The View From my Kitchen Window
Wendy Whitehorn-Dr. Dirt
Greetings from Dr. Dirt! I have been asked by the powers-that-be at Gardens From Garbage to share my gardening knowledge with you and answer any gardening questions you may have. Why me? I've asked myself that several times. I have been gardening for over 45 years and started out "helping" my Mom in our large garden growing up on the farm. She grew enough to feed our family for most of the year, and preserved that garden produce by freezing, canning and making jams and jellies. I have always had my own garden, even if it was only a tiny flower bed at a rental house. For several years I grew vegetables, herbs and cut flowers for sale at the Great Falls Farmer's Market and other venues, and had a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). I am also a Level 2 Master Gardener. I live on a small farm, and my kitchen window looks out on my garden, hence the name of this blog. During the growing season I can stand at my kitchen sink and watch my garden grow, and when the garden has gone to bed for the year I can dream of watching my garden grow.
All this gardening experience and book learning has taught me a lot, but the more I learn, the more I want to know. The best way to learn how to garden is Just DO It! If you're new to gardening start small, and as you gain confidence and experience you can "grow" your garden. Your garden could be a couple of pots on the sunny deck, 20 sq. feet in the front yard, or half your lot. Adequate sunshine, water, weeding and some care can give you amazing results whether you plant seeds or use plant starts from your local nursery. Grow what you like to eat. Nothing tastes better than a tomato you grow yourself, and making vegetable soup in January from vegetables I froze from my garden is supremely satisfying, not just for my taste buds, but for my soul.
So, if anyone has questions about gardening I will do my best to answer them. I welcome constructive comments and tips from readers. Keep in mind that every gardener is different, and every garden is different, too. Two adjoining backyard gardens can produce different results based on microclimates, soils, care and other factors.
Happy Gardening Everyone!