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I am not a plant whisperer.  Things die on me all the time.  In fact, I've already planted, replanted, and then planted some of the vegetables in my garden for the third time.  I'm overzealous, I'll admit. I planted seedlings inside in early May, and by the time I could put them outside without fear of them freezing to seedling pops they had already grown much too large for their containers.  And then, they were scorched by the sun and shriveled up and died. 

The thing is, I just love getting dirt under my fingernails and have trouble waiting all winter to do so.  I love being outside with a purpose, knowing that all my hard work will pay off in the form of fresh herbs and veggies in a couple of months.  I love waking up every morning and checking for new growth in my little plot of land. 

I haven't always considered myself a gardener.  My mother always had a large vegetable garden when my sister and I were growing up, but mostly I was just interested in eating the raw peas.  Plus I was obligated to weed, which I roughly equated to being forced to grovel in the dirt while creepy creatures crawled and squirmed all around me. But something happened when we moved into our own place, with our own plot of land.  Maybe it had to do with the fact that I got interested in cooking, or because I was spending a lot more time grocery shopping. Or maybe it's a bug you get, something you just wanna do when you grow up and move into your own apartment. Whatever it was, I caught it.  And I've been trying to figure out how to keep my stuff alive ever since.

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I do some experimenting out there, trying to figure out problems like wilty cauliflower and bug-invested cukes and a persistent little gopher with a taste for green beans.  I'd be happy for you to come along for the ride.  I can't promise perfect advice, or perfect greens either.  But enthusiasm for garden to table cooking? I've got it. And I will share what I discover along the way.

My plot of land is jam-packed with goodness this year.  It's got cantaloupe, cucumbers, butternut, buttercup, acorn, summer, and spaghetti squash, peas, tomatoes, pumpkins, tomatillo, basil, parsley, zucchini,  carrots, swiss chard, baby lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, broccoli, green onions, chives, and cauliflower, plus a few zinnias sprinkled in for color. What have you planted? 

Please share your own tips and experiences, whether good, bad, or hilarious. Gardening is like cooking -  even better when shared. 

 


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