Hi everyone – I hope you’re enjoying your spring! The weather is just warm enough to start planting tomatoes here – I’m finally getting excited.
I wanted to cast another net out there to see if there might be a few of you lurking in the shadows… maybe you’re a little bit afraid to comment on a blog, let alone take a challenge. Maybe you’re shy, maybe you’re new to this green thing, or maybe it’s old news and you don’t think you need a challenge?
You have nothing to lose except a few gloriously aching muscles and a little garden knowledge! Come on, don’t be shy – I dare you to try. Just try!
I promise to write about gardening, remind you to garden, get you excited about gardening, and help answer your gardening questions. I also promise to help you get over any fears you have of growing from seed. It’s surprisingly easy!
Put Your Name Down In the Comments… It’s Simple! Pretty Please?
The more people who sign up, the more fun this becomes. A couple years ago we had over 200 people signed up!
And I know there are friends of mine out there who are aching to try these things but haven’t got up the nerve. Now’s your excuse – I’m putting a big cherry on top with a big warm smile and saying “pretty please.” :)
The Easy Guidelines
- For each of the four seasons of 2011, grow at least one type of fruit or vegetable that you’ve never grown before, and grow it from seed. (So at least 4 crops from seed this year – one for each season.) If you’ve never grown anything, grow one thing! If you’ve never grown beans or carrots or lettuce or strawberries, try one of those…. And if you don’t have a garden, you can grow in a pot or on a window sill!
- Check in here on occasion, and maybe tell someone else about gardening. Checking in here allows us all to learn from one another – I won’t post all the time, but will try to do it once a month at least. Ask questions, share stories, whatever you’re thinking about regarding your garden. And tell others about gardening if and when you can – because it’s a great thing for the world to have more people eating from the land. (Psst, this is one of the fun parts of gardening: becoming a part of a gardening community.)
- Sign up in the comments below. Include your Name, your location, and your gardening zone (U.S., Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, China) – plus any other details if you like. For example:
- Barely beautiful girl, Ohio, US – zone 6
- Judy, Eastern Iowa, US – zone 5a
- Deb G, Bellingham, WA, US – zone 7
- Green Bean, Bay Area, US – zone 9/10
- Ken Toney, West Virginia, US – zone 6
- Angie Harding, Southern Highlands, Australia – zone 3 Aust, zone 9 US
- Rue, Perth, Australia – zone 4 Aust, zone 10 US
- Lyndsay, London, UK – zone 8
- Michael J. Church, US – zone 5b
- Andrea, Cape Cod, MA, US – zone 7
- Andi, US – zone 4
- Rob, WA, US – zone 7
- Mark Ruhl, US – zone 6
- Kim, Long Island, NY, US – zone 6b
- Lynda, Sacramento Valley, CA, US – zone 9
- Peggy, Denver, CO, US – zone 5/6
- Helen, Catonsville, MD, US – zone 7
- Marianna, Greece – zone 9
- Kory – zone 5
- Eryn – zone 5b
- Melissa (Bee Girl), Santa Fe, NM – zone 6-7
- Elizabeth, Australia – zone 8-10 US
- Christie Mandeville, Washington, DC – zone 7
- Grace, Atlanta, GA and Greenwood, SC – zone 8
- Heather Adkins, Louisville, KY – zone 6
- Catherine, Texas – zone 8
- Barb, Pennsylvania – zone 6-7
- Jeanine, Lost Coast, CA – zone 9-10
- C Robb – zone 7-8
- Melinda, Seattle, WA – zone 8
- Jody, Eastern Iowa – zone 4-5
- Shell, Eagle, PA – zone 5-6
- Dorothy, Southern California – zone 9-10
- Katherine, SE of Atlanta, GA – zone 7b-8
- Carrie, Newark, NJ – zone 7
- Brandi & Terri, Mankato MN – zone 4-5
- Guru and Giri, Bay Area- zone 8b
- Stacy, Indiana – zone 5
- Frances, Bermuda – zone 10-11
- Jonathan, Yakima, WA – zone 6a
Sign Up – You Know You’re Intrigued!
And if you’ve already signed up, or you’re already gardening, or you just want to check in and say hello – I invite you to comment about your garden – how’s it looking?