Preparing fresh ground

So, the ground that I chose for my main garden has mostly never been gardened before.  A small chunk of it was once part of a garden some 8 or more years ago.  When I began (admittedly very late) the area was still fully covered with grass.  I didn’t want to spray any chemicals on the ground and I didn’t think I had time or money to do anything extravagant to prepare the ground.  I began, as you saw in the previous post by tilling the ground several times with a tiller I’ve borrowed from a very good friend.  My plan is to loosen the soil some, then rake together rows that I will cover with newspaper.  I’ll cut holes in the newspaper where ever I want to plant and leave the paper to block the light from the grass and weeds that are surely tilled into the soil for now.

I’ve also been reading a lot about Square Foot Gardening online and via youtube.  I think I’m going to reserve a section of the garden to give this method a try.  If it works as good as it looks, I may use this method for most of my garden as the year progresses or next year.



  • Start preparing the ground early
  • Don’t be so overeager that you don’t plan well
  • Starting anytime is better than just wishing.

I don’t know what will become of this little garden, but come what may, I’m going to keep trying and learning and growing.



Getting Started

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So, here we go.  I am a 37 year old minister and computer programmer.  As a child, my family maintained a large garden, but I’ve never, as an adult, had any garden at all.  This will document my journey back to the farm.  I’m sure I’ll make some mistakes and learn a lot as I go.  I live on 1.4 acres in a smallish town just outside Nashville TN, USA.  I have so much to learn, but first to decide my goal.  My goal for my efforts is to become more independent of big business and to be more sustainable and able to take care of myself and my family with God’s help and guidance.