Dreaming of Veggie Garden Days

January 14, 2009 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

home grown garden veggies

This past summer I experimented with my first vegetable garden. I planted beets, peas, carrots, tomatoes, beans, lettuce, spinach, strawberries and raspberries. For herbs, I had basil, cilantro, dill, rosemary, oregano and thyme. Most of the plants did well, and harvesting our own fresh, home grown veggies was a total thrill for me. It was a unique and wholly satisfying experience to watch beautiful bits of green emerge from tiny seeds in all the nooks and crannies of our small inner city yard. It was even more exciting to use the food that grew right before my eyes to create delicious meals.

I am already starting to think about next year’s garden. This is partly because I’ve just used the last of the fruit and veggies I stashed in the freezer during more abundant months making asparagus risotto, cranberry-lemon scones, and a corn and smoked cheddar strata. Also, we had some wonderfully warm chinook days after weeks of bitter cold. The temperature and the smell in the air feel like spring. But with months of winter left, this is cruel teasing only. I find it helpful to dream about better days to come, though, so my plan is to start keeping a record of planting ideas on this blog. Hopefully this will work better than my previous system of having scraps of paper and magazine tearsheets scattered all over the house for months.

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