This note I received today.
“I’m attempting to plant a garden for the first time and have found the literature I’ve read so far to be confusing and not clear enough for someone who is a complete beginner. I’m glad I came across your blog because you put things in much simpler terms. I’m excited to see what else you write about and to hopefully see my garden grow!”
Yes, friend, gardening is so simple, yet they work so hard to make it not. You need 6 hours of sun and good soil. Start with whatever soil you have, till it up, and plant seeds. Lots of seeds. Water when you plant to aid germination, and daily for a week after. Don’t soak, just dampen. Plant seeds in rows, wide beds, whatever strikes your fancy.
Then just wait and see what happens. Weed as you must, or mulch against weeds if you can. Pile on as much organic matter as you can to your garden. It won’t look pretty, but it pays off.
Pests will come, until your soil is truly rich, but deal with them organically and gently. Never be alarmed; you’re learning. You will have a harvest, because you planted.
Then forever keep it simple: 6 hours of sun and good soil. Pay no attention to formulas, cation exchange rates, or science coming out of university extension people who must defend their salaries and never garden. Six hours of sun and good soil. Feed your soil a wide range of stuff. That’s all it is. Acidity and everything else will fall into line as night follows day. Mother will feel the joy, as will you.
Oh, and this: An expert is nothing but a damned fool a long ways from home.