Wish me luck!

Growing up, my mother had a vegetable garden every year. I don’t even remember what was in it beside scallions, Chinese chives, and Chinese fuzzy melon. I remember a rather pathetic, tiny patch of strawberries – an experiment that never worked out but even though neglected never died out. I think the fuzzy melon was my favorite. My mother had repurposed the swing set that my siblings had in their childhood into a weird trellis for the melon patch.

When I was in high school though, my mother was no longer a stay-at-home mom. Money was tight and the vegetable garden was barely touched. (We had a flower garden too, but it had a lot of perennials so it didn’t need much care to still look good.)

I never liked being in the garden. Quite honestly, I don’t like being in direct sun in general. However, being a food nerd is making me realize that I need to try my hand at gardening. Constantly buying herbs is quite expensive and, despite living in a fairly diverse area, some ingredients are hard to come by. Starting this year, I am going to make every effort to have an edible garden. I’ve got my seeds and I’m starting the planning stages. Since I live in New England, I will probably start everything indoors first. I hope to take photos and write little updates on my progress. I will be out of my element, so this is a bit of a crazy experiment on my part. ^_~

Things to be grown?
:: basil
:: parsley
:: rosemary
:: mint
:: thyme
:: shiso (aka perilla)
:: tuscan kale
:: zucchini
:: mizuna

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2 thoughts on “Wish me luck!

  1. I have successfully grown herbs on my porch, but the larger items that require more sun were not so lucky. 😦 Hopefully you have an area that is sunny and somewhat skwerl-proof? I had a lovely crop of tiny white strawberries for two summers, because the skwerls would eat the young fruit as soon as it was ready.

    Bad skwerls.

    I’d be very excited to see your progress photos! And should you ever be up for trips to Russo NOT on weekends, I’m always game. 🙂

    Good luck! I hope to start some seeds when I get back, too….

    • I have a small area next to the driveway that gets a lot of sun. The rest of the yard… not so much. As for squirrels, I don’t think that they have been a problem but I know that in past years that there were skunks that used to hang around. I might put a cage around my veggies. The herbs, I’m not so worried about. Speaking of, I should have asked you if you wanted to split any of the seeds. I will probably have too much red shiso and cultivated purslane seeds if you think you want to give it a go.

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