The Garden Bounty

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I have to say that in my next life I may be a farmer. Growing a home garden is such a satisfying experience. I decided to raise a garden to grow my own greens. I also wanted to grow herbs, winter squash and bell peppers.

 

Growing your own vegetables is personally rewarding experience. There is something magical about putting seeds in the soil and watching a plant and its fruit emerge. The cost savings is amazing. This year I did not have to buy a single tomato, bell pepper, herbs or greens.

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My backyard is a super steep hill that is awesome for training but not the easiest to work in. So, my amazingly talented husband built me a huge raised bed out of cedar.

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There seems to be something magical about a garden for children too. The kids know the importance of growing our own vegetables. It is fun to watch them explore the garden and pick their lunch.

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The girls know where to find bell peppers and banana peppers.

 

 

I can send the boys out to pick some parsley or sage for dinner.

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They know how to identify the different varieties of squash.

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I have no formal training and sometimes things don’t work out perfectly. Like our attempts at the irrigation system in the above picture…total flop. I can say that my secret to a year round garden is persistence.

For example, some little green worm ate all of my green and dino kale last year. So this year I moved all of my greens (except beet and carrot) to pots on my front porch. Success! Then I learned from my buddies at the farmer’s market that planting garlic and onions around your plants keeps pests away. Another win!

I also am religious about watering and composting. I compost all of our veggies, paper bags, grass clippings, egg shells and coffee grounds. We use a tumbler compost bin from Costco. I compost about once every 6 weeks. After I compost there is a visible boom in the plant’s growth. Remember, you eat what your plant eats!

Composting adds great nutrition to the plant! Remember, you eat what your plant eats!

Here are a few more picks from my garden prepared foods!

Organ meat lasagna with veggie sauce

Big dinner salad.

EVERY BITE COUNTS: veggie pasta sauce and a sardine sandwich on seed bread with sautéed veggies

It’s fall here in NC and we have a couple more good months of garden friendly temperatures. After that, I will continue to raise my herbs and greens on the front porch where they get the most sun. At night, I will cover them all with some hideous flannel sheets (it looks awesome) and uncover them during the day. I can supplement with winter veggies from the farmer’s market.

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And, then we start all over again in the spring! Growing vegetables at home is super rad!

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