Hello, I'm Tessa, also know as Dirtdigger. I've been gardening for over 20+ years, alarmingly! I am a certified Master Gardener- and now a garden coach...Here is how all the gardening and blogging started.
I started blogging about all my gardening adventures for my family to read in 2006 including all the mistakes, lessons, and successes I encountered along the way. You can still read all these adventures at Blunders with Shoots, Blossoms 'n Roots. Although that blog isn't active any more, there is a lot of info on it.
Years ago, started with flowers and soon became a love for growing my food- after all, it tastes so much better home grown! Not to mention the fact that I know what my food is grown in or sprayed with (or rather not sprayed with.) From there it became about organically growing food for others- eventually, my dream is to grow for the local food banks and homeless.
With all my trials, experiments and successes I learned a lot- my favorite being growing year round in a cold climate. I started out growing things in a zone that almost anything would grow in (zone 8) and then moved to a much colder climate (zone 5). I had found that this challenge was exciting! In actuality, winter is the easiest time of year to garden- I know, most don't believe that, but it's true! Now it's time to teach others in my community to do what I do every year. I grow in an small, unheated high tunnel that was built the cheapest way possible and it's been very productive. I also have a small 6x10 greenhouse that is used in many ways.
Right now I'm giving some of the food I grow to a local produce store. I continue doing trials in my yard to see what varieties do well here, and what people like. I have a 1/4 acre that is just sitting, waiting for me to put it into production- some day (sigh)...In the meantime, I'll teach what I know to others- including the love of good food!
My motto is no PUS allowed! (Yes, we came up with this, by the way!) This refers to what you eat, of course, and means...
Possibly (probably, positively)
For those of you living in my area and need a garden coach- contact me any time (see Instant Info at top right on homepage.)
Changing our food system in this country starts in our own yards-and growing your own food is a rewarding way to take care of you, yours and your community- let me help you get started.
Update- as of late 2013-14 I started a massive project on the field- a mandala garden. Here is a link to the project from start to current.
G+ Field Project