The beginning of this blog should rightly start at the explanation of why I would begin a blog for the upstate gardener. Recently, like many people all over the world, I have found a renewed interest in gardening because of the potential failure in the food chain due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. It is prudent to state that I had gardened, in a hobby fashion, years ago with some success in a haphazardly bumbling way. While producing a minorly successful garden, I did not invest the time or attention into gathering knowledge I needed to find success in my endeavors, so my success was very limited. However, with a renewed sense of motivation to not only provide healthy organic food for my family but also to ensure a stable supply of healthy food, my family and I began to research gardening and homesteading through various resources and publications so that we could produce home grown, home raised, and home made resources that will provide for our family for years to come.
One thing I noticed during my research was that there was a distinctual lack of knowledgeable and motivated gardeners in the Upstate of South Carolina. Most of the information I was gathering was coming from states with a greater focus on gardening, such as: North Carolina, California, Florida, Arkansas, etc. And the fact of the matter is that even as close as North Carolina is to the upstate, they have drastically different seasonal changes and weather patterns. I also noticed there is a long lasting trend in the area to farm with non-organic resources. Which the more I learn, the more I realize the detrimental impact these methods have not only on the environment, the soil, and our garden’s success but the detriment these practices pose to our pets bodies and our bodies.
So as we restart our gardens and work to build a small farm on our humble acreage, I was inspired to not only share our journey of building a sustainable mini-farm but also to share the inspiration and the knowledge we have begun to collect by means of gardeners across the world.
Building a self-sustaining life is not easy, so I hope you find the inspiration and encouragement you need in this publication to begin your journey to a healthier and more beautiful self-sustaining life.
Your friendly Neighborhood Gardener/Crafter