The last time you tried to grow something, it died.

You’re not alone.

So why did you join the mass of people who committed to learning a new skill in 2019?

You knew you were asking for trouble: maybe wrote it down or promised the kids they could help. It could have been your resolution to spend more time outside.  

Whatever your reasons for starting your garden – the point is, you’ve made a commitment.

The pride of putting something in the ground to bring it to life. Fresh grown veggies for tasty homemade recipes.  Which means you can impress your friends and family with that one tasty dish that kills at every party.

Keep reading. You’ve just discovered the home gardening guide of your dreams.

Home Gardening Means Fresh Ingredients for Home, School and At Work

The best and worst chefs on the planet know the difference between high quality, fresh ingredients, and that other stuff.

Fresh produce is usually tastier, and it can also often be healthier. No McBurgers that cut corners. High-quality produce translates into happy and healthier families and communities.  The problem though is that access to fresh ingredients isn’t always easy.

Whether you’re a busy stay-at-home parent or a professional with little time for dinner – having the right ingredients can be a challenge. A vegetable garden is a great way to make the job easier – a trustworthy source with healthy, and authentic options that YOU create

Vegetable Gardening as a Way to Give (and Get) Back

Most traditional vegetable gardens are patches of space dedicated to growing veggies like carrots, broccoli, squash and spinach. Normally, you can find anything from herbs to fruits and other items grown for household use. Besides the fresh ingredients, gardens are important community centers.

The work needed to keep a garden going is a great way to recruit help from family and friends – important conversations and relationship building can take place all while learning the in’s and out’s of a valuable skill. Your vegetable garden can be a great resource to host activities like: 

  • Fun play dates with your kids and their friends.
  • Outdoor parties and events with friends
  • A community building resource for neighbors and local officials

A trend to “reclaim” our food has been one of the big reasons Americans have started building community gardens. Community and vegetable gardens provide an important way to repair our relationship with our food.

When was the last time you asked:

“Where’s my food coming from?”

Complex agricultural systems, national and local politics, and business opportunities have meant that the days of milk being delivered to your front door are gone. These days, grocery stores, farmers markets, and convenience stores serve as the primary gatekeepers for America’s food – in addition to restaurants and other suppliers. Know exactly where your food is coming from when you grow it – and local professionals – like farmers markets – are a great resource to provide you with some tips and tricks to get started.

Express Yourself!

Your garden is a great opportunity to express yourself. Check out some of these creative local gardens which serve as a resource for art, play, and fun! In addition, depending on the season, you can get creative with what you plant.  Seasons bring new opportunities to experiment in the kitchen – crafting recipes worth sharing on social media. Donate extra veggies to your local food bank, or host a local group of kids as a way to learn more about starting their own gardens. 

Vegetable gardens are a fun way to get funky and experiment with surplus items you can’t or don’t want to eat.

  • Donate to local food banks
  • A learning activity with your kids
  • An opportunity to generate extra income

 

By starting your vegetable garden, you’re taking the first step to explore what it means to access the delicious foods on this planet. As if you needed more of an excuse, EarthEasy has identified some health benefits to gardening:  

  • Stress-relief and self-esteem
  • Increased heart health and decreased risk of stroke
  • Hand strength and dexterity

Urban Gardening and More 2019 Trends

2019 and New Years Resolutions are a great excuse to start your community garden. Which is good news! It’s now easier to start a successful garden than it has ever been. A new generation of farmers has emerged, bringing new technologies, ideas and ways of producing harvest bursting bounties.

Urban agriculture is a buzz word you might have heard your favorite influencer using. Urban agriculture – farming, or gardening – is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around urban areas. Urbanites are taking the soil into their own hands – wrestling back control of food production.

The great thing about vegetable gardening is that you can do it anywhere. Today’s technology means you can launch a garden anywhere –  from a local elementary school to an apartment balcony. All you need is a simple plan of action and some strategic planning.

This is part of a much larger revolution to re-engineer our food supply through advances in technology from farm to fork (Nat Geo).

Influencers like Carmela Wilkins, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Hailey Thomas offer tips and information regarding food, policy and trends to be aware of.  

These influencers want to provide you with a fun, creative outlet to enjoy the tangible benefits of healthier of fresh produce. Its best to be aware of emerging trends in gardening before you get started reinventing the wheel.

Big Commitments Lead to Big Change

Unless you’ve got the greenest thumb, you might find some challenges when starting your vegetable garden. Sticking to your commitment doesn’t have to be tough though. The first step is to make the commitment – from there, we’ve got some resources designed to make the process easier.

With our help, you’ll:

  • allocate the right resources,
  • Find the time and
  • Save energy 
  • Have a successful garden

Our tips designed to help make the process easier.  If this sounds like you, make the commitment to having a more healthy lifestyle today.  The secret can be found below. Before we give you the golden secrets, we have to know:

Are you committed to a more healthy lifestyle?

If you are, take the first step by joining WiseTribe’s community today.

What do You Want From Your Garden?

Before you start your garden, ask yourself two things:

  • What do I want?
  • What am I willing to invest?

If you appreciate the beauty of nature, being patient, and getting creative results, then our tips are going to be the perfect resource for your home gardening needs. The most obvious next question is to ask yourself,

“is the produce you’d grow something you or your friends would eat?”

Envision what a successful garden looks like to you. Understand and commit to a healthy lifestyle before committing to the rigors of maintaining a garden. Not ready to take the plunge? We’ve got some resources designed to help you implement more healthy foods into your diet.  Here are some other things we recommend you do before you get started:

  • Research where your food comes from
  • Put together a picture of the healthy food options available to you and your family
  • Commit to incorporating certain types of produce in your routine
  • Explore new produce
  • Ask friends and family for recommendations
  • Visit your local farmers market
  • Check out local farms and community events dedicated to healthy and local foods

If you’re ready to learn more about local community gardeners, and some of the ways organizations like WiseTribe are helping out, keep reading.

5 Easy Ways To Help You Launch Your Very Own Vegetable Garden

WiseTribe want YOU to commit to eating healthier foods.

Here are FIVE things you NEED in order to launch your own vegetable garden:

  1. A Dedicated Area: All successful gardens need a dedicated area. Whether your planting a pumpkin patch or a tomato vine, be sure to allocate the right amount of space for your garden.
  2. Know What You’re Planting: Before you get started, research the produce that’s most interested to you, based on the amount of space you have dedicated to your garden. Your local nursery can give you some tips on produce, seasonality, and how to get started.
  3. Visit Your Local Nursery: Visiting your local nursery is a GREAT way to get some ideas on the best ways to get your local garden started.  These green thumbs can give you a basic rundown on ways to ensure your garden is a success from the beginning.
  4. Find Help: Recruit a friend or family member to help out! Gardens are a greayt way to develop relationships with the people who matter most in your life. Be sure to recruit help keeping a successful garden.
  5. Recipes: While you’re doing your hard work, be sure to keep a record of the recipes you’re going to prepare once you’ve grown your fresh produce. Envisioning the goal is one surefire way to make sure you keep up with the task of growing and nurturing your produce.

If you’re not ready, or don’t have the space, no worries – check out our Garden Gates. The “Garden Gate” is a 100% upcycled, vertical, compact container garden made from cast-off wood pallets and recycled plastic bottles. WiseTribers are designing, building, and distributing Garden Gates as a way to generate civic agriculture, low-tech innovations, plastic recycling and healthy neighborhoods as part of the #GetDirtyInDelray movement.

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