|cilantro, tarragon, arugula, thyme, chives, basil|
Despite our space challenges, I've always had a garden. We bought this home six years ago and I always find a way to plant tons of edibles on our 15 by 15 deck. It's a pain that I have to go in the house and out the front door and around to the back door to turn on the hose (our deck doesn't have access to the yard), but I do it. All for the love of food.
If you have a sunny space, you can have a garden. Mine exists entirely in containers. One day when we have a larger, more private yard I will plant more items directly in the ground. But for our tiny family, this works.
|Strawberries - trying something new this year.|
I typically plant several varieties of peppers (this year it's jalapeno, cubanelle, and red bell), tomatoes (cherry and patio this year), every herb I use, and a few experimental items (strawberries and zucchini). I've learned that some items are perennials (come back every year), so I always smile to see my sage and thyme pop up to greet me in mid-April. I'm hoping that my strawberries do well and that they return next year.
I probably invested $75-100 on pots, soil, fertilizer, shovels, gloves, and plants back in 2006. I pretty much reuse the same stuff every year and just make one trip to the home improvement store in mid-spring to pick up new plants. I'm rewarded with more vegetables than I can eat and a vast selection of fresh herbs for every meal.
My plants look tiny now, but in 45-60 days they will be ten times their original size and I'll be starting to see the fruits of my labor. Anybody else out there have a garden? Is anyone lucky enough to have a real yard to plant stuff directly in the ground?
P.S. My neighborhood has a deed restriction against vegetable gardens, but mine is in the backyard and no one seems to care. I keep my vegetables so neat that they look better than my neighbor's front yards.