How difficult it is to start a garden and is it gardening for everyone?

I have an opinion that gardening is not only for everyone but also that everyone should have a garden or at least grow something in a pot on your windowsill.

I will break down this post in three parts: Where, how and why?

Where?

Indoor

Gardening doesn’t need to be outside if you want to try out for a while, or to determine is it something that you want. IKEA, and probably other manufacturers, have created simple indoor growing units that can give you an excellent start. It is not my preferable choice, I never tried it but I’m sure it is fun, and you have your little “garden plot” in your living room.

The second place can be on your windowsill. If you have flowers, you can have a few pots of herbs. It will not give you a lot, but it will be your own little paradise. Unless you live in an Earthship than you are lucky and I envy you.

I’m starting my garden in livingroom already in mid-winter. Planting seed in pots, replanting and growing until they reach solid stem to be ready to plant outside.

Balcony

I tried to grow tomatoes on the balcony two times. Both were successful. This is a step between indoor and outdoor cause it is really in your flat, so to say. Few bigger pots, some healthy soil,  at least five different seeds and you are ready to go. You can try a vertical garden as well! Don’t underestimate your balcony! You can have quite a jungle and lots of food to keep you happy and occupied in the summer months.

Outdoor

This is everyone’s favorite! Big garden, small garden, community garden, whatever – out is out! Raised beds, composting, grill, all that and more comes with the garden. My garden is 10 kilometers away from the place I live, but that is fine. It is a little paradise and a retreat from everyday life.

How?

Start your garden journey by planning it.

Ask yourself: what are my three favorite vegetables that I can grow? You don’t need to grow food for an entire year! Start small and then expand if you like it. Maybe you will get very excited about it and maybe not. You have to find that out. You will probably fail in something but don’t let that discourage you, we have all been there.

Why?

This is up to you! Fresh air? Challenge yourself? Healthy food?

Find your reason to do it. I’m doing it because I love it a lot and I know where the majority of my food comes from. I have always been an outdoor kid, never in peace by sitting at home. Find yourself inner drive that pushes you to grow your food, you will not regret it.

And finally: how difficult is gardening? That depends on how big is your garden and your perspective of difficulty. It is not hard if you like it and problems are challenges that you are trying to solve in pursuing your gardening hobby career. 

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