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People!

You inspire me.

You impress me.

You amaze me.

You are such pros. Some of you… you should open your own little stand at the farmers’ market!

I’m very excited about our backyard leafy greens and herbs and another season of growth in the garden but you… You have so many great ideas!

Here are some comments I got from you about the backyard veggie garden post:

Noel commented on my Facebook page: “Last year we did our first garden in the NW (Northwest) and had a ton of success! I planted tomato plants early last year (mid April) and, with a little luck, avoided any late frosts. They were gorgeous, tasty, and prolific. We are hoping for the same luck this year. We are going to plant more lettuces, beans, and carrots than last year so the kids can partake in more of the eating. And try to time a fall crop of butternut squash, pumpkins and kale. Not sure we have enough room, but we are going to try!”

Stephanie is growing tomatoes

Jessica “I planted some lettuce and arugula and just got some tomato starts. Next gotta get the beans in the ground and whatever else my son picks out – probably some sort of summer squash”

Lara “ I rent 450 sq ft of ground nearby. I have potatoes, peas, onions, beets, carrots, herbs, zucchini (in a bottle), salad greens, sorrel, spinach, cress, kale, and flowers in now”

Katrina has “a humble herb garden going right now with a Topsy Turvy for tomatoes and another for strawberries, but next summer…We’re gonna have ourselves a true garden!”

Maria is “about to begin work on the garden as well this week”

Tamar “Any advice on growing tomatoes in a pot? We started Cherry ones”

Valentina is dreaming about it. (That counts too!)

Mariko’s “husband has a green thumb but I am so haphazard. I’d like to do more, though! I like the idea of my daughter in the garden.”

And me?

I think there is a new movement going on here. People are growing their own edible green stuff, and veggies, and fruits! Wow!

This year I want to plant tomatoes in the front yard! We had a big success last summer and had tons of tomatoes! I want the kids in our street to come to our front yard and pick and eat tomatoes right off the vine. Maybe then they’ll go home and nag their parents to grow something too. If they haven’t already.

I hope that in the future more and more neighbors will grow something in the front yard, where everyone can see what’s going on, and we can share from our bounty, share tips and advice, share a conversation. We don’t have that kind of stuff right now. It’s a bit sad.

If you’re intimidated, or lack knowledge and skills, like I do, start with a little something. Two years ago we started with veggie garden” in pots (any one can do this!). This year we have a raised bed. We still grow herbs in pots. Here is what we got so far:

First, we have last year’s survivors:

Chive, survived the winter inside the house and now is starting to grow again

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Same story with the sage

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Same with the tarragon

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Rosemary, ah, one died, and the other one is still struggling to make it. Meanwhile, I got two new types of rosemary because they smell differently and hopefully one of them will survive the next winter

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I love thyme and use it a lot, so I got three different ones: 2 different lemon thyme and an English thyme. I use it fresh or cooked in lots and lots of dishes from salads and pastas to stews and soups.

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Two types of mint: Apple mint and Kentucky colonel (what?) mint

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Parsley. I have a little guy that I rescued from the cold winter and took it inside the house. Now it’s back outside getting back to its old self. But I also got a new plant since I use parsley frequently and it goes fast. When I buy a bunch I end up throwing what’s left but with a plant I can use a tablespoon here and there as I need.

You know, buying a plant cost the same as buying a cut herb stuck in a plastic container. So, that makes buying a love plant more cost-effective. Just think about it.

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Cilantro. I LOVE cilantro! Do you?

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This little guy was bought as a live basil (unlike the one you buy in the plastic box). I picked most, but not all, of the leaves to make pesto and put the plant in this glass of water (it sure drinks a lot) for a couple of weeks. Now it has strong roots and I’m going to plant it in a pot.

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So, that’s pretty easy, eh?

Not rocket science.

Now I need to expand to growing veggies.

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