Welcome to Dark Dirt.com.

I’m glad you have stumbled upon this site. Our goal is to give you the DIRT or gardening.

I’m a teacher by trade which means I like to teach and my goal in this website is to teach you what you need to know to garden successfully. I’m not a biologist and I won’t have all the fancy words and terms but I think it’s helpful for you to understand what you’re doing in the garden so that you can learn to make wise decisions and reap the benefits.

There is a certain sense of accomplishment when you slice a tomato that you grew from seed, or crunch a carrot you nurtured through the summer.  Connecting to your food in this way makes you appreciate the bounty and the flavors each treat holds.  There is also satisfaction admiring a mix of flowering annuals whose sole purpose is to brighten a patio or window box. Flowers are nature’s smile.

I encourage you to try growing something new.  If you have never grown anything why not start! If you have been growing the same veggies for years, why not try something new. If you have children or grandchildren, grow together. Experience the magic of planting a seed and watching it grow.

Container plants on a balcony or patio can offer a wide variety of experiences, flavors and sensations waiting to be enjoyed! If you have a bit more space, try a 4 foot square raised garden bed.  Work up a little patch in the corner of your yard and plant some of your favorite veggies or flowers.

You can’t really go wrong and gardeners are a friendly bunch who love to talk about plants and are always willing to share knowledge, seeds, plants and ideas!   Come join us, get your hands dirty and grow some goodness.

My goal is to help you understand what is needed for your plants to thrive and help you learn how to achieve this as naturally as possible.

I’m going to start with a series of articles explaining the basic components of soil and plant life. You may be tempted to skip over this section but I encourage you to read through and deepen your understanding of what’s going on in your garden.