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My Garden Journey

My gardening journey began with a Christmas present from my mom: an Aerogarden. I had wanted to get into growing fruits and vegetables already, and had even tried it a couple of times. But, it was the Aerogarden that got me hooked. It was so fun growing lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and more on my kitchen counter.

After a winter of growing in the Aerogarden, I stepped up and bought a small greenhouse. Inside I made a homemade hydroponic system capable of growing larger plants.

Oh man, so much I did wrong, but had loads of fun doing it

The next year, my gracious wife allowed me to convert our side yard into a container garden.

Finally, I converted the side yard into a 300 square foot in-ground garden. I relocated my greenhouse here as well.

In addition to my main garden, I have a fair amount of containers on my deck that I use for some lettuces and herbs. I’m also working on another, smaller garden, which I’ll post about when it’s ready.

All along my journey, I have been focused on learning new techniques to maximize food production. I’ve watched countless hours of YouTube videos and have read quite a few articles and a handful of books. I would generally consider myself an organic gardener as I don’t use pesticides or chemically derived fertilizers. I still have a long way to go to reach my goal of providing year round produce for my family. Onward!

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