How does your garden grow?
I have two thumbs but neither are green. My husband has a green thumb. For the first couple of years here in Portland, I was pretty green with envy at folks talking about their berry bushes and spinach crop. They told me of their children frolicking in their yard, plucking from their veggie beds whenever they needed snacks. I thought: "Wow."
Last year, after lots and lots of reading and consulting others, my husband built two vegetable beds and we planted our own veggies for the first time. One week last summer, I was eating radishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another week, I was eating romaine lettuce day in and out. "Regularity" was not an issue for me.
This year, we are working more closely together to decide what items we love to eat and want to plant. We have also dug out another two big areas to grow more and are plotting / phasing our growing so we have some diversity in what we harvest at any given time. I still feel so overwhelmed, though. I am just glad that my husband has taken the lead on this project.
I've talked with other mamas that are just as daunted by this whole gardening thing. So, if you don't mind, could you please share your bestest tips? Do we start from seed? Indoors? Buy starts? Aren't they expensive? What part of the yard should we plant in? What are your favorite vegetables to plant? Favorite fruits? How about a book where we can learn all the ins and outs of growing our own?
This conversation is inspired by a recent thread on one of my mama yahoo groups: shout out to the mamanandas!