After reading "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto"
by Michael Pollan I really wanted to have my own garden. It was certainly in my mind for a while - but after this book, it became an obsession really.
Here is the staring point for the garden - and the first harvest: radishes.
I planted many interesting things and I have been harvesting bit by bit. I have yet to see the big payoff - things we can consume every day as our main food. Soon the tomatoes will be ready in plenty. Tomatoes are a staple in our diet so this will be a payoff. Everything else has been tended and growing - but I am so impatient for thing to mature.
The July harvest included greens, oregano & more radishes (these are a Japanese type). We did get some yellow pear tomatoes and now the celery is coming as well. Celery fresh grown tastes amazing - it says "I am Celery!!!" loud and clear. All the other things also taste great fresh - but the celery is actually a big surprise. It also has been doing a great job of choking out weeds all on its own - yea for celery, it will certainly be planted next year as well.
Part of the experiment is trying to see what works and what doesn't - they failures so far: the large daikon radish went straight to seed without producing - they were just planted too late. The broccoli and brussels sprouts were bug favorites and decimated - nothing else really had any bug issues. I have high hopes for the tomatoes, peppers, onions, eggplant & carrots... we shall see what happens. I do not have experience in canning or freezing - if anyone has tips or references - that would be great.
Also I was a guest blogger on the local NPR radio station regarding my garden experiments. You can check it out
& there are lots of other interesting posts about being "green".