“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves”
— Mahatma Ghandi
Staying home through 2020 has renewed an interest in growing. And why not? If you are lucky enough to have a yard, there’s nothing more satisfying and delightful than reaping your very own vegetable harvest. Perhaps you bought a few seedlings from your local garden center and planted them in pots, or maybe you dug your very own little vegetable patch.
Whichever it may be – one or both or none at all, in this article, I’ll lay out some of the best options for growing your own harvest, whether you want to dabble a bit, or work towards something more intensive.
Types of Gardens
If space is at a premium, container gardening is the way to go. Options range from planting seedlings in a few large pots to installing a raised, contained bed. The beauty of this type of gardening is that you can place your plants wherever you choose, and possibly even move them around as the angle of the sun changes with the seasons.
Flexibility for small spaces
Plants dry out faster
More fertilizer is required
Plants generally won’t grow as big or produce as much
Container gardening is a wonderful way to dip your toes in the water without getting in over your head, although, if you do end up getting bitten by the gardening bug, this won’t keep you satisfied for very long!
It’s really as simple as picking up a shovel and starting to dig. You could also rent a rototiller; however, they are a little hard to handle, and in my opinion, you miss out on all of the great exercise of really digging into the earth. If your gym is closed due to Covid-19, no matter: pick up a shovel and have at it. I never feel stronger and in better shape than towards the end of the summer after I’ve been working my core with a shovel (and sometimes a pick axe), increasing my flexibility with weeding “yoga” and trekking wheelbarrow loads of mulch and compost around the yard. Not to mention feeling happier, more relaxed, and infused with depression-reducing microbes from digging around in the soil. Yes, that’s a real thing. Getting your hands dirty actually makes you happier by increasing serotonin levels.
“Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes”