Friday, July 12, 2013

How to grow your own greens

~ How to Grow your Own Greens ~

I always say: "if it's green and it grows... than it's good for you" 
So why not grow your own garden!!
Don't worry you are NOT the only one who: 1. doesn't have enough time 2. doesn't have the experience 3. doesn't have the space 4. doesn't have the budget... and the list goes on and on...  added by our unconscious fear of FAILURE :(
I say "unconscious" because most of us have this constant fear of failure which keeps us from going forward with new projects, ideas, opportunities and even relationships.  Without jumping too far from the subject, lets start by ACCEPTING that we are here to try, and learn and make mistakes and try again ... its wonderful

Here is everything you need to know to get started
1.  Growing your own greens does NOT require a lot of time.  On Saturday I went shopping for what I needed. Be sure to pick your favorites veggies and spices!!  On Sunday I planted everything in small pots (as seen in picture above).  I kept those small pots inside the house under a lamp or near a window for about 6-8 weeks.  If you are going to use a lamp for light and heat be sure to turn it off at night, plants much like yourself also need some zzz's.  After that you just need to water it as needed and eventually weather permitted you can transfer them into larger pots or outside (and keep the watering job!)
2.  You do NOT need to be an expert! you will learn as you go... You should be able to get a lot of help from the internet and bloggers ~ like me :)  You can watch videos and find loads of information to make YOU the next expert.

3.  You really don't NEED a lot of space... sure the more space you have the more you CAN plant but you can still grow your own green in small spaces by planting them in pots, small and large.  Spices and herbs are specially easy to plant in small pots and you can keep them right in your kitchen near a window. If you have a deck you can use some larger pots to plant tomatoes, lettuce (and all other salad greens like, kale, spinach, etc...)  If you have a yard you can select a spot where you can plant every year as some plants will come back on their own.  I just love how my mint comes back every year, bigger and better!!!
4.  Who said you need a lot of $$ ...a small part of the reason why most of us garden (obviously besides the wonderful pleasure of picking and eating what you have planted and because they are sooo good for your health) that it will save you money too!!! if you can go all summer and early fall without having to run in to the store to get salad greens, herbs and spices that sounds like $avings to me!  Seeds are NOT expensive. I have purchased mine from  Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (link to site) and I was very happy with EVERYTHING, from the w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l selection to the prices, delivery and overall results. 

I hope this was helpful to all of you readers and please let me know in the comment section your thoughts and questions. 
Remember: "if it's green and it grows, than is good for you"
Happy Gardening!!
~ Ribas with Love ~
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