Vegan Gardening: Broccoli, Post 1

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It might seem weird that I’m doing a blog entry about gardening in the dead of winter. Here in the deep south early spring vegetables can be grown early in the year. I planted my broccoli seeds on January 12th, while the moon was in the first quater and in the sign of Pisces. I’ve been gardening by the moon a couple of years now. My broccoli seeds have been under a grow light for more than 2 weeks and today I transplanted them to bigger pots. As soon as they have four true leaves I’ll be moving them outdoors into the garden. This year will be the first year that I will be officially gardening veganically. Although, I’ve never been big on using things like manure in my garden anyways. I have to admit I’m not that great at gardening. One of the “faults” I’ve had is trying to grow organically but being unwilling to use animal by-products. I thought I was being picky until I actually found a name for it, veganic gardening! There’s many alternatives to animal by-products. If only I could have known about these years ago. It’s strange to think that possibly the vegetables you’re eating aren’t actually vegan. Strange huh? lol I’ve been doing a lot of research on organic farming and when you find out the facts it’s disturbing. The only way to be absolutely sure is to grow it yourself. Or is it? While researching further I found this website: Naturally Grown. They are working with small farms that would normally be unable to claim their produce organic because of the fees associated with it.

Below is a back porch view of my “victory” garden. The beds were created by digging into the side of the sloping hill I call my backyard. Years ago, I leveled the cement blocks at the bottom and stacked them up to create beds. This helps with soil erosion. I created 5 separate raised beds that have convenient cement paths in between them. I have a similar garden that is at the side of my house that’s under construction. Garden 4, as labeled in the photo is where my strawberries are. If you will notice in the middle of all the beds is a huge bush. That’s my 7 year old giant rosemary bush. I’m going to have to cut it away because it’s taking over everything. I also have marked in the photo where I plan to plant the broccoli. I’ll be posting periodic updates on my garden through out the year. Stay tuned.

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