More than likely you entered my website through one of my gardening pages and probably had a chance to look around before you got to my "About Me" page.
I hope you enjoy the articles posted and found them informative and I hope, information you can use in your garden. I also encourage you to come back to my site from time to time to read added gardening articles. That is, when my wife can tear me away from my garden during planting season. That said, leads me to a little bit about myself and my love for gardening.
I guess I can say my interest in gardening first started when I was 12 years old and through school I had an opportunity to hear about and join the 4H club. In those days of the early 1950's city kids were introduced to rural farming primarily in the area of growing vegetables. Someone donated a piece of land to the club and I guess as a kid, you really didn't give much thought about who did and neither did you really care. What I do remember, was the tiny plot allotted to me and boy was I excited.
I nursed my tiny vegetable plants and wondered with curiosity why some plants thrived and yet others died. It was with the help and advice of a 4H counselor I learned what is now one of my favorite motto's. "If you feed the soil, the soil will feed your plants." That motto and my passion for gardening stayed with me throughout the rest of my life.
Gosh! You know, I really didn't think much about "those good-old days," and yes they really were, because writing this article sure is giving me a warm feeling in my heart. But that was then some sixty years ago and this is now.
Life has been good to me and my family. We always had a roof over our head, food in our stomach, and blessed with good health. That is until recently, when I had a heart attack. The good news is I came out of it okay and I learned to eat much healthier food than I had in the past. I retired in my early sixties (a little earlier than I expected) because of my heart condition, but the good news is that I get to stay healthy by eating the variety of vegetables I grow in my garden. I also get to putter around in my garden whenever I want instead of after work and on weekends. So, sometimes when something bad happens to you you can turn it around to a good thing. I wonder is that what they mean when you hear someones say, "If life gives you lemons, than make lemon aid." Ugh! I can't believe I said that.
Okay, I'm babbling, the upshot of this article comes down to my love of gardening, my trials and errors growing vegetables over those sixty years, and my interest to pass on my gardening knowledge to beginner gardeners. And, for you seasoned green-thumb gardeners you may find a tip or two on my site that will help you in your garden. On the other hand, I'm quite sure there is always something I can also learn.
If you're interested, I invite you to add any tips or solutions you use in your vegetable garden so all our garden visitors may learn what you find are some of the best ways to grow vegetables. If you like, you can also add pictures of your garden with your article at out Submit an Article page.
This site is primarily for beginner gardeners to encourage you to discover the joy of gardening as I did way back as a child and it is my intent to offer great gardening information you can use to plant a successful vegetable garden. And, if you have kids encourage them to share your new wonderful and rewarding hobby and have them learn along with you. Perhaps they too like me will someday look back with fondness remembering their first vegetable garden.
The happy gardener
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