As a lot of you know, this was our first year putting in a garden and it was a very rewarding experience in more ways than one. It was fun seeing things grow, harvesting the first items and eating what we grew! Sounds so silly but it was amazing to cook and make salads with veggies from the back yard! I am so happy there are still things in life to be excited about.
We grew tomatoes from seed and were surprised to realize they were all cherry sized tomatoes. We thought they were regular sized and we had great plans to make lots of sauces and to jar whole tomatoes. “Learn as we grow” became our motto. lol
We planted carrots and realized we should have planted way more so I planted a winter harvest. The potatoes are delicious and are in a box in our cold store-room. Sometimes I go down there and just look at them…like a proud mommy gazing at her newborn. Crazy right?
I tried eggplant and they did grow but I won’t plant them again. Same with celery…it didn’t take. Now the broccoli? We had five beautiful crowns of the best tasting broccoli ever. I was going to pull the plants out but was told not to as they will produce florets all summer. I was skeptical…see? no knowledge! No lie, we have been eating broccoli all summer long and I just this week harvested another bunch. It’s October… That was an awesome discovery and I am so glad I was told about the florets before I took the plants out not after! To learn about our food is so much fun.
We planted green onions, cabbage which I took to eating as a snack every day. Just tore off layers and ate them. The brussel sprouts are still out there…doing something. They are not ready yet and it appears that they were infested with something…surprisingly, this was the only plant to be affected by anything. My favorite in the garden? Pumpkins! We actually grew pumpkins! There were 5 flowers initially but only two grew into the beautiful orange Halloween markers…so exciting.
I definitely learned a great deal about the seed to table process our food goes through. It made me really re-think our food buying habits. When we shop at the grocery store we just toss things into our carts without really thinking about where the food came from, who grew it and how far did it travel to get there. Now I do think about it and I am buying almost everything organic or locally grown.
I used organic soil and veggie food. I only hope the soil itself was not pre-contaminated before we moved here. I suppose I could have taken soil samples but I didn’t think about that until I started writing this post! Maybe something to do for next year.
My list for next years garden goes like this: broccoli, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, all sorts of lettuces, spinach, kale, tomatoes, cucumber, pumpkins, zucchini and onion. I suppose I might add to this list but these are the items I know I love to eat and are easy to grow.
do you have a garden?
what was the hardest veggie to grow?