I have always wanted a garden every since I was little. I planted carrots right into the rocky, sandy soil where I grew up and was delighted when I found spindly, bright carrots growing underneath green feathery fonds. I think I also tried to grow radishes, but I don’t remember those being as successful.
Now that I’m an adult (When did that happen…?) and have my own house with a big back yard, I can grow my own garden! I have set out on this adventure with no real knowledge and I have learned a lot in the process. All I’ve learned has been from experience and from the single gardening book I bought. And it’s been a lot of fun.
Here’s a list of things we’ve grown this year so far:
romaine lettuce I bought six romaine plants and every single one died. I think the hot prairie sun was too much for them. They like the cooler weather.
lacinto and curly kale
strawberries Some animal, a rabbit, bird or whatever is out here keeps eating our berries. I didn’t get to taste a single one!
And this is what’s in progress right now:
green bell pepper
Next up will be Autumn vegetables, like beets, garlic, and probably more squash. It has to cool down a little bit for those though.
It is amazing to me that a little 4×4 raised bed has produced so much life! When one season’s crop has finished, we pull it up and plant another one. I thought I was going to have to buy another bed to accommodate all of our plants, but this wee one has been serving us well. Next year, I will buy another bed and put it under the tree in our yard. This bed will get more shade and I will plant the more fragile plants there. But, for now, I’m pretty pleased with my first attempts at gardening. My younger self would be proud of me.
This has been my newest interest and occupying my time in my new-ish house. That and my new dog!
I have not updated this blog since September. We went through a very traumatic time during our wedding and it took us a while to recover from it. If any one at all remember the last time I posted, I mentioned that I started eating a gluten free diet to help with my arthritis. I felt pretty lost with cooking for a while. All of this is to say that I didn’t blog for a long time and now I feel like I’m ready again. I hope to continue to update this. Writing about food makes me happy. Cheers!