The 5 Must Know Steps About Growing Food

Homegrown cabbage

In my experience of growing my own food, there are 5 primary steps that I’ve found to be the most important. They may be obvious steps to some, yet notice the simple upgrades I’ve made to each. I want to share these with you because I’ve found that growing some of my own food, having an edible garden, and going above standards options for gardening by using amendments as discussed below, has been the best health decision I’ve EVER made.

Growing your own food is just 1 of 30+ concepts and strategies that I will be sharing in my upcoming book (details yet to be released) – and even though every single one I write about is a power-packed high value recommendation, it’s really hard to top getting your hands in the dirt, loving your little plants, and picking the food yourself.

Previously, before my gardening days, I use to be under the impression that there was a lot to learn to embark on such a venture, and that I wanted to make sure I had things “right” before I got started. I postponed diving in the way I should have because I didn’t know how, I had no idea where to start, and it seemed easier to just hire someone for this novel idea even though I never did. I recognize that even though there is a place for all these doubts and thoughts as it’s natural human behavior to have this stuff come up, it most definitely should not hold us back. Just release the fear, uncertainty, concern – or whatever emotions or excuses you have about this, read my easy 5 steps, and start this year, this season.

Homegrown collards

1) Buy organic heirloom seeds from online seed stores or local garden shops, or buy seeds in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs.

2) Create mounds of soil and infuse with kelp, rock dust and 92 ocean minerals (or build or buy raised garden beds if you prefer this)

3) Plant your seeds with positive intention and reap the countless benefits of being the one who has planted the seeds (feel the power in this?!)

4) Give your garden unconditional love… give it the 2 things it loves most: clean water (NO tap water!) and rays of bright sunshine

5) Harvest your abundance often and eat with gratitude

It’s easy to make the upgrade and garden this way instead of buying conventional (non-organic, non-heirloom varieties of seeds), throw them haphazardly into the ground, neglect the space, and avoid using the very things that make outstanding leafy greens, herbs, and plants – kelp, rock dust and 92 ocean minerals (GroPal – the ionic trace mineral solution).

You can get the kelp & rock dust on Amazon (search the brand Dr. Earth, and look up kelp meal and Azomite – Organic Trace Mineral Soil Additive Fertilizer – 67 Trace Minerals).

Viola's - edible flowers

Re-mineralize your body by adding minerals to your soil and drop the synthetic isolated mineral supplements!

If you’re not growing your own food yet on some level, you’re just a decision away from doing so. Exciting!! 🙂 I believe it’s the most critical thing we can do to ensure a healthy future for ourselves, not to mention the plethora or emotional and physical benefits we receive from picking our own food straight out of the ground (or indoor pot) & relishing every nutritious bite.

WHAT TO GROW? My favorite garden greens to grow specifically for salads include: collards, all varieties of kale (yes, there is more than 1 variety!), mustard greens (purple leaves in picture below), arugula, mesclun salad greens, edible flowers (preserves the feminine nature in women), cilantro, and parsley.

Colorful garden salad

If I can be of any help to you and you’d like a consultation or guidance along the way, please get in touch!


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About Bethanne Wanamaker

Bethanne Wanamaker is a certified holistic nutritionist, conscious living expert, and the founder of Edible Goddess, an international health & lifestyle brand that cares deeply about your empowerment. She teaches progressive strategies that awaken you to your highest potential by following the body's inherent wisdom and aligning with an intentional mindset, holistic approach, self nourishing practices, and high self value. Bethanne advocates gradual yet significant shifts of upgraded dietary choices that ultimately lead you to the freedom and confidence of eating intuitively. By living in harmony with nature, you can have what you want. She is known for getting results quickly with committed clients who want to live a wildly rewarding, super fun, truly healthy and happy life!

6 comments on “The 5 Must Know Steps About Growing Food

  1. I used to let my negative thoughts prevent me from starting my own garden. I felt I didn’t know enough about how to grow my own food, so I let that stop me from doing anything. I thought I should read and learn a lot about gardening before trying it. Then last year I decided to just do it!! I did read part of a book from the library and watched some youtube videos then figured out how to make a very simple and cheap raised bed garden myself and bought a variety of soil, compost and vermiculite to create a rich soil that would hold water well. Everything I planted was seeds and I got a decent harvest, for my first time trying it.

    I can’t wait to try your suggestion of the kelp, rock dust and 92 ocean minerals, since my soil probably needs a boost this year.

    I totally agree that people should just try and learn from their mistakes, rather than being afraid to try because they might not do it right. I surprised myself at my success and learned from my mistakes and I’m sure my garden will get better each year.

    • Thanks so very much! Yes, try adding in the amendments and watch as your physical & mental health get even better. It’s a profound, deep, and yet at times somehow subtle difference. You’ll feel it 🙂

  2. I just found your site on FB and I am very much in agreement with your philosophy. One thing puzzles me though: you say not to use tap water to water the garden. What do you recommend? Rain water may not be sufficient and no other source is available.

    Thank you for your advice. Keep up the good work.

  3. I really agree with looking on your plants with love and kindness. They are living things and appreciate your care — it’s very evident if you pay attention.

    A friend of mine sells Azomite, and I bought some from her but haven’t used it yet. This has got me more motivated to get out there and start spreading it around 😉

    This winter I grew cabbages and ornamental kale for the first time, in my front yard … they are so pretty! Not to mention tasty after the frosts and snow. I am definitely planting these again next winter.

    Saffron crocus is another one to look at, the stamens are where you get saffron from, one of the most beloved spices ever, and they come up like weeds with very little care. I just dug a 4″ hole, dropped them in and watered once, and they came up two months later! The flowers are gorgeous. The leaves are green during winter — you could use these to replace the tufting grass that people like to use in their gardens.

    I’m anxiously waiting on a flat of creeping red thyme to arrive for ground cover around my front walkway. I have strawberries as ground cover also.

    This is all so fun, I don’t know why everyone doesn’t do this … it does not have to look like a dirty farm. I live in the suburbs and other than when I don’t get to the mowing I have gotten very nice compliments on my front yard food growing.

    • That’s awesome Pat, thanks for sharing this! Sounds like you have something really amazing going on. Keep it up! I know – why doesn’t everyone do this? Well, I suppose that was my intention in writing this post – to inspire people to take action and just get started. I used to be the girl just reading about it and wishing it was my reality…

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