What is your gardening style? Are you into the latest technology? It can save you time. It can improve outcomes. Garden gizmos don’t have to be fancy or battery powered. For instance, adding landscape fabric can save you time and work by keeping weeds down all season long. Check out this solar powered owl:
It moves its head to scare off birds and varmints. Looking for gardening answers fast? There is an android app for that: A Gardeners Handbook: Volume 1. For the more advanced gardener, there is even a device that will measure soil pH, fertility, moisture and sunlight called Rapitest.
I usually look at gardening as a time to unplug and get away from the stream of information that seems to inundate my life. I’m not opposed to technology, but I find getting away from it all for a while to be rejuvenating. I enjoy feeling the dirt between my fingers, the sun’s rays upon my skin, and the cooling effect of a breeze when I have gotten hot. Enjoying and interacting with nature is definitely a wonderful benefit of maintaining a garden.
Another thing I enjoy about working in the garden is that it gives me a chance to reflect on problems or think over things I have read. If I start to get tired my thoughts often turn to my grandmother. She maintained a large garden and preserved a good portion of her family’s food. I am reminded about how much easier we have it today, where gardening is a hobby and not necessary for survival.
It is a great hobby, no matter what means you employ. You can’t garden without getting outside and getting some exercise. You also get the benefit of fresh veggies. If you like tomatoes, you are well aware of how much tastier the home grown variety are than what can be purchased as the grocery store. Garden fresh veggies are more nutritious too, as you consume your garden produce soon after picking it. Vegetables loose nutrients the longer they sit, and who knows how long the vegetables have been sitting on the shelf at the supermarket?
St. Joseph’s Church has a Community Garden that is open to all comers. If you don’t want to tear up your lawn, you live in an apartment, or otherwise don’t have room for a garden, this is a great opportunity to plant a garden. 10 ft. x 10 ft. plots are just $10 for the entire season. Many people like to get 2 or more plots. There is a water spigot available at the Community Garden for your watering needs. Plots are typically available by Mother’s Day, which corresponds with the danger of a freeze being over. We have the garden plowed in fall and spring so the soil is usually pretty easy to dig in. If you are interested in a plot, contact me at [email protected].