How Does Your Garden Grow?
I love my postage stamp garden. This is my first year doing any serious (and I use the word ‘serious’ rather lightly) gardening, and while my yard isn’t big enough to yield a substantial crop, it’s enough to have a few sides of veggies and some herbs and a little snip of things here and there. I grew every bit of it from seed (except for 3 of my herbs that just wouldn’t sprout), and I just couldn’t be more proud. I think it’s really important for everyone to try growing at least a little bit of their own food at some point. It really puts the whole food buying and consuming process into perspective. People work hard to put those veggies on your table! And there is nothing more satisfying than eating something that you grew from a seed. From the first exciting moment that it sprouts, to watching it grow over time, digging it up and getting your hands dirty, rinsing, prepping, cooking (or not!), and eating…you did that! All of it! How neat! (Time for photos because my brain is dead from teaching 10 year olds art all week.)
Rainbow radish mix, chioggia beets, and turnips. Beets and turnips were bonus awesome because I got to eat their greens, too. My root crops did really well! The carrots are incredibly long, and my parsnip plants are gigantic. I don’t want to wait until after the frost to dig them up, but I must!
I tried to grow mostly things that I couldn’t find at the farmers market. Our market usually just has the basics: tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, eggplants, potatoes. Good, but b-o-r-i-n-g. My favorite things to grow so far were the head lettuce and the edamame. I never knew they were so easy! More pictures at some point of my carrots, parsnips, leeks, and winter squash. How exciting!
What are you growing this year?