Welcome to Gardening for Chumps: A site for chumps, by chumps. There is a reason why this site’s not called “GardenPro” or “XtremeGarden” or the like. This is my first stab at growing my own vegetable garden and I am learning it all as I go.
My name is Sauly. I am 28. Being outside, being productive and growing things all bring me great joy. It is my dream to someday run a self-sufficient homestead, but I grew up in suburbia so I lack the necessary skills (instead, I know city things like where to park illegally without getting a ticket). I figure I should start by learning to garden vegetables, because I won’t get far feeding myself if I can’t even grow a carrot.
I live in Peterborough, Ontario- but I didn’t used to. Until very recently, I lived downtown Toronto and my gardening efforts were limited to an 8’x8’ cement box in an alleyway. And, let me tell you, I crammed every inch of green life I could into that little concrete slab.
But I flew too close to the sun. Soon, it became the block’s coolest raccoon hangout and they trashed the place every night like they were extras in a Beastie Boys music video. Dicks!
But on June 1, 2012 I get to move into my
very own new rental property in a small town with a real-life backyard. Sayonara, Dicks!
It’s a big, blank slate. And I have some big plans. Here is where I’ll be documenting the whole entire mess from seed, to plant, to plate, and back to seed again. I want this site to be a record of what happened so I remember when I try to do it all again next year. I also want to show other novices like me that it’s possible to enjoy gardening even if you need to figure it out on your own.