Gardening can help extend your budget and pay back dividends on very small investments, or it can break the bank and drain all your free time.
Which plants produce the most calories, or cost the most to buy them? What grows well in my area, and what is just not worth it? Which techniques are worth the upfront investment in time and labor? What are cost-effective ways to feed your plants? How can you avoid draining your soil’s long term productivity for short term gain? Will that trendy new garden thing pay off, or fizzle in my climate?
This blog explores those issues and more. We’re not afraid of math, not afraid to poke a stick at a sacred cow and not afraid to get dirt under our fingernails in the pursuit of a bountiful (and cost effective) harvest.
Nicole Castle has been gardening since she was a toddler both in the southeastern US and in California. She gardens with a mixture of practices she calls “organic-ish,” and believes that success in gardening doesn’t come from following a recipe, but in applying careful observations of the land and your plants to an understanding of the fundamentals. Gardening is both intensely personal and also an activity where the success is best shared with friends, family, and those in need.
She lives in Madison, Alabama with a cat, a dog and a very tolerant boyfriend, and is also a photographer. You can see her work at http://www.finchhollowphoto.com