Gardening Naturally

A beautiful variety of heirloom and artisanal tomatoes from my garden. Yum, yum!

I personally think it stinks, gentle reader, that I can’t legally use the term “organic” without raising the ire of the federal government. Since I’ve not jumped through the hoops (and I’m not gonna, either) to have a “certified organic” farm, I can’t call my place organic, even though I don’t use synthetic chemicals and haven’t for a long time. What–ever.

Oh well. Who needs their silly over-regulated word, anyway?? I can still grow lots of beautiful veg and fruit and raise it without chemicals without being certified to do so.

Tom Thumb on the right, and red leaf lettuce on the left.

This is and always has been my conviction: it’s just not that hard to grow beautiful, delicious things in your own home garden. I have a few tips and tricks and practices that I hold to, and I write about them right here on my blog. Also, I’ve learned a lot of things just from being maniacal crazy about gardening, from trying new things all the time, from reading a lot about gardening, and from hanging around other nutty garden folks.

Grow a garden, yo. It’s a great hobby, better (they say) than therapy for your mental health, and a super-duper way to move your body and keep your muscles from forgetting how to flex. And the rewards! Oh, the rewards can’t be beat.

Do it. Don’t let’s just look at the pretty pictures and say wistfully “if only I had a green thumb like you—” It’s just not that hard. Jump in. The garden soil is fine.