I’ve been gardening for a very long time; pretty much since the Beatles came to the U.S. on the Mayflower. It began for me when our Dad would sentence us to weeding details in the family garden when we lived on Long Island. After we moved to Northern Wisconsin, I had a gardening hiatus when Dad’s interests shifted from gardening to hunting and fishing.
I never really even thought of having a garden of my own in those days, but then a miracle happened. In senior year of high school, I was planted next to a beautiful young woman; and soon after we started dating. I consider this a miracle because we have been blessed with a very happy life together. Both of us grew up during the 1960’s, and both of us were very aware that Mother Nature had been treated very badly for all too many years. Fortunately, along with lots of other social changes, the 1960s united many like-minded people who worked to put the brakes on the poisoning of this precious planet.
Of course, there is still much to do…
I married my Beautiful Girlfriend back in 1973; and soon after we were hitched we embarked on our very own “postage stamp” garden (very small… 3 feet wide by about 6 feet long). From this tiny plot we harvested several large heads of broccoli, some radishes, tomatoes, and other delicious veggies.
Organic gardening was just becoming popular in those days. Me and my Beautiful Girlfriend embraced the philosophy of growing food in harmony with Mother Nature rather than supporting companies that produced chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The more we learned about organic gardening, the more it became apparent that this philosophy was not new at all, but rather a continuation and improvement of the techniques our ancestors used.
I decided to start this blog to share what we’ve learned. I truly believe that this planet will be saved by you and me; not by politicians, governments, or corporations. We can all work together, in harmony with Mother Nature, to grow (or at the very least demand) food that is healthy. I do not profess to be a garden expert! However, I’ve learned a few things over the years; and lately I’ve been getting many questions like, “how did you grow these??” when I bring delicious produce to friends.
I still have much to learn, but I hope you find this useful. Please feel free to share anything you see here with friends.
Peace, Love, and Veggies,