#1 Most Important Vegetable Gardening Lesson

By on September 26, 2013
vegetable gardening

It was a warm spring day back in May of 1983. I was shadowing my Dad’s every move as he prepared to plant his vegetable garden for the upcoming growing season.

This wasn’t an uncommon occurrence. At only 7 years old I followed that man everywhere. If he was home, I was with him – working in the garden, cleaning the pool, or tinkering with the car in the garage. I probably drove him nuts.

I watched intently as he prepared his soil and gathered all his vegetable plants and tools he would need for the job.

He got down on one knee and started digging holes with his trowel. Once he had a bunch dug, he reached into a bucket next to him, grabbed a handful of old grass clippings, and dropped it in each hole. He then proceeded to add the plant to the hole, cover it back up with soil and add water to it.

“Why you doin’ that, Dad?”, I asked.

“It helps the plant grow.”

“How?”, I asked.

“Because the grass clippings will break down and provide nutrients for the plants.”

I guess I didn’t really comprehend his answer because I again asked why he was doing it.

Dad stopped, put down his trowel, looked at me and said, “I’m doing it because I love my family and want to grow you big and beautiful vegetables to eat to help you grow big, healthy, and strong. OK?”

“OK.”, I said as I nodded. He grabbed his trowel and got back to work.

For thirty years I’ve remembered this seemingly unimportant conversation my Dad and I had. But I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.

You see, after 13 days in the NICU following a stroke, I lost my Dad on August 4, 2013. When it comes to the loss I feel in his absence, I still feel like that 7 year old kid. Heartbroken.

Since July I have been tending to his home garden and flowers throughout the yard. Weeding. Picking. Watering.

It’s been quite therapeutic for me, allowing me time to reflect on our relationship and all the lessons he taught me. I felt like caring for his plants in this way was somehow honoring him.

And as the growing season begins to come to an end here in Upstate, NY, I wanted to look for a way to continue to honor my Dad long after the plants and flowers die.

So, I decided to take all the gardening knowledge he gave me over the last 37 years and use it to teach others. I’ve written several ebooks and started this blog – both great places to share what I’ve learned.

One of the biggest lessons I learned from my Dad was that the reason why you choose to grow your own food for you and your family is because you love them.

You see, commercially grown food is a lot different than it was back in the day of our parents. We have GMO’s, Monsanto, toxic chemical fertilizers, and cancer.

Unfortunately, we have very little control over what we put in our mouth these days. You’re SUPPOSED to eat your vegetables, but veggies these days can actually make you sick. That’s why learning and taking the time to grow some of the food you consume is now so vitally important.

Back when my Dad was a kid, they farmed their own land and food because they didn’t have a ton of money – it was their cheapest option. They had chickens, grew potatoes, tomatoes, etc. They found ways to preserve and save everything they grew for a later time. What they couldn’t grow they could buy safely at the store without worry.

“Organic food” was just “food” back then. Sounds great to me. Let’s work on trying to get back to that place.

The message I really want to you to take away is that growing your own food is inexpensive to do and the ultimate gift of love for you and your family.

Go grow something.

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