My First Garden

 

Dear readers, my apologies for my long absence.  We recently had to move again (long story…), and each time this happens it seems to take longer to get connected to the internet, even though one might think this is the modern world.  This time was a frustrating 3 weeks offline, but happily we are finally up and running. Hooray!!!

 

So, I have been doing lots of unpacking and cleaning and configuring computer networks and very minimal cooking.  However, we are now living in a house with a small garden, and I have jumped on the opportunity to start building it.  The lovely picture above is my first tomato plant, started in a container at my old apartment.  It’s too well established to replant into the ground, but you can guess where next year’s seedlings are going.  I planted some lavender and herbs, only to discover there were already some growing from before – some rosemary, wild mint, and some other fragrant greens that I have yet to figure out what they are.  I look forward to growing lots of things that I can cook with at their freshest. 

 

I’ve never thought of myself as someone with a green thumb, but I am an enthusiast and am determined to learn.  I bought this great book called Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce, about how to garden in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you live in northern California, you should check it out.  I’m learning all about types of soil, how to fertilize, when to grow what and where.  I am guessing that the soil quality of my garden isn’t the greatest, but I’m starting to add organic matter to build up the nutrients and condition the soil.  Someday I’d love to learn how to compost, but for now I’m just mixing in vegetable scraps and the pulp from my juicer and giving it some time to decay and break down into nutrients.  Hopefully in a few months I’ll be ready to plant some fall vegetables and see how they do.  It will be a long term process, but a rewarding one.

 

Even if you don’t have a garden, if you have a patio or stairway or any space with access to sun, you can grow lots of things in containers.  My tomato plant is doing very well – even in a 12 inch pot (which is not ideal size for a tomato but I water it daily and fertilize it every couple weeks) and it is bursting with heavy fruit just waiting for a little more sunshine to ripen.  Or you can grow herbs in little pots in your window sill.  It’s very easy to do, low maintenance, and it is relaxing to tend to and nurture your plants. (I love the smell of tomato vines and fresh thyme!) And the results are quite savory.

 

Again, my apologies for not responding to your comments – now that I am back online and settled I expect to be back in action, so you can look forward to hearing from me soon!

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