In our garden

We won’t be doing Round 2 of CSA PSA this year: instead, we’ll be gardening and growing our own vegetables and herbs. If we were a gardening blog, we should have posted about this weeks ago right when we planted things so that you could have followed along with us, but between busy lives (Yvonne) and crippling mental illness ruining motivation (me), we’ll say that that isn’t quite the scope of this blog and that you’re here to watch rather than participate in our gardening.

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Those were our seedlings a few weeks ago. Since then, they’ve all been put into planters and grown a little bit. There’s not much point in trying to get beautiful blogger photos of them right now because they’re barely starting to flower and they’re all just leaves, so bare with me with these boring photos of boring green things.

We’ve got a decent sized garden going because we live in the suburbs, which is quite different from the balcony gardening that I attempted last year (and was foiled by stupid squirrels). For the past few years we’ve done cherry tomatoes and regular sized tomatoes (this year we’ve got roma tomatoes; most other years we do… regular? tomatoes, but one year we had beef tomatoes, which looked as gross as they always do).

Now we’ve got kale…

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which is great for growing in the ground (we’re going to transplant them soon) and are perennial, i.e. they grow back every year. Just snip off leaves as you need them and you’ve got leafy greens for a salad.

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My mom and I laid the foundations for this gardening box this morning, and have no idea what to put in it. The pink bucket is full of wild flowers from Honey Nut Cheerio’s #bringbackthebees campaign (order free seeds –> plant them –> help sustain bees!!!)  and the pot next to it are Chinese squash that my mom grows every year. Next to that are tomatoes (really, not interesting to look at right now), and tucked into between flowers is a recycling bin holding a raspberry plant. Raspberry plants, like mint (which is on the other size of the backyard), spread insanely, so they need to be contained. There are other pots containing four jalapeno plants and another one that’s growing ghost peppers.

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Yvonne bought a big thing of arugula and that was quite the learning experience for us. It’s supposed to be one of those things where you can pick off the leaves and have a more or less constant supply for salad, and the fresh peppery leaves are GREAT, but I think we didn’t pick the leaves often enough and put it in too much direct light so now it looks like this:

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The white flowers are the sign that the arugula is done. The next experiment, however, comes from gathering the seeds from the pods (you can sort of see them on the stems) and replanting those into our garden box and hoping that we grow an insane amount of leafy greens.

Not pictured from the rest of our house is: two pots of lavender, honeysuckle, and lilac which are all great for bees; basil and two types of rosemary; three succulents; catnip; and an abundance of so many other plants that I don’t know or care for (literally care for; my mom takes care of those).

It’s pretty exciting to have plants to care for (like a low-key version of therapy dogs, it’s nice having something to nurture and plants are good for the soul) and the promise of fresh produce makes me love the warmth (I’m much more a winter girl otherwise). It’s probably not too late for you guys to get some seedlings and try your hand at growing your own food; there’s nothing quite like pulling produce from your ground and munching on it (goodness knows the dogs love it).

We’ll be back in a few weeks to show off all of our hot peppers and raspberry & mint mojitos.

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