Nurturing the health of your soil is equally, if not more important, than nurturing the health of your plants in the garden. Without good soil, and without rich organic matter, your plants will struggle to get the vital nutrients and minerals they need to grow strong, fight off pests and disease, and produce the bountiful harvests and flowers that we all seek.
Compost is a vital source of organic matter, and one that almost all gardeners use to feed their soil. But did you know that there are multiple different kinds and sources of compost? I didn’t either until I started gardening. In my quest to learn everything and anything about gardening, I stumbled upon the term “vermicomposting”. Upon further research, I learned that vermicomposting is composting with worms.
Anyone who has tried their hand at gardening knows that sometimes no matter how hard you try, some plants just don’t do well. You can fertilize regularly, amend the soil with all sorts of nutrients, water consistently, and still sometimes fail. It can be very discouraging and maybe even make you consider giving up on that plant, or worse, gardening altogether. I know because I’ve been there. Now for a little story.
Raise your hand if you’re a carb addict…I mean, aren’t we all? Anyone who says they don’t like potatoes and bread must be lying, because come on, who doesn’t love that comforting starchiness?
Since I’m unable to eat most store bought and restaurant foods made with our modern day wheat, potatoes are my best friend. They’re so forgiving to make and they go with just about everything. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even snacktime! I’m probably single handedly keeping Kettle in business by how much I eat their Sea Salt and Vinegar potato chips.
Given how much of a staple they are for me, potatoes are a vegetable I knew I had to grow. Notorious for thriving when neglected, how hard could it be, right? Good news– growing potatoes is super easy and I’m going to walk you through how to do it.
You’ve poured through the seed catalogues, you’ve gathered your materials, and now you’re ready to start your seeds! If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. In this post I will walk you through the steps of starting your own seeds and achieving great germination. So pour some coffee and cozy up in your favorite chair— this is the good part!
Nestled into the hillside on the outskirts of Busan is South Korea’s Gamcheon Culture Village. Famous pastel colored houses and blue roofs now characterize a village that was once a cluster of shabby homes. Occupied by the elderly and poor, many of Gamcheon’s historic residents were North Korean refugees who lost their homes during the Korean War in the early 1950s. Its metamorphosis into a picturesque Santorini-like hillside was actually due to a government-funded initiative in 2009 for local artists to brighten up the previously run-down neighborhood. Today’s Gamcheon, in addition to the colorful buildings, boasts statues and modern sculptures throughout the winding village.