That is why I'm a garden forum member. Most Americans as SO DETACHED from the land, now, with >80% living in and around big cities, that we just don't know enough to start. There are many flowers--iris, sunflowers, knock-out roses, marigolds--that are easy to grow, and many vegetables--tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, zucchini squash--that are also easy to grow. When you start with the hard stuff, you fail and get discouraged. THEN, there is the soil and composting. There are SO MANY ARTICLES online to read, and they aren't hard to find.
Basically, I recommend tilling your soil with manure and compost, which you can make with all of the stuff Americans cut off of vegetables and fruit and throw away in a landfill, and doing SOMETHING to keep from walking all over it, so that the plants have airy spaces to dig their roots.
Learn to mulch with things like grass clippings (try not to put the ones in that have grass seeds, if you can) and stall leavings, and you'll be pretty successful. BELIEVE ME, many gardeners are super jealous of horse owners and their free manure!!
Yeah! What she said!
Minus the tilling part. I've moved into a no-till mindset now, but I used to till.
MHF- worm castings are like having crumbled black gold!
I studied a little vermiculture and would love to start a small scale operation, but alas... there is only one of me and not enough hours in a day!
Pickled cactus ears huh? Sounds... um.... err... tasty (shudders and swallows down a little rising bile.)
I'll take 10 bags of worm castings please!
Oh, and feel free to come mow my lawn anytime the mood strikes you. I have plenty... too much in fact, I had to reduce the "mow area" tremendously as I can't afford the gas to run the mower, nor the time to mow daily. It is one of my most hated chores! I'm allergic and have to wear a mask like some nut and passer bys stare at me. Lawns ain't all they are cracked up to be which is why the garden is ever expanding. The more I grow the less I have to mow!
You know, I’ve been in high mountain desert areas before and I don’t recall seeing gardens or fat lazy flowers. Not a one.
I’m betting if you posted a photo we are all going to marvel and how you have been able to actually grow things from thin air since you have nothing to work with. I mean tomatoes and potatoes growing in rock….. ? Who ever heard of such a thing!
Come on… I’ll send you some cheesy covered popcorn if you do.
*mmmm… yummy… you know you want some*
Fly- Nuh uh girl..... no shame allowed here, even for pasture problems.
You did see the part where I mentioned my alpacas pulling up the grass, roots and all, right?
Well not only do I have bald spots (big ones) I now have a pokeweed problem in that pasture too. Da*n stuff grows 10 feet tall! I swear when I turn my back it is sticking it's tongue out at me going "neener neener!"
Grrr, hate the stuff.
At least it sounds like you did things the right way.
You fixed up the house before getting too settled in. Although my house wasn't empty as long as yours, it was (and still is) in need of major work. Problem is, I moved in first with all my stuff from a much bigger house since it was habitable (Hey, we LIKE old fashioned plumbing... not!) thinking I would get the must haves done immediately, like fencing for the animals that were on their way and a temp. Barn, then catch back up with the house.
Uh huh, sounded like a good idea at the time...
And just as soon as I can catch up with the never ending garden, barn, animal, child, business and life stuff I'm going to jump right on the to-do list. Yep... watch me, here I go...
(been saying that for a few years now... LOL)