Flowers make me happy, but the idea of growing food is an almost primal instinct. I've always loved the idea of picking and preparing something that I helped nurture and grow. Last year's garden in WV was a bit of a flop, so I worked a little harder this year and invested in the help of my awesome green thumbed friend Kristen. We headed off to Lowe's to buy organic soil, top soil and organic seeds along with some plants that were already started. I chose things I thought my husband would eat (lettuce, peppers, tomatoes) instead of the beans and peas I grew up with. Still yummy, and still the most amazing shades of green. Since I have a porch, my ability to plant was limited by my desire to spend money on pots that weren't donated by Kristen. I bought a couple of extra pots and we filled them all. A couple of months later, here are some pictures of the delicious beauty that has grown on my back porch.
|My spinach didn't come up (too hot) so I just planted more lettuce!|
|My basil has the most beautiful leaves!|
the little stuff on the side is cilantro!
|Tomato (had first one last night!)|
|Second tomato plant--this type seems to grow like a tear drop which I was attempting to capture!|
All the rain that we have gotten has really helped my garden, and I can't wait to see how it grows and developed through the summer. The lettuce grew really REALLY quickly, especially when kept in the shade with loads of water. Last night we had our first pesto from the garden and my husband is eating it with penne and broccoli today. It was all delicious!
Do you garden? What are you growing?