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Learning by doing.. or fake it till you make it..?

By April 17, 2016 10 Comments
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Some years ago, I started to dream a bout having my own garden, after many years sharing, or helping out some friends and family with theirs. 2 years ago I finally had the opportunity to dig my own one! I started with 2 super small patches, and some pots with herbs. It didn´t work out super well, reasons like a dry summer, I didn´t really know how much I should have watered, I didn´t work the soil enough before planting, and I planted to late.. So til the next year, I was better, I had more to go on. I worked the soil better, made a bigger patch, and planted some seeds inside before putting them out, and I got to know a neighbor who helped me watering when I was away from home!

This year there is new conditions, a possibility to have an even bigger garden. ( almost endless of possibilities! ).We are now based in Norway, one a old small farm (but it was many years ago it was a farm) Everyone asks, why middle of Norway?: well, it is a good compromise of what we want and need. Anyway.

When I have an interest I try to learn, I loan books from the library, google and write down interesting and new knowledge. Now I do this about planting, soil, composts, sustainable farming, and so on. I remember how I was around 8 years ago, about running, I could read everything! So this is what I have been doing now, reading about these subjects, but I think to really learn and understand, it´s not enough to only read. I need to practice and experience it before I feel I understand.

So some days ago I started to dig the biggest patch we will have for this summer in the garden and I also started a big kind of open compost, and prepared 2 other patches. This is not finished yet, though.. I have some more days until it should be good if it´s finished!

This excites me as much as when I made a plan for my training 8 years ago.. Then it was prehab, uphill running, stretching, control, meters, times etc. Now it´s “when to plant, plant inside, plant outside, the quality of the soil and so on. This is so fun! And learning by doing. We make a plan, try, adjust, try again and somehow it will work. Or not. But then we learn. And change.

Time will just show, and until next year I will have gained much more experience, seen some mistakes, and seen some achievements.

For me this is a nice way of looking to new knowledge and goal settings. It´s a big part of curiosity, trying and learning and the urge to reach some goals. But I have in mind that it might not work out.

Exactly as with running. Or anything I guess!

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Emelie

Emelie

Swedish mountain lover. Loves running and skiing, farming and baking! ❤

  • kajsa hedin

    följ Sara Bäckmo och hennes blogg och youtube klipp. Hon är otroligt inspirerande och kunnig!!

    • Emelie

      Det var ett fantastiskt tips, tack!

  • Makika

    Hey Emelie, looks great! Have you heard about permaculture? It involves no digging (which is actually much better for soil life) and imitates nature to grow fruit and veggies. Good luck!

    • Emelie

      Thank you! Have been reading a little about permaculture, and yes the idea is amazing. For sure I will not leave the soil “open” but it was needed to digg to get away some pepper roots!! Maybe it wa
      s possible in another way, so to next time I will value that too!

  • Benjamin

    Good luck with it! What an amazing view you got there!

  • Jeremie

    Emelie, as Makika said : permaculture could be a good entrence for you. What produces better than nature ? Did you see a naked soil into nature ? Are lines of carrots better than diversity of spacies mixed that helps each other ? I think you will love this kind of thought : to apply the principles of biodiversity to make a sustainable and productive garden. If you want you can start with the book “permaculture” from Bill Mollison. You will learn a new way to think your garden, without digging. Have a nice day. Jérémie.

    • Emelie

      Thank you! Have been reading a little about permaculture, and yes the idea is amazing. For sure I will not leave the soil “open” but it was needed to digg to get away some pepper roots!! Maybe it wa
      s possible in another way, so to next time I will value that too!

  • Pierre

    Hello, thank you for your blog. On the same subject I recommend!

  • Ian Aitken

    Hi Emelie, there is a wealth of expertise on BBC radio 4 Gardeners’s question time. There are hundreds of episodes online. It is very english 🙂 but there is a very knowledgable panel of people answering questions http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qp2f/episodes/player

    • Emelie

      thank you!