Hey guys! I am super excited to be featuring Chelsea Gold of The Paleo Cavewoman as my very first guest blogger! I first met Chelsea while I was working for Suja Juice at Paleof(x) this past year, a few months before Anya’s Eats was born. Chelsea had also recently launched her blog and was actually awarded best new blog at the Paleof(x) awards! Chelsea started The Paleo Cavewoman after discovering the paleo lifestyle. After years of struggling with her weight, trying every diet out there and even being approved for LapBand surgery, Chelsea discovered that a low carb, high fat and nutrient dense diet not only helped her lose weight, but also helped her gain endless strength and energy. Now Chelsea is studying to be a Registered Dietitian and shares all sorts of tips, recipes and inspiration for living a happy and healthy life. One of those tips she was kind enough to let me feature on Anya’s Eats! I’ve been wanting to start a garden for quite a while now but haven’t quite built up the courage. However, after reading Chelsea’s post and seeing her gorgeous bounty of crops, I think I might get that garden started as soon as possible!
5 Tips From a First Time Gardener
- Be sure you have enough space for each seed and vegetable you want to grow. This was my first mistake, I got too excited and ordered way to many type of vegetables for the bed I had made. Be sure to measure and determine the perfect amount of land you have for them amount of vegetables you want to grow!
- Use the right kind of fertilizer! Although a little more expensive, but using compost or buying the purest, freshest fertilizer you can really helps the vegetables and fruits that you’re growing…and who doesn’t like to get a little messy in dirt anyway?!
- Plant what you use! This was another issue that I had. I was so super excited that I planted everything I had. I’ll be the first to admit, I rarely use or cook with half of the things I decided to grow this season. Some of it died, or I didn’t harvest it soon enough so it went to waste unfortunately! Be sure that you can use or give it away to those who cook with it!
- Start small! Yes, I know it is tempting to fill your plot of land with ravishing fruits and veggies, but lets be real. Gardening is a lot of work and upkeep. I am glad I started with a single bed, although I should have had more room for what I planted (but who doesn’t love small carrots anyway?).
- Use a gardening bed. You can make one HERE or buy these cool ones here. I recommend using a bed because it is easier to maintain the root traffic, the water drains easier and personally, I think it looks cute! Make sure that your bed is big enough to plant each seed the correct distance it needs to be from the others!
I used and highly recommend Seeds Now. Their seeds are Pure NON-Genetically Modified seeds, 100% NON-Hybridized seeds,100% Heirloom/Open-Pollinated seeds, 100% Raw & Un-treated seeds. Could you get any better then that? So far I have used my green onion, tomatoes, Swiss chard and Kale in many different recipes. It is so nice having all of these delicious fresh vegetable and herbs on hand!
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