Archive for August, 2010

One of these things is not like the others

Posted by: Heidi

August 22nd, 2010 >> Photos

Something funny is happening in my carrot patch!

Food from the garden

Posted by: Heidi

August 18th, 2010 >> my garden, Photos

The first time I tried growing vegetables I did it all wrong. I started with a large vegetable plot that must have been neglected for quite some time as it was completely overgrown with weeds. I weeded it once, by simply pulling out whatever I could see, planted a variety of vegetable seeds, watered it well, and then waited to see what would grow. Of course what grew was an abundance of weeds with a few straggly vegetables mixed in. I battled the weeds for a while and then gave up on vegetable gardening for several years, going back to just the apple trees, berry bushes and a few herbs and tomato plants for edibles in the garden.

This year I decided to try it again and I did everything differently. I started with a much smaller plot, put in all new soil and planted just a few different types of seeds (peas, lettuce, carrots, and zucchini) plus my usual tomato plants and a selection of herbs. It’s a small enough plot that it’s not a lot of work to take care of and the fresh vegetables I have harvested so far have tasted wonderful. In addition to tasting so much better and not having to worry about chemicals, growing your own vegetables is economical too. Here’s a link to the most profitable plants to grow in your garden:

Most of us are so disassociated from our food sources and growing some of my own food has made me think a little more about where all of my food comes from. In an effort to reduce my carbon footprint I’m trying to buy locally grown food as much as possible. Having my own vegetable patch is good for the environment since there’s no better way to eat local than to eat from my own garden! My little vegetable patch is just a small step, but I think it’s a step in the right direction.