I used to have the blackest of black thumbs. I once tried to grow cherry tomatoes in a pot on the balcony of my apartment, and ended up over watering and killing the tomato, all while watering the bird seed that fell into the pot from the bird feeder hung right above. Did you know it was possible to need to weed a pot on your balcony? I didn’t either, and I never got to eat any balcony tomatoes.
When I started learning more about eating real food, it didn’t take long to realize that the best way to know exactly what you are eating and where it comes from is to grow it yourself.
And really, is there anything better than a juicy summer tomato, just picked moments before going into your mouth? (except of course pie, cookies, chocolate cake, or chocolate anything) I didn’t think so.
So here’s my challenge for you!
I want you to plant one thing. Just one thing. Preferably something that will feed you later on, but if you are really timid, I’d love you to start anywhere! There are so many benefits to being part of the process of growing something, and even more benefits than just fill your belly.
Do you need some help?
Starting a garden can be pretty intimidating, but thankfully you don’t have to do it alone! Last year I stumbled across the most fun game. I don’t even remember how I found Nicky and Dave with Permaculture Gardens and the Garden Game, but I’m so glad that I did!
How it works:
Sign up for the game by clicking this link right here. They send you a super fun kit that you open right away with your kids with lots of cheering and excitement. You follow the simple instructions and keep track of what you’re doing in your account online. You earn points and prizes (hey, does that sound familiar?) and the game teaches you how to grow your own food!
Here’s some proof:
See that? That’s lettuce that I grew myself during the Garden Game last year, and I’m still harvesting delicious leaves even now!
They have three different tracks this year, and they all sound amazing.
- You could go with the herb spiral, which I am fascinated by! Apparently within this spiral there are several different microclimates, and it’s planted in a specific way that helps each of the plants grow better. Plus it looks super pretty!
- There is a square foot garden method. This is fantastic if what you want is a bunch of yummy, fresh fruits and veggies. How awesome are you going to feel as you serve all these healthy treats you grew yourself?
- The last option is the kid’s educational garden. How much fun is that? As we were playing the game last year, my kids loved to help me plant those seeds, then watch the seedlings grow, then transplant them outside. And now my kids, even my picky girl who won’t eat anything green, will go snack on lettuce leaves in the garden, all because they helped grow them themselves!
Which track sounds the most interesting to you?