ll also get into zones and a spring calendar. I typically order my seeds in February and start planting in March.
Also, get your kids involved! It’s so important to teach them from the ground up what it means to grow our own food. Nehemiah loves skimming through the catalogs with me and this year he is picking out what he wants to grow and starting his seeds himself. He’s excited and so am I!
So, onward garden soldiers, let’s grow our own food!!
Part 1: Ordering Seed Catalogs
Part 2: Understanding the differences between Heirloom, Hybrid, GMO, and Organic Seeds
Part 3: Planting Zones, Frost Dates, and Planting Calendars
Part 4. Understanding Succession Planting
Part 5. Spring Time is Near! It’s Time to Start Those Seedlings!
Part 6. Growing Seeds Indoors Under Supplemental Lighting
Part 7. Tending your seedlings
Part 8. Methods of Urban Gardening
This post is part of Real Food Wednesday hosted by Cheeseslave and Kelly the Kitchen Kop.