edible garden, no. 2, 2011

Borage – I hear it tastes a bit like cucumber and that it’s good in companion planting. I’ve never had it before so this is in my garden mostly for curiosity.

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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┬áchives, 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