Gardening is one of my all-time favorite summertime activities. I love planting seedlings, watching them grow, taking care of them, and eventually, harvesting the wonderful things they bring to the table (pun intended!). It is fun in every way to me – gardening draws me outside and into the warm sunshine and fresh air each morning. I love the excitement of seeing the plants each day and watching their progress.
When I was very young (so little I don’t remember it), my mother said I told her that gardening was magic. With dirt and sun, you can make food!
Each successful and delicious vegetable I get is a great achievement, and each less fortunate sprout (one that doesn’t, well, sprout) is an opportunity to learn and become a better gardener. I haven’t been gardening for many years and I only have a few seasons of produce under my belt, but I had so many great people teaching me and guiding me that I have picked up quite a few helpful and fun tips for a healthy and fruitful garden.
The first thing is that Lehman’s is the place to get everything you need. I get all my seeds, tools and even the containers in which to plant them, from Lehman’s. This summer I used two raised bed gardens, which I highly recommend. They keep my garden clean and contained and allow me to plant the garden on our deck, which keeps it safe from woodland creatures. I have discovered the rabbits and deer in our backyard will eat anything!
Lehman’s also carries composting soil and lots of organic plant care items. I really like the book, Starter Vegetable Gardens, which is also available at Lehman’s. If you have a chance to visit the retail store in Kidron, you can get lots of advice from the staff. They also have a garden planted on the patio, so you can work with the tools and see the fruits (or should I say “vegetables”) of the labor.