Garden notes: started our fall garden seeds today, they are soaking in water and I will plant them tonight. We are planting snap peas, snow peas, loose leaf lettuce, beets, turnips, collards, mustard, carrots, spinach, Heirloom lettuce and green onion. These are in addition to the tomatoes and cucumbers I have already planted for fall.
We currently have cherry tomatoes, plumb tomatoes Cherokee purple tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, bell peppers pumpkin, zucchini, green beans, watermelon and cantaloupe. The herbs we are growing include; dill, basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary. We planted cauliflower but the bugs ate it and we had to remove them.
This was the first garden we have attempted and we have learned a few lessons so far; you don’t need 5 cherry tomato plants, 3 green bean plants aren’t enough, pumpkin and cucumber seeds can be easily confused, one zucchini plant is not enough (who knew it would be so tasty) pepper plants need to be started earlier if they are going to make peppers, peas are a cold weather crop, watermelon is just plan hard to grow, and growing your own food is incredibly rewarding!
Some of the most fun we have had is spending the day in the garden together weeding, planting, harvesting, and planning what to grow next. Sophia loves to play in the dirt and who would guess it I do too. I have rarely felt more fulfilled then when I harvest veggies from my garden to cook up for dinner for my family. I have seen those veggies from seeds through harvest and know they are perfectly healthy never sprayed with chemicals or artificial fertilizers. I can feel good about my daughter grabbing a tomato off the vine and eating there in the garden.
Something about growing your own food makes you not want to waste even a little bit of it, you stop seeing it as just food and start seeing it as all the hard work it took to get to that point. You look for ways to use it like zucchini chocolate chip cookies, and ways to preserve it like canning and freezing. You turn to friends and neighbors for advice, cook books have become permanent members of my kitchen and the need to preserve my efforts even gave me to courage to ask the young Mennonite lady at my local farmers market if she knew anyone who would teach me how to can. That turned out to be fun, her mom is teaching me and it opened up a whole world of possibilities with in their community.