My Blog

This is my first blog post entry.  I’m exited about my new website, and I hope those who view it will find it informative and enjoyable.  I want to be entirely clear to anyone who might read this that I AM NOT AN EXPERT!  I have no master gardener certification, and I have no landscaping architecture degree.   I read quite a bit about gardening and growing things, but to be honest, much of what I learn is from trial and error, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed the landscaping in my yard and transplanted bushes and trees because I changed my mind, or the plant wasn’t happy where I initially put it.  Had I done more study and research before doing a lot of my gardening, I probably would have saved myself a lot of time and money.  But then sometimes learning the hard way gives us the most insight and a sense of greater satisfaction when we finally get it right!

Basically, what I am is a fanatic gardener who also wants to explore backyard farming and incorporate more sustainability into my lifestyle.  Last year I started going on garden tours around my town, and it revealed a whole new world for me.  I learned how people were transforming their property into food growing areas; a movement called “permaculture”. I learned how people preserved foods, and how neighborhood communities were working together to form cooperatives that incorporate organic gardening and sustainable living principles in their daily living. I learned about different ways to compost, to contain water, to irrigate, to grow food, to extend growing seasons, to raise chickens and rabbits, and how to support local agriculture.  I learned about how the big agricultural monopolies have undermined the health of Americans and the economic survival of local farmers here and around the world.  I understood more than ever how buying locally and growing your own food was the best way to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to the local economy.  Those garden tours were the best thing I ever did, and one of the best ways for learning new concepts and making new friends.  I would encourage everyone interested in gardening to attend different types of garden tours. Hopefully someday my garden will be in one of Springfield’s garden tours, and we will meet.

In the meantime, if you’re like me and you like reading gardening magazines and going on tours to get ideas and be inspired, then I hope this website will be like one of those tours for you, the difference being that it’s an online tour.  I want to share my ideas and experiences with you, and I hope you will share yours with me.  Together we can educate each other and grow as gardeners and backyard farmers.  Email me at info@livinginthegarden.net if you want to contact me with your feedback and ideas.

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