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Where did you learn to garden?

I get this question from people at times. My response is usually something like "my father was a farmer so I was always around plants but I didnt have my own garden until I was in my 20s".

My father was a farmer and I loved spending every minute I was able on the farm. He grew cotton, wheat, millet, beans and potatoes. I helped with the planting and harvesting of cotton. I loved eating the fresh beans from the pod. I loved going to the farm and finding bugs and even baby mice to play with. Some of my fondest memories are from my childhood are time I spent on the farm.

But for some reason my family never grew a garden. We bought all the produce fresh as we needed them.

I caught the gardening bug after our kids were born 8 years ago. I started being more conscious about where our food came from. We attempted to garden several times in our back yard but we never really had good success. Also being in a subdivision we had to be careful what our yard looked like.

So about 5 years ago we took a huge leap of faith and bought a new house, sold our old house and moved to a state where we didn't know anyone. It was a whirlwind and stressful but we don't regret it one bit.

We now live in a state that has 4 seasons and good soil for growing most vegetables. We are also in the country with 16 acres and my heart is so content.

We didn't waste much time getting a garden growing. The first year we grew a small raised row of potatoes, one tomato plant and few herbs. And they all did pretty well. The next year we bought a tiller and tilled up a large garden about 1000sq feet and also planted fruit trees and few berry bushes.

Our current garden is over 10,000 square feet and growing each year!

Most of my knowledge of gardening is self taught from books, blog posts and articles. I have also made few friends that are great gardeners and I have learned lots from them as well. I have a lot more to learn but I am always happy to pass along the little gardening knowledge I have.

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